Ellen Westlund

Ellen (McAdams) Westlund, 84 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Ellen was born and raised in Lowell, MA where she attended Lowell public schools. She went on to attend Wheaton College where she majored in Chemistry. She continued her education by obtaining her master’s degree at Bridgewater State College. Ellen first started teaching in Norton public schools and went on to teach at Mansfield public schools for approximately 40 years. She served as the religious education coordinator at St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield for over 30 years. Ellen loved her family and enjoyed spending her summers with them at the Cape. She was a devoted sports fan and always had a game on the radio or TV. She also spent whatever spare time she had helping at area shelters. Her garage was often the drop-off spot for donations going to local shelters and she often recruited Paul, Steve, and Sue to assist.

Ellen is predeceased by her husband Paul and her brother Jimmy McAdams. She is survived by her children, Paul and his wife Jenn of Foxboro, Susan of Plainville, and Stephen and his wife Pauline of Mansfield. Ellen also leaves her grandchildren Ian Sullivan, Kelli (Westlund) McSwiney, and Brendan Westlund, as well as her siblings Greg McAdams and his wife Deborah of Lowell, and Tish Stagnone and her husband Frank of Chelmsford.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 4th, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt Street, Mansfield, followed by Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Madonna Manor, 85 North Main Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.
Due to COVID restrictions, should we reach the maximum capacity of the church, please feel free to proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery for the burial where we will be able to maintain appropriate social distancing. Thank you for your understanding.

For those wishing to live stream the Funeral Mass, please visit: www.stmarymans.org



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21 Condolences

  1. Melissa McLaughlin on February 28, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Your Mom was a very special lady. I am a better person Haven’t known her.
    Thank you for sharing her with our family.

  2. Susan And Mike Young on February 28, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Your mom was a wonderful woman ! She was a great Nana and I loved watching her with Brendan and Kelli during our times at the cape.

  3. She was an amazing woman who impacted so many lives in a positive way. S on February 28, 2021 at 1:03 am

    She was an amazing woman who impacted so many lives in a positive way. She will be missed.

  4. Roberta Marie Puleo-Kempt on February 28, 2021 at 1:40 am

    So sorry for this loss! I remember Ellen, so well, as I lived on the same street and a couple of houses down from her! She stands out so vividly in my mind, and I will always remember Ellen, as she touched my heart then and now! She had a wonderful spirit and I would be honored to replicate her spirit! May she Rest In Peace! My thoughts and prayers are being sent to her family and friends! Life is but a dream, when you die you wake up! This world is void of Ellen’s’ presence! ❤️

  5. Linda Rossini DePorter on February 28, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Nana as we all called her was an amazing mom grandmother and mother in law. I always looked forward to my special shopping with her on Black Friday and all the other times we spent together. I love you Ellen. Rest In Peace. Heaven has gained a very special angel. You will remain in my heart forever.

  6. Tim ODonnell on February 28, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    She was a saint on this earth, we were blessed to have met such a great woman… soar the Angel’s Mrs. Westlund! You memory will remain in all of us

  7. Michael Copparini on February 28, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Ellen Westlund was my second mother. There are too many fond memories and not enough time to list them all. Paul Stephen and Susan I also consider my brothers and sister. So so many incredible things Ellen has done, such an amazing selfless woman did truly are no words. I love and will miss you… “MOM”! Forever in gods arms you will be in one day I will hear you Whistle to let us know it was time to come home! Thank you for everything… Mike.

  8. Paul Upton on February 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Paul and your entire family. Your mom certainly led a wonderful life. May she Rest In Peace. My pray for your family during these difficult days ahead.

  9. Jennifer McAdams on March 1, 2021 at 3:56 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Ellen’s passing. I did not have the pleasure of meeting her, but I do know James McAdams, my father-in-law loved her very much. They are together again. She will be missed. My prayers to her family and friends.

  10. Vicky & Bill on March 1, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Ellen was a multi taker. She always did at least three things at a time. Watch a child’s hockey game, Knit without looking, and carry on a conversation. She did them all well too. She had a great recall of names and dates…..such a gift. Tireless energy on very little sleep. I always marveled at her talents.
    She was a saint on earth and now she is an Angel in heaven. With love, Vicky & Bill Lawrence

  11. Janine dyke on March 1, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss your Mom was a wonderful person. I loved having your Mom for our substitute teacher she was always so kind to us.

  12. Keith and Karen Petty on March 1, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    The tears that dampen our eyes during mourning is homesickness for the loved one. But we are the ones away from home.They have reached the doorway to our eternal home with our Father. Death has not separated us because they are tenderly looking down over us. Still, I get a smell of my mother’s favorite flower .
    It is the preparation for eternal union with our loved ones, in the PEACE AND JOY OF HEAVEN. She will be missed at Madoona Manor too.

  13. Betty lou Kincaid on March 2, 2021 at 7:40 am

    So sorry for your loss remember all the great times you had I will never forget you ❤ you have a special place in my heart just like your mom she was an amazing person great teacher who did anything for you guys

  14. Deb Downey on March 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Paul, Steve & Sue
    So many fond memories of your mom. A very special lady to say the least.
    My love and thoughts are with you all

  15. Therese Campbell on March 2, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    She is Beauty in the eyes of her Lord. What a wonderful woman. In His Holy Hands.
    Jack and Terri Campbell .

  16. Joan Duggan on March 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

    She was such a kind person and impacted so many lives at St Mary’s. She was so kind to my daughter at bible camp.
    May she rest in peace.
    My condolences to her family.

  17. The Sibilia family on March 3, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Ellen was such a sweet lady. She will be missed dearly.

  18. Arlene Macaione on March 5, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Prayers for your Mom. She was a wonderful person.

  19. Jeff Cutillo on March 5, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss,Your mother was a wonderful person and my favorite CCD teacher she will be missed.Jeff &Wendy Cutillo

  20. Greg and Elena DeGirolamo on March 6, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and Greg and I have such fond memories of her over the years. We feel truly blessed to have known such a special person. Sending our prayers and deepest condolences to all. Rest in the sweetest peace Mrs. Westlund ❤️

  21. Maria Pinnix & family on March 7, 2021 at 7:24 am

    My condolences to the family. Ellen was the kindest person I have ever met when I first moved to Mansfield. She was always there for us even when she’s already helping ten others at the same time. She was there for my son for CCD. We will miss her dearly. Now she can watch us from heaven as our guardian angel. May she RIP!

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