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Eleni Prentakis Print E-mail

Eleni Prentakis

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt;

Eleni Prentakis, 88, passed away on Nov 6th.  Born in the village of Pigi on Crete, she came to Lowell from Greece in 1966 with her husband Emmanuil and two young sons, Tony and Kosta.  Her daughter, Mary, was born soon after.  Eleni worked as a seamstress for many years, mainly at Jamppa Manufacturing where she made clothing and later at Anton’s Cleaners where she sewed custom curtains.  She was a faithful member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.

Eleni leaves behind Tony of Watertown MA, Kosta and wife Irene Kastrinakis of Middleton MA, and Mary and husband Dimitrios Maroudas of Amherst MA.  Her four adoring grandchildren Alex and Melina Prentakis with her fiance Aaron Turner, and Nina and Nakos Maroudas all miss their yiayia.

She is survived by two siblings: older brother Kostas Spandagos with his wife Eleni of Tewksbury, MA, and their children Bill and Olga with her husband Christos Kourniotis and their daughter Penny; and younger brother Lefteris Spandagos and his family of Rethymno, Crete, all of whom mourn her loss.

Eleni’s joy was caring for those she loved. She created a sweet and comfortable home for her family and a welcoming one for her friends and neighbors.  Many in the Greek community of Lowell knew Eleni for her warm hospitality and her unmatched baking and cooking skills. Her house was always stocked with her famous koulourakia (cookies) and home-grown stuffed grape leaves. She was quietly a sturdy pillar of her family and community.

After a long, eventful and worthy life, Eleni was laid to rest beside her husband at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury following a private funeral service.  E-condolences at Donations in her memory can be made to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768.

Maria N. Cota Print E-mail

Maria N. Cota

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend

Maria N. (Costa) Cota, 84, of Billerica, MA passed away peacefully Wednesday November 4, 2020 in North Reading surrounded by loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio G. Cota who died in 1999.

Born in Terceira, Azores, Portugal, July 1, 1936, a daughter of the late Jose and the late Maria N. (Magna) Costa, she emigrated with her family to the United States in 1986.

Maria is survived by four children Vitorina Dinis and her husband Emiliano of Portugal, Natalia C. Sousa and her husband Manuel of North Reading, Laura Bento and her husband Jose of Lowell and Manuel Cota and his wife Ana of Billerica; a daughter-in-law Manuela Cota of Portugal; eleven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

She was the mother of the late Daniel Cota who died in 2006 and the grandmother of the late Vania Teixeira who died in 2010.

Due to current gathering restrictions, all funeral services were held

privately for the family. E-condolences at

Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Irene G. Demoulas Print E-mail

Irene Gloria Demoulas

Matriarch of Demoulas/Market Basket Family Dies at 95

Irene Gloria (Psoinos) Demoulas, 95, widow of Telemachus A. (Mike) Demoulas, Supermarket Founder and Philanthropist, passed away peacefully on November 4th at her home surrounded by her children.

Proud of her Greek heritage, Irene was born in Lowell on September 10th, 1925, the daughter of the late George and Gloria (Tsouprakakis) Psoinos and was a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell.

Married for 54 years, she and her husband established the Demoulas Foundation and the Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family Charitable Trust, which contributes to many community organizations throughout New England as well as Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Lowell General Hospital.

Widely admired for her dignity, elegance and grace she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother of four children, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

She is survived by Frances Irene Demoulas and her husband Michael Kettenbach of Boston, Glorianne Demoulas and her husband Robert Farnham of North Andover, Arthur T. Demoulas and his wife Maureen Demoulas of Lowell and Caren Demoulas and her husband Joseph Pasquale of Weston; 14 grandchildren, Cara Irene Kettenbach and her husband Josh Nutter, Michael Telemachus Kettenbach and his wife Kelly, Edward Arthur Kettenbach and his wife Katherine, Irene Danielle Callahan and her husband Gregory, Catherine Lee and Robert Telemachus Farnham, Madeline Irene, Telemachus Arthur, Irene Gloria and Mary Catherine Demoulas, Telemachus Andréa, Irene Canella, Joseph Arthur and Danielle Kay Pasquale; 8 great grandchildren, Michael Edward Nutter, Wyatt Telemachus, Catherine Elizabeth and Theodore Tyler Kettenbach and Sophia Irene, Anna Joan, Rose Catherine and Declan James Callahan.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL- MA- (978) 458-8768.

Thomas F. Blanchard Print E-mail

Thomas F. Blanchard

Employed at Brunswick Bowling – Lowell;


Thomas F. Blanchard, 54, of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly on Sunday October 25, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 15, 1966, a son of the late Frederick T. and the late Diane M. (Hodges) Blanchard, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School in Class of 1985.

Tom was lane mechanic at Bowlero Lanes (aka Brunswick Bowling in Lowell) for many years.

He enjoyed bowling, music, cartoons and playing Candy Crush.

Tom is survived by his two brothers Timothy D. Blanchard of Lowell and Kenneth S. Blanchard and his wife Cathy of Lowell; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 7 P.M. Monday November 2, 2020. (All state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home). His Funeral Services will be private and the family will have social gathering of family and friends at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101 or MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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