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Antoinette Pallotto Lappin Print E-mail

Antoinette Pallotto Lappin

 Antoinette Pallotto Lappin, the matriarch of a well-known Merrimack Valley family and retired podiatrist has died at the age of 100. The life-long Dracut resident passed away Saturday night at D'Youville Manor in Lowell after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease.
          Known as "Toni" to her many friends she was the wife of the late Judge Francis L. Lappin, and mother to four children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Growing up she had a passion for horses and was an accomplished rider. Also in her youth she assisted her father Antonio Pallotto in his contracting business building roads all over the region. She liked to reminisce about when he ran short of dynamite caps she would load up a truck and drive off to the job, a few years shy of a legal driver's license.
 For a woman of her generation she was a progressive earning a Doctor of Podiarty degree. Together she and her sister Dr. Anna P. Welch had a medical practice for many years at the Hildreth Building in downtown Lowell. Patients of Dr. Pallotto described her as especially gentle and caring to the elderly. She thought nothing of making pro bono house calls if it lessened someone's pain.
 It was also in the Hildreth Building that she met an attorney just back from the war who became her future husband, Francis L. Lappin. For 46 years they built a life in Dracut at St. Michael's Parish in Lowell and in many social and community organizations, until his death in 1992.
 Her special joy was as a mother. She eventually left her career and focused on raising her family and spending summers at Seabrook Beach, N.H.
She was a loving and generous mother who encouraged both fun and accomplishment.
 Antoinette Lappin loved to entertain. She hosted many dinner parties for friends and family at her home. She could often be found playing golf at Vesper Country Club where she also competed in the bowling league. An avid card-player, she cackled with laughter as she defeated challengers in gin rummy and cribbage. Her hands were rarely idle. She loved to knit and needle point.
 When it came to her grandchildren, Grandma Lappin's house was where they would go if they were sick or just in need of some homemade apple sauce. She banned cars from her driveway so that they could fly around on their Big Wheels in safety. She stressed etiquette and good manners at the table and in life.
Antoinette Lappin went to Dracut schools studied at Rogers Hall in Lowell and later graduated from Keith Hall. From there she graduated from Temple University and the Beacon School of Podiatry. She was the daughter of the late Antonio Pallotto and Anna Galli Pallotto.
 She is survived by sons Michael A. Lappin of Lowell and companion Molly C. Parks of North Andover, Paul F. Lappin of Lowell and wife Mary Burns, daughters Martha Lappin Iarrapino of Lowell and husband Anthony J., Rosemary Lappin Mooney of Andover and husband Brian C. Her grandchildren are Anthony Nicholas L. Iarrapino and wife Joslyn Wilschek of Montpelier, Vt., Jennifer M. Lappin of Brussels, Belgium, Alexander Lappin of Lowell, Elizabeth L. Guttenplan of Lowell and husband Daniel, Andrew F. Lappin of Lowell and wife Shaela, Jessica Lappin Thurston of Lowell and husband Scott, Meredith Lappin Mooney of Cambridge, former daughter-in-law Carol Lappin Burkett of Dracut, favorite niece Pasqua F. Leary of Lowell and nephew George J. Frascarelli of Chelmsford.
 The family also wishes to thank the nursing staff of D'Youville Manor for their superb care and compassion.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Burial to immediately follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01865 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458- 8768.

Kathleen B. "Kathy" Murphy Print E-mail

Kathleen B. “Kathy” Murphy

Well-known Lowell school teacher

 Kathleen B. “Kathy” (Gilday) Murphy, 65, of Merrimack, NH, formerly of Lowell, died Friday, February 2nd at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 19, 1952, a daughter of the late Stephen J. and the late Eileen R. (O’Brien) Doyle, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall with the Class of 1970. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, U/Mass Lowell with a Master of Arts Degree in English and Fitchburg State College with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Literacy.
 Before retiring, Kathy was employed at Greater Lowell Technical High School for 40 years as a teacher, department chair and Director of Title I Services. After her retirement, in order to continue her love of teaching, she worked for Middlesex Community College at Lowell High School for the Outward Bound Program.
 Among her many interests, she loved flower gardening, reading, taking frequent nature walks with her dogs and her many trips to Florida with her closest friends. However, her greatest joy was the quality time she was able to spend with her family and friends.
 Kathy is survived by a sister Sharon A. Greenhalge of Lowell, MA; a brother Stephen W. Doyle and his wife Sheryl of Nashua, NH; a nephew Sean P. McMeniman and his wife Holly of Lowell, MA; four nieces Jill M. Christiansen and her husband Niels of Lowell, MA, Erin C. Devlin and her companion Zack Khakeo of Dracut, MA, and Kathryn J. and Samantha E. Doyle both of Nashua, NH; her former mother-in-law Corinne Miller; her former sister-in-law Karen DeMone; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 She was also sister of the late Janice Gilday Heanan, sister-in-law of the late Jay P. Greenhalge and granddaughter of the late Arthur and Bernadette O’Brien.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.     . Arrangements

Rita Manning Deslauriers Print E-mail

Rita Manning Deslauriers

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt
 Rita Manning Deslauriers, 85, of Lowell, died peacefully on Friday, February 2nd at Genesis Westford House in Westford.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 30, 1932, a daughter of the late John J. and the late Mabel C. (Powers) Manning, she attended St. Peter's Grammar School and was  graduate of Keith Hall with Class of 1949.
 Before retiring, Rita was employed as a Bookkeeper at various local area medical offices.
 Very active with the Catholic Church, she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Ladies Sodality as well as the Lay Association.
 Among her many interests, Rita enjoyed her garden and pool, traveling, and loved reading and crocheting. She was also known to be a wonderful seamstress. Her greatest joy however, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
 Rita is survived by two daughters Johnna M. Bahou and her husband William of Lowell, MA and Leslie M. McMahon of Alton Bay, NH; a son Raymond W. Deslauriers and his wife Katherine of Tyngsboro, MA; nine grandchildren Meghan R. Sullivan and her husband Stephen of San Diego, CA, Matthew F. and Jonathan W. Bahou both of Lowell, MA, Abagayle M., Michael J. and Shannon R. McMahon all of Alton Bay, NH, Morgan W. Deslauriers of Tyngsboro, MA  and Kelly and Michael Murphy both of Lowell, MA; her great-granddaughter Ivanna S. Bahou; a sister Helen Clancy and her husband Robert of Lowell, MA; and two nieces and one nephew.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA PARISH, 158 Mammoth Rd. in Lowell at 10 o'clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
. wishing may make contributions in her memory to Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack St, Suite 48, Lawrence, MA 01843. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.     

Eileen E. Lally Print E-mail

Eileen E. Lally

 Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother sister and aunt
 Eileen E. (Tremblay) Lally, 82, of Lowell, died Wednesday, January 31st at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Lally who died November 9, 2009.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 14, 1935, a daughter of the late Henry F. and the late Sarah (Brennan) Tremblay, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
 Among her many interests, Eileen enjoyed cooking, shopping and playing bingo. However, her greatest joy, being all about family and friends, was being able to spend quality time with her grandchildren, her great- grandson and helping others.
 Eileen is survived by two daughters Donna M. Wilkins and her husband Roy of Maynard, MA, formerly of Dracut, MA and Joanne M. Kloppenburg and her husband William of Lowell, MA; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister Muriel Fournier of Lowell, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Henry Tremblay, Jr. and the late Theresa M. Cadden.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Tuesday morning at ST. RITA PARISH, 158 Mammoth Rd in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.. Arrangements

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