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Dorothy E. "Dot" (Dixon) Armstrong Print E-mail

Dorothy E. “Dot” (Dixon) Armstrong

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend;

Dorothy E. ”Dot” (Dixon) Armstrong, 89, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, passed away peacefully Saturday evening September 15, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 

She was the loving wife of the late James R. “Ray” Armstrong, Sr., who died in 1991.  Together, they made their home and raised their family in the Highlands section of Lowell, MA.

Dot was born on January 8, 1929 a daughter of the late John W. and Catherine (Welch) Dixon.  She was educated in the Chelmsford public school system and was a graduate of Keith Hall.

Dot is lovingly remembered as a strong, independent and active woman who enjoyed hobbies such as bowling and golf.  She was a former member of both Vesper Country Club and Mt. Pleasant Golf Club where she developed lifelong friendships.

She was a communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell and was a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of her parish. She was a member of the Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities and the former St. John’s Hospital Ladies Guild. 

Dot enjoyed summers at Seabrook Beach, cheering on Boston sports teams and reading. She was a competitive card player who looked forward to playing poker and 45’s with her friends at the Dracut and Lowell Senior Centers. She enjoyed day trips to Foxwoods Casino and never passed down the opportunity to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Meadowlands Ice Cream.  Yet, nothing brought her more joy than spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was loved deeply and will be missed by many.

Dot is survived by two daughters Deborah A. Bukala and her husband John of Lowell and Linda Bodenrader of Dracut; a son James R. Armstrong, Jr. and his wife Susan of Lowell; four granddaughters Laurel Bakker and her husband Brian of Nashua, NH, Melissa Armstrong of Lowell, Kerryn Sousa and her husband Joshua of Lowell and Kaitlyn Bodenrader of Dracut; four grandsons William Bukala and his wife Elizabeth of North Chelmsford, James Armstrong III of Lowell, Michael Bodenrader of Warwick, RI and Matthew Bodenrader of Denver, CO; four great grandchildren; her sisters-in-law Claire Armstrong of Lowell and Evelyn Armstrong of North Chelmsford; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Dot was predeceased by her sister, Anna Grant and brothers, George and John Dixon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock, followed by her burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Mt. Pleasant Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of MA and RI, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

       

 

 

   

 

 
Mary Beth (O'Brien) Gettings Print E-mail

 

Mary Beth (O’Brien) Gettings

Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend

Mary Beth (O’Brien) Gettings, 86, a lifelong resident Lowell, in both  the Pawtucketville and the Highlands section of the City, passed away peacefully at Wingate at Belvidere Saturday evening.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles T. Gettings who died in December 2, 2001.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 9, 1931, the daughter of the late Harold J. and the late Alice (Regan) O’Brien, she was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church since 1955.

Mary Beth attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1949.

She went on to attend the Boston School of Dental Nursing and worked as a Dental Assistant locally and for the Department of the Army at Fort Devens. In later years, she worked as an Industrial Specialist for the Defense Contract Management under the Defense Logistics Agency until retiring in 1996.

In addition, she was a member of League of Catholic Women, the D’Youville Senior Care Ladies Guild and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mary Beth is survived by two daughters Lisa Noel and her husband Gerard of Lowell and Sharon Barry and her husband Brian of Andover; two sons Matthew J. Gettings of Pottstown, PA and Michael H. Gettings and his wife Celine of Lowell; seven grandchildren Scott Noel, Daniel Noel, Aimee Noel, Zachary Barry, Kaitlyn Barry, Joshua Gettings and Julia Gettings; three great grandchildren Isabella Vivenos, Lilliana Vivenos and Addison Noel; her brother-in-law Paul Gettings of Middleton.

She was also the mother of the late David C. Gettings.

Gettings --There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at St. Rita’s Church in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Committal prayers will be private. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Enterprise Bank – Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Relief Fund. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 

 

      

 
Theodore Sarantos Print E-mail

 

 

 

 

Theodore Sarantos

 


Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend

Theodore (Ted) Sarantos, lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away at his home on Friday, Sept 7, 2018 at the age of 96, while in the loving care of his family. Ted was the beloved husband of Constance (Tina) (Pouleas) Sarantos who predeceased him by 10 years. Born in Lowell on July 7, 1922 to the late Peter and the late Mary (Gickas) Sarantos, he graduated from Lowell High School in 1940 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and commenced training.


