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Florence T. Abraham Print E-mail

Florence T. Abraham

 Florence T. (Salem) Abraham, 91, of Lowell, died Friday, August 14th at home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Frederick T. Abraham who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on April 20th of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 24, 1924, a daughter of the late Paul and Fadwa Salem, she attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and St. Patrick’s Girl’s High School and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1941.
  Before retiring, Florence was employed as an Inspector with Raytheon Corporation in North Andover and Lowell for twenty years. Previously, she worked at the former Giant Store in Lowell and was a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. John’s Hospital during WWII.
 Among her many activities, Florence enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing and was known for making knit caps for infants at Lowell General Hospital Birthing Center and patients at the Cancer Center. She also made baby blankets for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her grandnieces and nephews. Florence also loved gardening, doing word search books, cooking and collecting coupons and recipes. She was a member of IBEW Local 1505 in Woburn, a former member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of St. Patrick Church in Lowell and member of the Women’s Club at St. Rita Parish in Lowell.
 However, above all else, she cherished the quality time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 In addition to her husband Frederick, Florence is survived by a daughter Joyce A. Corbett and husband Mark of Hamden, CT; two sons Brian P. Abraham and wife Cheryl of Glendale, AZ and Frederick P. Abraham and wife Kim of Taunton, MA; daughter-in-law Kathryn (Dolan) Abraham; six grandchildren Jennifer Ferreira and  husband Joseph of Pelham, NH, Megan Donovan and  husband James of Derry, NH, Matthew Corbett and  Crystal Bashore of Mystic, CT, Stephen Corbett of Houston, TX, Thomas Corbett and wife Emily of Hamden, CT and Benjamin Abraham of Taunton, MA; five great-grandchildren Sarah Ferreira, Joseph Ferreira, Samantha Donovan, Connor Donovan and Keira Corbett; two sisters Agnes Mastrogiacomo and Theresa Mercier both of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Warren J. Abraham and sister of the late Mary Makrez, Rose Nader, Jennie Mullen and Margaret Mitchell.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Lynn Schwartz for her many years of caring for Florence and tending to all her needs.
The family is also grateful for the support and help from the Merrimack Valley Hospice.
Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday. Her Funeral Mass will follow at St. Rita Parish, 158 Mammoth Rd. in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to Lowell General Hospital Birthing Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

Toula A. Laganas Print E-mail

Toula A. Laganas

Beloved sister, dedicated and respected school teacher
 Toula A. Laganas, the sixth and beloved daughter of the late Constantine and the late Anastasia (Andrianopoulos) Laganas, sadly and quietly left our earthly home for a heavenly one on Sunday, August 16th embraced by her loving family.
 Toula was blessed with the gifts of kindness, sensitivity, generosity, strength, boundless energy, good health, quiet humility all wrapped up with grace, dignity, smiles and a loving heart.
 Family was special to her,..harmony, peace, joy and respect were the ingredients she held dear.
 She valued and cherished her friends of old and always welcomed new acquaintances, eagerly extending a helping hand to all.
 Toula was blessed with creativity in the arts..Music was one of her passions and as a pianist, she made the keys shout or whisper…She held her listeners in awe as she played Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat major..She delighted in creating and stitching needlepoint designs; in tending to the flower garden and entertaining in her beloved home.
 Toula did her undergraduate studies at Lowell Teachers College and earned her Master’s Degree and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Boston University. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta Chapter, a national honor society for women in education.
 Her teaching career in the Newton Schools, which spanned over 40 years, was one of dedication and her greatest delight was sharing her classroom with her little students in a colorful, warm and comfortable atmosphere for learning.
 Toula enjoyed her association as an admirer and participant in the Lowell Girls Club; Lowell College Club; Concord Museum; Whistler House; Merrimack River Valley House; and the Women’s Auxiliary, Philoptochos of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
 With all Toula’s blessings, the most treasured gift to us and will continue to be, is Toula. She is the “gift” our good Lord gave to all of us to continue to love and keep in our hearts forever.
 She will be dearly missed by her sisters, Olga Laganas of Lowell, Theda Triantafel of Andover, Patricia Dukakis of Wellesley and her brother-in-law, Charles P. Sarantos of North Andover; her nephew, Constantine “Dino” Sarantos, his wife Elizabeth and their children Alyssa and Christopher Sarantos; her niece, Anastasia S. Taskin and her husband Cengiz of NYC; her niece. Amalie Ann George of Needham.
 In addition to her parents, Toula was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Laganas, Iris Sarantos and Helen George and her brothers-in-laws, George P. Triantafel, George S. George and Arthur G. Dukakis.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 19th. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday morning August 20, 2015 at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 62 Lewis St. in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, memorial remembrances  may be directed to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Elevator Fund, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854 or the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Hellenic Cardiac Fund, 401 Park Drive ~ Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 Attn: Kate Civetti. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
Joseph T. Stagnone Print E-mail


