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Walter A. Costello Print E-mail



Walter A. Costello

Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;


Walter A. Costello, 91, of Lowell, passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on Wednesday January 6, 2021 after a brief illness.
He was the loving husband of the late Olga V. (Harmacinski) Costello.
Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, December 9, 1929, the son of the late John J. and the late Catherine (Delehanty) Costello, he attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1947.
A veteran of the Korean War, Walter proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.
Following the war, he graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Prior to his retirement after 30 years, Walter was the Director of Financial Aid for Lowell Technological Institute (later known as UMass Lowell). Previously, he worked for Raytheon Corporation in Andover for many years.
A dedicated veteran, he was a member of the Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Dracut American Legion. 
Walter also loved to play golf with family and friends and enjoyed gardening around his house and he was a devoted fan of the University of Notre Dame
He is survived by two daughters Kathleen A. Costello and her fiancé Robert Oliver of Raymond, NH and Karen M. Green and her husband Jack of Lowell; three grandchildren Ryan Przydzial and his wife Erica of Stoneham, Jay Green and Alanna Green both of Dracut; a sister Norma L. Sheppard of Dracut; and many nieces and nephews. He was looking forward to the birth of his first great grandchild, Maximilian George Przydzial, who is due in February.
He was also the brother of the late Kathleen Cahill, the late Richard J. Costello and the late John J. Costello; brother-in-law of the late Robert W. Sheppard and the late William F. Cahill and uncle of the late Nancy Mullen Misiazek.
Due to gathering restrictions, all services were held privately for the family with burial in St. Mary Cemetery. A Celebration of Walter’s Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. E-condolences at . Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768.

Carol Ann Ebert Print E-mail


Carol Ann Ebert

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother;



Carol Ann (LaPorte) (Silva) Ebert, 70, a resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell died unexpectedly after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of Loren A. Ebert, who survives her.

Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, September 20, 1950, the daughter of the late William E. and the late Marie E. (Drapeau) LaPorte, she received her education in the Haverhill school system.

A proud housewife and mother of seven, she loved being with her family and spending time at Summitt Elder Care in Lowell.

Besides her husband, Carol is survived by seven children Janet M. Lowe and her husband Raymond of Lowell, Charlene M. LaPorte of Gardener, Caroline M. LaPorte of Gardner, Loren R. Ebert and his wife Shenelle of Lowell, Lorene A.  Ingle and her husband Jason of Richards, NC, Josie E. McCarthy of Haverhill and Amy J. Villers of Haverhill. 22 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her calling hours at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday evening January 8, 2021.  (All state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home). Due to gathering restrictions all Funeral Services will be private. A Celebration of Carol’s Life will take place at a later date. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Joseph Daniel Powers Print E-mail

Joseph Daniel Powers

Joseph Daniel Powers, 63, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 26th, 2020 at his home. 

Joe was born in Medford, MA on June 8, 1957, son of Joseph John Strano Sr., and Barbara A. Hughes. He completed his schooling in the Lexington public school system, and then went on to join the United States Marine Corps. Following honorable discharge from the Marines, he spent some time in the Keys working on a clam boat and living his best life. He eventually made his way back home to Massachusetts, where he would work for various automotive shops in the area,  later becoming owner of his towing company, Powers Towing out of Townsend, MA. 

He worked hard and did everything he could for his family, never taking the easy way out of any problem he faced. He also knew how to have fun and get a laugh out of anyone with his quirky, quick-witted sense of humor. He gave the best bear hugs and though he could be a real Gemini sometimes, he always let you know how loved you were. He also loved watching documentaries on Bigfoot ("it's a true story, ya know").  In his parting, he's left his children lessons of perseverance, hard work, the proper mixture of a good rum and coke, and how to hold a flashlight the right way. Christmas was his absolute favorite holiday, so it's only fitting that he held on for the last one, even if it was in 2020. 

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Strano and Barbara Hughes, and his brother, Richard Strano. He is survived by his daughter, Rachael Powers and her partner Philip Smith of Portland, ME;  sons Jake Powers of Lowell, MA, Calais Powers of Nashua, NH; sister Linda Whiting and husband Tom Whiting of Lowell, MA;  sister-in-law Eui Soon Strano of Mansfield, MA; nephew Alexander Whiting of Lowell, MA; nieces Felicia Whiting of Lowell, MA, Jessica Strano of Cranston, RI, and Christine Strano of Mansfield, MA; long time best friend and caretaker Amy Cioffi of Corinth, ME and five grand-fur babies (none of which are dogs, much to his dismay).   

His burial will be held at a later date in the spring of 2021.

E-condolences at

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway Street, Lowell MA  01854

Arrangements have been entrusted to O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

Dorothea "Dottie" Danas Print E-mail

Dorothea “Dottie” Danas

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister;

Dorothea “Dottie” (Alexiou) Danas, 82 of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Monday December 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Peter J. Danas, her husband for 61 years, who survives her.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 18, 1938, the daughter of the late John C. and the late Paraskeve (Douvlos) Alexiou, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1955. Dottie went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College.

In addition to being a proud home maker for her children, she also assisted her husband for over 50 years in the family business, the well-known Danas Fruit and Confectionary Store in Lowell.

Dottie was a member of the Hellenic Orthodox of the Holy Trinity and the Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society.

Among her many interests, she enjoyed cooking, ceramics and being a seamstress for her family. However, her greatest joy was when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Dottie is survived by four children James P. Danas and his wife Elaine of Dracut, Patricia Danas Vaporis and her husband Deacon John Vaporis of Lowell, John P. Danas and his wife Joyce of Lowell and Christine Apollos and her husband John of Concord; thirteen grandchildren Peter Danas, Constantine Danas, Christopher Danas, Alexander Danas, Dorothea Danas Vaporis, Kara Danas, Nomikos Danas Vaporis, Johanna Danas, Petra Kosmia Danas Vaporis, Athos Apollos, Romanos James Danas Vaporis, Dimitrios Apollos and Aristaios Apollos; her sister Elaine Daoulas and her husband Arthur of Alexandria, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Elizabeth Assimakopoulos.

Due to gathering restrictions, all Funeral Services were held privately for the family. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date when family and friends can gather. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

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