Amelia F. Scannell, 83
Worcester - Amelia F. (Rutana) Scannell, 83, of Worcester, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Her husband of 56 years Edward W. Scannell Jr. died last year.
Amelia leaves six children, Edward W. Scannell III and his wife Alison of Canastota, N.Y., Thomas J. Scannell and his wife Deborah of Worcester, Ann F. Scannell and her wife Hanya Bluestone of Worcester, John M. Scannell and his wife Doreen of Rutland, Paul F. Scannell and his wife Angela of Milton, and James M. Scannell of Utica, N.Y.; a sister, Pauline Isabelle of Uxbridge; 13 grandchildren, Samuel and Sydney Scannell, Stephen and Geoffrey Scannell, Keara and Renny Bluestone, Matthew, Brian, Sean and Jillian Scannell, and Caroline, William and Katherine Scannell; and many nieces and nephews.
Amelia was born in Northbridge, daughter of Stanley and Geneva (Matuzek) Rutana. She has lived in Worcester more than 50 years.
Amelia graduated in 1950 from Northbridge High School and in 1953 from Hahnemann School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for five years in Worcester area hospitals before leaving to raise a family. She returned to nursing in 1977 and worked at Hahnemann Hospital until her retirement in 1995.
She was a longtime active and faithful member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Worcester.
Amy was an incredible mom, who always was there for her six children despite a busy career. She was a devoted grandmother who never missed a game, play, graduation or event. She was a steadfast friend, who was the rock in so many people's lives.
Most of all, she was a wonderful partner with her husband and best friend Ed through their 60 years together. They spent every waking moment possible side by side and worked hard to make sure their children had every opportunity. In retirement they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. And they nurtured each other through illness later in life.
Calling hours are Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held Monday, May 2 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016.