As a World War II Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force member, Ted flew 28 missions in the European theater. He was the lead bombardier for the “Bridge Busters,” 599th Bombardment Squadron, 397th  Bombardment Group. As bombardier, he was in the nose of a B-26 Martin Marauder.  In his flight log for 2/14/1945, Ted recorded, “Toughest mission – intense flak and very accurate. Two flak holes in nose and one above head … Two planes went down.”


Ted joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1951 as an electrical engineer working on communication satellites for 39 years, retiring in 1990. He was called out of retirement multiple times. He was on the team that was able to provide the scientists and crew members of the vessel USCGC POLAR SEA with very valuable Internet e-mail service throughout the first surface expedition to the North Pole, as well as to send the commands to turn off one of his earlier satellites.

 After retirement Ted and Tina spent winters in Tarpon Springs, FL. He was a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, the AHEPA, and the Greek-American Legion.

Family was first to Ted. He was a dedicated father to his three daughters, Maria and husband Andrew Kowal of Stonington, CT, Pamela Sarantos of Melissa, TX, and Elaine and husband Robert Masse of Dracut, MA. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandsons, Donald LeRiche and wife Julie of Liberty Hill, TX, Zachary Kowal and wife Dorothy of Petaluma, CA, and Theodore Masse of Brighton, MA, and to four great-granddaughters, Megan and Sydney LeRiche, and Farrah and Georgia Kowal. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, helping with household projects and vacationing together. He was always counted on for his lamb shish ka-bobs for family cook-outs.
Ted was a loving and doting “Papou.” He proudly attended all graduations and numerous grandsons’ baseball and soccer games. Memorable grandson trips included Washington, DC and baseball in Cooperstown, Boston and Toronto.
The eldest son of eight siblings, he is survived by his brothers Charles and George, and sisters Despina Dinopoulos, Elizabeth Lemondes, and Nora Vlahakis, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Fr. John Sarantos, pastor at Lowell’s Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, and his sister Christine Economou.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 25 FR. JOHN SARANTOS WAY in Lowell Wednesday morning September 12, 2018 from 10 to 11 A.M. followed by his Funeral Service at the Church at 11 o’clock Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. E-condolences/directions at

www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854, or online at transchurch.churchgiving.com or to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) – 458-8768.

 

 
Thomas M. Shanahan Print E-mail

 

Thomas M. Shanahan

 

loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend

 

Thomas M. Shanahan, 69, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully at his home Monday September 3, 2018 in Manchester, NH with his loving family by his side.

Tom was the beloved husband of Dorothy Jean "Jeannie" (Page) Shanahan, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 22, 1949, a son Lena (Fortuna) Shanahan of Lowell and the late Daniel J. Shanahan, Tom attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1966.

Prior to his retirement, Tom was a teller at Washington Savings Bank in Lowell for several years. Previously, he was the Deli Manager at Alexander's Super Market (nka Hannaford Super Market) in Dracut for many years.

A lifelong communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Lowell, Tom was an active and passionate member of the parish. He worked onstage and backstage for the St. Patrick Church Variety shows over the years. He also assisted during the annual Irish Cultural Week and brought joy and humor to all he encountered.

In addition, Tom was a longtime member of the Camelot Players, a theatre company in Tyngsborough.

Besides his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his daughter Katherine P. Shanahan - Samson and her husband Christopher of Manchester, NH; a son Sean T. Shanahan and his companion Melanie Staples of Tewksbury; six grandchildren Jeremy, Ryan, Kylee, Caleigh, Aidan and Audrey; three sisters Patricia Shanahan of Lowell, Laura Shanahan-Rowe and her husband Earl of Hampton, NH and Maureen Aubrey and her husband Frank of Lowell; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Daniel J. Shanahan, III and the late John Patrick Shanahan.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell for a Memorial Visitation from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 10 o'clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick Church Renovation Fund, 24 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

 

 

 

 
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