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Antonia (Kasimatis) Housianitis Print E-mail

Antonia Housianitis

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

Antonia (Kasimatis) Housianitis, 95, resident of Windham Terrace and formerly of the Highlands section of Lowell, MA, passed away Wednesday afternoon July 1st at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH with her loving family by her side.

She was the loving wife of the late John Housianitis and was a long-time member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell.

Born in Athens Greece, July 27, 1924, the daughter of the late Elias and the late Stamatina (Protopsalti) Kasimatis, she came to the United States with her children in August 1970 to join her husband in Lowell, MA.

At a very young age, Antonia traveled to Australia with her mother to join her father who had immigrated there before them.  The family returned to Greece when she was 9 years old and she completed her education there.  After her father’s death in 1940, her mother and 3 younger siblings moved to the island of Kythira where they stayed until the end of the war.

While in Greece, she worked for the Department of Social Services until she came to the United States.  Antonia worked in various jobs, but her most recent and fulfilling position, after she retired, was as an office assistant for an engineering consultant.

She loved her family here and in Greece and adored her two grandchildren.  She also missed her beloved Greece and was looking forward to visiting there almost every summer. Her greatest pastime was playing cards with friends and family.

Antonia is survived by her daughter Anastasia Papadopoulos and her fiancé Tyler Dunn; Arthur Housianitis and his wife Alexandra; two grandsons Stephen Papadopoulos and his fiance Brennie Mejia and Jason Papadopoulos and his wife Katrine; a great granddaughter Sylvi Papadopoulos; a sister Mary Magganians of Greece; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Emanuel Kasimatis of Greece and the late Michael Cassim of Australia.

In light of Covid 19 restrictions, private Funeral Services were held for the family with burial in Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854 or Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

James L. Powling Print E-mail

James L. Powling

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;

James L. Powling, 61, of Lowell, passed away Tuesday June 30, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband of Elaine A. (Grigg) Powling, who survives him and with whom he recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.

Born in Chicopee, Massachusetts, September 15, 1958, a son of the late William B. and Elizabeth (Powling) Curtis, he received his education in the Lowell school system.

During his career Jim was a Home Health Care provider and previous to that was a shipping manager for Cobham Microwave for many years.

Among his several interests. Jim enjoyed horses, football but most importantly being with his family.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by four daughters Heidi M. Hughes and her husband Joseph of Lowell, Jessica I. Gilkes and her husband Lionel III of Clarksville, TN, Kimbly A. Picot and her husband Orlando of Manchester, NH and Dakota J. Parmelee and her husband Michael of Franklin, NH; 14 grandchildren; five sisters Joanne Curtis of Nashua, NH, Jean LaMarche of Lowell, Arlene Curtis of Nashua, NH , Ruthann Santiago and her husband Jose of Providence, RI and Heidi Curtis of Lowell; two brothers William Curtis and Edward Curtis both of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, private funeral services will be held for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society of Greater Lowell, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

Joyce M. Young Print E-mail

Joyce M. Young


Joyce (Araujo) (Donohue) Young of Lowell, MA, but formerly of Fall River, MA passed away Tuesday June 30, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife for 39 years of B. Robert “Bob” Young, who survives her.

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, August 26, 1945, a daughter of the late John and the late Dorothy (Oliveira) Araujo, she attended Fall River schools and was a graduate of the Dominican Academy in Fall River where she was Captain of the Debating Team her junior and senior year.

Joyce received her L.P.N. Degree from Dimond Vocational School of Practical Nursing. Later, she graduated from the Travel School of America as a Licensed Travel Agent.

She spent most of her career as a nurse at Fernald State School in Waltham, MA and later as a travel agent with the National Leisure Group (NLG). In addition, she co-owned a craft store in Arlington, MA.

A woman of many talents, Joyce was a great storyteller and chef. She enjoyed cooking, crafting, traveling and history but was most happy when she was with her family.

Besides her husband, Joyce is survived by her children Catherine Kendig of Lowell, Jennifer & Paul Walsh and John D. Donohue all of Tewksbury;

her grandchildren Amanda Naughton and her husband Kevin, Christopher Kendig and his wife Laura, Timothy Walsh, Shannon Fitzgerald and her husband Martin and James Donohue; her great grand-children Micheala, Matthew, Cameron, Emma, and Eryn.

