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Theda Triantafel Print E-mail



Theda (Laganas) Triantafel

 Loving sister and aunt;

         Theda (Laganas) Triantafel, after 95 wonderous years, of Andover, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at Saab Residence in Lowell, Massachusetts embraced by her loving family.
       She was the beloved wife of the late George Triantafel with whom she celebrated sixty-five loving and fulfilling years of marriage.
      Born in Dracut, Massachussetts, she was the daughter of the late Constantine and the late Anastasia (Andrianopoulos) Laganas.  Theda was a graduate of Dracut High School and Lowell Commercial College and held an administrative post at Laganas Shoe of Lowell.
       In her youth, Theda was an active member of the Daughters of Penelope. After marriage, Theda and her husband George resided in Brattleboro, Vermont and co-owned the Holiday Restaurant where together they welcomed loyal local customers and seasonal winter skiers from all over the country and made life-long friends. Theda was also active in the Brattleboro community as a volunteer in the Brattleboro Hospital and the local library. She was a member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Keene, New Hampshire and a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell, Massachusetts.
      Eventually, Theda and her husband George established residence in Andover, where they lived for more than 40 years. She found joy in gardening and entertaining her family, friends and neighbors in her home. She loved to travel with her husband and particularly enjoyed visiting Bermuda.
     Theda's genuine warmth, radiant smile, robust humor and loving compassion brought joy and comfort to whomever she met and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She relished moments shared with family and friends. 
     Theda is survived by her devoted sisters Olga C. Laganas of Lowell and Patricia L. Dukakis of South Natick and brothers in law Arthur Triantafel and his wife Kiki of Lynn, and Charles P Sarantos of North Andover. She is also survived by two nephews, Constantine (Dino) Sarantos and his wife Elizabeth and their children Alyssa and Christopher Sarantos of Andover and Peter Triantafel of Lynn; four nieces, Kathy Dippell and her husband Rick, their sons Nicholas and Matthew of Bedford, NH, Kathy Kosolias and her husband Elias, their children George and Kiki of Lynn, Amalie Ann George of Needham, and her goddaughter Anastasia Sarantos Taskin and her husband Cengiz of New York, NY.
     She is predeceased by her beloved sisters, Mary C. Laganas, Helen L. George, Iris L. Sarantos and Toula A. Laganas and brothers in law Arthur G Dukakis, George S. George, and Nicholas Triantafel.

     Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sherman St., Canton, MA 02021 or the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Elevator Fund, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      


Thérèse M. Farrell Print E-mail



Thérèse M. Farrell
Beloved sister and aunt

Thérèse M. Farrell, 90, a lifelong resident of the Acre section of Lowell, died Monday, April 24th at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 1, 1926, a daughter of the late Richard A. and the late Mary (Harrigan) Farrell, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Girl’s High School Class of 1943.

Eager to pursue a career in teaching, she went on to graduate from Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She then received her Master’s in Theology and Divinity from Boston College.
Before retiring, Thérèse was employed as a school teacher in the Lowell public school system for over 25 years. Previously, she worked as a missionary teacher in New Mexico. In addition, she was a former member of the Sisters of Notre Dame Religious Order.

Thérèse is survived by a sister-in-law Margaret “Midge” Farrell of North Chelmsford, MA; several nieces and nephews including Rosemary Carroll of Corryton, TN, Eileen M. Demers and her husband Earl of Strafford, NH, Maureen Geisinger and her husband Greg of Mont Vernon, NH, Colleen Winn and her husband Joe of Hudson, NH, Ginger Canavan and her husband Bob of Andover, MA, Sister Helen Ann SND of Ipswich, MA and Mary Gail Keefe and her husband John of Dracut, MA; additionally, many more nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and dear friends.

She was also sister of the late Sister Kathleen Mary SND, Irene M. Riley, Constance LaPlace, John B. Farrell, Richard J. Farrell and William A. Farrell and their families who survive them.

Thérèse’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Willow Manor and Compassus Hospice for their care, compassion and concern during her stay there.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 on Friday morning followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.


Edward A. Cregg Print E-mail

Edward A. Cregg 

Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, of Lowell, 73
 Edward A. Cregg, 73, a resident of Lowell passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on April 23, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Needham) Cregg who survives him and who was the love of his life for 44 years.
 Ed was born in Lowell, MA on February 28, 1944, a son of the late James and the late Helen (Newell) Cregg, he was educated in the Lowell schools and immediately following graduation from Lowell High School in 1962, he honorably served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
 Upon his honorable discharge, Ed worked at Raytheon in Burlington as a procurement manager for over 25 years.
 His greatest love was spending time with family and friends, always ready to go for a coffee or a meal especially having breakfast with his childhood buddies and brothers sharing stories of past-time.  He was extremely proud to be from a large family of 13 children, growing up in the Highlands section of Lowell and had a ton “Lowell Pride”.  He was a history buff, loved family vacations, traveling and watched the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics religiously. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and going to Lowell High football games on Friday nights. Eddie (aka Voodoo and Vamp) was a standout football player at Lowell High School and was a member of the 1961 Superbowl team that went to the Gator Bowl in Florida. “Big” Ed may be best known for his sense of wit and humor, having what most refer to as the gift of gab and his extremely keen and sharp memory. 
 In addition to his wife Pat, Ed is survived by a son Jason and his wife Liz; a daughter Julie and her companion Ronnie; six grandchildren Brady, Kacey, Mia, Leah, Ryan and Owen; three sisters Donna Cregg Morris, Dorothy Sears and Charlotte Spinney and her husband Jack; three brothers John Cregg and his wife Karen, Eugene Cregg, and Frank Cregg and his companion Michelle; three sisters-in-law Vivian Cregg, Joanne Cregg and Priscilla Cregg; and many nieces and nephews. 
 Ed is predeceased by his siblings: James Cregg Jr., Robert Cregg Sr., Kevin Cregg Sr., Joan Ciardello, Eleanor Sine, and David Cregg Sr., brothers-in-law Frank Sine and Tom Ciardello and sisters-in-law Terry Cregg and Joan Cregg.
      Ed’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Blaire House for the loving care they bestowed upon him during his time there. 
      Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket St at Fletcher from 3 until 7 PM on Wednesday. His Funeral Service will be celebrated on Thursday morning at ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 14 Treble Cove Rd, North Billerica at 10 o’clock. (KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH). Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in TEWKSBURY. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, donations in loving memory of Edward can be made to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman St, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Eleanor M. Grossi Print E-mail

Eleanor M. Grossi

Beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend
 Eleanor M. (DePrenda) Grossi, 95, died Wednesday morning, April 19th at D’Youville Senior Care following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late John A. Grossi who died in 1974.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Casarella) DePrenda, she received her education in the Lowell elementary schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. 
 Early in her working career Eleanor was a secretary for the Gene Weisburg Architectural Firm and did bookkeeping for the former Windsor Restaurant.  Most recently she was a bookkeeper for Cantor Insurance Company.
 Among her many interests, Eleanor was an avid bingo player, bowler and enjoyed her trips to Foxwoods.  She enjoyed taking trips with family and friends to her favorite destinations of Aruba, Las Vegas and Italy.  Eleanor was also a member of the Italian Mothers Club of Lowell and the International Institute.
 Mrs. Grossi is survived by a daughter Sandra Dion and her husband Frank of Haverhill; a son Robert C. Grossi of Lowell; a sister Antoinette “Toni” Kelleher of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Vito DePrenda, Angelina Volonino and Nicholena DePrenda.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday.  Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01710.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
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