Bartholomew F. “Bart” Ryan
Loving husband, father and grandfather, 83
Bartholomew F. “Bart” Ryan, 83, of Lowell, a member of a well known Highlands family, died Tueday May 19th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of Joan F. (Kierce) Ryan who survives him and with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on May 28th of this year.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 1, 1931, the son of the late William R. and the late Frances (Parker) Ryan, he attended St. Patrick Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1948.
A disabled veteran of the Korean Conflict, Bart proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.
Before retiring, Bart was employed as a Lineman with Verizon, previously known as New England Telephone for over 40 years.
Among his many activities, Bart was a former member of BPOE #87 Lowell Lodge of Elks as well as a member of the American Legion Post #87, the VFW Post #662 and the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to his wife Joan, Bart is survived by a son William R. Ryan of Harwich, MA; a granddaughter Brianna Joy Ryan of San Diego, CA; three sisters Sister Margaret Ryan, SND of Worcester, MA, Ellen Woods of Northboro, MA and Suzanne Ryan also of Northboro, MA; his brother -in-law Ronald F. Kierce of Dennis MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also father of the late Paul W. Ryan who died May 6, 1989 and brother of the late Sister Mary Ryan, SND, the late Sister Alice Ryan, SND and the late Frances Durkin and her late husband Harold Durkin.
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 his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10:30 o’clock. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Paul W. Ryan Scholarship Fund, c/o Janet Muzzy, UMass Amherst Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Ethel Margaret Castles
Retired supervisor at former Southern New England Telephone;
Ethel Margaret Castles, 95, of North Haven, CT, died on May 14, 2015.
Born in Hartford, CT on December 3, 1919, the only child of the late Harry Joseph and the late Ethel (Bamber) Castles, she spent her early years in Manchester, Shelton, and New Haven, where she graduated from Hillhouse High School, Class of 1938.
Ethel received several degrees from Southern Connecticut State College (now University): Associate’s (1959); BA, English (1965); MA, English (1976 – Thesis: The Theme of Melancholy in Eugene O’Neill’s Plays); and, Masters of Library Science (1986).
As a child, Ethel spent time with relatives in the Lowell, MA area, when she was also a member of the “True Blue Club.” Club members attended summer camp at Wenham, MA’s Iron Rail property, sponsored by Helen C. Frick. Ethel’s mother and aunts were original Club members.
During her 43-year career, she held various supervisory and management positions in the Comptroller’s Office of the former Southern New England Telephone Company. After retiring and receiving her Masters of Library Science, Ethel was, for many years, a librarian at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and the Miller Memorial Library in Hamden. She also volunteered at the Second-Hand Purse Book Shop, sponsored by the Friends of the Hamden Library.
Ethel was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and a past member of both the American Association of University Women and the American Library Association. She was secretary of the reunion committee of the Hillhouse Class of 1938. Ethel was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church, in Hamden, Ct. An avid reader of 19th and 20th century literature and most biographies, Ethel could often be found reading more than one book at a time. She also enjoyed rug-hooking, postcard collecting, theatre, and many types of music, especially jazz and opera.
She loved, and was well-loved, by many friends, neighbors, cousins, and especially her cats, Meggie, then Spencer. Ethel is survived by the Tracy family, formerly of Milford, CT, who considered Ethel to be an honorary member of their extended family. Ethel was particularly close to and a good friend to her cherished goddaughter, Tara Tracy, and her husband Tom Brightman. Ethel is survived by a number of relatives and their families, including: cousins Lisa Bamber; Ann Chandler Patterson; Eleanore Ryan McCormack; Kathryne Ryan Sawtwelle; Joseph Ryan; Jane Dockett Lane; Virginia Dockett Johnson; and, cousin and goddaughter Dorothy Dockett Stumpf. In her final years, Ethel very much appreciated the care and assistance that she received from an extended network of professional and loving health care aides.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. Saturday May 23, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH (543 Bridge St., Lowell, MA) at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in’the Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell, MA. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Connecticut Hospice 100Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s Mary J. Bacigalupo Community Fund or Walter Andrew Bacigalupo Memorial Fund, c/o GLCF, 100 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA, 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Warren J. Brodeur
Retired Patrolman Lowell Police Department;
Warren J. Brodeur, 75, formerly of Lowell and a retired Patrolman with the Lowell Police Department, died Friday evening at his home in Hampstead, New Hampshire surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved husband of Beverly Ann (McGuinness) Brodeur with whom he celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on May 7, 2015.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 11, 1939, the son of the late Harold J. and the late Lillian A. (Bean) Brodeur, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
A member of the U. S. Navy, Warren served his country during the Cuban Missle Crisis in 1963.
Appointed as a permanent officer to the Lowell Police in 1973, he served as a Patrolman with the Lowell Police Department for over 21 years until his retirement in 1994.
A loving father and grandfather, Warren especially enjoyed the times spent with his family and friends. In addition, he was considered an artist by all accounts and loved to paint and to cook as well.
Besides his wife, Warren is survived by four children Thomas F. Brodeur of Deltona, FL, Carol – Jean Leboeuf of Dracut, Scott W. Brodeur and his wife Kelly of Freeport, ME and Robin L. Kelley and her husband Sean of Salem, NH; five grandchildren Matthew Leboeuf, Ashley Leboeuf, Morgan Kelley, Ryan Kelley and Merrill Brodeur; many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Richard Brodeur, the late Robert Brodeur, the late June Kellogg, the late Russell Brodeur, the late Keith Brodeur and the late Eileen Sherwin.
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 his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. FRANCIS CHURCH in DRACUT at 9 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at odonnell funeralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Assn., 40 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Francis P. “Frank” Ellis
member of well known Lowell family
Francis P. "Frank" Ellis, 90, a member of a well known Lowell family, died Tuesday at his home of natural causes.
He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 8, 1924, the son of Habib and Deeba (Halaly) Ellis, who were early 20th century Syrian immigrants during Lowell's mill era.
Frank received his education from the Lowell school system.
Unable to serve in WWII due to flat feet, Frank fought the war at home working with Ford Motor Company and at the Naval Shipyard, among other positions.
A lifelong communicant of St. George Antiochian Church in Lowell, Frank was also active with the Lowell Senior Citizens.
He is survived by a brother, George Ellis and his wife Frances of Chelmsford, and five nephews.
Friends may call at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, 44 BOWERS ST. in Lowell from 11 to 12 o’clock Tuesday morning. His Funeral Service will begin at 12 o’clock Noon at Church. Burial will take place at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: St. George Antiochian Church,44 Bowers Street, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978 or 866) 458-8768.