Nancy (McCarthy) O'Donnell

Died: Mon., Jan. 21, 2013


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
Location: Mack Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Thu., Jan. 24, 2013

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GARDNER – Nancy (McCarthy) O'Donnell, age 91, of Gardner died Monday, January 21, 2013 at home.

Mrs. O'Donnell was born June 10, 1921 in Winchendon; she is the daughter of the late John B. and the late Nettie B. (Martin) McCarthy.  She married Edward A. O'Donnell on April 11, 1942.

Nancy grew up in Winchendon and graduated from Murdock High School in 1939.  She graduated from the Farmer School of Cooking in Boston in 1940.

She worked as the Assistant Manager for the former Gardner Manor Nursing Home.  She volunteered for several years at Wachusett Manor Nursing Home.  Nancy was a member of the Gardner Municipal Golf Course for many years.  She was a member of the Bridge Club and the Ball & Chain Club.  She and her husband spent many years camping in Flagg’s Trailer Camp in York Beach, Maine.  She was a devoted friend who loved to cook and entertain in her home.  She was fortunate to be surrounded by caring neighbors.

She leaves a granddaughter, Kelly A. Hartzog and her husband Neil T. Hartzog of West Hartford, CT; a sister in-law Betty Goguen of Gardner; two great grandchildren, Devin Hartzog, Julia Hartzog and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward A. O'Donnell; by her son, Steven E. O'Donnell; and by three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 12 p.m. in the Mack Funeral Home 91 Vernon St., Gardner.   Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Gardner.

A calling hour will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013, from 11 to 12 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests to please consider a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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Randy & Donna Courtemanche
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
We have known Nancy (and Eddie) for many years. Nancy was a very nice, friendly,fun to be around, thoughtful person. She was a very long time friend of our aunt & uncle, Ticket & Lorraine Dagelis. We shared many gatherings with them. We last saw her at our aunt Mary's calling hours the end of January. We lost uncle Ticket last Friday and so perhaps their freindship will be renewed & they can do something together again! She will be in our thoughts. We are happy to have known her.

Marc and Tracy Johnson
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
We grew up with Aunt Nancy at every family function and holiday. She would come and celebrate with her dear friends, my grandparents Barbara and Henry Goguen. Aunt Nancy was there to see all of us graduate, get married and have baby showers, and I am happy and blessed to have had her there. I called Aunt Nancy to invite her to Thanksgiving a few months ago and she sounded as always, cheery and full of love. We are certainly blessed to have had Aunt Nancy in our lives. I know she is will her loved ones now. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, who today, will celebrate the long and happy life she had.

Richard & Becky Bisbee
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
So sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. We'll always remember Steve's mom and the little red house on Green St. Usually a happy, fun place, sometimes sad times but always a welcome home. Nancy was the best cook, always good to me as a youngster, young adult and mature old guy. She, like Ed and Steve will be missed and in our hearts with fond memories.

Biz & Becky

Diane and Richard Croteau
   Posted Fri January 25, 2013
Nancy, Eddie and Stevie were a huge part of our lives as we grew up. We lived next door on Green St., but even before and after there are tons of memories!! Dad and Ed graduated high school together, Mom and Nancy were great friends, especially after they were widows. She was always there for us when we came to town during my mothers last months in the nursing home. She will be remembered fondly.

Michael and Sonja Wagner
   Posted Wed May 15, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Nancys passing. She will forever be remembered. She was a wonderful woman. She now is where she was wanted, and where she wanted to be. Bless you Nancy

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