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Mary Elizabeth (McManmon) Mulvaney Print E-mail

Mary Elizabeth (McManmon) Mulvaney

Loving wife, mother, and grandmother,

Mary Elizabeth (McManmon) Mulvaney, recently of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away Tuesday, June 20th at the age of 81 after living with Parkinson’s disease and other ailments for many years. She was married to her loving husband of 49 years, James Norbert Mulvaney until his passing in 2015.

Mary was born in Boston and raised in Dracut, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Francis P. and the late Dorothy T. (Horgan) McManmon. She graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro and Emmanual College with a teaching degree.

She taught in the Dracut school system, several preschools, and later worked for American Greetings. Mary and her family lived in Chicago, Rome, GA, Virginia Beach, and Florence, SC along their journey, but her heart was always in Massachusetts.

Playing bridge, reading, bowling, and needlework—including knitting an untold number of personalized Christmas stockings for family members—were favorite hobbies. Mary was very proud of her Irish Catholic heritage and family, and did extensive genealogical research of the McManmon, Horgan, and Mulvaney families long before the Internet made such things simpler.

Mary is survived by her four children and their spouses, Elizabeth A. Mulvaney and her husband Christopher Ramsey of Pittsburgh, PA, Timothy J. Mulvaney and his wife Andrea of Richmond, VA, Kathleen M. Mulvaney and her husband Andrew Feller of Arlington, MA, and Shawn P. Mulvaney and his wife Rebecca of Washington D.C.; seven grandchildren Jamie, Abigail, Bronwyn, Dorothy, Benjamin, Tabitha, and William; her beloved  brother Frank P. McManmon of Dracut, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST in LOWELL from 4pm to 7pm Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Thursday, June 29 at ST. FRANCIS CHURCH in DRACUT at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research by mail at P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741. or Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.



Marina Balkas Print E-mail

Marina Balkas

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Our beautiful and beloved mother Marina, joined her loving and devoted husband George and fell into Gods arms, on Thursday, June 22,2023, at her childhood home in Dracut, surrounded by her caring and dutiful daughters.

Marina, born in Lowell Ma, was the only daughter of the late Spiros and the late Photine Sintros. and the wife of the late George P. Balkas.  Marina received her associates degree from Wheelock College as well as her BA in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University. Family, children and education were always very important to her, which is why she received the Annual Teaching Excellency Award at the Statehouse in Boston from the Massachusetts Association for Community Action because of her commitment to her students in her pre-school teaching role at Lowell Community Teamwork.

Marina was also a faithful parishioner of the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior in Lowell, MA. She taught Sunday school for twenty years, as well as being a member of the church’s Ladies Philoptochos Society. She also served as chairman of one of their very successful Christmas Teas, as well as volunteering countless hours at the church’s Greek Festivals.

Marina is survived by her four children, Jeanne Balkas of Dracut, Fotina Balkas and her significant other Nicholas Roggotis of Dracut, Rev. Peter G. Balkas and his wife, Karen of Kansas City ,MO. and Amelia Hoffman and her husband, Eric of Burlington, MA; seven grandchildren, Christina Sutherland and her husband, Michael of Groton, Atty. Jennie Balkas, George Balkas and his wife Emily of Chicago, and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Jared, James and John Hoffman of Burlington; and three great grandchildren Emma, Hannah, and Peter.  Her three brothers Christopher Sintros and his wife, Marina of Pelham NH, Spiros Sintros, Jr. and his wife, Olivia of Andover, and the late Peter Sintros.

The Family would also like to thank the great medical care and compassion their beloved mother received by Dr. Jessica Wieselquist, MD, as well as her dedicated staff at Stony Brook Primary Care, as well as Tufts Medicine Care at Home.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held on Monday June 26, 2023 at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH  at 11 o'clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - 978-458-8768.

Robert W. “Bob” Bennett Print E-mail

Robert W. “Bob” Bennett

Beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle;


Bob, 61, of Dracut Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday June 14, 2023, due to complications from Diabetes.

Born in Beech Grove Indiana on April 17, 1962, he was the son of the late Morris E. and the late Margaret L. (Unger) Bennett.

At a young age, he moved with his family to Owentown, Texas, where he attended the Winona School System.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy until he was Honorably Discharged in 1984.

In 1985, he moved to Massachusetts to be with his future bride, Donna I. (Gagnon) Bennett. They celebrated 36 years of marriage on April 18th of this year.

Over the years, he was a CDL truck driver for various companies. In recent years he drove a medical van where he truly connected with his clients, who brought out his generous and compassionate nature.

In addition to his wife, Donna, who he was grateful to for putting up with him all these years, he leaves his two children. Bob was very proud of his son’s, Luke Bennett of Hudson NH, volunteer work for disaster relief and his work with Habitat for Humanity. He admired his daughter’s, Cassie Bennett of Lowell MA, free–spirit approach to life and their shared love for animals; they never met a dog they didn’t like. Bob also leaves behind his loyal companions – “good girl” Winnie, Buddy, Bitty Bumble the kitty and his red rocking chair by the front porch, where he sat most afternoons greeting those walking by and particularly their dogs.

He also leaves his brother Bradley Bennett and his wife Jojo of Springfield VA, several nieces, nephews, in-laws, and his family in Indiana.

He was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor, who enjoyed woodworking and built a few beautiful pieces for their home.

Bob enjoyed nothing more than lending a helping hand, or a tool, to his Malwood Avenue neighbors and mowing a lawn or snow blowing when needed. He will surely be missed.

We will be forever grateful to our neighbors Brian, Carlos, Hazel, and Italia for all their support this past month.

At his request, services will be held privately for the family. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen at 400 Broadway St. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

Thelma D. "Tammy" (Davis) Ladd Print E-mail

Thelma D. "Tammy" (Davis) Ladd

Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend;

Tammy D. (Davis) Ladd, 76, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday June 7, 2023, at Northwood Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Lowell, MA surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Groton, MA, on July 20, 1946, the daughter of the late Robert and the late Claire (Lucier) Davis, she attended Groton Schools and was a graduate of Groton High School.

Later, she went on to attend Hairdressing School and became a hairdresser.

However, for most of her working career, Tammy worked as a buyer with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)until her retirement.

Active with her family, Tammy deeply enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. Tammy always had a special affection for her cats. She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed feeding the squirrels and ducks at the Lowell Boulevard.

Tammy is survived by a son: Frederick A. “Rick” Ladd IV and his wife Tamzin H. of Billerica, MA; a daughter Kristina D. (Ladd) Vangos of Lowell, MA; four grandchildren Jessica H. Vangos, Anabelle E. Ladd, Richard J. Ladd, and Adrianna A. Ladd; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Robert Davis.

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.

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