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Rosemary A. (Donohue) Hanson

Rosemary A. (Donohue) Hanson
  • September 8, 1939 - October 7, 2017
  • Westford, Massachusetts

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“I'm very sorry for your great loss. May you be strengthened and comforted throughout this difficult time by means of prayer. Our loving Heavenly...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“I am unable to attend today's gathering in memory of Rosemary. Elaine and I extend our condolences to the entire Donohue family on her passing. It...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Doug Mac Donald - Melrose, MA

“Dear Donohue Family, my condolences on the passing of your sister Rose Mary. I remember her very clearly. I was entering the field of journalism and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Cathy Grassello - Wakefield, MA

“No matter how much our families expand and we may see less of each other, the Donohue's will always have a special place in our hearts. Aunt Rose was...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Francis Britten - Pepperell, MA

“Rose, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prays are with you and your family My deepest Sympathies ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Fran Procum - Weare, NH

“Marty so loved his 'day older' cousin, Rose. I'm hoping they're with each other. Our heartfelt sympathies to you, Rose, Monica, and Darrin, and all...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Barbara Britten - Shapleigh, ME

“Rosemary, Darrin, Monica...I remember your mother fondly. A kind and compassionate woman with a wonderful sense of humor. She treasured her children...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Murphy - Family


Rosemary A. (Donohue) Hanson, of Westford, died peacefully on October 7, 2017 at the age of 78. Rosemary was born in Melrose, MA on September 8, 1939 to Francis & Rosemary Donohue. She was the eldest of twelve children, and maintained a close and loving bond with her siblings throughout her life. Rosemary was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1957, then worked as a book-keeper for her father's business for numerous years. She moved to Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and three children in the 1970's, where she resided for most of her life. Rosemary worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Westford Eagle Newspaper for many years until leaving to move to Europe for a few years, eventually returning to Westford. She traveled extensively throughout Europe, and visited almost every state in the United States, but she especially loved to travel to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Rosemary was an avid reader, an excellent writer, and she loved music, playing her favorite songs on her piano, a love she shared with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was the loving wife of Ronald W. Hanson of Westford for 24 years. Former wife of 25 years to Frederick A. Laskey. Devoted mother of Rosemary Baia & her husband Edward of Ogunquit, ME, Darrin Laskey of Nashua, NH, and Monica Laskey-Rigrod & her husband Pierce of Hancock, NH. Proud grandmother of Rachel, Alex, Isabelle, & Olivia, and great-grandmother of Jack. Visiting Hours will be held on Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017 from 4 PM-7 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral Procession from Gately Funeral Home on Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 at 9 AM followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.