Donna Marie Aylward of North Chelmsford, MA

1945 - 2023

Visitation

October 6, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

October 6, 2023
11:00 a.m.
Dolan Funeral Home

Donna Marie Aylward, 78, of North Chelmsford, MA passed away Friday, September 29, 2023 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

She was married to John N. Aylward with whom she had celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary this past January. Born in Lowell, MA, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Dacey) Fitzgerald.

She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1962. Donna also earned her Licensed Practical Nursing certificate at Greater Lowell Technical High School. She retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Human Resources in 2009. Donna had previously worked at Lowell General Hospital as an LPN. In her retirement, she worked at Sargent & Associates of Chelmsford, MA where she continued to work almost to the end.

Some of the things that Donna enjoyed most were playing the ukulele, dancing, all types of music, puzzles, playing Keno, and laughing with friends.  She also loved spending time in Ogunquit, ME with her husband, John.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son Jason A. Trudo of Chelmsford, MA, her three step children, her ten step grandchildren, her niece Shannon (Kelly) Forsythe, nephews James Scensny, Donald Scensny, and Christopher Kelly.  She is survived by great nieces and nephews, including a great, great niece.  She is also survived by many friends and co-workers who loved her very much.  She was the sister of the late Marion (Fitzgerald) Kelly and Joyce (Fitzgerald) Scesny.

 

FUNERAL NOTICE

 

Donna Aylward, North Chelmsford, MA died September 29, 2023. Visiting hours Friday, October 6, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Friday, October 6, 2023 11:00 a.m. at Dolan Funeral Home.  Burial in Fairview Cemetery, N. Chelmsford, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

11 Condolences for Donna Marie Aylward of North Chelmsford, MA

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    Judy MacPhail

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    Thank you for being my friend!

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    Pat Egan

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    What a smart funny and loving woman. She will be greatly missed for kindness, understanding, and just plan joy fir life.

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    Erin McAuliffe

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    I’m so very lucky to have connected with Donna through an online support group. She shared her experiences with me and it gave me a place to start with my own thoughts and expectations. Although we never met in person, we corresponded online for almost 3 years and became quite good friends. I will always admire her ability to stay positive and be ever grateful to have known her. My thoughts are with her family at this extremely difficult time.

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    Mary Ann Sullivan

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    John and Jason,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Donna will be missed. She had such a positive outlook on everything and was such a good friend to my Dad through many years(as we’re you John). She will be missed dearly ❤️
    Mary Ann (Harrington) Sullivan

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    Mary Ann Sullivan

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    John and Jason,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Donna will be missed. She had such a positive outlook on everything and was such a good friend to my Dad through many years(as were you John). She will be missed dearly ❤️
    Mary Ann (Harrington) Sullivan

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    Julie Coyle

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    I had the pleasure of working with Donna at the Commonwealth of MA (HRD). She had a great sense of humor, and I will miss seeing her funny posts on Facebook. She fought a good fight. Rest in peace, Donna.

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    Sandra

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    So very sorry. The loss of Donna has hit us all to the core. May she fly high and her memory eternal

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    MarAnn Ducharme

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    So sorry for your loss.Donna had a great sense of humor, she was such a positive person.
    She fought all the way may she Rest in Peace.

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    Noreen MacDonald

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to John and Jason. Donna and I met in high school. She was the high spirited, smart, funny person she continued to be throughout her life. I will miss her. Rest in peace, Miss Donna.

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    Ger Tim

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    John and Jason very sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved friend Donna what a lovely kind hearted funny lady she was it was a pleasure to know her may she rest in peace love Geraldine and Timmy we be thinking of yee

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    Mary Langan nee Byrne

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    Sincere Sympathy ,John and family on the death off Donna,thinking about you at this sad time..

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