Noreen A. Downey, 74, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY  —  Noreen A. Downey, 74, of Watertown and formerly of Pittsfield, MA, passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 29, 2020, at Samaritan Summit Village.

Noreen was born Dec. 27, 1945, in Pittsfield, MA, a daughter of Thomas and Leonora McCormick Downey. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, Pittsfield, MA and received a B. A. from North Adams State College.

She married Frederick Brahmer on July 2, 1969, at Sacred Heart Church, Pittsfield. The marriage ended in divorce.

She was a teacher for the Pittsfield Public School System. Noreen was a member of the Junior League of Berkshire County and the Massachusetts Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, and reading.

Noreen is survived by her daughter Heidi Brahmer Johnson, San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren, Ian (20), Lauren (18), Grace (16), and Abigail (16); one niece Kathleen Weiss and family, West Springfield, MA and two nephews, Timothy Ormsby and family, West Springfeild, MA and Thomas Ormsby, Denver, CO.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by a son, David F. Brahmer, and a sister, Pat Ormsby.

As per her wishes there will be no services.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

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If you wish to donate in her memory, the family wishes you to donate to your local Hospice.