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Betty Ann (Tanner) Decker Print E-mail

Betty Ann Decker

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Betty Ann (Tanner) Decker, 77, of Lowell, beloved wife of the late William H. Decker, Jr., died Monday afternoon at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, January 3, 1938, the daughter of the late Dorson and the late Mildred (Whaley) Tanner, she attended Burlington, VT, schools and was a graduate of Burlington High School.

Betty Ann was a proud wife, mother and grand/great grand parent, but also kept a pretty busy schedule in her community.

A neighborhood activist in the Highlands section of Lowell, she was a communicant the former Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and later St. Margaret Church. A member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of her parish, Betty Ann also taught CCD and was a CYO advisor.

Among her many interests, Betty Ann enjoyed bowling, knitting and sewing but her most treasured times were spent with family and friends.

Betty Ann is survived by two daughters Cynthia A. McAndrews and her husband William of Lowell, with whom she resided, and Elizabeth Decker Taylor and her husband Stephen of Rochester, NH; two sons Charles R. Decker of Chelmsford and Michael K. Decker of Tewksbury; 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister Virginia Giroux of Burlington, VT; several nieces and nephews.

She was also the mother of the late Robert W. Decker and the late William H. Decker, III and was sister of the late Robert Tanner and the late Malcolm Tanner.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Senior Center Activity Fund, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr., and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 

 
James "Brendan" Reilly Print E-mail

James “Brendan” Reilly

 
 James “Brendan” Reilly, 83, of the Belvidere Section of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4th at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Linda (Harris) Reilly with whom he celebrated their 38 wedding anniversary on September 16th of this year.
 Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, July 5, 1932, a son of the late Francis and the late Susan (Gorman) Reilly, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1952 where he was also a member of the Keith Academy state baseball championship team.
 He was a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell.
 Before retiring, James was employed as a proofreader with Bowne Financial Printers in Boston for over 20 years. Previously, he worked at the Courier Citizen Company in Lowell.
 James enjoyed all sports, but his true passion was playing golf at Longmeadow Country Club in Lowell. His family would especially like to thank the team at Longmeadow who helped to revive him, giving his family some precious hours they were able to spend with him.
 In addition to his wife Linda, James is survived by his in-laws James and Cynthia (Harris) Foye of Chelmsford; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren.
 James also leaves his special godchild Mary Jane (Faneuf) Merrill who would always light up his face. Thank you Mary Jane for years of love and devotion!
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. on Saturday. His Funeral Mass will follow at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 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 Cure SMA, N.E. Chapter, P.O. Box 2902, Woburn, MA 01888 or the American Heart Assn., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 
B. Joseph Tully Print E-mail

B. Joseph Tully

 
Loving Father, Brother and Papa
 
 B. Joseph Tully, 88, a former Massachusetts State Senator and Lowell City Manager, died peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Lowell General Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years Annette (Chouinard) Tully on April 16, 2009.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 4, 1927 to the late Bernard and the late Ellen (Adams) Tully, he attended the Lowell Public Schools before graduating from Keith Academy in the class of 1944. 
 After high school he then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Panama during WWII until his honorable discharge in November 1946.
 Joe graduated from Boston University in 1951 at the top of his class, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration in three years time.
 Shortly thereafter he started his own business, Tully Associates, representing manufacturing agents including the D-Con Company.  He had a successful business career before entering politics in 1965, when he was elected to the Dracut Board of Selectmen.
 In 1971 Joe was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in the 1st Middlesex District where he served as Chairman of The House Ways and Means Committee.
 From 1979 to 1987 he served as Lowell City Manager. During his tenure he was instrumental in the revitalization of Lowell; his sensitivity to the needs of business served as a major catalyst to Lowell’s renaissance. His accomplishments as City Manager were many, but most outstanding of those were his work in bringing a first class Hilton Hotel and the Wang Corporate Education Center into the heart of downtown. He formed close working relationships between the private and public sectors in the city and along with Senator Paul Tsongas helped create the Lowell Plan.
 During his tenure as City Manager Joe was invited to appear on the Today Show, after Lowell was ranked number one in the country in building permits. He also worked to stabiliz the  real estate tax rate and to provide solid city services. He had a great deal of respect for City employees and the work that they did in the City that he loved.
 In his free time he cherished his days in Seabrook Beach with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
 Joe was a Past President of the Dracut Men’s Club and a former Dracut Youth Baseballl Coach. A life member of Long Meadow Golf Club, he also was a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks.
 He is survived by two daughters and a son; Sharon Tully of Dracut, Joseph R. Tully of Dracut, and Jo-Ann (Tully) Keegan and her husband John of Lowell.  He leaves his two beloved grandchildren, James Tully Keegan and Kristina Ann Keegan, who were the greatest joy of his life from the moment they were born.  He is also survived by his brother Francis Tully of Chelmsford  and his son Stephen Tully and his daughter Ellen (Tully) Nutter, and his sister in law Elizabeth (Barrett) Tully and her son Andrew Tully; and   many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  
  In addition to his wife, Mr. Tully was predeceased by his youngest son Philip, his brother Richard Tully, and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. 
 The family would like to thank the staff at D’Youville Senior Care Center West Wing for the kind compassionate care given to their father. 
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MARGUERITE D’YOUVILLE CHURCH in Dracut at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery in Dracut. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 
Joseph B. Kraus Print E-mail

Joseph B. Kraus

Loving father, brother and uncle, 56

  Joseph B. Kraus, 56, of Lowell, died Saturday, October 31st at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.
 Born Shirley, Massachusetts, September 13, 1959, a son of the late Robert B. and the late Dorothy T. (Duffy) Kraus, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
 A veteran of Desert Storm, Joe proudly served his country in the U.S Navy as a Senior Chief  Petty Officer working as a Sonar Technician aboard submarines and retired after serving 20 years.
 Following retirement from the Navy, Joe was employed as a Customer Service Technical Supervisor with BTU International in North Billerica.
 Among his many activities, he was a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross.
 Joe is survived by a son Christopher L. Kraus and his wife Kristen of Nashua, NH; a daughter Carolyn J. Kraus of Mullica Hill, NJ; three sisters Louise Delage and her husband Roger of Milford, NH, Leonora Allen and her husband Paul of Hudson, NH and Theresa Martin of Chelmsford, MA; four brothers William Kraus and his wife Cheryl of Missouri, Robert Kraus and his wife Lee of Nashua, NH, Thomas Kraus and his wife Sandra of Lowell, MA and Leonard Bartini and his husband Peter of Springfield, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Albert Kraus.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 12 to 1 P.M. on Saturday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home. Interment will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway,
Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

 
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