ROYALSTON – Sheila A. (O’Toole) Gravelle, 75, of 32 Old Turnpike Road, died Monday afternoon, September 2, 2019 in Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol, MA with her family at her side.
Sheila was born in Ayer, MA on September 9, 1943, daughter of Edmond O’Toole of Marlboro, MA and the late Barbara (Bennett) O’Toole and was raised in West Newton, MA. Sheila graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in Newton and attended Boston State College.
Sheila had lived in Billerica for over 20 years and worked for many years as an orthodontic technician for Dr. James Sciaretta. She and her husband have camped at St. Laurent Campground for many years and moved full time to Royalston 20 years ago. A lover of the outdoors, Sheila loved to ski and scuba dive and was the first female to join Nashoba Valley Trail Riders. She also enjoyed family get togethers, music, dancing, painting and reading.
In addition to her father, she leaves her husband of 56 years, Richard M. Gravelle; two daughters, Lisa A. Fretschl and her husband James of Bourne, MA and Christine C. Gravelle of Dracut; MA; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Rose and her husband Mathew of Wareham, MA and Heather Roberts of Bourne. MA; a great grandson Tucker Rose of Wareham, MA; her siblings, Michael O’Toole and his wife Norma of Franklin, MA, Thomas O’Toole and his wife Ellie of Mashpee, MA, Dennis O’Toole and his wife Pamela of Sutton, MA, Peter O’Toole and his wife Barbara of Eugene, OR., Kathleen Quinn and her husband Dennis of Waltham, MA and James O’Toole and his wife Jill of Merrimack, NH as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1 P.M. in Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 72 E Concord St, Boston, MA 02118.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.