OBITUARY: Jeannette (Meleschuk) R. McEnroe, 77

The below obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Jeannette R. McEnroe (Meleschuk), age 77, of Lawrence, formerly of Wilmington and Florida, passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2020.

Jeannette was born in Woburn, MA on February 6, 1943; she was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1961. Jeannette was the oldest of seven siblings; at home she was referred to as “the General” or “the second Mother” because she was very organized, dependable and got things done around the house and for her younger siblings.

Jeannette married Joseph McEnroe; the couple lived in Wilmington for several years before moving to Andover and then onto New Hampshire where they raised their children. Family was very important to Jeannette; she loved her family unconditionally and would do anything for them. Jeannette loved to cook and bake; she was famous for her American Chop Suey and her Apple pie, everything she made was from scratch and she welcomed all to her dinner table. Jeannette adored being a “Gram”, “Great-Gram” and “Gaga”, she had a unique bond with each of her grandchildren and she would always do something to make them each feel special in their relationship with her.

Jeannette had an incredible work ethic and she was not afraid to try any job; for many years she worked as an International Trader for the Treasure Masters Company, she also owned and operated a restaurant “The Shanty” in Derry, New Hampshire for several years and she put her excellent writing skills into her “Dear Abby” column for the local newspaper; she could always be counted on for great advice.

Following retirement, Jeannette and her husband relocated to Florida for several years to get out of the harsh New England weather. The couple had many wonderful times in Florida and made many good friends while they were there. A few years ago as her health was starting to fail, Jeannette, moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family.

Jeannette will be fondly remembered for her kindness and caring ways towards others; she was the “silent caregiver” who had a keen instinct when someone needed her help. Jeannette was right there to lend a hand, an ear, a kind gesture or a good meal to anyone and everyone. Jeannette’s had a strong presence about her as she entered a room; she made everyone around her feel safe and loved. Jeannette was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many; she had a heart of gold and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jeannette was the beloved wife of the late Joseph McEnroe, devoted mother of Susan Tyler of Virginia, Lynda Steinbrecher of Jacksonville, FL, Julie Martinez of Londonderry, NH and Ted McEnroe & his wife Rachel Happe of Andover. Loving “Gram” of Faithe & her wife Jenn, Ainslie & her husband Pete, James & his wife Lauren, Tom, C.J. & his fiance Cassidy, Paige, Kate and great-grandchildren Bella, Lilli, Andrew, Sadie, Cora and Maren. Cherished daughter of the late Edward and Irene (Baker) Meleschuk and Bob Baker, dear sister of Edward Meleschuk & his wife Desiree of Charlotte, NC, Robert Baker, Jr. & his wife Cathy and Alice Volpe & her husband Bob all of Wilmington, Dorothy Clark of California, Liz Alexander & her husband Dave of Methuen and Jerry Baker of Londonderry, NH. Jeannette is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends are invited to Calling Hours on Saturday, July 18th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, followed by a Service at 2:00 p.m. All guests attending the visitation and services are required to wear masks.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jeannette’s memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place W #230, Landover, MD 20785.

Jeannette R. McEnroe
Jeannette (Meleschuk) R. McEnroe

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