Food Culinary 14

Eleanor M. (Zipps) McCann

August 2, 1929 ~ September 15, 2019 (age 90)


Eleanor M. McCann

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend;

Eleanor M. (Zipps) McCann, 90, of Pelham, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late James P. McCann who died in 1989.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 2, 1929, a daughter of the late John T. and the late Hannah (Neeson) Zipps, she attended St. Patrick Grammar school in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Eleanor lived a full life as a wife, mother, sister and friend but her greatest joy was when she was with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. “Nana Cann” as she was affectionately known loved to bake and was known near and far by family and friends as the “Cookie Lady”.

She was an active member of the Pelham Senior Citizens and the Red Hat Society and was also a devoted Sox and Patriots fan.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Valerie J. McCann and her husband Steven F. Tello of Pelham, NH; two sons John T. McCann of Pelham and Michael McCann of Florida; four grandchildren Hannah Tello, Emma Tello, Tiffany Miiller and Jackie McCann; six great-grandchildren Paxton, Kailey, Alexi, Jocelyn, Elizabeth and Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also pre-deceased by her siblings, Theresa Riley, Claire Patronick, Shirley Gilbert, Mildred Sullivan, Kathleen Zipps and Walter, Gerald and Francis Zipps.

Friends may call at the PELHAM FUNERAL HOME 11 NASHUA RD. in PELHAM from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Saturday morning at the PELHAM FUNERAL HOME at 10 o’clock followed by her burial at the Gibson Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Red Sox Foundation, 4 Jersey St.,  Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333.   

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September 20, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pelham Funeral Home
11 Nashua Road
Pelham, NH 03076

Funeral Service
September 21, 2019

10:00 AM
Pelham Funeral Home
11 Nashua Road
Pelham, NH 03076

September 21, 2019

11:00 AM
Gibson Cemetery
Marsh Road
Pelham, NH 03076


Red Sox Foundation
4 Jersey Street, Boston MA 02215
Tel: 1-617-226-6000

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