Dorothea D. Donnelly, 100, formerly of Marlborough


Dorothea D. DonnellyNorth Attleboro – Dorothea D. “Dot” Donnelly, 100, a cherished resident of North Attleboro since 1946, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Hugh L. “Bud” Donnelly, who passed away on October 15, 2001.

Born in Marlborough, MA, on June 30, 1923, Dot was the loving daughter of the late John Donovan and Dorothea (Moss) Donovan. She spent her childhood in Marlborough, attending Immaculate Conception Elementary School and graduating from Marlborough High School. Dot continued her education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Framingham State Teachers College.

Dot dedicated her career to teaching, impacting the lives of countless students. She began her teaching journey in Fairhaven and later served as a substitute teacher in North Attleboro before finding her home in the Plainville School Department, where she taught math until her retirement. She was deeply cherished by her students, leaving a lasting impression with her passion for education and nurturing spirit.

A devout Catholic, Dot was a longtime active communicant of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in North Attleboro. She was also an enthusiastic member of the North Attleboro Historical Conservation Commission, volunteering her time at historical sites such as the Attleboro Falls Fire Barn and the Woodcock Garrison School House. Her dedication to preserving history was admirable and appreciated by her community.

Dot’s adventurous spirit led her and her late husband, Hugh, to explore the world together. They embarked on numerous trips to destinations including Italy, Ireland, Australia, Hawaii, and Alaska. She cherished visits with her sons and grandchildren who lived out of the area, treasuring every moment spent with her family.

Deeply proud of her Irish heritage, family was the cornerstone of Dot’s life. She is survived by her devoted children: Noreen L. Donnelly of Adams, MA, and Michael J. Donnelly of North Attleboro, and his companion Rona Palumbo of Franklin. Dot leaves behind her cherished grandchildren: Stephen Donnelly II of Adams, MA; Christopher Donnelly of Arizona; and Shannon Donnelly of Colorado. She also leaves her step-grandchildren: Mark Harrington, Michael Harrington, Edward Harrington, and Eric Harrington. She was the sister-in-law of Eleanor Donovan of Shrewsbury, MA, and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Dot was predeceased by her beloved sons, Stephen Donnelly, Sr., and Hugh “Bill” Donnelly, as well as her daughter-in-law, Karen Donnelly, and son-in-law, Arthur “Skip” Harrington. She was also preceded in death by her brother, John H. Donovan, Jr., MD.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects during a visitation on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church (Transfiguration of the Lord Parish), 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, officiated by Reverend David A. Costa. Interment will be held at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Towne Street, Attleboro Falls, where Dot will be laid to rest beside her late husband, Bud.

Dot’s unwavering love, kindness, and dedication to her family and community will forever be remembered. May she rest in eternal peace, reunited with her beloved husband, Bud.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dot’s memory may be made to the Saint Mary’s Church Building Fund c/o Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, the Adams Council On Aging, the Attleboro Falls Fire Barn, the North Attleboro Historical Society, or a charity of one’s choice.

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