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Irene M. McAvoy Print E-mail

Irene M. McAvoy


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister

Irene M. (Santerre) McAvoy, 90, of Lowell, died Tuesday, January 24th at Lowell General Hospital-Main Campus. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward P. McAvoy, Jr. who died June 8, 1980.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 15, 1926, a daughter of the late Antoine and the late Estelle (Masson) Santerre, she received her education at the Franco American School in Lowell.
Among her many interests, Irene enjoyed cooking, dining out and having a good martini with many olives, traveling, singing, gardening, flea markets,  camping and playing bingo. However, her greatest joy, being all about family, was the quality time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memere was very much loved for her sense of humor, even when her health had started to fail. She will be greatly missed by those of us who enjoyed getting together with her for dinner or family parties and sharing memories of days gone by.
Irene is survived by six daughters including Elaine R. Picard of Pelham, NH, Brenda M. Roberts of Lowell, Donna M. McAvoy of Lexington, SC, Debra A. Donohoe and her fiancé David Blais of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Laura M. Beaver and her husband Timothy of Lexington, SC and Linda R. Cloonen and her husband Thomas of Cranston, RI; two sons Raymond P. McAvoy of Boston, MA and Edward E. McAvoy and his wife Linda of Tewksbury, MA; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Santerre and Cecile Desrochers both of Lowell; a brother Roland Santerre of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also grandmother of the late Crystal Fitts and mother-in-law to the late George Picard.
In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services were held privately for her family. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA. (978)-458-8768.
John "Jack" Owen Leary Print E-mail


John “Jack” Owen Leary

Retired graphic artist with Hewlett Packard;

John “Jack” Owen Leary, 77, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts died peacefully Friday morning at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus after a brief illness.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 21, 1939, son of the late Owen and the late Catherine (Mungovan) Leary, he attended Lowell Public Schools and went on to attend the School of Practical Art in Boston.

Jack proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

For many years, Jack was a graphic artist with Hewlett Packard.

An active member of the Billerica, MA and Sebring, FL Lodges of Elks, he also loved golfing with friends and travelling as well as walking and reading.

Jack is survived by two daughters Beth A. Leary of North Chelmsford and Brenda Higgins and her husband Rich of Haverhill; a son Jonathan King and his wife Allison of Round Rock, TX; five grandchildren; a sister Nancy Hemond of North Chelmsford; an aunt, Joan Lake of Hudson, NH and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Donald Leary, the late Gerald Leary and the late Janet Leary.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276  PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.


Peter F. Gill Print E-mail

Peter F. Gill

Loving, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;
 Peter F. Gill, age 89, died peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Peter celebrated 63 years of marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn (Leahy), on October, 17th.
 Peter was born to Peter F. and Edith C. (Donohoe) Gill on December 20, 1927. He attended Saint Peters Grammar School, Keith Academy and Merrimack College. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He retired from the New England Telephone Company after 30+ years of service.
 Peter’s fondest memories were the summer vacations spent at Popponesset Beach with family and friends.  He also enjoyed his time with friends at Mount Pleasant Golf Club playing 45’s and the weekly bowling league.
 Besides his wife, Marilyn, Peter is survived by seven children: Mary Geoffroy and her husband Joseph, Patricia Sepe and her husband Matthew, Kathleen Gill, Charles D. Gill, Kerryann Gill, Roberta Barnes and her husband Wallace and Tracy Reilly and her husband Peter, ten grandchildren: Gina Martel and her husband William, Christopher Gill, Michael Geoffroy, Peter Sepe, Bridget and Garrett Barnes, Carly Gill, Owen, Norah and Conor Reilly. Peter is also survived by his sister, Sr. Marie Gill, Sisters of Charity of Halifax, his in-laws: Ginny Gill, Louise Gill, Elinor O’Connor, Joan and Al Lenzi, Martha Leahy and Gloria Leahy, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Peter was predeceased by his brothers, Owen and Richard Gill, special aunt and uncle Charles Donohoe and Alice Donohoe, his in-laws William and Elizabeth Nangle, James O’Connor, John Leahy and Daniel Leahy.
 We would like to thank the staff at Palm Manor for the care and compassion they showed Peter, especially his friend Sulaiman. We are eternally grateful.
 There will be no calling hours. However relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Thursday morning at the COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF CHRIST THE TEACHER at MERRIMACK COLLEGE, 315 Turnpike St, North Andover at 10:30 A.M., all are welcome. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell, MA. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Mustard Seed Communities USA, 29 Janes Ave, Medfield, MA 02052 or Merrimack College at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.
Ruth A. Frawley, R.N. Print E-mail

Ruth A. Frawley, R.N. 


Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister; 
 Ruth A. (Corey) Frawley, R.N., 91, formerly of Newton, MA and New Castle, NH, died Saturday January 7, 2017, with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen M. Frawley, M.D. who died August 7, 1989.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October, 9, 1925, a daughter of the late James and the late Dora (Brais) Corey, she graduated from Lowell High School in the Class of 1944.  She then went on to graduate from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.
 Ruth’s nursing career spanned over 50 years, including serving as Ted Williams’ nurse after the Boston Red Sox star broke his elbow in the 1950 All Star game. 
  A dedicated golfer and tennis player, well into her 80’s, she was very proud of her hole in one and breaking 100. Ruth was a longtime member of the Woodland Golf Club in Newton, MA and the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, FL. However, her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 Ruth was a loving mother to her seven children Mary Anne Frawley and her husband Robert Benedum of Amery, WI, Stephen M. Frawley and his wife Kathleen of Cape Elizabeth, ME, Patricia Frawley of New Castle, NH, Michael Frawley of Boston, MA, Philip Frawley and his wife Nelma of Palatine, IL, Chris Frawley and his wife Michelle of Suffield, CT and David Frawley and his wife Laura of Plano, TX. She was a loving grandmother to her 17 grandchildren: Ryan Carpentier, Cory Carpentier, Colleen Hennessy, Andrew Frawley, Caroline Frawley, Elizabeth Barton, Susan Barton, Frawley Barton, Michael Frawley, Justin Philip Frawley, Erin Frawley, Keara Frawley, Breann Frawley, Ellen Frawley, Mark Frawley, Katharine Frawley, and Scotty Frawley; Great-Grandchildren Thomas & Meabh Hennessy;
Ruth is survived by her two sisters Mary Geoffroy of Lowell and Dorothy Kilcoyne and her husband Raymond of Clinton; two brothers Robert Corey of Lowell and Paul Corey and his wife Patricia of FL; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Helen R. Campbell, Grace Hession, James Corey, Arthur Corey, William Corey, John Corey and Theresa Iminski and sister-in-law of the late Marguerite Frawley.
  There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Friday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Strive PLS Services, “serving young people with disabilities” at 28 Foden Road, South Portland, ME 04106, Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.  
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