Proud of her Norwegian heritage

WENHAM – B. Marilyn Oro, 91, beloved wife of the late William F. Oro, died peacefully on Sept. 20 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born in Melrose on March 15, 1923, Marilyn, as she preferred to be called, was the daughter of the late James H. and Elida Kaspara (Nilsen) Kelley of Wakefield.

Mrs. Oro had been employed for 23 years in the Lighting Department at the Sylvania plant on Sylvan Street in Danvers.

Mrs. Oro was quite proud of her Norwegian ancestry, having traveled to Norway on two occasions. She was a member of the Morgensolen Lodge 545 of the Sons of Norway.

In August of 2008, Mrs. Oro was successful in spearheading the campaign to have Wenham install the first full set of traffic lights at the Route 97 intersection.

Mrs. Oro moved to Wenham in 1955 with her husband William, where they lived until moving to Emeritus at Cherry Hill in Danvers in May of 2011. Mr. and Mrs. Oro were married for 64 years. More than anything, she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Oro is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law: Raymond K. and Judy (Nelson) Oro of Fremont, N.H. and Ronald W. and Judy (Lawton) Oro of South Hamilton; a daughter and son-in-law Sandra E. and Michael Festa of Melrose; five grandchildren: Jonathan Oro, Susanne Preble, Michael Festa, Danielle Festa and Scott Oro; and five great-grandchildren. She was the loving sister of the late Floyd R. Kelley, Edith V. Hackett, Charles H. Kelley and James R. Kelley.

A funeral service was held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Burial in Wenham Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made in Mrs. Oro’s memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers MA 01923.
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