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Gary E. "JC" Greenhalge Print E-mail



Gary E. "JC" Greenhalge

Beloved husband, brother, uncle, godfather and friend;

Gary E. “JC” Greenhalge, 58, of Lowell passed away Saturday September 15, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.

He was the loving husband of Darlene (Palmer) Greenhalge with whom he recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 29, 1960, a son of the late  Carroll F. and the late Ethel L. (Collins) Greenhalge, he attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Prior to his illness, Gary was a painter for several painting firms including Advanced Painting. Previously he worked in the printing business in Greater Lowell.  

Gary had many interests. He was a passionate fan of all New England sports teams, Led Zeppelin, Dale Earnhardt and NASCAR. 

Besides his wife, Gary is survived by his two sisters Brenda Secore and her husband Ronald of East Greeenbush, NY and Amber Greenhalge and her husband Harry Craven of Litchfield, NH; four brothers Hugh Greenhalge and his wife Patricia of Manchester, NH, Bruce Greenhalge and his wife Joan of Allenstown, NH, Lemmie Greenhalge of North Andover, MA and Bailey Greenhalge of Dracut, MA.

Gary especially loved all his many nieces, nephews, godchildren and dear friends.

He was also the brother of the late Carroll, Robert and Frederick Greenhalge.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his calling hours Thursday evening at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 6 P.M. Thursday followed by his Funeral Service at 6:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home. Committal Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

Dorothy E. "Dot" (Dixon) Armstrong Print E-mail

Dorothy E. “Dot” (Dixon) Armstrong

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend;

Dorothy E. ”Dot” (Dixon) Armstrong, 89, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, passed away peacefully Saturday evening September 15, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the loving wife of the late James R. “Ray” Armstrong, Sr., who died in 1991.  Together, they made their home and raised their family in the Highlands section of Lowell, MA.

Dot was born on January 8, 1929 a daughter of the late John W. and Catherine (Welch) Dixon.  She was educated in the Chelmsford public school system and was a graduate of Keith Hall.

Dot is lovingly remembered as a strong, independent and active woman who enjoyed hobbies such as bowling and golf.  She was a former member of both Vesper Country Club and Mt. Pleasant Golf Club where she developed lifelong friendships.

She was a communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell and was a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of her parish. She was a member of the Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities and the former St. John’s Hospital Ladies Guild. 

Dot enjoyed summers at Seabrook Beach, cheering on Boston sports teams and reading. She was a competitive card player who looked forward to playing poker and 45’s with her friends at the Dracut and Lowell Senior Centers. She enjoyed day trips to Foxwoods Casino and never passed down the opportunity to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Meadowlands Ice Cream.  Yet, nothing brought her more joy than spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was loved deeply and will be missed by many.

Dot is survived by two daughters Deborah A. Bukala and her husband John of Lowell and Linda Bodenrader of Dracut; a son James R. Armstrong, Jr. and his wife Susan of Lowell; four granddaughters Laurel Bakker and her husband Brian of Nashua, NH, Melissa Armstrong of Lowell, Kerryn Sousa and her husband Joshua of Lowell and Kaitlyn Bodenrader of Dracut; four grandsons William Bukala and his wife Elizabeth of North Chelmsford, James Armstrong III of Lowell, Michael Bodenrader of Warwick, RI and Matthew Bodenrader of Denver, CO; four great grandchildren; her sisters-in-law Claire Armstrong of Lowell and Evelyn Armstrong of North Chelmsford; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Dot was predeceased by her sister, Anna Grant and brothers, George and John Dixon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock, followed by her burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Mt. Pleasant Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of MA and RI, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 






Mary Beth (O'Brien) Gettings Print E-mail


Mary Beth (O’Brien) Gettings

Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend

Mary Beth (O’Brien) Gettings, 86, a lifelong resident Lowell, in both  the Pawtucketville and the Highlands section of the City, passed away peacefully at Wingate at Belvidere Saturday evening.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles T. Gettings who died in December 2, 2001.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 9, 1931, the daughter of the late Harold J. and the late Alice (Regan) O’Brien, she was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church since 1955.

