Obituaries Notices
Mary E. Farias Print E-mail

Mary E. Farias

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother;
 Mary E. (McGrath) Farias, 92, a lifelong resident of Lowell, died Monday, May 2nd at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Farias who died June 15, 1977.
 Born in Brookside, Massachusetts, now known as Westford, June 9, 1923, the daughter of the late Raymond and the late Blanche (Doherty) McGrath, she received her education at St. Patrick’s School in Lowell.
 She was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell and member of the Poor Clare Guild as well.
 Among her many activities, Mary enjoyed bowling, baking, going to the movies and loved reading, especially mysteries including the Nancy Drew series.
 Above all else though, she loved the quality time she spent with her family.
 Mary is survived by two daughters Dorothy Farias Thurston Miller of Burbank, CA and Patricia Farias Blount and her husband Robert of Anchorage, AK; two sons Robert A. Farias and Richard W. Farias both of Lowell; five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother John McGrath and his wife Dot of Tucson, AZ; her dear friends Robert and Claire Carriveau of Homosassa, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late William Farias, and sister of the late Florence (McGrath) Cochran, Thomas McGrath and Norman McGrath.
 Mary’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all the Sisters at the Monastery of St. Clare for their spiritual guidance and comfort shown to her over many years, especially Sister Mary Christina. They would also like to thank Circle Home Health and Hospice and a special thanks to her Health Care Aides, Talitha Mansaray and Tatiana Ocampo who took such great care of their mother.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at FLETCHER in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Monastery of Saint Clare, 445 River Rd, Andover, MA 01810. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Bonnie J. Grissett Print E-mail


Bonnie J. Grissett
Former Nurse’s Aide at Lowell VNA ;
 Bonnie J. Grissett, 63, of Lowell, died Sunday April 24th at her home following a period of failing health.
 Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 7, 1953, the daughter of the late Earl and the late Catherine (McCormack) Grissett, Bonnie received her education in the Billerica school system.
 Bonnie was employed as a Nurse’s Aide with the Lowell Visiting Nurse’s Association .
 She is survived by two brothers Peter J. Grissett of Lowell and James Grissett and his wife Kim of Allenstown, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Thomas Grissett and the late John E. Grissett.
 Private Funeral Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Irene P. Kazes Print E-mail

Irene P. Kazes

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Irene P. (Polychronopoulos) Kazes, 97, of Lowell died Thursday morning at Northwood Health Care Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Constantine J. Kazes.

Born in Gargaliani, Messinia, Greece, September 25, 1918, the daughter of the late John and the late Harriet (Canacopoulos) Polychronopoulos, Irene received her education in the Salem, Massachusetts school system.
Irene retired from Forge Mills in Lowell where she worked as a Doppler for over 35 years.

A woman of strong faith, Irene loved cooking with and for her family. She especially enjoyed any time spent with her grandchildren and with all her family.

Beloved by all, she will be missed by many and the memories of her will be treasured by those who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her daughter Sophia A. Mitsios of Lowell; a daughter-in-law June Kazes of Rockport; two grandsons James C, Mitsios and his wife Samantha of Lowell and Alexander J. Kazes of San Diego, CA; two granddaughters Elizabeth Daly and her husband Zachary of Dover, NH and Dr. Elaina Kazes of Boston; three great grandchildren John Mitsios, Zoe Daly and IslaDaly; a sister Ann Polychronopoulos of Peabody; two nephews Angelo Sakelarios of Chelmsford and John D. Chronis of Lynn.

She was also the mother of the late Dr. John A. Kazes; mother-in-law of the late Spiro J. Mitsios; and sister of the late Dennis Chronis and the late Sophie Sakelarios.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service Monday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY at 10 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the John R. Sakelarios Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4 Robin Hill Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Joseph A. Wholey, Jr. Print E-mail

Joseph A. Wholey, Jr.

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather

      Joseph A. Wholey, Jr., 95, of Lowell, died Monday afternoon, April 25th, at Lowell General Hospital with his loving family at his bedside.
     He was the devoted husband and loving caregiver of the late Doris G. (McKeon) Wholey who died April 14, 2011. They were married for nearly 65 wonderful years.
     Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 14, 1920, the son of the late Joseph A. and the late Rose E.(Cassidy) Wholey, Sr., Joe attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy. He then went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute (now U Mass Lowell).
      Joe was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Columba’s, now known as St. Rita’s Catholic Church, in Lowell and was a member of the Holy Name Society of his parish.
     A veteran of World War II, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed first at Bradley Field, Hartford, CT, and for most of the war, in Saipan, as a B-29 bomb loader. Sgt. Wholey was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation as well as other battle awards for his service. 
     Joe worked as a book binder and printer for over 35 years before he retired from Courier Citizen.  He was also a Life Member of the Lowell Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
     Among his many interests, Joe enjoyed spending time golfing, vacationing with his family, visiting his children and grandchildren in California, Utah and Virginia, among other locales. He especially loved Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays giving him the opportunity to make many memories with his great-grandchildren.
     Joe is survived by a daughter Kathleen Loucks and her husband Michael of Woodbridge, VA; a son James J. Wholey of Lowell; a granddaughter Kimberly Loucks Mumpower, Esq. and her husband Claude of Bristol, VA; a grandson Christopher Loucks and his wife Tammy of Cleveland, OH; his two great granddaughters McKeon Mumpower and Lucy Loucks; his step-great-grandchildren Peyton and Parker Mumpower; and two nieces Sharon Wholey and Lynne Dailey and her husband Alan, all of Lowell.
     He was also the brother of the late Leonard T. Wholey, and his wife, the late Joyce (King) Wholey and uncle of the late Leonard T. Wholey, Jr.
     A special Thank You to Anne, Carol, Karen, Martha, and Shauna of Home Health VNA; Joe particularly enjoyed your visits. The family is deeply indebted to the professional dedication and loving care shown by the entire staff of the Lowell General Hospital’s Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU).

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at the corner of Fletcher St. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 o’clock at the Parish of Saint Rita Church, 158 Mammoth Rd., Lowell. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital ( or a Parkinson's Disease organization such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( E-condolences/Directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.












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