Elinor A. O'Connor Print E-mail

Elinor A. O’Connor

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;
 Elinor A. (Leahy) O’Connor, 90, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Wednesday morning at her home in the Highlands with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late James R. O’Connor, who died January 2, 1987. 
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 17, 1926, daughter of the late John J. and the late Elizabeth (Power) Leahy, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.   Prior to her retirement from the City of Lowell School Department, Elinor worked as a para-professional for over 20 years at both the Murkland and Cardinal O’Connell schools.  A lifelong communicant of St. Margaret Church, she was also a member of the parish Sodality. In addition she was a member of the Lowell Teachers Organization and the Hyannis Yacht Club.  She loved spending time with her family, especially vacationing on Cape Cod and in Maine. 
 Elinor is survived by two daughters, Ellen M. Cavanaugh and her husband Kevin of Lowell, and Annie O’Connor and her husband Terrence Downes of Lowell; two sons Roderick J. “Rory” O’Connor of Biddeford, ME, and Stephen P. O’Connor and his wife Olga of Lowell; three grandchildren, Brian and Molly O’Connor and Patrick Bujold and his wife Natalie; great granddaughter Gabby Bujold; two sisters, Marilyn Gill of Lowell, and Joan Lenzi and her husband Albert of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Martha Leahy of Nashua and Gloria Leahy of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.   
 She was also the sister of the late Elizabeth M. Nangle, the late Daniel P. Leahy, Esq., the late John J. Leahy, and sister-in-law of the late Peter F. Gill and the late William F. Nangle, Sr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock, (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by her committal services at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the John J. Nangle Scholarship Fund, c/o Lowell Catholic Grammar School, 486 Steven St., Lowell, MA, 01851 or the American Parkinson Disease Assn., c/o BU Medical Center, 720 Harris Ave., Suite 707, Boston, MA 02118. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.  
Condolences (9)
  • Frank Rouine
    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  • Bill & Peggy (McLaughlin) Shep  - Our Deepest Sympathy
    Dear Steve, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. God bless anyone who gets to live 90 plus years! That's a good run. I'm certain that she is now reunited with your Dad. Please extend our sympathies to the entire O'Connor family - Rory, Ellen and Annie.
  • Roberta Galvin
    Dear Marilyn, Joan, Steve, Olga and your families, please accept my deepest sympathy on Eleanor's passing. We go back many years and I remember them fondly. I am so sorry that I was unable to pay my respects in person but I want you to know you were all in my thoughts and prayers. She was such a wonderful person and I know she will be sorely missed!!!
  • Jeannie ( Larrivee) Nugent  - Friend of Anne
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
  • Ed Dean
    Annie, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother but I have had the pleasure of your friendship which is her legacy. My sincere condolences to you and Terry. As always, Be Well.
  • Martha Early  - Aunt Elinor
    Dear Rory,Ellen,Annie & Stephen, Sorry to hear that your mother is gone. She was a nice aunt and I have good memories of her. Martha
  • Eileen O'Donnnell Varoski
    Please accept my sympathy at this time. I enjoyed minding her four children when they lived on Marginal St many years ago..
  • Maura Early  - My Wonderful Aunt
    Dear Ellen, Rory, Stephen and Annie, So sorry that you have lost your beautiful mother.She was beautiful on the outside and the inside.Elinor was a woman of dignity and grace. My childhood memories of her are memories of her kindness an her elevgance. WhenI lived briefly in Lowell she was very gracious to me.I count myself privileged to have been her neice. May she rest in peace with Uncle James. Sincerely, Maura
  • John & Karen Crowe  - A Wonderful Lady
    Dear Steve, Ellen, Anne and Rory; Your Mom was a kind and wonderful lady. I recall so many great memories dating back to our BG and college days. Her 90 years is a blessing for both you she. I hope you find peace in knowing she is heaven now along side your Dad. Please accept Karen and my condolences.
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