Effie G. Vassilakos
Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;
Effie G. (Koukias) Vassilakos, 86, of Lowell, died peacefully Tuesday November 24, 2015, at the Atrium in Chelmsford after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife for over 50 years of the late Gregory H. Vassilakos who died June 1, 2006.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Stefanos and the late Gladys (Hulslander) Koukias, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
Effie was a longtime member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
Prior to her retirement, Effie was the Manager of laundry services at Lowell General Hospital for many years.
Effie enjoyed baking, gardening, spending time walking outdoors in her free time but was most happy when she was with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters Mary Ann Olivera and her husband Anthony of Twentynine Palms, CA and Valerie Arsenault of Lowell; two sons Harry S. Vassilakos and his wife Kathleen of Lowell and Stephen G. Vassilakos of Paris, France; a granddaughter Alexandra G. Vassilakos of Lowell; a grandson Gregory L. Arsenault of Lowell; two sisters Helen Koumpouras of Lowell and Carol Wilkins of Dunstable; a brother John Koukias of Lowell; a sister-in-law Terry Koukias of Bradford; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and John Lelos of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
Effie was the sister of the late Mary Vasilopoulos and the late Evanthea DeMoulas, the late Alexander Koukias and the late Charles Koukias.
Private Funeral Services were held for the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund MA, 34 Washington St., # 300, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or www.curealz.org. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 OR 866) 458-8768.
John J. Leahy, Jr.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, 85
John J. Leahy, Jr., 85, of Nashua, formerly of Lowell, died Sunday, November 22nd at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. He was the beloved husband of Martha A. (Smith) Leahy who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 21st of this year.
John was born in the homestead on Oakland Street, Lowell, Massachusetts on February 2, 1930. He was the fourth of six children and the first boy for John and Elizabeth (Powers) Leahy.
John graduated from Keith Academy in 1947 and entered Maryknoll Seminary. He graduated from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy. In 1959, he earned a Master Degree in Counseling at Boston College. John was the recipient of a General Electric Fellowship to Syracuse University. He was drafted into the Navy and was assigned to Squadron VF-14 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forestall and honorably discharged in 1957. He spent the next forty years in the field of education as a teacher, guidance counselor, School Psychologist, Director of Pupil Personnel in Manchester, NH and as School Psychologist in Lowell.
As the first certified school psychologist in New Hampshire, he established the first chapter of the National School Psychology Association in the state. John was President of the NH Psychology Association, a board member of the Easter Seal advisory committee, a board member of the Merrimack Valley Samaritans, and on retirement a Court appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children (CASA).
John was very proud of his Irish citizenship and enjoyed his travels to Ireland especially the family trip in 2005. He thoroughly enjoyed many summers on Cape Cod.
John is survived by his wife of more than fifty years, Martha (Smith) Leahy, son Sean and his wife, Sachiko of Nashua, NH, and his son, Patrick of Bourne, MA. His life was greatly enriched by the birth of his three grandchildren, Ethan James Leahy of Bourne, Aiko Rose and John Ichiro of Nashua.
He leaves his four sisters, Elizabeth Nangle, Elinor O'Connor, Marilyn Gill and her husband, Peter and Joan Lenzi and her husband, Albert all of Lowell. John is survived also by his only brother, Atty. Daniel P. Leahy and his wife, Gloria also of Lowell. John leaves his brother in law, Joseph P. Smith and his wife, Donna, and a sister in law, Mary E. Howe. Many nieces, nephews and their children are also left.
He was predeceased by brothers in law, William F. Nangle, James R. O'Connor, Robert A. Smith and Richard P. Howe
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospital and the Courville Community in Nashua for the compassion ad care they bestowed upon John.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
James J. McLaughlin, III
James J. McLaughlin, III, 54, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Lowell, died November 12, 2015 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Colleen H. (O’Malley) McLaughlin, who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 11, 1961 the son of the late James J. and the late Lorraine T. (Griffin) McLaughlin, he attended the Reilly School and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Lowell with the Class of 1979. He then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Lowell Class of 1983.
James was employed as a Business Account Executive with Comcast in Florida.
In addition to his wife Colleen, James is survived by a daughter Sara B. McLaughlin of Punta Gorda, FL; a sister Elizabeth C. Delpidio and her husband Steven of Derry, NH; a brother-in-law Kenneth J. Gonsalves of Lowell, MA ; an aunt Eileen Griffin of New Port Richey, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Diane S. Gonsalves.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday DECEMBER 2, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. (Please meet at church). Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Gerald S. “Jerry” Pennaman
Retired systems analyst for Raytheon;
Gerald S. “Jerry” Pennaman, 86, a resident of Pelham, NH died Friday morning at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Boyle) Pennaman with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.
Born in Dracut, MA on June 13, 1929, a son of the late Turre and the late Mary (Sharkey) Pennaman, he grew up in Dracut and received his education in the Dracut school system.
A proud veteran of the Korean War, Jerry served in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a systems analyst for Raytheon Corporation for over 40 years.
Jerry was a communicant of St Patrick’s Church in Pelham, NH and was a member of the American Legion Post 100 and the John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722, both in Pelham.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf but most of all spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife Beverly, Jerry is survived by his sister in law, Elinore Laverty of Lowell and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his first wife Carolyn (Pond) Pennaman and his brother, Turre Pennaman.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in PELHAM, NH at 12:00 Noon. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.