Lois M. (Galvin) Steele of Chelmsford formerly of Waltham

Lois M. (Galvin) Steele, 84, of Chelmsford formerly of Waltham died Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in N. Billerica. She was married to the late Charles E. Steele, who died in 1983. Born in Charlestown, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Eileen Galvin.


Lois was a devoted homemaker and helped care for several generations of her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed being called “Nana” and would tell anyone she met to call her that. Lois could strike up a conversation with anyone, in any situation. Lois enjoyed Candlepin bowling with a league and had many trophies. She loved watching soap operas and game shows, especially The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy.  Lois loved going out to eat and ordering a bacon cheeseburger and salad, even though she filled up on salad each time and had to take the burger home. Lois was a big Red Sox fan, watching many games on TV and watching her sons play in Little League.  She loved BINGO and hoped to win big. Lois enjoyed music and spent time at Life Care Center listening to music and dancing. Her big indulgence was Milky Way Dark candy bars which she stashed in her freezer to eat cold.


As the matriarch of her family, her passing will create a void that will be hard to fill and she will be missed by many. She is survived by her sons, James Cavalieri and his fiance, Pamela Williams of Marlboro and Robert Steele and his wife, Jennifer Kraus of Milford; daughter, Donna and her husband, Thomas Dennett of Hudson, NH; brother, David Galvin and Debbie of Haverhill, MA; sisters, Eileen Richardson of Charlestown, MA and Barbara Sleek of Haverhill, MA; nine grandchildren, Tracy Ruyffelaert and her husband Shawn, Jessica Dennett and her husband Richard Bourbeau, Tony Cavalieri, Jeff Cavalieri, Cassandra Cavalieri, Darien Steele, Kyle Kraus, Ryan Williams and Jillianne Molloy; eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Rosie’s Place in Boston. Lois donated when she could spare money throughout the years and would love to know that she has inspired someone to donate to the cause.


Immediate family only please at visiting hours on Tuesday 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral for immediate family only on Wednesday at 10am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. Burial with immediate family only at the Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

12 Condolences for Lois M. (Galvin) Steele of Chelmsford formerly of Waltham

    Bette & Mike Ruyffelaert

    Nana was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. We loved how she adopted our son Shawn as her grandson since Shawn lost his grandmother when he was 12.

    Sorry we won’t be able to attend the visiting hours and funeral as we are not part of the immediate family.


      Donna Dennett

      You and Mike are Immediate family!

      Nana had a special bond with Shawn

      She always enjoyed his company and was very comfortable with him. He really was a grandson to her. ❤️


    Steve Bowlby

    Jim,Donna and Bobby, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful neighbor. May God bless and watch over you during this sad time.


    Catherine Mello

    Donna & family,
    I am heartbroken to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a special lady to me. I am so grateful to have known her. I will always cherish the special memories we shared – making her beloved cup of coffee, singing, playing bingo and just chatting everyday.
    She was a kind friend to everyone she crossed paths with and we will miss her terribly.

    God bless,
    Catherine Mello
    Activities @ Life Care


      Donna Dennett

      Thank you for being so good to my mother
      Stopping by her room everyday to invite her to the lunch room and saving her a chair at the the table with “the girls”
      She really enjoyed the bingo games but annoyed they weren’t for money! She would comment on this every time! 🙂
      I could tell my mom liked you. You always spoke to her with respect and you we able to get her to do things that others couldn’t .




        I am so so for your loss Jimmy, Donna, Bobby and family. I grew up getting my bangs cut and sitting on (I think it was) the washing me washing the dirt off my arms legs and face boy could she scrub! I will always remember listening to my Mom laughing as she talked to Lois on the phone. She was such a special lady and will be truly missed. Now she is in heaven having a highball with Charlie, Paul and Ruth


    Peni Kraus

    Bob,Donna,Jimmy and Family,
    Sorry for your great loss. We send our love and heartfelt sympathy to all the grand kids and great grand kids as well. She will be surely missed by all.
    We miss seeing her over the years.Very nice to talk with and be with.
    We’ll be with you in spirit.
    Peni and Steve Kraus


    Thomas J Richardson

    Dear Aunt Lois, Thank you for so many happy childhood memories. I am lucky to have had great Aunts growing up and blessed to count you among them. Rest In Peace Dear Godmother and say hi to Nana and Grampy Galvin for me. ❤️ With love, Tommy


    Butch Richardson

    Rest In peace Aunt Lois. I enjoyed visiting you as a kid, always nice to me. Say hello to nana and Grampy for me.


    Pat O’Brien

    Donna,Jim And Bob,

    I was so sorry to read of Lois’s passing. Every now and then I check on line and have been concerned because of covid. Your mom was the first to greet
    me 14 years ago. We trekked to M.B. and had our Saturday night nourishment on the deck. I’m so sorry I missed the signs she was failing and thought she was just tired.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Pat O’Brien


    Denise Dubois

    Dear Jessica & Family ,
    Our deepest condolences at this difficult time .
    She gain her wings , as heaven has gain a Angel .
    May she Rest In Peace now .
    God Bless you all .
    Denise & Scott Dubois


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