Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

Marie E. Howe, 93

North Andover, MA — Marie E. (McComiskey) Howe, 93, of North Andover, formerly of Andover, died on Monday, June 24, at the Meadows of North Andover.

She was born in Lawrence on May 20, 1920, and was s the daughter of the late Charles E. and Esther (Cuningham) McComiskey.

Marie was born and raised in Lawrence. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School, and was trained as a registered nurse at Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing. Doug and Marie lived in Andover for most of their marriage. Marie volunteered with many organizations over the years, including the Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Lawrence General Hospital, and the Andonna Society, with annual participation in Clown Town Festivities. Doug and Marie moved to the Edgewood retirement community in 2007, after Marie suffered a series of strokes. She lived at the Meadows Nursing Home at Edgewood for the last five years.

Marie will be sadly missed by her husband, four children and their spouses. Her positive energy and contagious laugh, even in the toughest times, were a joy and an inspiration to everyone around her.

Marie is survived by her husband, Douglas N. Howe Sr., to whom she was married for 70 years; her children, Douglas Howe Jr. and his wife, Janice of North Andover, Clifford Howe and his wife, Jane of North Hampton, N.H., Nancy Howe Erdmann and her husband, Karl of Exeter, N.H., and Paul Howe and his wife, Sandy of Cornish, ME and her sister Anne Poliner of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She was the loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren; including Kimberly Howe Lawrence, Jennifer Howe Rosen, Elizabeth Howe Gruenberg, Lori Howe, Amy Erdmann Sholk, Molly Erdmann, Sara Erdmann, Emily Howe McDonnell, Nathan Howe, Andrew Howe, and Katherine Howe; and 15 great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Michael Church, 196 Main St., North Andover, at 10 a.m. A visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at West Parish Cemetery in Andover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.