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Helen Makaronis Print E-mail

Helen Makaronis

 Helen Makaronis, 92, a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Wednesday December 18, 2013 at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 1, 1921, the daughter of the late George and the late Melanie (Kucyna) Makaronis, she received her education in the Lowell school system and was a graduate of Lowell Commercial College.
 Helen was the Office Manager for her brother, Atty. Nicholas Macaronis’s law firm in Lowell for over 40 years.
 She is survived by her brother Atty. Nicholas Macaronis and his wife Elissa K. of Weston; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Virginia Doulames, the late Sophie Zamanakos, the late Mary Makaronis, the late Lucy McCluskey and the late Alexander Makaronis.
 At her request, Helen’s Funeral Services were private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.   
Mineera M. Skaff Print E-mail

Mineera M. Skaff

 Mineera M. (Elias) Skaff, 94, of North Chelmsford and a member of a well known Lowell family, died Saturday, December 21st at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late George M. Skaff who died September 29, 1970.
 Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 22, 1919, the daughter of the late Salem and the late Shelaby (Namay) Elias, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1937.
 Mineera was a lifelong member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell.
 Before retiring, she was employed as a Sales Associate with the former Cherry & Webb in Lowell.
 Among her many activities, Mineera enjoyed cooking, traveling and frequent trips to Foxwoods Casino. She spent her summers at the family home in Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. But the one thing would always thoroughly brighten her day was spending quality time with her grandson Robbie.
 Mineera is survived by two sons Michael G. Skaff and his wife Diane of Nashua, NH and Robert G. Skaff of Hudson, NH; her grandson Robert G. “Robbie” Skaff.; a sister Rosalind Elias of New York City, NY; two sisters-in-law Patricia Elias of Charleston, W.VA and Ella Jean Elias of Dunstable, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Judith A. Skaff who died February 24, 2010 and sister of the late Lionel Elais, Alexander Elias, Isa Elias, Salem Elias, Eva Champagne, Adele Saab and Agnes Moses.
 Mineera’s family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Milkah Mbugua for her many years of care and devotion to Mineera and her daughter Judy.
SKAFF – In Lowell, December 21, 2013, at Lowell General, Mineera M. (Elias) Skaff of No. Chelmsford, beloved wife the late George M. Skaff. Friends may call at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 44 BOWERS ST. in Lowell from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Friday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
Muriel J. McCarron Print E-mail


Muriel J. McCarron

 Muriel J. (Coburn) McCarron, 96, of Lowell, died Friday, December 20th at the Palm Center in Chelmsford with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. McCarron who died December 5, 1975.
 Born in Shirley, Massachusetts, June 24, 1917, the daughter of the late John F. and the late Gertrude (Day) Coburn, she attended the Laura A. White Elementary School in Shirley and was a graduate of Ayer High School. She then went on to graduate from the former Convalescent Hospital for Children as a Governess.
 Before retiring, Muriel was employed as a Telephone Operator with New England Telephone (now known as Verizon) for over 29 years.
 Muriel was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell. She was a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality for over 50 years. She was also a member the Poor Clair Guild.
 Among her many enjoyments, she was an avid reader but most of all loved spending quality time with her family and friends.
 Muriel is survived by a sister Jacqueline Scopelliti of Leominster, MA; a brother-in-law William S. Gutkowski, Sr. of Fitchburg, MA; her nieces and nephews William S. Gutkowski, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Lowell, MA, Patricia Coleman and her husband Andrew of Tyngsboro, MA, Eunice McCarron of Kingston, MA and Peter McCarron and his wife Diane of Marshfield, MA.
 She was also sister of the late Vera Gutkowski and sister-in-law of the late John Scopelliti.
 Muriel’s family would like to thank the staff, nurses and doctors at Palm Center for the excellent care that she received while a resident there. The kindness and compassion of so many individuals not only provided skilled and professional care to Muriel, but also supported the family during a very difficult time. The family is eternally grateful.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Her Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 8:30 o’clock followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Kenneth Courchaine Print E-mail

Kenneth Courchaine

 Kenneth Courchaine, 80, of Nashua, died Saturday, December 14th at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
 Born in Westford, Massachusetts, July 20, 1933, a son of the late Fred F.L. and the late Diana (Labbe) Courchaine, he received his education in the Pepperell school system.
 A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Ken proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 Before retiring, he was employed as a driver with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Nashua for many years. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Boston.
 Among his many activities, Ken enjoyed playing cards, fishing, camping and traveling in his motor home. He was also an avid New England sports fan.
 Ken is survived by ten children Deborah Mortin, Howard Courchaine, Lynn D. Ouellette, Maureen LeClaire, Doreen Gill, Tracy L. Courchaine, Philip Courchaine, Kenneth Courchaine, Pearl Courchaine and Donna Trembley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; five sisters Olive Brown, Dolores Verloove, Katherine Boule, Valerie Shea and Marlene Beauchesne; two brothers Leo Courchaine and Raymond Courchaine; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 He was also father of the late Darlene Courchaine and brother of the late Robert Courchaine, Arthur Courchaine, Gerald Courchaine, Ronald Courchaine and Roland Courchaine.
Courchaine – In Boston, December 14, 2013, at Mass General, Kenneth Courchaine, 80, of Nashua. Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9 to 11 A.M. Friday with his Funeral Service Immediately following in the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that contributions be made in his memory to the D.A.V. National Service Foundation, JFK Federal Bldg., Rm. 1575B, Boston, MA 02203. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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