Lenore M. (Ryan) O’Leary, age 91

of Braintree

Lenore M. (Ryan) O’Leary, age 91

Lenore M. (Ryan) O’Leary, age 91, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Pope Nursing Home in Weymouth, surrounded by her loving family.

Lenore was born in Dorchester, raised by her loving mother, Adeline A. (Morton) Farley, and her loving step-father, George Farley. She was also lovingly cared for by her maternal aunts and cousins. She was a graduate of Dorchester High School.

She lived in Braintree for fifty-six years, previously in Stoughton and Randolph.

She most recently worked as a CNA for nearly twenty years between the John Scott House and the former Braintree Manor. Prior to that, she was employed with the New England Telephone Company and earlier with the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston as support staff.

She was an active supporter of the Arnold Hall Conference and Retreat Center in Pembroke.

Lenore was a hardworking individual, devoted to her faith, family, and friends. She was dedicated to her family, especially her cherished grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for forty years of the late Donald F. O’Leary (1930-1998).

Devoted mother of Maryellen O’Leary of Newton, Lenore F. Shanahan and her husband Brian of Plymouth, Anne E. McGhee and her husband Geoffrey of Braintree, Donald J. O’Leary and his wife Leah of Braintree, and Janet O’Leary of Fla.

Loving grandmother of Jamie and his wife Victoria, Jillian, Kaila and Lucan Shanahan; Joshua, Paige, and Benjamin McGhee; Abigail Ekas; Sheadon and Everleigh O’Leary.

Cherished great grandmother of Cameron and Annemarie Finn, and Ryan Shanahan.

Dear sister of Janet Farley of Weymouth.

Lenore is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 72 Washington Street, Weymouth, on Wednesday, November 29, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation at the church prior to the Mass from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Interment Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lenore’s memory may be made to Norwell VNA & Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061 or the Arnold Hall Conference Center, P.O. Box 528, North Pembroke, MA 02358.


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  • Saddened by the news of Mrs. O’Leary. She was a remarkable women devoted to her family and faith.
    Will always remember the Birthday dinners for Maryellen, Lenore, Anne & Donald on Elm Street. She always made a big deal out of them to recognize her family. Somehow I made it to alot of those in my younger years.

    Will never forget the many sleepovers. She was such an inspiration to me.

  • Prayers for Lee and for all her family.

  • Oh MaryEllen, What a wonderful mother that you had!! (The minute I saw her picture on the website, I realized that I knew her from Arnold Hall.) She was a gem!

    My prayers will continue even more now, for the repose of her soul & comfort for the family & friends left behind, who grieve her loss!

    With Sympathy, Pat Rizkallah

  • Prayers to all with warm thoughts.

  • She has touched the lives of so many. I am so thankful for the times she has touched my life in so many wonderful ways. I will love and cherish her always. So sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Maryellen and family,
    She is now home with the Lord. Prayers for you all as you mourn for her.

  • How saddened I was to just find out if Lees passing. I was shocked!
    . !When I visited her she didn’t look that she would pass that quickly. We were sick for the month of November and was planning to visit soon. I loved Lee and we were good friends. I just wish I knew of the funeral we would have been there. I will pray for the family and to Lee. She is a Saint and a beautiful holy lady. It was a privilege to know Lee.