Dorothy F. (McKinnon) Cleary of North Chelmsford formerly of Burlington, MA

1927 - 2022

No Vistitation Date Scheduled


April 28, 2022
11 A.M.
St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex Street, North Chelmsford, MA

Dorothy Fern (McKinnon) Cleary, 94, of North Chelmsford, MA, formerly of Burlington died Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Palm Center in Chelmsford, MA.

She was the widow of the late Francis W. Cleary who died December 2, 2001.

Born in Winchester, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Kizzie McKinnon.  She was a graduate of Burlington High School and the Holy Ghost Hospital of Nursing in Cambridge, MA.

She worked as an LPN nurse at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Hospital in Bedford, retiring in 1992.

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

She is survived by two daughters-in law, Paula Cleary of Nashua, NH and Marie Cleary of Oakfield, ME; a sister, Grace McIntosh of Manchester, NH; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was the mother of the late Daniel and Francis Cleary, and was the sister of 13 siblings who predeceased her.

At Dorothy’s request there will be no visiting hours. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford, MA.  A private burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford will be at the convenience of the family. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

5 Condolences for Dorothy F. (McKinnon) Cleary of North Chelmsford formerly of Burlington, MA

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    Steven & Joy Harper


    Dottie was a wonderful person, mother, wife & freind. She will be missed and will be with Frank, Frank and Danny… Say hi for me, I love you!

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    Richard & Patricia Ramsdell


    Rest in peach Aunt Dottie

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    lois christie


    im very sad to hear about dorathy passing.. we had many talks togather.. she loved my elvis shows and my oldies shows at the palm… she was a loving persoshe said i alway look foward to your show… may her rest in peace…elviseena… lois

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    Debra Sullivan


    Aunt Dottie, I remember you used to love elephants and had all these elephant figurines when I was a small child. I used to look at them, and they are by far my favorite animal. I think that may have come from you.. ? you were my godmother, and even though we did not know each other well, I will truly miss you. Love, Debra

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    Lorraine Bomil


    Our sincere condolences to Dot’s family. Our mother Helen was Dot’s roommate at Palm Center from January 2019 until April 2020. Mom turned 100 years old during that time. We were told she would be getting one of the best roommates who would watch over her. That turned out to be so true! Dot made sure she was taken good care of when we weren’t there. We still visited Dot after mom passed away and she was always glad to see us.
    Rest In Peace, Dot. Hope you’re watching Harry Potter with all your Palm Center friends in heaven.
    Love, the Perreault/Bomil families

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