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Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen Print E-mail

Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen

Age 106, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt;

Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen, 106, of the Highlands section of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Saturday July 2, 2022, at the Belvidere Healthcare Center in Lowell.

She was the wife of the late George H. Wessen and the late Edward Desmarais (who died on D Day in WWII at the Battle of Normandy).

Born in Lowell, MA, August 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Chelsea and the late Madeline (Mahoney) Couilliard, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement she worked as a Salesclerk at the former Bon Marche Department Store in Lowell and at the Pollard’s Store across the street.

Doris is survived by her son Edward J. “Jack” Desmarais of Saratoga Springs, New York; three grandchildren: Mark Desmarais and his wife Cecile of South Glastonbury, CT, Brian H. Desmarais of Davie, Florida, and David J. Desmarais and his wife Colleen of Mankato, Minnesota; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was the mother-in-law of the late and his wife Jacqueline A. (Patenaude) Desmarais and sister of the late Raymond Couilliard and late James Couilliard.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Tuesday July 12, 2022, at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH at 12:00 Noon followed by her burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church Restoration Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Linda M. Dusblon Print E-mail
Linda M. Dusablon

Beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend;

Linda M. Dusablon, 71, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 21st.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 19, 1951, the daughter of Denise R. (Julian) (Dusablon) Green and the late Francis A. Dusablon, she received her education through the Lowell School system.

Prior to her retirement she was a Nurses-aide working in various Nursing Homes throughout Greater Lowell.

Besides her mother Denise, she is survived by a son Alan Reedy of Lowell, MA; two grandchildren: Lucia Agusto of Boston, MA, and Tina Cardenas of Lowell, MA; several great grandchildren; three sisters: Debbie Hall of New Hampshire, Lillian Silva of Dracut, and Donna L. Dusablon of Lowell, MA; three brothers:  Jerry Dusablon of Tennessee, Darryl Durand of Florida, and Scott Dusablon of Boston, MA; many nieces and nephews; and two of her dear friends; Lisa Boisvert of Lowell, MA, and Christa M. Ringler of Lowell.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Shirley Marie Schaefer Print E-mail

Shirley Marie (Corkery) Schaefer

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister

Shirley Marie (Corkery) Schaefer passed away peacefully on Sunday June 5, 2022 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell, MA.

She was the beloved wife of William F. Schaefer who predeceased her in 1986 after 42 years of a happy marriage.

Born on August 13, 1924, in Lisbon Falls, ME, she was the daughter of the late Raymond F. and Anna (Carr) Corkery.

Originally from Lowell, her family moved back when she was small. She remained here for the rest of her life. In her younger days, Shirley worked in a mill on the looms and Remington Arms during the war.

A lifelong parishioner at St. Patrick Church, where she was an active member of the Ladies’ Sodality and a Eucharistic Minister for over 30 years, she also delivered communion as a volunteer to St. Joseph’s and Saints Memorial Hospitals.

She was a Past President of the League of Catholic Women and had a great devotion to the rosary. She enjoyed anything Irish and loved the parish’s history and celebrations.

Shirley was a school traffic supervisor for over 30 years at the Dover Street and Morey Schools, a job she thoroughly enjoyed because of the students.

In her later years, she resided at Chelmsford Crossings where she volunteered to read at a local preschool. Shirley remained active, participating in many activities. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and reading. Summers would find her at Hampton Beach for an annual family vacation to which she always looked forward.

Her final years were spent at D’Youville Senior Care where she received loving and excellent medical care. She participated in any and all activities offered to the residents. She liked interacting with the nuns who were present until the pandemic changed everything with the restrictions of distancing. Shirley’s family would like to thank with gratitude all of the staff, especially the activities coordinator, the people on Sweetlands who took such good care of her in her last days, and Merrimack Valley Hospice who provided hospice care. The family also wants to thank Dr. Dimitre Sirakov who treated Shirley with love and compassion for 15 years, seeing her through to the end.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Gail Green and her husband Jeff; her son William and his wife Mary Ellen; her grandchildren David Green; Linzee Phen and her husband Sophorn; William Schaefer and his wife Jenna; Caitlin Jondro and her husband Joshua; Mikhaila Cornell and her husband Herbert; and her six great-grandchildren. She also leaves two loving sisters: Beverly Haley and Edna Van Hook and her husband Jerold, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Edmund Corkery, Brendan Corkery, and her sister Joan Lovejoy.

Relatives and friends may call Friday morning June 10, 2022, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. PATRICK CHURCH at 11 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley’s name can be made to the D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

John M. Jeffers Print E-mail

John M. Jeffers

Beloved brother, uncle, cousin and friend;

John M. Jeffers, 61, of Lowell, Massachusetts, a member of a well-known Lowell family died Friday June 3, 2022, at Lowell General Hospital.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1961, the son of the late Frederick L. and the late Helen R. (Davis) Jeffers, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of the Greater Lowell Technical High School, Class of 1979.

Prior to his retirement, John was a dispatcher for the City of Lowell Police Department. Previously, he was a firefighter with the Lowell Fire Department.

Among his interests, he was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. But he was most happy when he was with his family.

John is survived by his four siblings Richard F. Jeffers and his wife Barbara of Wells, ME, Mary Jo McNeil and her husband Michael of Lowell, Susan Gannon and her husband James of Lowell and Frederick L. Jeffers, Jr. and his wife Rhonda of Dracut, MA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also the brother of the late Patricia A. Bowe and the late Paul Jeffers.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning June 9, 2022, at ST. RITA CHURCH in LOWELL at 10 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 Dana Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave. West, Boston, MA 02215 or Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

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