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Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N. Print E-mail

Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N.
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt

 

Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N., 98, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday February 26, 2024 at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late Leonidas Pappas.

Born in Lowell, MA, November 25, 1925, the daughter of the late George and the late Evelyn (Manteas) Rigs, she attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

She then went on to attend St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, and later the New York Polyclinic Medical School.

Prior to her retirement, Frances worked as a Registered Nurse and the Chief operation room supervisor at Nashua Memorial for 12 years. Most recently, she was at Tewksbury Hospital for 18 years.

In addition, Frances was also the owner and operator of the McKinnis Nursing home in Nashua, New Hampshire.

A long time member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Transfiguration Church, she was a Life Member of the Mass Nurses Association, she was also a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Amongst her many enjoyments, Frances had a great love for animals and was an avid walker and reader. She also volunteered in the kitchen at the Middlesex Shelter for 22 years.'

Frances is survived by three sons: Leonidas Pappas Jr. of Lowell, MA, Paul Pappas of Windham, NH, and Stephen Pappas and his wife Stephanie of Nashua, NH; two grandchildren Melissa Pappas and Nicole (Pappas) Ayotte and her husband Lee; a sister Angie Rigs of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Alexandra Rizos of Hollis, NH, and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Michael Rigs and the late Reverand Peter Rizos.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA, 01854 or St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA, 01851. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

 
John W. Crane Print E-mail

John W. Crane

Devoted husband, world-class parent, compassionate businessman, avid golfer.

 

John W. Crane, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, but for many years a resident of Lowell, MA and Rye Beach, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC after a brief illness.

A well-known member of the Greater Lowell community, John was the retired co-owner and operator of the O’Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell, MA and the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham, NH for many years.  Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of Funeral Management at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.

It is often said that funeral directors are “the last guys to let you down.”  That phrase summed up John Crane perfectly as his unique gift was caring for others. His compassion and dedication to those he helped in times of grief was just as genuine as the joy and love he shared with his own family and friends.  His generous spirit, unflagging kindness, and openness to the stories of everyone he met created personal connections that were sometimes momentary but, most often, lifelong.

The youngest son of a physician, John’s life was dedicated to service, starting with his time in the US Navy and followed by support of many local organizations such as the Coalition for a Better Acre, Academy of Notre Dame, Seafarers Association and East Cooper Meals on Wheels.  He was also honored to be appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Funeral Directors and Embalming from 1988 – 1993. Also, John served on the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, serving as President in 2000 – 2001.

He was the loving husband, for over 58 years, of M. Patricia “Pat” (O’Donnell) Crane, who survives him.  John and Pat were known for always putting family first. “Baba” as he was affectionately known in the family, was the first one to hit the dance floor, order ice cream, taste-test Christmas cookies, hit golf balls, and let the grandkids drive his prized yellow Thunderbird. He captured all these moments, and many others, for the Crane family with his passion for photography, which he handed down to his children and grandchildren.

One of John’s greatest joys was playing golf, which he played collegiately and subsequently won many tournaments, particularly in competitive senior events. His skill as a player that, sadly, was not handed down to his children was only exceeded by his enjoyment teaching the game and looping with his family.  He also cherished being a member of Vesper Country Club for many years and then Abenaqui Country Club, just down the street from the Drake House in Rye Beach, NH, where he and Pat summered for the last 12 years.

John also enjoyed skiing, travel, cooking, reading, sudoku puzzles, playing bridge, and puttering around the house.  He could fix just about anything and shared his interests with friends and family whenever possible.  John’s life was truly lived to the fullest.

Born in Holden, Massachusetts, November 13, 1940, the son of the late Dr. Edward J. Crane M.D. and the late Louise (Dumont) Crane. Faith was central to John, as a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, MA, St. Theresa’s Church in Rye Beach, NH and Saint Benedict’s Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  John attended Holden schools and was a graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, Class of 1958. He went on to graduate from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in 1962.

In addition to his wife, Pat, John is survived by his son Chip Crane and his wife Kimberly of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his daughter Catherine Halloran and her husband Frank of Westfield, NJ; his son Stephen and his wife Kelli of Rye Beach, NH; his grandsons William Crane, TJ Halloran, Jack Crane and Liam Halloran; and his granddaughters Morgan Halloran, Catherine Crane, Langley Crane, and Cooper Crane.

