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Alice G. Kiernan Print E-mail

Alice G. Kiernan

A member of a well-known Lowell family;

Alice Gertrude Kiernan, 97, died on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford following a period of failing health.

She was born January 14, 1921, in Lowell, one of seven children of William Russell Kiernan Sr. and Anna (Doyle) Kiernan. She was educated at Notre Dame Academy, the Bartlett School and Lowell High School and was a graduate of State Teachers College at Lowell (which later became the University of Lowell and then the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.)

She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University.

Alice taught at the Bartlett School, a satellite school connected with State Teachers College at Lowell, prior to becoming a professor of education at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell with a concentration in teaching children’s literature. She remained at the University for the remainder of her career. She retired in 1983 with the rank of professor emeritus.

She received awards and recognition from her alma mater, including the Coburn Award for Professional Excellence from the University of Lowell College of Education in 1983 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Lowell College of Education in 1992 and 2002; and was honored by St. Patrick’s Parish Irish Cultural Committee in 2005 as Irish Person of the Year.

She enjoyed traveling and visited relatives in Ireland with her sisters, the late Sr. Mary of the Incarnation (Anna Kiernan) and the late Mary (Kiernan) Howland.  She also visited Aruba, Barbados, and other areas of the Caribbean with friends.

She lived most of her life in the family home on Phillips Street, in a part of Lowell known as “The Acre”  until declining health led to a move to Lexington where she lived with her nephew, John C. Kiernan and his wife, Dr. Brenda Nishimura.

After Alzheimer’s progressed to the point where she needed full-time nursing care, Alice Kiernan moved to the Carleton-Willard Village a short distance away.  She made many friends there and enjoyed chats over an afternoon cup of tea.

She was a member of the Sodality of Mary and a lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell.

She was known for her generosity of spirit and inherited her father’s sense of humor and fondness for the Boston Red Sox.

Alice was an exceedingly generous person. She faithfully attended several family members in the Phillips Street home during their declining years and assisted other members of her extended family in many ways, large and small.

During her final years living alone on Phillips Street, she would be seen out walking almost every day, well into her 90s.  She knew and was a friend to her many neighbors, young and old.

She was predeceased by her parents and six siblings, Anna G. Kiernan (Sr. Mary of the Incarnation), Mary Kiernan Howland, John Kiernan, William R. Kiernan Jr., Cornelius F. Kiernan and Joseph R. Kiernan, Sr. and by a great grand-niece, Peyton Elizabeth McFaun in 1999.

Survivors include eight nieces and nephews and their spouses, Mary Ann McFaun (Francis); John H. Howland, Jr., William G. Howland (Betsy), Margaret Howland-Mastro (Ken) William R. Kiernan, III, Dr. Joseph R. Kiernan (Llynne), Glenn C. Howland (Anne); and John C. Kiernan (Brenda)and several great-nieces and great-nephews, Katherine McFaun Williams, Bennet Francis McFaun, Mary Alice McFaun, Charles Stephenson Howland, Emily Kiernan Proell, Alison Jane  Howland, Mariah Donnis  Howland, James Kiernan, Erin Kiernan, Joseph Ryan Kiernan, Jacqueline Kiernan and Matthew Kiernan, and a step-great-niece, Vanessa Joan Fatton.

Family and friends may call Saturday morning December 8, 2018 at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 10 to 12 Noon followed by her Committal Prayers at the Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Assn., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.  (978) 458-8768.

Joseph A. Sheehy Print E-mail

Joseph A. Sheehy

Veteran of Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force;

Joseph A. Sheehy, 71, of Lowell died Monday afternoon November 26, 2018 at his home.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 7, 1947, a son of the late John E. and the late Ardelle D. (Crowell) Sheehy, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1967. Later Joe attended Middlesex Community College in Lowell.

A veteran of Vietnam War, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to his retirement, Joe was a repairman for Peabody Furniture in Malden where he had worked for over 25 years.

