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McKenzie, Jean L.

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Jean Lawrence (O’Donnell) McKenzie, a resident of Dedham since 1954, died Monday, September 16, 2013 at the Highgate Manor Nursing Home in Dedham.  She was 85.  Jean was born June 8, 1928 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Raymond J. and Esther M. (Brennenstuhl) O’Donnell.  She graduated from Sharon High School and worked for many years as the receptionist for the Eastern Metal Company of Dedham.  Jean was also a member of the waitstaff at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham.  She enjoyed knitting and reading; was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dedham; and a volunteer for the Dedham Council on Aging.  She loved spending time at her cottage on Cape Cod. Jean was the former wife of the late John N. Stone and the wife of the late Donald K. McKenzie.  She was the sister of the late Esther Weigold, and the late Reita Castonguay.  Jean is survived by her two sons, John N. Stone Jr. of Dedham, and Erik McKenzie, and his wife Josephine, of Foxboro; her two daughters, Pamela Carleton of Dedham, and Nancy LaBier, and her husband David, of Dedham; her two stepsons, Glenn and Kenneth McKenzie, both of Norwood; her eight grandchildren, Laura, and her husband Brian, Michael, and his wife Susan, Suzanne, Matthew, Julia, Jonathan, Raquel, and her husband Shayne, and Justin; and her six great grandchildren, Ryan, Patrick, Brendon, Gavin, Whitney, and Tyler.  Visiting hours will be held Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invite to attend her funeral Friday at 10 AM at the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham followed by burial in Brookdale Cemetery Dedham.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc, PO Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701 ( would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Karen C.
    September 18th, 2013 | 9:32 am

    So full of fun. Say “Hey” to Rita and Henry. Happy trails.

    Karen C.

  2. Sue Oxman Al Lewis
    September 18th, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    I have heard so many wonderful stories of your Mom from John. Wish I had the pleasure of meeting such a Great woman. Al knew Jean and will alway’s remember her. Jean will be missed by all. Sincerely, Sue Oxman & Al Lewis

  3. Mary Jane Stanlaske
    September 18th, 2013 | 8:00 pm

    To this day whenever people are talking about places they used to work at I always tell people about Jean and Eastern Metal. Jean was the funniest person I ever met. When we were together she would make me laugh so hard it hurt. She was such a great human being, It was such an honor to know your mother and I will never forget her. Love you Jean, see you later……….

  4. Christine Woodward
    September 19th, 2013 | 9:44 am

    My deepest sympathy to all on the loss of such a special woman. Jean was truly a wonderful lady – full of humor, kindness and generosity. A real ‘woman of substance’. I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with her last winter on Endicott Street – watching Remington Steele, Access Hollywood and The Mary Tyler Moore Show – eating sweets and chatting. She always asked about my family – how we were doing – especially my nephews. That meant a great deal to me and always will. I shall miss her and I will think of her often and smile…My thoughts and prayers are with all of you especially dear Nancy…When I see the stars at night, I will wish upon them and remember Jean…With Love, Christine Woodward

  5. Jim & Eileen Carleton
    September 19th, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Dear Pam and Family,
    Health limitations do not allow us to be with you in person at this very sad time. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers for everyone.

    Love,Eileen and Jim

  6. Neil Swendsboe
    September 24th, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Nancy & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I know my Mom loved Jean and they watched over each other in the neighborhood. I immediately think of a few Bible references:
    John 14: 1 through 3 and 2nd Corinthians: 6 through 8.
    May the comfort of the LORD be with you at this time. Neil

  7. Cathy & Eric Swendsboe
    September 24th, 2013 | 11:42 am

    We are so sorry that your mom has passed on. I used to visit her and Jack on my daily dog walks. She will remain in our thoughts for a long while.

    Fondly, Eric and Cathy

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