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Phillip F. O'Brien, Jr. Print E-mail

Phillip F. O’Brien, Jr.

 
 Phillip F. O’Brien, Jr., 73, a well known resident of Tyngsboro, died Wednesday, April 22nd at Lowell General Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis V. (Gilchrest) O’Brien who died May 13, 2006.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 7, 1941, the son of the late Phillip F. O’Brien, Sr. and the late Eileen E. (Nichols) O’Brien, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1959.
 After retiring from General Motors in Framingham, Phil established and was owner and operator of Borough Sewer Service and O’Brien Transportation both in Tyngsboro. Most recently he worked as a school bus driver with North Reading Transportation based in Dracut.
 An active member in his town government, he was also currently employed as an Assessor with the Town of Tyngsborough for over 30 years. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Tyngsboro Senior Center.
 Among his many enjoyments, Phil was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Bruins and Patriots. He also loved traveling, in particular to Marco Island in Florida. He was a member of the Tyngsboro Sportsman’s Club as well as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in town.
 Phil is survived by a daughter Darleen A. Charland and her husband Roland of Dracut, MA; a son Daniel M. O’Brien and his wife Lynn of Tyngsboro, MA; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Patricia A. Ciampa and her husband Joseph of Merrimack, NH; an aunt Virginia Gattenby of Lowell, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also father of the late Colleen M. O’Brien who died September 7, 2008.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHURCH in Tyngsboro at 9 o’clock. Burial in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to S.T.E.P. (Special Teams for Exceptional People), P.O. Box 8857, Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
Thomas F. Craib Print E-mail

Thomas F. Craib

Beloved father, grandfather and brother;
 
 Thomas F. Craib, 54, of Lowell, but formerly of Nashua, NH, died Monday April 20th at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 9, 1960, the son of the late William F. and the late Barbara A. (Rourke) Craib, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School in 1978.
  For over 37 years, Tom was a milk man delivery driver for Garelick Farms in Lynn, Massachusetts.
  A sports enthusiast who loved NASCAR, the Patriots, Red Sox and country music, he also enjoyed the outdoors. However what gave him the most pleasure was time spent with his family, especially, his children, grandchildren and sisters.
  Tom is survived by three daughters Katie A. Kelley and her husband Christopher of Fort Hood, TX, Robyn L Craib of Nashua, NH and Melissa S. Boff and her husband Kenneth of Nashua, NH; three grandchildren Ayden Craib, Ava Boff and Brody Craib; three sisters Linda DeMont and her husband Donald of Lowell, Kristine “Tina” Duchesne and her husband Steven of Mont Vernon, NH and Charlene Toohey and her husband Michael of Salem, NH; two nieces and a nephew Deborah Michaud, Jennifer Duchesne and Nicholas Michaud; and an aunt Mary Donnelly of Lowell. He is also survived by his former wife Donna M. Craib of Nashua, NH,
  He was also the uncle of the late Tabatha Michaud.
  Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration of Life Gathering at O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to  the Lowell General Hospital Teamwalk for Cancer Care, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

 
Evanthea "Eva" Phasoulas Print E-mail

Evanthea “Eva” Phasoulas

A legacy of service, over 30,000 volunteer hours with Community Teamwork, Inc.

Evanthea “Eva” Phasoulas, 96, a lifelong resident of the Acre Section of Lowell, died Friday, April 17th at Heritage Nursing Center in Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Peter and the late Panagiota “Penny” (Kazis) Phasoulas, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Before retiring, Eva was employed as a waitress at the former Epicure Restaurant, a downtown Lowell landmark at the time. Previously, during World War II, she worked at the Remington Armory where she loaded bullets for our servicemen.

She was a member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell and of the Philoptochos Society.

Dedicated to others, Eva donated much of her time to several charitable and service organizations throughout her life highlighted by over 30,000 volunteer hours through Community Teamwork, Inc. in Lowell

Among her many activities, Eva was former President of the Army and Navy Auxiliary, a member of the Lowell Senior Citizen’s Center, was a volunteer at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Coalition for a Better Acre.

