Rosalind M. (Downs) Alexander

September 11, 2008

Rosalind M. (Downs) Alexander

ROSALIND M. (DOWNS) ALEXANDER – in Woburn, formerly of Medford, September 11th. Beloved wife of the late Robert N. Alexander, Sr. Devoted mother of Francis of NH, William of FL, John of NH, Eva DeJesus of Boston, Rosalind Gallagher of Medford, Donna of Burlington, Diane of Woburn, Marie of NH, and the late Robert, Jr. Dear sister of Joseph Downs of Waltham, John Downs and Ann Pinacchio, both of Medford. Loving grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 17th at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. There are no calling hours. Donations may be made in Rosalind’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbilt Ave., Suite 105, Norwood, MA 02062.

OBITUARY:

Rosalind M. Alexander, a resident of Woburn for the past fifteen years, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 11th, at the age of seventy-three. She was the wife of the late Robert N. Alexander, Jr., who died in 1993.

Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Rosalind R. (Regan) Downs. She was raised and educated in Medford, and was a graduate of Medford High School. After attending college, she married her husband Robert, and together they raised their family in Medford. She worked for a time as a greeting card maker, but was devoted to her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, to whom she was their beloved “Nana.”

After her husband died in 1993, she took up residence in Woburn. Rosalind loved listening to music, particularly from the 1940’s era, and was a big fan of Lawrence Welk. She had been in failing health for the past several years.

Along with her husband Robert, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert, Jr.

Surviving are eight children: Francis of NH, William of FL, John of NH, Eva DeJesus of Boston, Rosalind Gallagher of Medford, Donna of Burlington, Diane of Woburn, and Marie of NH, two brothers, Joseph Downs of Waltham and John Downs of Medford, and a sister, Ann Pinacchio of Medford. She was the loving grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 17th at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made in Rosalind’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbilt Ave., Suite 105, Norwood, MA 02062.

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  1. we will all miss you and I will miss seeing you… Bobby marie charlie and Jay and all of the rest of the family… R.I.P

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