Obituaries Notices
Bonnie J. Grissett Print E-mail


Bonnie J. Grissett
Former Nurse’s Aide at Lowell VNA ;
 Bonnie J. Grissett, 63, of Lowell, died Sunday April 24th at her home following a period of failing health.
 Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 7, 1953, the daughter of the late Earl and the late Catherine (McCormack) Grissett, Bonnie received her education in the Billerica school system.
 Bonnie was employed as a Nurse’s Aide with the Lowell Visiting Nurse’s Association .
 She is survived by two brothers Peter J. Grissett of Lowell and James Grissett and his wife Kim of Allenstown, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Thomas Grissett and the late John E. Grissett.
 Private Funeral Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Irene P. Kazes Print E-mail

Irene P. Kazes

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Irene P. (Polychronopoulos) Kazes, 97, of Lowell died Thursday morning at Northwood Health Care Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Constantine J. Kazes.

Born in Gargaliani, Messinia, Greece, September 25, 1918, the daughter of the late John and the late Harriet (Canacopoulos) Polychronopoulos, Irene received her education in the Salem, Massachusetts school system.
Irene retired from Forge Mills in Lowell where she worked as a Doppler for over 35 years.

A woman of strong faith, Irene loved cooking with and for her family. She especially enjoyed any time spent with her grandchildren and with all her family.

Beloved by all, she will be missed by many and the memories of her will be treasured by those who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her daughter Sophia A. Mitsios of Lowell; a daughter-in-law June Kazes of Rockport; two grandsons James C, Mitsios and his wife Samantha of Lowell and Alexander J. Kazes of San Diego, CA; two granddaughters Elizabeth Daly and her husband Zachary of Dover, NH and Dr. Elaina Kazes of Boston; three great grandchildren John Mitsios, Zoe Daly and IslaDaly; a sister Ann Polychronopoulos of Peabody; two nephews Angelo Sakelarios of Chelmsford and John D. Chronis of Lynn.

She was also the mother of the late Dr. John A. Kazes; mother-in-law of the late Spiro J. Mitsios; and sister of the late Dennis Chronis and the late Sophie Sakelarios.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service Monday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY at 10 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the John R. Sakelarios Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4 Robin Hill Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Joseph A. Wholey, Jr. Print E-mail

Joseph A. Wholey, Jr.

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather

      Joseph A. Wholey, Jr., 95, of Lowell, died Monday afternoon, April 25th, at Lowell General Hospital with his loving family at his bedside.
     He was the devoted husband and loving caregiver of the late Doris G. (McKeon) Wholey who died April 14, 2011. They were married for nearly 65 wonderful years.
     Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 14, 1920, the son of the late Joseph A. and the late Rose E.(Cassidy) Wholey, Sr., Joe attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy. He then went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute (now U Mass Lowell).
      Joe was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Columba’s, now known as St. Rita’s Catholic Church, in Lowell and was a member of the Holy Name Society of his parish.
     A veteran of World War II, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed first at Bradley Field, Hartford, CT, and for most of the war, in Saipan, as a B-29 bomb loader. Sgt. Wholey was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation as well as other battle awards for his service. 
     Joe worked as a book binder and printer for over 35 years before he retired from Courier Citizen.  He was also a Life Member of the Lowell Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
     Among his many interests, Joe enjoyed spending time golfing, vacationing with his family, visiting his children and grandchildren in California, Utah and Virginia, among other locales. He especially loved Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays giving him the opportunity to make many memories with his great-grandchildren.
     Joe is survived by a daughter Kathleen Loucks and her husband Michael of Woodbridge, VA; a son James J. Wholey of Lowell; a granddaughter Kimberly Loucks Mumpower, Esq. and her husband Claude of Bristol, VA; a grandson Christopher Loucks and his wife Tammy of Cleveland, OH; his two great granddaughters McKeon Mumpower and Lucy Loucks; his step-great-grandchildren Peyton and Parker Mumpower; and two nieces Sharon Wholey and Lynne Dailey and her husband Alan, all of Lowell.
     He was also the brother of the late Leonard T. Wholey, and his wife, the late Joyce (King) Wholey and uncle of the late Leonard T. Wholey, Jr.
     A special Thank You to Anne, Carol, Karen, Martha, and Shauna of Home Health VNA; Joe particularly enjoyed your visits. The family is deeply indebted to the professional dedication and loving care shown by the entire staff of the Lowell General Hospital’s Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU).

