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Shirley M. Stagnone Print E-mail

Shirley Marie Stagnone

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother


Shirley Marie (Bouchard) Stagnone, of Lowell, passed away peacefully in the presence of her children, February 24, 2021 at the age of 90. She was the beloved wife of Louis J. Stagnone, who predeceased her in June 2020 after 67 years of marriage.  Shirley was a lovely and elegant, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who adored her husband and family. She was generous with her love, will be missed always and cherished in memory.

Shirley was born in Lowell, MA on September 23, 1930 the second child of Thomas and Ethel Bouchard.  She graduated from Lowell High School in 1948 where she achieved the honor of being elected to the Girl Officers service group and her innate fashion sense was recognized when she was voted “best dressed”.

Following high school, Shirley attended St. Joseph School of Nursing in Lowell, where she earned her certification as a Registered Nurse. At that time, student nurses wore the Florence Nightingale uniform of starched apron and cap; were supervised carefully by the watchful eyes of nuns; and were not allowed to marry. Thus, when Shirley’s high school sweetheart and life-long love, Lou, was deployed to Korea, they married in a small secret ceremony just two weeks before her graduation. She embarked upon her nursing career while Lou was overseas, continuing until the birth of their first child.

Shirley and Lou built a home in Tewksbury where she became a stay-at-home mother, busy raising five children, born within seven years of each other. Her children will always remember her laughter and her beautiful singing voice filling the air as she went about her household tasks. Her kids were her priority and her proudest moments were centered around their achievements. They are grateful for her constant interest and encouragement, her willingness to listen, the loving home she created and her deep concern for everyone.

As a book lover who married an enthusiastic athlete, above all else, Shirley will be remembered as being a good sport. She constantly organized the many details of the hikes, ski trips, beach days and excursions the family embarked upon, assuring everyone had the food, clothing and supplies needed to make it a success. Her efforts and participation in activities which were often outside of her own comfort zone resulted in a wealth of happy shared memories for her family.

Shirley loved people and was interested in everyone’s “story”. She embraced the large family she married into and her own expanding family with the addition of sons and daughters-in-law.  Shirley returned to nursing once her children were grown, working for many years in the oncology department at St. John’s Hospital, in Lowell. She cherished the long-lasting friendships she formed with her close colleagues throughout her career.

Eventually, Shirley and Lou returned to their hometown of Lowell to live in retirement and became grandparents to seven grandchildren. Shirley was an enthusiastic fan intent on being equally present at her grandchildren’s many sporting, school and religious events.

In addition to her loving husband Lou, Shirley was predeceased by her brother George Bouchard and her in-laws, Daniel Stagnone of Dracut, MA and his wife Patricia, James Stagnone of Albuquerque, NM and Joseph Stagnone of Plantation, FL. Shirley is survived by her five children, their spouses, her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Immediate family includes Mary Lou and Paul McCarthy of Georgetown, Joseph and Susan Stagnone of Exeter, NH, Thomas Stagnone of Cranston, RI, Mark and Heather Stagnone of Litchfield, NH and Beth and Gordon Stockwood of Amesbury. Grandchildren include Brenna McCarthy and her husband Greg Sulser, Kelly McCarthy, Leah, Hayden and Sarah Stagnone, Gordon and Sam Stockwood and great-grandchildren Maeve and Callan Sulser. Shirley is also survived by her brother- in-law Frank Stagnone and his wife Tish of Chelmsford, and her sister-in-law Marjory of Plantation, FL.

Shirley’s final months were spent living with her son Mark, his wife Heather and their family. We are so grateful for the loving support offered to her during that time.

A summer memorial is planned to celebrate Shirley’s life along with that of her husband Lou’s. Please visit to send the family a message or a condolence. Throughout her life Shirley prayed to Saint Jude for her special intentions. Those wishing may make memorial donations in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

H. Thomas Scanlon Print E-mail

H. Thomas Scanlon

Loving Father and Grampy


H. Thomas Scanlon, 81, died March 4 after a brief illness.

Born May 30, 1939 in Lowell, he resided in the city his entire life except when he was serving in the military. He was the son of the late Harold and the late Bertha (Stacy) Scanlon.

He attended Lowell Public Schools and Lowell High School. He enrolled in the U.S. Army in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1961 at the rank of SP15.

For many years he operated Riverside Sports in Lowell with his father-in-law, Owen Flynn. In his later years, he was in charge of security and maintenance at the Lowell Regional Transit Authority station in Lowell.

In his younger days, he played all levels of ASA softball when the sport enjoyed its glory days in the area. He became the Northeast Area commissioner for ASA Softball umpires. Blessed with a smooth, left-handed swing, he loved playing golf and was a member at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club and Long Meadow Golf Club. He spent many hours playing the card game 45s with his clubmates at Long Meadow. For years, he also hosted many of his former umpire friends and his son, Thomas, for Sunday night card games.

