Lillian C. (Rowell) Dunleavy, age 77

of Dorchester

Lillian C. (Rowell) Dunleavy, age 77

Lillian C. (Rowell) Dunleavy, age 77, a lifelong Dorchester resident, died peacefully, Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center in Milton, surrounded by her loving family.

Lillian was born in Boston, raised and educated in Dorchester. She was a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and attended the former Boston City Hospital School of Nursing.

She was employed as a healthcare professional for many years and especially enjoyed working with special needs patients.

Lillian enjoyed gardening.

Those who knew Lillian loved her. She was a loving, selfless woman who always put her family first. She was totally devoted to her children and grandchildren. The matriarch of her family and a legend of love, she will never be forgotten. Lillian was a flower that blossomed wherever she went.

Beloved wife for forty-five years of the late John F. “Jack” Dunleavy.

Devoted mother of John T. Dunleavy of Weymouth and his fiancée Jane McGonagle of Quincy, William C. Dunleavy of Dorchester, Janet A. Norcross and her husband Robert of Framingham, James J. Dunleavy and his wife Kimberly of Manchester, NH, and Susan L. Dunleavy of Dorchester. Mother-in-law of the late Sean M. Egan, Sr.

Loving grandmother of Brianne and Aindrea Dunleavy, Tiarra and Paige Norcross, James, John and Cailey Dunleavy, Sean Michael and Rhiannon Egan. Loving great-grandmother of Noah and Braeden.

One of nine siblings, she was the dear sister of Theresa Turner of Weymouth and Louise Kelly of Quincy, and was pre-deceased by William Rowell, Rita Norton, Arthur Rowell, Cecelia Doran, Michael Rowell, and Ellen Rosati.

Lillian is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, October 24th at 11 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 5 – 8 p.m. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

For those who wish, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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  • Please accept my most sincere & heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beautiful mom. Aunty Lil has always been a part of my life, having been my moms BFF!
    Id like to think my mom met her at the Golden Gates..
    and they are together again!
    Much love to you all.
    Katie Day

  • I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
    I just keep wishing you were still here.
    I will hold all the memories deep in my heart.
    Through these memories we’ll never part.

    Always in our hearts love you Auntie LiL ❤️❤️❤️

    Love Lisa , Tony , Anthony Green

  • Lil was such a beautiful person inside and out. Always there to listen and give great advice.

    She’s in good company in Heaven with so many of her friends and family. Finally together again with Jack ♥️

    Condolences to all of you.

  • Auntie Lil
    My Favorite Aunt in the world. My heart goes out to you and your Children,Grandchildren & Family. You are Truly a Blessing in my Life. I Love you beyond words. Beautiful,Kind Loving Sexy Aunt any girl could ever have. The Best listener you always helped out and gave the Best advice. I miss you already. I will take every Memory an Treasure you for a Lifetime. I know you are Dancing now. Your have left a Legacy with all of our Family. I Love you
    so much. Your Loving Niece Lisa Rosati

  • Walking into your house with out you to welcome me feels so surreal. You were the shining light in every single room you were in. I wish I could wake up and this could all just be a dream. You are the best woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, there is no one else in this world that could ever have the genuine kind selfless and passionate heart that you have. I’m so grateful for all the wisdom, long talks, laughs, advice, love and support you gave to me and every single one of us. You are the stitch that held all of us together. There was never a time that you didn’t have open arms, a shoulder to cry on or an understanding empathy for anyone who needed you. You’re so strong, you never stopped fighting. Loosing you is loosing a piece of my heart that will never come back but I know you’re at peace with Papa up there being able to dance again! Rest easy Nana I love you beyond words. ❤️

  • Always had a ear to listen to untie lil u are top shelf and my condolences to.your whole family we will miss u u are now heaven I believe and Uncle Jack and u are with your sisters and brothers and give my little baby Patrick I hug and kiss for me and tell him some day we will see him love u untie Lil RIP love u forever newphew Pat 🙏🙏❤️

  • RIP Lil
    All the Memories through out the years bring smiles and tears.
    We have all grown into our lives
    Yet our Hearts know those who
    Have showed us the Blessings of the World…until we meet again, I send you Love…Give my hugs to all of the Loved Ones There…

  • I’m so sorry to hear of auntie lil’s passing. Treasure all your memories for that will help you through this most difficult time.
    Auntie Lil gave me my first concert tickets to New Kids On The Block. It was by far the best concert I ever been to.
    May you rest in sweet. Love your niece Marie