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David L. Gannon, Sr. Print E-mail

David L. Gannon, Sr.


Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;

David L. Gannon, Sr, 80, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died peacefully in his sleep at Northwood Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Lowell on Monday December 21.
He was the husband of the late Joan (Lynch) Gannon who died in 2009. 
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on Sept. 5, 1935, the son of the late Daniel J. Gannon, Sr. and the late Katherine (Grady) Gannon, he attended Lowell schools and was a communicant at St. Rita’s Church.
An excellent athlete, Dave excelled in basketball and was even inducted in the Gryphon Hall of Fame for the Lowell Trade School class of 1953.
David, a proud veteran, entered the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War in North Dakota and Iceland from 1953-1957.
A master pipefitter for many years, Dave later was a Housing Inspector for the City of Lowell before retiring in Rye, NH, Florida and Lowell.
Dave always had a funny story to tell and had a keen sense of humor that made all around him laugh even in the most difficult times.  He had a strong sense of family whom he loved very much. He was caring, jovial, supportive and loving.  He will be deeply missed. 
David is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Moffett and her husband David of Somersworth, NH, Laura Gannon-Murakami and her husband Kentaro of Shelburne VT; one son, David Gannon Jr. and Teri True of Lakeway TX.   five grandchildren,   Jason Barnes, USCG and his wife Ashley (O’Dell) of Kodiak AK, Kyle Barnes of S. Berwick ME, Ken Murakami of Pittsburgh PA, Gina Murakami of Boulder CO and David Gannon of Lakeway, TX and two great grandchildren, Jason and Sheala Barnes of Kodiak AK.  He is also survived by two sisters, Joan Publicover of Lowell and Isabelle Gannon and her husband Paul Paris of Methuen MA; and was beloved by many nieces and nephews.
David is predeceased by three brothers, Daniel  Gannon, Jr, John Barry Gannon and Richard Gannon and two sisters, Katherine Kiernan and Sheila Bishop all of Lowell.
Sadly, David’s sister-in-law Theresa (Belanger) Gannon of Lowell also passed away  this week on Tuesday December 22, 2015 the day after David. 
The Gannon Family would like to thank Merrimack Valley Home Health VNA and Lowell General Hospital for their kind compassionate care.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday morning at St. Rita’s Church in Lowell at 10:30 A.M. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Merrimack Valley Home Health Foundation 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 - 978-552-4171. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768
Mark R. McHale Print E-mail

Mark R. McHale

Beloved brother and uncle,

Mark R. McHale, 69, a member of widely known Lowell family, died peacefully Monday morning at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.

Born in Danvers, Massachusetts, November 26, 1946, the son of the late Norbert P. and the late Sophia B. (Wilk) McHale, he received his education in the Lowell School system.

For many years, Mark worked as a store clerk at Albert H. Notini and Sons, Inc. until his retirement.

He was also a friend of Bill’s.

Mark is survived by his sister Norberta J. Reilly and her husband Thomas of Wayland, MA; his brother John W.  “Jay” McHale and his wife Jessica of Salem, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday morning followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 1:00 P.M. Committal Services will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Patrick Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

Kristine Elizabeth Miller Print E-mail

Kristine Elizabeth Miller, R.N.

Loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend, 48
 Kristine Elizabeth (Talty) Miller, R.N., 48, of Ayer, died peacefully on Saturday, December 19th at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill with her loving family by her side following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved companion of David Bonacci who survives her.
 Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 8, 1967, a daughter of Gerald F. and Deborah L (Ruggles) Talty of Jay, VT, she attended Hudson, NH schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in the Class of 1985. Eager to further her education and follow her dream, she then went on to graduate from Rivier College School of Nursing in Nashua as a Registered Nurse.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Kristine was employed as a Registered Nurse with Tufts New England Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
 Among her many activities, she enjoyed gardening, skiing and her occasional trips to Las Vegas. She loved her house and was known to be always decorating or doing some kind of home improvements. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. However, her true passion was her job as a Registered Nurse and she cherished caring for the babies and helping their families.
 In addition to her parents and companion, Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Kaylee R. Caruso of Ayer, MA and son Michael J. Miller of Milford, NH; a sister Kathleen M. Martino and her husband Rohn of Bedford, NH; a brother Gerald B. Talty, III and his wife Melissa of Hudson, NH; her paternal grandmother Catherine E. Talty of Bedford, NH; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs Angel and Chloe.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH, 25 Library St, Hudson, NH at 10 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 Merrimack Valley Hospice House, c/o Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack St, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Cynthia Plakas Print E-mail

Cynthia Plakas

Loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, 86
 Cynthia (Economopoulos) Plakas, 86, of Peabody, formerly of Lowell, died Monday, December 7th at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas J. Plakas who died December 9, 2005.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 22, 1929, a daughter of the late George and the late Catherine (Ladopoulos) Economopoulos, she attended the Hellenic American School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1947. Eager to further her education, she then went on to attend Katherine Dell Secretarial School in Boston.
 Before retiring, Cynthia was employed as a Sales Associate with Filene’s Basement in Boston for over 25 years. Previously, she assisted her husband at his famous Blue Diner Restaurant in Boston which he opened after WW II and ran for over 34 years.
 Among her many activities, she enjoyed reading, knitting, singing and attending Social Groups at her Brooksby Village Community.
 Cynthia is survived by two daughters Diane Kalbarczyk and her husband Kris of Pleasanton, CA and Karen Guzelian and her husband Charles of Indian Land, SC; four granddaughters Emily, Melissa and Amanda Kalbarczyk all of Pleasanton, CA and Krista Abler and her husband Ryan of League City, TX; a grandson Michael Guzelian of Louisville, KY; a sister Christine Demetriou and her husband Chris of Lowell, MA and Marco Island, FL; and her nephews and nieces Dr. Steven Demetriou, Dr. Gary Demetriou, Christopher Andros, Cathy Economopoulos and Elizabeth Economopoulos.
 She was also sister of the late Martha Andros and the late Louis Economopoulos.
 Relatives and friends may call for visitation at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in LOWELL from 9 to 10 A.M. on Monday. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated immediately following visitation 10 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA, 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
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