Mrs. Dorothea M. (Olsson) Welch

  • Born: August 25, 1929
  • Died: April 17, 2019
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM - Mrs. Dorothea M. (Olsson) Welch of Salem, died peacefully on April 17, 2019 at home surrounded by her children.

Dorothea was the beloved daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Harrington) Olsson.

A life-long resident of the City of Salem, Dorothea was educated in the Salem School Systems. She was a lifelong communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and met her husband Richard while working at the Boston & Maine Railroad.

Dorothea had been a member of the Mother of Twins Club, she was also active with the Salem Democratic Committee for many years and a member of St. Anthony's Guide.

As her family grew, she worked for the Salem School Department retiring early to enjoy her grandchildren John and Anne.

Together, Dorothea and Richard enjoyed cruising to the Caribbean and vacationing on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Dorothea devoted her life to her family. She leaves her four children; Suzanne Landry and her husband Gerry, Sandra Welch and her twin sons, Rick Welch and his wife Sarah (Takis) all of Salem and Reverend John A. Welch, Missionaries of LaSalette, her 4 grandchildren, John, Anne, Niko and Cosima and 3 great grandchildren, along with her special niece, Sharon Armstrong of Salem and many nephews. Dorothea was predeceased by her husband Richard, her 2 sisters Madeline and her husband Bob Larkin and Ruth and her husband Bob Armstong, her 2 half sisters, Elizabeth Quinn and Mary Lettich and sister-in-law Helen and her husband ArthurMalloy.

Dorothea's family would like to thank George Barbuzzi and the staff at The Lafayette Rehab and Dr. Hayes and All Care VNA and Hospice.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend Dorothea's funeral Mass which will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11 A.M. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem on Monday from 4 to 7 P.M. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I spent quite a bit of time at the Welch household as a young lad as Rick and John are my age. Mrs. Welch was very engaging and I will always remember her smile. In later years when we returned to visit Salem, my mother and I always looked forward to her reminiscing of our earlier years on Surrey Road. She had a big part in making the neighborhood what is was - a great place to grow up. She raised a great family.

Posted by Philip Davidson - Glen Burnie, MD - Neighbor   May 12, 2019

I lived next door to the Welch family my entire childhood. Rick and John were my friends with Suzanne and Sandy as babysitters. Mrs Welch was a constant and calming presence in the neighborhood. Her family is her legacy. My condolences to all.

Posted by David Ives - W.Newbury, MA - Family Friend   April 23, 2019

Sending my condolences to Mrs. Dorothea Welch's Family. May she Rest In Peace and God's love.

Posted by Barbara Rocco - Friend   April 22, 2019

Thoughts coming your way from Florida, John. Your mom - and your whole family - will be remembered at Mass. Peace, Kevin MacDonald. PS. She would have worked with my father at the Boston and Maine Railroad.

Posted by kevin macdonald - new smyrna beach, FL - Family Friend   April 22, 2019

To a wonderful woman, who raised a great family, may you rest in peace. The angels above, will receive one of the greatest.

Posted by Debby Lowe - Peabody, MA - Family Friend   April 22, 2019

Suzanne, Sandy, Rick, and John,
I was saddened to read of your mother's passing. I remember all of you from Dunlap Street and St. James. I am sure wonderful memories will be a comfort to you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Take care.

Posted by Felicia Wilczenski - Peabody, MA - Friend   April 20, 2019

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