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Donna M. Richardson

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“So sad to learn of Donna's passing. She was an amazing co-worker and friend who will be missed terribly. Rest in peace my friend. ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Dana Boisvert - Dracut, MA

“Deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful lady/neighborhood friend/fellow Plympton parent We reconnected many years ago @ Plympton School where...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Deb Cacciatore - Waltham, MA

“We didn't know Donna well as an adult, but remember her very clearly as a young girl. She came from one of the most loving families, so it makes...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Bill and Gloria Champion - MA

“Donna was an absolute pleasure to work with. Never turned anyone away that needed help. Always smiling. Always pleasant. She talked so highly about...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Catherine Kane - Medway, MA

“Dave, My condolences to you and your family. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Maria Natola - Medford - Coworker

“Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your sister.Our thoughts are with you at this time. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Cathy Wood - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Donna holds a special place in so many hearts. I will always remember the laughter and that beautiful smile! Donna possessed both outer and inner...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Johnson - Waltham, MA

“Dear Joan, Brenda, Diane and Bobby.I am so sad to hear of Donna's passing. I have a lot of wonderful, childhood memories, of all of us having fun,...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Karen Hurley (Jones)

“I'm so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Diettrich - Braintree, MA

“To Donna's family,Donna and I worked together years ago at an insurance company in Waltham. We became good friends and had some great times together...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Moschner Noel - Billerica, MA

“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of this beautiful friend. I sometimes hung out with Donna in high school. She was always smiling, just like...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Janice LeFort-Phillipo - MA

“Brenda and Family, I am so very sorry for loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you, Susanne Dezotell ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Susanne Dezotell - Framingham, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I worked with her at Tufts Health Plan and every time I saw her she had a smile on her face. She was the...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Donna Taverna - Watertown, MA

“Donna's smile and energy always brought a warming and welcoming feeling to all of us. I truly miss our chats and morning coffee together! May your...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Carla Stigliano - Waltham, MA

“My heart hurts for the loss of this wonderful lady. My condolences to her loving family.Janie Power ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Janie Power - Friend

“Dear Dave and Lauren,We are so lucky to have known Donna and will miss her. She had a great sense of humor and knew what was important to her. May...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Daniel Chernoble - Waltham, MA

“Donna was one of those rear gems that's hard to find, I would say that a pearl really represents who Donna was as a person, friendly, easy to talk to...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Stephany Arnold - Waltham, MA

“Donna was one of those rear gems that's hard to find, I would say that a pearl really represents who Donna was as a person, friendly, easy to talk to...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Stephany Arnold - Waltham, MA

“To the Lahey Family,Donna, Carol and I were such good friends in junior high and I'm so sad that we didn't stay in touch. I am so sorry for your...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Carol (Brown) Gorman - Hyannis, MA

“Dave I am so sorry for your loss Donna was a great person. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: cheryl (bodwell)schofield - MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Donna's family and friends. ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Doreen Erquiza - Somerville, MA

“Donna was a joy to be around....she always made me smile. It was a pleasure to have worked with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family! ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Tina Kelley

“Donna was a joy to be around. Always made me smile! My thoughts and prayers are with her family! ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Tina Kelley - MA

“Donna had a welcoming smile and kind word for all those who passed her busy desk at the office. She had a calming presence and a helped us all when...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Lorna Keith - Waltham, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with Donna and her family. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Bernie Hackett - Chestnut Hill, MA

“So sorry to hear this. RIP Donna. May God bring your family peace and comfort. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Grimes-Davis - Annapolis, MD

“Peace be with you. ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Tom Grimes - Winter Springs, FL

“Dave, Lauren, Aunti Joan and family, Words can't say how sorry I am for Donna's passing. She was one hell of a fighter and gave it all she had. You...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Joan MacEachern (Lahey) - Woburn, MA


Waltham- Mrs. Donna M. (Lahey) Richardson of Waltham died Thursday June 15, 2017 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a courageous two year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 61.

Donna was born in Waltham on September 19, 1955, a daughter of Joan L. (Chisholm) Lahey of Waltham, and the late Robert J. Lahey. She graduated from Waltham High School with the class of '73 and had been a lifelong resident of the city. Until her illness, she had worked for many years as a Senior Administrator at Tufts Health Plan in Watertown.

She met the love of her life, David Richardson, in 1983 and the pair would be wed in 1987. Their lives became complete when they welcomed their daughter, Lauren, into the world in 1996. Family was most important to Donna and she was happiest when everyone was gathered under the same roof. Spending time with family and friends was her favorite thing to do. She was an avid Boston sports fan, and when able, enjoyed traveling with her family to York Beach in Maine.

Donna took great comfort during her illness from the loving support and kindness from all of her family and friends, the knowledge that her daughter Lauren was enrolled and doing well in college, and her constant companion, her dog Cleo. She deeply appreciated all of the care and kindness shown to her by the doctors, nurses, and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as the care that visiting nurses gave her at home.

She is survived by her husband, David I. Richardson, of Waltham; her daughter Lauren N. Richardson of Waltham; her mother Joan L. (Chisholm) Lahey of Waltham; her siblings, Brenda A. Lahey and her longtime companion, Francis LoPresti, of Waltham, Diane J. Smith and her husband, Gary, of Waltham and Robert J. Lahey Jr. and his wife, Denise, of Stow and also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private, with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

Donations in her memory may be made to Buddy Dog Humane Society. They are located at 151 Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts.