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Marjorie L. Rafferty Print E-mail

Marjorie L. Rafferty

Retired Customer Service Representative, Hewlett Packard
 Marjorie L. Rafferty, 82, of Tyngsboro, a member of a widely known Greater Lowell family, died Thursday January 4, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 23, 1935, a daughter of the late John E. and the late Ann R. (Clark) Rafferty, she attended Tyngsboro Grammar schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1952.
  Marjorie was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford.
  Prior to her retirement, she served as a Customer Service Representative for over 20 years with Hewlett Packard in the Andover Offices.
  Among her many interests, Marjorie loved being with family. In addition she enjoyed watching all the New England Sports teams.
  Marjorie is survived by her brother Brian K. Rafferty and his wife Francine of Lowell; her sister-in law Elinor Rafferty: nieces Patricia Riley, Margaret Allard and her husband Robert, Mary Ann Rafferty; nephews Thomas Ryan and his wife Denise, Sean Ryan and his wife Christine; John Rafferty and his wife Donna, Brian Rafferty, Robert Rafferty and his wife Becky, Michael Rafferty; and many grand nieces and nephews; a cousin Barbara Marchand.
  She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Ryan and her husband Thomas F. Ryan, and her brothers Robert F. Rafferty, Gerald C. Rafferty and John Rafferty; and nephew Thomas “Butch” Riley.
  Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Tuesday. Her Funeral Mass will follow at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Frederick J. McSwiggin Print E-mail

Frederick J. McSwiggin



Retired Lieutenant, with Lowell Fire Department over 38 years;


Frederick J. McSwiggin, 97, of Lowell, a retired Lowell FireFighter, and a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Monday January 1, 2018 at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was a devoted and doting husband of the late Dorothy C.(Boyle) McSwiggin who died in 2001.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 18, 1920, a son of the late Frederick J. and the late Abby (Dean) McSwiggin, he grew up on Concord Street in Lowell and later lived in the Centralville section of the city for many years. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church.

Fred attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1938. As a star athlete in high school, Fred excelled in both baseball and football receiving many accolades for his achievements.

A veteran of World War II, Fred proudly represented his country in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate, 2nd Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.

A man of many interests, Fred loved to be with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, and watching the local sport teams, especially the Red Sox.  He and Dorothy had many wonderful friends from Lowell and beyond. They treasured the summers they spent on Cape Cod, and wintering in Largo, Florida.

Fred, along with his late wife Dorothy, often demonstrated their passion and talent for ballroom dancing. For many years, they could be seen dancing most weekends through out the Greater Lowell area. Both also enjoyed their social membership at Mt. Pleasant.  Fred continued dancing with his daughter until his very last days.

Fred is survived by two daughters Janice A. McClain and her husband Lawrence of Rockaway, NJ and Jill M. Adie and her husband Donald, of Tyngsboro, MA, whom he lived with for several years. Frederick J. McSwiggin, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Plymouth, MA and John T. “Jack” McSwiggin and his wife Geraldine of Dracut, ; twelve grandchildren Amanda Pattison and her husband Adam, Kathleen Cochran and her fiancé Robert Volz, Laurie McSwiggin McInerney and her husband Stephen, Maureen McSwiggin, John T. McSwiggin, Jr. and his wife Kara, Kathryn Ventricelli and her husband Carl, Abbey McClain, Michael McClain, Alyssa Cyr and her husband Matt, Kirsta Adie, Donald M. Adie III and William F. Adie; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Charles McSwiggin.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Fred's many caregivers and the staff at D'Youville Senior Care Center.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the D’Youville Senior Care Center, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.         















