Obituaries Notices
Anna B. Tavoularis Print E-mail

Anna B. Tavoularis
Beloved mother and grandmother


Anna (Bavelas) Tavoularis, 98, formerly of Lowell, passed away on March 1, 2024, in Rye, NH.

Her beloved husband of 63 years, Nicholas, died in 2011.  She was also predeceased by her dear son, John, and her brother Andrew.  She is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Lalos and her husband James of Portsmouth, NH, and Aphrodite Zezas and her husband Spero of Buffalo, WY, daughter-in-law Ann (Donnelly) Tavoularis of Littleton, MA, grandchildren, Nicholas Tavoularis of Littleton, MA, Christina (Tavoularis) Breen and her husband Robert of New York City, Christopher Lalos of Portland, ME, Victor and Katerin Zezas of Buffalo, WY and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Elizabeth Tavoularis of Chelmsford, MA.

Born in Bennington, NH, she moved to Lowell in 1947 when she married.  She was a gracious, lovely woman, a proud and loving mother and grandmother, devoted to her family and friends.  Anna touched many lives.

Friends and family are invited to her Funeral Service which will take place Saturday morning March 9th at 11:30 a.m. at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854.  There are no calling hours.  E-condolences/directions at Kindly omit flowers.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Transfiguration Church. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Jerrold M. Young Print E-mail

Jerrold M. Young
Beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle;

Jerrold M. Young, 78, recently of Nashua, New Hampshire, and formerly of Lynn, Massachusetts, passed away on Saturday March 2, 2024, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.

Born in Chelsea, MA, February 12, 1946, he was the son of the late Otis and the late Mary Ellen (Henderson) Young.

Jerrold proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Prior to his retirement, he worked in the transportation industry driving trucks.

Amongst his many interests, Jerry loved spending time with his grandchildren, camping, watching wrestling, and to play Poker.

He is survived by a daughter Belinda P. Kelly of Nashua, NH; five grandchildren Meagan C. Kelly of Andover, MA, and Robert C. Kelly of Jamaica Plain, MA; Brianna K. Kelly and Elizabeth A. Kelly of Haverhill, MA, and David M. Kelly of Woburn, MA; three sisters Lucille O’Connor, Mary Burges, and Bonnie Leuci; a brother George Morani and his wife Diane; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews.

Friends are invited to attend his Memorial Celebration of Life on Thursday March 14, 2024, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the AMERICAN LEGION,90 Groton, Rd in North Chelmsford, MA, 01863. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers those wishing to do so may make contributions in his memory to the Premier Rehab and Health Care Activity Fund, 55 Harris, Rd. Nashua, NH, 03062. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N. Print E-mail

Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N.
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt


Frances G. (Rigs) Pappas, R.N., 98, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday February 26, 2024 at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late Leonidas Pappas.

Born in Lowell, MA, November 25, 1925, the daughter of the late George and the late Evelyn (Manteas) Rigs, she attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

She then went on to attend St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, and later the New York Polyclinic Medical School.

Prior to her retirement, Frances worked as a Registered Nurse and the Chief operation room supervisor at Nashua Memorial for 12 years. Most recently, she was at Tewksbury Hospital for 18 years.

In addition, Frances was also the owner and operator of the McKinnis Nursing home in Nashua, New Hampshire.

A long time member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Transfiguration Church, she was a Life Member of the Mass Nurses Association, she was also a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Amongst her many enjoyments, Frances had a great love for animals and was an avid walker and reader. She also volunteered in the kitchen at the Middlesex Shelter for 22 years.'

Frances is survived by three sons: Leonidas Pappas Jr. of Lowell, MA, Paul Pappas of Windham, NH, and Stephen Pappas and his wife Stephanie of Nashua, NH; two grandchildren Melissa Pappas and Nicole (Pappas) Ayotte and her husband Lee; a sister Angie Rigs of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Alexandra Rizos of Hollis, NH, and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Michael Rigs and the late Reverand Peter Rizos.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA, 01854 or St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA, 01851. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

John W. Crane Print E-mail

John W. Crane

Devoted husband, world-class parent, compassionate businessman, avid golfer.


