Arlene M. (Ohanesian) McGrane

January 2nd, 2020

Arlene M. (Ohanesian) McGrane, age 85, of Methuen, formerly of Peabody, passed away peacefully on January 1st, surrounded by her family.

Raised in Arlington, Arlene was a graduate of Arlington High School, class of 1952.  Arlene moved to Peabody, raised her family and resided there for 38 years.  She had a long career as an administrator for several businesses, including Radcliffe College.

Arlene was the beloved wife of the late John F. McGrane, Sr., loving mother of John F. McGrane, Jr. & his wife Bonnie of Haverhill and Christine Fritz & her husband Michael of Methuen, cherished “Mimi” of Meaghan and Anthony McGrane, daughter of the late Aram “Harry” and Theresa (Joyce) Ohanesian, dear sister of the late Theresa Beckham and Joyce Ohanesian.  Arlene is also survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 7th, from 11:00-11:45 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Arlene’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Arlene M. (Ohanesian) McGrane”

  1. Kerin Molloy says:

    Mrs “mama” Mcgrane,
    I cant even begin to Express how much you have ment to me. You were my “other” mother. you were my light In a time of darkness, my strength. You taught me so so much i was blessed to have you in my life. Thank you mama McGrane my heart aches but i am a stronger woman because of you. Thank you.
    To John and christine my love is with you and your family. Love you all. Kerin. ?

  2. Tara Sullivan says:

    Dear Mrs McGrane,

    Words cannot express how much you will be missed and how many lives you enlightened. You had a smile that lit up a room, a laugh that was contagious and a heart of gold. Rest In Peace and know that you will always be remembered and loved. Christine and John you are in my thoughts and heart.Sending my love. TJ

  3. Mike Fritz says:

    Dear Arlene,
    You were a great wife to Jack and a loving mother to Chris and John. You were the love of this family and you will be truly misses and never forgotten.
    Belss you Arlene.
    Mike Fritz

  4. Mary Geraghty says:

    Arlene was one of the nicest people You would ever want to meet. I feel blessed to have known her. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend and she will be missed so much! Heaven gained an angel the other night , and Arlene you will always hold a special place in my heart. Love and miss you! Mary

  5. Lynne Dulong says:

    To the McGrane Family, sending thoughts and prayers your way. So sorry for your loss. -Lynne Dulong

  6. Patti Beckham says:

    Arlene’s not physically here anymore but her love and light lives on forever. I’m praying for peace for the entire family as you go through this difficult loss. I know she is looking down from Heaven, with Jack, her parents, and sisters by her side, telling them how proud she is of you all.

  7. Linda & Billy Koenig says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time. We all know how close your mom and Mimi were to you. She will always be there. Love and miss you Auntie Arlene. Give my family a hug from us when you get to heaven. ????????

  8. Bob Catanzano says:

    She is with her sister now and visiting Lee. I will miss her. Prayers to you.

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