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Charles J. Carney Print E-mail

Charles J. Carney

Veteran of Korean Conflict

 Charles J. Carney, 69, of Waltham, died Wednesday, January 18th at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.
 Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, November 28, 1947, a son of the late James P. and the late Charlotte (MacLean) Carney, he attended Waltham schools and was a graduate of Waltham High School.
 A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Marksman Badge and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
 Charles is survived by a brother James E. Carney and his wife Lorene Aliot of Dunstable, MA.
 There were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Francis M. "Frank" Farrah Print E-mail



Francis M. “Frank” Farrah


Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;


Francis M. “Frank” Farrah, 63, of Lowell, died Wednesday February 1, 2017 at Lowell General Hospital- Saints Campus.

He was the beloved husband of Marie T. (Gaudette) Farrah with whom he celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on August 16, 2016.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 18, 1953, a son of the late Michael P. and the late Ida (Gravelle) Farrah, he received his education in the Lowell school system.

Frank proudly served his country as a member of the U.S Army Air Corp with the 82nd Airborne Division.

He was the owner and operator of Frank’s Video for several years, a wedding video company. In addition, he worked for many years with Raytheon Corporation, in the cable division.

Frank had several interests. He loved music and enjoyed playing the drums. A true sports fan, he also cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Frank is survived by two daughters Theresa M. Farrah and her companion William F. Stickney, III and his daughter Kailey of Lowell and Michelle F. Dorris and her husband Timothy of Lowell; four grandchildren Donald, Christopher, Gabriel and Isabel; a brother John H. Farrah and his wife Lynne of Deltona, FL; a sister-in-law Robin Farrah of Laurel Lake, NJ; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Michael P. Farrah, the late Thomas P. Farrah and the late Rita Mecurio.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning February 8th at St. Rita Church in Lowell at 10 o’clock. (Please meet at Church). Committal Services will be private.

Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the AmVets, 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, MD 20706. E-condolences at


Nancy B. Brown Print E-mail

Nancy B. Brown

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Nancy B. (St. John) Brown, 79, formerly of Lowell, but for many years a resident of Hudson, NH, died Monday evening at Greenbriar Terrace in Nashua, New Hampshire.

She was the wife of the late Charles R. Brown, who died in 1993.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Edward W. and the late Jeannette (Nadeau) St. John, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
Nancy’s favorite time was when she was with her family, especially, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Charles E. Brown and his wife Therese of Hudson, NH; a granddaughter Marybeth Gannon and her husband Matthew; two grandsons Brad E. Brown and Eric M. Brown; two great grandsons Hunter and Brayden Gannon; a sister Linda Rodriguez of Vermont; two brothers Elmer St. John and his wife Maureen of Greenville, NH and Brian St. John of Lancaster, NH; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by her siblings Sandy Sullivan, Edward St. John and Arthur St. John.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9 to 10:30 A.M. Friday morning followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. PATRICK in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) - 458-8768.  

Irene M. McAvoy Print E-mail

Irene M. McAvoy


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister

Irene M. (Santerre) McAvoy, 90, of Lowell, died Tuesday, January 24th at Lowell General Hospital-Main Campus. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward P. McAvoy, Jr. who died June 8, 1980.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 15, 1926, a daughter of the late Antoine and the late Estelle (Masson) Santerre, she received her education at the Franco American School in Lowell.
Among her many interests, Irene enjoyed cooking, dining out and having a good martini with many olives, traveling, singing, gardening, flea markets,  camping and playing bingo. However, her greatest joy, being all about family, was the quality time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memere was very much loved for her sense of humor, even when her health had started to fail. She will be greatly missed by those of us who enjoyed getting together with her for dinner or family parties and sharing memories of days gone by.
Irene is survived by six daughters including Elaine R. Picard of Pelham, NH, Brenda M. Roberts of Lowell, Donna M. McAvoy of Lexington, SC, Debra A. Donohoe and her fiancé David Blais of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Laura M. Beaver and her husband Timothy of Lexington, SC and Linda R. Cloonen and her husband Thomas of Cranston, RI; two sons Raymond P. McAvoy of Boston, MA and Edward E. McAvoy and his wife Linda of Tewksbury, MA; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Santerre and Cecile Desrochers both of Lowell; a brother Roland Santerre of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also grandmother of the late Crystal Fitts and mother-in-law to the late George Picard.
In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services were held privately for her family. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA. (978)-458-8768.
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