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Irene Lelos Print E-mail

Irene Lelos

Loving wife, mother, and grandmother
 Irene (Vassilakos) Lelos, 95, of Lowell, died Monday, May 15th at Heritage Skilled Nursing Center in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of John J. Lelos who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 29, 2016.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 30, 1921, the daughter of the late Harry and the late Katina (Courkoulakos) Vassilakos, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1939.
 Before retiring, Irene worked independently in her own business as a hairdresser.
 In addition to her husband John, Irene is survived by two daughters Melanie K. Charko and her husband Dan of Dracut, MA and Kathi T. Gadourey and her husband John of Litchfield, NH; and two grandsons Daniel and Jonathan Charko both of Dracut, MA.
 In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held at the convenience of her family. E-condolences/directions at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway, Lowell, MA 01854.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Norma J. McDonald Print E-mail


Norma J. McDonald


Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;


Norma J. (Lawrence) McDonald, 81, of Pepperell, but formerly of Lowell, died Sunday May 7, 2017 at Fairhaven Healthcare Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.


She was the wife of the late John F. McDonald, Jr. who died December 23, 1984.


Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 21, 1935, a daughter of the late Victor and the late Mary F. (Fratus) Lawrence, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1953.


Norma continued her education as a student at the former Lowell Commercial College.


Prior to her retirement, Norma worked as an Administrative Assistant for several years at the Mitre Corporation in Bedford, MA. 


Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, gardener and movie “buff.”


However, what brought her the most joy was the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.


Norma is survived by her son John A. McDonald and his wife Lori of Chelmsford; her daughter Alison B. ​Geehan and her husband Christopher of Littleton; and, three grandchildren--Alicia L. McDonald and Shannon ​M. McDonald, both of Chelmsford, and Ethan C. Geehan of Littleton.

She was also the loving grandmother of the late Michael P. McDonald of Chelmsford, who passed away August 6, 2016.


Private Funeral Services were already held for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in Norma's memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 and/or to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

Frederick L. "Fred" Simon Print E-mail

Frederick L. “Fred” Simon,

 A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend;

Frederick L. “Fred” Simon, 80, of Tewksbury, died Tuesday morning at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted family.

He was the beloved husband of Elaine A. (Anasoulis) Simon, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 10, 1936, to the late Charles and the late Mildred (Coudy) Simon he was proud of his Syrian heritage and was an active parishioner of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. A man of great faith, he was also a founding member of the Council of Eastern Orthodox Parishes of Greater Lowell.

After attending grammar school in Lowell, he went on to graduate from Lowell High School in the Class of 1954.

Fred honorably served his country as a member of the U.S Army.

Prior to his retirement, Fred had a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He began as a salesperson and assistant manager with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; where he worked for over 24 years and then at Raytheon Corporation in the Andover facility for 11 years.

Fred then transitioned into public service as a Constituent Services Representative for State Senators John O’Brien and Steven Panagiotakos. He finished his career as the Community Work Program Coordinator at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.

Fred was a passionate leader in civic, charitable and religious causes throughout his life,  In fact, in his last public appearance, a month ago, he and his friends and family hosted a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Institute helping those who could not afford all of the ancillary costs associated with cancer treatment. It was a significant financial success, garnering $40,000.00 for the Adult Patient Assistance Fund.

Fred was a well-known champion for those in need and affiliated with many organizations. He will be forever associated with the Salvation Army, through his many years as the honorary chairman of their annual Radiothon; where he along with the rest of the hard working committee members and donors, eased the burden of countless individuals and families.  

A founding Co-Chair of the Tewksbury 9-11 Memorial, he was also a member of the Owl Diner Charities and the Highland Players.

For all his accomplishments, what endeared Fred to so many was his kindness, compassion, dedication and loyalty to others. He has left an indelible mark on the Greater Lowell community that will live on for years to come.

Besides his wife, Fred is survived by three daughters Millie Simon-Dufault and her husband Mark Dufault of Litchfield, NH, Julie Simon of Dracut and Maria Simon and her husband Lorne Keplar of Beverly; his four grandchildren Justin, Alexa and Austin Dufault and Lauren Simon; his godchildren Dean Brown and Julie Grillakis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by his siblings Olga Sahley, Mary Valarose, George Simon, Evelyn Willis, Florence (Gosson) Beede and John Simon. 

Friends will be received at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way in Lowell from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will celebrated Tuesday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. (Please meet at the church). Committal Services will be held at the Tewksbury Cemetery, East St. in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Please kindly omit flowers, as Fred would prefer monetary donations to causes close to his heart. Contributions in his memory may be sent to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Salvation Army Radiothon, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.


Charles F. "Charlie" Lefebvre Print E-mail


Charles F. “Charlie” Lefebvre

“Charlie from the Bartlett”

Charles F. “Charlie” Lefebvre, 86, died Sunday evening at his residence in Chelmsford following a lengthy illness. 

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 10, 1930, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Bertha F. (McGovern) Lefebvre.  He attended the Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1948. 

A Veteran of the Korean War, Charlie proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS TARAWA. 

Charlie worked for the City of Lowell in the School Department for over 50 years. He dedicated 40 of those years to the Bartlett School as a Senior Custodian and was affectionately known as “Charlie from the Bartlett”.

Always there to help others, Charlie was beloved by many for giving of his time and talent so often throughout the years. Additionally, in his spare time he enjoyed farming with his friends.

He is survived by his nephew, John J. “Jack” Scott of Dracut and his children, Christine P. Hamilton and her husband Bruce of Hampstead, NH, Michael J Scott and his wife Susan of Arlington and Kevin P. Scott and his wife Kathleen of Lowell; his niece, Phyllis C. Scott of Dracut and many grandnieces and nephews.

Charles was the brother of the late Dorothy (Scott) Fitzpatrick, the late June Hajdys, the late Ruth Baker and uncle of the late Leonard W. Scott, the late Kevin F. Scott and the late Paula Scott.

 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at St. Rita Church at 10 o’clock.  Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at .  Those wishing, may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


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