Obituaries Notices
David J. Fenton, Sr., Esq. Print E-mail

David J. Fenton, Sr., Esq.

    Attorney David John Fenton, Sr., of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 1st at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of Mary F. (Ilg) Fenton who survives him.
    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 17, 1931, the son of the late Thomas J. and the late Eleanor (McDermott) Fenton, he was a graduate of St. Clement HS School in Somerville, Class of 1949 where he played football, hockey and baseball. As a youth, his home away from home was on the practice fields of Tufts University, and he graduated from Tufts in 1953 with a BA in history.  While at Tufts, he met his future wife Mary Ilg and was a 3-sport team captain. He graduated from Boston College School of Law in 1956 with a Juris Doctorate Degree.
    Dave proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 1st Lieutenant.
    Over the course of his professional career, he was President of City Solicitors and Town Counselors Association, President of the Lowell Bar Association, Executive Board Member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, Member of the Massachusetts Bar, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He began his private practice as an attorney in Lowell in 1958, and served in the Lowell Law Department as Assistant City Solicitor for over 40 years.  Throughout his career, he was instrumental in the Collective Bargaining Agreements with Fire and Police, creation of Lowell as a National Historical Park, the development of baseball facilities for the Lowell Spinners, and involved in the approvals and development of the Tsongas arena.
    Dave was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. Throughout his life he stayed involved as a leader and supporter of the Tufts Jumbos Athletic Boosters and was a founding member of the Lowell Youth Hockey Association. He was an avid Boston sports fan, and encouraged participation in sports for his family. He loved spending time with his family on Cape Cod where they spent 50 summers together at his home in South Orleans. 
    In addition to his wife Mary, Dave is survived by two daughters Betsy F. Hargreaves of Dover, MA and Julie F. Gerard and her husband Lawrence of Andover, MA; a son Peter A. Fenton and his wife Elizabeth of Cary, NC; a daughter-in-law Cheryl A. Fenton of Hingham, MA. and eight grandchildren; Julianna Fenton of Hingham, MA, William, Thomas and Peter Fenton Jr. of Cary, NC, Sarah and John Hargreaves of Dover, MA and Jack and Mary Gerard of Andover, MA.
    He was also father of the late David J. Fenton Jr, who died in 2014 and brother of the late Claire Markham.
   Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 12 to 4 P.M. on Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Jack Gerard Supplemental Needs Trust, c/o Enterprise Bank, 222 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      

Noreen E. Nesheim Print E-mail


Noreen E. Nesheim

 Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt

Noreen E. (McLarnon) Nesheim, 78, of Epsom, New Hampshire, formerly of Lowell, died Friday, October 27th at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Duane A. Nesheim who survives her and with whom she recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 17, 1938, a daughter of the late John P. “Packy” and the late Cecile A. (Mercier) McLarnon, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.


Before retiring, Noreen was employed as an office worker in the Insurance Department at Auto Use in Andover for many years.

Among her many interests, she was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Patriots and Celtics. She also enjoyed bird watching, family camping trips, travelling, playing cribbage, scrabble, solving crossword puzzles, enjoying a craft beer, and watching British mysteries with her daughter. Above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Noreen is survived by a son John P. Nesheim of Epsom; a daughter Karin E. Nesheim of Epsom; two grandsons Skylar J. Nesheim of Boston, MA and Liam C. Nesheim of Epsom; four sisters Mary Mansur of Hudson, NH, Patricia Amboian and her husband John of Andover, MA, Cecelia Maille of Nashua, NH and Jacquelyn Stowell of Hudson, NH; two brothers-in-law William "Winkie" McCarty of Lowell, MA and Lynn Nesheim and his wife Mona of Lakeside, CA; two sisters-in-law Marlene Winkie and her husband Gary of Rockford, IL and Darlene Wicklund of Tomah, WI; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was also sister of the late Nancy J. Thumm and the late Kathleen A. McCarty. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life on Saturday afternoon at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, MA 03110. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 



George Charles Ryan Print E-mail


George Charles Ryan

veteran of U.S. Air Force


George Charles Ryan, 64, formerly of Lowell, a US Air Force Vietnam era veteran, passed from this life on Wednesday October 25, 2017.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 26, 1953, the beloved son of the late Pauline (Tyrrell) Ryan, he grew up in the Highlands section of Lowell. A product of the Lowell School system, he started at the Washington School and continued to the Daley Junior High and then to Lowell High School.

George was a loyal friend and devoted brother who would do anything for his family. Thankfully his last years were spent in the city he loved, Lowell, around the family he so missed for all those years he lived away.

Currently, George was employed with the Engineering Department at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

An avid Boston sports fan, he loved his Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics. He will be greatly missed by all those that loved him.

He is survived by his son, Jason Charles Ryan his wife Kathryn and cherished granddaughter Lucy of Anoka, MN; a sister Audrey Conceicao and her husband Francisco of Windham NH; his six brothers Dennis Ryan of Dracut, Mark Ryan and his wife Mary Joe Finn of Lowell, Kevin Ryan of Tyngsboro, Keith Ryan and his wife Debbra of Arlington, VA, Bob Ryan and his wife Michaelanne of Dracut and Dan Ryan of Dracut; along with many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

George was the brother of the late John (Jack) Ryan and the late Karen Anderson.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Graveside Services to be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Tewksbury Wednesday morning at 11:30 A.M. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768. 

Virginia L. Taff Print E-mail

Virginia L. Taff

Loving mother, grandparent, sister and friend;

Virginia L. (Kelley) Taff, 92, a resident of the Highland’s section of the City, died Thursday morning at the Northwood Rehabilitation Center in Lowell.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Taff, who died February 16, 2009.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 28, 1924, a daughter of the late Frank J. and the late Florence (O’Malley) Kelley, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1942.
A lifelong communicant of St. Margaret Church, Virginia was also a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality.
Virginia retired from the Pilling Shoe Company where she worked as a lacer for many years. Later, she worked at the Epicure Tea Room in Lowell.

She also served as a member of the Lowell Election Commission.
Her survivors now include four granddaughters Robin Hawley, Erin Taff, Shannon Carota and Meaghan Taff; five great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law Mary Taff; a brother-in-law Joseph E. Taff and his wife Nancy of Tyngsboro; a sister-in-law Sandra Eagan and her husband Thomas of Lowell;  many nieces and nephews.

Virginia was the mother of the late Atty. Dennis E. Taff and the late Kevin M. Taff. She was also the sister of the late Mary Chase, the late Paul F. Kelley, the late George Kelley and the late Rita Greska.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Her Funeral will take place at the funeral home Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 12:00 NOON. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church Building Restoration Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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