Gloucester, MA — Helen Marie (MacDonald) Drohan, 97, of Gloucester, wife of the late Robert T. Drohan Sr., passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Den Mar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rockport.
She was born in Gloucester, Mass., on December 14, 1915, daughter of the late Alexander and Louise (Nevins) MacDonald.
Marie was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1933 and of Boston City Hospital, Class of 1945, receiving her RN and after graduation she enlisted in the United States Army as 1st Lt., Army Nurse Corps. Following the Army, she worked at the Addison Gilbert Hospital for 18 years part time until 1969.
She volunteered for many years at the Visiting Nurse Association on Angle Street and the Sawyer Free Library and was a member of the St. Peter’s Women’s Sodality, where her family was heavily involved with the church.
Marie kept in touch with the girls she graduated with from Boston City Hospital. She happened to be working the night of the huge Coconut Grove fire in Boston, where 492 people were killed. This impacted her life deeply right up until her death.
She was an avid reader, movie goer and always enjoyed getting together with the girls from Kresge’s. Marie never missed an opportunity to ride around her beloved Back Shore.
She became a full-fledged Red Sox fan after Carlton Fisk hit the game winning home run during the World Series in 1975. Until Fisk hit the home run, she sometimes wondered if the Red Sox were competition for her husband and son.
She greatly enjoyed traveling with her husband to Bermuda, New Hampshire and Cape Cod, often attending post office events when her husband was Post Master of Gloucester from 1971-81.
Marie was a loving daughter, sister, wife and mother who will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Robert T. Drohan Jr., of Gloucester; her brother, Eugene MacDonald and his wife, Faye, of Gloucester; her sister, Barbara Marcorelle of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; a nephew, Michael Barry McEvoy of Bethel, Maine and her very special friend, Mary E. Feener of Gloucester. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, including niece, Sheila MacDonald who was the last of many excellent caregivers who aided her son before she moved to Den Mar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert MacDonald and three sisters, Winifred McEvoy, Priscilla MacDonald and Pauline MacDonald.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Gloucester. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. There will be no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 8 Angle St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
Funeral arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.