Meredith, NH — Patricia Ceresole Dunnell, a former resident of Center Sandwich, N.H., and Concord and North Andover, Mass., died June 12, at Forestview Manor in Meredith, N.H., at the age of 80 after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Tallahasee, Fla., Mrs. Dunnell grew up in Concord, Mass., with her mother, Linda Bird Ceresole and stepfather, E. Paul Ceresole. She graduated from Concord Academy in 1951 and from Tufts University in 1955. Mrs. Dunnell devoted her life to her love of teaching others, which she did at the Pike School in Andover, Mass., for 20 years. She was actively involved at Brooks School as a faculty wife and dormitory mother, organizing faculty and alumni teas, working in the Dramatics Department and hosting student dinners. She leaves behind countless grateful students and faculty peers. In addition to her involvement with the schools, she made time for her lifelong interest in flower and vegetable gardening. She was an avid knitter who made countless pairs of socks, mittens and sweaters for her extended family over the years and greatly enjoyed teaching it to her grandchildren. One of her favorite places was Cuttyhunk, at the end of the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay off the coast of Massachusetts, where she spent parts of many summers with her parents as a teenager and later with her own family.
She was a beloved wife and mother who is survived by her husband of 54 years, William W. Dunnell III; her three children, William IV, Caroline and Jacob and their spouses; and her two granddaughters, Amelia and Chloe.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the Frank D. Ashburn Chapel on the grounds of Brooks School in North Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Brooks School Horticultural Department, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845, or to the Pike School Library, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover, MA 01810.