Sheila (Donovan) O’Rourke

May 18, 2021

Sheila (Donovan) O’Rourke

The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on www.woburncatholic.org

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Sheila (Donovan) O’Rourke – of Woburn, unexpectedly and peacefully at her home, Tuesday, May 18th at the age of ninety-one. Beloved wife of the late Thomas E.  O’Rourke. Cherished mother of John O’Rourke, his wife Trish of CT, Mary McCuin, her husband Patrick of Westford, Kevin O’Rourke, his wife Kelly of Wilbraham, Maureen King of Bourne, Catherine McLarney, her husband Daniel of Chelmsford and Martin Herzog of CO. Cherished grandmother of Patrick, Conor, Julia, Emma, Holly, Jenny, Cono, Kevin, Kelsey, Jonathan, Thomas, William, and Michael. Dear sister of Charlie Donovan of Ireland and the late Margaret “Peg” Holland, Hannah Patricia Moran and Joseph and Michael Donovan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Sheila’s Funeral Mass, Monday, May 24th at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Calling hours will be held, Sunday, May 23rd from 2-5 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed in Sheila’s memory to St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801 or to a charity of choice.

In order to view this funeral mass live, go to www.woburncatholic.org

 

Sheila (Donovan) O’Rourke – of Woburn, died unexpectedly and peacefully at her home, Tuesday, May 18th at the age of ninety-one. She was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late Thomas E. O’Rourke.

Sheila was born and raised in Gloun on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in beautiful West Cork, Ireland, a daughter of the late John and Hannah (Nichols) Donovan.  After completing her education, Sheila came to the United States and lived in New York, in pursuit of the American dream.  She worked as a Nanny and formed a relationship with that family that has spanned throughout her lifetime.

While living in New York, Sheila was set up on a blind date with a young man named Tom.  They quickly fell in love and married.  Tom’s work transferred him from New York to Waltham, so together, Tom and Sheila made their home in Woburn, where they would raise their family of five children.  Sheila was a homemaker who dedicated and devoted her life to caring for her family.

As the children married, grandchildren quickly followed.  Spending time with the grandchildren was extra special where Grandma told stories of growing up in Ireland, sharing family recipes, learning of the grandchildren’s interests, and encouraging them to chase their dreams.  She was a very strong-willed individual whose life experience served as inspiration to both her children and grandchildren in achieving their goals. 

Of all things Sheila loved most was spending time with family and friends.  In earlier days, she enjoyed traveling with her family home to West Cork, Ireland as often as they could, as she loved to visit family and take in the views of Bantry Bay.  Over the years, they had many joyful trips.  She also enjoyed when family from Ireland traveled to the States and she could reminisce and enjoy time just visiting with one another.  She loved family around the table and being able to share a cup of tea and many laughs together!  The family visited Long Island, NY regularly to spend time with her sister and family.  They shared a very close bond and the two families blended over the years as one.  Sheila had close relationships with her niece and nephew that immigrated to the United States, offering her home and support to them over the years as they too looked for their American dream.  She and Tom had a love for Cape Cod and owned a home in Dennis where the grandchildren could share countless memories of days at Corporation Beach and having sleepovers with Grandma and Grandpa.  Their children can share as many countless memories of respite, love and support- be it on Cape or in Woburn.  Sheila loved to see her children and grandchildren happy and was always right there to help, provide some advice or lend an ear and listen.

Sheila enjoyed gardening and had tended beautiful gardens.  She was a true “green thumb” and would share tips and tricks for planting and maintaining your flowers.  She took joy in that single rose or a small bunch of flowers on the table.  

Sheila was a devout Catholic that was very involved in the Parish of St. Anthony’s community.  She was a daily communicant up until the height of the pandemic where she then would enjoy mass on Catholic TV.  She prayed the rosary regularly and had a deep affinity for the Blessed Mother.  Through her church community, she (and Tom) made many close friends.  She had special connections with each of them and many laughs over the years.  She would often say how blessed she was with the friendships she shared.  As she is reunited in heaven with her beloved Tom, and friends that went before her, those remaining on their journey on earth will celebrate her life and cherish her memories.  Until we meet again – RIP.

