Olivia DiRubbo

  • Born: November 21, 1922
  • Died: January 18, 2021
  • Location: Chelmsford, Massachusetts

McKenna-Ouellette D'Amato - A Life Celebration Home

327 Hildreth Street
Lowell, MA 01850

Tel. (978) 458-6183

Tribute & Message From The Family

loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother

CHELMSFORD - Olivia DiRubbo, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother went to her Eternal Home on January 18, 2021 at Palm Center in Chelmsford. She was 98 years old.
She was married to the love of her life, Nicholas, with whom she shared 25 years before his passing in 1968.
Born on November 21, 1922 to the late Henry and Maude Fleury, Olivia was the youngest of nine children.
She trained at the Lowell Vocational School in dressmaking. In 1984 she retired from The Ideal Dress Company where she was employed for over 30 years as a stitcher. During World War II she worked at The American Parachute Company in Lowell.
Olivia enjoyed making her own clothes, making puzzles, knitting, crocheting, reading as well as cooking and baking. It is said of many people, what they make with their hands they give with their heart. And this she followed through, sharing her handmade creations and baked goods with family, friends and neighbors. She had a humble, kind and caring spirit.
She also enjoyed trips with the 'seniors" but her most memorable trip was to Hawaii where she visited Pearl Harbor with her sisters Clara and Marion.
Olivia is survived by her daughter Ann and her husband Mark, her grandchildren, Marilyn Scala and her husband Gerry, and Michael Carignan his wife Aimee and three great grandchildren, Marissa, Nicholas and Catherine Carignan. Also many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.
She was predeceased by brothers Alfred, Arthur, Richard and Howard Fleury and her sisters, Clara Chagnon, Hazel Castonguay, Florence Clark and Marion Pereira. She was also predeceased by Cliff Eisner, Jr. (her grandson-in-law) who she loved dearly.
Olivia was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in No. Chelmsford for many years and also attended St. Joseph's Church in Lowell.
Olivia was lovingly cared for over the last 4 years, and particularly the last 10 months, by the entire B Wing staff at Palm Center and Compassus Hospice in Chelmsford. Although it has been difficult for family not to be able to visit her, the compassion from her nurses, especially Samantha, Maria and Glen will forever warm our hearts. Niki, an activities assistant captured beautiful pictures for us and made Mom's 98th birthday as special as could be.
DiRubbo - Relatives and friends are invited to Olivia's Visitation on Friday morning, Jan. 22, from 8:30 until 10:00 AM at the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street. Due to current health requirements, face coverings are required in the funeral home. Funeral Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to: The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854, The Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852 or Campassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike St, Suite 202, No. Andover, MA 01845.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Always in my heart,with beautiful memories

Posted by Thea    January 12, 2022

Ann, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was wonderful

Posted by Terry McSheehy - N. Chelmsford, MA - Friend   January 21, 2021

To Ann and her family,
I'm sorry for your loss. I remember your mother's kindness and warmth. I hope your family memories will bring you some comfort.

Posted by Jane (Knight) Watson - Classmate   January 21, 2021

To all the family of Olivia our sincere condolences to all. She was a lovely person and will be remembered in our prayers. Thinking of all during this difficult time. Sincerely Terry and Chuck Carignan

Posted by Terry Carignan    January 21, 2021

I am so very fortunate and blessed to have known Olivia Di Rubbo.
For me she was my surrogate mother and i her " second daughter"
I dearly loved her.
She may have been small in size but she made up for that with her big heart and compassion for those around her.
My memories of this spirited little lady will be in my heart forever.
Godspeed mom Olivia.
Your " second daughter" Thea

Posted by Thea Trimbos - Friend   January 21, 2021

I only knew her daughter and I know how much she loved her mother. I sincerely hope she can get through the rough time ahead with ease. peace and tranquility. God Bless.

Posted by yvonne mary griezel - Friend   January 20, 2021

Dear DiRubbo Family. My father was a very good friend of Olivia's sister Marion, and since they were so close with one another and having all lived in the same complex, I had the distinct pleasure to interact with your dear loved one on many occasions. What a sweet woman! I am saddened to hear of her passing. I will remember her most fondly and might I add another star has been added to the heavens for all. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Andy and Bob Champagne-Willis

Posted by Andy Champagne-Willis - Maidstone, VT - Friend   January 20, 2021

Olivia was one of the kindest, most compassionate people I've known. She will be missed.

Posted by Diane Peterson - So Woodstock, CT - Family   January 19, 2021

I did not know Olivia, but I knew so much about her. Her loving daughter, Ann, spoke of her often, always with a warm smile on her face. She clearly was a remarkable, devoted mother. I believe that to know Ann is to know Olivia. I am glad she is home with peace.

Posted by Maryann Cintolo - Friend   January 19, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family, now she is resting in the arms of Jesus!

Posted by Linda B Sartori & Jim Sartori    January 19, 2021

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