Joseph T. Stagnone


Formerly of Lowell;

Joseph Timothy Stagnone, 78, of Plantation, Florida, but formerly of Lowell, died on Monday August 3, 2015 in Florida.

He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 1, 1937, the son of
the late Joseph and the late Helen (Finnegan) Stagnone.

Joe was the beloved husband of Margaret Stagnone, devoted and loving father of his children Juanita, Mary (James), Timothy (Andrea) and Suzie. Dear grandfather of Asia, Chloe, Benjamin, Gabrielle, Olivia, and Ava. Dear great-grandfather of Braelynn. Fond step-father of Danelle (Jody) Barksdale and Robert (Melissa) Dykes, and step-grandfather of Britt, Annelise, Connor and Hunter. Dear brother of Lou Stagnone and his wife Shirley of Lowell, Daniel Stagnone and his wife Pat of Hudson, NH, and Frank Stagnone and his wife Tish of Chelmsford and the late James Stagnone. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Keith Academy in 1955 and President of his Class, Joe was a scholar and star athlete having played Varsity football for 4 years where he also served as Captain of his team. An All State selection in High School, he was later inducted into the Lowell Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame.

He went on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross, served in the United States Navy, and enjoyed a long and happy career as a teacher and coach at Nova High School in Florida.

During his retirement, Joe was happy spending time with his family, relaxing, and playing golf. His family cherished him and he will be dearly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday August 14, 2015 at 10:30 at the T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, 7001 NW 4 Street Plantation, FL 33317 954 587-6888. In his memory memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N. Print E-mail

Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N.

Well known member of the Emergency Personnel community


Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N., 63, of Tyngsboro, died peacefully at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

He was the beloved husband of Lucille N. Gertz, who survives him, and with whom he would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on the 26th of August. He is also survived by his two loving daughters Willow J. Gertz and Autumn H. Gertz both of Tyngsboro.

Born in Hermann, Missouri, July 7, 1952, the son of his father Joseph Pottebaum and his wife Madge of Higbee and his mother Joyce M. (Strecker) (Pottebaum) Kottman and her husband Garvin of Glasgow, he graduated from Glasgow High School in 1970.

A 1978 graduate of the State University of New York in Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Larry received his Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1981. He enjoyed a lifelong involvement in outdoor education, with the US Forest Service, Cooperative Extension, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mass Audubon. As the Director of Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp from 1984-1992, Larry shared his great sense of humor, tremendous leadership, and deep love for the outdoors by inspiring hundreds of campers and staff, teaching about the wonders of the natural world. In the years that followed, Larry remained committed to Wildwood, generously contributing many hours to staff training, donating equipment, volunteering, and providing ongoing support to Wildwood’s leadership team. He also maintained his connection with the Mass Audubon staff community by offering countless first-aid and canoe safety certification workshops.

In 1994, Larry graduated from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to his retirement, he was a Psychiatric Nurse at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Previously, Larry worked at Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell (now Lowell General Hospital).

Active in the community, Larry was a firefighter for the Town of Tyngsboro, a member of the National Ski Patrol, and a children’s safety educator at the Tyngsboro Public Library and schools for over 20 years. After 9-11, Larry became a member of Lowell’s C.I.S.M. (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team, a peer counseling organization for Emergency Personnel.

Besides his wife, daughters, and parents, Larry is survived by several siblings - Verna Fleetwood of Glasgow, Missouri, Karen Fuemmeler and her husband Harold of Huntsville, Missouri; Robert Kottman and his wife Stacey of Glasgow; Jane Clark of Higbee, Missouri; Angie Maddox of Huntsville; Michael Pottebaum of Vader, Washington; and Amy Pottebaum of Higbee, and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Monday, August 24 at Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, Massachusetts at 5 o’clock.

Donations in Larry’s memory can be made to The Larry Pottebaum Camp Scholarship Fund at  Wildwood, Massachusetts Audubon Society, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.  Online condolences can be shared at         




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