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Michael E. O'Rourke

December 10, 1956 ~ October 19, 2018 (age 61)


Franklin, NH


Michael E. O’Rourke, 61, of Franklin, died at his home on Oct. 19, 2018, with his family by his side.


Mike was born in Franklin on Dec. 10, 1956 the son of Edward and Jacqueline (Daoust) O’Rourke. Mike was a graduate of Franklin High School and Graham Junior College and then continued his education at UNH.


He served in the NH Army National Guard from 1982-1989.

He was a chemist and was employed for nearly 35 years at Freudenberg-NOK.

He was a member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks 1280.


Mike was a family man who cherished, honored, and continued tradition. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and his vegetable garden. He was a talented carpenter and used his creativity to remodel his family’s home with love. After many years of coaching his children in basketball, softball, and football, Mike treasured spending time with and cheering on his grandchildren. He was also an adventurer and loved travelling the world with his wife, friends, and colleagues.


Family members include his wife of 38 years, Karen (Mercier) O’Rourke of Franklin, 2 daughters: Ryanne Pelletier and husband Timothy of Franklin, and Michaela Silco and husband Edward of Scarborough, Maine; his mother, Jacqueline O’Rourke of Franklin; 4 grandchildren: Reese and Alexander Pelletier, and Ella and Anna Silco; brother, P.J. O’Rourke of Franklin; and sister, Audrey Dolan and partner Bob Collier of Strafford; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Mike was predeceased by his father, and a son, Edward M. O’Rourke II who died in 2009.


Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Church, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at 10 am.  Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.


The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude for the kindness and compassion shown by the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center and the staff of the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mike to Franklin VNA and Hospice, 75 Chestnut Street, Franklin, NH 03235 or to the New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109.

Donations may be made to:

Franklin VNA & Hospice
75 Chestnut St., Franklin NH 03235

New Hampshire Food Bank
700 Industrial Park Dr., Manchester NH 03109

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