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Filitsa V. Chigas Print E-mail

Filitsa V. Chigas


Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt;


Filitsa V. (Papathanasiou) Chigas, 82, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

 She was the beloved wife of the late Vess Chigas, who died in 1989.

 Born on May 24, 1933 in Argos Orestikon, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Michael and the late Sevasti (Tsolaki) Papathanasiou.

 Moving to Thessaloniki, Greece as a teen to escape the fighting of the Greek civil war, she graduated at the top of her class from both the 1st Gymnasion of Thessaloniki and Paedagogiki Academia of Thessaloniki. Following her university studies, she taught at the prestigious “Scoli Schina,” the first private school established in Thessaloniki during the Turkish occupation.

 In 1958, she was introduced to Vess while he was vacationing in Greece. They married in 1960, ultimately settling in Chelmsford.

 Filitsa devoted her life to her family, friends and community, serving on the board of the Lowell General Auxiliary, as a Corporator of Lowell General Hospital, and on the Board of Directors of the House of Hope Homeless Shelter in Lowell.

 Her many interests included travelling, classical music, gardening and other creative activities. She was passionate about issues of children’s welfare.

 Filitsa is survived by her children, Diana Chigas and her husband George Antoniadis of Belmont, MA and Daphne Bogert and her husband Jonathan of Wallingford, PA, two grandchildren Anna G. Antoniadis and Charles V. Bogert, her brother, Dr. Andreas Papathanasiou and his wife Niki of Thessaloniki, Greece, brother-in-law Dr. William Chigas and his wife Margaret of Wells, ME, and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Friday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell at 10 o’clock. The burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the House of Hope, 812  Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL – (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Gary J. Vadnais Print E-mail

Gary J. Vadnais

 Gary J. Vadnais, 62, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 15th at his home. He was the beloved fiancé of Melissa A. Jenkins who survives him.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 24, 1953, a son of the late Albert R. and the late Eva (Lessieur) Vadnais, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
 Gary was currently employed as a maintenance handyman in property management with Lundgren Management Group.
 Among his many activities, Gary enjoyed going to Hampton Beach, classic cars cookouts and loved making people laugh. He was also an avid sports fan especially of the Red Sox, Patriots and WWE. Above all else, he loved the quality time spent with his grandchildren.
 In addition to his fiancé, Gary is survived by two daughters Amy Diaz and her husband Omar of Lowell and Beth Vadnais of Beverly, MA; three grandchildren Arielle Vadnais, Kendra Vadnais and Yandel Diaz; a sister Carol Trudel of Lawrence MA; a sister-in-law Nancy Vadnais of Tewksbury, MA; his former wife Karen Vadnais; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Bruce Lessier and the late Garvin Vadnais.
 Relatives and friends may call for a Memorial Visitation at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at FLETCHER in Lowell from 2 to 4 P.M. on Saturday. All other services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at wishing may make contributions in his memory to Epilepsy Foundation New England, 335 Main Street, Unit 8, Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).
Helen M. Beaudry Print E-mail

Helen M. Beaudry

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 93
 Helen M. (Piccirillo) Beaudry, 93, of Dracut, died Saturday evening, May 14th at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Beaudry who died August 1, 1966.
 Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, March 13, 1923, a daughter of the late Nicola and the late Michelina (Cardillo) Piccirillo, she attended Lawrence schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School.
 Before retiring, Helen was employed as a Fancy Coverer at the former Universal Heel Company in Lowell. Previously, she worked at the Wood Mill in Lawrence.
 Active with her church, she was a longtime parishioner of St. Francis Church in the Kenwood section of Dracut.
 Among her many interests, Helen loved playing Keno and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking and cooking. She passed her recipes on to her grandchildren including her “world famous” chicken soup and red sauce. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Helen is survived by a daughter Valerie Bradley and her husband Doyle of Litchfield, NH; a son Arthur J. Beaudry and his wife Geralynne of Manchester, NH; three grandchildren Brian Beaudry and his wife Laura of Coventry, RI, Aaron Beaudry and his wife Gina of Auburn, NH and Catherine Kath and her husband Tyler of Denver, CO; three great-grandchildren Alexi, Avery and Ashton Beaudry; a sister Louise Salvetti and her husband Peter of Revere, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Mary Beaudry and sister of the late Mary Rickley, Anna DeCola, Benedict Piccirillo and Dominic Piccirillo.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.     
Robert V. "Bob" Totton Print E-mail


Robert V. “Bob” Totton
 Robert V. “Bob” Totton, 64, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 12th at his home. He was the husband of Elaine H. (Hagan) Totton who survives him.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 26, 1951, a son of the late Vernon and the late Rita M. (Evans) Totton, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
 Before retiring, Bob was employed as a painter with Tewksbury State Hospital for over 30 years.
 Among his many interests, Bob enjoyed playing the lottery and loved reading. He was also an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots.
 In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two sisters Gail Byam and her husband Steven of Dracut, and Nancy Desmond and her husband Wayne of Lowell; three brothers Thomas F. “Tucker” Totton of Lowell, Vernon S. “Red” Totton, Jr. and his wife Sue of Dracut and David E. Totton and his wife Mary of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Stephen P. Totton and the late William J. Totton.
 There were no calling hours and all services were held privately. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.     

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