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Lucille B. Gilcreast Print E-mail

Lucille B. Gilcreast

Beloved sister, aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend;

Lucille (Beaulieu) Gilcreast passed away on March 1, 2019 at D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell MA. She was the widow of William J. Gilcreast Jr., sharing 49 years of marriage until his death in 1996.

Lucille, the second oldest of six children was born on May 20, 1918 to Leo H. and Robea (Ducharme) Beaulieu of Lowell, MA. She graduated from St. Louis de France elementary school and Lowell High School. Lucille obtained a BS in Modern Languages from Boston University in 1940, and a Master of Library Science in 1964 from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, CA.

Mrs. Gilcreast lived in Nashua NH after having lived in Washington DC, Oregon, California and Illinois. Her husband’s business and military moves shaped her varied careers. She taught French and Spanish at both the elementary and secondary levels. During WWII and the Korean War, she worked as an analyst/translator for the FBI and the ASA in Washington DC and Fort Devens, MA. She also worked as an entomologist for Miriam Webster’s International Dictionary.  As a volunteer, she helped establish and re-organize several private school and parish libraries.

Lucille held membership in the BU Alumni Association, and the American Association of University Women, Nashua Senior Center and Middlesex Women’s Club of Lowell. She had many interests, especially a love of music having studied classical piano for many years.  Lucille was very fond of opera and piano concerts.  She also enjoyed many different word games and crosswords.

Lucille loved to travel with her husband throughout Europe, Canada and the Caribbean Islands.  A lover of animals, she enjoyed the company of cats and dogs, and with her husband playing golf and horseback riding.  She was also loyal to the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Mrs. Gilcreast was pre-deceased by siblings and their spouses, Col. John Julien Beaulieu and wife Grayce, Cms. Paul Andre Beaulieu and wife Sachiko, Gabrielle Healy and husband Robert, Doris Spencer and husband Burdell a sister-in-law Jeannette (Landry) Beaulieu; and a god-son Alex B. Haas; and her in laws James E. and Mary F. Gilcreast and John J. and Eleanor (Gilcreast) Stafford.  

Survivors include a brother, Cdr. Maurice E. Beaulieu of VA, two God-daughters, Bonnie B. Haas of Brewster, MA and Mariann (Duggan) Lonewan of Chelmsford, MA, a God-son Daryl B. McGill, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews of the Beaulieu, Stafford and Gilcreast families. Lucille also leaves a special friend, Gloria Sprague of Nashua, NH.

Lucille would like to thank those who assisted in her care at D’Youville Senior Care, the former Chelmsford Crossings as well as Circle Home Hospice. She was also grateful to her primary caregiver of many years, her husband’s nephew, Brian J. Stafford who fondly shared “Of course, she wrote her own obituary.”

At her request, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Friday April 26, 2019 at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND PARISH in Lowell, MA at 10 A.M. followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA. E-condolences/directions at Memorial contributions may be made to Boston Catholic TV, PO Box 9196 Watertown, MA 02471, or your favorite library. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768. 


Harry S. Vassilakos Print E-mail

Harry S. Vassilakos    

Loving husband, father, brother and friend;

Harry S. Vassilakos, 63, of Lexington, but for many years a resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully Saturday April 13, 2019 at Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with his family by his side after a long battle with Chronic Lyme Disease .

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. (Dunleavy) Vassilakos with whom he recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 2, 1955, a son of the late Gregory H. and the late Effie (Koukias) Vassilakos, Harry attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1973.

He continued his studies at U/Mass Lowell where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and went on to Babson College where he attained his Masters in Business Administration in 1979.

Harry stayed active in helping others through his mentoring of graduate students at U/Mass Lowell business school as a member of their Advisory Board. He was also a former member of the Parent Board at Lawrence Academy. 

An accomplished golfer, Harry was a member of both the Lowell High and U/Mass Lowell golf teams. Harry followed his passion for golf throughout his life as a former committee member for the U/Mass Lowell golf tournament and enjoyed playing and winning several charity golf tournaments over the years including his beloved Pawtucketville Open.    

Prior to his retirement, he was the Director of Sales and Development at Atlantic Gelatin/Kraft Foods where he worked for over 35 years.

