Cover photo for Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora's Obituary
Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora Profile Photo

Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora

August 1, 1958 — November 2, 2023

Stoneham, Massachusetts

Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora

Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora – Born August 1, 1958 to the late Edward J. Farrell and Delores (Shantz) Farrell, passed into eternal life on November 2, 2023 ending a protracted battle with glioblastoma. She grew up in Decatur, Illinois where she met her husband of more than 45 years, Michael R. Rora. After their marriage, Margaret graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in computer science and was hired by IBM. Her work with IBM over the course of thirty-six years took her and her family to Endicott, New York and then to Stoneham, Massachusetts as she managed teams across the country and abroad developing major projects for the company. While Margaret had a wildly successful career and worked diligently for IBM, she was foremost a devoted wife and loving mother to her husband and three children.

Margaret was an exceptional knitter, crafting sundry articles of clothing for friends and family over the course of many years and a skilled gardener. She cherished time with her family, walking the dogs, parish life at St. Patrick’s in Stoneham, and especially annual family gatherings at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana.

Margaret is survived by her husband Michael R. Rora, their three children Mary K. Alexander and her husband Brice, Rev. Michael S. Rora, and John P. Rora and his wife Lisa, along with her grandchildren Kiwi Alexander, Finn Alexander, and Alanna Rora. She is also survived by her siblings John Farrell and his wife Suzie, Janice Pea and her husband Bruce, Mary Stewart and her husband Keith, Martha Farrell and her husband Michael Cotton, and Edward Farrell along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main Street (RT 28) STONEHAM on Friday, November 10th at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Margaret's Eternal Life in Saint Patrick Church, 71 Central Street Stoneham at 10am.  Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Margaret's Family on Thursday, November 9th from 4-8pm in the Funeral Home.  Parking attendants and elevator are available.  Interment Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Stoneham.

Special thanks from the family go to the Tufts Medical Center neurooncology team and the Lahey Hospice at home team for their care for Margaret over the last several months.

Due to family allergies, please OMIT flowers and consider making donations in Margaret's memory to the Friends of Stoneham Library, 431 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180 or by referring to or to the Cam Neely Foundation, 170 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109 or by referring to

For more information,

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Margaret Sue (Farrell) Rora, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Thursday, November 9, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Barile Family Funeral Home-Stoneham

482 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Celebration of Life

Friday, November 10, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, November 10, 2023

Saint Patrick's Cemetery

Elm St, Stoneham, MA 02180

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1972

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree