OBITUARY: Eleanor (Spadea) Nelson, 79

Below is an obituary from Laurin Funeral Home:

TEWKSBURY, MA — Eleanor (Spadea) Nelson, age 79, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Tewksbury after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Leonard J. Nelson, Sr. who passed away on July 26, 2009.

She was born in Boston on May 5, 1943, a daughter of the late Jennie Spadea. Eleanor grew up in Tewksbury and Wilmington and was a resident of Lowell for many years.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a book binder with Murray Printing and Courier Corp in Westford for many years.

Eleanor enjoyed traveling, taking trips to the beach, going to concerts and was a big fan of Tom Jones. She was also an avid fan of the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox. Her greatest joy was being with her family, especially her great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Leonard J. Nelson, Jr. and his wife Claudette of Lowell, Stephen Nelson and his wife Lori of Pelham, Joanne Colon and her husband Ariel, Pamela Scanlon and her husband Frank, and Kimberly Nelson and her significant other Stephen Barter, all of Lowell; seven grandchildren, Christopher Colon and his wife Carol, Anthony Colon, Richard Mignone Jr. and his fiancé Alyssa Sughrue, Paige Scanlon, Nicole, Krystyna and Cody Nelson; great grandchildren, Olivia, Mila, Hunter, Landon and Maddex and Jayce; a brother, Robert Spadea of Maine; a niece, Patricia Shirley of Lowell. Also many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Our family would like to extend a special thank you to nurse Amy and nurse Jonah who took great care of her.

Family and friends were invited to celebrate Eleanor’s life at the M. R. LAURIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 295 Pawtucket St., Lowell on Monday, June 20 from 4 to 7pm. A graveside service and interment took place on Tuesday morning, June 21 at 10 o’clock at St. Mary Cemetery, 90 River Rd., Tewksbury. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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