Margaret Mary (Zoeller) Knox


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Newburyport, MA - Margaret Mary (Zoeller) Knox, age 87, of Newburyport, Mass., and formerly of Topsfield and Ipswich, Mass., passed peacefully Saturday morning, June 15, 2019, at Avita of Newburyport, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth R. Knox, and was the former wife of the late Thomas J. Hennigan Jr.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1931, Margaret Mary was one of four children of the late Anthony E. and Margaret (Kelly) Zoeller. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Wilkes-Barre, then went on to attend Wyoming Seminary majoring in business. For many years she worked as an administrative assistant for the Zoeller Paper Company.

Margaret Mary was a member of the American Legion Post 132, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1093, the German American Club of the North Shore, the Topsfield Historical Society, the BoxTop Community Club and the Mountaintop Women's Club.

With her vivacious personality, she enjoyed wonderful parties, had a beautiful smile, and always loved a good joke or funny story. Margaret Mary was a well seasoned traveler, and throughout her lifetime she visited many places around the world. Above all else, it was her deeply rooted love and devotion to her family and her grandchildren that made her such an inspiration in their lives. Being able to be a part of the lives of her children and grandchildren brought her unending joy.

The family extends a most special thanks to the caring staff at Avita of Newburyport for the loving and compassionate care they provided Margaret Mary over the past two years. Thank you also to the hospice team at Compassus for their special care these past few months.

Margaret Mary leaves behind her three daughters, Mary Alice Hennessey and husband, Michael, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Colleen Brown and husband, Joel, of Portsmouth, N.H., and Kelly Kastrinelis and husband, Timothy, of Ipswich, Ma.; nine grandchildren: Sean, Megan, Kasey, Toney, Timothy, Kristina, Thomas, William and Abigail, along with extended family and dear friends. She also leaves behind her special companion, Al Hill of Marblehead, Mass., who shared many happy times with her over the years. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas J. Hennigan III, who died in 2017, and her three brothers, Anthony, Christopher, and John Zoeller.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 10 a.m., at St Ann's Church of the Holy Redeemer Parish, 300 Main Street, West Newbury, followed by burial at the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Donations in her memory can be made to Avita of Newburyport, 4 Wallace Bashaw Junior Way, Newburyport, MA 01950.
Published on June 18, 2019
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Sally foster
Jun 19, 2019
Dear Mary alice, I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
Much love to you and yours, at this sad time.
Fondly, sally
Dani Durham
Jun 19, 2019
My deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother. I remember her fondly with that big, welcoming smile. She leaves a wonderful legacy in all of you!
Dani Ziegler Durham