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Rita A. Ypya Print E-mail

Rita A. Ypya

loving mother and grandmother, of Lowell, 57

 Rita A. (Gonsalves) Ypya, 57, of Lowell, died Tuesday, February 25th at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger Waino Ypya who died January 16, 2014.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 13, 1956, a daughter of Rita E. (Rondeau) Gonsalves of Lowell and the late John Gonsalves, she attended Lowell schools and was a Graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1974.
 Before a disability forced her retirement, Rita was employed as an Expense Coordinator with the TJX Corporation in Woburn for over 32 years.
 Among her many activities, Rita loved music of all kinds, enjoyed reading and was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. She was also a member of the Dom Polski Club in Lowell.
 Being all about family, she absolutely loved spending quality time with her grandchildren.
 In addition to her mother, Rita is survived by a son Andrew R. Ypya and his wife Chelsea of Salem, NH; two grandchildren Hailie Ypya and Logan Ypya; four sisters Marcy Coco and her husband Anthony of Lawrence,  MA, Kathy Gonsalves, Karen Stopyra and her husband Andy of Lowell, MA and Antoinette Robbins and her husband Jason of Nashua, NH; six brothers Ken Gonsalves, John Gonsalves and his wife Reta “Dee”, Chris Gonsalves, Michael Gonsalves and his wife Tina and Thomas Gonsalves all of Lowell, MA and David Gonsalves and his wife Allyson of Billerica, MA; his special cousins who were also her caregivers Natalie and Bill McCann of Lowell; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. FRANCIS CHURCH in Dracut at 9 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the St. Francis Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 609, Dracut, MA 01826. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Lucille (Walker) Choate Print E-mail

Lucille (Walker) Choate

 Beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother;
 Lucille (Walker) Choate, 75, of Lowell, died Sunday morning peacefully at her home. She was the wife of the late Jules A. Choate, Sr.
 Born in Shelby, North Carolina, July 9, 1938, the loving daughter of Kathleen Durham and the late Paul Walker, she attended Shelby schools and was a graduate of Cleveland High School in Shelby.
 Prior to her retirement, she worked as an office administrator at Wang Labs in Lowell. In addition, she served as a teacher’s aide for the Lincoln School.
 Lucille was a proud and active member of the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, NH.
 Besides her mother, Lucille is survived by two daughters Judy Choate-Morin and her husband Robert of Dracut and Jocelyn Choate of Boston; a son David Choate, Sr. of Dracut, 18 grandchildren and 19 great and 1 great-great grandchild.
 She was also the sister of Doris Hazard of RI, Patsy Choate, Dorothy Hardin, Edon Hartford, Germaine Stokes and Carol Durham all of Lowell, Joseph Durham of Shelby, NC and Harold Durham of Lowell; Lucille represented the 2nd of 6 generations of a loving family; and many dear friends, among them, Shirley Peak-Thomas and Lela Boykins-Hall.
 Friends may call at the New England Pentecostal Church, 955 Bridge St, Pelham, NH for a Memorial Visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday February 28, 2014. Her Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 P.M. in the Church. E-condolences/directions  In lieu of flowers please make contributions in her memory to New England Pentecostal (NEP) Outreach Food Pantry or Lowell General Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Lowell, Ma. (978 or 866) 458-8768.  

Ethel (Love) Carson Print E-mail


Ethel (Love) Carson


Ethel (Love) Carson, age 91, formerly of Pepperell and Attleboro, died Wednesday morning at the Blaire House in Tewksbury surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Attleboro, MA, March 27, 1922, the daughter of the late Alfred G. and the late Mary E. (Cooper) Love, she attended Attleboro schools and Attleboro High School.

Prior to her retirement, she was an artist in the jewelry industry.

She was the beloved wife of the late Henry W. Carson who died April 30, 1994.

Ethel is survived by her daughter Penelope C. “Penny” Lambroukos and her husband Alec of Tewksbury; three grandchildren William Lambroukos of Londonderry, NH, Amy Silva and her husband Chris of Boston and Kurt Lambroukos of Methuen; and two great grandchildren Olyvia and Isabella Lambroukos.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 to 11 A.M. Saturday morning. Her Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St. St., Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 4458-8768.

Joseph Lewis Zaher Print E-mail

Joseph Zaher, 81

 Joseph Lewis Zaher, 81, a former resident of Lowell, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA.
 Mr. Zaher was born Oct. 29, 1932 in Lowell, MA to the late Lewis M. and the late Naema (Saab) Zaher.
 He graduated from Lowell High School and later served two years active duty in the U. S. Navy.
 Joseph worked for several years at the Lowell Sun as a Linotype machinist. He later worked as a shipper for 19 years at BASF in Burlington, MA.
 He was an active Duckpin bowler, YMCA handball player, and challenge square dancer.
 Joseph is survived by his sister Jenny Yeroshefsky of Hyattsville, MD and his sister Ethel Habib of West Roxbury, MA as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
 He was also the brother of the late Mary R. Galotta, Alice Woods, Thomas Zaher, Mabel Kalil, Florence LaCourture, and Ernie Zaher.
  Relatives and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9 to 10:30 AM on Saturday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home. Burial at Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make donations in his memory to ASPCA (, Mspca ( or the Lowell Humane Society ( because Mr. Zaher was devoted to his cat, Dolly. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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