Donna Marie Abely of Exeter, NH

5640 AbelyDonna Marie Abely, 49, of Exeter, NH formerly of Carlsbad, CA died Friday, October 2, 2015 at her parents’ residence after a long courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was the daughter of Donald J. and Mary L. (Chevalier) Abely of Exeter, NH.

Donna was a graduate of Winnacunnet High School of Hampton, NH with the class of 1983. She was also a graduate of Northeastern University with an associate degree in dental hygiene and a graduate from Franklin-Pierce with a bachelor in science in business.

Donna was employed with Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division as a district sales manager.

Donna was a communicant of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church of Hampton, NH.

Donna loved travelling and taking Caribbean cruises with her family.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her sister, Marlo and her husband, Ryan Kehoe of Hampton, NH; two nieces, Erin Marie and Mackenzie Donna Kehoe; and several aunts and uncles, Gerry and Janet Abely, Edward and Estelle Abely, Cynthia Abely, Lillian and Bob Heim, Paul and Cathie Chevalier, Robert and Patricia Chevalier. She is also survived by many cousins.

She was the niece of the late George Abely.

Visiting hours Mon. 4 to 8 P.M. Funeral Tues. 10AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, MA 01863 followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

29 Condolences for Donna Marie Abely of Exeter, NH

    Jack & Laurie Kehoe

    Our hearts are filled with sorrow at the loss of your beautiful daughter,wonderful sister and aunt. Donna was a joyful, smiling person who will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our deepest condolences.
    Jack & Laurie


    Joe Grillo

    I am deeply saddened to hear this. Donna was an intelligent, personable, honest, fun loving, nice person. She was one of the classiest persons I ever met and am deeply saddened to hear this. The world has lost a very classy lady.
    It is no surprise that she has the traits of the model person as Don and Mary are among the most respected, nicest people I ever had the pleasure to meet.



    (Revelation 21:4) And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”


    Bart Pattyson

    Way too early for such a wonderful soul. Her laugh, with that smile, will stay with me forever. While I didn’t work as closely with her as others at Ethicon, mostly due to opposite coasts, I always enjoyed catching up with her at meetings and conferences. She was a veteran in the sales management team and a fabulous and successful leader. I can attest that there are dozens of successful sales representatives and managers out there that can attribute much of their development from Donna. My deepest condolences to the family. Rest in peace, Donna.


    Jim Gatewood

    I was so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I worked with her for many years at Ethicon. She was a very warm and wonderful soul. Always eager to help others succeed by sharing her talent. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Rest in peace Donna.


    Paul and Cathie Chevalier

    Holiday dinners and games, laughs and love, memories that we’ll carry in our hearts forever. We’ll miss you so much. Love Uncle Paul and Aunt Cathie


    Jennifer LoCicero

    Although we haven’t seen the Abely’s in many years, I’ve always cherished my memories, and always will, of our times in Vermont and visits to New Hampshire. I’ve always looked up to Donna, as she was my very first best friend’s sister. I always thought she was so beautiful, inside and out. The world has definitely lost a special person, but heaven has gained a true angel. Love to you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Rest in peace Donna.


    Dina Minasyan

    I was disheartened to hear of Donna’s passing yesterday, more than I can put into these few words. She was a mentor to me at Gynecare as well as a friend. It was so refreshing to see a bright, independent, positive woman in the Medical Industry excelling as she did. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the chance to have worked and learned from her. My fondest memory of Donna will always be when she came down to Fresno in 2004 to attend John and my wedding. She will be missed by all and my heart and deepest condolences goes out to her family and friends. Rest in Peace Angel.


    Tiffany Thomas

    I was so sorry to hear about Donna’s passing. I have worked with her for a number of years starting at Gynecare and thru the transition to Ethicon. She was always an amazing leader and could take into consideration the needs of the job and the personal attention needed from her coworkers. She was a mentor to me during times of transition and a friend during down times. She was so happy to be an aunt and spend the time with her family on their cruises. Her face lit up when discussing those people she cared most about. She will forever be missed and I’m grateful for having known her.


