Nora's Story

PEABODY, MA - Nora Louise "Marsh, Cummings" Reiss passed away at Pilgrim Rehab & Nursing Center, Peabody, MA on Monday, January 25, 2016. Born Nora Louise Marsh of Greenville, Maine. She was the last surviving member of the Marsh family, Marsh Farm Road, in Greenville, Maine.

Nora is survived by four children: Sheila Dubiel and her husband Steven; Sharyn Kelly and her husband Stan; Byron Cummings and his wife Ginny, Brenda Gunther and her husband Bob and multiple step children, including Chris and Karen Reiss. 10 grandchildren: Martin Grenier and his wife Pam; Justin Kelly and his partner Mike Gauthier; Ryan Kelly and his wife Sara; Sean Kelly and his wife Michele; Adam Kelly and his partner Caroline Martin; Greg Cummings and his wife Katie; Kerry Cummings and his wife Jen; Robbie Gunther, Megan Gunther, Tiffany Reiss and Tyler Reiss.

Nora was predeceased by her 1st husband Byron L. Cummings, her 2nd husband Richard Reiss and her granddaughter Mona Grenier. Nora had 7 Great grandchildren: Thomas Grenier, Joshua Grenier, Ryan Kelly II, Emily Kelly, Julia Kelly, Ashton Kelly and Morgan Kelly.

Nora, known as Louise Cummings in the 1970's and 1980's was a very popular bartender at the Allenhurst Restaurant in Danvers, MA and the Daniel Fuller House Restaurant in Middleton, MA. When she changed jobs, the new business would advertise "featuring Louise" in the newspaper and all her patrons would follow. She had a gift of entertaining her customers with funny jokes and had the reputation of being the best bartender on the Northshore. Her gift to entertain didn't stop when she entered the nursing home. She sang songs and knew all the words of the 40's, 50's, and 60's music by heart, which amazed many. She loved her music. She sang in the choir at the nursing home. And many at Pilgrim looked forward to hearing her sing.

Nora loved yard sales, Pepsi, spinach pie and Boston creme donuts. She was very loving to her entire family. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Dementia Society of America, 8 Atkinson Dr, Doylestown, PA 18901. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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