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Louis Joseph Stagnone Print E-mail

 Louis Joseph Stagnone 

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother; 

Lowell - We are saddened to share the news that Louis J. Stagnone passed away at Anna Jacques Hospital, Newburyport, following a brief illness. He died on June 6, 2020 at the age of 90, after a full life rich in the appreciation of a loving family, friends, nature and purposeful activity.

Lou was the beloved husband of Shirley (Bouchard) Stagnone. He was born in Lowell on July 1, 1929, the eldest of the late Joseph and Helen (Finnegan) Stagnone’s five sons. He grew up surrounded by a large family and many lifelong friends. Lou attended high school at Keith Academy where his innate leadership skills resulted in him serving as class president and captain of the football team. Following high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, graduating in 1951 as a member of the initial class of Merrimack College, Andover.  He was immediately drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean conflict and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley, just before shipping out. True to his adventurous nature, Lou volunteered to serve as an advance scout during his year in Korea, although that fact was not revealed to family until after his safe return. Upon release from his service, Lou subsequently settled in Tewksbury, where he built a house that became the family home to Shirley and Lou’s five children for the next 36 years. Later in life, Lou and Shirley returned to live in their hometown of Lowell until March of 2020 when they moved to senior living at Atria Merrimack Place, Newburyport. 

In addition to Shirley, his wife of 67 years, Lou is survived by his five children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Immediate family includes Mary Lou and Paul McCarthy of Georgetown, Joseph and Susan Stagnone of Exeter, NH, Thomas Stagnone of Cranston, RI, Mark and Heather Stagnone of Litchfield NH and Beth and Gordon Stockwood of Amesbury. Grandchildren include Brenna McCarthy and her husband Greg Sulser, Kelly McCarthy, Leah, Hayden and Sarah Stagnone, Gordon and Sam Stockwood and great-grandchildren Maeve and Callan Sulser. Lou is also survived by his sister-in-law Margaret of Plantation, FL. Lou enjoyed a close relationship with his youngest, surviving brother Frank Stagnone and his wife Tish of Chelmsford until the end of his life.

Lou was predeceased by three of his brothers, Daniel Stagnone of Dracut, MA and his wife Patricia, James Stagnone of Albuquerque, NM and Joseph Stagnone of Plantation, FL.

Lou spent more than thirty years employed in the printing industry at the Courier Citizen Corporation, in Lowell, advancing from an estimator to manager of the Courier’s North Chelmsford plant. He also served on the Board of Directors at the Washington Savings Bank. Upon his retirement from the Courier Citizen, Lou used his real estate license to pursue a second career at Cooney Real Estate of Lowell.

Lou’s children will always be grateful for the devotion he showed their mother and the commitment and support he exhibited for immediate and extended family. Lou was a remarkably active man who inspired his family with a love of nature and outdoor activity. He loved New Hampshire’s White Mountains, eventually built a family vacation home there and introduced his family to skiing, tennis and hiking. He was famous for the encouraging phrases, “It’s just a gentle hill” and “It’s just a short hike” when urging family forward on his planned athletic expeditions. He was a continuous example of honesty, generosity and kindness while still ensuring that no one was slacking on making the most of every day. Lou was so proud of his close family. He could be found on every sideline and in every school auditorium enthusiastically supporting his grandchildren’s pursuits. His zest for living rewarded his family with a wealth of happy, shared memories.

 Lou was a devout Catholic for his entire life. Masses said in his memory would be an appreciated gesture. His family honored his memory with a private Funeral Mass and Committal Services at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. Please visit to send the family a message of condolence. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768

Alda A. Betley Print E-mail

Alda A. Betley

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

Alda A. (Pereira) Betley, 88, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away Sunday March 1, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the loving wife of the late Walter J. Betley who died March 14, 2011.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 19, 1931, a daughter of the late Antonio and the late Maria (Sousa) Pereira, she received her education in the Lowell School system.

For many years Alda worked in the electronics industry as an assembler at Honeywell, Symphonic and, RCA, where she helped work on the space program for NASA.

An active woman, she enjoyed dancing, singing, movies, games, sports but most especially loved to be with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always the loyal fan she would travel to watch her grandsons play hockey and baseball.

Alda is survived by her son Richard J. Betley and his wife Sandra of Lowell; a daughter Barbara A. Hogan and her husband Donald J. of Lowell; a granddaughter Kate Brown and her husband Steve of Lowell; three grandsons Justin Hogan and his wife Brittnee Cann of Reseda, CA, Trevor Hogan of Lowell and Matthew Betley of Lowell; six great grandchildren Quinn, Eli, Annabel, Owen, Dalilah and June; a sister Mary Dugas and her husband Roger of Lowell; a brother Anthony Pereira of Lowell; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was the sister of the late Augustina Tremblay, the late John and the late Jose Pereira.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning June 27, 2020 at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. A private burial will take place at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

Mary Ann L. Poirier Print E-mail

Mary Ann L. Poirier

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

Mary Ann L. Poirier, 71, of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, passed away Tuesday June 9, 2020 in Lowell.

Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, September 27, 1948, a daughter of the late William G. and the late Ruth T. (Gelly) Meehan, Sr., she was a graduate of Billerica Memorial High School. A National Honor Society recipient, Mary Ann also earned a D.A.R. Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in High School.

She went on to graduate from U/Mass Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  She enjoyed teaching and helping children learn.

Mary Ann was gifted artistically and musically and among her several interests she enjoyed playing the guitar, piano, reading poetry and painting with oil paints on canvas.  She was an all-star athlete in three sports in the Merimack Valley including basketball, field hockey and softball.

She is survived by two sons Craig R. Poirier of Mico, TX and Brett A. Poirier and his wife Lisa of Helotes, TX; a grandson Brio A. Poirier; a sister Madeline A. Meehan of Naples, FL; a brother William G. Meehan and his wife Madge of Lunenburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In light of Covid 19 restrictions, a private Funeral Mass at St. Rita’s Church followed by burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery was held for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Tufts Medical Center, Box 231, 800 Washington, St., Boston, MA 02111. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768

Mildred K. Gagnon Print E-mail

Mildred K. Gagnon

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend;

Mildred K. (Fahey) Gagnon, 88, of Lowell, passed away peacefully at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday June 16, 2020.

She was the loving wife for 64 years of the late Donald P. Gagnon, Sr., who died May 27, 2019.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 4, 1931, a daughter of the late Frederick and the late Anna (Gill) Fahey, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School where she served as a Girl Officer. Mildred went on to Salem State College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education.

Prior to her role as a mother, homemaker and care giver, Mildred taught Business Administration at Westford Academy where she also coached basketball. Later in her life after her children were fully grown Mildred taught special needs children for the Lowell Public Schools.

An avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, she enjoyed cooking and reading but was at her happiest when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mildred is survived two daughters Mary Rita Gagnon of Chelmsford and Laurie Ann Prive and her husband Mark of Hampton, NH; a son Donald P. Gagnon, Jr. and his fiancée Kathy of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren Rebecca Husmer and her husband Steve, Samuel Gagnon, Adam Prive and Mitchell Prive; a sister Mary Roark of Chelmsford; a sister-in-law Lorraine Bragan of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Frederick Fahey and the late Ann Rita Beattie.

Gagnon – Friends may call the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Monday June 22, 2020 followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. RITA CHURCH at 12:00 NOON. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. (Appropriate social distancing protocols required by the state will be in place during all segments of the services). E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the National Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place West, Suite 230, Landover, MD 20785. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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