... a Saugus native who was raised in Melrose was married to Jack Driscoll for 57 years
Mrs. Dolores A. (LeSaffre) Driscoll-mother, grandmother and advocate for youth, the disabled, and the disadvantage passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Rye, NH on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at age 81.Born July 3, 1934 in Saugus, she was one of six children of the late Robert and Anna (Crothers) LeSaffre. Raised in Melrose she graduated from Melrose High School in 1953, attended Fisher College, and received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1957.
After a chance meeting on the beach in Hampton, NH and several enjoyable rides along the B&M railroad, she fell in love with Jack Driscoll, also a Melrose native. They were married May 3, 1958 and settled in Melrose before moving with their family of four to Topsfield. For the last 15 years they have lived in Rye Beach, NH. Along with raising her children Dolores worked for Valtz & Kimberly in Boston and later as a teacher’s aide at Masconomet Regional Jr. High School in Boxford.
Dolores, whose life was simple and fulfilling , was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother who was happiest when surrounded by her family. She lived to help others and her faith was an integral part of her daily life and routine. She was part of the faith community of LaSalette where she served as Treasurer encircling herself with others who grew to be lifelong friends.
Close to her heart was the L’Arche Irencion in Haverhill, an ecumenical residential Community for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. With her connection to LaSalette she was part of a group who volunteered time to make the lives of the residents better. She believed that her time was better spent helping others than helping herself.
Volunteering extensively for services to help youth and homeless she served on the board for
the Tri-Town Council for Youth and Family in Topsfield. In her heart she believed it was better to “live simply so that others could simply live” and she embodied that phrase in everything she did. Among her efforts was to help organize the annual Christmas gift giving at Lazarus House in Lawrence.
Dolores had the gift of making everyone around her feel special. Neighbors, strangers, even animals were drawn to her innate goodness. She loved spending summers near the ocean at Rye Beach.Along with her husband Jack, Dolores enjoyed their social circle there. These special friends in their neighborhood were know as the “Porch People’s Club” so called because they enjoyed each other’s company on their respective front porches for many years.
Not only a volunteer she enjoyed knitting or quilting with her women’s prayer group that she met with weekly for over 25 years. Simple pleasures like spending time with her grandchildren at the beach and watching the birds through the window at the birdfeeder were things that she loved.
Dolores was and will remain a source of strength for her family, and her legacy will be her unassuming kindness, unconditional giving, and selfless love for others that she shared with the world
She was the beloved wife of John S. “Jack” Driscoll with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Lee Ann Lake and her husband Ian of Cape Coral Florida, Jennifer Driscoll of Newton, Maryellen Driscoll and her husband Ken Fruestorfer of Palatine Bridge, NY and Susan Wilson and her husband Joe of Rye, NH.
She was the loving sister of Donald LeSaffre and his late wife Marilyn of Wakefield, Daniels LeSaffre and his wife Ruth of Stoneham, John LeSaffre and his wife Nancy of Melrose, Anne Bruhmuller and her husband Jim of Center Barnstead, NH and the late Robert LeSaffre and his surviving wife Patricia of Wakefield.
Dolores was the adored grandmother of Katy, Alis, Josiah, Owen, Tyler, Xavier, Keondre,
Brittany, Heather, and Meghan. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
She was waked at the Robinson Funeral Home in Melrose. Her Mass of Christian Burial was
celebrated at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield on Friday October 16, 2015
The above has been excerpted and modified from a memorial brochure distributed at
Dolores’ Funeral Mass.
November 6, 2015