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Suellen A.O'Neill Print E-mail

Suellen A. O’Neill

Well known Community volunteer

Suellen A. O'Neill, 72, of Lowell, a member of a widely known Lowell family, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at D'Youville Advanced Care Center in Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 30, 1946, a daughter of the late Charles T. (Ted) and the late Veronica (Leahy) O'Neill, she attended 

St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School in 1965.

Suellen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Lesley University. In addition she attained Associate's Degrees from both Johnson & Wales University and Bay State College.

Ms. O’Neill worked for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank as the director of the Mobile Pantry and Summer Feeding Programs before her retirement.

Active in fundraising for several organizations, she supported all Food Bank Programs, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell General Cancer Center and St. Patrick’s Irish Cultural Committee.

Suellen also served on the Boards for the Lowell Council on Aging, Lowell Hunger Homeless Commission, and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Lowell Department of Transitional Assistance.

Ms. O’Neill is survived by three brothers, Charles T. (Ted) O’Neill and his wife, Mary Ellen Neylon, of Naples, FL; Robert K. O’Neill and his wife, Helen, of Gilbert AZ, and J. Patrick O’Neill and his wife, Sharon, of Belmont; three sisters, Michaelene O’Neill McCann, of York Beach, ME; Elena H. Lovett and her husband, Thomas, of Marion, and Maura O’Neill Walsh, and her husband, Richard, of So Yarmouth. She is also survived by 18 loving nieces and nephews and 20 grand nieces and nephews. She was the sister-in-law of the late Eugene Patrick McCann.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning January 14, 2018 at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 11 o'clock followed by burial of her ashes at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, contributions may be made in Suellen O’Neill’s memory to The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, POB 8638, Lowell, MA 01853 or St. Patrick Grammar School, 311 Adams St. Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL (978) 458-8768.  





Steven A. "Steve" Koules Print E-mail

Steven A. Koules 

1929 - 2019 - Lovingly Remembered

Steven A. “Steve” Koules, 89, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts formerly of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home on January 8, 2019.

Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 8, 1929, the only son of the late Antoneos Koules and Helen (Chiamis) Koules, Steve graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1947.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952 from Hampden College of Pharmacy (now part of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy).

In 1960 Steve became owner and operator of Senay Pharmacy, the “corner drugstore” on Bemis Road in Fitchburg.  Senay Pharmacy remained a fixture in the neighborhood until Steve sold the business in 1994.  He continued to work part-time as a pharmacist until the age of 85. 

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Steve found joy in spending time with his family and in doing for others. Generous in nature, kind and soft-spoken, he is remembered fondly and will be greatly missed.  Steve was a life-long member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Fitchburg and, since 1998, a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Helen (Bilionis) Koules, and his children: Anna Koules of New York City; Beth Koules of Charlestown, Massachusetts; Despina Koules Anton and Arthur Anton of Carlisle, Massachusetts; Stephanie Koules of Brooklyn, New York; and his grandchildren, Olivia Anton and Steven Anton.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, followed by his funeral service at 11:00 a.m.  Burial is private. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854 or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL- (978) 458-8768.



Ellajean (Ameen) Elias Print E-mail

Ellajean (Ameen) Elias

Loving mother grandmother, sister and aunt

Ellajean (Ameen) Elias, 96, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully on Sunday, December 30th at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Lionel S. Elias (Lenny) who died December 30, 1986.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Louis and the late Mary (Mansour) Ameen, she attended Lawrence schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School with the Class of 1940.
Before retiring, Ellajean was employed as a Seamstress at Hanscom Field in Bedford for many years as well as being a full-time homemaker.
She was a member of St. George Antiochian Church in Lowell.
Among her many interests, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, painting, designing furniture and interior decorating. She was also a member of the Ladies of St. George as well as the St. George Couples Club.
Ellajean is survived by a daughter Donna M. McGarry of Kittery, ME; two sons Donald Elias and his wife Phyllis of Boca Raton, FL and David Elias of Dunstable, MA; three grandchildren Desiree (Elias) Toto and her husband John, Alicia (Elias) MacDonald and her husband William and Donald Phillip Salem Elias and his fiancée Lauren Melberg; a sister Lorraine Recupero of Dracut, MA; four sisters-in-law Rosalind Elias of New York, NY, Patricia Elias of Charleston, West Virginia, Barbara Ameen of Methuen, MA and Deannie Ameen of Andover, MA; her best friend Lorrice (Forsley) Ansara of Lowell, MA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was also mother-in-law of the late Edward McGarry.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket St. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. on Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated on Monday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Maria Filomena de Sousa Print E-mail

Maria Filomena de Sousa

Loving sister, aunt and godmother

Maria Filomena de Sousa, 94, a lifelong resident of Lowell until moving to Brookdale Assisted Living in Chelmsford in 2016, died Monday, December 17th at the Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in Billerica.
Born in Ponta Garca Sao Miguel Azores Portugal, August 10, 1924, she was a daughter and eldest child of the late Antonio Jose De Sousa and the late Maria da Conceição Medeiros. She immigrated to Lowell in 1969 and became a U.S. citizen in 1977.
Before retiring, she was employed as a Housekeeper at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus). She was also employed as a Nanny for Walter and Naomi Sullivan and became a part of their family.
She attended the Immaculate Conception Church on a daily basis and loved family and cooking for those she loved.
Filomena is survived by two sisters Maria Sophia de Sousa and Conceição De Melo of Azores; her special godchild Sãozinha De Melo Ferreira; her extended family Naomi Sullivan and her children, Naomi Suzanne and David Callender, Helen Sullivan and José Soares, Kate and Daniel Critchett and her children, Monica Sullivan Cody and her children, and Michael Sullivan and his children; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also sister of the late Laurénio de Sousa, João Batista and Gilberta Feiteira and sister-in-law of the late Alda de Sousa, Conceição de Sousa and João De Melo.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 12:30 o’clock. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.

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