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Mary Ann Richards Print E-mail

Mary Ann Richards

Beloved aunt, great aunt, stepmother, niece and cousin;

Mary Ann Richards, 68, a lifelong Lowell resident and wife of the late Heiner "Hank" Wais, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Born in Lowell on February 8,1954, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late J. Arthur Richards and the late Dorothy A. (Sheehy) Richards, R.N.

She graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar school, Lowell High School, Class of 1973, and Middlesex Community College.  She also pursued many other studies in the medical field.

She has been employed at local hospitals in the area as a phlebotomist, lab technician, EKG technician and was a licensed emergency medical technician for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She was most recently employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Tewksbury Hospital and per-diem at Lowell General Hospital - Saint’s Campus in Lowell.  She truly enjoyed working with patients and had a natural gift for certain procedures that she credits from her mother who had been an extraordinary, registered nurse for many years.

Mary Ann was the life of the party and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the home she shared with Hank.  These were her happiest times, and her home was a place where all were welcome. Together, they traveled to visit Hank’s family in Germany along with family trips to Ireland.

She is survived by her nephew Mark J. Richards and his son Cole, her stepdaughter Brenda Edwards, her husband Curtis, and their children.  Mary Ann is also survived by three aunts, Patricia (Wojcik) Sheehy, Fleurette (Ayotte) Sheehy and Molly (Gleason) Sheehy, along with many cousins from the Richards, Sheehy, and Townsend families.  She had a special relationship with her cousin, Katie (Sheehy) Madden who was more like a sister to her.  She leaves behind her devoted friends, Brenda Crowley, and Eva Girolamo.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was pre-deceased by her sisters, Eileen M. Richards, and Katherine L. (Kay) Richards and many aunts, uncles, and a cousin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL on Monday October 17, 2022, at 11 o'clock followed by burial of her ashes at St. Mary's Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make donations in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Donald F. DeMont Jr. Print E-mail

Donald F. DeMont, Jr.

Beloved Husband, son, father, stepson, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend;

Donald F. DeMont, Jr. 54, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday October 6, 2022, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

He was the loving husband of Michelle R. (Morissette) DeMont, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, MA, March 10, 1968, he was the son of Donald F. DeMont, Sr. and his wife Linda of Lowell, MA, and Ann Marie (Sweeney) (DeMont) Smith and her husband Stephen of Lowell, MA.

Don attended the Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Currently, Donald worked at Market Basket in their Pawtucketville store in Lowell as Front End Support. Previously, he was a Pool Installer Technician for Pool Pro in Lowell for many years.

Among his several interests, Don had a love for watching sports and going fishing.

Besides his wife, mother, and father, Don is survived by a son Cody N. DeMont of Lowell, MA; A daughter Miranda L. DeMont of Lowell, MA; four sisters, Patti and Jodi DeMont and Claire and Shirley Smith as well as a brother James DeMont; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his two beloved cats Coconut and Mia.

He was the brother of the late Rose DeMont who passed on February 9, 2004.

Relatives and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Monday October 17, 2022, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

Carmen L. Santos Print E-mail


Carmen L. Santos

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt;

Carmen L. Santos, 73, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 9, 2022, at Lowell General Hospital.

Born in Comerio, Puerto Rico, March 22, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Nicolas and the late Luz Maria Hernandez.

She is survived by three daughters Evelyn Rivera of Lowell, MA, Sonia M. Rivera of Lowell, MA, and Marilyn Rivera of Lowell, MA; two sons Jose G. Rivera of Puerto Rico and Juan Carlos of Puerto Rico; a stepson Jose L. Rivera nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; eleven siblings Edward, Jorge, Jose, Eddie, Eva, Edna, Manuel, Tere, Evelyn, Monche, and Minerva Santos; She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Thursday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

Fred W. Haley Print E-mail

Fred W. Haley

Beloved Father & Grandfather

Fred W. Haley, 80, a longtime resident of Lowell, died unexpectedly Friday September 30, 2022 at Lowell General Hospital.

Born in Lowell on May 19, 1942 he was a son of the late Allen R. Haley and Vivian (Stuart) (Haley) Cooney.  Fred received his education in the Lowell schools and was an Airforce Veteran.

Mr. Haley worked as a Plant Manager for Anton’s Cleaners. He later worked as a meter reader for the Water Department in the City of Lowell for many years.

Fred enjoyed hose racing and his many trips to the former Rockingham Park.

He is survived by a son, David R. Haley and is wife Michelle of Hudson NH, three grandchildren who he was most proud of, Dylan and Ryan Haley of Hudson, NH, and Elizabeth Gaffney of Dracut, MA; a sister, Betty Sarantakis of Lowell and two dedicated friends, Dave Riley and John Honan both of Lowell.

Relatives and Friends are invited to his graveside service to be held on Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM IN the Westlawn Cemetery.  E-condolences at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. 978-458-8768.

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