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“Michelle, our sympathies to you and family on the loss of your mother. She was a kind person. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Amy & Ken Wacks - Newbury, MA

“Dear McHale Family:It's with great sadness that we heard of the loss of Mrs. McHale. She was such a kind soul and put up with a lot from the...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Susan and Paul Chanley - MA

“Jay, Tommy and Michele - Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on your mom's passing. Your stories and memories of her will always keep her...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Margaret and Kenny Jordan

“Dear Philip,My deepest sympathies and prayers for you and your family on the passing of your sister Denise. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen Rotondi - Stoneham, MA

“My sincere condolences to all of Denise's family. Denise was wise and wonderful and I will always miss her. We worked together at MVESfor many years...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Carol Leighton - North Andover, MA

“Denise was such a strong advocate for her clients. She was so wonderful to work with and I learned so much from her. She shared her opinions freely...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Dziedzinski - Rindge, NH

“Jimmy and Tommy, so sorry! Billy and Pat Cohen, Ft. Lauderdale, FL ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Bill & Pat Cohen - Friend

“Denise was such a strong woman and had a commanding presence. She expressed her deep love of and devotion to her family. She was a great...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Fall - MA - Coworker

“So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed seeing her with Marilyn at our lunches. Sweet lady who will be missed. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Peggy McKenna (DiMartino) - MA

“Phil, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear sister. Our deepest sympathies to all of your family during these difficult times. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Patti & Craig Hatfield - Goldvein, VA


Denise M. McHale, age 82 of Wakefield, formerly of Stoneham, died on Sunday May 2 at the Greenwood Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born in Stoneham on May 21, 1938 and was the daughter of the late John J. and Elizabeth (Casey) Donovan.

Denise was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 1956 and earned her B.A. from Salem State College in 1960. She went on to earn her certificate in social work and worked as a Case Manager for Mystic Valley Elder Services for over thirty years. Denise loved spending time with her family at their chalet in NH, including skiing, swimming, kayaking and enjoying the beach. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with family and friends. She had a warm smile and kind word for everyone she met. Denise always saw the good in people; and everyone loved her.

She was the Beloved wife of James T. McHale. She was the loving mother of James J. McHale and his fiancé Mary Ducharme of Wakefield, Thomas M. McHale of Reading, Michelle A. Charpentier and her husband Mark of Boxford. She was the sister of J. Kevin Donovan of CA, the late Thomas Donovan of ME, Paul Donovan and Brian Donovan, both of FL, Robert Donovan of MA, Philip Donovan of Stoneham, and Lawrence Donovan of ME. Denise is also survived by her grandchildren Angela, Victoria, Kathleen and Rebecca and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham on Friday, May 7th at 10 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham on Thursday, May 6th from 4-7 p.m. Interment, St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham.