Mrs. Rosemary Frances (Riley) Demeule

  • Born: June 19, 1939
  • Died: August 12, 2019
  • Location: Danvers, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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DANVERS – Mrs. Rosemary Frances (Riley) Demeule 80, of Danvers, died unexpectedly August 12th, 2019 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late John E. Sr. and Josephine Ann (Sullivan) Riley. She was one of 12 children, raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of the former St. James Girls School and St. James Girls High School. She continued her education at the former St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Demeule spent over 50 years caring for others professionally as a Registered Nurse. She began her career with the former J.B. Thomas Hospital in Peabody and matriculated to Twin Oaks Nursing Home and the Hunt Nursing Home in Danvers until the time of her retirement in 2013. She loved her profession and was well-regarded for her bedside manner and care with which she imparted to her charges. She truly put her heart and soul into taking care of the in-firmed. It was part of who she was, a loving and devoted woman.

She was a long-time resident of the Town of Danvers, Rosemary was devoted to her family. If you were in need, she was there in an instant ready to extend a helpful hand. She loved flowers, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and revered in becoming a grandmother. She found her true passion in being "Mimi" to her beloved granddaughters. "Mimi" loved doting on them by going to movies, the North Shore Music Theater, all their school and extracurricular activities, and imparting her passion for shopping on to her little ones. She was very proud of her family and all of their accomplishments.

Rosemary was full of love, for her family, her patients and for God. She was devoted to her faith and family and will be remembered for her caring heart, her quick smile and her dedication to her loved ones.

Rosemary is survived by her daughter, Ann Marie Perez and her husband Richard of Palmer, her son, Jeffrey Demeule and his wife Laurie of Peabody, her beloved granddaughters, Morgan, Ashley and Sophia Demeule and Stephanie and Jenna Perez, her siblings, Jerome Riley of Fl, Francis Riley of Beverly, Maureen Carone and her husband William of Epping N.H. and Alice Riley King and her husband Edward of Beverly and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends. She was the sister of the late, John Riley Jr., Eleanor Waldron, Martha Getty, Arthur, Michael, Mark and Walter Riley.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Friday, Aug. 16th at 9 A.M. followed by her funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, Aug. 15th from 4 to 8 P.M. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest In Peace Rosemary am sure the angels have received you, you had a big heart, kind and caring person lady of high integrity

Posted by Hannah Kiaraho - Hunt Danvers, MA - Acquaintance   August 17, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of Rose's passing. I had the pleasure of living across the street from her for 20 years. She was an amazing lady. May she rest in peace. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Lorrey Smolinsky - Danvers, MA - Friend   August 14, 2019

Im so saddened to hear of the passing ofa beautiful loving soul. My condolences to the entire family.May she rest on peace.

Posted by Dionne Riley - Haverhill, MA - Friend   August 14, 2019

To Ann Marie, Rick, Steph & Jenna and the Riley and Demeule family,please know how terribly sorry we are for your loss. I hope it brings some little bit of comfort to know that she is resting peacefully with our Lord and is surrounded by her loving family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Judy & Charlie Reed - Kissimmee, FL - Family   August 13, 2019

To the Riley Family, My sincere sympathy on the passing of Rosemary, the Riley's were a long time neighbor in Ward Two of Salem and were always welcome at our house, May she rest in peace.

Posted by JOHN SMEDILE - ST. PETERSBURG, FL., FL - Neighbor   August 13, 2019


Jeff, Laurie, Morgan, Ashley & Sophia,

Truly sorry for the loss of Mimi. Her smile lite up a room & her kindest over flowed to all her had the pleasure on knowing her. Our hearts are breaking for you all and send our deepest condolences to you all. Prayers, hugs & much love to you all.

Your friends The Hally's ~ John, Lisa & Keevan

Posted by Lisa Hally - Peabody, MA - Family Friend   August 13, 2019

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