Leslie O'Donnell

Leslie A O'Donnell (Kelly)

September 2, 1967 - November 20, 2019
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NORTH CHELMSFORD - Leslie A. (Kelly) O'Donnell, a longtime resident of North Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at her home after a four- year battle with Neuroendocrine cancer on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, with her cherished family at her side. Leslie was the beloved wife of Robert "Bob" O'Donnell with whom she celebrated 29 years of marriage in September. In addition to her loving husband, Leslie leaves her son Jeremy, daughter Katelyn, and her sister Valerie Kelly.

She was born in Boston on September 2, 1967 and was the daughter of Diane (DeSimone) Schalke and the late James E. Kelly. She was pre-deceased by her step-father, Henk Schalke.

She was a graduate of Cornell University. Leslie found her true passion working at the Chelmsford Integrated Pre School (CHIPS), special education program. Leslie’s favorite place to be was on a boat or at the beach, enjoying the sunshine. She was an avid reader and an enthusiastic New England Patriots fan. Her proudest accomplishment was raising two strong, intelligent children who she supported in all their endeavors.

It being her wish, calling hours have been omitted. Family and friends are invited to gather for a Memorial Service to remember Leslie at the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street Chelmsford on Saturday, November 30th at 10:30 am. Interment will be held privately at a later date. Reception to follow service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leslie's memory may be made to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Road, #261, Burlington, MA 01803.
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  • Memorial Service

    November 30, 2019 | 10:30am
    November 30, 2019 10:30am
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Carrie Casey

Posted at 08:24pm
We will forever remember Leslie for her smile and friendliness. Her kindness will forever remain in our hearts. With sympathy - đź’•Carrie, Chris, Hailey & Lexie Casey

Claire Augustus

Posted at 11:00am
What I have always remembered best about Leslie was her radiantly sweet smile. We hadn’t seen each other for many years but I have thought of her often, and I always pictured that smile. She was one of those special people that leave a palpable positive impact on those around them. In my mind, she’ll stay 17, beautiful & smiling forever.

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