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Obituary: Dorothy Jane “Dee” (Schmal) McFadden, 52

Apr 15, 2018 05:51AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Dorothy Jane “Dee” (Schmal) McFadden

LOWELL - Dorothy Jane “Dee” (Schmal) McFadden, age 52, a popular-well known and beloved caregiver, died unexpectedly Friday morning, April 6, at her Lowell Home, from an apparent heart attack. She was the beloved wife and friend over twenty-years of Michael F. “Mike” McFadden, with whom she had celebrated a seven-year wedding anniversary this past July 22. From their first date and forward, Dee and Mike made a perfect couple. 
Dee was born in Boston, a daughter of the late Dorothy M. (Manning) (Schmal) Newton was raised in “Southie” and later in Tewksbury by her mother and step-dad, Richard H. Newton. She moved to Tewksbury in 1978, and had resided in Lowell for the past 20 years. 
Dee will be remembered for her radiant smile, complete with dimples, her outgoing personality, her charm, and exemplified “Joie De Vie” or The Joy of Life! She was a lifelong caregiver, especially to her beloved grandfather Schmal, and thrived in her job as a Beautician and Caregiver at Tewksbury Hospital, with a career that spanned more than twenty-six years. 
Dee was described as always helping others, a cook that made sure you never left her home hungry, loved the time she spent with her extended family and friends, and was bitten by the travel bug, with travel to the Caribbean, especially the Virgin Islands, high on her list of “favorite things.” 
Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Christine M. Schmal of Billerica; three step-children, Melanie Lopez and her husband Sergio of Nashua, NH, Meghan Stavro and her husband Dan of Hudson, NH, and Justin McFadden of CA; five grandchildren, Breena, Brendan, Julian, Adrian, and Avery; three siblings, Jack Schmal and his wife Karen of Wakefield, Jim Schmal of Dracut, and Lori Schmal of Dracut; many nieces and nephews; and was pre-deceased by her brother, Bobby Schmal. 
Dee will be missed by all she touched, especially her husband Mike. 
Arrangements were entrusted to the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte. 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, Ph. (800 in MA or 978) 851 2950. Kindly omit flowers. Memorials to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854, will be appreciated. visit tewksburyfuneralhome.com 
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