Margaret P. Mitchell
Retired, City of Lowell School Department, of Lowell, 91
Margaret P. (Salem) Mitchell, 91, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday, September 14th at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus. She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Mitchell, who died June 2, 1978.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 31, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Fadwa Salem, attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of St. Patrick Girl’s High School. Prior to retirement, Margaret was employed as a Paraprofessional with the City of Lowell School Department at Lowell High School for over 10 years and was the Office Manager at her son’s dental practice in Lowell for many years.
Among her many activities and hobbies, she most loved spending time with, and caring for, her large and rambunctious family, and she particularly enjoyed spending long, lazy summers with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Seabrook Beach in New Hampshire.
Margaret is survived by two daughters, Margaret A. McDevitt and her husband William of Lowell and Ann M. Maciejewski and her husband Edward of Seabrook, NH; a son, John P. Mitchell, DMD and his wife Jennifer of Dracut; and a daughter-in-law, Pamela Mitchell of Windham, NH. In addition to her ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, she is also survived by three sisters, Florence Abraham and her husband Frederick, Agnes Mastrogiacomo and her husband John, and Theresa Mercier, all of Lowell, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Margaret was predeceased by her son James F. Mitchell who died November 20, 2009, as well as by her sisters Mary Makrez, Rose Nader and Jennie Mullen.
There will be no calling hours, but relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Patrick School and Educational Center, 311 Adams Street, Lowell, MA 01854 or www.stpatricklowell.org. Arrangements by the O’Donnell Funeral Home – Lowell (978) 458-8768.
Joseph P. Donahue, Jr., Esq.
Retired attorney, community benefactor
Joseph P. Donahue, Jr., Esq. 88, a prominent Lowell attorney and a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Saturday afternoon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
The beloved husband of Karen (Pope) Donahue since 2004, with whom he resided in Tyngsboro most recently, Joe was for most of his life a resident of Lowell but also enjoyed vacationing with his family in Rye, NH and Carefree, Arizona.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 20, 1925, the son of the late Joseph P. Donahue, Esq. and the late Dorothy F. (Riordan) Donahue, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1942.
Joe proudly served his country during World War II as an Ensign with the U.S. Navy. He was the youngest Ensign ever assigned to command a transport ship.
Following the war, Joe returned to Dartmouth College where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in the Class of 1946. He then attained his MBA from the Tuck School of Business in 1948.
In 1952, Joe received his Juris Doctorate in law from Boston College Law School.
Joe began his professional career in Dallas, Texas. He studied oil and gas law at Southern Methodist University Law School, passing the Texas Bar in 1953. He served for several years as counsel for Three States Natural Gas Inc. and continued his legal career in oil and gas law in Texas.
In 1964 he returned to Lowell to join his father and his brother, Richard K. Donahue in the expansion of the family law firm, Donahue and Donahue. Founded by Daniel Jackson Donahue in 1887, Donahue and Donahue became one of the premier law firms in the Commonwealth, and represented clients from all over the country.
An active member of the Greater Lowell community, Joe volunteered his talents in many places. He was a dedicated patron to several charitable, educational, religious and business organizations.
In the early 1970’s, Joe served as the Chairman of the committee which oversaw the merger of Lowell Technological Institute and Lowell State Teacher’s College into what is now UMass Lowell. He was awarded the University’s Presidential Medal for his efforts in 1976.
A longtime fundraiser for the Immaculate Conception Church and the religious order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was a founding Director of the Oblate Men’s Mission Guild which raised money for the Oblates missionary work throughout the world.
A past President of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce, he also directed the fundraising effort in the mid-nineteen seventies to build a new YMCA.
Joe was the husband of the late Eileen (McGuire) Donahue, his wife of 46 years, who died March 26, 1996.
In addition to his wife Karen, he is survived by three sons Joseph P. Donahue, III and his wife Priscilla B, Wald of Durham, NC, Matthew C. Donahue, Esq. and his wife Lisa Gwiazda of Lowell, John B. Donahue and his wife Wendy of Lowell and his daughter Marianne Perchlik and her husband Andrew of Marshfield, VT; 14 grandchildren Evan M. and Nathaniel W. Donahue, Matthew J., Gregory D., Andrew J. and Peter M. Donahue, Jonathan P., Kathryn E., Brendan I., Daniel J. and Liam M. Donahue, and Mary M., Wren J. and Maple S. Perchlik.
He is missed and survived by step children Paige and Jason Johnson and their children Hunter and Wyatt, Derek and Samantha Bingley and their son Ezra,
He was the brother of Richard K. Donahue and his wife Nancy of Lowell, Daniel J. Donahue his wife Marilyn of Barrington, IL, David Donahue and his wife Jean of Winchester, Dorothy Sullivan and her husband James of Westford and Catherine Donahue of Falmouth; and many nieces and nephews in greater Lowell, and points beyond.
Joe was the brother of the late Margaret (Donahue) Raney.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday. His funeral will take place from the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock followed by his Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Joseph P. Donahue, Jr. Entreprenurial Fund for U/Mass Lowell, c/o JP Donahue Charitable Foundation, c/o Eno, Martin and Donahue, LLP, 21 George St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
John J. O’Sullivan
World War II Vet, of Lowell, 90
John J. O’Sullivan, 90, of Lowell, died Sunday morning, September 15th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 8, 1923, the son of the late John J. and the late Ellen T. (Smith) O’Sullivan, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1940.
A veteran of World War II, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Before retiring, John was employed as a Foreman with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Works in Greater Lowell for over 35 years. He was a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
He was a lifelong communicant of the Parish of St. Rita in Lowell and was a member of the Holy Name Society.
John is survived by a sister Mary E. O’Sullivan of Lowell, MA; a niece Mary Helen Hulse of Wenham, MA; six nephews Patrick Shanahan of North Kingston, RI, Atty. Kevin Finnegan of Charlestown, MA, Barry Finnegan of Dracut, MA, Brendan Finnegan of Dracut, MA, Mark Finnegan of Wrentham, MA and James O’Sullivan of Hampton, NH; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was also brother of the late Ann M. Finnegan, the late Helen Shanahan and the late James B. O’Sullivan, brother-in-law of the late Atty. Cornelius T. Finnegan, Jr. and uncle of the late Atty. Cornelius T. Finnegan III and the late Atty. Edward Finnegan.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Tuesday morning. His Funeral Mass will follow at the PARISH OF ST. RITA at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Janette B. Bradley
Janette B. Bradley, 53, of Lowell, died Thursday evening, September 12th at Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Peter Scannell who survives her.
Born in El Paso, Texas, November 11, 1959, the daughter of the late Jack and the late Nelle (O’Nan) Bradley, she attended El Paso schools and was a graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso. Eager to further her education, she then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas in Arlington, a Master of Business Administration Degree in Marketing & Finance from the University of North Texas in Denton and a PhD in Information Science, also from the University of North Texas.
Most recently, Janette employed as Manager of a Software Development Business Unit with Avid Technologies in Tewksbury.
In addition to her husband Peter, Janette is survived by her loving daughter Madeline Scannell of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Lois Knezek and her husband Gerald of Sanger, TX and Marian Swider and her husband William of Honolulu, HI; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In keeping in accordance with her wishes, all Services were held privately. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978 or 866) 458-8768.