Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey Print E-mail


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Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey


Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey, 85, died Sunday June 4, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington with her loving family by her side.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Torpey who died October 30, 2011.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 13, 1931, a daughter of the late William A. and the late Theresa V. (Brick) Merritt, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Hall where she was Captain of the Cheer-leading Squad.

A member of the Red Hat Society, Barbara also held membership in the Keith Hall Alumnae Association, St. Margaret Sodality and was a former member of the East End Club. She was also a committee member for the Mustard Seed Project in Jamaica.

Barbara is survived by six daughters Colleen Alaoui of Lowell, Marian Cunningham and her husband Samuel of South Berwick, ME, Michele Teague of Lowell, Diane Torpey and Ron St. Jean of Seabrook, NH, Karin Guthrie and John Alder of Townsend, Kathleen Ballos and her husband Michael of Townsend; a son Thomas E. Torpey of Lowell; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; a sister Margaret M. Loucraft of Lowell; a brother George W. Merritt of Wells, ME; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by four children Mary Torpey, Patrick Torpey, Suzanne Torpey and Bridget Torpey; two grandchildren Jonathan P. Pesa and Sarah R. Pesa Wale; her brother William Merritt and her son-in-law Daniel Teague.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Autism Speaks Foundation at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (8)
  • Michael Guthrie
    Rest in Peace Mrs. Torpey you will be missed and god bless you and your family
  • Heather Smith  - Granddaughter
    We will miss you. You were a wonderful grandmother and a beautiful person. You will be missed. Im sure pup will be happy to have you home. RIP MA fly high! Heather,Jason,Thomas and Kayleigh
  • Maureen Bagley  - Great Memories!
    Bye Barbara - what a great lady you are. I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood when some days I spent more time at your house than I did my own. So glad I got to reconnect with you over the past few years and spend your 85th birthday with you too! You will surely be missed on Foster St. Love and prayers to you and all your family, Maureen xxoo
  • Sandy and Frank Olmstead
    I have been honored and blessed to have known such a beautiful person. I know God has assigned her to watch over her family throughout your life's . I have fond memories and precious moments that I will cherish and placed in my heart forever. To her beautiful family you are in our thoughts and prayers. She is now resting in the arms of the Lord
  • Diane
    There are no words Ma to express both my happiness for you and sadness I feel . I love you so very much. And I thank you for what you did for me when you arrived in Heaven. You will live along with others in my heart forever and I will see you when I get there!
  • Shannon  - Will never forget about you
    You were the sweetest and so caring. I'll never forget it. Love you gram❤
  • Pamela, Youssef and Zaki Alaou  - Sending Prayers
    Barbara will be missed by many; her love was felt by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her hospitality, kindness and generosity will continue by every she touched. Remember that a loved one's hug lasts long she is gone. Pam, Youssef and Zaki
  • Kathleen  - Love you Mom!
    You are in the arms of your forever love surrounded by your beautiful children and grandchildren. Though I will miss you greatly, my heart is at peace and happiness and joy fill it for the new life that you are celebrating with God. Until we hold each other again, you will always be within me, a very part of my soul. My mother, my friend. Soar high!
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