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Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber Print E-mail

 

Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber

Beloved, Brilliant and Bold

Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber passed away on Tuesday June 12.  She was 85 years old.  

She was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1933, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Muller. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Windsor, Ontario where she skipped 3 grade levels and was her class salutorian. She received a BS in Medical Technology from Wayne State University in Detroit MI in 1953. She was married to Jan Saltzgaber from 1954-1974, and they had 3 children, Dirk (b.1955), Lisa (b.1957) and Erik (b.1962).

Jo worked as a medical technologist in Detroit and was the lead medical technologist at Mount Clemens General Hospital in 1964 when a devastating tornado tore through Mount Clemens and New Baltimore in southeast Michigan, an event that affected her deeply.

The family moved to Ithaca NY in 1965, where Jo spent several years in the Biochemistry department at Cornell University, and began her Ph.D. studies.  She later moved to Basel Switzerland to continue her research and earned her Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Basel. After doing post-doctoral work at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she accepted a position as a research scientist with Dupont/NEN in the Molecular Biology division and moved to Massachusetts. She spent the remainder of her professional life with Dupont/NEN, where she developed a unique DNA probe for which she was awarded a patent.  Her research was published in several respected scientific journals.  In her last position at Dupont, Dr. Saltzgaber gave scientific lectures about molecular biology products, travelling to universities and hospitals in Europe, Australia, South America, China and Japan. She retired from Dupont in 1995.

In her leisure time, Jo was an accomplished classical pianist, but it was the jazz classic “Blue Moon” that her children and later her grandchildren would beg her to play, which she did with great flourish. She read the Boston Globe daily, and enjoyed mystery novels and historical fiction. She was a passionate sports fan, a passion she shared with her sons, especially when their Detroit teams were playing.  She’d be watching the games while knitting sweaters with complicated patterns and could be heard to yell “Hot Dog!” whenever her Lions or Tigers scored. Jo loved to play Contract Bridge, and played as often as she could at the Chelmsford Senior Center or with her daughter and granddaughters. She looked forward to weekly lunches out with dear friend Kay Menzie, and other close friends from her Dupont days.

Though failing health in her later years limited her physically, her mind remained sharp.  She was blessed to be able to express her love and say goodbye to distant loved ones. Her daughter and granddaughters, Amity and Genny, remained by her side and were with her when she passed.

She is survived by son, Dirk Saltzgaber, USAF (ret), and wife Sherrie of Abilene TX;  daughter, Lisa O’Donnell and husband Michael of North Chelmsford, MA.  She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Amity Baldwin (Peter) of Tyngsboro, MA; Genevieve Ricard (Jerry) of Mechanic Falls, ME; Corey Zahler (Matt) of Junction City, KS; Ryan Saltzgaber (Dayna) of Colorado Springs, CO; Nathan (Lily) and Derek (Rachel) Saltzgaber, of Omaha, NE.   She also leaves 12 great grandchildren-Thomas and Lillian Baldwin; Andrew, Isabella and Benjamin Ricard; Josiah and Caroline Zahler, Rylee and Finlee Saltzgaber, Levia, Jaden, and Eli Saltzgaber, with 2 more due in August!  Her sister Elsie Wolf, husband John, and their daughter Vicky Baumert live in Windsor, Ontario.  Jo’s son Erik, of Los Angeles, CA predeceased her in 2008. In 2011, great granddaughter Gracen, was born and passed but briefly through this life.

A memorial celebration for Jo will be planned for a later date.  Those who wish to, may make a donation in Jo’s name to the American Lung Association, the Macular Degeneration Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

 
George M. "Red" Drolet Print E-mail

George M. “Red” Drolet

Loving uncle, brother-in-law and friend

 George M. “Red” Drolet, 76, of Lowell, died Friday evening, June 15th at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
 Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, June 2, 1942, a son of the late Alfred E. and the late Angeline A. (Gingras) Drolet, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell Trade School (now known as Greater Lowell Technical High School).
 Red proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
 Before retiring at age 50 which he was so proud of, he was employed as a job superintendent for the M. Demateo Construction Company in Boston. He was a lifelong member United Brotherhood of Carpenters and served as the Local #49 president in Lowell. Among his many interests, Red played hockey in local men’s leagues for 30 years, enjoyed golfing, and had a passion for traveling and skiing all over the world. He also loved to go out dancing with his many friends and was an avid New England sports fan.
 Red is survived by four nephews Jerome Drolet and his wife Martha of Derry, NH, Kenneth Drolet of Salem, NH, Glenn Drolet and his wife Donna of Raymond, NH and Robert Drolet, Jr. and his wife Soukthavy of Townsend, MA; and a sister-in-law Anni Drolet of Dracut, MA.
 He was also brother of the late Alfred Drolet, Marie Drolet and Robert Drolet, Sr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Catherine Cemetery in Westford. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Kelly D. Delmore Print E-mail

Kelly D. (Galambos) Delmore

Loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend

    Kelly D. (Galambos) Delmore, 46, of Lowell, died Thursday, June 14th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus following a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of Arthur R. McCann who survives her.
    Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, February 23, 1972, a daughter of Roy Sewell and the late Kathleen Galambos, she attended Winchester schools and was a graduate of Winchester High School.
    Kelly was employed as a Sales Writer and Driver for various local area auto parts stores.
    Among her many interests, she was active in sports playing softball as a catcher, basketball and skateboarding. She also love music and showing off her amazing voice singing karaoke.
    Kelly was very outgoing, able to put a smile on anybody’s face and would go out of her way to put other people first.
    In addition to her husband Arthur, Kelly is survived by two sons Cody Collins and his longtime companion Amenda Chhoun of Lowell, MA and Sean Collins of Dracut, MA; a sister Jessica Curran of Sudbury, MA; a brother Jason Sewell of Marlboro, MA; several nieces and nephews; and her dogs “Nikky” and “Mitzi”.
    In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Saturday morning, June 23rd at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket Street at Fletcher at 11 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In Lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Emanuel “Manny” S. Athenais Print E-mail

 

Emanuel “Manny” S. Athenais

Loving son, brother, nephew and cousin;

      Lowell, MA – Our beloved cousin, Emanuel "Manny" S. Athenais, passed peacefully into everlasting life in the early morning of June 11, 2018. Born in Lowell, MA, September 28, 1960, Manny is the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Archondula "Dolly" (Bikos) Athenais. He is predeceased by his sister Sandra Athenais.

      Manny graduated from the Greater Lowell Technical High School, in 1978, where he developed his skill in graphic arts. The family rockstar and weatherman, he played the drums in cover bands that performed in the greater Lowell area, and he could forecast the weather as well as any trained meteorologist. A company man, Manny was a dedicated employee with over 25 years at the TJX Companies/Marshalls' Distribution Center. He enjoyed spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins, but nothing did he enjoy more than summer days with his dad on Old Orchard Beach. Manny was a gentle soul who was fiercely loyal to those he loved.‎

        Survivors include his maternal aunts Lillian (Bikos) Papadopoulos of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Effie (Bikos) Barrows of Methuen, Massachusetts, who lovingly cared for Manny in his final days; his paternal aunt Effie Ramsey of Selmer, Tennessee; and several cousins, all of whom will miss him dearly. A heartfelt thank you is expressed to Dr. George Meltsakos and the staff at Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus for their compassionate care.

ATHENAIS - Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Friday, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 11 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Your thoughtful donation in Manny’s memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at the address above or the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 750, Silver Springs, MD 20190-4487. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

 

 

 

 
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