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Rachel Anne Morrison Print E-mail

Rachel Anne Morrison

Beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend;

Rachel Anne Morrison, of Encinitas, CA, age 27, formerly of Chelmsford, MA died unexpectedly on Friday, March 28th, 2014 as a result of being struck by an alleged drunk hit and run driver in Del Mar, CA.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 23, 1987, she was the beloved daughter of John and Jeanne (Altemus) Morrison of Chelmsford, MA.

Rachel is also survived by her brother John, 24, her sister Julie, 21, her sister Sarah, 17, and her fiancé, Jesper Mortensen.  In addition Rachel is survived by her grandparents, Edward and Leocadia (Jezowski) Morrison of Lynn, MA as well as many great aunts, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Ph.D. candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA, Rachel had completed her Master's degree.

She graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA in 2005 and was valedictorian of her class.  A Cardinal Medeiros scholarship recipient for her four years of undergraduate study at Boston University, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009.

Rachel was an adventurous person with a deep passion for science and marine research in remote regions of the world.  Some of her many hobbies were reading, writing, running, swimming, scuba-diving, hiking, and spending time with loved ones.

Rachel had planned to run her first marathon in Boston this April with her Dad.

A compassionate and inspirational person who was talented in everything she pursued, Rachel will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she touched.

Funeral Service and Celebration of her life took place in California on Thursday.

Locally, friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell, MA from 3 to 6 P.M. on Monday April 7th.  Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning April 8th at ST. MARY CHURCH in CHELMSFORD at 11 o’clock. Please meet at church. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rachel's memory to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, c/o UC Regents, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 9500 Gilman Drive-MC 0210, La Jolla, CA 92093-0210 to fund programs and research Rachel supported. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (866 or 978) 458-8768. 


Rita E. Gonsalves Print E-mail

Rita E. Gonsalves

 Rita E. (Rondeau) Gonsalves, 80, of Lowell, died Tuesday, April 1st at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus. She was the beloved wife of the late John Gonsalves who died March 8, 2006.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 19, 1933, the daughter of the late Alfred E. and the late Rachael G. (Martel) Rondeau, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
 Before retiring, Rita was employed as a Supervisor at Marshall’s Distribution Center in Woburn for over 33 years.
 Among her many activities, Rita enjoyed reading and loved spending quality time with her family at Winnisquam Lake in Tilton, NH.
 Rita is survived by three daughters Kathy Gonsalves of Lowell, Karen Stopyra and her husband Andy of Lowell, and Toni Robbins and her husband Jason of Nashua, NH; six sons Kenneth Gonsalves and his fiancée Jane Mazerall of Lowell, John Gonsalves and his wife Reta of Lowell, David Gonsalves and his wife Allyson of Billerica, MA, Chris Gonsalves of Lowell, Michael Gonsalves and his wife Tina of Lowell and Thomas Gonsalves of Lowell; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother Maurice Rondeau of Manchester, NH; and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Rita Ypya who died February 25, 2014 and mother-in-law of the late Roger Waino Ypya who died January 16, 2014.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. ANTHONY CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Association for the Blind, 169 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Mary T. Leyden Print E-mail

 Mary T. Leyden
 Mary T. Leyden, of Lowell, died Friday, March 21st at Lowell General Hospital.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was the oldest of four children of Irish immigrant parents, the late Martin and the late Mary (Vaughan) Leyden.
She attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Eager to further her education, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College, a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master of Business Administration from Riviera College in Nashua.
  Mary was employed, for many years, as a Management Analyst with the United States Treasury. She was a former Board Chair of the Association of Government Accountants.  She was retired from Lowell High School where she was a teacher and guidance counselor.
 Mary is survived by several nieces, nephews, a grandniece and grandnephews.
 She was also sister of the late Barbara Cuddy, the late Virginia Toohig and the late Francis Leyden.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and Funeral Services were held privately for her family. Interment took place at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Doris L. Reimer Print E-mail
Doris L. Reimer
 Doris L. (Pearson) Reimer, 88, of Chelmsford, died Tuesday, March 18th at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Ira H. Reimer who survives her.
 Doris was born in England, February 24, 1926, the daughter of the late John and the late Lillian J. (Agnew) Pearson.
 In addition to her husband Ira, Doris is survived by a brother Frederick Pearson of England; and several nieces and nephews.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, all Funeral Services were held privately and interment took place at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, Massachusetts. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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