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Marie T. O’Connell

September 16th, 2017

Marie T. O’Connell (Baldwin), age 90, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on September 16, 2017, at the Winchester Hospital.

Marie was born on June 12, 1927, in Everett, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude Baldwin. Marie was raised in the “family compound” on Jones Ave. and Faulkner Ave. along with her siblings and a huge extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins; they were a tight knit family. Marie was educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1946.

Marie married “the love of her life” Leo O’Connell in 1947 and together they raised a large family of their own. Marie and Leo spend over 40 years together and had many wonderful times with their family and friends before his untimely passing in February of 1991.

Marie’s family was always her priority; she was a devoted wife, mother, and “gram” who showered her family with unconditional love and was always there for them no matter what. Marie was a wonderful homemaker and a great cook; she loved to entertain a crowd and looked forward to the many family parties and cookouts. Marie cherished the time she spent with her family and their friends; everyone was always made to feel welcomed at Marie’s home and she always made sure they were fed.

In her spare time, Marie loved to read and do puzzles; she looked forward to her trips to Lake Winnepesaukee and riding the Mount Washington. Marie was a self proclaimed avid Red Sox and Patriots fan who enjoyed watching or taking in a game with her family.

Marie will be fondly remembered as a “people person”; she was kind, caring, and friendly to everyone she met. Marie would go out of her way to help her family, a friend, or a perfect stranger; never expecting anything in return. Marie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Leo P. O’Connell, Jr., devoted mother of Leo P. O’Connell III & wife Lucille of Laconia, NH, Daniel R. O’Connell & wife Carol of Seabrook, NH, David D. O’Connell & wife Anne of Lynn, Kathleen M. Galeno of Georgetown, Nancy E. Roberts & husband David of Limerick, ME, Marie T. O’Connell of Middleborough, John J. O’Connell & wife Amy of Wilmington, Charles B. O’Connell of Biddeford, ME, Joseph P. O’Connell & wife Danielle of Wilmington, and the late Darlene A. O’Connell Fleming. Loving “Gram” of Shelley Sainato, Judy O’Connell, Leo O’Connell IV, Heath O’Connell, Jason O’Connell, the late Christopher O’Connell, Daniel O’Connell Jr., Sean O’Connell, Ryan O’Connell, David O’Connell, Brian O’Connell, Robert Voner, Maria Guerriero, Tamatha Schmechel, Tara Conaway, Tasha Williams, Jamie Jo Laquidara, John O’Connell, “Great-Gram” of Colin and Madelynne Sainato, Carolyn and Leo O’Connell V, Hazelyn O’Connell, Nathaniel O’Connell, Lars Daniel Berge, Cameron O’Connell, Mollie O’Connell, Thomas and Amelia O’Connell, Rylee O’Connell, Brenden and Olivia O’Connell, Finley O’Connell, Masen and Aiden Voner, Jonathan, Hannah, and Elizabeth Schmechel, Brian, Joseph, and Kaitlyn Conaway, Regan and Kinslee Williams, Camden and Mylee O’Connell, Christopher Laquidara, Gianna O’Connell, Austin and Taylor O’Connell. Dear daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude (Schuster) Baldwin, sister of the late Dorothy Baldwin, Charles Baldwin, Ruth Lynch and Francis Nolan. Marie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as a large extended family who loved her dearly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Marie T. O’Connell”

  1. Lyn DeVito says:

    My heart goes out to the entire O’Connell family. Gram was truly one of a kind. She was never afraid to tell you what was on her mind…lol. From the moment my Mother married Leo…she welcomed her, her kids and our kids into her family. We always felt at home at her house. I will always remember the Christmas parties and bbq’s and her amazing chicken salad sandwiches (which she always made me wait half the day for….but so worth it!). I will always be grateful to have known her. May you rest in peace, Gram. You have so earned it. xoxo

  2. Nbemis52 says:

    My heart is broken Maria has been a like a mother to me she was one of the most caring person I have ever meet I will forever cherish the memories that I have of her she always had a smile on her face when she saw you come Thru her front door. R.I.P.

  3. Karen Veloza says:

    This news saddens me! Maria was a grandma to everyone and a mom to many, she had a smile that brightened the room and a voice that could be heard. Maria was loved by her children very much as well as grandkids and great grand kids. What a wonderful woman she was…she will be greatly missed… fly high with the angels ??

  4. Carol & anna giannotti says:

    Dear kathy and family
    So sorry to hear about your mother
    You took great care of her and may she rest in peace
    She had a long life
    Carol& anna giannotti
    Wilmington ma

  5. Joan Phillips says:

    The all the O’Connell family. George and I are so sorry for your loss !

  6. Genifa Kelley says:

    Judy & family,
    It is with a heavy heart I write to express my condolences on the passing of gram. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. I know gram is at peace and will watch over you with all the love she showered you with while she was here. Having spent alot of time with Judy I know your heart is broken. Please know I am here for you. With deepest sympathies.

  7. billy says:

    whose going to make deviled eggs for my christmas open house the SECOND SATURDAY in december????
    YOU are loved and will be missed

    LOVE,

    Billy and Bobby

  8. Maria Ward says:

    Shelly’s Gram was quite the Hot Ticket! I loved watching her exploits in the lives of my friends the Sainato family. My heart goes out to them and to all whose lives she touched.

    Maria Ward Davis

  9. Mary-Ellen and Julia says:

    To Maria’s Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. She is now your angel. If you need anything Maria please don’t hesitate to ask your friends can help or just a listening ears hugs maria.

  10. Bev says:

    Marie, you looked beautiful tonight. You have left such a legacy of loving family who will never forget you. You would have been so proud of all of them. So many people showed up to say farewell to you. Lots of people. You set an example for us all. I know you will be sad to miss your party tomorow afternoon, but I know you will be there in spirit. XOX

  11. Kelly O'Connell Goumas says:

    I just read of Marie’s passing and my thoughts are with you all. RIP and fly high Aunt Marie.

    Kelly O’Connell Goumas

  12. Michael Galeno says:

    My heart goes out to the family! I have known Marie for 14 years. She was a wonderful person. She has given all her love to all of her family. I loved her very much! She has given me all of her love & then some. I will miss her very much!! God love her.

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