Denise M. Quinn Print E-mail

  Denise M. Quinn

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and cousin


Denise M. (Matte) Quinn, 67, of Lowell, died peacefully on Monday, March 26th surrounded by family. She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Thomas J. Quinn who survives her.

Born in Lowell on March 23, 1951, oldest daughter of Omer and Camille (Labrecque) Matte of Dracut, she attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Dracut High School with the Class of 1968. 

Denise went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Lowell State College (NKA U/Mass Lowell) in 1972, and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Lesley University in Cambridge in 1996.

Before retiring in 2011, Denise was a devoted school teacher until a bold career change later in life led her to become a Director of Human Resources.

Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, loved the beach and traveling the world over, including faraway places like Egypt, Russia, Budapest, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland and England just to name a few. She was very proud of being a friend of Bill for 23 years, volunteering for local domestic violence programs and reading for the blind. However, her greatest joy in life was being the world's best Mimi to her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Denise is survived by two daughters Courtney Ahearn and her husband William and Katie Quinn all of Dracut, MA; three grandchildren Liam and Avery Ahearn of Dracut, MA and Michaela Mentzer of Watertown, MA; two sisters Carol Fennell and her husband William of Pepperell, MA and Lisa Matte of Tewksbury, MA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

QUINN – In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday April 2nd at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock in the morning. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in Denise’s memory to Lowell General TeamWalk for CancerCare, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.





Condolences (14)
  • JAVHD Movies  - Denise M. Quinn
    Nice Post. Thanks!
  • Aleta Schnaitter  - Teacher and friend
    Tom and family I'm so saddened by this news. So long ago (40+ years), I counted Denise among my friends...the motley band of great teachers found at Dracut Middle School. Her sense of adventure, infectious laugh, and knife sharp sense of humor made everything fun. She had a life well lived. I wish it had been longer. Please accept my condolences and know how much she was loved by old friends. Aleta
  • Dracut Council on aging  - Our condolences
    Dear Omer & Camille, Our hearts are broken for you and your family upon hearing of your daughters passing. We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Donna Houston and All your Friends at the DCOA
  • Kerri MacKay  - So very sorry
    Sending healing thoughts, much love and prayers to the entire family. Aunt Denise was a kind, strong, beautiful woman, whom I admired very much. I have fond memories of many school projects that were inspired by some of the exciting places she’d visited. She made such an impression on me and I truly think she passed her love of travel and adventure on to me as well. I’m blessed to have been her godchild and will miss her dearly. Love you all and I’m here for you always. Love, Kerri
  • Cathie Gibson Loughran  - My condolences
    Carol and family, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. Sending prayers to all of you.
  • Maria Murphy
    Sending my deepest sympathy for the passing of your most loved one.
  • Maggie Spalding  - Courtney and family
    I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Courtney during her Ultrasound internship with us. We remember well her Mom’s courage facing her health issues during that time. We also remember well the strength Courtney showed through it all as well. It is not by chance that Courtney displays such strength, compassion, quick wit and an ever present beautiful smile! Our hearts break for all of you. I hope the warmth and promises of spring help to bring peace to all of you.
  • Angelo Iannuzzo
    A truly wonderful woman with that infectious "Matte girl" laugh that she shared with her sisters! I Had no idea she was so well traveled. Always outgoing and kind to me. My heart goes out to Tom and the entire amazing family. Love to you all.
  • Kathy roddy  - Broken hearted
    I considered Denise a good friend, am so sorry to hear of her passing. We shared many laughs and stories thru the years. My heart goes out to you Tom and the rest of the family. She is what I considered a good soul always trying to make someone’s day a little brighter and lighter. Rest easy my friend. Kathy
  • Elaine  - Townsend mass
    Carol sorry for your loss of your sister
  • Ron&Jo-Anne Valcourt  - to the Family
    So Sorry she was a great person and a great person to have know her
  • Leslie Burke (Dowd)  - St Michael’s School
    Denise and I went to St Michael school and I remember how smart she was.Her smile was beautiful and she was so much fun at recess very sorry to hear of her passing Condolences to all her family members
  • Mary beth Romeo
    I did not know Denise well but her beautifully written obituary and photo paints such a lovely and interesting picture of a clearly couragous, adventurous, intelligent and successful woman. I think she would be very proud to see her life and accomplishments summarized in such a way. My love and thoughts are with you guys during this very dufficult time.
  • Marlene Ahearn  - My condolences
    Courtney, Katie and the entire family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She raised two amazing girls so I know she is resting in Peace a proud woman. Lots of prayers being sent your way Love, Marlene Ahearn and Joe Bergeron
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