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Alison E. (Drake) Angelo Print E-mail


Alison E. (Drake) Angelo

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

 Alison E. (Drake) Angelo, 83, of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, died Saturday, December 22nd at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Dr. Guilford O. and the late Edith S. (Kirk) Drake, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1953. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
 Before retiring, Alison was employed as an Accountant at McQueston Lumber in North Billerica.
 Among her many interests, she loved animals, especially her dogs. Her greatest joy however was the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Alison is survived by seven children Allayne M. Mendys of Hudson, NH, Laurie K. Cristiano of Midland, MI, Sheryl J. Angelo of Tyngsboro, MA, Susan G. Aube of Bolton, MA, Eric W. Angelo and his wife Linda of Litchfield, NH, Leonard M. Angelo and his wife Danielle of Amherst, NH and Corrine A. Angelo of Litchfield, NH; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her loyal dog Gizmo; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Guilford O. Drake, Jr.
 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 Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Heiner "Hank" Wais Print E-mail


Heiner “Hank” Wais



Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend


Heiner “Hank” Wais, 74, of Lowell, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 12th in Dracut. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Richards who survives him.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, March 7, 1944, he was a son of the late Ernst and the late Marta (Marchaus) Wais. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as U/Mass Lowell) and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Fitchburg State College.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

Before retiring, Hank was employed by the City of Lowell as a school teacher at the Stoklosa School. In addition, he taught at Westford Academy. He also worked as a local general contractor.

A member of the LaFayette Club and the Dom Polski Club, both in Lowell, he was also a former soccer coach at Lowell High School and Westford Academy. In addition, Hank was also an organ donor.

In addition to his wife, Hank is survived by a daughter Brenda D. Edwards and her husband Curtis of NH; a grandson Grady A. Edwards who is in the U.S. Army also of NH; a granddaughter Emma M. Edwards of NH; a sister Waltraud “Trudy” Martignetti of Wilmington, MA; a brother Werner Wais and his wife Adid of Cottonwood, AZ; a grandnephew Cole M. Richards of Tyngsboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning, December 29th at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Private Committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.


Chakeep G. "Sharkey" Skaff Print E-mail

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff

Loving husband, father, grand father, brother and uncle.

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff of Lowell, died Friday, December 21st at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell two day after his 86th birthday.  He was the beloved husband of Laurence (Kach) Skaff who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on October 14th of this year.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 19, 1932, the son of the late George S. and the late Naffie (Bardwell) Skaff, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1950.  He then went on to attend Boston University.

Sharkey proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S Army.

Before retiring, Sharkey was self-employed as owner of Skaff Realty in Lowell.  He was also the former owner of the Triangle Store in North Chelmsford, Kennedy’s Butter & Eggs in Lowell and was a Supervisor with Symphonic.

He was an active member of the church in which he grew up, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. He served as an altar boy, the building manager for over 30 years and president of the Parish Council.  He was also ordained as a sub-deacon of the church.

Among his many interests he was a member of the St. Ignatius Club where he received a special Certificate of Meritorious Service. He was member of the Masonic Lodge in Lowell.

Sharkey was self-made and self-reliant. From his education to his career, and his skill with every kind of tool that could fashion wood or metal, brick or cement, Sharkey engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. He dedicated his life to his family and his faith.

In addition to his wife Laurence, Sharkey is survived by his son George E. Skaff and his partner Leta McDonald of Methuen, MA; his daughter Nicole M. Skaff and her husband David Moulton of Newbury, MA; his daughter-in-law Lisa (Puls) Skaff of Lowell, MA; two granddaughters Lily L. and Sara J. Skaff both of Lowell, MA; his three sisters Alice David of Toledo, OH, Vivian Puopolo of Dedham, MA, and Shirley George and her husband Ernest of Worcester, MA; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his son Stephen S. Skaff and two sisters, the late Jeannette MacKoul and the late Dorothy Deeb.

SKAFF – Friends will be received on Friday at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. followed by his Funeral Service in the Church at 7:00 o’clock. His Burial Prayers will be celebrated on Saturday morning at the Church at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

Robert V. Gervais Print E-mail

Robert V. Gervais

President of the Gervais Auto Group and Wall Street Realty;

Robert V. Gervais, 87, of Lowell, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died peacefully Friday evening December 21, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband for 55 years of Ann (Reilly) Gervais, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 12, 1931, a son of the late John J. and the late Margaret (Reynolds) Gervais, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High Class of 1950.

A veteran of the Korean War, Bob proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.

Active in the automotive industry for most of his life, Bob was the President of both the Gervais Auto Group and Wall Street Realty Trust.

Previously he was also the President of Shawprint in Lowell, MA and was a sales executive for the Maremont Corporation in Chicago.

Bob was the Chairman of the former Lowell City Development Corporation. In addition he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the previous St. John’s Hospital/Saints Memorial Medical Center (nka Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus) and Lowell Day Nursery.  He was an honorary member of Vesper Country Club.

Bob grew up as part of a large family, but his family grew beyond his immediate relatives, as his employees, business associates and customers became part of his extended family.  Many of those individuals working with Bob for many years.  Bob was always looking for ways to further educate himself on people and the world around him.  He would read three to four newspapers a day, and reveled in the opportunity to debate current events and politics with friends and family.  He loved dogs, a good steak, a fine party and time on the water.  He was a loyal friend who took pride in his work and the opportunity it afforded him to help others. 

Besides his wife Bob is survived by three children Peter R. Gervais and his wife Lisa of Dunstable, Sally G. Beck and her husband Michael of Westford and Richard L. Gervais and his wife Ellen of Andover; seven grandchildren Katarina Gervais, Andrew Beck, Christina Beck, Peter Beck, Grace Gervais, Jack Gervais and Ethan Gervais; a sister Janet (Gervais) Reilly of Peterborough; his in-laws Norma (Kenyon) Gervais of Chelmsford, Maureen (Reardon) Gervais of Lowell, Melvin Pfeiffer of Amherst, NH and Grace (Reilly) Conway of Westford; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

Bob was also predeceased by a son Robert V. Gervais, Jr. and his siblings John J. Gervais, Jr., Philip Gervais, Stephen Gervais, Judith Pfeiffer and David Gervais.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 12 o’clock Noon followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to RARA – Recreational Adult Resource Association, 295 High St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.






















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