He enjoyed family gatherings at his house at Nabnasset Lake in Westford. He loved the time he got to spend at the lake. In 2016, he enjoyed the trip of a lifetime to California to play golf at historic Pebble Beach Golf Club with his sons, Thomas and Barry, and grandson, Patrick Scanlon.

At the time, he said, “I’ve lived a full life and enjoyed almost all of it.” The California trip was one of the highlights.

He was a devoted fan of Boston sports, especially the New England Patriots. He enjoyed frequent trips to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, where he fondly remembered an exchange with his host.

“What are the hot machines?” he asked. To which his host jokingly replied, “The first machine you sit at will hit … eventually.”

He loved to build things using wood, becoming Home Depot’s best customer. And he was a big fan of comedy shows, often laughing before the comedian delivered a key punchline.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Geraldine Williams, as well as his former wife, Sheila Scanlon.

He is also survived by his sons and daughter-in-laws, Thomas and Anne Scanlon, of Lowell; and Barry and Misty Scanlon, of Chelmsford. His son-in-law Timothy Bradley of Stoneham.  He was proud of his nine grandchildren, Patrick, Ryan and Katie Scanlon; Daniel, Mikaela and Lauren Bradley; Meaghan (Scanlon) St. Jean, and Lyndsay and Erin Scanlon; and four great-grandchildren, Madison and Charlotte Scanlon; Arthur Allard; and Cormac Bradley.

He was also the uncle of Maureen (Kobisky) Franklin, David Kobisky, Edward Kobisky and Harold Kobisky. He was also the cousin of Henry and Alice Newell, , Dorothy McGuane, Carol Milackey, Dana Rodriques and Francine Rodriques.

He was the father of a deceased daughter, Susan (Scanlon) Bradley. He was also the brother of the late Betty Kobisky and Lucille Mandravelis and cousin the late Harry Newell.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH AT 11:30 a.m. burial in ST. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. (All state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home and the church). E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Susan Scanlon Bradley Memorial Scholarship at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Julie M Haley Print E-mail

Julie M. Haley
Beloved mother, step-mother, grandmother, step-grandmother, great and great-great grandmother;

Julie M. (Kisileuski) (Sullivan) Haley, 83, of Nashua, New Hampshire died at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday February 24, 2021 after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late James E. Haley who died July 27, 2018.

She was born in Lewiston, Maine, May 3, 1937, and is the daughter of the late Victor and the late Yvonne (Parent) Kisileuski, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement, she was a cable maker at the Raytheon Corporation for many years.

An avid reader and Hallmark movie buff, Julie loved wintering with her husband Jimmy in Coco Beach, FL and summertime, “in the sun”, at their home in Meredith, NH.

She is survived by her four children Michael Sullivan and his wife Ann of Nashua, NH, Kathleen Sullivan of Virginia, Sharon Costin Vancoppenolle and her husband Dan of South Carolina , Gary Sullivan of Salem, MA; four step-children Cheryl Haley-Beaudry and her fiancé Keith Rudy of Lowell, Karen Flynn and her husband Tom of Dracut, John Haley and his wife Kristine of Lowell and Paul Haley and his wife Deidre of Lowell; six grandchildren Joyce Sullivan, John Sullivan, Leanne Benhajlarbi, Fred Costin, Jr., Norm Costin and Julianne Tropea; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter Zoey Rose; and 8 step-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by her children Cindy and Donald Sullivan, grandson Michael Merritt and sister Patricia Silva.

Due to gathering restrictions, all services will be held privately for the family. A Celebration of Julie’s Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory may donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Catherine M. Liston Print E-mail

Catherine M. (Murphy) Liston
Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend

Catherine A. (Murphy) Liston, 86, a longtime resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell passed away on Saturday February 27, 2021 at Lowell General Hospital.
She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Liston, a retired member of the Lowell Police Department, who died in 2000.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 21, 1934, the daughter of the late Frederick T. and the late Anna M. (Manning) Murphy, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
Among her many interests, Kay enjoyed reading and following politics but her greatest joy was when she was with her family and siblings.
A dedicated mother she is survived by her son Robert F. Liston of Lowell; her daughter Kara Iserman and her husband Edwin of Westfield, MA; two granddaughters Kathryn A. Stewart and Anna E. Stewart both of Westfield; a grandson Colin R. Stewart of North Carolina; a step granddaughter Brianna Smith; a step great grandson Brayden Guillemette; two brothers Ronald Murphy and his wife Barbara of Dracut and James “Denny” Murphy and his wife Nora of Maryland; a sister-in-law Helen Murphy of Dracut; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also predeceased by her siblings Rita Perreault, Ann Draper, Helene Ayotte, Thomas, Daniel, Frederick and Joseph Murphy. 
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL for a Memorial Visitation on Saturday March 6, 2021 from 10 to 11:30 A.M.(all state-required social distancing procedures will be observed, including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home and at the cemetery). Her Committal Prayer Service will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery at 12 o’clock Noon. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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