Obituaries Notices
Katherine Morris Print E-mail
Katherine (Bozas) Morris
Most beloved, mother, grandmother and grandmother; 
        It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our most beloved Katherine (Bozas) Morris, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at The Life Care Center in Billerica, MA.  Our dearest mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was the most selfless, caring, compassionate, giving, and loving woman known to her family and to everyone she knew, and for that we are filled with tremendous sorrow and loss.  The precious legacy she created in her entire lifetime was one of the most unconditional love and the most wonderful memories.   The warmest feelings of comfort and safety she provided for her family and close friends are indescribable, immeasurable, and inimitable.  And for that we are forever grateful that God blessed us with her for all these precious years. 
          Katherine was born in 1924 in the whaling city of New Bedford, MA to Greek immigrant parents, her dearest mother Mary (Alevizos) Bozas, whom she was utterly devoted to throughout her entire life, and her father, Stratis Bozas.
    She began a long career as a most dependable saleswoman at Sears Robuck, and retired from the company after many years.
      Katherine was a devout and proud practitioner of the Greek Orthodox faith and culture and a long time member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, originally in New Bedford, MA. and later on after moving with her family to Westford, MA, a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.   
          Katherine was the most devoted and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her one treasured child and daughter, Maryann (Morris) Proyous and son in law Dean J. Proyous, presently of Westford, MA and her only granddaughter, Andrea (Proyous) Shortsianitis and her husband, Alec Shortsianitis of Tyngsboro, MA and her four great- grandchildren, Theodora-Violet, William-Dean, Maryssa-Kate, and Elisabeth-Scarlet.  They all brought her the most joy and meaning and lit up her life in the brightest of ways!
           To those who knew Katherine in any and every stage of her life, she will be most remembered for her immeasurable strength, her hard work, her generosity, her selflessness, and even her love of music, dancing, and classic movies, but above all her most purely and unconditionally loving, beautiful and sacrificing heart.  There was nothing Katherine would not do for or give to her family.  This spirit of kindness she had was strong enough to transcend the many mental and physical disabilities that Alzheimer’s Disease caused her in order to still be able to touch others in unforgettable ways.  Katherine loved many and this love she gave was the biggest and most accepting love, one that cannot be matched nor even described adequately enough.
          Katherine’s beautiful spirit was felt and appreciated in her last stage of life by her most special caretakers at the Life Care Center, where she resided for the past eight years.  Her daughter Maryann witnessed this most skilled staff, specifically of the Alzheimer’s Unit, every single day, in different ways and capacities, participating in Katherine’s care with the most unwavering dedication and compassion.  All of Katherines’caregivers physically and mentally enriched and prolonged her life more than we could have ever prayed for.  Without a doubt, she felt so loved and so comforted by them and because of that she was able to thrive as long as she had.  Katherine’s family sincerely expresses their most profound gratitude and love to Katherine’s caregivers who also provided for them a kind of peace of mind that reassured them that she was as healthy, comfortable, and happy as possible, especially during her passing. Her family will always consider Katherine’s helpers our angels on Earth, even now as our dearest Katherine’s soul has entered into heaven.  Each and every one of these special people will never be forgotten and will always have a special place in our hearts.
 Her Funeral Service took place on Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH on Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell. Burial followed at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Unit of the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, 80 Boston Rd., Billerica MA. 01862. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
Doris Nilda Bermudez Colon Print E-mail

Doris Nilda Bermudez Colon

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

Doris Nilda Bermudez Colon, 63, of Lowell, died Friday, April 10th at her home.
Born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, September 2, 1951, she was the daughter of Gloria N. Alicea and Flor Alicea (step-father) and the late Francisco Bermudez Cruz (father).
Doris is survived by three daughters Anita Maldonado and her husband Anthony of Bronx, NY, Doris C. Bynum of Virginia Beach, VA and Larrissa I. Esperanza of Bronx, NY; five sons Juan A. Colon, Jr. of Lowell, MA, Jimmie Lee Bynum, Jr. of Bronx, NY, Jeremy Lee Bynum of Inglewood, CA and Brant A.P. Malave of Seattle, WA  and the late Marcelino Alicea (oldest son) ; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters Gloria D. Alicea of Puerto Rico and Sol M. Alicea of Lowell, MA; two brothers Angel Bermudez of Newton, MA and Edwin F. Bermudez of Puerto Rico; and extended family.
Private Services were held at the convenience of the family.  E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
Ruth D. Burns Print E-mail

Ruth D. Burns

Loving mother and grandmother;

Ruth D. (I’Anson) Burns, 89, for many years a resident  of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, died Thursday April 9th 2015 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Philip G. Burns who died in 1995.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 5, 1926, the daughter of the late Harold and the late Hazel (Muldoon) I’Anson, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement, Ruth was a secretary in the Clerk’s office at the Lowell District Court where she worked for over 25 years. Previously, she also worked at the former Courier Citizen in Lowell.

