Eleanor R. (Downey) Connolly

May 28, 2002

Connolly – in Woburn, May 28th, Eleanor R. (Downey),beloved wife of the late Paul L. Connolly, Sr. Devoted mother of Claire Kessaris and Paul Connolly, Jr., both of Woburn, and the late Sharon Connolly. Sister of Lyola Downey of Waltham, Elizabeth Busa of Marlboro, Dorothy Daly and Roy Downey, both of Woburn, and the late John, James, William, Leonard, Harold, and Leo Downey and Mildred Dunnigan. Dear mother-in-law of Frances Connolly of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Kenneth III, Christopher, and Kelly Kessaris, John, Douglas, Shannon, and Rachel Connolly, and the late Courtney Kessaris. Devoted aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, May 30th, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church at 10. Calling hours Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Eleanor R. Connolly, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away here early Tuesday morning after a long illness. The wife of the late Paul L. Connolly, Sr., who died nearly eleven years ago, she was to have observed her eighty-sixth birthday in just a few weeks.

Born in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late John and Ellen (Foley) Downey. She attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1934. She resided in the city all her life and was a devoted communicant of St. Charles Church. Her focus in life was her family, and she particularly enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Paul, she was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon, a sister, Mildred Dunnigan, six brothers, John, James, William, Leonard, Harold, and Leo Downey, and a granddaughter, Courtney Kessaris.

Surviving are a daughter, Claire Kessaris of Woburn, and a son, Sgt. Paul Connolly, Jr. of the Woburn Police Dept., of Woburn; three sisters, Lyola Downey of Waltham, Elizabeth Busa of Marlboro, Dorothy Daly of Woburn, and a brother, Roy Downey of Woburn; her grandchildren, Kenneth III, Christopher, and Kelly Kessaris, and John, Douglas, Shannon, and Rachel Connolly. She was also the dear mother-in-law of Frances Connolly of Woburn, and the devoted aunt of many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, May 30th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Eleanor’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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