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Doris M. (DeSpain) Nedrow

February 25, 1929 ~ September 21, 2021 (age 92)

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WENHAM- Doris M. Nedrow, 92, of Wenham, Massachusetts, and previously Aurora, Illinois, beloved wife of Larry J. Nedrow, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 at Kaplan Hospice House. She was born on February 25th, 1929, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of William DeSpain and Gertrude Short.

Doris is survived by two children, daughter Jodi (Brad) Nedrow-Counihan of Wenham, Massachusetts, son George (Sue) Patkus of St. Charles, Illinois, and two stepchildren, Jack (Barb) Nedrow, and Jill Nedrow; nine grandchildren, Ryan, Maxwell (Katy) and Riley Counihan, Karin (Scott) Callanan, Stacy Patkus Spurr, Scott Patkus, Sam Nedrow, Jeffrey Esposito and Melissa Mosher; five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Benjamin, Zachary, Danny and Max; and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Margaret and Mary, and brother William.

Doris was a beloved wife to her soulmate, Larry, of 38 years. Doris and Larry were avid travelers, visiting countries all over the world with close friends, sharing wonderful adventures and endless laughs. They especially loved spending winters in Maui, Hawaii during their years in retirement. Doris was a vibrant personality known for dancing on tables at special occasions. Her energy lit up a room and made everyone smile.

To her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Doris was known as Nana. Nana will forever be remembered for her nurturing soul and giving heart. Nana was the matriarch of her family and did so with dignity and class. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly and took a great deal of pride in their life stages and accomplishments. Her legacy will be carried on through them.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours at O’Donnell Cremation – Funerals – Celebrations - Danvers, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers on Thursday, September 23rd from 5 to 7 P.M. Funeral Mass and burial will be in St. Charles, Illinois. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) located at the Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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September 23, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Donnell Cremations - Funerals - Celebrations - DANVERS
167 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923


NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17, Boston MA 02129
Tel: 1-800-370-9085

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