Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Kathleen E. “Kay” (Mangan) McCall

CHELMSFORD    Kathleen E. “Kay” (Mangan) McCall, a resident of Lowell for 84 years before moving into Chelmsford Crossings in the fall of 2014, entered into eternal rest on the morning of March 7, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Frederick O. McCall Jr., with whom she celebrated 42 years of marriage before his passing on October 19, 1998.

Born in Lowell, May 16, 1930, a daughter of the late Albert P. and Catherine E. (Grogan) Mangan, Kay received her early education at St Michael’s Parochial School in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1948. She furthered her education at the Lowell State Teachers College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1952.

Kay taught elementary school in the Tewksbury and Lowell school systems before leaving to raise her family of 5 children. After her children reached school age, Kay worked alongside her husband who was a longtime dentist in Lowell before they both retired in 1994. 

Kay was devoted to her family, they came first in her life. She is survived by four children, Frederick O. McCall III and his wife, Maryann of Lowell, Kathleen Brown and her husband Chris of Saunderstown, RI and Cape Coral, FL, Patrick A. McCall and his wife Lori of Watertown, MA and Jennifer Potter and her husband Michael of Roslindale, MA. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Peter A. McCall, who passed away in 1980 at the age of 16.

Kay was the proud grandmother of Shelley (Brown) McManus and her husband Conor, Christine McCall, Alex Brown, Andrew McCall, Katie Brown, Ally McCall, Hannah McCall, Tim McCall, Finn Potter, Owen Potter and Adrian Potter. She was the proud Gigi of her great grandson Logan McManus. Kay delighted in her grandchildren and her great grandson. According to her, each one was the brightest and sweetest baby ever born. They all adored her too. She is also survived by her loving niece Helen Fradette of Westford and her devoted sister-in-law, Dorothy Dwinell of Dracut as well as many caring nieces and nephews.

Kay was the sister of the late Margaret Hildreth, Mary Mangan, Anna Becker, Agnes Barrows, Patricia Gill, Helen Cheetham, Albert Mangan, Walter Mangan and John Mangan, and a cousin of the late John Obst and Marie (Obst) Chartier, who were raised from a very early age with the Mangan siblings. 

Kay truly enjoyed her last years at Chelmsford Crossings. The wonderful caring staff made her life comfortable and easy. She made many friends over the years playing BINGO, attending parties and activities, and knitting hats for newborns. She lived a very full and complete life and was very much loved by her family and friends. 

     While practicing social distancing and wearing a mask, you are invited to her visitation from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Wednesday Morning, March 10, 2021 at the Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell 978-452-6361.  Her Funeral Mass will be held privately at the Immaculate Conception Church, Lowell.  Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Memorials in her name may be made to the The Perkins School for The Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA. 


  • Todd Masse Posted March 9, 2021 4:09 pm

    Dear Pat,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss. May your mom rest in peace and in the loving embrace of your Dad and brother.

  • Lucas Demetroulakos Posted March 14, 2021 11:22 pm

    My deepest condolences to the McCall family, I was a good friend of Peter growing up and remember Mrs. McCall for the wonderful person she was.

  • Kenneth Onyechi Posted March 17, 2021 8:10 pm

    To Fred:

    I just saw the notice late last night! I’m very sorry for the loss of your mom. I vividly remember the one time meeting Mrs. McCall, and it was a pleasure. Please accept my sincere condolences. Do take great comfort of the many wonderful memories shared during her long life and that she’s reunited with your pa and bro. All the very best to you, Maryann and the family, Fred; God bless.

    Warm Regards,

    Ken O.

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