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Eloise Johnson Print E-mail

Eloise (Richardson) Johnson

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt
 Eloise (Richardson) Johnson, 75, of Lowell, died Saturday, November 19th at Northwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Lowell.
 Born in Sylvester, Georgia, April 12, 1941, a daughter of the late Lonnie Parker and the late Gladys (Richardson) Parker, she received her education in the Sylvester school system. She then relocated to Lowell, Massachusetts in 1956.
 Before retiring, Eloise was employed as an assembler with Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell for many years. Previously, she worked in the same capacity at Wang Laboratories in Tewksbury.
 She loved her church and God and was a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lowell.
 Among her many interests, Eloise was very active with her church where she was a choir member, served as a trustee and steward and was president of the usher board. She loved cooking, dancing, gospel music and frequenting the former Rockingham Park in Salem, NH. She was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Eloise is survived by two daughters Pamela G. Kitchen of Lowell, MA and Sandra Y. Henderson of Pepperell, MA; five grandchildren Teleshi Richardson, Ontaya Lewis and her husband Timothy, Joshua Richardson, Apollonia Kitchen and Alan Henderson; two great-grandchildren Eric Parson, Jr. U.S.N. and Kayliani Henderson; two sisters Evangelist Catherine Parker-Clinton  and Mae Grace Hope and her husband Charles all of Sylvester, GA; six brothers Charles W Parker and his wife Tiana of Hayward, CA, Elder Raymond Parker and his wife Mary of Richland, GA, Deacon Tommy Lee Parker and his wife Savannah of Leesburg, GA, Reverend Lonnie Parker III and his wife Juliette of Albany, GA, Reverend Vance Parker and his wife Earnestine of Hayward, CA and Reverend Michael Parker and his wife Iris of Albany, GA; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Willie James Parker.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated FRIDAY morning at the BETHEL AME CHURCH, 75 Grand St. in Lowell at 11 o'clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472 or Bethel AME Church, 75 Grand St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.    
Mary Frances Donovan Print E-mail

Mary Frances Donovan

“Auntie”, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend;
    Mary Frances “MFD” Donovan, 39, a member of a well known Lowell family, died unexpectedly Monday morning at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side.
    Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 10, 1977, the loving daughter of Brian J. and Ann T. (McKiernan) Donovan, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro with the Class of 1995.
    Mary went on to graduate from U/Mass Lowell in 2000 with a BA in Liberal Arts.
    Currently a procurement coordinator with the Massachusetts Trial Court in Boston, she previously worked in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Lowell.
    An avid Red Sox, Patriots and UML Riverhawk’s hockey fan, Mary enjoyed trips to the beach and Foxwoods.
    However what brought Mary the most joy was being with her family, especially her nieces, nephews and cousins.
    A sparkle of joy and humor in any room she entered, Mary will be deeply missed by those who knew her best.
    Besides her parents, she is survived by her three brothers Brian J. Donovan, Jr. and his wife Sarah and their two children Emily I. Donovan and Brian J. Donovan, III, Patrick W. Donovan and his wife Holly and their three children Finn P. Donovan, Declan T. Donovan and Delaney N. Donovan and John R. Donovan and his wife Jennifer all of Lowell; many aunts, uncles, cousins including her dear cousin Kelly Ann Nangle of Lowell; and her dear friend Anthony DiSessa of Malden.
    Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276  PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET’S CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by her burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.    
"Peter" H.W. Blackstone Print E-mail

“Peter” H.W. Blackstone

Retired electrical engineer and loving father;
 Henry Watson Blackstone, better known as Peter, age 76, passed away on November 6, 2016 in Lowell, MA.
 Peter was born in New York City, NY to the late Henry and the late Eleanor (Watson) Blackstone on August 17, 1940. He lived in CA, ME, and NY throughout his childhood.
 He graduated from Oyster Bay High School on Long Island, NY in 1959. Receiving his B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, Peter worked as an electrical engineer at General Dynamics in defense and later as a computer engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. for over 20 years. He enjoyed working with customers on market research the most. 
 Peter treasured the ocean throughout his entire life – from clam digging as a teenager to sailing and living on Cape Cod as an adult. You could often find him reading non-fiction or listening to the blues.
 He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Blackstone Ardery, son-in-law, Scott Ardery, sister Margaret Blackstone, and brother Neal Blackstone. In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by his sister, Pamela Prickett. 
 The family had a private service and wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the organizations that have provided care to him over the last several years: Fidelis Hospice, Fairhaven Healthcare, and Horn Home for the Aged.
 Memorial donations may be sent to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at
 Arrangements were made by the O’Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell - (978) 458-8768. E-condolences may be made at
Mahfouz M. Zananiri Print E-mail


Mahfouz M. Zananiri

Loving husband, father and grandfather
 Mahfouz M. Zananiri, 87, of Lowell, died Monday, November 7th at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Naimeh M. (Lahlah) Zananiri who survives him.
 Born in Palestine, Israel, July 1, 1929, the son of the late Julia and the late Mousa Zananiri, he received his education in Jordan schools. He immigrated to the United States in 1977.
 Before retiring, Mahfouz was self-employed as a painter and also worked for Lowell Central Electric Company.
 He was a longtime member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.
 Mahfouz lived a happy and healthy good life and loved to sing, dance and clown around with his family and friends. He was also an avid professional wrestling fan.
 In addition to his wife Naimeh, Mahfouz is survived by two daughters Juliette M. Louh and her husband Zaki and Amanda M. Louh and her husband Azar all of Lowell; seven grandchildren Azar, Mahfouz, Christopher, Steven, Virginia, Nuha and Jamil; and several nieces and nephews.
 Calling hours will be held privately for his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday morning at ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


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