Margaret “Margie” O’Connell

April 4th, 2018

Margaret R. O’Connell (Calnan), fondly known as “Margie” to her family and friends passed away peacefully on December 15, 2017, in California.

Margie was born on September 14, 1935, in Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late George and Margaret (Bellen) Calnan. Margie was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School. Margie married and raised her family in Wilmington for many years until she moved to Upland, CA in 1985 to be closer to her children and their families.

Margie was happy to be a wife, mom and grandma to all her family; she enjoyed family “get together’s”, dinners and back yard BBQ’s. Margie also looked forward to attending whatever sport or event her grandchildren participated in; she was always their biggest fan.

Margie was the wife of Don O’Connell, devoted mother of Don O’Connell Jr. & wife Debbie, Scott O’Connell & wife Laura and Rob O’Connell & wife Stacey, loving grandmother of Shayne, Cade, Brittany, Chelsea, Sarah and the late Donny O’Connell III. Dear sister of Helen Carta & husband Frank of Wilmington, MA, Bill Calnan of Churchill, Canada and the late Ken Duley. Margie is survived by nieces, nephews, and many dear friends on the East & West Coasts; she was also Aunt of the late Ken Duley.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA and will be followed by luncheon to share stories in the Fellowship Hall at the Wilmington Congregational Church.

In lieu of flowers donation in Margie’s memory may be made to, Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2200 Lake Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Margaret “Margie” O’Connell”

  1. Jackie Reid says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort through the loving and happy memories of your dear loved one, Margie. May you also look to our loving Heavenly Father, the God of all comfort, to provide what you need at this very sad time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that very soon, “He will wipe every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3,4, Isaiah 33:24. He also promises us that there will be a resurrection of the righteous ones so they will have the opportunity to live forever in perfect health in Paradise right here on earth. (John 5:28,29, Psalms 37:10,11). What wonderful promises! Can you imagine a time on earth when there will be no more sickness, pain or death? May all of God’s promises give you a measure of comfort, peace, hope and strength. I have personally found very comforting thoughts on

  2. Bev OConnell says:

    Margie was a truly beautiful woman. I always thought of Jackie Kennedy when she came to family weddings. I used to look at her and think “how classy”. I know she was a great Mom and wife. Her later life was not in MA so did not see her after she moved, but always admired her. RIP Margie. Love, Bev

  3. Janet Condrey Beyer says:

    Donald and Helen and families, I am so sorry to hear of Margie’s death. I remember her as a lovely person. Blessings and fond memories to you all.

  4. Kelly says:

    I’m so sorry to just read this regarding the passing of Auntie Margie. She will always hold a special place in my heart for she was such a very special woman and always so strong through all of her pain. RIP Auntie and I will keep our memories close to my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


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