9 - Blanche Orina Pelkey (1895 - 1981)

Blanche Orina Pelkey
Photo courtesy of David A. Nims

Parents: Peter H. Pelkey (Pierre H. Pelletier) - Cordelia Roireau-dit-Laliberté

Born: 5 Oct 1895 - West Boylston, MA
Died: 16 Oct 1981 - Fitchburg, MA

Spouse: Andrew J. O'Donnell, Sr. (?? - 1971)

Beverly (1921 - )
Andrew J., Jr. (1922 - )

Notes: From David A. Nims:

Blanche Orina PELKEY was born on 5 Oct 1895 in West Boylston, MA. She died on 16 Oct 1981 in Hillcrest Nursing Home, Fitchburg, MA. She was buried in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Leominster, MA. Blanche, a long-time resident of Fitchburg, MA, was married to Fitchburg policeman Andrew J.O'Donnell Sr., who died in 1971. She was a life member of the Fitchburg Women's Club and a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Ladies of St. Anne at Immaculate Conception Church and the World War I Veterans Widows Association. For 35 years she served as president and treasurer of the former Costume Rental Agency located on the corner of Hartwell and Elm Streets, Fitchburg. Her residence in the years prior to her death in Hillcrest Nursing Home was at 16 Pritchard St. At the time of her death, a son, Andrew J. O'Donnell Jr. of Leominster, MA, a daughter, Beverly, wife of Russell Harrington of East Hartford, CT, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, survived her. Her funeral was held from the Smith-Mallahy Funeral Home, 243 Water St. in Fitchburg.

She was married to Andrew J. O'DONNELL, SR. Andrew J. O'DONNELL, SR died in 1971. Children of Blanche Orina PELKEY and Andrew J. O'DONNELL, SR. were:

1- Beverly O'DONNELL, born in 1921.

2- Andrew J. O'DONNELL, JR. was born in 1922. Marilyn and I met Andy O'Donnell and his wife Marcia for the first time on April 9, 1996, at their home on 118 Harvard Street Leominster, MA. Andy and Marcia showed us several family pictures, although many could not be identified. However, they loaned me 9 photos as follows: John Madden at grave of Emery Pelkey in France; Cordelia, Peter and probably son Emery; John Madden and wife Mary Pelkey; Peter Pelkey and son-in-law John Madden; Kermit Madden; Peter and Cordelia Pelkey; Andrew O'Donnell, Sr.; Blanche Pelkey O'Donnell; and Edmund Laliberte whose connection to the family is uncertain. Andy O'Donnell, Jr. and wife Marcia were both teachers in the Townsend, MA school system, with Andy retiring perhaps 15 years ago, and Marcia, about 12. They had no children, but Andrew's sister Beverly, born in 1921, had a family of five children and several grandchildren.