Alice E. Monahan / Change in Service Print E-mail




Loving sister and aunt

 Alice E. Monahan, 69 of Lowell passed away peacefully on December 30, 2017 at Northwood Nursing Home, surrounded by the love of family and staff.
 She was born in Boston, MA on August 24, 1948, the daughter of Joseph William Monahan, Jr. and Anne McCarthy Monahan.
 Alice attended St. Coletta School in Hanover, MA and Mt. Hope School in Nashua, NH.   Her treasured memories included her trip to Lourdes with Cardinal Cushing in 1959; participation in the World Special Olympics Winter Skiing Events in Utah in 1985, and annual Special Olympics swimming as well as field and track events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; friendships with Camp Fatima and RARA attendees and staff; spiritual retreats at Rivier College and St. Christopher Church; advocacy for the developmentally disabled and disenfranchised; and, most recently, Goodwill Ambassador/Greeter at Peregrine Assisted Living facility and Northwood Nursing Home. 
 Among Alice’s hobbies were drawing, painting, reading, singing, writing, current events, sports, chair-dancing, and socializing/preaching.  DD’s turbo coffee, Sullivan’s strawberry sundae with the works, and the Good Times’ prime rib extravaganza were among her favorite treats.  Influential people in Alice’s life included the Holy Family, Audrey Marie Santos, Channel 4’s Jack Hynes, Channel 9's Charlie Sherman and the Founder of Sony (with no bologna).  Alice treasured her family and friends from all walks of life, these relationships grounded in faith, love, wisdom, and humor.  
 Alice is survived by brother, Joseph W. Monahan III and his wife Claire of Winchester, MA; sister, Anne Marie Daniels and her husband Jack of Exeter, NH; sister, Ellen Trojan and her husband George of Lee, NH; brother, Thomas F. Monahan and his wife Jill of Nashua, NH.  She loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own children.  Among them are Jay and Susan Monahan (Ponte Vedra, FL), Brendan and Abby Monahan (Winchester, MA), Justin and Sarah Monahan (Belmont, MA), Julie and James Maffei, Jr. (Medford, MA), Kay and Mark Mulcahy (Manchester, NH), Meghan and Ryan Granger (Hampton, NH), George and Christine Trojan (Dover, NH), Brian and Kathleen Trojan (Boston, MA), Amanda and Gavin McGrath (Manchester by the Sea, MA), Matthew Trojan (Washington, DC), Jamie and Mike Coppens (Duxbury, MA), Jeffrey Monahan (Nashua, NH) and Kelly Monahan (Nashua, NH).  Twenty-four grand nieces and nephews added even more joy to her life. Alice had countless long-time friends who further enhanced her life especially Sue Comacho, Laurie Pintel and Donna Michaels.
 Deceased family members include her parents, Joseph and Anne Monahan; sister, Paula V. Monahan; and sister-in-law, Joanne (Hill) Monahan. We trust that they are now wrapped in Alice’s gigantic, warm embrace and sharing countless hearty laughs.


MONAHAN -- *** ALERT - CHANGE IN SERVICES ***. In Lowell,MA, December 30, 2017, at Northwood Nursing Home, Alice E. Monahan, 69, of Lowell. DUE TO IMPENDING STORM CONDITIONS, THE THURSDAY WAKE FOR ALICE E. MONAHAN AT O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME IN LOWELL HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her FUNERAL MASS to be celebrated FRIDAY morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH  in Lowell at 11 O"CLOCK - AS SCHEDULED. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Family will greet attendees after Mass. Burial will be private at another time.  

E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Special Olympics NH, 650 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104 or Special Olympics MA, 898 Prospect Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      


Evangeline P. Laganas Print E-mail




Evangeline P. Laganas 

Beloved mother and grandmother;


Evangeline P. (Midouhas) Laganas, 86, of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Scranton, PA, passed away Monday, December 25th, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Peter C. Laganas and daughter-in-law of the late Christos P. Laganas, a well-known Lowell shoe manufacturer.

Born in Scranton, PA, Evangeline was the daughter of the late Peter and the late Elizabeth (Paskalis) Midouhas. She was a devout and longtime member of several Greek Orthodox churches, including the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Newburyport, MA and St. Nicholas in Lexington, MA.

A well-educated woman, Evangeline received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She continued her educational journey and earned two master's degrees, one in Fine Arts and another in Music from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 

In addition, Evangeline completed all course work and credits for her doctorate.

A longtime Art teacher at Newburyport High School, she was best-known as "Mrs. Laganas" and taught several generations of Newburyport students. Her students considered the art room a sanctuary, and everyone was welcome. She prided herself on sharing the arts with young people, offering a listening ear, and maintaining a haven for creative souls. She also taught in the school system at Bethpage, Long Island, NY.

Mrs. Laganas was especially proud of serving as a teacher, following WWII, for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe. Stationed in France and Germany, she taught art and music to children of military personnel stationed overseas.

Evangeline had many interests in her life but what brought her the most joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Christos P. Laganas and his wife Stacey of Hampton, NH and her daughter Audrey Laganas Jenkins and her husband David C. of Arlington, MA; four grandchildren David J. Jenkins, Peter D. Jenkins, Nikolas Laganas and Elisabeth Laganas; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her wake Saturday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, 62 Lewis St. in Lowell from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her funeral service at the church at 11 o’clock. Burial is private.

E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768


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