He is also survived by his sister Helen “Tookie” Van Son of Huntingtown, Maryland; brother-in-law James Keenan of Lowell, MA; sister-in-law Ruthie Crane of Hollis, NH; sister-in-law Peggy (O’Donnell) Lawlor and her husband Jim of Waterbury, CT; brother-in-law Jim O’Donnell and his wife Trish of Lowell, MA; his godsons Edward “Ted” Crane III of Venice, FL and Mark Leahey of Washington, DC; and many beloved nieces and nephews.   In addition to his parents, he preceded in death by his siblings Mary Lou Crane Keenan and Atty. Edward  Crane Jr.; his in-laws Jimmy and Kay O’Donnell, George Van Son, and Polly O’Donnell.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME at 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Friday March 1, 2024, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. His Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 11:00 A.M.  (Please meet at church). E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.   Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to East Cooper Meals on Wheels https://secure.qgiv.com/for/regulardonationform2023) or to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center (https://www.tuftsmedicine.org/giving/give-lowell-general-hospital.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Edward J. Bolan Print E-mail

Edward J. Bolan

Beloved father, partner, brother-in-law, and uncle;

Edward "Ed"  J. Bolan, 87, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at UMASS Memorial Health Center in Marlborough, MA.

He was the loving husband of the late F. Kerry (Heslin) Bolan who predeceased him in 2003.

Born in Lowell, MA, March 19, 1936, the son of the late M. Henry and the late Mary (Curry) Bolan, he attended St. Michael's Grammar school, and was a graduate of Keith Academy. He furthered his education as a graduate of St. Anselm’s College and later attended Suffolk Law.

Ed proudly served his country in the Massachusetts Army Reserves.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as a Computer Lab Supervisor for Middlesex Community College. Previously, Ed worked as the Manager at the UMass Lowell Bookstore for over 25 years, and then worked for the Department of Employment and Training in Lowell, MA.

An avid sports fan, Ed also enjoyed fly fishing, Notre Dame Football, celebrating his Irish heritage and summer trips to Drakes Island in Maine.

He is survived by a daughter, Kaitlyn F. Bolan of Lowell, MA; his partner, Nancy J. Hough of Marlborough, MA; sister-in-law, Carole Bolan of Groton, MA; two in-laws Kathleen (Heslin) Scalise of Seabrook, New Hampshire, Francis D. Heslin and his wife Terese of Westford, MA; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Mary Bolan, Patricia (Bolan) Hanlon, and Brendan Bolan. He was the brother-in-law of the late Domenic Scalise.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Thursday February 15, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. His Funeral Mass will take place on Friday at ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Huntington’s Disease Society of America MA Chapter (https://massri.hdsa.org/), PO Box 14, Chelmsford, MA, 01824. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Dorothy F. (Tully) McPhillips Print E-mail

Dorothy F. (Tully) McPhillips

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, niece, aunt, and cousin;

Dorothy F. (Tully) McPhillips, 78, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday February 9, 2024, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA, surrounded by her loving family.

She was predeceased in life by her husband, James J. McPhillips who passed away on Thursday September 28, 2023.

Born in Watertown, MA, July 19, 1945, the daughter of the late John and the late Dorothy (Ford) Tully, she received her education through the Newton School system and graduated from St. Bernard's High School.

Prior to her retirement in 2011, Dorothy worked as a Switchboard Supervisor at Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell, MA, for over 30 years.

Amongst her many interests, she enjoyed playing bingo, casinos, taking part in cribbage leagues, traveling, and she was also a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks.

She is survived by a daughter: Karen E. McPhillips of Lowell, MA; two sons James J. McPhillips and his partner Gary W. McCarthy of Dracut, MA, John T. McPhillips and his wife Kellie of Fitchburg, MA; three grandchildren Michael Haakenstad and his significant other Tatiana Groves of Charlotte, NC, Kayla Bartlett and her wife Chelsea of Leominster, MA, and Taber McPhillips of Fitchburg, MA; four great-grandchildren Lilyana, Makhai, Cameron, and Calvin; a brother John “Jay” Tully and his wife Elaine of Sebastian, FL, and Thomas Tully of North Adams, MA; a sister-in-law Beverly P. McPhillips and her husband Dennis Pare of Lowell, MA; an aunt Sister Catherine Louise SND of Ipswich, MA; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Visitation at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL, MA, on Friday February 16, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:30 P.M. Memorial Service will immediately follow in the Funeral Home at 3;30 P.M. Private Committal Services will be held for the family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to the Holy Family Parish, 30 Grafton St., Lowell, MA, 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
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