Leona R. Irwin

Died: 2017-05-19
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2017-05-23 / 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2017-05-24 / 11am
Service location: Mackey Funeral Home
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At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions in her name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St, Danvers, MA or online at: or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at:

OBIT: Leona (Deslongchamps) Irwin, 79, of Danvers formerly of Medford & East Boston, Massachusetts, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, May 19, 2017 following a brief illness. Leona is survived by her husband of 55 years, John “Jack” Irwin, her daughters Suzan Foy and Cheryl McIntosh, and her husband Robert. Leona leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Kaitlyn Foy, Kevin Foy, Meredith McIntosh, and Emily McIntosh. Born in Brockton, MA to the late Alphonse & Dorothy Deslongchamps, she is survived by her brothers Paul Deslongchamps of Hyannis, MA, Frank Deslongchamps of Ft Lauderdale, FLA, and Richard Deslongchamps of Brockton, MA and her sister Irene Heinen of N. Reading, MA along with several loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers Francis Deslongchamps, Robert Deslongchamps, Philip Deslongchamps & Raymond Deslongchamps and her sisters Lorraine Moscone, Marilyn McCarthy. Leona will best be remembered for the enjoyment she had spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), cooking, reading, gardening, visiting the Carmelite Chapel as well as discussing politics and current events. Her family was most important to her and they will miss her dearly.

A wake will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at Mackey Funeral Home 128 S. Main Street Route 114, Middleton, MA from 5 - 8 p.m., followed by a memorial service on Wednesday, May 24th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Online Condolences Below:

Dear Jack, Susie, Cheryl, and Family; Please accept our Deepest Sympathy for your loss. Leona Loved you all so much. We never had a conversation with her where she didn't mention one or more of you. She was a Proud Mom and Grandmother. I will miss gabbing with her on the phone. You're in our Thoughts and Prayers Debbie and Joe Generazzo
I love you and will miss you Auntie. You became my 2nd Mom when my mother passed. I love that me you and my Mom had a special bond especially with reading our cozy mysteries- I will miss discussing the stories with you. Please hug my Mom and Dad for me - they have welcomed you I'm sure. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Dear Mama- I already miss you soo heart aches and is deeply saddened that you're not there when I, or the girls, go to pick up the phone to call you or to drop by the house to see you and watch one of your favorite TV shows or movies. It's just not the same and it were not just my Mom but my best friend, confidante, champion, supporter, and role model in so many ways. I will always be indebted to you for all that you've done for me and my family and I can only hope that I do you proud as a Mom my self, and grandmother some day. I will always have you in my prayers and thoughts and know that I love you so much and always will. While it was heartbreaking to see you leave us, I fully expect that you're up in heaven welcomed with open arms by your Mom & Dad, Brothers & Sisters, Nana Irwin & Poppy, Auntie Fran & Uncle Joe, Nana Murphy & Cousin Theresa having a hey day and catching deserve that Mama and more! Rest in Peace. Love, Cheryl xoxo
Dear Jack, Suzie,Cheryl, Rob, Kaitlyn, Kevin, Meredith and Emily, My heart is heavy thinking of all of you and knowing what you are going through. I remember the times when my kids were small and we came to swim in the pool. That's when we bonded. and had lots of laughs on the trips we'd go on. You always enjoyed your family and then grandkids who were the light in your eyes. Leona you can be very proud the way you brought them up and seeing how the grandkids were to. The girls listened to you and you get nothing but praise! You can now rest well to know you were a wonderful wife, mom and Nana. Give Dave a big kiss from me. Love, Carolyn
Dear Cheryl, Rob, Meredith, Emily, Sue and Jack We are so sorry to hear of Leona's passing. I have always enjoyed hearing about her escapades via Cheryl and was so glad to have met her up in N Conway. Take comfort in each other during this time of sorrow and loss. I am sure she is up in heaven with her Trump shirt on watching Berenstein bears looking down on all of you sending her love and blessings. May she rest in peace and watch over all of you. Love The Morrison Family
Jack and Family, so sorry to hear of Leona's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Amy Viselli
Dear Jack, Suzan, Cheryl and families, We were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Leona was a very kind and giving person and everyone in our family loved her. Our dear Mary had so many great times at your home because of Leona and we're sure she's another angel in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Good Lord give you extra strength to get through the days ahead and the wonderful memories sustain you. Love to all with our sympathy, Myrna and Rich Lombard
Mr Irwin, Suzy, Cheryl and family, sending heartfelt peaceful wishes from a little girl who is now all grown up. I met Leona (Mrs. Irwin) when I lived in South Medford, MA where Cheryl and I were BFFs. She was lovely, welcoming and kind. (She made the most wonderful dress up box for us to play in. The Irwins moved to Danvers and we moved to Charlestown - we lost touch but I never forgot you all. Foodmaster & Facebook brought us back together again and it was as if time stood still. As Cheryl taught me as a 7 year old child, .... when u see light stream through the clouds, know it is angels and loved ones saying hello..... Condolences to u all. May the happiness you shared, sustain you now and always Virginia Melanson Mansfield & family
Jack and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember her smile and laughter, she brightened a room. Love George and Mary Ellen
Dear Sweet Cheryl, I never met your Mom, but you spoke of her often and how much you loved her, as well as how much she loved her family. If she was half as kind, fun, funny and vivacious as you, then oh my, a lot of souls in the heavens above are very happy to be welcoming her home. Wishing you and all your family strength, at this sad time. Love, Patte xoxo 😘
St. Pius V School offers our sympathy and prayers in the loss of your mom and grandmother. How wonderful that Emily and Meredith had such a close and loving relationship with their nana. May those memories heal their hearts.
Thinking of all of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you celebrate Leona's remarkable life. I will miss hearing her laugh. David Jr.

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