|Elinor A. O'Connor|
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.