Eva is survived by several nieces and nephews; several grand nieces and nephews; her close friend and caregiver for over 15 years Lynne Brown – Zounes and her family, her dear friend Beverly Ghareeb all of Lowell.

She was also sister of the late Mary Soukaras, Anna Girouard and Charles Phasoulas.  

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. Tuesday morning. Her Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home immediately following visitation at 12 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers,  contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854 or Community Teamwork, Inc.
155 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

 
Katherine Morris Print E-mail
Katherine (Bozas) Morris
 
Most beloved, mother, grandmother and grandmother; 
 
        It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our most beloved Katherine (Bozas) Morris, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at The Life Care Center in Billerica, MA.  Our dearest mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was the most selfless, caring, compassionate, giving, and loving woman known to her family and to everyone she knew, and for that we are filled with tremendous sorrow and loss.  The precious legacy she created in her entire lifetime was one of the most unconditional love and the most wonderful memories.   The warmest feelings of comfort and safety she provided for her family and close friends are indescribable, immeasurable, and inimitable.  And for that we are forever grateful that God blessed us with her for all these precious years. 
          Katherine was born in 1924 in the whaling city of New Bedford, MA to Greek immigrant parents, her dearest mother Mary (Alevizos) Bozas, whom she was utterly devoted to throughout her entire life, and her father, Stratis Bozas.
    She began a long career as a most dependable saleswoman at Sears Robuck, and retired from the company after many years.
      Katherine was a devout and proud practitioner of the Greek Orthodox faith and culture and a long time member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, originally in New Bedford, MA. and later on after moving with her family to Westford, MA, a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.   
          Katherine was the most devoted and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her one treasured child and daughter, Maryann (Morris) Proyous and son in law Dean J. Proyous, presently of Westford, MA and her only granddaughter, Andrea (Proyous) Shortsianitis and her husband, Alec Shortsianitis of Tyngsboro, MA and her four great- grandchildren, Theodora-Violet, William-Dean, Maryssa-Kate, and Elisabeth-Scarlet.  They all brought her the most joy and meaning and lit up her life in the brightest of ways!
           To those who knew Katherine in any and every stage of her life, she will be most remembered for her immeasurable strength, her hard work, her generosity, her selflessness, and even her love of music, dancing, and classic movies, but above all her most purely and unconditionally loving, beautiful and sacrificing heart.  There was nothing Katherine would not do for or give to her family.  This spirit of kindness she had was strong enough to transcend the many mental and physical disabilities that Alzheimer’s Disease caused her in order to still be able to touch others in unforgettable ways.  Katherine loved many and this love she gave was the biggest and most accepting love, one that cannot be matched nor even described adequately enough.
          Katherine’s beautiful spirit was felt and appreciated in her last stage of life by her most special caretakers at the Life Care Center, where she resided for the past eight years.  Her daughter Maryann witnessed this most skilled staff, specifically of the Alzheimer’s Unit, every single day, in different ways and capacities, participating in Katherine’s care with the most unwavering dedication and compassion.  All of Katherines’caregivers physically and mentally enriched and prolonged her life more than we could have ever prayed for.  Without a doubt, she felt so loved and so comforted by them and because of that she was able to thrive as long as she had.  Katherine’s family sincerely expresses their most profound gratitude and love to Katherine’s caregivers who also provided for them a kind of peace of mind that reassured them that she was as healthy, comfortable, and happy as possible, especially during her passing. Her family will always consider Katherine’s helpers our angels on Earth, even now as our dearest Katherine’s soul has entered into heaven.  Each and every one of these special people will never be forgotten and will always have a special place in our hearts.
 Her Funeral Service took place on Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH on Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell. Burial followed at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Unit of the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, 80 Boston Rd., Billerica MA. 01862. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
 
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