Alan R. LeGendre
Formerly of Lowell, 59
Alan R. LeGendre, 59, of Westford, formerly of Lowell, died Saturday, May 21st at his residence.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 2, 1956, he was the beloved son of the late Alan A. and the late Grace P. (Keon) LeGendre.
Alan is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Thursday morning at the Parish of St. Rita, 158 Mammoth Road in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the National Down Syndrome Society, P.O. Box 4916, New York, NY 10185 Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Albert J. Plourde
Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother;
Albert J. Plourde, 87, of Tewksbury, died Tuesday May 17th, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 16, 1929, the son of the late Hercule and the late Alice (Bois) Plourde, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Albert proudly served his country as a Corporal in the U.S Army as a member of the Military Police.
Prior to his retirement, Albert was a Foreman with J.J. Duane Demolition Company in Boston, where he worked for over 30 years.
He was the former husband of late Phyllis B. (Falardeau) Plourde.
Albert is survived by his daughter, Patricia H. Lefebvre and her husband Robert G. of Tewksbury, with whom he made his home; a son Ronald J. Plourde of Lowell; two grandchildren Robert G. Lefebvre, Ii and his wife Angela of Sebec, ME and Laura E. Lefebvre of Tewksbury; a great granddaughter Macee Lynn Lefebvre; a sister Blanche Boutin of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews; and his longtime girlfriend Betty Ann Pollinger of Tewksbury.
At his request all Funeral Services were held privately. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830… Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Filitsa V. Chigas
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt;
Filitsa V. (Papathanasiou) Chigas, 82, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of the late Vess Chigas, who died in 1989.
Born on May 24, 1933 in Argos Orestikon, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Michael and the late Sevasti (Tsolaki) Papathanasiou.
Moving to Thessaloniki, Greece as a teen to escape the fighting of the Greek civil war, she graduated at the top of her class from both the 1st Gymnasion of Thessaloniki and Paedagogiki Academia of Thessaloniki. Following her university studies, she taught at the prestigious “Scoli Schina,” the first private school established in Thessaloniki during the Turkish occupation.
In 1958, she was introduced to Vess while he was vacationing in Greece. They married in 1960, ultimately settling in Chelmsford.
Filitsa devoted her life to her family, friends and community, serving on the board of the Lowell General Auxiliary, as a Corporator of Lowell General Hospital, and on the Board of Directors of the House of Hope Homeless Shelter in Lowell.
Her many interests included travelling, classical music, gardening and other creative activities. She was passionate about issues of children’s welfare.
Filitsa is survived by her children, Diana Chigas and her husband George Antoniadis of Belmont, MA and Daphne Bogert and her husband Jonathan of Wallingford, PA, two grandchildren Anna G. Antoniadis and Charles V. Bogert, her brother, Dr. Andreas Papathanasiou and his wife Niki of Thessaloniki, Greece, brother-in-law Dr. William Chigas and his wife Margaret of Wells, ME, and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Friday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell at 10 o’clock. The burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the House of Hope, 812 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Gary J. Vadnais
Gary J. Vadnais, 62, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 15th at his home. He was the beloved fiancé of Melissa A. Jenkins who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 24, 1953, a son of the late Albert R. and the late Eva (Lessieur) Vadnais, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
Gary was currently employed as a maintenance handyman in property management with Lundgren Management Group.
Among his many activities, Gary enjoyed going to Hampton Beach, classic cars cookouts and loved making people laugh. He was also an avid sports fan especially of the Red Sox, Patriots and WWE. Above all else, he loved the quality time spent with his grandchildren.
In addition to his fiancé, Gary is survived by two daughters Amy Diaz and her husband Omar of Lowell and Beth Vadnais of Beverly, MA; three grandchildren Arielle Vadnais, Kendra Vadnais and Yandel Diaz; a sister Carol Trudel of Lawrence MA; a sister-in-law Nancy Vadnais of Tewksbury, MA; his former wife Karen Vadnais; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also brother of the late Bruce Lessier and the late Garvin Vadnais.
Relatives and friends may call for a Memorial Visitation at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at FLETCHER in Lowell from 2 to 4 P.M. on Saturday. All other services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Epilepsy Foundation New England, 335 Main Street, Unit 8, Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).