Shirley O'Donoghue
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Shirley K. O'Donoghue

ROCHDALE - Shirley Katherine O'Donoghue, 88, of Rochdale, passed on to eternal life on Sunday, November 8, 2015 where she will live forever with God. She passed peacefully at home after an illness with her family by her side.

Shirley leaves many nieces and nephews, especially Brendan O'Donoghue and his wife Terri, and Daniel O'Donoghue, who took her home to care for her during her last months. She also leaves a cousin and friend, Dorothy (Dennison) Abbot and her husband William of Williamsburg, Va.

She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Eleanor Lamarche, her brothers, Rev. Brendan W. O'Donoghue, Edward J. O'Donoghue and Eugene J. O'Donoghue, and her close friend Mary Jo DiFonzo.

Shirley was born in Worcester, daughter of William T. and Mary E. (Carrigan) O'Donoghue.

She graduated from St. Peter's School and Commerce High School, both in Worcester.

She was a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy from 1949 to 1959. She later completed the practical nursing program at the David Hale Fanning Trade School and worked for the Visiting Nurses Association of Worcester for 31 years.

Shirley was a member of St. Peter's Parish in Worcester. She was an ardent traveler and especially enjoyed her trip to Vatican City in Italy.

Brendan would like to extend his sincere thanks to Jessica Carlson and the VNA Hospice staff who gave exceptional and compassion care to his aunt.

There is a calling hour Friday, November 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 931 Main St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter's Parish, 929 Main St., Worcester 01610, or the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 150 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY 10530.


Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2015.
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