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Gilbert E. Sousa Print E-mail



Gilbert E. Sousa

Beloved husband, brother,  in law and friend;

Gilbert E. Sousa, 86, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully at the Academy Manor in Andover on Sunday July 8, 2018.

He was the loving husband of Kathy S. (Corcoran) Sousa, who survives him and with whom he recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 12, 1931, a son of the late Annibal and the late Mary (Brito Seixas) Sousa, he attended St. Patrick Grammar School and Keith Academy.

A member of the U.S Coast Guard, Gil proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.

Prior to his retirement, Gil worked as a Correctional Officer at the former Lawrence jail for many years.

He was a longtime member of the Lawrence and Lowell Lodge of Elks.

Besides his wife Kathy, Gil is survived by his sister Bernadette Daigle of NH; the Corcoran family in laws; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also the brother of the late Eugene Sousa and the late Theresa Sousa.

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday. Committal Services will be Private at the convenience of the family. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 42250. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Jane T. Duprey Print E-mail

Jane T. (Bousquet) Duprey

Loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend

Jane T. (Bousquet) Duprey, 69, of Hampton, New Hampshire, died Friday, June 29th at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston.

Born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, September 23, 1948, a daughter of the late Earl P. and the late Josephine L. (Koziol) Bousquet, she attended Southbridge schools and was a graduate of Southbridge High School.

Known to be a free spirit, Jane enjoyed reading, drawing, and painting and loved the ocean, riding in the car with the top down, dining out and shopping for others.

Jane is survived by a son Chad E. Duprey of Hampton, NH; three grandchildren Bryce A., Brandon K., and Hailey R. Duprey; a sister Mary Keopenick of Eliot, ME; a daughter-in-law Jennifer Cronin and her husband Jim of Bedford, NH; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and best friends Nicole, Betty, Kelly, Kim, Melissa, Linda and Lee.

She was also predeceased by her partner and best friend Robert Richard who died March 7, 2018.

Jane’s family would like to thank the Harmony Homes Assisted Living staff including Aurora, Tricia, Faith, Alex, Zach, Laura and several others for their care, compassion and concern during her stay there.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Wednesday morning at ST. ELIZABETH SETON CATHOLIC CHURCH, 190 Meetinghouse Rd in Bedford, NH at 11 o’clock. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing, may make contributions in her memory to Tufts New England Medical Center Fund, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Howard Nelson Sager Jr. Print E-mail

Howard Nelson Sager Jr.

Lowell – Howard “Howie” Nelson Sager Jr. of Lowell, born December 2, 1940, passed away on July 3, 2018, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones, due to complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease. He was the beloved husband of Carol Ann (Crowe) Sager of Lowell.

Raised in South Lowell, Howie was the eldest son of the late Howard Nelson Sager and Evelyn (Beauregard) Sager, owners of Sager’s Dairy of Lowell. Howie was a Boy Officer at Lowell High School and after graduating with the class of 1958, went on to proudly serve his country in the Marine Corp Reserve. Howie married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann, lived in Belvidere and was President of Century 21 Sager Real Estate.

A true and lifetime lover of his hometown community, he was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Boys and Girls Club, the Lowell DeMolay and the Lowell Rotary Club, serving as President. Howie enjoyed playing tennis for years at Trull Brook with his good friends on Friday nights and loved playing golf, as a member of Vesper Country Club. He also loved his weekends with dear friends in Quechee, VT.

Howie and Carol moved to Scottsdale Arizona where they lived and loved more great friends and golf courses! They moved back to MA where they were active, doting grandparents, and he worked managing the Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate office in Belmont until his retirement in 2016.

In addition to his wife, Carol Ann, of 54 years, Howie is survived by his beloved daughters, Beth Sager and son-in-law John Bruce, Suzanne Sager and Martha Sager; and his 4 grandchildren Benjamin, Catherine, Cameron and Emerson Bruce – all of whom have been the wonderful beneficiaries of his most supreme love and pride.  The eldest of his siblings, Howie is survived by his sisters and brothers – Sally Ann (Sager) Hall and brother-in-law James Hall, Arlene Sager, late brother James “Jimmy” Sager, Edmund Sager, Tom Sager and sister-in-law Debbie (Berube) Sager.

Having as close a relationship as two families can have, Howie was one with the Crowe family nearly all of his life and is survived by his sister-in-law Deborah (Crowe) McDonnell and late brother-in-law Gerald McDonnell, brother-in-law Robert Crowe and Christine (Samuelson) Crowe, brother-in-law Ronald Crowe and Robin (Ryder) Crowe, and sister-in-law Maryjane (Crowe) Barros and Joseph Barros. He was a treasured cousin and cherished uncle.

Howie’s favorite song was “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover” which he would break into at full voice.  He would lead every booming “Hip Hip Hooray” when any occasion called for it.  There wasn’t an ice cream stand he didn’t know of.  He never missed a wedding dance to “Through the Years” with his forever darling, Carol Ann. He was always in attendance to support and enjoy his kids and grandkids at recitals, sporting events or general life celebrations.  He was an avid Boston-sports fan and adored cowboy movies.  He stepped up to every challenge life delivered his family or friends with nothing short of heroism; always humble and actively supportive.  His greatest happiness was simply and entirely the happiness of those he loved – especially his four girls.

In lieu of traditional services, the family will host a Celebration of Life in Howie’s honor at Howie and Carol Ann’s home - 23 Fox Hill Lane in Dracut, MA.  ALL are welcome! Come for 5 minutes or 5 hours (casual attire).  The celebration will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 2pm-7pm with memories being shared from 4:30p – 5:30p.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to Howie’s Neurologist, Dr. Priya Shastri, who provided ever attentive and generous care. Donations in Howie’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


Claire M. Patronick Print E-mail

Claire M. (Zipps) Patronick

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother sister and aunt

 Claire M. (Zipps) Patronick, 89, of Lowell, died Thursday, June 28th at D’Youville Senior Care with her loving family by her side.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 31, 1928, a daughter of the late John and the late Hannah (Neeson) Zipps, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1946.
 Before retiring, Claire was employed by the City of Lowell as a custodian and matron at City Hall. She was also a volunteer for Community Teamwork Inc. at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.
 Among her many activities, she was a member of S.A.G.E. (Salvation Army Golden Era), the Lowell Senior Center, Centralville Senior Center and Dracut Senior Center. She loved dancing and golf and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots.
 Claire is survived by two daughters Joanna LeRiche and her husband Gary of Dracut, MA and Maura Linscott of Lowell, MA; one son John Patronick and his wife Kimberly of Pepperell, MA; twelve grandchildren among them her very special granddaughter Kimberly Gray and her husband Dean and their children; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister Eleanor McCann of Pelham, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Stephen Patronick and sister of the late Kathleen Zipps, Mildred Sullivan, Shirley Gilbert, John Walter Zipps, Francis Zipps Theresa Riley and Thomas Gerald Zipps.
 Family and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

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