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Emanuel “Manny” S. Athenais Print E-mail


Emanuel “Manny” S. Athenais

Loving son, brother, nephew and cousin;

      Lowell, MA – Our beloved cousin, Emanuel "Manny" S. Athenais, passed peacefully into everlasting life in the early morning of June 11, 2018. Born in Lowell, MA, September 28, 1960, Manny is the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Archondula "Dolly" (Bikos) Athenais. He is predeceased by his sister Sandra Athenais.

      Manny graduated from the Greater Lowell Technical High School, in 1978, where he developed his skill in graphic arts. The family rockstar and weatherman, he played the drums in cover bands that performed in the greater Lowell area, and he could forecast the weather as well as any trained meteorologist. A company man, Manny was a dedicated employee with over 25 years at the TJX Companies/Marshalls' Distribution Center. He enjoyed spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins, but nothing did he enjoy more than summer days with his dad on Old Orchard Beach. Manny was a gentle soul who was fiercely loyal to those he loved.‎

        Survivors include his maternal aunts Lillian (Bikos) Papadopoulos of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Effie (Bikos) Barrows of Methuen, Massachusetts, who lovingly cared for Manny in his final days; his paternal aunt Effie Ramsey of Selmer, Tennessee; and several cousins, all of whom will miss him dearly. A heartfelt thank you is expressed to Dr. George Meltsakos and the staff at Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus for their compassionate care.

ATHENAIS - Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Friday, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 11 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences at Your thoughtful donation in Manny’s memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at the address above or the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 750, Silver Springs, MD 20190-4487. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.




Eric P. Hanson Print E-mail

Eric P. Hanson

A loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend;

Eric P. Hanson, 45, of Lowell, a well-known local business and community leader, passed away unexpectedly on Friday June 8, 2018.

He was the beloved husband of Jennifer (Maguire) Hanson, who survives him.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 26, 1973, the beloved son of Eric W. “Rick” and Martha (Reardon) Hanson, he attended Chelmsford Schools and was a graduate of Chelmsford High School.

Eric graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1995 as an Academic All American and Captain of the Golf Team. He continued his studies at American University attaining a Master’ Degree in Corporate Public Communications

After his time in Washington, he came home to join his father and family in business and eventually became the President and COO of the D.J. Reardon Company.

Following the transfer of the company, Eric, an entrepreneur by nature, founded the KLIN Groupe, a successful spirits and wine company which later expanded to include cigars. As Executive Chairman, he created and introduced Hammer and Sickle Vodka, which was made in Russia, to the U.S. Market. He later followed that up with wine, cigar and rum products under the umbrella of the KLIN Groupe in Lowell.

A highly respected businessman, Eric served as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Circle Health, as a Corporator of Lowell Five Bank, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro and a past board member of the Lowell Plan. 

Active in the Greater Lowell charitable and civic community, he was a former Chairman of the Board and Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell. A philanthropist at heart, he and his family supported several non-profit organizations throughout Greater Lowell.

A member of Vesper Country Club, he had a passion and skill for golf and enjoyed playing with his father, his daughters and his friends and was a member of several Lowell City Golf Teams. 

A kind, generous and thoughtful person, with a sometimes irreverent sense of humor, Eric will be deeply missed by those who knew him best.

Besides his wife and parents, Eric, a dedicated and loving father, is survived by his two daughters Caroline E. Hanson and Ella M. Hanson both of Lowell, students at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro; his sister Dr. Ellen M. Hanson and her husband Jamie Hawes of Hingham; his nephew Kai S. Hawes and niece Zoë E. Hawes both of Hingham; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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 followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


Joyce E. (Haley) Antonopoulos Print E-mail

Joyce E. (Haley) Antonopoulos

Lovingly Remembered

LOWELL – Joyce E. (Haley) Antonopoulos, 88, a longtime resident of Dracut passed away peacefully on May 29, 2018.  She was the beloved wife of 59 years to the late Socrates “Soc” Antonopoulos, who died on January 16, 2010.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 30, 1930, a daughter of the late Allan Haley and the late Vivian (Stuart) (Haley) Cooney, Joyce grew up in the Acre section of Lowell and attended Lowell schools. She was a 1948 graduate of Lowell High School and worked at Anton’s Cleaners on Broadway. After marrying her soul mate, Socrates, they enjoyed traveling together and spending time at their home on Singer Island in Florida.

In her lifetime, Joyce was a devoted wife, daughter, sister and aunt. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Joyce is survived by a sister, Betty Sarantakis of Lowell, MA, a brother, Fred Haley of North Chelmsford, and a brother-in-law Arthur Anton, Sr., of North Andover. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their extended families: Charles Anton and his wife, Tami Anton of Lincoln, MA, Arthur Anton, Jr. and his wife, Nina Anton of Carlisle, MA, Diane Wilmot and her husband, Gunnar Wilmot of Bronxville, NY, Susan Pasanen and her husband, Dr. Wayne Pasanen of North Andover, MA, Michael Sarantakis and his wife, Angela Sarantakis of Lowell, MA, Pola Roumeliotis and her husband, Lou Roumeliotis of Peabody, MA, Ellen Joan Amick and her husband, Tom Amick of Holden, MA, Charles J. Anton and his wife, Virginia Anton of Westford, MA and David Haley and his wife Michelle of Hudson, NH.

She was also predeceased by her brother Allan Haley, Jr. and her nephew Stephen Sarantakis.

Private funeral services were held recently at Joyce’s request. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell.



Mary D. (Monahan) La Bay Print E-mail

Mary D. (Monahan) La Bay

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt

 Mary D. (Monahan) La Bay, 100, of Lowell died peacefully Monday morning, June 4 at Prescott House in North Andover.  She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph N. La Bay who died September 29, 1999.
 Born in Lowell, MA October 10, 1917, the daughter of the late Peter H. and the late Mary (Donohoe) Monahan, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School 1935.  An avid Girl Scout, she attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Eager to pursue a career in teaching, she went on to graduate from Lowell Teachers' College in 1939.
 Before retiring, Mary was employed as an elementary school teacher in Tewksbury, MA.  She previously taught in Lowell and Newark, VT for over 30 years.
 Mary was a 100 year parishioner of St. Margaret Church in Lowell.
 Mary had many interests, the most important being with her family, especially her daughters, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of the UMass Lowell Alumnae Association and the Middlesex Women’s Club.
 Mary is survived by three daughters Judith N. Zanni of Tewksbury, MA, Michelle M. Gugliuzza and her husband Stanley Sliwowsky of Lawrence, MA and Ruthann Marston and her husband William of Andover, MA; three granddaughters Karen Dickinson and her husband Jason of Stoneham, MA, Bridget Zanni of Tewksbury, MA and Lauren Gugliuzza and her partner Thomas Phelps of Dover, NH; two grandsons Anthony Gugliuzza and his wife Kristen of Windham, ME and Stephen Zanni and his wife Joanna of Huntersville, NC; five great-grandchildren Anthony, Sophia, Stephen, Owen and Gianmarco; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also the sister of the late John D. Monahan.
 The La Bay family wishes to recognize the skills and compassion of the entire Prescott House family and thank them for their care and love.
 Family and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. on Friday followed by her Funeral Mass at the ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 12 o’clock noon. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care, 790 Turnpike St, Suite 302, North Andover, MA 01845. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

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