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Elizabeth M. "Betty" McAvinnue Print E-mail

Elizabeth M. “Betty” McAvinnue

Loving sister, aunt, grand-aunt and dear friend

 Elizabeth M. “Betty” McAvinnue, 89, of Lowell, died Tuesday, June 26th at D’Youville Senior Care.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 14, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A. and the late Edith M. (Smith) McAvinnue. She and her three sisters were raised in the three generation McAvinnue household on Mammoth Road in Pawtucketville where Betty continued to live until she made her home at Chelmsford Crossings. She attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1947. Eager to pursue a career in education, she then went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as UMass Lowell) in 1951 and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University in 1968. Acknowledged as a born teacher, she taught for 41 years in the Arlington, Massachusetts school system and, after her retirement, volunteered in the school where she had taught so effectively for so long.
 Betty was a parishioner for nearly a lifetime of St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell and was past member of the League of Catholic Women and a longtime volunteer at the Lowell Folk Festival.
 She enjoyed eating out (particularly at Good Thymes Restaurant in Lowell), a spirited game of cribbage, singing, and swimming (her trademark white bathing cap barely visible above the waves). For many years, she enjoyed her summers in Yarmouth where she generously shared her Cape Cod home with visitors. A faithful fan of the Boston Red Sox, she also looked forward to watching the Patriots play.
 Betty is survived by two sisters Joan McEvoy of Newmarket, NH and Edith O’Brien and her husband Tom of Fort Myers, FL; a niece Ellen Berlin and her husband Bob of Newmarket, NH; five nephews Kevin McEvoy of Thetford, VT, Brian McEvoy and his wife Melissa of Laconia, NH, Stephen McEvoy and his wife Ulli of Austria, John McEvoy and his wife Sonya of Atlanta, GA and John O’Brien and his wife Kim of Tuftonboro, NH; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and her dear friend Pauline Golec of Dracut, MA.
 She was predeceased by her sister Marie McAvinnue and brother-in-law Walter McEvoy.
 Family and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday morning followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. RITA’S PARISH in Lowell at 11:30. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Festival Foundation, 67 Kirk St, Lowell, MA 01852 or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

Anna T. (Thibeault) Kinney Print E-mail

Anna T. (Thibeault) Kinney 

Loving mother, grandmother, great and great great grandmother, aunt and friend;


Anna T. (Thibeault) Kinney, 96, of Chelmsford but formerly of Brookline, NH, and the matriarch of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Thursday morning at the Northwood Rehab Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis C. “Bucky” Kinney who died in 1984.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 18, 1921, a daughter of the late Jeremiah and the late Annie (McQuillan) Thibeault, she received her education in the Lowell schools system.

While living in Brookline, she was an active communicant of the former Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Brookline and was a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality.

Anna is survived by three daughters Frances E. McCarthy and her husband David of North Chelmsford, Linda Kinney of Jaffrey, NH and Donna Davis of Acton; six sons George Kinney and his wife Martha of Brookline, Norman Kinney and his wife Darlene of Dracut, H. Michael Kinney of Norway, ME, Donald Kinney of Nashua, NH, Peter Kinney and his wife Fernanda of Dracut and David Kinney and his wife Tammy of Brookline, NH; 28 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late William J. Kinney, grandmother of the late Brian Kinney, the late Kathleen Kinney and the late Heidi Davis. Anna was also the predeceased sister of the late Rita Kiriakakos, George Thibeault, Mary McElholm, Mildred Evans, Pete Thibeault, and James Thibeault.

The Kinney family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the outstanding care and comfort their mother received as a resident of Northwood Rehab Center from the many nurses and staff members.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARY CHURCH in CHELMSFORD at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline, NH at 1:30 P.M. (Please meet at Cemetery). E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. P.O. Box 8638, Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.








Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber Print E-mail


Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber

Beloved, Brilliant and Bold

Dr. Josephine “Jo” Saltzgaber passed away on Tuesday June 12.  She was 85 years old.

She was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1933, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Muller. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Windsor, Ontario where she skipped 3 grade levels and was her class salutorian. She received a BS in Medical Technology from Wayne State University in Detroit MI in 1953. She was married to Jan Saltzgaber from 1954-1974, and they had 3 children, Dirk (b.1955), Lisa (b.1957) and Erik (b.1962).

