Frances V. Howe
Loving mother, sister and aunt
Frances V. (Janesko) Howe, 87, of Chelmsford, formerly of Lowell, died Monday, May 9th at the Palm Center in Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Howe who died February 9, 2008.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 14, 1928, a daughter of the late Adam and the late Mary (Gora) Janesko, she attended St. Stanislaus Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1946.
Before retiring, Frances was employed in the Housekeeping Department at the former St. Joseph Hospital in Lowell. Previously, she worked at Lowell Insulated Wire Company.
Among her many activities, Frances was a member of the Lowell Senior Center.
Frances is survived by a daughter Andrea Shelton and her husband Jimmy Lee of Lowell; a sister-in-law Barbara Scagos and her husband William of Largo, FL; a brother-in-law Michael A. Howe and his wife Carolyn of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews, among them Stanley Michalik of Dorchester, MA.
She was also predeceased by her sisters Helen Vezina, Julia Michalik and Sophie Lis and her brothers Walter Janesko, John Janesko, Edward Janesko, Frank Janesko and Michael Janesko.
Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at FLETCHER in Lowell from 10 to 11 A.M. on Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass immediately following visitation at the HOLY TRINITY POLISH CHURCH in Lowell at 11:30 o'clock. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).
Francis E. “Frank” Courtemarche, Jr.
Korean War veteran, of Chelmsford, 86
Francis E. “Frank” Courtemarche, Jr., 86, of Chelmsford, died Wednesday, April 27th at the Palm Center in Chelmsford. He was the beloved husband of Donna K. (Collinge) Courtemarche who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on January 20th of this year.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 30, 1930, the son of the late Francis E. and the late Eileen (Demers) Courtemarche, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
A veteran of the Korean War, Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
Before retiring, Frank was employed as a truck driver with the Dupont Corporation. Previously, he was a long haul truck driver for New England Nuclear Corporation and a former bus driver for Tremblay Bus Company.
Among his many activities, Frank was a member of the Tyngsboro Sportsman’s Club, the VFW Post #662 in Lowell and the Chelmsford Elks Lodge #2310.
In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by many nieces and nephews; two grandnephews; and many dear friends
He was also brother of the late Eileen Martel.
According to his wishes, there were no calling hours and all services were held privately.
E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866).
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 www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. 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
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 www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.