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Mrs. Dorothea M. (Olsson) Welch

Obituary for Mrs. Dorothea M. (Olsson) Welch

August 25, 1929 - April 17, 2019
Salem, Massachusetts | Age 89


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

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