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Obituary: Denise M. (Matte) Quinn, 67

Apr 01, 2018 06:14AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Denise M. (Matte) Quinn

Denise M. (Matte) Quinn, 67, of Lowell, died peacefully on Monday, March 26th surrounded by family. She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Thomas J. Quinn who survives her.

Born in Lowell on March 23, 1951, oldest daughter of Omer and Camille (Labrecque) Matte of Dracut, she attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Dracut High School with the Class of 1968. 

Denise went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Lowell State College (NKA U/Mass Lowell) in 1972, and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Lesley University in Cambridge in 1996.

Before retiring in 2011, Denise was a devoted school teacher until a bold career change later in life led her to become a Director of Human Resources.

Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, loved the beach and traveling the world over, including faraway places like Egypt, Russia, Budapest, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland and England just to name a few. She was very proud of being a friend of Bill for 23 years, volunteering for local domestic violence programs and reading for the blind. However, her greatest joy in life was being the world's best Mimi to her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Denise is survived by two daughters Courtney Ahearn and her husband William and Katie Quinn all of Dracut, MA; three grandchildren Liam and Avery Ahearn of Dracut, MA and Michaela Mentzer of Watertown, MA; two sisters Carol Fennell and her husband William of Pepperell, MA and Lisa Matte of Tewksbury, MA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

QUINN – In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday April 2nd at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock in the morning. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in Denise’s memory to Lowell General TeamWalk for CancerCare, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

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