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Cornelia E. (Gronberg) Desmond

Cornelia E. (Gronberg) Desmond, widow of Robert J. Desmond of Ipswich, passed away Monday June 4, 2012 after suffering a long illness.  The oldest child of Olaf E. and Helen (Lundgren) Gronberg, “Connie” as she was known to many, was born in Salem, and attended Salem schools graduating with the class of 1944.  In August 1946, Bob and Connie, high school sweethearts, married and began a family.

Connie was a homemaker to her growing family, working at MacMillan Labs in the early 1960s. Connie and Bob also started a roadside farm stand at their Ipswich address, the 40 Shades of Green Farm. Later, in 1985 she earned her LPN degree from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute.

Connie was famous for her baking skills, was a prodigious knitter and loved to have pets about the house.  She and Bob wintered in Florida for many years, golfed together, and traveled.

She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia and her husband Dennis Quinn, and eight sons, Robert and his wife Mary of Kentucky, Terrance and his wife Brenda, Francis and his wife Kathy, Neil and his wife Nanci, all of Ipswich, Matthew and his wife Teresa of Danvers, Daniel and his wife Deborah of Boxford, Kevin and his wife Kathi also of Ipswich, and Timothy of Florida.  She is also survived by one brother O. Eric Gronberg and his wife Anne of Chelmsford.  In addition she is survived by nineteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held 9 am Friday, June 8 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm. Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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