    Domingo Vasquez

    I got to know Donna during the “early Gynecare” days. She was a strong leader and always put her team and colleagues first.

    She never took herself too seriously and enjoyed her down time. After hours, we closed many a bar, but always manages to rally in the am. She was a very dear friend.

    Rest in peace Donna, your spirit does live on.


    Debra A Abely

    My beautiful cousin Donna, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mentor and inspiration to many. Your spirit will be missed by all who knew you and loved you. I thank God you no longer suffer and pray to God for peace and comfort for all left here to carry on without you. Till we meet again, your cousin Debbie


    Jamie LoCicero Heyer

    I knew Donna when we were children in Vermont. She was four years older than I. My sister, Jennifer was best friends with Donna’s sister Marlo and my parents were good friends were their parents. We had a lot of fun times when we lived together in Vermont and when would visit the Abely’s in New Hampshire. I will treasure those memories and I thank God for being a part of Donna’s life. Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things have passed.” Rest in peace Donna. Love to Mary Lou, Don, Marlo and family.


    Linda Abely Sippola

    A beautiful , sweet , generous cousin ! I will always cherish great times as children and the wonderful evening in Carlsbad that you entertained my family !! Great times ! Rest in peace until we meet again


    Kim Heller Balok

    So very sorry to hear of Donna passing. I knew Donna from our Ethicon Gynecare days. What a beautiful, kind spirited and passionate woman. May you rest now Donna and find peace! My thoughts and prayers to your family. May they find peace as well.


    Cindy Pypcznski

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beautiful, loving Donna. She was an extraordinary women and it was an honor to have had known her and worked beside her for many years. We all will truly miss her kind face and warm smile which will remain forever in our image. May God embrace your family in comfort during this difficult time.


    Ona Bernal

    I am so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a remarkable leader who did so much for me and those around her at Ethicon. My deepest condolences to the Abely family in their time of sorrow.


    Nancy Sloan

    So shocked and saddened to read of Donna’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her for a short time here at Seabrook Station and she was behind me in school at WHS. My sincere condolences to the Abely family. Donna was a wonderful person.


    lori (edin) richard

    so sorry to hear of Donna passing,
    i worked with her along time ago and she was such a great ,sweet and funny person!!


    Tom Connell

    Donna was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I had the pleasure of working with Donna at Ethicon for many years and I will never forget her sense of humor & beautiful smile. Please accept my condolences on her passing. God needed another angel and he sure got a great one. Rest in peace my friend.


    Kathy Hampton

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Donna. She was always the kindest, sweetest person to be around. I became friends with Donna years ago while working for Gynecare and I traveled to California to work with her. She always had a beautiful smile. Everyone loved her. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.



    We are truly sorry for your tremendous loss and would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire family. Please be comforted in a time when “no resident will say I am sick” (Isaiah 33:25) and the promise Jesus gave of a resurrection of all our dead loved ones. John 6:40. For further comfort please visit


    Jeff Vandervort

    My condolences to the Abely Family. I had the pleasure to be both a friend and coworker with Donna at Johnson and Johnson. I am sorry to hear this news as Donna was a great lady and she will be missed.


    Jan Normandin

    I was so sorry to read of your daughter’s passing. I used to work with you, Mary Lou, a long time ago at Liberty Mutual, and I remember you talking about your daughters and I know if she was anything like you that she was a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.


    Price St. Hilaire

    So sorry for your loss. I just heard about Donna’s passing. Donna was a great person and I enjoyed getting to know her when we worked together at J&J. She will be missed. God bless.


    Brian Luscombe

    I wanted to share with her family and friends my deep sorrow for the passing of this wonderful spirit. Donna was such a joy – the kind of person that always made you feel better when you were around her. She was always so optimistic, even in the face of adversity. I know she is looking down on all of us right now, cheering us on.


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