Salem — Mrs. Dorothy P. (Manning) O'Donnell, 92, wife of the late Charles M. O'Donnell, passed away in the company of her family Wednesday morning at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born in Peabody, Dottie was the daughter of the late William and Delia Manning. She was raised and attended schools in Peabody and graduated from the St John's School of Nursing in Lowell. Dottie's professional nursing career included positions as head nurse at JB Thomas Hospital, nursing for Drs. Belock, Doyle, and Cavanaugh, and she retired as a school nurse in the Salem school system. Dottie was a devoted mother, Nana, and great-grandmother. She was one of the five Manning sisters and they were inseparable. Dottie will always be remembered for her unselfish caring spirit and devotion to her faith. She was a longtime parishioner at St. James Church in Salem.
Dottie is survived by her daughter, Ellen Burke and husband, Jocko of Peabody; her son, Charles O'Donnell and wife, Kathy of Salem; her grandchildren, Matthew White of Peabody, Christine and husband, Dan Hagan of Burlington, Vt., Julie O'Donnell of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Patrick O'Donnell of Austin, Texas; her great-grandson, Parker Hagan; her sister, Genevieve Walsh; her best friend and sister-in-law, Elinor Fouhey; and cherished friends, Margaret O'Sullivan, and Richard Thibodeau. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Dottie was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands, Margurite and Tom O'Shea, Ann and Jack Quinn, Mary and Cliff Perry, and her brother-in-law, Jack Walsh.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the staff at The Bertram House in Swampscott, The Bertram House in Salem and the Kaplan Family House in Danvers. The family will be forever grateful for their dedication and compassionate care.