, Salem, MA

February 25, 2014

Virginia Comeau, 87

Ipswich — Virginia (Crombie) Comeau, 87, of Pleasant Street, Ipswich, the wife of Gustave J. Comeau, died on Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Ledgewood Long Term Care facility in Beverly, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Waltham on May 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Jessie (McComb) Crombie. She was raised and educated in Manchester, where she was a graduate of Story High School.

She later moved to Ipswich, where for several years, she raised her son as an extraordinary, single, working mother, before marrying Mr. Comeau in 1966. They celebrated 47 years of marriage on November 25, 2013.

Mrs. Comeau was a longtime employee of Sylvania, and later worked for many years at Hill’s Clothing Store in Ipswich. She was well known for her caring heart and wonderful sense of humor, and will be dearly missed by all who loved her. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich, where she developed many friendships, which she cherished.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Comeau is survived by her son, Stephen O’Connell and his wife, Amy Sweeney of Danvers; three grandchildren, Ryan O’Connell, Alex Parsons and Liza Parsons, all of Danvers; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Dorman of Essex. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Caitlin Marie O’Connell; a brother, Fred Crombie of Manchester; and two sisters, Gladys Kimmince of Magnolia, and Marion Dorman of Essex.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, February 28, in the Immanuel Baptist Church, Ipswich, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church, 45 Central St., Ipswich, or the Catlin O’Connell Scholarship Fund, c/o Danvers PME, P.O. Box 2145, Danvers, MA 01923. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit