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Helen Mary James

Obituary for Helen Mary James

August 20, 1919 - October 6, 2019
Lynnfield, Massachusetts | Age 100


Helen Mary James, age 100, of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 6 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born in Peabody on August 20, 1919 she was the daughter of the late Marcus and Nellie (Dowd) Peterson.

Mrs. James was raised in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School and then attended Salem State University. She had gone to work for General Electric where she met her husband, the late Herbert James. After their marriage on August 8, 1943 they settled in Peabody before moving to Salem where they raised their family and lived for many years. Mrs. James was an avid bridge player and in her younger years was a golfer. She also traveled extensively which she enjoyed tremendously.

She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert James. She was the loving mother of Diane Richard and her husband Wayne of Wilmington, Andrea Ketschke of Haverhill, Bert James and his wife Teresa of Lynnfield, and Stephanie Budd and her late husband Lewis of Lynnfield. She was the cherished grandmother of Alexa, Sarah and Marc Budd, Matthew and Benjamin Ketschke, Alexandra Crowe, Gabrielle, JJ, and Pierce James, and Allison Richard. She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Hannah, Jacob, Aaron, Joshua and Evan Ketschke, and Amelia, Tessa and Isabelle Crowe; as well as dear friend, Nancy Fennessey and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

Her Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 10am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield at 11am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williams Syndrome Association, 570 Kirts Blvd. Suite 223. Troy, MI 48084-4153.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Williams Syndrome Association
    570 Kirts Blvd. Suite 223
    Troy, MI 48084-4153

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19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
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