Rodger F. Martin, Jr.
Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend Rodger F. Martin, Jr., 67, of Southbury, Connecticut, died Wednesday, April 6, at Danbury Hospital surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, May 17, 1948, son of Rodger F. Martin, Sr. a lifelong Lowell, MA resident, currently living in Chelmsford, MA, and the late Katherine M. (Bailey) Martin. He was the beloved husband of Linda Richards Martin. In addition to his wife and father, Rodger will remain loved by a daughter, Carolyn Hissong and her husband, Adam, of Cary, IL; a son, Joseph Martin and his wife, Christine, of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, who will always miss their special Bumpa, Evan, Nicholas and Jack Hissong and Mary Katherine Martin. Rodger will also be missed by his two sisters, Kathleen Whittaker and her husband, Forrest, of Lake Forest, IL and Elizabeth McNamara and her husband, Kerry, of Osterville, MA; two brothers, Brian J. Martin and his wife, Elise, of Lowell, MA and David P. Martin and his wife, Melissa, of York, ME. He was also a very special and caring brother to the late James S. Martin and late Peter F. Martin. Rodger leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Jean O’Neil and her husband, James, of Chadds Ford, PA and Paula Bucchio of Lowell, MA; a brother-in-law, Peter Richards and his wife, Donna, of Lowell, MA; and many nieces and nephews who will always remember camping trips and Christmas shows.
Rodger attended St. Margaret Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1966. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastic Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute and a Master of Management Science from the University of Lowell (now known as UMass Lowell). While attending high school, Rodger was active in track & field specializing in pole vaulting and was the school’s first athlete to actually pole vault 11 feet. He also played baseball in college. After college Rodger served in Malaysia for the Peace Corps. Rodger was employed for over 30 years as Vice President of Sales for North America with Branson Ultrasonics Corporation, Danbury. The entire Branson Family and especially his long-time associate, Kathy Martin, will miss his wonderful sense of humor and enthusiasm.
Rodger was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball team and enjoyed following the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. Passionate about golf, he was a member of the Heritage Village Country Club in Southbury, CT. He was also a founder of the Lowell Fish & Chip event along with Bob Boehm and Dave Burns.
Memorial gifts in Rodger’s name may be made to either Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or by emailing www.jimmyfund.org/gift. or to the Southbury Ambulance Association, 68 Georges Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488 or by emailing www.southburyambulance.org/donations.htm.
Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell, MA from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o'clock. Burial will follow at the Lowell Cemetery. His family will receive friends at their residence in Southbury on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).
Ann S. Glasheen
Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend
Ann S. (Smith) Glasheen, 86, of Nashua, formerly of Lowell, died Wednesday, April 6th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter M. Glasheen, Jr. who died May 7, 2010.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 21, 1930, the daughter of the late Philip and the late Anna (Gillick) Smith, she attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar School and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in the Class of 1947.
Before retiring, Ann was employed as a clerk with the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Lowell for over 20 years. Previously, she worked at Sears in the credit department as an auditor. She also worked for the Massachusetts Electric Company.
Among her many interests, Ann enjoyed camping, knitting, jigsaw puzzles and known for her beautiful voice, enjoyed singing in local choirs. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. She also particularly enjoyed her many activities with her lifelong and fondest of friends known as “CLUB”.
Above all else though, she loved the quality time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Ann is survived by three daughters Mary Barry and her husband Michael of Tyngsboro, MA, Monica Grant and her companion Francis Miethe of Nashua, NH and Sarah “Sally” Marshall of Nashua, NH; two sons Michael P. Glasheen and his wife Kathleen of Lowell, MA and Patrick S. Glasheen of Pepperell, MA; ten grandchildren John, Ryan and Monica Barry, Kaitlyn Grant and her husband Patrick Ragan, Molly Grant, Joshua Glasheen and his wife Melissa, Brendan and Sean Glasheen and Colin and Alec Marshall; a great-grandaughter Juliet Glasheen; a sister Mary Currie of Chelmsford, MA; a sister-in-law Carol Smith of Hollis, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also sister of the late Patrick, Thomas, James, Joseph, Philip, William, John, Brendan and Kevin Smith and mother-in-law of the late Marc Marshall.
Ann’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of D’Youville Senior Care for the exceptional comfort and care that they provided to their mother over the last couple of months.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. on Saturday. Her Funeral Mass will immediately follow at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 12:30 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Michael F. Szuksta
World War II U.S. Army veteran, 97
Michael F. Szuksta, 97, formerly of the Belvedere section of Lowell, died Monday, April 4th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred F. (Boston) (McCormack) Szuksta and the late Blanche (Label) Szuksta.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 2, 1919, a son of the late Michael C. and the late Felicia (Kanuvice) Szuksta, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
A veteran of World War II, Mike proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 101st Infantry and attained the rank of Sergeant.
Before retiring, Mike was the owner and operator of Merrimack Window Cleaning of Lowell and was also employed as a custodian at Lowell Cooperative Bank for over 50 years.
Among his many activities, he was an avid fisherman and especially loved playing cribbage. He was a member of the American Legion Post 437 in Nabnassett, the Polish American Veteran’s Club in Lowell and the Disabled American Veterans.
Mike is survived by two step-daughters Kate McCormack of Long beach, CA and Ann Walker and her husband Clint of Huntington Beach, CA; a step-son Roy M. McCormack and his wife Michele of Oregon; his nephews Walter F. Szuksta and his wife Lisa and Raymond J. Scanlon and his wife Gail all of Dracut, MA, Robert Malavich and his wife Ann Marie and Thomas Malavich all of Lowell, MA and Richard Malavich and his wife Donna of Nashua, NH; a brother-in-law Clifford C. Boston and his wife Jeannine of Lowell, MA; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was also brother of the late Sophie Malavich, Walter F. Szuksta and Helen Scanlon and uncle of the late William Malavich, Jr.
In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Friday afternoon at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 1 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial in Holy Trinity Polish Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Ruth M. O’Donnell
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, 78
Ruth M. (Zabelski) O’Donnell, 78, of Lowell, died Thursday, March 31st at Tufts New England Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Raymond J. O’Donnell who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on September 20, 2015.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, August 22, 1937, a daughter of the late Francis and the late Helen (Padoski) Zabelski, she attended Boston schools and was a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.
Before retiring, Ruth was employed as Parish Secretary at St. Margaret Church in Lowell with Monsignor Jakul.
Among her many interests, Ruth especially enjoyed cooking, dancing and spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by her four children Michael J. O’Donnell of Lowell, Patricia A. O’Donnell of Concord, MA, Kenneth P. O’Donnell and his wife Katie of Haverhill, MA and Nancy O’Donnell-Ducharme and her husband Toby of Tyngsboro, MA; six grandchildren Joshua, Tyler and Olivia Ducharme and Camden, Colby and Kylie O’Donnell; her twin sister Rita McCarthy of Cambridge, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also mother of her late infant son Raymond O’Donnell and sister of the late Frances Butcher.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o’clock. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church Parish Renewal and Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.