In light of Covid 19 restrictions all services where private. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, please make donations to  or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

John Philip Dunfey Print E-mail

John Philip Dunfey

Founder and Chairman, Global Citizens Circle; Founder and CEO, Omni Hotels International; Owned and Renovated Parker House (1968-1988)

John Philip Dunfey, a World War II veteran who dedicated much of his life to fostering world peace and social justice, died at age 96 on June 22, 2020, in Hampton, NH. Known as ‘Jack’ to friends, he spent decades of behind-the-scenes work in support of causes such as the peace process in Northern Ireland and human rights efforts in South Africa, Cuba, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. Notably, Dunfey spearheaded his family’s efforts in 1974 to launch Global Citizens Circle. Originally known as New England Circle, the not-for-profit entity continues its mission almost 50 years later to “...gather diverse, intergenerational voices addressing critical issues and building the trust needed for sustainable change in ourselves, our nation, and our world.”

Dunfey was born in Lowell, MA, on January 7, 1924, to former millworkers, Catherine A. Manning and LeRoy W. Dunfey. The fifth of twelve children, Jack began his work career as did all his siblings at a very young age in his parents’ small luncheonette in the Acre section of Lowell.

After graduating from Lowell’s Keith Academy, Jack joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943, attaining the rank of first lieutenant while serving as a B-24 and B-29 pilot instructor. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he earned his bachelor of science degree in business at the University of New Hampshire in 1952.

He also led his family's business. From 1950 to 1988, the enterprise expanded from New England-area luncheonettes, clam stands, and pizza shops to the Dunfey Hotel Corporation, whose hallmark became refurbishing downtrodden inner-city hotels.  When the Corporation acquired Omni Hotels International—with its dozens of properties worldwide, including London and Paris—Jack kept the corporate headquarters rooted in Hampton, NH, to help preserve the close employee-management relationship that was so much a part of the early family business.

The acquisition and restoration of the historic Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1968 — in the era of assassinations, the Vietnam War, and Civil Rights Movement — provided Jack and his siblings a prominent base to advance their beliefs in social justice. For many years, he led human rights missions into neglected corners of the world with his personal goal of releasing political prisoners. His favorite saying was: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” He was kind, thoughtful and generous with his immediate and extended family and with the larger human family.

The missions to Cuba, for his meetings with Fidel Castro, led to the release of 87 prisoners, the removal of landmines in Angola, and the freeing up of food supplies to enter Ethiopia.

While a staunch Democrat, Jack was noted for working across party lines to achieve his objectives. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan, a staunch Republican, appointed Dunfey as one of the nine-member commission founders of the United States Institute for Peace, tasked with promoting conflict resolution and peace worldwide.

Jack was also a founding board member of the American Ireland Funds. He and his brothers, Bob and Walter, were recognized as bridge-builders and advocates of cross-community dialogue during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. When John Hume and David Trimble were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, they invited Jack and Bob to travel with them and their families to Oslo.

That same year, Jack was also appointed an independent, international monitor in South Africa's historic first election of Nelson Mandela as president.

Jack is survived by his wife, Lisa Timpé Dunfey, Boston, MA; three children, Susan Dunfey, Rye, NH; David Dunfey, Sebastian, Florida; Stephen Dunfey, Portsmouth, NH; and three siblings, Eileen Dunfey Robinson, Bradenton, Florida; Jerry Dunfey and his wife, Nadine Hack, Lutry, Switzerland; Eleanor Dunfey and her husband, James Freiburger, Exeter, NH; and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he cherished. 

Jack was preceded in death by his son, Philip; and Joan Lannan Dunfey, the mother of his children, as well as eight siblings: Roy, Paul, Kay, Mary, Bud (Bill), Robert (Bob), Richard (Dick), and Walter.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the family plans a memorial to celebrate Jack’s life at a later date,

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to support the continued mission of Global Citizens Circle, 661 Douglas St, Manchester, NH 03012;

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA or The Ireland Funds of America.

E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL, MA - (978) 458-8768.





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