Loved visiting family, traveling


LYNNFIELD — Carolyn M. Rourke, 85, of Lynnfield, died on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center in Peabody.

Born in Arlington on Dec. 14, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Jesse A. and Margaret (Erickson) Cunha.

Mrs. Rourke was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School as a member of the Class of 1956. She retired from American Claim Service. Mrs. Rourke was a member of the Lynnfield Senior Center and Our Lady of the Assumption Church. She enjoyed traveling to New Zealand and Virginia to spend time with her family.

Mrs. Rourke was the beloved wife of David E. Rourke. She was the loving mother of Marcia McIntire and her husband, Christopher, of Danvers; David Rourke Jr. and his partner, Juan Mansilla, of Virginia; Linda Klenner and her husband, Grant, of New Zealand; and Craig Rourke and his wife, Angela, of Saugus. She was the sister of Richard Cunha and his wife, Marie, of Florida; and the late Jesse Cunha, James Cunha, Marjorie Knight, Joan DiNino and Lawrence Cunha. She was the grandmother of Amalia and AJ McIntire; Alexander, Benjamin and Olivia Klenner; and Joshua, Nicole, Samantha and the late Zachary Rourke. Mr. Rourke’s sister-in-law, Charlene Cunha of New York, also survives her.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Our Lady of the Assumption Church, corner of Grove and Salem streets, Lynnfield, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 at 10 a.m., followed by an interment at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Amedisys Foundation, 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.