Dolores A. Cunningham of Chelmsford

1928 - 2021


July 25, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA 01863


July 26, 2021
8 AM Funeral Home / 9 AM Church
St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St. N. Chelmsford, MA

Dolores Ann Cunningham, 93, of Chelmsford, MA died peacefully Thursday morning, July 22, 2021 at her home.

She was married for 43 years to the late Walter Cunningham who died on September 19, 1996.

Born in Washington DC, she was the daughter of the late James and Josephine (Keller) Costello.  She graduated from St. Anthony’s High School with the class of 1946 and graduated from Notre Dame School of Business both in Washington DC.

Dolores retired from Wang Laboratories; where she was Dr. An Wang’s receptionist.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church of Chelmsford, MA.

She loved to spend time traveling and vacationing with family.  Dolores loved going to Foxwoods, and would often over stay her visits with her friend Annie.

She was always there for her family.  She was known and loved by many as “Mrs. C”. She was caring, kind and had a great sense of humor.  She was a joy to be around.  She lived her life by the simple adage, “it’s nice to be nice”.

Dolores is survived by three sons, Walter Cunningham of Chelmsford, and John and James Cunningham both of Lowell, three daughters, Mary Devine of Chelmsford, Catherine and her husband, David Lamoureux, of Pelham, NH, and Dolores Koch of Chelmsford, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one on the way as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving of nine children.

Her visiting hours will be Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 1 to 4 P.M.  Funeral Monday at 8AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford, MA.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford.  Memorials may be made in her memory to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

10 Condolences for Dolores A. Cunningham of Chelmsford

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    Melissa pynn


    To the entire Cunningham family I am so sorry for your loss. Delores was a wonderful and beautiful woman. It was always a pleasure to be around her. She lit up a room. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time .
    Melissa Pynn
    Shirley St. Amand

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    Mary Ellen McEnaney


    Irish Prayer:
    Death is nothing at all
    I have only slipped away to the next room
    I am I and you are you
    Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are,
    Call me by my old familiar name.
    Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference in your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
    Laugh as we always laughed.
    at little jokes, we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken with out effect.
    Without the trace of shadow on it.
    Life means all that ie ever meant.
    It is the same it ever was.
    There is absolutely unbroken community.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you.
    For an interval.
    Somewhere. Very near.
    Just around the corner.
    All is well.

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    floyd j & mary regina cubbage


    Even though we were not that close due to age and geography love of family always stays with us and we were saddened to hear of my Aunt’s passing as I never heard a negative word about her just how gracious,kind,and loving she was and I’m sure just a little feisty as all the costellos were and could really tell some risque jokes of which I’m sure the family heard over her 93 years. Here’s to you Aunt Dolores!

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    Aunt Dolores was my namesake. Always knew her to be giving, kind and funny. She was there for me with support during a stressful time in my life. Bless her she will be truly missed.

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    Richard F. Costello


    The loss of our dear Aunt Dolores is sad in so many ways. She was my baby sitter before she married. I always enjoyed visiting her and the Cunningham family whenever I was in Massachusetts. Yes! to me and so many others she reflected a warm positive upbeat spirit. With her passing our family has lost the last of her generation. I will treasure her memory always. May God rest her beautiful soul. I will have masses offered for the happy repose of her soul.

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    Katie Brownlie


    I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved mother. Although I never met her, I heard great things about her and I wished I had known her. I am a friend of Dee and Dee’s mother did a great job raising her as Dee is a wonderful mother and grandmother. May Mrs. ‘C’ rest in peace.

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    Mr&Mrs. William M. Grady


    To my Cunningham cousins,
    We are all truly blessed by the love, faith and strength of your remarkable Mother. Aunt Dolores will always be a beacon of light that compels us to bring joy and kindness to the people we meet along our life’s journey. On behalf of my family, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences on the loss of your wonderful Mother.
    May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother comfort you,

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    Patty Prime


    My condolences to all the family. I was lucky to reconnect with Dolores last spring. She updated me on her family and wished my Happy Mother’s Day, and I sent her a picture of the Costello sisters. She was so kind.

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    Rick Prime


    I am deeply sorry for the family regarding your loss. I remember our family visiting Dolores and Walter when I was young. I remember her good nature and laughter whenever we saw her at Costello family events.



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    Karen McLarney Curtin


    I am so sorry to hear this news. But what a life she had and you could tell loved her family and life in general.
    A long time ago I used to love coming over for Dee Dee and hear “whos that knocking at my door”? and to have the favorite ‘sugar’ bread?
    I am so thankful to have known her and I feel for all of you for your loss.
    But I feel happy when I think of her, we were the lucky ones.
    R.I.P Mrs. C


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