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Roberta J. “Bobbie” Maniatis

A member of a well-known Greater Lowell family;

Roberta J. “Bobbie” (Krowchun) (Valcanas) Maniatis, 68, of Dracut, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 8, 2021 at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.

Bobbie married the love of her life on August 3, 1985 and enjoyed every moment of her life with Robert J. “Bob” Maniatis, who survives her.

Born November 7, 1953, in Chester, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Alexander J. and the late Elizabeth (O’Neil) (Krowchun) Price, she attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Dracut High School Class of 1971. Bobbie recently served on her 50th Class Reunion Committee and the event was very successful.

For most of Bobbie’s career, she was in the newspaper industry as an Account Executive at both the Lowell Sun and Nashua Telegraph developing new and maintaining current customers through various multi-media avenues.

In 2015, she decided to take a new path and joined the team at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank as Accounts Administrator. During this time, she developed professional relationships with three other Massachusetts Food Banks and with State and U.S.D.A. contacts. Bobbie especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the staff, volunteers, vendors, donors and member agencies all sharing the common goal of helping others.

Bobbie and her husband, Bob, were deeply involved for over 25 years with the Good Friends organization holding fundraisers to finance Christmas parties for needy children and to provide food and gift baskets to their families. She was also on the Board of the Dracut Food Pantry.

Among her many interests, Bobbie loved working in her yard but most cherished spending time with her family and friends, especially during the Christmas Holidays. In addition, some of her favorite times were spent with her husband and close friends in Clearwater Beach, Florida and with relatives and friends at Lovell Lake in NH, where they spent the first part of their honeymoon.

Besides her husband, Bobbie is survived by a daughter Jaime Valcanas and her partner Judson “JB” Bell of Salem, NH, her stepson Christopher Maniatis of Lowell, two sisters Maureen Chester and her husband Andrew of Pelham, NH and Paula Good and her husband Jimmy of Pelham, NH; her mother-in-law Virginia “Ginger” Maniatis of Lowell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call for her Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 11 to 1:00 P.M. on Thursday December 16, 2021, followed by her Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 1 o’clock. (The family has requested anyone attending Bobbie’s wake/service to please wear a mask upon entrance into the Funeral Home.) E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Dracut Food Pantry, 1934 Lakeview Ave. # 11, Dracut, MA 01826. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (6)
  • Rosemary Collamer
    So very sorry for the loss of Bobbie. She was a wonderful co-worker and such a kind and giving person! She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends. You are all in my thoughtsv and prayers during this most difficult time. Rosemary Collamer
  • Moran Family  - Deepest Condolances
    Dear Maniatis Family, my wife and I wanted to extended our deepest condolences for your loss. We have and will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Sincerely, Patrick and Jennifer Moran
  • phyllis marion
    Bob and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. Bobbie was simply the best and no doubt will be sorely missed. Memories are eternal, keep them near and dear. Phyllis Marion
  • The Bell Family  - Sending our love...
    We wanted to express our deepest condolences and sadness for your loss. Our hearts are with you and the whole family. ♥ With love, Rich, Chris, Bryana, Skylar, and Blake Bell
  • The Bell Family  - Sending all our love
    We wanted to express our deepest condolences and sadness for your loss. Our hearts are with you and the whole family. ♥ With love, Rich, Chris, Bryana, Skylar, and Blake Bell
  • Tom Curtis  - Bobbie was such a giving person
    To the Maniatis Family, I am so sorry of your loss of your Bobble. I knew Bobble from being down at the food bank . She always took the time to say hello and thank us for helping out . What a giving person to our wonderful community . Sincerely, Tom Curtis
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