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Ruth M. O’Donnell

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, 78

 Ruth M. (Zabelski) O’Donnell, 78, of Lowell, died Thursday, March 31st at Tufts New England Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Raymond J. O’Donnell who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on September 20, 2015.

 Born in Boston, Massachusetts, August 22, 1937, a daughter of the late Francis and the late Helen (Padoski) Zabelski, she attended Boston schools and was a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.

 Before retiring, Ruth was employed as Parish Secretary at St. Margaret Church in Lowell with Monsignor Jakul. 

Among her many interests, Ruth especially enjoyed cooking, dancing and spending time with her family.

 In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by her four children Michael J. O’Donnell of Lowell, Patricia A. O’Donnell of Concord, MA, Kenneth P. O’Donnell and his wife Katie of Haverhill, MA and Nancy O’Donnell-Ducharme and her husband Toby of Tyngsboro, MA; six grandchildren Joshua, Tyler and Olivia Ducharme and Camden, Colby and Kylie O’Donnell; her twin sister Rita McCarthy of Cambridge, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also mother of her late infant son Raymond O’Donnell and sister of the late Frances Butcher.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o’clock.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church Parish Renewal and Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Condolences (6)
  • Connie Piper  - All my Prayers
    Dearest Patty, I just now am seeing this very tragic email from you! I still remember when your mom and dad came to Garmisch, Germany for their visit. Your mom was so VERY SWEET and I just can believe she just passed on! Patty, I am so very very sorry, my dear Friend and if you ever want to talk, please just give me a call. I found that when my mom passed away, it helped me to deal with the loss by doing something every day that would have made her happy. ..even if it is something small like doing something nice and thoughtful for someone - since she was like this with everyone she met. It seems small but it helps. I am thinking about you and your Family, Patty and PLEASE let your dad know that I am thinking about him at this very difficult time. Love your friend, Connie Piper
  • Andy and Julie Clarke  - Our most sincere sympathy
    Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. May our Lord's peace be with you and your family, Patty. With great love, Julie Clarke
  • Bobby Robbins
    Ruth, aka The General, was an awesome Lady. I always enjoyed being around her. I'm really going to miss her laugh. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Bobby
  • Thomas and Robin Erchinger  - Gods Peace to you and your family
    The O'Donnell family: We are friends of your daughter, sibling, aunt Patty. We were stationed in Incirlik Turkey with Patty. Patty and I worked together on the inpatient nursing unit. Patty became a good friend and we have been kept in touch all these years. Her family is very important to her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in the loss of your wife, mom, and grandmother.
  • Jean Eagleton-Mitchell  - Sympathy Message
    Patty and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was an extraordinary woman who led a very productive life. I know you will miss her terribly. Sincerely, Jean
  • Sharon Herman  - My deepest sympathy
    I am so sorry. My thoughts and prays are with you. God Bless.
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