She was a communicant of St. Rita Church in Lowell.

Ruth had several interests among them, going to bingo, playing keno and trips to Foxwoods with family and friends. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxilliary for the V.F.W. Walker Roger’s Post 662 in Lowell.

However, her favorite time was spent with her children and their families.

Ruth is surived by two daughters Beverly Bourque of Brookline, NH and Brenda Bellerose of Winchester; her son Bruce P. Burns of Lowell; 11 grandchildren Donald L. Bourque , Jr. and his wife Michele, Eric Bourque, Robert E, Burns, Jr., Kelly Burns, Douglas Burns and his wife Crystal Derek Burns and his wife Jen, Heather Slane and her husband Trevor, Philip Bellerose, Tami and her husband Scott and her husband Robert Lee, Angie Estright and Bruce P. Burns, Jr.; her sister Joan Palavras and her husband James of Chelmsford; three sister-in-laws Ruth I’Anson of Chelmsford, Margaret Burns of Dracut and Beatrice Burns of South Carolina; a brother-in-law Walter Burns of Lowell.

She was also the mother of the late Robert E. Burns, grandmother of the late Beau James Bellerose and sister of the late Harold I’Anson.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at St. Rita Church in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

Dr. Edward J. Farley Print E-mail

Dr. Edward J. Farley


Life-long Lowell resident; Retired Tewksbury School Administrator

Lowell—Dr. Edward J. Farley, 87, joined his beloved wife in heaven on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.  For 56 years he was the devoted husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Griffin) Farley, who predeceased him in 2011.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 6, 1927, the son of the late John and Emma (Vachon) Farley, he was known as a kind, patient and gentle man who was deeply loved and respected.
As a lifelong learner and educator, Ed spent much of his life in educational pursuits. His early education was at St. Patrick Boys School in Lowell and then on to Miramar Seminary in Duxbury, MA.  Following graduation, he entered the novitiate in Techny, Illinois and attended St. Paul’s College in Iowa.  Ed then returned to Lowell to complete his undergraduate degree in English at Merrimack College.
Upon graduating from Merrimack College, Ed served his country in the United States Army 261st Signal Company.  Following his military service, he was grateful to be able to further his education through the GI Bill. He earned his Masters Degree in Education in Public School Administration from Boston College. He continued his studies while teaching and raising his children and earned his Doctor of Education degree from Boston University.
Ed began his classroom teaching in 1955 at Varnum Junior High School in Lowell and continued on to Lowell High School as a Latin and mathematics teacher.  In 1959, he began his proud 31-year administrative career in the Tewksbury School System and served as Principal of Tewksbury Junior High School, Principal of the Heath Brook School and as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum and Instruction from 1965 until his retirement in 1990.
Upon his retirement, Ed combined his love of church, learning and education by becoming a founding member and later President of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS). He was a scholar of ITMS for over 20 years and amassed a large library of works of Thomas Merton. In 2001, Ed was honored to receive The ITMS Society Award for Distinguished Service.  He was also an active member of LIRA (Learning in Retirement Association at UMASS Lowell). Ed and his wife traveled the country in the Elder Hostel program.
Ed was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Parish and later Immaculate Conception Parish. He was a choir member and, with his wife, led younger couples in Pre Cana and Marriage Encounter. In his final months he attended Mass at the D’Youville Senior Center Chapel. 
A loving father, Ed, is survived by his seven children: Margaret Lombardi and her husband Norman of Tyngsboro, MA; Edward Farley, Jr. and his wife Robin of Tewksbury, MA; Maura Farley and her husband John of Lexington, SC; Kathleen Vargeletis and her husband Richard of Ashby, MA; Sheila Gibbons and her husband Michael of Derry, NH; Daniel Farley and his wife Suzanne of Mooresville, NC; and Thomas Farley and his wife Karlene of Lowell, MA.
Also surviving him are his 16 grandchildren: Allison and Steven Lombardi; Robert and Corie Farley; Grace, Rosemary and John Farley; Emily, James and Brendan Vargeletis; Anne, Mary, William and Daniel Gibbons; Ryan and Elizabeth Farley.  Ed is also survived by his brothers: Francis Farley of Yarmouth, MA; Fr. John Farley SVD, of Techny, IL; his sister Sr. Joan Farley SND of Manchester, CT and three nieces and two nephews.  His sister Lillian Farley of Lowell, MA, predeceased him in 2012.
Ed’s family would like to thank the staff of D’Youville Senior Center, Commonwealth Nursing, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health Hospice for their exceptional love and care.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


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