Obituaries Notices
James J. Stagnone Print E-mail

James J. Stagnone, M.D.

 James J. Stagnone, MD passed away on January 5, 2015 at the age of 82. He was born in Lowell, MA on Sept 23, 1932, the third of five sons to parents Joseph and Helen (Finnegan) Stagnone. Jim lived most of his life in Albuquerque, NM where he practiced dermatology from 1969 to 1994. He was a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of New Mexico Medical School, where each of his four sons also graduated. He devoted his medical skills and vast experience to the teaching of medical students and residents and, upon retirement, he donated his medical building to the UNM Department of Dermatology. The James J. Stagnone MD Building is now home to the Department of Dermatology and provides clinical space for the Division of Plastic Surgery at UNM.
 Jim was a scholar, athlete and renaissance man and excelled at every goal he set. He was the president of his high school class, captain of his high school football team and president of his fraternity at Bowdoin, where he also played football as a pre-medical student. He went on to Yale for medical school, graduating in 1959 and later joined the United States Army for a professional career in active military service until 1969 and then continued his service in the United States Army Reserves for another ten years, where he retired as a full Colonel. Although a scholar and passionate lover of people, travel and the finer things in life, his greatest happiness came from his family and their shared love of the great outdoors. He ran numerous marathons and "collected" trophies in golf and skiing. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club for over 30 years where he forged countless friendships and enjoyed a wonderful celebration at the end of his medical career. Upon his retirement from his daily medical practice in 1994, he moved to his beloved Taos each winter where, as a Certified Phase II Instructor, he taught skiing for the sheer love of people, sport and the joy of giving to others. This continued until 2004 when time began to catch up and overtake his ability to conquer the mountain.  During his entire time with the ski school, he continued to provide medical care free to all he could help.
 Once the reality of Parkinson's disease could no longer be ignored, Jim moved to Olympia, WA to be near three of his sons, David (Dave) a physician specializing in Radiology in Olympia, WA, Edward (Ted) an Engineer with Daimler in Portland, OR and James Jr. (Jay), an engineer with Hewlett Packard in White Salmon, WA. His fourth son Gregory (Greg) is a plastic surgeon in Dallas, TX. Jim was a best friend and cherished mentor to each of his sons. As one of five children, and himself having four sons of his own, his survivors include a nearly countless number of cousins, nieces, nephews and "grandpeople" but most closely include his sons Jay, Greg, Ted and Dave, daughters in law Ellen, Misty and Karen, his grandchildren Nick, Kaitlyn, Natalie, Caleigh and Caiden and his brothers Dan, Lou, Joe and Frank. Jim's family began missing him as Parkinson's disease slowly took away his participation in the life he so embraced. They now let go with love, thanks and true appreciation for the lessons in kindness, the support and the loving guidance he shared with so many in his 82 years of a life truly well lived.
 There will be a Celebration of Jim's life at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at FRENCH-Wyoming. Private family burial with military honors by the United States Army will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. For local condolences please go to
Janet A. Christian Print E-mail

Janet A. Christian

 Janet A. Christian, 49, of Atwater, California but for many years a resident of Lowell, died on December 15, 2014 after a brief illness in California.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 22,1965, the daughter of Jeanne (Gauthier) Christian and the late Joseph Christian, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
 Among her many interests, Janet enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
 Besides her mother, Janet is survived by two sisters Jeanne M. O'Neill and her husband Anthony of Lowell and Joanne F. Ofria and her husband Steven of Cape Coral Fl; two brothers Joseph M. Christian and his wife Susan of Hudson Fl. and John H. Christian and his wife Amanda of Hudson, N. H; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Committal of Ashes Service Friday January 16, 2015 at St. JOSEPH CEMETERY CHAPEL at 11:30 A.M. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38101. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Florence N. (Simon) (Gosson) Beede Print E-mail

Florence N. (Simon) (Gosson) Beede

beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister 

Florence N. (Simon) (Gosson) Beede, 87, formerly of Nesmith St. in Lowell, MA, passed away  Wednesday afternoon at The Arbors of Bedford in Bedford, NH.

She was the beloved wife of Calvin L. Beede, who survives her, and with whom she recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 5, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Cody) Simon, she received her education in the Lowell school system. 

Florence was proud of growing up in the Acre and of her ethnic origin and traditions.
She was a lifetime member of St. George’s Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Prior to her retirement, Florence was a sales clerk at the former Bon Marche in Lowell and in her early years, worked as a velvet cutter at the Merrimack Mills in Lowell.

Among her many interests, Florence enjoyed singing and dancing. She also loved to travel with her husband Cal to Hampton Beach and the Caribbean Islands and frequented restaurants locally and afar.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son John “Chuck” Gosson and his wife Pamela of Manchester, NH; three step children Louise A. Curtis and her husband Bruce of Amherst, NH, Calvin L. Beede, Jr. and his wife Karen of Gainesboro, TN and Rose M. Beede of Holiday, FL; two granddaughters Johanna L. Gosson and Amelia J. Gosson; a step-granddaughter Jacqueline M. Cook; two great-granddaughters Avalynne J. Gosson and Makenna L. Cook; a brother Fred Simon and his wife Elaine of Tewksbury; several nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband John A. Gosson, her sisters Evelyn Willis, Mary Valorose, brothers George Simon, John Simon and step-son James Beede.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell, MA from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Her Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial  will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory St. George Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   

Lucy M. Leahey Print E-mail

Lucy M. Leahey

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 90
 Lucy M. (Wetherbee) Leahey, 90, of Lowell, died Thursday, January 1st at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell with her loving family by her side. She was beloved wife of the late John J. Leahey who died August 13, 1990.
 Born in Ayer, Massachusetts, December 26, 1924, daughter of the late Clarence and the late Margaret (Burgess) Wetherbee, she received her education in the Ayer school system.
 Before retiring, Lucy was employed as a Linen Attendant with the former Basbane’s Linen Service in Lowell for over 20 years.
 Among her many activities, Lucy especially enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and playing bingo. She was a member of the St. Patrick Church Ladies Sodality and volunteered much of her time to numerous activities at St. Patrick Church, St. Patrick School and community.
 Lucy was known by all to be about family. A devoted housewife and caretaker, she tended to her husband’s and brother’s needs when they both became ill. She also loved and cherished the quality time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Lucy is survived by three daughters Louise Long and her husband James of Tyngsboro, MA, Linda Gagnon and her husband Carl of Dracut, MA and Joanne Leahey Sylvester and her husband Charles of Lowell, MA; two sons John J. Leahy, of Boston, MA and James M. Leahey of Lowell, MA; nine grandchildren JoLynn VanDinter and her husband Walter, Neal Boissonneault and his wife Tanya, Nicole White and her husband Greg, Jaimie Boissonneault, Jessica Rezendes and her husband Mark, Erin Crawford and her husband Derek, Steven Long, Michael Gagnon and Meaghan Gagnon; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH (lower church) in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the St. Patrick Church Renovation and Restoration Fund, 282 Suffolk 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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