Joe was a member of Friends of Bill.

He is survived by his children, Annie (Sheehy) Carroll of Medford, Rose Sheehy of Malden and John E. Sheehy and his wife Danielle of Malden; six grandchildren; three sisters Kathryn A. Sheehy of Dracut, Maureen A. Sheehy of Lowell and Colleen A. Longtin and her husband Chris of Laconia, NH; a brother John E., “Jack” Sheehy, Jr. of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning December 3, 2018 at ST. PATRICK CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Alzheimer’s Assn., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or the Disabled American Veteran Chapter of their choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL - (978) - 458-8768. 


John J. Caron Print E-mail

John J. Caron

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;

John J. Caron, 90, of Lowell passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was married to A. Patricia (O’ Hare) Caron, who survives him, and with whom he celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past May.

Born in Lowell, MA on November 19, 1928, he was a son of the late Joseph and the late Mary (Shea) Caron and graduated from St. Patrick’s Boy School and Lowell High School.

A veteran of World War II, John proudly served his country in the US Navy.

John was employed by General Electric for over 40 years which later became Vulkor Corporation.

Among his many interests were horse racing, trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun as well as attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events.

John was a super-duper handyman and inventor that everyone went to when something needed to be fixed.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons, John J. Caron Jr. and D. Michael Caron both of Lowell; two daughters, Ann Marie Murphy and her husband Kevin and Patricia Myers and her husband Barry all of Lowell; and a sister, Ruth Upton of Palm Coast Florida and sister in-law Marie Sherman of Lowell.

He also leaves seven grandchildren, Joshua Lach of San Diego, CA, Joseph Lach of Lowell, Kevin T. Murphy and his wife Carolyn of Newton, MA, Matthew Myers of Grafton, MA, Bradley Myers, Erin Myers, and Sarah Myers of Lowell as well as several dear nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his three sisters and their spouses, Mary LaRiche, Alice and Eddie Zaniewski, and Claire and Joe Dowling, along with his in-laws Bob Upton and Roy and Anne Stewart.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning November 26, 2018 at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by Committal Prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery Chapel. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell. (978) 458-8768.


Anna G. Neofotistos Print E-mail


Anna G. Neofotistos

Beloved daughter, sister aunt and friend;

Anna G. Neofotistos passed away peacefully at home on Friday November 16, 2018.

Born on June 5, 1949 in Lowell, MA, a daughter of Georgia (Voulgaris) Neofotistos and the late George L. Neofotistos,  she attended Dracut schools and graduated from Dracut Senior High School in 1968 and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1975 and a Registered Nurse in 1977.

She began her nursing career at D’Youville Manor Nursing Home and then the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell where she found her niche working in the operating room. She retired from Lowell General Hospital in 2007.

Anna received numerous nursing awards for her outstanding patient care.  She was most proud of her CNOR award and took great pride in being a kind and compassionate nurse providing direct patient care and comfort to her patients and their family members.  If you were lucky enough to have her as a nurse, you still talk about how wonderful and caring she was.  It helped that she spoke fluent Greek. 

Upon her retirement, Anna spent most of her time caring for her mother Georgia and it was her goal that her mother would live in her own home for her entire life.  She still does.

 She enjoyed her morning Dunkin Donuts coffee, long car rides, fine dining, travelling, movies, books and reading the Boston Globe.

Besides her mother, Anna is survived by three sisters Angelina G. Ramos of Lowell, Darlene Al Basaleh and her husband Najem of Stanton, CA and Iris Malliaros and her husband George of Dracut; two brothers Peter G. Neofotistos and Arthur G. Neofotistos both of Lowell; two goddaughters Zoe Malliaros and Eva Larkin; and many nieces and nephews to whom she was overly generous on holidays and their birthdays.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service to be celebrated Saturday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX OF THE HOLY TRINITY at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Circle Home, Inc., 847 Rogers St., # 201, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.  




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