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William P. Michaud, Jr. Print E-mail

William P. Michaud, Jr


William P. Michaud, Jr, 83, of Wareham, Massachusetts passed away on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at Wingate of Belvidere in Lowell, MA. 

Born in Fall River, MA, July 4, 1936, to the late William P. and Blanche D. (Surette) Michaud, he attended St. Anne Elementary School and graduated from Prevost Catholic High School in Fall River.

A proud veteran of the Korean Conflict, he honorably served his country in the United States Navy with Patrol Squadron 8.

After the war, William went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA and received his Master’s Degree in History from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA.

An educator for most of his life, Bill worked as a social studies teacher with the Fall River, MA public school system, as a Guidance Counselor in Blackstone, MA and a School Psychologist in the Chatham, MA school district. 

William is survived by his four children Michael Michaud of Placentia, CA, Marc Michaud of Bedford, NH, Monique Bachman of Windham, NH and Martin Michaud of Pocasset, MA and seven grandchildren.

Private Burial Services were held for the family at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

Louise A. Sweeney Print E-mail

Louise A. Sweeney

Retired office clerk John J. Honan Insurance;

Louise A. (Powell) (Armstrong) Sweeney, 84, of Lowell, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.
She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Sweeney who died December 23, 1993.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1934, a daughter of the late William V. and the late Rose (Meuller) Powell, she was a graduate of Little Flower Girls High School in Pennsylvania.
Prior to her retirement, Louise was an Office Clerk at John J. Honan Insurance for many years.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick Church in Lowell.
Louise is survived by her daughter Marilyn Wood and her husband James of Philadelphia; two sons Gerald Armstrong and his wife Diane of Chesapeake, MD and Norman Armstrong and his wife Eileen of Pennsauken, NJ; and nine grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday morning followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. PATRICK CHURCH IN Lowell at 11 o’clock. Her burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions to Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Willow Manor Activities Fund, 30 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

William E. "Bill" Lekas Print E-mail

William E Lekas

beloved husband, brother, uncle, great uncle, great-great uncle and friend;  

William E. “Bill” Lekas, 68, of Tyngsborough, passed away unexpectantly on Monday September 23, 2019 at Lowell General Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Elaine M Lekas (Haskell), with whom he had celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary on August 27th. They were truly best friends, and partners in every aspect of life.

Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, to the late Evangelos “Teddy” and the late Emelia (Rapeiko) Lekas, he was raised in the Acre section of Lowell, something that he took great pride in throughout his life and attended the Greek School, the Bartlett Junior High School, and Lowell High School, from where he graduated in 1969.

Bill went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Lowell State, his teaching certificate from St. Anselm’s College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University.

He taught for over 30 years at Dracut High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School, before retiring in 2010. In his years of teaching he also coached various sports, including basketball and baseball. He cared greatly for every student that entered his classroom and gave every student an equal chance.

In his retirement, he continued his passion for teaching, as an adjunct professor at both UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College. He served on the board of trustees at the Tyngsboro Public Library for 19 years, where he made many good friends. 

A lifelong learner, as well as a lifelong teacher, he was an Uncle, Great Uncle, and Great-Great Uncle to many, something that was very important to him. He was always there for his nieces and nephews, and anyone else who needed it, to tell a joke, lend a listening ear, and most importantly, give advice.

A lover of nature, Bill loved providing for the many birds in his yard and enjoyed fishing (although he released anything he caught).

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Bessie LeBreque of Dracut, brother Sambati Lekas and his wife Linda of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law David T. Haskell and his wife Christine of Tewksbury, sister-in-law Nancy Haskell and her partner Kathleen Broga of Chelmsford, and his brother-in-law Charles Kuenzler of Lowell; nieces and nephews Tommy, Kathy, Charlie, Judy, Nancy, Michael, John, god-daughter Christina, Danny, Christine, Brian, Ben, Maria, god-son Teddy, and Dougie; as well as many Great and Great Great nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by two cousins Sharon Lekas and Thea Curry.

He was also predeceased by his sister Anna Kuenzler, his brother-in-law Roland “Smokey” LeBreque his nephew Evangelos “Teddy” Lekas and his mother-in-law Marjorie Haskell. Bill is also survived by many friends made over the years from all walks of his life.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Thursday afternoon from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Private Services will be held for his family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell 13 Hurd Street Lowell, MA 01852, Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

Michael D. Funaro Print E-mail

Michael D. Funaro

Beloved husband, Father, grandfather

Michael D. Funaro, 76, of Tyngsboro, MA passed away Monday morning at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband of Eugenia (Ostis) Funaro who survives him.

Born in New Bedford, MA, April 25, 1943, a son of the late Angelo and Margaret (Bougie) Funaro, he attended Schools in New Bedford.  Michael furthered his education at both New Bedford Tech and the former Lowell Technological Institute.

For many years, Mr. Funaro was employed as an Electrical Draftsman at the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard.  He enjoyed sailing and following the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

In addition to his wife Eugenia, he is survived by two sons, David and his wife Kelly Funaro of Annandale, VA and Daniel and his wife Nicole Funaro of Westford; a step-daughter, Demetria Johnson and her husband Robert Atkins of Alexandria, NH and four grandsons, Cameron, Lucas, Jack and Jason Funaro.

Mr. Funaro was the brother of the late Martha Downey.

All services are private.  E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O’Don nell Funeral Home, Funeral Director, James F. O’Donnell, Jr. 978-458-8768.

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