Lillian O'Leary

Lillian D. (Johnson) OLeary, 91, passed away April 1, 2013 following an illness. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph T. OLeary. Lillian leaves her son Joseph T. OLeary, Jr. and his wife Melanie, her grandchildren Katherine OLeary and Joseph T. OLeary III, her great-grandson Ethan Servideo and several nieces and nephews. Her brothers Carl R. and Chester G. Johnson and sister Vivian Lucas predeceased her. Lillian was born July 10, 1921 in Worcester, daughter of the late Selma (Kjellstrom) and Carl Johnson. She grew up in Worcester and graduated from Commerce High School. She worked for many years at Norton Company in Worcester. She married her husband Joseph in 1958, and together they lived in Framingham, Norwood, and they particularly enjoyed living in Stuart, Florida during their retirement years. Lillian later returned to New England and lived at Southgate in Shrewsbury for 14 years before returning to Worcester. Those who knew Lillian will remember her as a devoted mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. Her family would like to thank the staff at Knollwood Nursing Center for the care and compassion they showed Lillian during her time there. In lieu of flowers her family requests you honor Lillian with donations to St. Johns High School 378 Main St. Shrewsbury MA 01545. Family and friends are invited to gather at a graveside service for Lillian on Friday April 5th at 11:00am at Riverside Cemetery Millbury St. Grafton MA 01519. There are no calling hours. Directions and an online condolence book to share memories of Lillian are available at

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Apr. 3, 2013