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James A. Sullivan Print E-mail

James A. Sullivan
Retired Treasurer of The University of Massachusetts Lowell;


James A. Sullivan, 87, of Westford, Massachusetts and formerly of Chelmsford, a devoted husband and father, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday January 15, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital with his family by his side.

He was the loving husband for over 61 years of Dorothy F. (Donahue) Sullivan, who survives him.

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, September 3, 1935, the son of the late Augustine P. and the late Mary T. (Picard) Sullivan, he was a graduate of Central Catholic High School Class of 1953 and received his Bachelor of Science in Science from Merrimack College in 1957.

Jim went on to receive his Master’s in Business Administration from Fitchburg State College.

He proudly served his country as a Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army and continued his service as a Reservist with the National Guard.

Jim's 48 year career in the University system began at Lowell Technological Institute, then the University of Lowell, ultimately working years as the treasurer of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After a brief retirement, he returned to work part time for the Dean of Arts and Sciences until age 78.

An active member of his community, Jim served as the former Chairman of the Chelmsford High School Building Committee and was a former communicant of St. Mary’s Church where he also taught religious education. He enjoyed golfing and was a past member of Vesper Country Club.

Jim was an avid tennis player for over 50 years and coordinated the Tuesday Night Tennis League every week at Trull Brook Tennis Club.

Jim also had his private pilot’s license. His children fondly recall the flight to Martha's Vineyard for lunch as a great adventure.

His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially his children, grand and great grandchildren. Telling each how much he loved them with regularity.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by four children Dorothy F. Semonian and her husband Ralph G. of Westford; James A. Sullivan Jr and his wife Wendy Bean of East Burke, VT; Ellen M. Grondine and her husband Thomas of Westford; and Catherine M. Olszowy and her husband Andrew of Westford; eight grandchildren- Edward R. Flood, III, Matthew J. Flood, Elizabeth C. Flood, LT Victoria D. Medved, Thomas J. Grondine, Catherine M. Grondine, Ellen F. Olszowy and Olivia V. Olszowy; three great grandchildren Mackenzie B. Flood, Cash E. Flood, and Fiona F. Flood; a brother John “Jack” Sullivan and his wife Ellen of Andover and many nieces and nephews, near and far.

He was the brother of the late Elizabeth Cotting and the late Ann Marie Rae.

Relatives and friends may attend his Visitation on Friday morning January 20, 2023, at ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA CHURCH, 107 North Main St., Westford, MA from 10 to 11:15 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass in the church at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main St., Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Effie Tyros Print E-mail

Effie Tyros

Beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt

Effie (Chaparas) Tyros, 91, of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Thursday January 12, 2023, at D'Youville Senior Care in Lowell, MA surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late George Tyros who died in 1967.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 13, 1931, the daughter of the late Demetrius and the late Panagiota (Goulas) Chaparas, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

A proud mother and homemaker for her family, Effie also worked in her early years and later years at her brother's store, Chuck's Variety in the Highlands section of Lowell.

Effie is survived by her daughter Helene T. Tremblay and her husband Kevin of Pelham NH; a son Charlie G. Tyros and his wife Donna of Nashua, NH; a granddaughter Alexis N. Tyros of Nashua, NH; her grand dogs Layla & Zeus; her brother-in-law James Tyros of New Ipswich, NH; and several nieces and nephews;

She was also the sister of the late Chuck Chaparas, Bessie Carr and Dr. Sotirios "Sam" Chaparas

All Funeral Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society 951 Broadway Street Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

Rosemarie Moynihan Print E-mail

Rosemarie Moynihan

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister;

Rosemarie “Rudy” (O’Soro) Moynihan, 85, of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 10, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus. Rudy was also, a resident of Ft. Myers, FL and Hampton Beach, where she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel L. Moynihan, Jr. who died in 2009.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, April 5, 1937, the daughter of the late Stanley and the late Margaret (Spencer) O’Soro, she attended Lowell schools and Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement, Rudy was a cafeteria supervisor at the Greater Lowell Technical High School.

She was a former volunteer at Lowell General Hospital and was also a former member of the Lowell Senior Citizens.

Rosemarie is survived by two daughters Audrey Veiga and her husband John of Lowell and Rosemarie Santomango and her husband Kenneth of Dracut; four grandchildren Amanda Veiga of Salem, NH, Ashley Veiga and her companion Eric of Lowell, Stephanie DeGennaro of Merrimac, MA and Brian Santomango and his wife Lauren of Lowell; five great grandchildren Bianca, Emery, Elliana, Gabriel and Ella; her twin sister (of 85 years) Barbara Georgoulis of Lowell; her sister-in-law Lois O’Soro of Pittsfield, MA; and many nieces and nephews; and her longtime companion Bob Beecher of Lowell.

She was also the sister of the late Shirley Tsendeas and the late Paul “Sonny” O’Soro.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Saturday morning January 14, 2023, from 9:30 to 11: 15 A.M. followed by her Funeral Services in the Funeral Home at 11:30 A.M. Private Committal Services will be held at a later date for the family. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.  (978) 458-8768.








Rita J. (Tucker) Gallagher Print E-mail

Rita J. (Tucker) Gallagher

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt;

Rita J. (Tucker) Gallagher, 96, of Dover, New Hampshire, formerly of Exeter, NH, Nashua, NH and Lake City Fl, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Langdon Place in Dover, NH.

She was the loving wife of the late Owen F. Gallagher who passed away on December 21, 2019.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1926, the daughter of the late William and the late Elizabeth (Rouine) Tucker, she attended Lowell schools and graduated from Lowell High School in the class of 1944.

Prior to retirement, Rita worked for many years as an accounts payable clerk, first for Sanders Associates and later for Harris Corporation.

Rita enchanted everyone she met with her sweet demeanor, kind personality and friendly smile. She also had a love for bowling, golf, music, bingo, and chatting with her friends at coffee hour.

She is survived by four children: Ellen Berchtold and her husband Bruce of Deerfield, NH, Owen F. Gallagher Jr. of Wynantskill, NY, Susan Allard and her husband Mario of Manchester, NH, and Maureen Gallagher and her husband Dennis Moulton of Portsmouth, NH, six grandchildren Patricia DeCourcy and her husband Thomas of Bedford, NH, Joseph Berchtold and his wife Courtney of Manchester, NH, Kathleen Turner of Ravena, NY, Daniel Gallagher-Kats and his wife Michelle of Framingham, MA, Nicole Rissman and her husband Derek of Solana Beach, CA, Michelle Allard and her husband Ross Terrance of Vancouver BC Canada, nine great grandchildren Miriam, Penelope, Peter, Evan, Autumn, Avery, Juniper, Frances, and Heidi, and by many nieces and nephews.

Rita was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Karen (Deiber) Gallagher and her siblings Mary Harrington, Margaret Ralls, Katherine Cullinan, Gertrude Lantagne, Helen Wallace, Henry Tucker, Theresa Loucraft, Elizabeth Tuson and Ann Robey.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Rita’s Memorial Visitation on Monday January 9, 2023, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 7 P.M. Committal Services will be private for the family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to do so may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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