Ellen M. (Fallon) Chisholm

October 19, 2008

Ellen M.  (Fallon) Chisholm

ELLEN M. “NELL” (FALLON) CHISHOLM – in Woburn, Sunday, October 19th, beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Chisholm. Devoted mother of Arthur J. Chisholm and his wife Ann of Woburn, Robert E. Chisholm and his wife Renate of AZ, Brenda Verheyen and her husband Ronald of Woburn and Charles F. Chisholm and his wife Lorraine of NH. Dear sister of the late Catherine Smith and Robert, Thomas, Raymond and John Fallon. Loving grandmother of twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren and her late granddaughter Diane Chisholm.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, October 23rd,at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, No. Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Chisholm’s memory to St. Peter’s Church, 31 Buckingham Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

OBITUARY:

Ellen M. “Nell” (Fallon) Chisholm of Woburn, formerly of Cambridge, passed away at home surrounded by her family, on Sunday, October 19th. The wife of the late Arthur J. Chisholm, she was 104 years of age.

Born in Newton, she was raised in Newtonville along with her four brothers and her sister, whom she helped raise after their mother passed away when she was just thirteen years of age. Nell, as she was affectionately known, was a graduate of Our Lady’s Help of Christians High School, after which she started working as a secretary. Shortly thereafter, she took a position at Piccolo’s Drugstore in Watertown as a counter person and learned to make the best frappes around. She continued to work at Piccolo’s well into her eighties and was very well known for her attentiveness and sense of humor.

During the 30’s, she and her husband made their home in Cambridge where they raised their four children. The consummate mother and caregiver, Nell devoted her life to caring for her children and her grandchildren. Nell was an excellent seamstress and baker, especially her apple pies which were “out of this world”. She loved Filene’s basement on Saturday mornings, searching for bargains, often buying shirts and pajamas for everyone. She herself was always dressed to the nines, a perfect lady, complete with hat, gloves and purse.

Throughout her life she tended to the needs of others, and even thought to bring coffee each morning to the crossing guards outside of her home. She demonstrated her altruistic spirit by making donations to those in need in the names of her children and grandchildren. Nell possessed a strong, independent nature coupled with a great sense of humor and quick wit. She stayed abreast of current events and remained physically and mentally sharp right up until this past January. Nell was truly 104 years young.

While residing in Cambridge, Nell was a longtime parishoner and active member of St. Peter’s Parish Church.

In addition to her husband, Arthur J. Chisholm, who passed away in 1985, Nell was predeceased by her siblings, Robert, Thomas, Raymond and John Fallon and Catherine Smith, and her granddaughter Diane Chisholm.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Arthur J. Chisholm and his wife Ann of Woburn, Robert E. Chisholm and his wife Renate of AZ, Brenda Verheyen and her husband Ronald of Woburn and Charles F. Chisholm and his wife Lorraine of NH, twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 23, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, No. Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Chisholm’s memory to St. Peter’s Church, 31 Buckingham Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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