Mary T. Leyden
Mary T. Leyden, of Lowell, died Friday, March 21st at Lowell General Hospital.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was the oldest of four children of Irish immigrant parents, the late Martin and the late Mary (Vaughan) Leyden.
She attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Eager to further her education, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College, a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master of Business Administration from Riviera College in Nashua.
Mary was employed, for many years, as a Management Analyst with the United States Treasury. She was a former Board Chair of the Association of Government Accountants. She was retired from Lowell High School where she was a teacher and guidance counselor.
Mary is survived by several nieces, nephews, a grandniece and grandnephews.
She was also sister of the late Barbara Cuddy, the late Virginia Toohig and the late Francis Leyden.
In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and Funeral Services were held privately for her family. Interment took place at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Doris L. Reimer
Doris L. (Pearson) Reimer, 88, of Chelmsford, died Tuesday, March 18th at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Ira H. Reimer who survives her.
Doris was born in England, February 24, 1926, the daughter of the late John and the late Lillian J. (Agnew) Pearson.
In addition to her husband Ira, Doris is survived by a brother Frederick Pearson of England; and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping in accordance with her wishes, all Funeral Services were held privately and interment took place at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, Massachusetts. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Anne M. “Nancy” Kiernan
Beloved wife of Lowell native;
Anne M. "Nancy" (Hulse) Kiernan, 88, of Dartmouth died Monday March 17,
2014 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. She was the wife of Joseph
R. Kiernan, a member of a widely known Lowell family.
Born and raised in Somerville, the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary
(Williamson) Hulse, she lived in New Bedford, Trumbull, CT, and Pepper
Pike, Ohio, before moving to Dartmouth 25 years ago.
Mrs. Kiernan attended Tufts Medical School and graduated from Forsyth
School for Dental Hygienists in Boston as a dental hygienist and
anesthetist. Prior to her marriage she worked in dental offices in
She was a member and Past President of the Claire T. Carney Library
Associates at UMass Dartmouth and the Alcott Club. She was a member of
the Country Club of New Bedford. She was a member and volunteer at the
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and a docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
She was a competitive bridge player and was an avid Boston Red Sox and
New England Patriots fan. She especially enjoyed spending time at the
She is survived by her husband Joseph; three sons, William R. Kiernan of
Newburyport, Joseph R. Kiernan, M.D. and his wife Llynne of Randolph,
VT, and John C. Kiernan and his wife Brenda Nishimura, D.D.S. of
Lexington; a sister, Margaret Hulse of Somerville; two sisters-in-law,
Sr. Mary of the Incarnation (Anna Kiernan) of New Mexico and Alice G.
Kiernan of Lowell; and five grandchildren; Joseph, Matthew, Jacqueline,
Erin, and James.
She was the sister of the late James, Harry, William, and Agnes Hulse.
Friends may call on FRIDAY at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4-7 P.M.. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 12 Noon. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Society of Our Lady of the Most
Holy Trinity, PO Box 4116, Corpus Christi, Texas 78469. Local arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Paul J. Sheehy
Former, State Senator, Lowell City Manager, respected Attorney;
Paul J. Sheehy, beloved husband of Molly (Gleason) Sheehy, passed away on March 10, 2014, at his home in Lowell, surrounded by his family.
Born in Lowell on November 1, 1934, Paul was the youngest of seven children of Mary Ann (McLarnon) and Joseph A. Sheehy. He graduated from St. Patrick’s Grammar School and attended Lowell High School before graduating from Keith Academy with the Class of 1953.
In 1958, Paul earned a bachelors degree in education at Lowell State Teachers College where he played both varsity basketball and varsity baseball. As a member of the Lowell State Teachers College baseball team, Paul saw action at third base, shortstop, second base, outfield and pitcher with his batting average in 1957 at .318. He was captain of the baseball team in 1958, scoring the winning run in the title clash at Worcester State University. For his collegiate athletic pursuits, in 1981, Paul was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
While teaching in the Lowell public schools, Paul attended Suffolk University Law School earning his Juris Doctorate in 1964.
Paul served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1965 through 1972, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Education. During this time, Paul began his lifelong advocacy to expand educational opportunities for the people of Lowell and the Greater Lowell area. Among his many legislative accomplishments as a state representative are his sponsorship and instrumental role in securing the passage of legislation merging Lowell State Teachers College and Lowell Technological Institute into, what is now, the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He advocated for and obtained legislative funding for a Doctoral Program in Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Paul also authored and sponsored legislation establishing Middlesex Community College in Bedford and establishing the Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School.
In 1972, Paul was a candidate to represent the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District in the United Stated Congress. After a narrow defeat in the Democratic primary election, finishing second in a nine-candidate field, he went on to serve as Lowell City Manager from 1974 to 1975. He later served on the congressional staff of his former House colleague, Worcester Congressman Joseph D. Early and on the congressional staff of Lawrence Congressman James M. Shannon.
In 1984, Paul was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate for the Third Middlesex District, serving on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and as Chairman of the Committee on Election Laws. As a member of the State Senate, Paul was respected and admired for his strong and forthright positions on sometimes controversial issues. Most notable among his numerous accomplishments as a member of the Massachusetts State Senate was his advocacy for and success in delivering funding for the construction of 14 new public schools in Lowell and proposing and obtaining funding necessary to locate a permanent Middlesex Community College campus in Lowell.
Paul’s passing during Lowell’s Irish Cultural Week befits his love of his Irish heritage, his frequent travels to Ireland with family and dear friends and his great interest in Irish history.
In addition to his wife Molly, he is survived by his cherished children and grandchildren, a son Timothy P. Sheehy and Kathy Masterson of Dracut, three daughters, Maria, Anne and Elizabeth Sheehy, all of Lowell; 7 grandchildren Paul J. Sheehy II of Portsmouth, NH, Daniel M. Sheehy of Canton, MA, Fiona K. Sullivan, Eilis C. Sullivan, John Q. Flood, Catherine W. Shanahan and Molly M. Flood, all of Lowell; and one great-grandson, Connor Sheehy, and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.
Paul was pre-deceased by his children, Michael G. Sheehy, Kathleen Sheehy and a son, Edward P. “Ned” Sheehy, who died on January 28, 2013.
He also leaves a brother Thomas F. Sheehy and his wife, Patricia (Wojcik) of Tyngsboro and sisters-in-law Patricia (Cox) Sheehy of Chelmsford and Fleurette (Ayotte) Sheehy of Lowell. He was the brother of the late John E. Sheehy, Joseph P. Sheehy, Frederick J. Sheehy and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Townsend and Dorothy A. Richards.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in the Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship (supporting students who demonstrate a commitment to their community and who plan to transfer from MCC to UMass/Lowell), online at :www.middlesex.mass.edu/PaulSheehy or by check to Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship/ c/o MCC Foundation, P.O. Box 716, Bedford, MA 01730. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.