OBITUARY: Patricia A. (O’Neill) Meeker, 80

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Patricia A. (O’Neill) Meeker, “Patsy”, age 80, of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully at home on August 15, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Patsy was born on January 9, 1940, in Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Eugene and Eleanor O’Neill. Patsy was raised and educated in Charlestown and a graduate of Cardinal Cushing High School.

While out one evening with friends, by chance, Patsy met her future husband John “Jack” Meeker on a bus on their way to the Mission Hill Church. Jack was just home from active duty with the Army and he was heading to the Church to pray a Novena for returning home safely; the couple “hit it off” right away and were inseparable. They soon married, raised a family and shared many wonderful years together before his passing in June of 2018.

Patsy and Jack moved “up country” to Wilmington in 1973 but she stayed close to her roots in Charlestown; a true Townie and proud of it. Patsy was a very devoted wife and mother; she dedicated her time to raising her children and was involved in every aspect of their lives. Patsy was there to help with many school projects or concerts and was their biggest fan when she attended their countless sporting events.

When Patsy became a “Nana” her world became a whole lot brighter; she adored her grandchildren and knew how to make each of them feel special. Patsy never missed a chance to spend time with those kids as she never missed a dance recital, school event or sporting event; anything to make them happy. Patsy also had her “furry grandchildren” who she loved to spoil as well.

Patsy worked hard throughout the years; she took a position at Mass General Hospital before she had her children and as they came along she decided to focus on raising them and took a long leave of absence. Patsy then worked hard for her family and when her youngest started school she went to work in the school cafeteria. After her children were grown, Patsy went back to MGH/Partners Healthcare and worked as a Data Entry Specialist until her retirement.

In her spare time, Patsy, loved to shop; she enjoyed finding a good bargain or hunting down a specialty item for her family and friends; if you needed something Patsy would gladly find it for you.

Patsy will be fondly remembered as a “social butterfly”; she could walk into a room of strangers and be a friend to everyone before she left. Patsy was kind and caring; she had an endearing personality and went out of her way to do for others. She loved her family and friends unconditionally; treasuring every moment spent with them. Patsy was so proud of her children and grandchildren and she didn’t mind sharing her sentiments with others. Patsy was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Patsy was the beloved wife of the late John F. “Jack” Meeker, devoted mother of John Meeker & his wife Sheila of Dracut, Ann Marie Maguire & her husband Michael of Billerica, Kathleen “Kathy” Tivnan & her husband the late Robert of Dracut and Kevin Meeker & his wife Jamie of Andover, loving “Nana” of Jillian, Jake, Kaitlyn, Connor, Brendan, Lindsey, Mia, James and Teddy, cherished daughter of the late Eugene and Eleanor (Burns) O’Neill, dear sister of Eleanor Collins, Mary O’Neill, Rita Murphy & her husband Bill, Ann Marie Harding & her husband John and the late Eugene O’Neill, Robert O’Neill and Margaret Kent, sister-in-law of Susan Britten & her husband Danny and Patricia O’Neill. Patsy is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as her life-long friends Florence Ryan and Angela McCarthy.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 18th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Patsy will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All guests attending services are required to wear masks in the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Patsy’s memory to the Pan-Mass Challenge, Attn: Kevin Meeker -93534-0, 77 Fourth Ave., Needham, MA 02494. http://www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Patricia A. (O’Neill) Meeker

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