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Patricia J. (Shanahan) O’Connell, 87, of Framingham, MA passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024.

She was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. O’Connell and the daughter of the late William H. and Anne (Moakley) Shanahan.

Pat is survived by her children Megan DeVellis and Timothy O’Connell as well as grandchildren Michael, Kristin and her husband Vlad, Matthew, Devin, and Daniel along with great-granddaughter, Grace.

She was predeceased by her brother William H. Shanahan, Jr. and sisters, Anne Travsky and Mary Elizabeth Shunney.

“Aunt Patti” is survived by many nieces and nephews and her cousin, Martha Collins MD of Lexington.

Pat was a 1954 graduate of Lexington High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Framingham State Teacher’s College. For over 30 years, she was an elementary and middle school teacher in Ashland public schools. She was a grammarian who would no doubt make a few edits to this obituary.  She influenced generations of students and was delighted to teach the children of former students. In her words, she was a “tough but fair” teacher who brought fun to the classroom too – any student sporting green on St. Patrick’s Day, received and “A” for the day.

With fierce determination and strength, she kicked the bleep out of stage four cancer 16 years ago and continued to live life as she wanted to.

Pat loved to read and always made her weekly trip to the public library. She also looked forward to decorating her home to the max for every holiday and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be remembered for her comical side and sense of humor.

Pat was a full-time presence and #1 cheerleader in her grandkid’s lives, especially at their sporting events. She was super proud of her Irish roots and visits to Ireland were always special. She truly was her own person and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough for their kind and compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated this spring. Details will be provided later and will be available from the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home ( Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.

Donations in her memory may be made to Fisher House Foundation, Inc. PO Box 791598 Baltimore, MD  21279.

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