Cherished mother of John O’Rourke, his wife Trish of CT, Mary McCuin, her husband Patrick of Westford, Kevin O’Rourke, his wife Kelly of Wilbraham, Maureen King of Bourne, Catherine McLarney, her husband Daniel of Chelmsford and Martin Herzog of CO.  Cherished grandmother of Patrick, Conor, Julia, Emma, Holly, Jenny, Cono, Kevin, Kelsey, Jonathan, Thomas, William, and Michael.  Dear sister of Charlie Donovan of Ireland and the late Margaret “Peg” Holland, Hannah Patricia Moran, Joseph and Michael Donovan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Sheila’s Funeral Mass, Monday, May 24th at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Calling hours will be held, Sunday, May 23rd from 2-5 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed in Sheila’s memory to St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801 or to a charity of choice.

In order to view this funeral mass live, go to www.woburncatholic.org

Relatives and friends are invited to Sheila’s Funeral Mass, Monday, May 24th at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Calling hours will be held, Sunday, May 23rd from 2-5 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed in Sheila’s memory to St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801 or to a charity of choice.

In order to view this funeral mass live, go to www.woburncatholic.org

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  1. Mary O Donovan

    Sincere condolences to all the family on the death of Sheila, will miss our chats on the phone, she was my beautiful godmother may she Rest in Peace.

  2. Mary, Fiona, Deirdre, Colette & Mark

    Our sincere condolences to all the O Rourke families during this difficult time. We have the most wonderful memories of Sheila and Tom visiting us here in West Cork, particularly the dairy milk chocolate bars they used to hide in their pockets for us!! They were always so kind and generous. We are so grateful we got to visit with Charlie during Christmas 2018. It was a magical trip and we really appreciated getting to spend that time with Sheila. We will be with ye in spirit on Monday as we join ye for the ceremony online. Sending hugs, love and support from Ireland. X

  3. The Rose Family

    Sheila,

    Words cannot express how much I miss you. You were more than our neighbor – you were our best friend. I miss our daily talks and Granty misses his hide-and-go-seek champion! When I close my eyes, I can hear you reading Granty a story or see you bundling up for another adventure with us outside.

    Thank you for three years of laughs, love, stories and advice. You truly were a second mother to me and I will always cherish our time together.

    I wish you could have met Quinn, but I know you’re watching over us. I take great comfort in the fact that you’re finally reunited with Tom and your sister in heaven.

    You may have been 91 years young, but I truly believed you were invincible: I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. You will be in our hearts forever.

    I love you so much, Sheila!

    Rest in paradise.

    Love,
    Liz

  4. James DiMarino

    Mrs O was just the best. We all had such a great childhood because of her, Mr O and the O’Rourke children. She will be missed but happy that she has such a great life. The DiMarinos

  5. I remember your Mom so well growing up on Highet. I always thought she was so exotic (but still down to earth) with her brogue! Lovely obituary, a life well lived. So sorry for your loss.

  6. COURTNEY MORAN

    Your life was a Blessing…Your memory a Treasure…You are LOVED beyond words and missed beyond Measure.
    Hope you’re on a mystery walk 🥄🍨with Uncle Tom…We love you Aunt Sheila rest in peace❤
    Sending all our live, support & prayers to all the O’Rourke’s & their extended families🕊
    Love, The Moran’s

  7. Eileen Moran Schulze

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of the O’Rourke families during this difficult time. I will forever remember my sweet, caring, kind and loving Aunt Sheila with an extra-special love. From childhood vacations and trips together, her generosity when I lived in MA, family weddings, and her motherly love with visits and phone calls, she will always have a special place in my heart. RIP dear Aunt Sheila ❤️ You’ll be missed! Loving heavenly hugs xoxo

  8. Siobhan Curran

    O’Rourke Clan, this is a wonderful tribute to your mother. I remember her fondly and she was incredibly kind to me. My sincere condolences, Siobhan Curran

  9. Dr. Robert J. Ferullo

    My condolences to the O’Rourke family. I knew Sheila from the nine o’clock daily Mass at St. Anthony. A wonderful lady. Kind and devoted to the Faith. I remember her sitting in an up front row at the 11 Mass when I was a Lector. We shared our stories about losing our partners in life. She’s on express to heaven. RIP Sheila.

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