Through his position with Philip Morris and later Kraft Foods, Harry helped in funding for the Arts in New England including the Wang Theatre, Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, the House of Hope, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, UTEC and helped spearhead the National Youth Sports Program at U/Mass Lowell.  

Among his many interests, Harry had a real passion for music and attended several concerts over the years with his wife, family and friends.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Alexandra G. Vassilakos of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters Mary Ann Olivera and her husband Anthony of Twenty Nine Palms , CA and Valerie Arsenault of Andover; a brother Stephen G. Vassilakos of Paris, France; two sister-in-laws Eileen Sharples Dunleavy of New Bedford, MA and Joan Gatzimas of Westford; a brother-in-law James Dunleavy of Capitan, NM; several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At the request of the family all funeral services were private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978) 458-8768.  


Joseph Khalil El Karah Print E-mail

Joseph Khalil El Karah

Patriarch of the El Kareh Family

Joseph K. El Kareh, devoted husband of Mary, loving father, and grandfather passed away on April 19, 2019 surrounded by family. To those who knew Joseph, his passing on Good Friday at 3:00 PM Jerusalem time serves as a final testament of his devotion to his faith and his love of God. Born in Beirut, Lebanon to Khalil and Adele El Kareh, he was one of seven siblings.

Joseph met and married the love of his life Mary B. Maroon (deceased March 13, 2009), on December 14, 1949. This year they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Joseph immigrated to the United States, settling in Lowell, Massachusetts. There he became the most successful immigrant to establish himself and remain in Lowell, an achievement recognized in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell as “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IMMIGRANT THAT HAS NOT LEFT THE CITY OF LOWELL.” With his wife, Joseph built the highly successful Vogue Beauty Salon enterprise, with patrons including Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, and Judy Garland. Joseph mirrored his accomplishments in the beauty industry with a real estate empire. A joyous, compassionate, and charitable man, Joseph lived to use his success to help others. Along with his cousin Danny Thomas, Joseph became a founding member of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His advice to others in living a long and successful life? “Be yourself, work hard, and keep smiling every day.” His legacy continues through his four daughters, Mary Jo El Kareh, J.D. (George Noor, M.S.), Adele El Kareh, M.D., Ph.D. (Elias K. Hashim, D.D.S.),  The Honorable Joanne El Kareh (Cornelius Verhoest Jr, M.D.) and Colette El Kareh, J.D. (Andreas Sowa), along with grandchildren, Andrew Hashim, Esq., Lana Hashim (D.D.S. candidate), Joseph Noor, MS (Ph.D. candidate), Michael Noor, (B.A. candidate), Cornelius Remington Verhoest, Mary Verhoest, Jonathan Sowa, B.A. and Amadeus Sowa, B.A.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday April 25, 2019. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal Services to be held at ST. ANTHONY MARONITE CEMETERY, N. Lowell Street (Rte. 113),Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts, 01844, Friday, April 26th at 12:00 Noon. (Please Meet at the Cemetery). E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.   



Denis W. King, MD Print E-mail

Denis W. King, MD

Well known retired surgeon; 

Denis W. King, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully April 19, 2019 at the age of 85, surrounded by family after a long illness. 

Born November 18, 1933 in Lowell MA, a son of the late Dr. Leo F. and the late Alberta (Wholley) King, he was educated in the Lowell school system, graduated from Bowdoin College and Boston University Medical School.

After graduation, Dr. King joined his father, Leo F. King, MD, in private practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Denis was the family physician and surgeon to generations of families.  He was associated with St. John’s Hospital and later the Saints Memorial Hospital. His private practice was interrupted by service in the Army during the Vietnam War, earning an honorable discharge as Lieutenant Colonel.  A gifted surgeon, he will always be fondly remembered in the medical community for his quick wit, compassion, empathy and a legacy of mentorship of medical students and young physicians. 

A member of Vesper Country Club, he had a love–hate relationship with the game of golf; he was passionate about the Boston Red Sox, but his true devotion was to his family. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Ann Marie (Kelly) King; his children: Ellen King McLaughlin (Robert) of Vienna, VA; Kathleen King Anderson (Mark) of Westborough, MA; Amy King DeMilt (William) of Bernardsville, NJ; and Michael W. King (Pam) of Portland, ME; sister-in-law Phyllis (Crotty) King; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Leo F. King and Peter J. King.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to  the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001; 866-232-8484; Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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