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Maureen (Murphy) McDonnell
August 19, 1944 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Maureen (Murphy) McDonnell, age 79, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully at home on February 9, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Maureen was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late James Edward Murphy and Sophie (Dubchak) Murphy. She was a graduate of Saint Jerome High School and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Our Lady of the Elms College. Maureen was a longtime parishioner of Saint Jerome Parish. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 57 years, James R. McDonnell of Holyoke. Maureen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Maureen was a loving mother to Lisa Vidal and her husband Michael of North Attleboro, MA ; Kevin McDonnell and his wife Melissa of Chicopee; Lori McKenna and her husband Patrick of Holyoke ; Maureen Young and her husband Adam of Holden, MA; and her grandchildren Paige, Thomas, Emilee, Seth, Luke, Grace, Miranda, Brandon, Meghan, and Ryan and her great grandson, Landen.
Maureen was an avid baker and cook. She was a faithful follower of The Yankee Kitchen, hosted by Gus Saunders; she would listen to the show, take notes on any recipe she thought her family would enjoy, and then experiment with a new dish or dessert; everything she cooked or baked was devoured as it was delicious. Maureen loved to read, with mysteries being her favorite genre, she loved to garden, crochet, word search puzzles, take rides with her husband, and watch the Boston Red Sox. She enjoyed crafting and reading with her children and later her grandchildren. Maureen loved her family, caring for them was her pride and joy; as they were of the utmost importance to her, she would spend as much time with them as she could.
Family and friends are invited to offer condolences to the family at 9:00 am in Saint Patrick Chapel of Saint Jerome Church, 169 Hampden Street, Holyoke and then at 10:00 am for a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, February 16, 2024. There will be no burial. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Maureen to The New England Center for Children, Development Office 33 Turnpike Road Southborough, MA 01772-2108, an education and research facility specializing in supporting children with Autism.