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John J. Gill Print E-mail

John J. Gill

Veteran of WW II; 101 years old;

 John J. Gill, 101, a resident of the Pawtucketville section of the City, but originally from the Acre, died Monday morning at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 16, 1913, the son of the late Thomas F. and the late Ellen (McDermott) Gill, he attended the Bartlett school and went on to graduate from Lowell High School.
 John entered the U.S. Army during World War II and served with the 252nd Combat Engineers in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
 Following the service, John worked for the Commonwealth of Mass Department of Public Welfare as a Custodian for over 32 years.
 Active with his parish, John served as an usher at the Shrine of St. Rita Church.
 He was a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Association of Retired State, County and Municipal Employees.
 John enjoyed walking all over the City and was a familiar site to the many people who saw him on his walks. He also made daily visits to join his extended family at Macheras Service Mart where Dan, Peter and John Macheras and the rest of the group gathered.
 He is survived by two nephews John O’Hearn and his wife Veronica of Knoxville, TN and Peter T. O’Hearn and his wife Jody of Lowell; two nieces Marion O’Hearn, R.N. of Lowell and Judy (Gill) Patrick and her husband Cecil “Pat” of Goffstown, NH; many grandnieces and grandnephews.
 John was also the brother of the late Marion Gill, the late Helen O’Hearn and the late Walter, Thomas and Joseph Gill.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M Friday morning. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the SHRINE OF ST. RITA CHURCH at 9 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   

Arthur John Manelas Print E-mail

Arthur John Manelas

 Arthur John Manelas, 71, of Pelham, NH, formerly of Lowell, MA, died Thursday after a 2 year plus battle with complications suffered from a brain aneurysm in September 2012
 He was the beloved husband of Poppy C. (Chiklis) Manelas who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2014.
 Born in Eptahori, Kozani, Greece on June 22nd 1943, he was the son of Irene (Kapsouris) Manelas and the late John Arthur Manelas.
 Arthur graduated college in Greece before coming to America at age 18 to seek further education in upstate NY and eventually graduated from Lowell Technological Institute (now known as U/Mass Lowell). He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
 He worked his early years as an engineer for the US space program on the Apollo 13 mission which sent the first man to the moon.
 Arthur was an entrepreneur owning many businesses throughout his life. He owned and operated his Solar Engineering Company in the 1970’s for which he holds 17 US patents. He was a General Contractor building many houses and neighborhoods in Lowell and Dracut, MA. The past 15 years he dedicated his life to his lifelong dream of supplying free energy to the world. He developed a system that produced more energy than it consumed. A true over unity energy device that powered his house and his home made electric car without having to be plugged in to any power source.
 When he wasn’t solving the world’s energy problems, he enjoyed being with his family and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities from hockey, baseball and lacrosse to dance and cheerleading competitions.
 He was a lifelong member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.
 Arthur also enjoyed restoring and driving classic American muscle cars. He restored over 50 1957 Chevy Bel Airs as well as numerous Camaros, Chevelles and Corvettes.
 Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son John A. Manelas and his wife Karen of Pelham; a daughter Rena DeBrum and her husband Charles of Pelham; six grandchildren Nicole Manelas, Samantha DeBrum, Rachel Manelas, Jared Manelas, John DeBrum and Nicole DeBrum; three sisters Voula Shanks and her husband Glenn of Dracut, Sylvia Karafilidis and her husband George of Lowell and Lea Foster and her husband Paul of California; a brother James Manelas of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher form 3 to 7 P.M. Sunday. His Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o’clock followed by his Funeral Service at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Father Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Donald C. Nagle, Sr. Print E-mail


Donald C. Nagle, Sr.

Loving husband, father and grandfather, 86
 Donald C. Nagle, Sr., 86, of Lowell, died Sunday, November 30th at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine R. (Villineau) Nagle with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 20th of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 9, 1928, a son of the late Thomas E. and the late Alice M. (LeCuyer) Nagle, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
 A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Donald proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Cabot.
 Before retiring, Donald was employed as a Non-Destructive Testman with Raytheon Corporation in Andover for over 35 years. Previously, he worked as a Steamfitter at the Boston Naval Shipyard.
 Among his many activities, Donald enjoyed building model ships and camping, especially at the Powderhorn Campground in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. But above all else, being all about family, he loved spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.
 In addition to his wife Geraldine, Donald is survived by three children Donald C. Nagle, Jr. and his wife Janet of Oviedo, FL, Timothy J. Nagle and his wife Donna of Dracut, MA and Patricia A. Teague and her husband Timothy of Dracut, MA; six grandchildren Jonathan Nagle and his fiancée Cathy Santerelli, Dr. Drew Nagle, Christopher Nagle, Katherine Nagle, Daniel Teague and Brian Teague; a sister Mrs. Barbara Bradley of Lowell, MA; three sisters-in-law Patricia McLenna and her husband Arthur of Lowell, MA, Joan Villineau of Chelmsford, MA and Margaret McDonald and her husband Peter of Nova Scotia, Canada.
 He was also brother of the late Paul Nagle, Florence Tousignant, Russell Nagle, Lorraine Gordon, William Nagle and Judy Kuilan.
 The Nagle family wishes to thank the Palliative Care nurses and staff of Circle Health and the staff and nurses of LGH MS2 for their professional care and support in their dad’s time of need.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH in North Chelmsford at 10 o’clock. Please meet at church. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing, may make contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.    


Aristea S. (Speronis) Halkedis Print E-mail
Aristea S. (Speronis) Halkedis
Beloved sister and aunt;
Aristea S. (Speronis) Halkedis, 81, of New York City, but formerly of Lowell, Massachusetts died Saturday morning at her home with family and friends by her side.
She was the beloved wife of the late Theodore Halkedis.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 25, 1933, the daughter of the late Louis S. and the late Katherine (Theodoracakou) Speronis, she attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
Aristea went to attend the Boston School of Design where she was awarded three honors for her fashion design.
Among her many interests, Aristea loved to travel, fashion, politics and pursuing cultural exploration.
She was a member of the Greek Women’s National Organization and was active with the Republican Party.
Aristea is survived by her brother Peter Speronis of South Carolina; two sisters Alyce Speronis of Lowell and Helen Speronis of Athens, Greece and Lowell, MA; four nephews Lee and Cathy Speronis of Bangor, ME, James and Kristy Speronis of South Carolina, Ron and Leslie Leounes of Wilmington, Delaware,and Anthony Leones of Chadds Ford, PA; and several grand nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service Thursday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in LOWELL at 12 o’clock Noon. Committal Services will be private.  E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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