North Andover, Massachusetts — Mary Ellen (O’Connell) Mahoney, 61, of North Andover, died Sunday morning, April 14, at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of John J. Mahoney who survives her.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., June 8, 1951, the daughter of the late Maurice and the late Claire (Fox) O’Connell, she attended St. Rita Grammar School and was a graduate of St. Mary High School in Lawrence in the Class of 1969.
Before retiring, Mary Ellen was employed as a social worker with the Department of Public Welfare, now known as the Department of Transitional Assistance, in Lawrence for more than 27 years where she worked with many of the impoverished homeless and was an angel in disguise to those assigned to her care.
Among her many enjoyments, Mary Ellen was proud of her Irish heritage and all the music, dance, culture and celebrations associated with it. She also loved traveling, especially her annual trips to Florida.
She was an extraordinary caretaker for her loving sister-in-law Jane.
In addition to her husband, Mary Ellen is survived by three step-daughters, Mary Jo Santoro, of Merrimack, N.H., Karen Gurney and her husband, Barry, of Newport, N.C., and Allison Chasse, of Lowell, Mass.; two step-sons, David Mahoney and his wife, Lisa, of Newburyport, Mass., and Thomas Mahoney of Huntington Beach, Calif.; 10 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; a brother John O’Connell and his wife, Jane, of Bradford, Mass.; three nephews, Daniel O’Connell and his wife, Audrey, of Natick, Mass., Christopher O’Connell and his wife, Nicola, of Hayden Heights, N.J., and Jack O’Connell and his wife, Allison, of Amesbury, Mass.; her dear friends, Jimmy and Mazie Chaisson, of Methuen, Mass.; and several cousins, uncles and aunts including her special caregiver, Aunt Louise.