Allan A. Kanteles
U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, of Lowell, 67
Allan A. Kanteles, 67, of Lowell, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, died Tuesday, July 8th at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 22, 1947, a son of the late Arthur and the late H. Eileen (Slatter) Kanteles, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1965.
A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Allan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Air Medal with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with V Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with V Device and First, Second and Third Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device and the Vietnam Service Medal with Five Bronze Service Stars.
Before retiring, Allan was co-owner of K’s Variety Store in Lowell.
Among his many enjoyments, he was an avid sports fan.
Allan is survived by three brothers Charles Kanteles and his companion Elizabeth Bunker and their son Geoffrey Kanteles all of Bernardston, MA, Christos Kanteles of Pelham, NH and his children Justin Kanteles of Derry, NH and Travis Kanteles, Gregory Kanteles and Mary Kanteles all of Pelham, NH and John Kanteles of Lowell, MA; a sister Diane Teale and her husband Peter and their son Gary Teale all of Cheltenham, England; and many relatives in England and Australia.
He was also uncle of the late Leslie Allinson.
Private Funeral Services were held at the convenience of the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
John M. Samaras
Former bar manager Windsor Mills Restaurant, Dracut
John M Samaras, 75, passed away Thursday July 3, 2014 at Northwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lowell after a lengthy illness.
He was the beloved brother of Kathy Demaras of Tyngsboro, who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 26, 1939, the son of the late Stacy and the late Anna (Spyropoulos) Samaras, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1957. He went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute and Bentley College.
Prior to his retirement, John was an Assessor for the City of Lowell for several years. Previously, he worked as the Bar Manager for the former Windsor Mills Restaurant in Dracut for over 25 years.
John was also a former member of Longmeadow Golf Club and the Greek American Legion.
In addition to his sister Kathy, he is survived by his aunts Carol S. Kostopulos of Saugus, Helen Samaras of Lynn, Esther Anton of Salem, Bessie Samaras (Henry) of Lowell and also Bessie Samaras (Thomas) of Lowell; and several close devoted cousins and friends.
He was also the brother-in-law of the late G. Michael Demaras.
Private Funeral Services were held at the convenience of the family. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Margaret M. “Margie” Turcotte
Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother;
Margaret M. “Margie” (Melanson) Turcotte , 87, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Thursday evening at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was the loving wife of Albert A. Turcotte, with whom she celebrated her 62nd wedding anniversary on December 29, 2013.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 11, 1926, the daughter of the late William F. and the late Margaret (Morris) Melanson, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
Margie was a woman of many interests enjoying cooking, shopping, feeding birds, and supporting several charitable organizations.
However, what brought her the greatest joy was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the many children of friends and family who she looked after and babysat through seven decades. She will be deeply missed by all.
Besides her husband, Margie is survived by two sons David A. Turcotte and his wife Margarita Zapata – Turcotte of Lowell and Dean W. Turcotte and his wife Vickie A. of Dracut; five grandchildren Leonor Daley and her husband Patrick of Concord, Jared Turcotte of Lowell; Darlene Turcotte, Danielle Turcotte and Renee Turcotte all of Dracut; three great grandchildren Cameron, Declan and Griffin; her brother and sister in laws Robert Maguire of Daytona Beach, FL, Nancy Melancon of Dunstable and Rita Melancon of Kissimmee, FL; many nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Daniel R. Turcotte and sister of the late Louis F. Melanson, the late Walter R. Melanson, the late Donald “Sonny” Melancon, the late Raymond Melancon, the late Roger Melancon, the late Isabell Casper, the late Helen Maguire and the late Eleanor Dubois.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at Ste. Marguerite D’Youville Church in DRACUT at 9 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Circle Home Inc., (AKA Lowell VNA Hospice), 336 Central St., Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Patricia A. “Patsy” (Reynolds) Cawley
Loving mother and grandmother;
Patricia A. “Patsy” (Reynolds) Cawley, 84, a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Sunday morning at Emerson Hospital in Concord surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Cawley, who died February 7, 1997.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 14, 1930, the daughter of the late James H. and the late Agnes (O’Sullivan) Reynolds, Patsy attended Lowell Schools and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1949 where she served as the Colonel of the Girl Officers. She went on to graduate from Bradford Junior College.
A life long communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, Patsy was also an active member of the community serving her church, various charitable organizations and local schools over the years.
A proud Navy wife, she especially enjoyed the times she spent with her family and friends at Popponesset Beach on Cape Cod.
Patsy was a loving mother and grandmother, humble in nature who never sought the limelight but lived her life with subtle grace and elegance. She served as an inspiration to both her family and friends.
She was also a longtime member of Vesper Country Club.
Patsy is survived by four children Patricia C. “Patti” Foye and her husband Peter of Acton, Edward M. “Ted” Cawley and his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Susan C. Ryan and her husband Tom of Groton and Peter M. Cawley and his wife Mary of Virginia Beach, VA; her loving grandchildren Lauren Foye Murphy and her husband Matt of Boston, Megan E. Foye of Boston, Daniel E. Cawley, Ryan M. Cawley and Jennifer E. Cawley of Tewksbury and Thomas Patrick Ryan, Bridget E. Ryan and Caitlin C. Ryan of Groton; a sister Jaqueline Mahoney of North Hampton, NH; and many dear nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late James Reynolds, the late John Reynolds, the late Richard Reynolds and the late Brian Reynolds.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. on Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) Friday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Immaculate Conception 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.