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Loretta M. (O'Connor)  Wallace

Loretta M. (O'Connor) Wallace
  • February 11, 1931 - March 9, 2019
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts

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“Cathy, Tony, Steven, Patty, Jean, Mike, Jane, Frank Margie, Jimmy, Jenn and Annie and family. My deepest condolences to you all of The Wallace Family...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Dale Lydiard - Rye, NH

“My condolences, Sorry for your lost. I have many fond memories of your mom and family. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: John Renzullo - Dracut, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy to Steve and the entire Wallace family. The world certainly lost a very special lady. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Anne Miloszewski - Littleton, NH

“My condolences, with love John Pagliarulo ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: John Pagliarulo - Somerville, MA

“Anne, I offer my sympathy to you and your family. May your Mom rest in peace. MR V ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Jean, Cathy, Margie and Loretta's family. Accept my sincere condolences. Loretta will be missed. May her soul rest in peace! ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Lunick Toussaint - Avon

“Jean and family I am sorry for your loss. I will keep Loretta and all of you in my thoughts. May she rest in peace. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Maria Zographos-Gatcomb

“I am so sorry for the loss to your family. I hope you can find peace in your memories. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Tanya Hopkins - Jacksonville, NC

“Oh Loretta, The times we had with each other. Meeting you, Ralph, Anne and Shawn in Vegas. Staying at the Fisher House in California for Precious...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Linda O'Connor - Phoenix, AZ

“To the Wallace Family- I am so sorry for your loss. Loretta was a sweet, kind woman. She will be missed. Julie SouliotisMVES ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Souliotis - MA - Friend

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Loretta M. (O'Connor) Wallace died at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 9, 2019. She was 88 years of age. Loretta grew up in Jamaica Plain with her mother, father, and brother Jim. She attended parochial schools and led a life of strong faith. After graduating high school, Loretta enlisted in the US Navy, where she was stationed in Norfolk, VA. It was there she met and married her husband, Ralph. They settled in Melrose and created a loving home for their seven children. They were married 49 years before Ralph passed away suddenly in 2003.

When their children were young, Loretta volunteered as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and took a job as a crossing guard in Melrose. She was active in the Saint Mary's prayer group for many years. When her children were older, Loretta went to college and earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Bunker Hill Community College. She enjoyed decorating and making a house feel like a home.

She and Ralph owned and operated Chipman's, a small family business in Wakefield, where she worked from 1978, until she retired at the age of 80 in 2011. A genuine people-person, Loretta was the primary contact for customers as they came through the door, happily offering advice and guidance in selecting window coverings for their homes.

Loretta valued spending time with her family and always treated others with respect and kindness. She enjoyed being outdoors, taking long walks, dancing, country music, and spending time with family and friends. Everyone who knew her was impressed by her generosity, kindness, forgiving nature and her sense of humor.

Mrs. Wallace was the beloved wife of the late Ralph E. Wallace. Loving mother of Cathleen M. Corsetti & her husband Antony of Yarmouth Port, Steven R Wallace & Patricia of Wakefield, Jean ... READ MORE →