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Efthemia I. "Effie" McKenna Print E-mail

Efthemia I. “Effie” McKenna

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

Efthemia I. “Effie” (Regopoulos) McKenna, 77, of Nashua, NH but formerly of Lowell, passed away Monday August 3, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH.

She was the loving wife of the late William T. McKenna, who died May 31, 2013.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Mach 16, 1943, a daughter of the late Angelo P. and the late Mary (Rigopoulos) Regopoulos, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1960.

Prior to her retirement, Effie was a customer Service representative for Walmart in Hudson, New Hampshire. Previously she was an Inspector at Honeywell Corporation and a sale’s clerk at Anton’s Cleaners in Nashua, NH.

Effie was a special person who loved spending time with family, traveling, Greek music, dancing and most of all, being the life of the party. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her two sons Thom P. McKenna and Michael A. McKenna both of Nashua, NH; a granddaughter Avery Rose McKenna of Nashua, NH; and a sister Myra Spirou and her husband Arthur of Nashua, NH; her aunts Alice Koumpouras and Penny Rigopoulos both of Lowell.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Private Funeral Services were held for the family followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery with her family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

Ronald J. Tello Print E-mail

Ronald J. Tello

Beloved brother, uncle and friend;

Ronald J. “Ronnie” Tello, 80, of Stoneham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday July 28, 2020.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 13, 1940, a son of the late Frank and the late Leonilda (Albano) Tello, he received his education in Boston schools and was a graduate of the Boston Trade school.

For most of his career, Ronnie was a general contractor and was the owner and operator of R. J. Tello Construction. He was a constable in the City of Boston in the late 1970’s and also served as a Notary Public.

Ron was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was an active fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Ron enjoyed outdoor sports, including snowmobiling and hunting, and would attend snowmobile races and rallies with his nephews.  He was also quite proud of his Italian heritage, and would visit Boston’s North End daily, enjoying a cappuccino, cannoli or dinner on Hanover Street with his friends and family.

He is survived by his two brothers Joseph “Buster” Tello and his wife Lorraine and John A. Tello and his wife Catherine all of Tewksbury; seven nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Ron was also the brother of the late Francis J. Tello who died in 2014, and a loving father to his late son Jamie, who passed away as a young child in 1965.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, private Funeral Services were held for the family and Ronald was buried with his family at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Research Hospital Memorial Fund,  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.


Richard A. Kenney Print E-mail

Richard A. Kenney

Retired NCAA Compliance Coordinator, U/Mass Lowell;

Richard A. Kenney, 72, of Lowell, passed away at Lowell General Hospital on Friday July 31, 2020 after a brief illness.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 2, 1947, the son of the late John F. and the late Dorothy M. (Russell) Kenney, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1965.

Richard continued his education receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Lowell Technological Institute (nka U/Mass Lowell) in 1969.

Prior to his retirement in 2011, after more than 40 years of service, Richard was the NCAA Compliance Coordinator for the Athletic Department at U/Mass Lowell. In addition, he served as the diving coach for the Varsity swim team for many years.

Among his many interests, Richard enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling annually to Nevis in the West Indies and Provincetown, MA. He enjoyed writing and penned a book titled "Lowell Technological Institute 1897-1975, The City, The School and it's Athletics".  He enjoyed music and was a member of the New Greely Singers.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Gail Kenney of Methuen; two nieces Susan St. Pierre and her husband Scott of Pelham, NH and their sons Sean and Michael and Deborah Quinn and her husband Raymond of Kingston, NH and their sons Connor and Douglas.

He was also the brother of the late Elaine (Kenney) Schubert and the late John Russell Kenney.

Due to Covid-19, all services will be private for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory may do so to the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.     



Colleen P. Armstrong Print E-mail

Colleen P. Armstrong

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Colleen P. (Perron) Armstrong, 70, beloved wife of Paul D. Armstrong with whom she recently celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 27th. She enjoyed a full life, often surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A longtime resident of Lowell MA, she was born to the late Bernard C. and the late Estelle (Parent) Perron.

A student of the Immaculate Conception school, Colleen was a 1969 graduate of Lowell High School, where she was a proud member of the Girl Officers Club. Later in life, Colleen went on to earn her Associate of Science degree from Middlesex Community College.

She worked for many years as an office manager for Northeastern Consulting Forestry Services. Additionally, she had a lengthy career as a transportation specialist for Lowell schools. Colleen made many lifelong connections with the students and teachers of St. Joseph High School, as well as many other Lowell schools where she was known and loved.

Colleen participated in numerous social organizations where she made many friends throughout the years. Amongst these many groups were the Women’s Club of St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell, The Red Hat Society, Merrimack Friends and Family, Merrimack Senior Citizens Club and Our Lady of Mercy Ladies’ Guild in Merrimack, NH.

Aside from spending as much time as possible with her family, Colleen’s interests included her love of Lake Winnipesaukee and a passion for genealogy. She spent summers at her family’s vacation home for more than 60 years at Lake Shore Park in Gilford, NH. Not surprisingly, she was once crowned “Miss Lake Shore Park” in a local beauty pageant.

Later in life, she inherited her father’s passion for genealogy and ancestry. Her father had traced their ancestry back several centuries with deep French and French-Canadian roots. Colleen worked tirelessly to trace the reach of her very large family, often reuniting cousins and other family members who maintain strong bonds thanks to her efforts.

Colleen’s family was the center of her world and as the Matriarch of her family, she was the glue that held us together and will forever be our guiding light.

In addition to her beloved husband Paul, Colleen is survived by 4 loving children: Mark Armstrong and his wife Holly of Dracut, MA; Keith Armstrong and his wife Sherrie of Chelmsford, MA; Justine Matte and her husband John of Merrimack, NH; and Heather Armstrong and her fiancé Steven Munroe of Townsend, MA; an extremely proud and enthusiastic Grandma to 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren: Katlynn (Armstrong) Wageling, Tyler Armstrong, Rachel Armstrong, Rileigh Armstrong, Stephanie Matte, Julia Matte, Ethan Matte, Morgan Armstrong, Brady Matte, Marissa Matte, Leah Munroe and great grandchildren Emma, Eleanor and Sarah Wageling; Colleen is also survived by her 4 sisters: Gloria Allard of Seattle WA; Dianne Callahan and her husband Tim of Portsmouth NH; Pamela Stoddard and her husband Butch of Gilford NH and Christine Pilgram of Salt Lake City, UT; and many nieces and nephews whom she held very dear to her heart. She is also survived by beloved family members: Beth Perron of Ipswich MA; Sandra Garneau and her husband Lee of Hudson NH; Michael Armstrong and his wife Joan of Lowell MA and Eileen Armstrong of San Francisco CA.

Colleen is predeceased by her late brothers John C. Perron and Bernard C. Perron Jr. as well as in-laws Robert and Maureen Armstrong, Edward Allard and Michael Callahan.

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday August 3, 2020. (All state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home). Due to Covid 19 restrictions Funeral Services will be private for the family on Tuesday. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

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