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Darlene A. Simon Print E-mail

Darlene A. Simon

Loving daughter and sister
 Darlene A. Simon, 52, of Dracut, died Tuesday, February 2nd at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by her loving family following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 6, 1963, the daughter of William G. and Kathleen A. (Shay) Simon, she attended St. Michael Grammar School, the Immaculate Conception School and was a graduate of St. Joseph Regional High School in the Class of 1981.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Darlene was employed as a Residential Program Operations Coordinator with Community Teamwork Incorporated in Lowell for 6 years. Previously, she worked as a Secretary at Lowell General Hospital and as an Assembler with Raytheon Corporation in Lowell.
 Among her many activities, Darlene loved gardening and enjoyed spending summers at the beach. She loved taking trips with her mother to Aruba where they enjoyed many wonderful times together. She also had a great passion for her dogs "Isis" and "Nike".  Additionally, Darlene was an avid New York Yankee fan and her favorite player was Derek Jeter. Her greatest joy however was spending quality time with her family. 
 In addition to her parents, Darlene is survived by her loving brother William N. Simon of Dracut; her aunts and uncles Helen Shea of Tyngsboro, Fred and Barbara Murphy of Lowell, Roberta Collins of Dracut, David and Regina Shay of Lowell and Virginia Shay of Dracut; her great aunts and uncles Paul and Lillian Panagopoulos of Lowell, George and Jenny Panagopoulos of Dracut, Fred and Elaine Simon of Tewksbury and Ted and Elaine Panagopoulos of Pelham, NH; her cousin who was more like a sister to her, Jennifer Delossantos of Copiague, NY; her best friend Brenda Cocozziello of Hampton, NH; and many more cousins.
 Darlene is preceded in death by her uncle Richard Shay formally of Dracut, MA.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 Pawtucket ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Her Funeral will be celebrated Saturday morning at SAINT MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Community Teamwork Incorporated, 155 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Mary C. Pietryka Print E-mail

Mary C. Pietryka

Retired Lowell School Teacher;

Mary C. (Cooney) Pietryka, 67, of Dracut, but formerly of Lowell and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Saturday January 30th 2016 at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was the beloved wife of John M. Pietryka, who survives her, and with whom she recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on October 5, 2015.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 15, 1948, the daughter of the late James L. and the late Bernice (Devine) Cooney, she attended both the grammar and high school at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, graduating with the Class of 1966.

Mary continued her education with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1970 from the former Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline.

She began her career in education as a school teacher in both the Wilmington and Dracut school systems. Mary then transitioned over to the Lowell school system where she taught for over 20 years as a kindergarten teacher at the Green School, the Molloy School and most recently at the Murkland School until her retirement in 2007

Among her many interests, Mary enjoyed travelling with her husband John and their family, especially to the coast of Maine and Cape Cod.

Besides her husband John, she is survived by her daughter Kathleen A. Pietryka of Tewksbury; her son James M. Pietryka and his wife Roxanne of Woburn; three grandchildren Timothy Gianelli of Brighton, Jake Gianelli and Eva Gianelli both of Woburn; her brother James L. Cooney, Jr. and his wife Susan of Tyngsboro; her two sisters Anne M. O’Brien and her husband Patrick J. of Portsmouth, NH and Kathleen C. Barry and her husband Brian P. of Lowell; and many dear nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 Pawtucket ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Her Funeral will be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Upper Church) at 12:00 o’clock Noon. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Hwy, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Brian J. O'Hearn Print E-mail


Brian J. O’Hearn 

Former Tyngsboro Volunteer Firefighter;

Brian J. O’Hearn, 73, of Tyngsboro, died Tuesday, January 26th at Lowell General Hospital.
He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth A. (Lavoie) O’Hearn who died in 1990.

 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 8, 1942, a son of the late Francis and the late Jeannette (Cormier) O’Hearn, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1961.
Brian proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard as a Private E-4.

 Before retiring, Brian was employed as an Electrical Engineer with AOI Industries in Tyngsboro for 10 years. Previously, he worked at the former Wang Laboratories in Lawrence Mass. for 25 years.
He was also a former volunteer firefighter with the Tyngsboro Fire Department for over 19 years.
Among his many activities, Brian loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. His greatest joy however was spending quality time with his family.
Brian is survived by three daughters Dawn M. Ariel and her husband John of Nashua, NH, Carolyn O’Hearn of Tyngsboro and Shannon R. O’Hearn of Hudson, NH; three sons Brian J. O’Hearn, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Nashua, NH, Kevin F. O’Hearn of New Boston, NH and Timothy D. O’Hearn of Tyngsboro; four grandchildren Rachel Sylvester, Christopher Ariel, Nathan O’Hearn and Matthew Ariel; three great-grandchildren; a brother John “Jack” O’Hearn and his wife Jeannette of Tilton, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHURCH in Tyngsboro at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.



John E. Grissett Print E-mail

John E. Grissett

Former owner of 4 Star Construction;

John E. Grissett, 68, of Lowell, died Wednesday January 20th at Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell after a period of failing health.

Born in Freeport, Texas, December 8, 1947, the son of the late Earl and the late Catherine (McCormack) Grissett, John attended Billerica schools and was a graduate of Billerica High School in 1965.

John was the former owner and operator for 4 Star Construction in Amesbury, MA.

He is survived by a sister Bonnie J. Grissett of Lowell; two brothers Peter J. Grissett of Lowell and James Grissett and his wife Kim of Allentown, NH; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Thomas Grissett.

Private Funeral Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.

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