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Thomas E. Ralls Print E-mail

Thomas E. Ralls

Formerly of Lowell;
 Thomas E. Ralls, 56, formerly of Lowell, and a member of a widely known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully at his home in Framingham on Saturday March 10, 2018.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 18, 1961, the son of the Raymond F. Ralls and the late Pauline C. (Morin) Ralls, he graduated from the Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Central Catholic High School. Tom went on to receive his Associate’s Degree in Business from U/Mass Lowell.
  For most of his career Tom worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor at both the Framingham Men's Shelter and the Spectrum Company in Westborough.
  Besides his father Ray, Tom is survived by his son Tyler Ralls and Tyler's mother Cassandra Doyle of Framingham; daughter Angelina Ricadelli of N. Reading; two sisters Sharon Goyette and her husband Peter of Lowell and Patricia Mullally and her husband Timothy of Quincy; four nieces and nephews Matthew Goyette, Shane Goyette, Finley Mullally and Molly Mullally; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL at 9 o’clock followed by his burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Bldg. Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.

James C. Burliss Print E-mail


James C. Burliss

A Life Well Lived,

December 15, 1923 - February 28, 2018;

James C. Burliss, 94, formerly of Lowell, MA and Kennebunkport, ME passed away on Wednesday, February 28 in Naples, Florida.  Jim and Ann Burliss had recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary with some of their dearest friends.

Jim was a dedicated and hard worker who owned and operated Shamrock Liquors in Haverhill, MA until his retirement 30 years ago.

As members of Quail Creek Country Club, both Jim and Ann enjoyed partaking in the events held at the club.  Jim’s favorite event was the Kentucky Derby.

He was an avid golfer and a lifelong student of the game. Those who had the chance to play golf with our dad knew that he was an exceptional putter.

He was both humble and witty with a twinkle in his eye and loved to tell a good story. Daily, he would solve the morning cryptogram and word jumble with surgical precision. Technology, the internet, and the stock market became his favorite past time.

The couple met while working next door to each other on Dummer St., in Lowell MA. He was an auto-mechanic, while Ann worked in her father’s grocery store. Ann saw that Jim was thirsty and brought him a Coke, a love story that to this day and always will be filled with lasting memories of a compassionate, generous, and loving husband.

Jim’s parents Charles and Steliani Mpourles (Burliss) were Immigrants of Vlahava, Greece. Jim graduated from Lowell High School in 1941 and was drafted in 1943. As a member of the 45th Division, 179th infantry he was a proud Thunderbird. He fought in Italy, France, and Germany and was wounded in the Battle of Anzio, Italy for which he received a Purple Heart, and Gold Star for Heroic and Meritorious Achievement.  As a young soldier, he also fought in the historic Battle of the Bulge. On April 29, 1945, James and his regiment liberated Dachau. He and his infantry men drove the survivors to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, one week prior to the end of WWII.

His family was his greatest achievement. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was a very special man who would selflessly put the needs of his family first.

He is survived by his wife Ann (DeMoulas) Burliss, his children William, Judith, Marina and Charles, their spouses, seven grandchildren, two loving nieces Fotene Demoulas , Diana Merriam their spouses and children.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes the services will be private. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: and A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

I love you a little more today than yesterday. All my love, your wife Ann.







Winnefred L. DiRocco Print E-mail





EVENING MARCH 15, 2018 FROM 5:00 TO 7:00 P.M.

 Winnifred L. DiRocco

Loving mother and grandmother;

Winnifred L. “Winnie” (Baker) (Hancock) DiRocco, 87, of Pelham, NH, died Wednesday afternoon at the Blaire House in Tewksbury after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late John Hancock, Sr. and the late Dominic DiRocco.

Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, June 15, 1930, a daughter of the late Robert E. and the late Maude E. (Boynton) Baker, she attended Gloucester schools and was a graduate of Gloucester High School in the Class of 1948.

For many years Winnie worked at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell as a kitchen aide.

Winnie enjoyed playing bingo, doing puzzles, word searches and vacationing in New Hampshire.

However her true joy was the time she spent with her family and her pet animals.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl L. Hancock of Lowell and her son John Hancock, III and his wife Francine of Pelham, NH; two grandsons Jason Hancock of Lowell and Darrel Hancock of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may come to her Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher on THURSDAY EVENING MARCH 15, 2018 FROM 5:00 TO 7:00 P.M.  Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to MSPCA. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.  





Rita E. Lambert Print E-mail


Rita E. Lambert

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother;

           Rita E. (Rivard) Lambert, 93, of Dracut, died Wednesday, February 28th at the Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Lambert, who died January 3, 1984.
           Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 26, 1924, a daughter of the late Arthur and the late Rita (Jones) Rivard, she received her education at St. Patrick’s Grammar School.
           Before retiring, Rita was employed as a Nurse’s Aide at D’Youville Manor in Lowell for over 39 years.
           Among her many enjoyments, she loved crocheting and knitting and was a member of the Dracut Senior Center. Her greatest joy, however, was the quality time she cherished in the company of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
           Rita is survived by four daughters Carol A. O’Neill of Manchester, NH; Mary R. Marshall and her husband Roland of Dracut, MA; Shirley H. Jones of Billerica, MA; and Deborah J. Hoyt and her husband Gary of Epping, NH; a son Bruce K. Lambert of Campton, NH; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
           She was also grandmother of the late Robert W. O’Neill, JR., mother-in-law of the late Robert W. O’Neill, Sr., and sister of the late Helen Weihermuller and the late Arthur Rivard.
           Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. on Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at the ST. MARGUERITE D’YOUVILLE CHURCH in Dracut at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. 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 Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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