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Shirley A. (Terminiello) O’Donnell

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, January 26th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith O'Donnell, ShirleyHome for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere, for Shirley A. O’Donnell (Terminiello), who passed most unexpectedly on Thursday, January 21st at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. Her funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 27th, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, at 10:00 a.m.

Born, raised & educated in Revere, she was an alumna of Revere High School, Class of 1953 & an alumna of Salem State College, Class of 1957. Shirley taught for over 38 years, within the elementary level for the City of Revere, spending most of her career between the Lincoln & Whelan Schools. A long-time resident of Point of Pines, she was a co-founder of the “Pines sand-lot for baseball”. She was a member of the Retired Revere School Teachers Assoc., the Mass. State Teachers’ Assoc. & the Salem State College Alumni. She and her beloved husband of 57 years, James F. O’Donnell, Sr. enjoyed a passion for “Disney” and have made 97 trips to and from. Shirley’s first love, after her family, was anything “Mickey Mouse”, and her home decor certainly asserts that fact. Her children, and grandchildren, will long cherish the joy that those trips have brought to them.


Besides her loving husband, James F. O’ Donnell Sr., she leaves three children. She is the cherished mother of Kathleen A. Callahan & her husband Michael of Marblehead, James J. O’Donnell Jr. and his wife Kathleen and Brian J. O’Donnell, all of Revere. She is the adored grandmother to Meaghan K. DeSoto & her husband, Jonathan of Marblehead, Michael K. Callahan Jr. & his wife, Johanna of Danvers, Taylor K. Callahan of So. Boston, Garrett C. Callahan of Austin, Texas, James F. & Kathryn M. O’Donnell both of Revere. With tenderness and over we remember Shirley’s great-granddaughter, Sarah K. DeSoto. She is the dear sister to the late, Marilyn C. Sordillo & Victor “Muzzy” Terminiello and the daughter to the late Victor C. & Catherine “Kitty” (Aufiero) Terminiello. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Visiting Hours

Tuesday, January 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Wednesday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl., Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2031.

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  1. Lester Kligerman
    Jan 30 2016

    Dear Mr. O’Donnell (Jimmy), Kathy, Jim, Brian and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Our deepest condolences are sent to all. We know Shirley’s “Kindness and Love” will forever be in your hearts. It seems like just yesterday that you and Shirley would pull up across the street from our home to visit Shirley’s beloved family. Yet that was over 45 years ago. I always enjoyed our conversations. I can also remember Shirley and I talking and her warmth when we crossed paths in the Revere Schools.
    I will never forget how kind you always were to my family .
    Lester and Gaye Kligerman

  2. Lisa Kelley DeGrandis
    Jan 24 2016

    Dearest Jim, Kathy, Jim-Jim, Brian & Family, We are so sad to learn of Shirley’s passing, are sincerest condolences. Such warm & fond memories growing up together-from Woburn to The Pines. Shirley shared her nurturing maternal gift with all that were blessed to have known her, along with her notorious ‘cheek squeezing’ & motherly hugs. May you find comfort during these difficult days knowing how loved she was by so many. Such a beautiful family she raised xo

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