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Maria Filomena de Sousa Print E-mail

Maria Filomena de Sousa

Loving sister, aunt and godmother

Maria Filomena de Sousa, 94, a lifelong resident of Lowell until moving to Brookdale Assisted Living in Chelmsford in 2016, died Monday, December 17th at the Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in Billerica.
Born in Ponta Garca Sao Miguel Azores Portugal, August 10, 1924, she was a daughter and eldest child of the late Antonio Jose De Sousa and the late Maria da Conceição Medeiros. She immigrated to Lowell in 1969 and became a U.S. citizen in 1977.
Before retiring, she was employed as a Housekeeper at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus). She was also employed as a Nanny for Walter and Naomi Sullivan and became a part of their family.
She attended the Immaculate Conception Church on a daily basis and loved family and cooking for those she loved.
Filomena is survived by two sisters Maria Sophia de Sousa and Conceição De Melo of Azores; her special godchild Sãozinha De Melo Ferreira; her extended family Naomi Sullivan and her children, Naomi Suzanne and David Callender, Helen Sullivan and José Soares, Kate and Daniel Critchett and her children, Monica Sullivan Cody and her children, and Michael Sullivan and his children; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also sister of the late Laurénio de Sousa, João Batista and Gilberta Feiteira and sister-in-law of the late Alda de Sousa, Conceição de Sousa and João De Melo.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 12:30 o’clock. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.

Alison E. (Drake) Angelo Print E-mail


Alison E. (Drake) Angelo

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

 Alison E. (Drake) Angelo, 83, of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, died Saturday, December 22nd at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Dr. Guilford O. and the late Edith S. (Kirk) Drake, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1953. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
 Before retiring, Alison was employed as an Accountant at McQueston Lumber in North Billerica.
 Among her many interests, she loved animals, especially her dogs. Her greatest joy however was the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Alison is survived by seven children Allayne M. Mendys of Hudson, NH, Laurie K. Cristiano of Midland, MI, Sheryl J. Angelo of Tyngsboro, MA, Susan G. Aube of Bolton, MA, Eric W. Angelo and his wife Linda of Litchfield, NH, Leonard M. Angelo and his wife Danielle of Amherst, NH and Corrine A. Angelo of Litchfield, NH; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her loyal dog Gizmo; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Guilford O. Drake, Jr.
 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 Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Heiner "Hank" Wais Print E-mail


Heiner “Hank” Wais



Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend


Heiner “Hank” Wais, 74, of Lowell, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 12th in Dracut. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Richards who survives him.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, March 7, 1944, he was a son of the late Ernst and the late Marta (Marchaus) Wais. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as U/Mass Lowell) and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Fitchburg State College.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

Before retiring, Hank was employed by the City of Lowell as a school teacher at the Stoklosa School. In addition, he taught at Westford Academy. He also worked as a local general contractor.

A member of the LaFayette Club and the Dom Polski Club, both in Lowell, he was also a former soccer coach at Lowell High School and Westford Academy. In addition, Hank was also an organ donor.

In addition to his wife, Hank is survived by a daughter Brenda D. Edwards and her husband Curtis of NH; a grandson Grady A. Edwards who is in the U.S. Army also of NH; a granddaughter Emma M. Edwards of NH; a sister Waltraud “Trudy” Martignetti of Wilmington, MA; a brother Werner Wais and his wife Adid of Cottonwood, AZ; a grandnephew Cole M. Richards of Tyngsboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning, December 29th at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Private Committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.


Chakeep G. "Sharkey" Skaff Print E-mail

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff

Loving husband, father, grand father, brother and uncle.

Chakeep G. “Sharkey” Skaff of Lowell, died Friday, December 21st at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell two day after his 86th birthday.  He was the beloved husband of Laurence (Kach) Skaff who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on October 14th of this year.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 19, 1932, the son of the late George S. and the late Naffie (Bardwell) Skaff, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1950.  He then went on to attend Boston University.

Sharkey proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S Army.

Before retiring, Sharkey was self-employed as owner of Skaff Realty in Lowell.  He was also the former owner of the Triangle Store in North Chelmsford, Kennedy’s Butter & Eggs in Lowell and was a Supervisor with Symphonic.

He was an active member of the church in which he grew up, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. He served as an altar boy, the building manager for over 30 years and president of the Parish Council.  He was also ordained as a sub-deacon of the church.

Among his many interests he was a member of the St. Ignatius Club where he received a special Certificate of Meritorious Service. He was member of the Masonic Lodge in Lowell.

Sharkey was self-made and self-reliant. From his education to his career, and his skill with every kind of tool that could fashion wood or metal, brick or cement, Sharkey engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. He dedicated his life to his family and his faith.

In addition to his wife Laurence, Sharkey is survived by his son George E. Skaff and his partner Leta McDonald of Methuen, MA; his daughter Nicole M. Skaff and her husband David Moulton of Newbury, MA; his daughter-in-law Lisa (Puls) Skaff of Lowell, MA; two granddaughters Lily L. and Sara J. Skaff both of Lowell, MA; his three sisters Alice David of Toledo, OH, Vivian Puopolo of Dedham, MA, and Shirley George and her husband Ernest of Worcester, MA; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his son Stephen S. Skaff and two sisters, the late Jeannette MacKoul and the late Dorothy Deeb.

SKAFF – Friends will be received on Friday at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. followed by his Funeral Service in the Church at 7:00 o’clock. His Burial Prayers will be celebrated on Saturday morning at the Church at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

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