O’Reilly, Anne Marie

September 27th, 2009

amoreillyAnne Marie (Frotten) O’Reilly died Sunday, September 27, of cancer at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, surrounded by her family while listening to her favorite music.

Born in Reading, Anne was the daughter of the late Frank E. and Nora A. (Scanlon) Frotten.  The Frotten family moved to the Cranberry House on Middlesex Avenue when Anne was very young, and there she met her lifelong friend, Janet Condrey Beyer.  The family soon moved to Wildwood Street where Anne called home for the rest of her life. In high school Anne was class secretary, football cheerleader, and star of the class play.  Here also she met her future husband, Gerry “Scratch” O’Reilly.  She graduated from Wilmington High School as the class salutatorian.  She continued her education at Regis College in Weston where she received her bachelor’s degree in English, and later she received her master’s degree from Lesley College.

Anne began her teaching career, returning to Wilmington High as an English teacher. She taught three generations of Wilmington families at both Wilmington High School and the North Intermediate School. Anne loved teaching and learning, and during her career she began many wonderful friendships and experienced many joyful moments. Anne loved going to school every day, interacting with her students and spending time with her colleagues. After retirement, Anne maintained friendships with many colleagues whose presence in her life she treasured and relied on. She looked forward to the “old” NIS staff get-togethers where they shared stories of the good old days and commiserated over new life experiences.

Though Anne loved her career as a teacher, her greatest passion was her family. Anne raised a family of six children whose happiness and comfort were her ambition and inspiration. With her husband, Gerry, she made the Wildwood house a home to her own children and to many more. Her six grandchildren also knew “Grammy’s House” as their home. For the grandchildren, summer was synonymous with spending time at Grammy’s, swimming all day in the pool, enjoying sleepovers with the cousins, and gobbling down the special treats only a grandmother could provide. The extended family united for every birthday and holiday, a tradition Anne held dear. Anne was a lifelong fan of her husband’s, children’s, and grandchildren’s games and events. Whether it was hockey, baseball, softball, basketball, a play, or spelling bee, Anne was there clapping loudly, looking on proudly. In her “free time,” Anne also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, playschool teacher, and CCD teacher. Her family filled her life, and she was the heart and soul of theirs.

Anne and Gerry spent great times with their dear friends, Janet and Harry Beyer, Jane and Jed Griffin, and Judy and Ken Palm.  Anne especially looked forward to her book club meetings with Janet Beyer, Judy Palm, Jane Griffin, Joanne Phillips, and Cathy Symonds who met to share lively, intellectual dialogue of their latest selection and the joy of each other’s company. She traveled with her husband Gerry to Maine, Pennsylvania, Cape Cod, and Ireland.  She loved trips into Boston for great food, a good play, or a museum walk. She was a Red Sox fanatic, watching games up until her last days snuggled up with her beloved, best four-legged friend, Maud Gonne.

Anne’s love and goodness knew no bounds. Her strength and grace carried her through all that life put before her. As her life drew to its end, she never complained nor felt sorry for herself. She surrounded herself with family and friends whose company was her best medicine and whose love gave her immense comfort.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 51 years, Gerry; her children Mary Ellen and Jerry Powers of Somerville, Janet O’Reilly of Medford, Patricia O’Reilly of Wilmington, Deirdre and Tom Cotter of Kingston, NH, Gerry and Karen O’Reilly of Wilmington, and Tom O’Reilly of Charlestown; loving grandchildren, Catherine, Lily, Annie and Ella Cotter of Kingston, NH, and Alex and Gerry O’Reilly of Wilmington; her sister Mary Smith of Wilmington; and her lifelong friends, Janet (Condrey) Beyer and Judy (Condrey) Palm.  She was the sister of the late George Arthur Frotten of Lowell.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, October 1st at the Nichols Funeral Home Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, from 4-8 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 2nd in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Graveside to follow at Wildwood Cemetery.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “O’Reilly, Anne Marie”

  1. James McHugh says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  2. The Nelson Family says:

    To Our friend Scratch and his family, our deepest sympathies go out to you all, may your memories bring you comfort, prayers to all who knew and loved this wonderful woman.

    Kristen, Mark, Mary & George Nelson

  3. The Kinnon Family says:

    Deirdre, Lily and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts.
    Peter, Ange, Petey, Katy, and Chloe

  4. The Foley Family says:

    On behalf of our entire family, we wanted to extend our deepest sympathy to Gerry, the O’Reilly family, extended family and friends of Anne.

    We are so sorry for the sadness all of you are feeling today and the days ahead.

    We pray that the loving memories your family and friends will share in the next few days, will provide each of you additional strength, comfort and peace, not only in the days ahead…. but forever.

    With Love and Hugs,

    The family of (Jean) Foley – John Sr. Susan, John, Essey & Junie and their families.

  5. Mary F. Connelly says:

    Mary Ellen, Jerry and Family,

    Just letting you know that I continue to think of you at this difficult time. The obit for your mom was a beautiful tribute.

  6. Wayne says:

    Your english class did for me what other classes did not.
    It aided my communication skills. Thanks for being you.

  7. John Meade and Family says:

    To Mary Ellen and Jerry Powers,

    Our deepest sympathies are with you.

  8. Maureen and Bill Kemeza says:

    What a grace filled life–rich in love of life’s truest joys!
    Please accept our condolences as you bid her farewell.
    May angels lead her into everlasting light.

  9. Kristen Kane says:

    Anne was such a special lady. My mom (JoAnn Phillips) told me often that she thought Anne was the smartest person she knew. Although I did not know her as well as my mother did, every time I saw her or saw a picture of her, she was smiling. I’m glad that Anne was able to do things on her terms in the last days of her life. I am so sorry for your loss.

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