Jo worked as a medical technologist in Detroit and was the lead medical technologist at Mount Clemens General Hospital in 1964 when a devastating tornado tore through Mount Clemens and New Baltimore in southeast Michigan, an event that affected her deeply.

The family moved to Ithaca NY in 1965, where Jo spent several years in the Biochemistry department at Cornell University, and began her Ph.D. studies.  She later moved to Basel Switzerland to continue her research and earned her Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Basel. After doing post-doctoral work at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she accepted a position as a research scientist with Dupont/NEN in the Molecular Biology division and moved to Massachusetts. She spent the remainder of her professional life with Dupont/NEN, where she developed a unique DNA probe for which she was awarded a patent.  Her research was published in several respected scientific journals.  In her last position at Dupont, Dr. Saltzgaber gave scientific lectures about molecular biology products, travelling to universities and hospitals in Europe, Australia, South America, China and Japan. She retired from Dupont in 1995.

In her leisure time, Jo was an accomplished classical pianist, but it was the jazz classic “Blue Moon” that her children and later her grandchildren would beg her to play, which she did with great flourish. She read the Boston Globe daily, and enjoyed mystery novels and historical fiction. She was a passionate sports fan, a passion she shared with her sons, especially when their Detroit teams were playing.  She’d be watching the games while knitting sweaters with complicated patterns and could be heard to yell “Hot Dog!” whenever her Lions or Tigers scored. Jo loved to play Contract Bridge, and played as often as she could at the Chelmsford Senior Center or with her daughter and granddaughters. She looked forward to weekly lunches out with dear friend Kay Menzie, and other close friends from her Dupont days.

Though failing health in her later years limited her physically, her mind remained sharp.  She was blessed to be able to express her love and say goodbye to distant loved ones. Her daughter and granddaughters, Amity and Genny, remained by her side and were with her when she passed.

She is survived by son, Dirk Saltzgaber, USAF (ret), and wife Sherrie of Abilene TX;  daughter, Lisa O’Donnell and husband Michael of North Chelmsford, MA.  She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Amity Baldwin (Peter) of Tyngsboro, MA; Genevieve Ricard (Jerry) of Mechanic Falls, ME; Corey Zahler (Matt) of Junction City, KS; Ryan Saltzgaber (Dayna) of Colorado Springs, CO; Nathan (Lily) and Derek (Rachel) Saltzgaber, of Omaha, NE.   She also leaves 12 great grandchildren-Thomas and Lillian Baldwin; Andrew, Isabella and Benjamin Ricard; Josiah and Caroline Zahler, Rylee and Finlee Saltzgaber, Levia, Jaden, and Eli Saltzgaber, with 2 more due in August!  Her sister Elsie Wolf, husband John, and their daughter Vicki Baumert live in Windsor, Ontario.  Jo’s son Erik, of Los Angeles, CA predeceased her in 2008. In 2011, great granddaughter Gracen, was born and passed but briefly through this life.

A memorial celebration for Jo will be planned for a later date.  Those who wish to, may make a donation in Jo’s name to the American Lung Association, the Macular Degeneration Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


George M. "Red" Drolet Print E-mail

George M. “Red” Drolet

Loving uncle, brother-in-law and friend

 George M. “Red” Drolet, 76, of Lowell, died Friday evening, June 15th at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
 Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, June 2, 1942, a son of the late Alfred E. and the late Angeline A. (Gingras) Drolet, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell Trade School (now known as Greater Lowell Technical High School).
 Red proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
 Before retiring at age 50 which he was so proud of, he was employed as a job superintendent for the M. Demateo Construction Company in Boston. He was a lifelong member United Brotherhood of Carpenters and served as the Local #49 president in Lowell. Among his many interests, Red played hockey in local men’s leagues for 30 years, enjoyed golfing, and had a passion for traveling and skiing all over the world. He also loved to go out dancing with his many friends and was an avid New England sports fan.
 Red is survived by four nephews Jerome Drolet and his wife Martha of Derry, NH, Kenneth Drolet of Salem, NH, Glenn Drolet and his wife Donna of Raymond, NH and Robert Drolet, Jr. and his wife Soukthavy of Townsend, MA; and a sister-in-law Anni Drolet of Dracut, MA.
 He was also brother of the late Alfred Drolet, Marie Drolet and Robert Drolet, Sr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Catherine Cemetery in Westford. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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