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George Abodeely Print E-mail

George Abodeely

 
Dedicated educator, church leader, and proud family man;
 
 George Abodeely, 85, of Windham, NH but formerly of Andover and a well known educator in the Tewksbury School system, died Thursday evening at the Grace House in Windham surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Constance A. “Connie” (Coury) Abodeely, with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 14, 2014.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23, 1930, the son of the late Michael and the late Nahie (Missad) Abodeely, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a Degree in Education and received his Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. Later, he received Certification from Boston University’s Guidance and Counseling Institute.
 Prior to his retirement, George served as Assistant Principal at the Tewksbury Middle School where he taught for over 24 years. Previously, he served as Guidance Counselor for the Tewksbury School system several years and before that as a teacher at the Foster School in Tewksbury.  George loved interacting with people on a personal basis which explains his having worked two nights a week as a waiter in 6 decades at Bishop’s Restaurant in Lawrence, MA where accumulated quite a following of devoted customers.
 A 32nd Degree Mason with the William Sewall Gardner Lodge, George was also a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
 A man of great faith, he was an dedicated member and a past president of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. In addition, he served as a chanter for the church and his community for over 40 years.
 George loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid gardener and spent most of his free time nurturing his vegetable garden, fruit trees and the yard that he treasured.
 Besides his loving wife, George is survived by two daughters Cynthia G. Desmond and her husband John of Andover and Sandra “Sam” L. Cormier and her husband Scott of Windham, NH; two sons Michael G. Abodeely and his wife Lori of Windham, NH and Stephen R. Abodeely and his wife Robin of Nashua, NH.; six grandchildren John Desmond, Jeff Desmond, Melinda Abodeely, Stephen Abodeely, Chelsea Cormier and Brooke Cormier; five great grandchildren Jack, Alex, Owen, Conor and Evelyn; his brother Richard Abodeely of San Diego, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by his brother Ned and sisters Miriam Abodeely and Jeannette Lesson.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will take place Tuesday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   
 
John A. Mileon Print E-mail

John A. Mileon

 John A. Mileon, 98, of Lowell, died Wednesday, July 29th at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Athena (Lelos) Mileon who died May 31, 2013.
 Born in Andros, Greece, March 25, 1917, a son of the late George and the late Katina (Andrellos) Mileon, he received his education in New York City schools.
 A veteran of World War II, John proudly served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army, 3rd Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was involved in the Northern France Campaign (Invasion of Normandy), Central Europe Campaign, Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge) and the Rhineland Campaign. He was also recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, 4 Bronze Service Stars and the Purple Heart.
 Before retiring, John was employed as a Store Manager at the former A & P Supermarkets throughout New England for over 30 years.
 Among his many activities, John enjoyed cooking, fishing and general carpentry. He was also an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots. However, above all else, he loved the quality time he spent with his two beautiful granddaughters.
 John is survived by two daughters Melanie K. Shorrock and her husband Steven of Lowell and Nancy A. O’Connell and her husband Michael of Framingham, MA; a son George J. Mileon and his wife Maryellen of Duxbury, MA; two granddaughters Meghan O’Connell of San Francisco, CA and Caitlin O’Connell of New York City, NY; a grandson Christopher Jeffcote and his wife Kaitlin of Duxbury, MA; his goddaughter Angela Scesny and her husband Michael of Troy, NY; a sister Virginia Feiden of Troy, NY; a brother Edward Mileon of Troy, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Alexandra Matheos and the late Mary Dogias.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will follow at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH of the HOLY TRINITY at 11 o'clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
Siham Khadij Print E-mail

Siham Khadij

 
 Siham (ElKareh) Khadij, 84, of Lowell, died Wednesday, July 29th at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Mansour Khadij who died in 1974.
 Born in Beirut, Lebanon, October 15, 1930, a daughter of the late Michael and the late Victoria (Majdalany) ElKareh, she received her education in Beirut schools. She relocated to the United States in 1979.
 Siham was a lifetime member and very active with St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell where she also served as a choir member.
 Among her many activities, Siham enjoyed cooking, playing cards, solving puzzles and watching soap operas and game shows on television. She was also an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots.
 But above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Siham is survived by two sons Elie Khadij and his wife Kathy of Tampa, FL and Milad Khadij and his wife Vanessa of Florida; two daughters Saide Toubia and her husband Nicolas of Lowell and Eliane Costa and her husband John of Tarpon Spring, FL; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers Sami ElKareh and Riad ElKareh both of Lebanon; a sister Therese Bijani of Lebanon; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late William ElKareh and the late Joseph ElKareh.
 Friends may call at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 44 Bowers St. in Lowell from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Her Funeral Service will take place at the church on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Committal Services will be held privately in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
Mary K. Fitzgerald Print E-mail
 

Mary K. Fitzgerald

 
 Mary K. (Keefe) Fitzgerald, 77, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on July 26th at the Atrium in North Chelmsford with her loving family by her side.
 She was the beloved wife of the late William Fitzgerald.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 31, 1937, the daughter of the late John J. and the late Margaret (Mahoney) F. Keefe, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell  High School in the Class of 1955. 
  Mary was employed for over 40 years at the Middlesex County Bank and later retired from Bay Bank in Lowell. 
 An active member of St. Margaret Church, she was a participating member of the parish Blessed Virgin Sodality.
 She was a very active lady, being an ardent member of the Red Hat Society, volunteering at both the Lowell General Hospital and former St. John’s Hospital gift shops for many years.
 She loved to knit, especially at the Lowell Senior Center.  She was an artist of Japanese Bunka and did lovely ceramic pieces. 
 Mary is survived by her sister, Carol Staunton of Nashua, N.H., her nieces, Kara Staunton-Shron and her husband Jason Shron and her children, Sophie, Matthew and Jacob of Great Barrington, MA, Erin Horne and her husband James Horne and her twin sons, RJ and Johnny, of Milton, MA. 
 She is also survived by her step-children, William Fitzgerald, Helen Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald and Anne Fitzgerald, and her dear friends Mary Abraham, Kathy Quinn, Sheila Hardy, and Maureen Cohen. 
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
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