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Eleanor M. (Holland) Fowler

Eleanor M. (Holland) “Ma” Fowler, 72, of Caroline Avenue, Ipswich, and  the  wife of the late Russell W. Fowler, died Sunday August 14, 2011  in her home following a long illness. Born in Chelsea June 4, 1939, daughter of the late Francis L. and Elizabeth W. (White) Holland, she was raised in Chelsea and Rowley and attended Newburyport public schools. Married in 1956 in the Rowley First Baptist Church the Fowlers’ made their home in Ipswich.  She later resided in Waldoboro, Maine for several years before returning to Town Farm Road, Ocean Drive and most recently Caroline Avenue.

In addition to raising her family, “Ma” was fully employed during these years as either a Ipswich  school bus driver, a supervisor at I.D. Engineering in Ipswich, eleven years at the Ipswich Chronicle and most recently as a cashier at Shaw’s in Ipswich. In her own time she enjoyed playing tournament cribbage, home gardening, canning and preserving and was happiest with a kitchen full of hungry  family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Russell W. Fowler, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Ipswich; three daughters, Kathleen Trask and her husband Lee of Lisbon Falls, Maine, Lorraine Fowler and her companion Michael Hetnar of Ipswich and Marie Costantino  of Lisbon Falls; seven grandchildren, David Fowler and  Mikel Fowler both of Ipswich, Jamie LaFrambroise of Lisbon Falls, Nicole Martineau and  Benjamin Hetnar both of Ipswich, and James Costantino and Daniel Costantino both of Lisbon, Maine; seven great grandchildren, Hailey Fowler, Hayden Fowler, Cynthia Ladner, Paige Wilkins, Liam, Joseph and Jessica LaFrombroise and many nephews and nieces.  She was predeceased by a grandson Charles Fowler of Ipswich; son-in-law Danniel Costantino of Lynn; a brother Francis L. Holland of New Gloucester, Maine, and two sisters, Winifred Russo of Rowley and Helen Frost of Chelsea.

Her funeral will be held Friday 11 am graveside in the Shuman Cemetery, (Rt. 1 North, left @ Moody’s Diner on to Rt. 220 North, cemetery 1 to 2 miles on the right) N. Waldoboro, Maine. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.

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