NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Eleanor M. (O’Brien) Durkin, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in the Coleman House, Northborough, after an illness.
She leaves her husband of 58 years, James P. Durkin, Sr.; their four children: Jean Durkin of Clinton, James P. Durkin, Jr. and his wife, Kristine, of Leicester, Edward Durkin and his wife, Judy, of Franklin, and Anne-Marie Lawlor and her husband, Peter, of Duxbury; five grandchildren: Meghan, Kelly and Michael Durkin and Julia and James Lawlor; and her sister, Jean Moore, of Warwick, RI.
Eleanor was born and raised in Clinton, daughter of Edward and Mary (McNally) O’Brien, and was a life-long resident. She was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1947. Prior to her retirement, Eleanor worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education for 15 years, and for the town of Clinton in the Tax Collector’s Office. Before starting her family, she worked for Massachusetts Electric Company.
A member of St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish, and the former Our Lady of the Rosary Church, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed travel, time with family, and was always doing for others. Her graciousness and caring ways will forever be remembered by her family and friends.
Eleanor’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, Nov.14, 2012 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. John’s Church, 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510.