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Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, beloved wife of 36 years, mother, grandmother, friend, and civic leader, passed away from a brain aneurysm on July 8th at the age of 61. Maura was born to Peg and Kevin O’Donnell in Fairview Park. Her mother passed away when Maura was 8 years old. Her father remarried Marion Ellen Blydenburgh Patterson, a mother of two children. Maura graduated from Lakewood High School and cum laude from Boston College. Maura married Neil McCarthy in 1981. They raised their four children in Ashtabula and the family moved to Mentor in 2003. Maura led the Cleveland Council on World Affairs for 6 years until her death, most recently as CEO. She is remembered fondly by visitors and students from all over the world. Maura served on numerous non-profit boards and held leadership positions at Hershey Montessori School, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Holden Arboretum, Shaker Lakes Garden Club, and at the Cleveland chapter of Ikebana International. Maura was preceded in death by her brothers Kevin O’Donnell Jr. and Neil O’Donnell. She is survived by her husband Neil, her son Charles and his wife Emily Bolton, her daughter Fiona, son Ian, and daughter Claire, as well as grandchildren Chester and Mary Joan. She is also survived by her siblings Susan and her husband Ross Dicken, John and his wife Masumi, Michael and his wife Leslie, Megan and her husband Patrick Patton, Hugh O’Donnell, and her late brother Kevin's wife Kim Tchang. Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13th at McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE, 25620 Center Ridge Rd. (West of Columbia Rd.). A Funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14th at St. Malachi Catholic Church, 2459 Washington Ave., Cleveland. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). The family encourages friends to make contributions in Maura’s memory to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs at

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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home of Westlake

25620 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145





11:00 AM
St. Malachi Church

W. 25th and Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113


Memorial Contribution

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

812 Huron Rd E # 620
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

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