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July 24, 1943 ~ March 15, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Peacefully and surrounded by her family, Lorenda Freeman Dunleavy passed away on Wednesday March 15, 2023 at the age of 79 years.
Beloved wife of Brian Dunleavy. Devoted mother of Karen Angela Kingsbury Manuel & her husband Thomas F. Manuel, Brian Jamison Kingsbury & his wife Kathleen Burns Kingsbury.
Sister of Mark Freeman CM Sgt. USAF, Cynthia Freeman, and sister in law of Albert Costa Sr.
She is also predeceased by her sister Judith Freeman Costa and her brother, Gerald Freeman.
Dear Grammy of Benjamin J. McQuaid, Ryan M. McQuaid, Matthew E. McQuaid and Erin Kate McQuaid.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored.
Lorenda was raised and educated in Bethel Maine, graduating in 1961 from Gould Academy. She participated in many, if not all, sporting activities offered during her years at Gould. For women of her generation, the athletic landscape was very different from what it is today. She is remembered as a gifted and skilled athlete who was only limited by the lack of opportunity. She participated in varsity field hockey, varsity softball, varsity volleyball, varsity basketball, archery, badminton, tennis, hiking, ping pong and bowling. She was the head band majorette and a member of the varsity glee club as well as the Christmas Vespers. She also served on the Girls’ Athletic Association Council and received the Girl’s Athletic Association award (1960-1961). As stated in the yearbook, her “secret ambition” was to compete in the Olympics. Lorenda was finally and proudly inducted into Gould Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2019.
After Gould, Lorenda married and raised a family in Lynnfield, MA. She was the primary organizer of the annual community Fourth of July Field Day Races for many years and was a Boy Scout and Campfire Leader.
Along with her husband, Brian, Lorenda developed a love of biking and cross-country skiing. They loved to spend time in Quechee, Vermont.
She was a passionate hairdresser for over 40 years, eventually running her business from her own home, where she provided not only beautiful hair services but also a listening ear, strong shoulder and a gentle hand to family, friends and clients.
From the spirit and words of our dear Lorenda:
“Here’s to it and to it again. If you don’t do it when you get to it, you may never get to it to do it again.”
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at The Atrium at Veronica Drive and the Kaplan Family Hospice House for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. ( See the link Below)
At this time services will remain private.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life to be held at the Danversport Yacht Club on May 20, 2023 from 4:30-8:30pm.