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at the corner of Fletcher St. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 o’clock at the Parish of Saint Rita Church, 158 Mammoth Rd., Lowell. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital ( or a Parkinson's Disease organization such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( E-condolences/Directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.












Raymond Patrick McKeon Print E-mail

Raymond Patrick McKeon

Former Chelmsford Police Superintendent;
 Raymond Patrick McKeon, 82, of Nashua and former long time resident of Chelmsford, died Friday, April 22nd at his home surrounded by his loving family.
 He was the beloved husband of 38 years to the late Eleanor “Ellie” (Smith) McKeon who died January 30, 1998.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 18, 1934 a son of the late Raymond and the late Alice “Marion” (Cox) McKeon, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1951.
      Eager to further his education, he then went on to graduate with High Honors from Northeastern University with a BS in Criminal Justice and later earned a M.Ed. from Cambridge College. He was also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, and was the president of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.
 Raised in Lowell, Ray was an avid baseball player and played semipro baseball for a local team.
 A veteran of the Korean War, Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957.
 In 1962, Ray joined the Chelmsford Police Force; he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Chief of Police in 1980. He was also the President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in 1990.
      A leader in law enforcement during his career, Ray was also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, and was the president of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. In addition, Ray served on numerous boards and committees, and charities including: National Advisory Board of Chiefs of Police on Drugs, Attorney General's Task Force, AG’s Advisory Board, Middlesex County District AG’s Advisory Board,
Mass. Chief of Police Assoc. (as Executive Board Chairman), Governor’s Anti-Crime Council, AG’s  Demand Reduction Initiative Drug Committee, Jurisdiction Subcommittee of Court Facilities Council, Criminal Justice Summit Conference Committee, Mass. Bar Assoc., CORI board, Governor’s Advisory, American Jail Association.
      Very active in the community as well, Ray served on the Greater Lowell Boy Scouts of America (Executive Board), Merrimack Valley of Catholic Charities, Police Community Action Foundation (Founder and Director), Northeastern Alumni Club of Lowell (President), Merrimack Valley March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, Jimmy Fund, House for Hope, Chelmsford Scholarship Foundation. He was also a member of the Elks, Rotary International, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
      In addition, Ray was recognized for his many achievements and accomplishments as he received the Hail to the Chiefs Awards from the Lowell Lions Club in 1989, the Man of the Year from Chelmsford Lions Club in 1990, the Distinguished Citizen of the Year from the Greater Lowell Boy Scouts of America in 1993 and the Distinguished Veteran’s Award from the Greater Lowell Veterans in 1993.
 After his police career, Ray started a fulfilling teaching career at North Shore Community College and continued on to Middlesex Community College where he always received the highest evaluations and praises from his students.
 Ray is survived by his three children Brian McKeon and his wife Michelle of Pelham, NH, Susan McKeon and her husband James Tobatto of Green Bay, WI and Gary McKeon and Jennifer Shiller of Woburn, MA; his former daughter-in-law Melissa McKeon of Ayer, MA; his six grandchildren Katie Mahoney, Sarah Mahoney, Daniel Mahoney III and his fiancée Lauren McCarthy, Torrey McKeon, Madison McKeon and Casey Mckeon; his three great-grandchildren Kayla and Finnegan Moriarty and Cooper Harrison; his sister Marilyn Laderoute of Lowell, MA; his cousin Jack Halligan of Salem, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Robert McKeon of Lowell, MA.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARY PARISH in Chelmsford at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn., Contribution Services, 6th Floor, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 or  Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
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