Gertrude C. O'Handley, 90, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover, MA. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Robert J. O’Handley. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Stott and her husband Jeffrey, her son Robert T. O’Handley and his wife Carolyn and her grandchildren, Caleb Stott, Quintan Stott, and Breanah O’Handley, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Gertrude was a former resident of Arlington, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Newburyport, MA. She was born in Medford, MA on September 5, 1928, to the late Thomas and Celia (Boyle) Murphy. She grew up in Somerville, MA and was the sister of the late Marguerite Ferguson, Mary Maloney, John "Sonny" Murphy, Barbara Danforth, Teresa Brady and Agnes Murphy. She attended St. Clement's High School in Somerville and worked at the John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston until she was married. While raising her family, she worked at Ryan’s Florist in Cambridge, MA, Tri-State Realty in Somerville, MA and was also a high school basketball referee. She loved attending her grandson's sporting events and never hesitated to let the referee or umpire know if she disagreed with a call. Throughout her life, Gertrude showed amazing strength, spirit and compassion for others.
Family and friends are invited to Gertrude's Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, MA, followed by burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950, is assisting Mrs. O’Handley’s family with her funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gertrude’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O Box 96011 Washington D.C. 20090, or online at www.alz.org.