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Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA

OBITUARY

Rosarie Anne Ducey

May 9, 1927October 8, 2019
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EASTHAM/FRAMINGHAM – Rosarie Anne Ducey, née Edwards, age 92, of Charlton, Eastham and Framingham, MA died peacefully on October 8, 2019, at the Overlook Community in Charlton, surrounded by her family.

Born and raised in Milford, MA she was the eldest child of the late Michael R. and Anna M. Edwards (Ball). Her career began at St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester MA when she joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in 1944 to support the war efforts. Upon completing her training and becoming a registered nurse (RN) in 1947, she went to work at the Veterans Hospital in New York City.

Rosarie returned to Milford, attended Boston College and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating, Rosarie resided in Framingham, MA for approximately 50 years, and was a member of the nursing staff at Framingham Union Hospital for many years. Her later career years were spent bringing her valuable experience to the classroom at Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing and Lasell College where she was a clinical instructor for the nursing program until she retired. After retiring from teaching she specialized in elder care at Bethany Health Care Center until moving to Eastham MA in 1997.

During retirement, Rosarie remained active in the community and spent countless hours volunteering her services at St. Joan of Arc’s Thrift Shop in Orleans for many years.

Rosarie was married to the late James J. Ducey, Jr. of Framingham/Eastham for 63 years and is survived by her children Patricia Ducey of Alexandria VA; Kathleen Garvey, née Ducey, and her husband Mark of Farmington CT; Jason Ducey and his wife Georgette of Southbridge MA; David Ducey and his wife Kathryn of Whitinsville MA; and her daughter-in-law, Laurie Ducey of Georgetown TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren Marnie Benney; Kate Finn, née Garvey, (Ed), Sean Garvey (Alison), Megan Rodriguez, née Garvey, (Robert), and Anna Garvey; Michael, Nicholas, Erin, Patrick, Delaney, and Timothy Ducey, and four great grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by son, James M. Ducey, and her two siblings - sister Janice Shea (Edwards), and brother Raphael Edwards.

The family wishes to recognize the efforts of the Overlook Community staff and Hospice nurses for their kind care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, click ‘donate’.

Calling Hours will be held on Friday October 18, 2019, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 61 Canal Road, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at MA National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

  • FAMILY

  • James Ducey jr, Husband (deceased)
  • Patricia Ducey, Daughter
  • Kathleen Garvey, Daughter
  • Jason Ducey, Son
  • David Ducey, Son
  • James Ducey, Son (deceased)

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Interment Friday, October 18, 2019

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Rosarie Anne Ducey

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jane trautman

October 20, 2019

The tribute to your Mom was wonderful and so encompassing, she touched so many lives. There are some special people who make a difference in the lives of others, make the best of whatever life hands them, and makes everyone else smile in the process. Your Mom had an openness that invites others in and a warmth that makes them comfortable I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. I admired her so much--she is the reason I became a nurse. Rosarie leaves you an amazing legacy of strength and love--hopefully this will comfort you and your loved ones in the following months. Take care of each other--jane gallivan

Terri Garvey

October 16, 2019

Kathy,
I watched the entire movie. What a beautiful tribute to the life and times of your mother. Well done!
Sending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and the rest of your family.
Love and hugs,
Tom, Terri & Family

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