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Catherine Frances (McNamara) O'Neill
  • Melrose High School Permanant Scholarship Fund
    P. O. Box 760695
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“so sorry to hear of aunt kays passing i did not know she was illshe always had a great smile for everyone there are only 2 great ones left of the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: kaaren goodwin - hampstead, NH

“So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to the whole family. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Crowell Biondo - Epping, NH

“So sorry for your loss ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Daniel KEohane - Peabody, MA

“Thinking of all the O'Neill's during this time. You were all blessed with a strong, kind, faithful Mother that is leaving behind a wonderful legacy....Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Cathy Donovan - Wakefield, MA

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers to the O'Neill family. Mrs. O'Neill, or "Nana", as she was often called, always had a smile on her face. She was so...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: The Finley Family - Friend

“What a bright light in the world. Such an honor to have known her. Everyone at Aberdeen Home Care sends Mary and the whole family, our love and...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Joanne MacInnis - Danvers, MA

“John, my condolence to you and your family ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Paul (Soup) Campbell - Peabody, MA

“I will pray that her soul will rest in peace and her close relatives and friends will draw courage and strength from her life to advance her values...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Partha Ghosh - Winchester, MA

“JohnnyO, Bob, Joe, Buddy and family, Very sorry to hear of your loss your mom seemed to always have a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye ...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Vincent Cosco - Friend

“Sincere condolences to the O'Neill family on the loss of your Mathair. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Hemenway - Stoneham, MA

“Joe and Family, Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with during this difficult time.God bless,Murph ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Steve Murphy - Saugus, MA

“Joe and all the O'Neills, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mother was always with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. I enjoyed her the few times we...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Burns - Friend

“My heart and prayers go out to all of you. Your mom was so loved and so loving. I have the fondest memories of her while growing up. I pray for her...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Cheryl Swantee Cade - IA - Friend

“So sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to you and your family ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Lynne Pistorino - Wakefield, MA


Catherine Frances (McNamara) O'Neill, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 24, 2017 at the age of 81. Catherine was born in Cambridge on March 31, 1936 to John & Catherine (Lyons) McNamara. She was raised in Cambridge & Somerville, and was a graduate of Somerville High School. Catherine married the late Edward J. O'Neill in 1958 at St. Anne's Church in Somerville. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage and were devoted to raising their children. Catherine was a proud resident of Melrose for 50 years. Everyone around town will surely miss her sparkling blue eyes and bright smile. Catherine enjoyed taking trips to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach, York, ME, and even made a memorable trip to Ireland. She loved the Boston Red Sox, hardly ever missing a game and could name every player on the team. She even named her dog Nomar. Although she was a huge Red Sox fan, her children & grandchildren were always number one in her heart. Over the years she attended hundreds of sporting events for her children & grandchildren, always making an effort to be there to support them. Catherine's family was the brightest part of her life. She brought out the best in all of them and was always happiest when she was surrounded by them. She will be truly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Catherine was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. O'Neill. Loving mother of Arthur O'Neill & his wife Barbara of Melrose, Mary Battistelli & her husband David of Beverly, Catherine Martin & her husband Thomas Jr. of Canton, Joseph O'Neill & his wife Ellen of Melrose, John O'Neill & his wife Ann Marie of Stoneham, Carol Denning & her husband William Jr. of Melrose, and Robert O'Neill & his wife Rose of Wakefield. Proud & devoted grandmother of Katie, Kelly, Sean, Lauren, Brett, Erin, Allie, Jen, Kelly, Michael, Danny, Kevin, Meaghan, Molly, Mairead, Billy, Colleen, Catherine, Giuliana, Edward, and Joseph. Caring sister of Mary Passanessi, Robert McNamara, Claire Hurley, and the late Francis McNamara, Helen Fuller, and Edward McNamara. Visiting Hours will be held on Fri., May 26, 2017 from 3PM-8PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Sat., May 27, at 9 AM, followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Catherine's name to the Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund, PO Box 760695, Melrose, MA 02176.