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Mark R. McHale Print E-mail

Mark R. McHale

Beloved brother and uncle,

Mark R. McHale, 69, a member of widely known Lowell family, died peacefully Monday morning at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.

Born in Danvers, Massachusetts, November 26, 1946, the son of the late Norbert P. and the late Sophia B. (Wilk) McHale, he received his education in the Lowell School system.

For many years, Mark worked as a store clerk at Albert H. Notini and Sons, Inc. until his retirement.

He was also a friend of Bill’s.

Mark is survived by his sister Norberta J. Reilly and her husband Thomas of Wayland, MA; his brother John W.  “Jay” McHale and his wife Jessica of Salem, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday morning followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 1:00 P.M. Committal Services will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury.  E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Patrick Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 

 
Kristine Elizabeth Miller Print E-mail

Kristine Elizabeth Miller, R.N.

 
Loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, 48
 
 Kristine Elizabeth (Talty) Miller, R.N., 48, of Ayer, died peacefully on Saturday, December 19th at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved companion of David Bonacci who survives her.
 Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 8, 1967, a daughter of Gerald F. and Deborah L (Ruggles) Talty of Jay, VT, she attended Hudson, NH schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in the Class of 1985. Eager to further her education and follow her dream, she then went on to graduate from Rivier College School of Nursing in Nashua as a Registered Nurse.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Kristine was employed as a Registered Nurse with Tufts New England Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
 Among her many activities, she enjoyed gardening, skiing and her occasional trips to Las Vegas. She loved her house and was known to be always decorating or doing some kind of home improvements. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. However, her true passion was her job as a Registered Nurse and she cherished caring for the babies and helping their families.
 In addition to her parents and companion, Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Kaylee R. Caruso of Ayer, MA and son Michael J. Miller of Milford, NH; a sister Kathleen M. Martino and her husband Rohn of Bedford, NH; a brother Gerald B. Talty, III and his wife Melissa of Hudson, NH; her paternal grandmother Catherine E. Talty of Bedford, NH; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs Angel and Chloe.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH, 25 Library St, Hudson, NH at 10 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, c/o Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack St, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 
Cynthia Plakas Print E-mail

Cynthia Plakas

 
Loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, 86
 
 Cynthia (Economopoulos) Plakas, 86, of Peabody, formerly of Lowell, died Monday, December 7th at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas J. Plakas who died December 9, 2005.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 22, 1929, a daughter of the late George and the late Catherine (Ladopoulos) Economopoulos, she attended the Hellenic American School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1947. Eager to further her education, she then went on to attend Katherine Dell Secretarial School in Boston.
 Before retiring, Cynthia was employed as a Sales Associate with Filene’s Basement in Boston for over 25 years. Previously, she assisted her husband at his famous Blue Diner Restaurant in Boston which he opened after WW II and ran for over 34 years.
 Among her many activities, she enjoyed reading, knitting, singing and attending Social Groups at her Brooksby Village Community.
 Cynthia is survived by two daughters Diane Kalbarczyk and her husband Kris of Pleasanton, CA and Karen Guzelian and her husband Charles of Indian Land, SC; four granddaughters Emily, Melissa and Amanda Kalbarczyk all of Pleasanton, CA and Krista Abler and her husband Ryan of League City, TX; a grandson Michael Guzelian of Louisville, KY; a sister Christine Demetriou and her husband Chris of Lowell, MA and Marco Island, FL; and her nephews and nieces Dr. Steven Demetriou, Dr. Gary Demetriou, Christopher Andros, Cathy Economopoulos and Elizabeth Economopoulos.
 She was also sister of the late Martha Andros and the late Louis Economopoulos.
 Relatives and friends may call for visitation at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in LOWELL from 9 to 10 A.M. on Monday. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated immediately following visitation 10 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. 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 Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
 
Effie G. Vassilakos Print E-mail

Effie G. Vassilakos

 
Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;
 
 Effie G. (Koukias) Vassilakos, 86, of Lowell, died peacefully Tuesday November 24, 2015, at the Atrium in Chelmsford after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife for over 50 years of the late Gregory H. Vassilakos who died June 1, 2006.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Stefanos and the late Gladys (Hulslander) Koukias, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
 Effie was a longtime member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
 Prior to her retirement, Effie was the Manager of laundry services at Lowell General Hospital for many years.
 Effie enjoyed baking, gardening, spending time walking outdoors in her free time but was most happy when she was with her children and grandchildren.
 She is survived by two daughters Mary Ann Olivera and her husband Anthony of Twentynine Palms, CA and Valerie Arsenault of Lowell; two sons Harry S. Vassilakos and his wife Kathleen of Lowell and Stephen G. Vassilakos of Paris, France; a granddaughter Alexandra G. Vassilakos of Lowell; a grandson Gregory L. Arsenault of  Lowell;  two sisters Helen Koumpouras of Lowell and Carol Wilkins of Dunstable; a brother John Koukias of Lowell; a sister-in-law Terry Koukias of Bradford; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and John Lelos of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 Effie was the sister of the late Mary Vasilopoulos and the late Evanthea DeMoulas, the late Alexander Koukias and the late Charles Koukias.
 Private Funeral Services were held for the family. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund MA, 34 Washington St., # 300, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or www.curealz.org. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 OR 866) 458-8768.
 
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