John W. Crane, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, but for many years a resident of Lowell, MA and Rye Beach, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC after a brief illness.

A well-known member of the Greater Lowell community, John was the retired co-owner and operator of the O’Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell, MA and the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham, NH for many years.  Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of Funeral Management at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.

It is often said that funeral directors are “the last guys to let you down.”  That phrase summed up John Crane perfectly as his unique gift was caring for others. His compassion and dedication to those he helped in times of grief was just as genuine as the joy and love he shared with his own family and friends.  His generous spirit, unflagging kindness, and openness to the stories of everyone he met created personal connections that were sometimes momentary but, most often, lifelong.

The youngest son of a physician, John’s life was dedicated to service, starting with his time in the US Navy and followed by support of many local organizations such as the Coalition for a Better Acre, Academy of Notre Dame, Seafarers Association and East Cooper Meals on Wheels.  He was also honored to be appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Funeral Directors and Embalming from 1988 – 1993. Also, John served on the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, serving as President in 2000 – 2001.

He was the loving husband, for over 58 years, of M. Patricia “Pat” (O’Donnell) Crane, who survives him.  John and Pat were known for always putting family first. “Baba” as he was affectionately known in the family, was the first one to hit the dance floor, order ice cream, taste-test Christmas cookies, hit golf balls, and let the grandkids drive his prized yellow Thunderbird. He captured all these moments, and many others, for the Crane family with his passion for photography, which he handed down to his children and grandchildren.

One of John’s greatest joys was playing golf, which he played collegiately and subsequently won many tournaments, particularly in competitive senior events. His skill as a player that, sadly, was not handed down to his children was only exceeded by his enjoyment teaching the game and looping with his family.  He also cherished being a member of Vesper Country Club for many years and then Abenaqui Country Club, just down the street from the Drake House in Rye Beach, NH, where he and Pat summered for the last 12 years.

John also enjoyed skiing, travel, cooking, reading, sudoku puzzles, playing bridge, and puttering around the house.  He could fix just about anything and shared his interests with friends and family whenever possible.  John’s life was truly lived to the fullest.

Born in Holden, Massachusetts, November 13, 1940, the son of the late Dr. Edward J. Crane M.D. and the late Louise (Dumont) Crane. Faith was central to John, as a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, MA, St. Theresa’s Church in Rye Beach, NH and Saint Benedict’s Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  John attended Holden schools and was a graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, Class of 1958. He went on to graduate from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in 1962.

In addition to his wife, Pat, John is survived by his son Chip Crane and his wife Kimberly of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his daughter Catherine Halloran and her husband Frank of Westfield, NJ; his son Stephen and his wife Kelli of Rye Beach, NH; his grandsons William Crane, TJ Halloran, Jack Crane and Liam Halloran; and his granddaughters Morgan Halloran, Catherine Crane, Langley Crane, and Cooper Crane.

He is also survived by his sister Helen “Tookie” Van Son of Huntingtown, Maryland; brother-in-law James Keenan of Lowell, MA; sister-in-law Ruthie Crane of Hollis, NH; sister-in-law Peggy (O’Donnell) Lawlor and her husband Jim of Waterbury, CT; brother-in-law Jim O’Donnell and his wife Trish of Lowell, MA; his godsons Edward “Ted” Crane III of Venice, FL and Mark Leahey of Washington, DC; and many beloved nieces and nephews.   In addition to his parents, he preceded in death by his siblings Mary Lou Crane Keenan and Atty. Edward  Crane Jr.; his in-laws Jimmy and Kay O’Donnell, George Van Son, and Polly O’Donnell.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME at 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Friday March 1, 2024, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. His Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 11:00 A.M.  (Please meet at church). E-condolences/directions at   Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to East Cooper Meals on Wheels or to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center (  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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