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Francis A. Zipps Print E-mail

Francis A. Zipps

 
Loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, 95
 
 Francis A. Zipps, 95, a lifelong Lowell resident, died Saturday, July 2nd at D’Youville Senior Care with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret A. (Driscoll) Zipps who died September 16, 2002.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 5, 1921, a son of the late John T. and the late Hannah (Neeson) Zipps, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1939.
 A veteran of World War II, Francis proudly served his country at the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a recipient of the Purple Heart with the Bronze Arrowhead, the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Service Medal with four stars.
 Before retiring, Francis was employed as a Proofreader with the Courier Citizen in Lowell for over 36 years. Following his retirement he worked at the Dracut Senior Center and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels.
 Among his many activities, Francis enjoyed golfing and playing horseshoes and billiards. He was also an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Patriots. Above all else though, being a true family man, he loved the quality time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Francis is survived by five daughters Nancy Lamoureux of Hudson, NH, Judith Fairbrother and her husband David Levasseur of North Chelmsford, MA, Maureen Scott and her husband Wayne of Pepperell, MA, Laurie Brodeur and her husband Mark of Tyngsboro, MA and Pamela Zipps of Lowell, MA; two sons Paul Zipps and his wife Cris of Aurora, CO and Richard Zipps and his wife Diane of Dracut, MA; twenty-four grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; three sisters Theresa Riley of Chelmsford, MA, Claire Patronick of Lowell, MA and Eleanor McCann of Pelham, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was also father of the late Daniel Zipps, Margaret Harnois, James Zipps and Barbara Zipps-Glass and brother of the late Kathleen Zipps, Walter Zipps, Mildred Sullivan, Shirley Gilbert and Gerald Zipps.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at FLETCHER in Lowell from 4 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Margaret Church Renewal & Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).
 
Mary Jo Carter Print E-mail

Mary Jo Carter

 
Loving companion, mother and grandmother
 
 Mary Jo (Plumley) Carter, 72, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 30th at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved companion of 18 years to James G. Estabrook also of Lowell.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 24, 1943, the daughter of the late Harold and the late Mary L. (Sullivan) Plumley, she attended Lowell schools and was graduate of St. Patrick Girl's
High School in the Class of 1961.
 Mary Jo was employed in the Accounting Department at Albert H. Notini & Sons for over 40 years until their closing.
 Among her many activities, Mary Jo enjoyed shopping, vacationing, cruises and spending her summers at Kennebunkport, Maine. She was also active with exercising, yoga and being a lover of nature, walking along the river. A big fan of the arts, she frequently attended plays and the movies. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with Jim, her children and grandchildren.
 In addition to her companion Jim, Mary Jo is survived by two daughters Kathleen M. Fernandez and her husband Douglas A. of Hickory, NC and Kimberly A. O’Keefe and her husband Charles E. of Lowell, MA; a son Jack Carter of Nashua, NH; seven grandchildren Jason, Samantha, Randy, John, Alicia, Haley and Billy; a brother Jack Plumley and his wife Elizabeth of Hartford, ME; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Butch Plumley.
 You all know Mary Jo was a lady, and a lady knows when to leave. She is with God, no pain, and we as her friends will grieve and celebrate her life and live with our personal and shared memories of our beloved friend…and feel blessed for knowing Mary Jo.
 A Memorial Visitation will take place at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 6 P.M. on Tuesday with a Prayer Service at 5:45. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.     
 
M. Louise Conlin Print E-mail

 

M. Louise Conlin

 
Lifelong Pawtucketville resident, 97
 
 M. Louise (Hirbour) Conlin, 97, a lifelong resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29th at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Joseph F. Conlin who died September 7, 1996.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 9, 1919, the daughter of the late George and the late Eva (Gaudette) Hirbour, she attended St. Jeanne d’Arc School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1937. She was a communicant of St. Rita Church in Lowell.
 Before retiring, Louise was employed for many years as a stitcher with the former Jamppa Manufacturing Company in Lowell which produced white stag shirts.
 Among her many enjoyments, Louise loved gardening, traveling to Foxwoods and was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots. At one time she was very active with the Pawtucketville Youth Organization.
 Above all else, she cherished the quality time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Louise is survived by a daughter Susan M. Crowley and her husband James of Lowell; two sons Joseph F. Conlin II and his wife Diane (Paige) of Tyngsboro, MA and Martin G. Conlin and his wife Marianne (Souza) of Viera, FL; a son-in-law Jerry McColligan of Derry, NH; ten grandchildren Sharon Beaulieu, Laura Egan, Lisa Babb, Raymond Lemay, Christine Chan, Kim Hayes, Joanne Conlin, Laura Conlin, Martin Conlin and Kerri Mink; twenty-one great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law Mary Hirbour, Nancy Hirbour, Margaret Conlin and Patricia Shapiro; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Barbara McColligan and sister of the late Norman, Paul, Charles, Donald and Lionel Hirbour.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. on Tuesday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 12 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.     

 

 
William J. Tobin, CPA Print E-mail

William J. Tobin, CPA

 
  William J. Tobin, CPA, 71, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Lowell, Andover, MA, and Salem, NH, died Thursday, June 23rd with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (Evans) Tobin who survives him.
 Born in Boston, Massachusetts, August 19, 1944, a son of the late William J. and the late Phyllis E. (Smith) Tobin, he was a 1962 graduate of Central Catholic High School.  He went on to graduate from Suffolk University in Boston in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance.
 He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
 Bill started his career at John J Hurley and Co. He went on to be Vice President of the Latin American Group of Freudenberg – NOK based in Plymouth, Michigan.   Bill retired as President and General Manager of Tobin Tool and Design Company, LLC in Northfield, New Hampshire. 
 An avid golfer, Bill was a former member of Vesper Country Club, Haverhill Country Club and the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida. Being all about family, he loved the quality time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
 In addition to his wife Barbara, Bill is survived by a daughter Kimberly Carpinone and her husband Robert of Salem, NH; a son William J. Tobin and his wife Jodi of Columbia City, IN; seven grandchildren Robert, Rachel, Connor, Courtney, Trenton, Brailea and Bristol; three sisters Dorothy Godin and her husband John of Hyde Park, MA, Phyllis Baxter and her husband Thomas of Goffstown, NH and Kathy Tobin and her husband Joseph Martin of Springfield, MA; his in-laws Joan and Ted Sarantis, Kathryn and David Hunt, MaryLou and Richard Dion all of Lowell and MaryLou Tobin of Plymouth, MA; and many nieces and nephews. 
 He was also brother of the late Richard Tobin.
 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 the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Smile Train PO Box 96231 Washington, D.C. 20090-6231 or American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA  22312. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.        
 
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