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Helen (Valacellis) Letsou Print E-mail
Helen (Valacellis) Letsou

Helen (Valacellis) Letsou, 89, formerly of Lowell but more recently from Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away peacefully at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday January 14, 2021.

She was the beloved wife of Dr. Vasilios G. Letsou for 49 years, until his death on January 16, 2005.

Born in Watertown, Massachusetts, March 25, 1931, the daughter of the late Cleanthis G. and the late Elpiniki (Stavrides) Valacellis, she attended Watertown schools and graduated from Watertown High School in 1949, the class salutatorian. Helen went on to graduate from Radcliffe College in 1953 with a B.A. degree in French.

Upon graduation, she worked at Dutton Publishing in Boston. Shortly after marrying in 1956, she and her husband moved to Lowell, where Helen resided until 2011.

A proud and devoted mother of three, Helen also served as an officer of the Lowell YWCA, participated in the community Garden Club, and supported children’s literacy at the Reilly School.  She was an avid tennis player.

She is survived by a daughter Dr. Anthea Letsou and her husband Dr. James E. Metherall of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sons Dr. George V. Letsou and his wife Dr. Jane Carter of Houston, TX and Peter V. Letsou and his wife Felicity Harper Letsou of Memphis, TN; grandchildren Nicholas and Stephanie Metherall, Christopher, Philip and John Letsou, and William, Christina and Theodore Letsou.  She is also survived by her sister Chrysanthe V. Thayer of Salt Lake City, Utah and her sister-in-law Athena G. Letsou of Lowell.

Helen was the sister of the late Alcmene V. Nichols.

Due to Covid 19 gathering restrictions, all Funeral Services were held privately for the family at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell and the Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Peter W. Reilly School, 115 Douglas Rd., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL - MA – (978) 458-8768.

A. Patricia Caron Print E-mail
A. Patricia Caron
Beloved wife, mother, nana, sister and friend

A. Patricia Caron, 91, resident of the Highland section of Lowell died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the D’Youville Life and Wellness Community after battling Alzheimer’s Disease for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Caron with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 26, 1929, the daughter of the late John J. and Mary Agnes (Coakley) O’Hare, she received her education at St. Patrick’s Grammar School and St. Patrick’s Girls High School.

She began her career as a clerk at the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds in Lowell. She then went on to work for the Lowell School Department at the school administrative offices and at the Molloy School for many years. A job she truly loved!

Pat loved spending time with her family and friends traveling to the beach and going on trips. Some of her most memorable trips were to Florida, Las Vegas, Aruba, and Branson, Missouri as well as her many cruises.  She especially enjoyed her “Mystery Rides” with her daughters, sisters and nieces. Pat would be the first in line at the Senior Center to sign up for a bus trip!

She is survived by her two sons, John J. Caron Jr. and D. Michael Caron both of Lowell; two daughters, Ann Marie Murphy and her husband Kevin of Lowell and Patricia Myers and her husband Barry of Gilford, NH; and her dear sister Marie Sherman of Lowell, with whom she spent the last six months.

She also leaves seven grandchildren, Joshua Lach, Joseph Lach, Kevin T. Murphy and his wife Carolyn, Matthew Myers, Bradley Myers, Erin Myers and Sarah Myers as well as five great grandchildren, Cayden, Bennett, Levi, Elizabeth and Luna. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Pat was predeceased by her sister Anne V. Stewart and her husband Roy J. Stewart and her in-laws, Mary LaRiche, Edward and Alice Zaniewski, Joseph and Claire Dowling, and Robert and Ruth Upton.

Due to gathering restrictions, all services will be held privately for the family with a burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory may do so to the Alzheimer's Association., 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452;  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768

Ronald J. Fortner Print E-mail
Ronald J. Fortner

Beloved brother, uncle and friend;

Ronald J. Fortner, 58, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday January 6, 2021 at the German House in Lawrence, MA.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 4, 1962, the son of the late James and the late Hazel (Foley) Fortner, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Prior to his retirement, he was a caretaker at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.

Ron is survived by two sisters Beverly Beauregard of Lowell and Margaret A. Fortner of Lowell; four brothers Alvin Fortner of Phoneix, AZ, James Fortner and his wife Dorothy of Lowell, Robert Fortner of Lowell, and his twin brother Donald Fortner of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Due to gathering restrictions, all services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Robert F. Anton Print E-mail

Robert F. Anton

Loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;


Robert F. Anton, 70, of Dracut, Massachusetts formerly of Lowell passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 12, 2021 at the Northwood Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 17, 1950, the son of the late Carroll and the late Eva R. (Gosselin) Anton Godbout, he received his education in the Lowell school system.

Prior to his retirement, he worked for Mahoney Oil for several years.

Bob loved music and was an accomplished drummer and saxophonist having played in various bands over the years including with his brother. His greatest joy was time spent with his son, grandson and his brothers.

He is survived by his son Adam R. Anton and his wife Kristine Duhamel of Lowell; a grandson Alexander A. Anton of Lowell; his brother Michael C. Anton and his wife Andrea of Dracut; a sister-in-law Pauline A. Anton and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Joseph T. Anton, who passed away two days before him on January 10, 2021 and the late David Anton and the late Daniel Anton.

Due to gathering restrictions, all Funeral Services were held privately for the family. A Celebration of Roberts’s Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL; FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA    (978) 458-8768.

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