Donna M. Sweeney Print E-mail


Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister;

Donna M. (Smith) Sweeney, 88, a former Lowell resident, died peacefully on December 15, 2021, at Talbot Hospice House in Easton, Maryland, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Eugene J. Sweeney, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced in Lowell prior to his death in 2004.

Born in Lowell on June 17, 1933, the daughter of the late Walter J. and the late Lillian (Higgins) Smith, she attended Lowell High School, and later received her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1953.

After receiving her degree, Donna worked for several years as a Registered Nurse, including at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, and then devoted her life to raising her children and to her family.

She was a voracious reader, avid Scrabble player and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  She was a strong, thoughtful and independent woman, a devoted mother to her children, and a loving Nana to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna is survived by seven children and their spouses, Laurence E. and Sheila Sweeney of No. Chelmsford, MA, Mary E. and Dale Quaint of Homestead, FL, Gail A. Suslovitch of Bennington, NH, Michael W. Sweeney and his partner James D. Storella of Medford, MA, Donna M. Bergeon of Kennebunk, ME, Ann M. and Colin Q. Potts, of Easton, MD, and Kathleen P. Hehmeyer of Exton, PA;  grandsons Stephen Sweeney, Joseph Bergeon and Daniel Hehmeyer; granddaughters Kerstin Sweeney, Donna Terrano, Victoria Suslovitch, Grace Bergeon, Renee Bergeon, and Lily Hehmeyer; great-grandchildren Ell, Evelyn and Cassidy; sisters Carleen Abreu and Maura Wilson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her late husband, she was predeceased by her son Daniel J. Sweeney, granddaughters Ellen and Alexandria, as well as her sister Delores Walsh, and brothers Robert Smith and John Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation to be held on Monday morning December 20, 2021, at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 144 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA. from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass in Church at 11:00 o’clock.  Her interment will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make memorial contributions in her memory to Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601 or a charity of their choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (2)
  • Barbara Fletcher Desjardins  - My Deepest Sympathy
    Donna is close cousin to my mother Bernadette Fletcher. I remember her at many of the Hurley / Wholey Family gatherings. She always had a smile and always attended any party she was invited to. I hope she did not suffer with an illness and passed peacefully. I am sorry I am not there for her funeral, as I am out of state, for a few months. I send my deepest sympathy to her family. Even though she is not present, she will be in your hearts forever.
  • Paul Wholey
    So sorry for your loss.
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