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Annette Adele (Chasse) Osborn

Annette Adele (Chasse) Osborn, 94, fondly known as “Meme” to many, passed away on November 5, 2013, the same as she lived, surrounded by her family and friends. She was the wife of the late Jonathan Carl Osborn.

Born on January 12, 1919 in Lynn, Annette was the daughter of the late Rene Joseph and Blanche (April) Chasse. She was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1937. Annette married Carl Osborn in 1939. Annette and Carl moved to Essex in 1947, where they raised their family and lived ever since. Annette was an active, longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  where she was a Eucharistic Minister. Annette was also known for her involvement with the Catholic Women’s Club, the church bake sales, and the annual Christmas Fair. She was a recipient of a Cheverus Service Award from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. She loved baking and had an insatiable sweet tooth. Annette worked at Nichol’s Candy for several years and served many years as an election worker for the Town of Essex. She will be lovingly remembered for her deep faith, her many hats, her smile, her knack for jokes, her rose-colored glasses and for always finding something kind to say to everyone.

She is survived by six of her children, Joan Imbrunone and her husband Nicholas of Gloucester, Jonathan Osborn and his wife Retha of Wilmington, DE, Richard Osborn and his wife Sandra of Essex, Carla Symonds of Essex, Paul Osborn and his wife Lori of Gloucester, and Matthew Osborn and his wife Laura of Norwich, VT. In addition, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Carmen Barry of Beverly, a daughter-in-law, Jill Karlen Osborn of Groveland, several nieces and nephews, and twenty-one grandchildren, Julie (and Jimmy) Douglass, Vinny (and Steve) Brickett, Nicole (and Joe) Curcuru, Jonathan (and Szuhua) Osborn, Sarah (and Henry) Gerkens, Toby (and Lara) Osborn, Heather Osborn, Chasse Osborn, Karl Osborn, April Osborn, John (and Sue) Symonds, Mandi Symonds, Aimee (and Lucas) Servideo, Norri Zakharchuk, Raymond (and Boram) Symonds, Justin (and Romina) Symonds, Chelsea Osborn, Kinsey Osborn, Darcey Osborn, Annette E. Osborn and Patrick Osborn, and twenty-one great grandchildren, whom she loved very much, as well as many special friends. She will be missed beyond measure. In addition to her husband Carl of fifty-nine years, she was predeceased by a son, Mark Osborn formerly of Essex and a sister Rita Bancroft formerly of NY.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Beacon Hospice who was most helpful in the family’s time of need.                                                                        

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Essex followed by interment at the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be held in the church on Friday from 4 to 7 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may  be made to Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church of Essex, 52 Main St., Essex, MA 01929, Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 ,or a charity of your choice.

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