Mary Beth attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1949.

She went on to attend the Boston School of Dental Nursing and worked as a Dental Assistant locally and for the Department of the Army at Fort Devens. In later years, she worked as an Industrial Specialist for the Defense Contract Management under the Defense Logistics Agency until retiring in 1996.

In addition, she was a member of League of Catholic Women, the D’Youville Senior Care Ladies Guild and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mary Beth is survived by two daughters Lisa Noel and her husband Gerard of Lowell and Sharon Barry and her husband Brian of Andover; two sons Matthew J. Gettings of Pottstown, PA and Michael H. Gettings and his wife Celine of Lowell; seven grandchildren Scott Noel, Daniel Noel, Aimee Noel, Zachary Barry, Kaitlyn Barry, Joshua Gettings and Julia Gettings; three great grandchildren Isabella Vivenos, Lilliana Vivenos and Addison Noel; her brother-in-law Paul Gettings of Middleton.

She was also the mother of the late David C. Gettings.

Gettings --There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at St. Rita’s Church in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Committal prayers will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Enterprise Bank – Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Relief Fund. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.




Theodore Sarantos Print E-mail





Theodore Sarantos


Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend

Theodore (Ted) Sarantos, lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away at his home on Friday, Sept 7, 2018 at the age of 96, while in the loving care of his family. Ted was the beloved husband of Constance (Tina) (Pouleas) Sarantos who predeceased him by 10 years. Born in Lowell on July 7, 1922 to the late Peter and the late Mary (Gickas) Sarantos, he graduated from Lowell High School in 1940 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and commenced training.

As a World War II Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force member, Ted flew 28 missions in the European theater. He was the lead bombardier for the “Bridge Busters,” 599th Bombardment Squadron, 397th  Bombardment Group. As bombardier, he was in the nose of a B-26 Martin Marauder.  In his flight log for 2/14/1945, Ted recorded, “Toughest mission – intense flak and very accurate. Two flak holes in nose and one above head … Two planes went down.”

Ted joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1951 as an electrical engineer working on communication satellites for 39 years, retiring in 1990. He was called out of retirement multiple times. He was on the team that was able to provide the scientists and crew members of the vessel USCGC POLAR SEA with very valuable Internet e-mail service throughout the first surface expedition to the North Pole, as well as to send the commands to turn off one of his earlier satellites.

 After retirement Ted and Tina spent winters in Tarpon Springs, FL. He was a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, the AHEPA, and the Greek-American Legion.

Family was first to Ted. He was a dedicated father to his three daughters, Maria and husband Andrew Kowal of Stonington, CT, Pamela Sarantos of Melissa, TX, and Elaine and husband Robert Masse of Dracut, MA. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandsons, Donald LeRiche and wife Julie of Liberty Hill, TX, Zachary Kowal and wife Dorothy of Petaluma, CA, and Theodore Masse of Brighton, MA, and to four great-granddaughters, Megan and Sydney LeRiche, and Farrah and Georgia Kowal. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, helping with household projects and vacationing together. He was always counted on for his lamb shish ka-bobs for family cook-outs.
Ted was a loving and doting “Papou.” He proudly attended all graduations and numerous grandsons’ baseball and soccer games. Memorable grandson trips included Washington, DC and baseball in Cooperstown, Boston and Toronto.
The eldest son of eight siblings, he is survived by his brothers Charles and George, and sisters Despina Dinopoulos, Elizabeth Lemondes, and Nora Vlahakis, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Fr. John Sarantos, pastor at Lowell’s Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, and his sister Christine Economou.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 25 FR. JOHN SARANTOS WAY in Lowell Wednesday morning September 12, 2018 from 10 to 11 A.M. followed by his Funeral Service at the Church at 11 o’clock Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854, or online at or to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) – 458-8768.


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