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Nancy A. (Lamphier) Netzer Print E-mail

Nancy A. (Lamphier) Netzer

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt;

Nancy A. (Lamphier) Netzer, 78, of Lowell died Monday, April 6, 2020 at the Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Lowell.  She was the beloved wife of the late Floyd A. "Andy" Netzer who died January 27, 2020.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 10, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Clarence E. Lamphier and the late Irene A. (Allen) Lamphier, she received her education in the Lowell school system.

Before retiring, Nancy was employed as a layout operator at Lucent Technology in North Andover, MA where she worked for over 27 years.

Among her many activities, she loved to playing bingo, crocheting, sewing and playing cards. She especially enjoyed vacationing on Newfound Lake in NH.

Nancy is survived by two sons Harold T. Pearson of Lowell, MA;  and Jeffrey J. Pearson of Manchester, NH; a grandson Deven J. Pearson and his mother Kelly Martinez of Dracut, MA; a sister Florence Dube and her husband Gerard of Lowell, MA;  three brothers John Lamphier of Littleton, MA; Clarence Lamphier and his wife Carol of Florida; and Richard Lamphier of Florida; many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister-in-law of Rosemarie Sullivan and her husband Robert of Townsend, MA.

She was the sister of the late: Fay Baillargeon; Ruth Carroll; Edward Lamphier (and his wife Gloria of Andover); Joan Gray and Wayne Lamphier; and Gerald Lamphier (and his wife Sheila of Florida).

There will be no calling hours. Funeral Services will be private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her  memory to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458 – 8768.  

Patrick J. O'Brien Print E-mail

Patrick J. O'Brien

Former Owner and President of Focus Chemical Corporation.

Patrick J. O’Brien, 79, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, passed away Wednesday April 15, 2020 at Bellamy Fields in Dover, New Hampshire.

For 46 years, he was the beloved husband of Anne M. (Cooney) O’Brien who survives him and with whom he resided in Portsmouth, NH and Jupiter Island, FL.

Born in Lowell, MA, January 10, 1941, Pat was the oldest child of Elizabeth (Jump) O'Brien and Leon O'Brien. Pat attended the Immaculate Conception School and Keith Academy High School, graduating in 1958.  He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME in 1962 with a Degree in Chemistry. Throughout his high school and college years, Pat played basketball as a guard.

Pat was an Army veteran and from 1963-65, while in the Army, he received the Distinguished Joint Service Commendation Medal from the Secretary of Defense for meritorious service during the period July 1963 to January 1965 serving as a member of the Office of Telecommunications National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

In 1965 Pat began his career in the chemical business and worked in this field until his retirement in 2006.  He began his long and industrious career at Hooker Chemical in Niagara Falls, NY in 1965 and was employed at other chemical companies in the US. In 1983 he founded Focus Chemical Corporation, a niche business, located in Portsmouth, NH.  At Focus, his chemical distribution company imported highly specialized chemicals from Europe, Asia and Brazil.  Pat was a member of the NACD (National Association of Chemical Distributors), the New England Chemical Club and Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH.

Pat was an avid reader, boater, family man and gentleman.  He will be remembered by friends and family for his infectious laugh, laid back personality and great sense of humor. 

In addition to his wife Anne, he is survived by his daughter Christine A. O'Brien of Brisbane, Australia; his siblings: Maureen (O'Brien) Finnegan of Norwalk, CT; Laurence O'Brien and his wife Vicki of Salisbury, MA;  Margaret (O'Brien) Meade and her husband Brian of Lowell, MA; Brenda (O’Brien) Schroer and her husband Edward of Lowell, MA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In light of the Covid 19 medical crisis and federal and state restrictions, Patrick’s Funeral Service will be private. A Celebration of Life Service for Patrick will be held at a later date to be announced. E-condolences at Memorial donations may be made in Pat's memory to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd., S. W. Lilburn, GA 30047. or Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768. 

Donna M. Spead Print E-mail

Donna M. Spead

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend


Donna M. Spead, formerly Donna M. Sousa, passed away on April 7, 2020.  She was the beloved wife of Harry Spead and daughter of the late Doris and Joseph Sousa. Donna graduated from Lowell High School and worked at the IRS, Raytheon and Mack Technologies. Donna enjoyed dancing, arts & crafts and sewing. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her.

In addition to Harry, her loving husband of 56 years,  Donna was a devoted mother and mother-in law to John and his wife Eva of Alpharetta, GA, Melissa and Michael Desroches of Lowell, MA, Michael and Laura Spead of Arlington, VA, and the late Matthew Spead of Lowell, MA, as well as an adoring grandmother to her nine grandchildren, Monica, Olivia, Katherine, Leah, Morgan, Matthew, Jack, Caroline, and Vivienne; she was survived by her sister Lenore Kenney, her brother Brendan Sousa, her sister Geraldine Gaffney, her sister Doris Kinney, her sister Jacalyn Caplan, and her sister Rosemarie Mulawski and their families. Donna also leaves behind her dear friend, Beverly Patsourakos. Donna also opened her door to many of the children of Centralville of Lowell.

The family will hold a private celebration of life ceremony.  In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society in the Memory of Donna M. Spead." E-condolences at

Shirley H Jones Print E-mail

Shirley Helen (Lambert) Jones

Loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend;

Shirley Helen (Lambert) Jones of Billerica, formerly of Lowell, died Saturday, April 11, 2020, after a short illness.  She was born on September 25, 1946, in Lowell Mass., a daughter of the late Rita E. (Rivard) Lambert and the late Joseph R. Lambert.  She was raised in Lowell  attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall with Class of 1964.

She was the beloved mother of Shaun Jones of Nashua, NH, Melissa Sauls and her husband Wade of Northwood, NH, Kimberly Jones of Tyngsboro, MA, and Rebecca Manisy and her husband Staff Sgt. Richard Manisy of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, as well as a bonus daughter, Joanna Llera of Dracut, Mass.  Shirley not only raised her own children as a single mother in the Acre neighborhood she was also a second mom to many of the neighborhood children in the North Common Village, doling out her signature brand of tough love.  
A devoted grandmother to Meaghan, Molly and Connor Jones, Christina and Stephen MacLeod, Emily and Ryan Gauthier, Grant Sauls, and Aiden, Sophia, and Nora Manisy, her newest 2-week old granddaughter, each one of them held a special place in her heart.
Shirley never traveled beyond New England until her youngest daughter moved away.  She boarded an airplane for the first time at the age of 67, taking the first of many solo yearly trips to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.  Last summer, she visited Denali National Park with them.  Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s sports games, recitals, and school events; she enjoyed the beach and the boardwalk, her weekly lunches with Judy, and was a lifelong reader of The Lowell Sun.

She is also survived by her sisters, Carol O’Neill of Manchester, NH, Mary Marshall and her husband Roland of Dracut, and Deborah Hoyt and her husband Gary of Epping, NH, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was pre-deceased by her brother, Bruce K. Lambert, who died on January 25, 2020.

Just as her mother Rita was before her, Shirley was a caretaker her whole life, from neighborhood children, to neighbors stricken with illness, to the elderly as a home health aide.  At the time of her death, she worked as the on-call overnight attendant at the Billerica Housing Authority.  Her strength and her perseverance are her legacy.  Shirley also leaves many dear friends, including Hazel Lamarche who helped care for her in her final days.
As it is not possible to hold a funeral at this time, a celebration of her life will be held at a future date.  In her memory, please remember the caretakers. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Girl’s Inc., 220 Worthen St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

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