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Marguerite E. Farley Print E-mail

Marguerite E. Farley

 
Loving, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt
 
   Marguerite E. (Lantagne) Farley, 63, of Lowell, died suddenly while vacationing with her family in Seabrook New Hampshire. She was the beloved wife of Michael F. Farley who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on April 21st of this year.
   Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 12, 1954, a daughter of the late Harold “Budgie” and the late Agnes (Flaherty) Lantagne, she attended the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Lowell, and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame with the Class of 1971. She then attended Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island and later graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
 A devout Catholic, Marguerite was a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell for many years. She instilled a strong catholic faith in her children.
 Marguerite was employed by the City of Lowell School Department as reading specialist for many years before finishing her career at the Riley School as a second grade teacher, prior to her retirement.
 Marguerite enjoyed traveling, among her most cherished trips were a family vacation to Ireland, her pilgrimage to Medjugorje, and trips too Bora Bora, Paris, Rome, and Venice. She also loved her annual vacations at Seabrook beach with her family. She had the ability to light up any room she was in and left a lasting impact on all those touched. Above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with her husband, children and grandchildren. 
 In addition to her husband Mike, Marguerite is survived by three daughters Kristin Farley, Lisa Shepard and her husband Matthew and Mary Farley all of Lowell; a son Michael F. Farley, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Lowell; four grandchildren Victoria, Charlise, Madelyn and Liam; two sisters Mary Ann Kelley and her husband Stephen of Newton, MA and Lisa Klobutcher and her husband Robert “Skip” of Lowell; a brother Bryan Lantagne of Chelmsford, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 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 her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the House of Hope, 812 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.
 
Alice H. Kaknes R.N. Print E-mail

Alice H. Kaknes R.N.

 
Beloved sister and aunt
 
 Alice H. (Dukakis) Kaknes R.N., 99, of Missouri City, Texas, formerly of Lowell, died Wednesday, July 26th at Autumn Leaves of Riverstone just 4 days shy of her 100th birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Kaknes who died August 20, 1988.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 30, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and the late Fevronia (Sevastelis) Dukakis. She became a Registered Nurse following her graduation from the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Jamaica Plain in 1939. 
 Prior to her retirement, Alice was employed as a Registered Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over 40 years. Previously, she worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where she was appointed Head Nurse in the operating room.
 Alice was a former member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.
 Among her many interests, she enjoyed playing the violin, traveling with her husband and friends and she absolutely loved the sunshine and her flowers.
 Alice is survived by a brother Perry Mavrelis of Missouri City, Texas and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
 She was also sister of the late Athanasia Chakalis R.N. and the late Sarantos Mavrelis.
 Relatives and friends will be received on Tuesday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell from 10 to 11 o’clock immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11. Burial to follow in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 10854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.
 
Claire Shugrue Print E-mail

Claire Shugrue

 

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend

 
 Claire (Roy) Shugrue, 88, of Lowell, died Thursday, July 20th at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Shugrue, Sr. who died November 4, 2000.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 15, 1928, a daughter of the late Onesine and the late Irene (Geoffroy) Roy, she attended St. Jeanne D’Arc School and was a graduate of St. Joseph High School both in Lowell. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from the School of Nursing at the former Lowell Trade School (now known as the Greater Lowell Technical High School).
 Before retiring, Claire was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus) for over 15 years.
 A longtime parishioner of St. Margaret Church in Lowell, she was also a member of the Oblate Mission Club and the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality.
 An avid golfer, Claire was a member of Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Lowell, Dracut and Chelmsford Senior Centers. Above all else though, she loved taking trips and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Claire is survived by eight children Elizabeth A. Santagati of Lowell, Janyce M. Breton and her husband Michael of Dracut, MA, Brenda J. Lorrey and her fiance Fernando Carvalho of Center Barnstead, NH, Elinor L. Sadlier of Lowell, James B. Shugrue, Jr. and his wife Mary Lynn of Lowell, Roberta F. Woelfel and her husband Timothy of Lowell, Dorothy C. Dodge and her husband William of New Boston, NH and William H. Shugrue of Lowell; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister Rita (Corcoran) Meinholtz of Windham, NH; many nieces and nephews; her “seventh” daughter JoAnn Keegan of Lowell; and her many special friends.
 She was also grandmother of the late Kevin M. Breton and Edward “Teddy” Dillon, sister of the late Blanche Stewart, Annette Grondine, Alice Duff, Theresa Wilson, George Roy and Cecile Regan and mother-in-law of the late Charles S. Santagati, Jr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by her Committal Service at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.     
 
David R. "Pit" Armstrong Print E-mail

David R. Armstrong

Teacher at Greater Lowell Technical High School;

David R. “Pit” Armstrong, 51, of Lowell, died Wednesday evening at Lowell General Hospital after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

He was the proud father of his twin children Kevin J. Armstrong and Shaleigh P. Armstrong of Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 28, 1965, a son of the late Robert J. and the late Maureen E. (Slattery) Armstrong, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School in the Class of 1983.

David received his Associate’s Degree in 1985 from Manchester Community College and later his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Fitchburg State Teacher’s College.

David was a school teacher for over 18 years at his alma mater, Greater Lowell Technical High School where he taught HVAC.

A loyal and passionate Patriots fan, he followed all the Boston sports teams and enjoyed golfing with family and friends.  David had a great sense of humor and enjoyed cooking.

Besides his twin children, David is survived by a sister Katherine A. Clark and her husband Michael and their children Timothy and Abigail all of Lowell; his former wife Martha (Collins) Armstrong of Lowell; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was also the brother of the late Joellen Armstrong who died in 1965.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the LGH Cancer Center, c/o Lowell General Hospital Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell

 
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