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Mary A. Orcutt Print E-mail


Mary A. Orcutt

Worked at Highland Variety for many years
 Mary A. (Courtessi) Orcutt, 91, of Jersey City, New Jersey but for many years a resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, died Monday, April 3rd at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. Orcutt.
 Born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, November 21, 1925, a daughter of the late James and the late Agnes (Russell) Courtessi, she attended Lowell schools and Lowell High School.
 Before retiring, Mary was employed by the Lowell School Department as a Cafeteria Aide at Lowell High School. Additionally, she worked at the Highland Variety Store for many years.
 Mary is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 She was also mother of the late John Orcutt, sister of the late Leo Courtessi, the late James Courtessi and the late Jean Vergados and sister-in-law of the late Peter Vergados and the late Margie (Crowley) Courtessi.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday morning followed by her Funeral Service to be held at ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768. 


Albert A. "Al" Lorenzo Print E-mail

Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
 Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo, 80, of Pelham, died Sunday, March 26th at Heritage Skilled Nursing Home in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Beverly A. (McGrath) Lorenzo who survives him.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1936, a son of the late Albert M. and the late Nora (Bonnette) Lorenzo, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1954.
 A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Al proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman, Fire Control Technician Striker from July 21, 1954 to June 20, 1958 and was stationed aboard the Fletcher-class Destroyer USS Clarence K. Bronson.
 Before retiring, Al was employed as a Master Electrician with IBEW Local 558 in Lowell and IBEW Local 103 in Boston for 59 years.
 Among his many interests, he was a voracious reader and wrote many short stories on many different subjects. He also wrote the History of the Lowell Canal System. He was a member of the American Legion Post 100 in Pelham as well as the Longmeadow Golf Club in Lowell.
 In addition to his wife Beverly, Al is survived by a son Michael J. Lorenzo and his wife Pamela (Miller) of Lowell; four grandchildren Brian, Christina, Nicholas and Jillian; and eight great-grandchildren Brianna, Brisean, Laniya, Mariah, Gianah, Brittania, Briella and Caleb.
 He was also brother of the late Edward F. Lorenzo and the late Joseph D. Lorenzo.
 Al was deeply loved by all of his family and them by him.
 In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours and all Funeral Services will be held privately for his family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Longmeadow Scholarship Fund, 165 Havilah St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, Ma. (978) 458-8768.
William A. Merrill Print E-mail


William A. Merrill

Former part-time Park Ranger, National Park Service;

William A.  Merrill, 76, a lifelong resident of the City, passed away peacefully Sunday morning March 26, 2017, at the Westford House.

He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Carey) Merrill with whom he recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on November 20th 2016.  

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1940, a son of the late Allen J. and Lillian (Seymour) Merrill, he was a communicant of St. Rita Church.

Bill attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1958. He went on to receive his BS and Masters in Education from Salem University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAGS) from Boston University in 1971.

He was employed at Lowell High School for 40 years as a history teacher and later a guidance counselor.  In the early years of the Lowell National Historic Park he worked seasonally as a tour guide – a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

Bill held membership in several Church, civic and educational organizations.  Prior to his illness, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School.

Besides wife Katherine, he is survived by his sons Scott and his wife Jennifer (King) Merrill and Jonathan Merrill; his grandchildren Kaileigh, Connor and Rebecca Merrill.  He also leaves several cousins and many in-laws from his wife’s family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Pickul and all the staff of Westford House for their caring and support during this difficult time.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday.  Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make remembrances in his memory to the Monastery of St. Clare, 555 River Road, Andover, MA  01886 or to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Rita’s Parish 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Eileen C. Golden Print E-mail


Eileen C. Golden

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

 Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden, 76, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday evening, March 11th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus with her loving family by her side.

 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 28, 1940, a daughter of the late Stephen L. Rourke, Sr. and the late Lillian T. (Cox) Rourke, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in the Class of 1958. Eager to further her education, she then went on to earn her certificate in radiology from Northeastern University in Boston.

Before retiring, Eileen was employed as an X-Ray Technician at the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell for over 40 years. Following retirement, she was a Volunteer Coordinator at the Lowell Senior Center.

Among her many interests, Eileen enjoyed dancing and loved the beach. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved listening to Irish music. She was also a member and former president of the East End Club Ladies Auxiliary and an avid New England Patriots fan.    Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time that she could spend with her children and grandchildren.

 In honor of the “High Holiday” on Friday and in the spirit of Eileen’s life, the Golden family invites anyone who stops by to dress as they usually would on March 17th. No formality is required.    

 Mrs. Golden is survived by two daughters Karen A. Golden of Dracut, MA and Eileen K. “Lee” Trott and her husband Kenneth C., Jr. of Lowell; a son Thomas A. “Tipa” Golden, Jr. and his wife Joane (Sheehan) of Lowell; four grandchildren Kenneth C. Trott, III, Sean T. Trott, Abigail M. Golden and Lillian T. Golden; a sister Mary E. “Betty” Rourke of Lowell; two brothers Stephen L. Rourke, Jr. and his wife Mary Jo (Mayo) of Lowell and S. Christopher Rourke and his wife Nancy (Treadwell) of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Claire M. (Hubert) Rourke of Dracut and Maureen (Buckley)  Golden of Pelham, NH; her very dear friend Sharon Close and her husband Ron of Dracut, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 She was also mother of the late Mary Beth Golden, sister of the late Andrew S. Rourke and former wife of the late Thomas A. Golden, Sr.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


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