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 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.

Condolences (4)
  • Joan Tsoukalas
    So sorry for your loss. I met Frannie one day when I was visiting Angie. I remember her wonderful personality. May her memory be eternal.
  • Gloria Novo  - Work Colleague
    I worked with your mother for years as Lab supervisor at Tewksbury Hospital AND she worked very closely with my husband Doctor Novo in the Operating Room. She was the epitome of what a nurse should be. I’m very sorry for your loss.
  • Ken and Alice Harkins
    To the Pappas and rizos family we are so sorry for your loss she was a special person .ztcur
  • Peggy Dahulick
    Dear Steve, Stephanie, Melissa and Nicole (you're married!) - I'm so sorry to learn of your Mom's death. I read her obituary and there's no doubt that she was a busy lady. I was impressed with her education. I hope you are all well. With love, Peggy Dahulick
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