Edwina C. Dowd, 96
Dateline: Mansfield, MA
Edwina C. (Fandel) Dowd, of Mansfield, formerly of Taunton. Passed away peacefully on her 96th birthday on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Wedgemere HealthCare in Taunton. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Dowd, to whom she was wed for forty-five years at the time of his death in 1993.
Born in Everett, MA on August 20, 1923, she was a loving daughter of the late William J. and Marion J. (Burns) Fandel.
Affectionately known as Eddie, she grew up in Everett and was a 1943 graduate of Everett High School. During WWII she proudly served her country as a member of the United States Navy. She was honorably discharged from duty on March 14, 1946 with the rank of Pharmacists Mate Second Class and was a member and past president of the Dunedin Chapter of the National Waves Association.
Prior to retiring in 1979, Mrs. Dowd enjoyed her job as a cook for ten years in the Taunton Public School System. While living in Mansfield, she was a communicant of Saint Mary’s Church, where she served as a former religious education teacher.
Eddie’s favorite times by far were those spent in the presence of her adoring family. Her hobbies included reading, sewing and spending time at the beach.
She is survived by her devoted children: William H. Dowd and his wife Donna of Mansfield and Marion J. Potoczak and her husband Michael of Beverly. She was the cherished grandmother of Michael Potoczak and his wife Maura, Nicole Potoczak and her fiancé Giumps, Brendan Dowd and his wife Kate, Dr Brycen Dowd and his girlfriend Michaela and the great grandmother of Miles Potoczak and Hudson Dowd. She was the dear sister of Joseph Fandel of CT, Ann Brennan of Wakefield, Louise Weeder of Topsfield, Henry Fandel of Lynnfield, Arthur Fandel of FL and the late William Fandel and Jack Fandel. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Friday, August 23rd at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106) Mansfield. Burial will be held privately at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.
Due to the limitation of flowers allowed at the National Cemetery and in accordance with Edwina’s wishes, please make donations in her memory to the Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St., Mansfield, MA 02048.
Those attending Eddie's services are encouraged to wear pink, her favorite color in the world.
To send her family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com