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Grace H. Fanning Print E-mail

Grace H. (McAllister) Fanning

 Grace H. (McAllister) Fanning, 90, of Lowell, died peacefully Monday morning at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Fanning who died June 30th 2011.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 1, 1925, the daughter of the late Hector and the late Rita (Kopycinski) McAllister, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1942. Grace also served as an Adjutant for the LHS Girl Officers, 1941-42.
 Prior to her retirement, she was a member of the O'Leary Library staff at both the University of Lowell and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and in the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program for many years. Previously she worked as an administrator at the Mass Mohair Plush, Inc. in Lowell.
 A woman of many pursuits, Grace served as a volunteer for St. Margaret’s School and Lowell City Libraries.  She was an avid artist, reader and enjoyed museums and traveling around New England especially, Vermont. However, her favorite time was with her children, her granddaughter and great grandchildren.
 Grace is survived by a daughter Kathleen Grace Lowe of Dracut; two sons David J. Fanning and his wife Barbara of Las Vegas, NV and Paul J. Fanning and his wife Linda of Groton; her granddaughter Jennalyn Grace Buxton and her husband Matthew of Dracut; her great grandchildren Jack R. Buxton, Alex Grace Buxton and Liam R. Buxton all of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 5 to 8 P.M., Thursday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Upper Church) at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to The Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Newton, MA 02458. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Portia C. Laganas Print E-mail

Portia C. Laganas

beloved sister, aunt and grand aunt;

Portia C. Laganas, 74, a longtime resident of Tewksbury and a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully at her home in North Chelmsford Monday morning.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 6, 1941, the beloved daughter of the late Charles G. and the later Rothanthy (Ostoposides) Laganas, she attended the Hellenic American Academy and Notre Dame de Lourdes School.
She went on to graduate from Tewksbury High School in the Class of 1959 and received a Degree in Business from the Chandler Business School in Boston.

Prior to her retirement, she was an Administrative Assistant for the Prosecutors/District Attorney’s Office in Lowell. In addition, she served as a primary caregiver for her father and her aunt for many years.

Portia was very proud of her Greek heritage and family was very important to her. She was a compassionate and caring person for those in need, especially the elderly.

An animal lover, Portia loved the dogs she cared for.

An active member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell, she served as a Past Board member of the Church and was a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and the Daughters of Penelope for her church.

Portia is survived by two sisters Ginger Maragianis and her husband Harry of Chelmsford and Marianthy Fortin and her husband Roger from Lincroft, NJ; two nephews Dino Maragianis of Tewksbury and Conny Laganas and his wife Vicki of Wellington, FL; two nieces Lula Champagne of Saundertown, RI and Dottie Wachtel and her husband Brian of Bronson, FL; five grand nephews Brandon, Nikolas, Quintan, Tyler and Trevor and grandniece Christina.

She was also the sister of the late George Laganas and the late Sandra Economidou.

Friends may call the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, Lewis St. in LOWELL from 8:45 to 9:45  A.M. Friday morning. Her Funeral Service will follow at the Church at 10 o’clock. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or the American Heart Assn., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Sandra L. Graham Print E-mail


Sandra L. Graham

Loving wife, mother and daughter


 Sandra L. (Bernard) Graham, 47, of Lowell, died Saturday, January 9th at her home with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Wayne C. Graham, Sr. who survives her and with whom she would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on March 30th of this year.
 Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, August 30, 1968, the daughter of Edna Bernard of Lowell and the late Donald Bernard, she received her education in the Shrewsbury school system.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Sandra was employed as a Bus Monitor for special needs patients young and old with SP & R transportation in Dracut.
 Among her many activities, she enjoyed reading, solving puzzles and playing bingo. She had a special fondness for raising tropical and salt water fish with her husband. She especially loved her cockatiel “Bud”.
 In addition to her husband and mother, Sandra is survived by a daughter Katelynn L. Graham of Lowell; two sons Donald J. Graham and Wayne C. Graham, Jr. both of Lowell; her mother-in-law Linda S. Cerretti of Lowell; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Tonya M. and Edward Gallant, II of Fort Drum, NY; an aunt Carol Morgo of Lowell; and a niece and nephew Alexis Gallant and Edward Gallant, III. both of Fort drum, NY.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Thomas P. Conlon, Jr. Print E-mail

 Thomas P. Conlon, Jr.

Retired Lieutenant, Lowell Police Department

 Thomas P. Conlon, Jr., 80, a lifelong Lowell resident, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 8, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy E. (Trickett) Conlon, who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Nov. 4, 2015.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Feb. 11, 1935, the son of the late Thomas P. and the late Catherine (O’Connor) Conlon, he attended St. Patrick Boy’s School and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1952.
 A veteran of the Korean War, he served as a Seaman with the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston.
 Lieutenant Conlon’s police career began on June 2, 1963, when he was appointed a reserve officer for the City of Lowell. He was appointed a permanent officer on March 15, 1964. On Dec. 10, 1978, he was promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant on July 10, 1983, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.
 Among his many activities, Tom was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club, where he was also a past president. He also enjoyed bird watching and vacationing with his family at York Beach, Maine, and enjoyed special trips to Prince Edward Island with Dorothy. A big fan of the New England Patriots, he also had a passion for college basketball and absolutely loved the Montreal Canadiens. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the East End Club, and the Retired Police Officers Organization in Lowell.
 Very proud of his Irish heritage, Tom also was a proud and moral man who believed that education was extremely important in one’s life.
 In addition to his wife Dorothy, Tom is survived by four daughters: Nancyellen Pierce and her husband, Irmin, of Ayer, Mass.; Christine C. Ryan and her husband, Sean, of Lowell; Maureen P. Daly and her husband, Stephen, of Lowell; and Dee Moloney and her husband, Mark, of Hudson, N.H.; two sons: Thomas P. Conlon III and his companion, Holly Dean, of Dracut, Mass.; and James K. Conlon and his wife, Jessica, of Lowell; a daughter-in-law, Janet Conlon, of Nashua, N.H.; ten grandchildren: Jeffrey Hamel and his wife, Stephanie, of Hooksett, N.H.; Sean Conlon and his wife, Sarah, of Londonderry, N.H.; Meagan Conlon and her fiancé, Hiroshi Hatanaka, of Japan; and Kaleigh Ryan and her companion, Richard Barrett; Sean Ryan, Jr., Shannon Ryan, Brooke Daly, and Katherine Daly, all of Lowell, and Emily Moloney and Charlotte Moloney of Hudson, N.H.; two sisters: Therese D’Abre of Hyannis, Mass., and Maureen Conlon-Pearce of Sanford, Maine; as well as his dear friends Harry Spead, Robert Ogden, and Kevin Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club Scholarship Foundation, 141 Staples St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

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