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Shirley A. Mello Print E-mail

Shirley A. (McMahon) Mello

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

Shirley A. (McMahon) Mello, 86, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Monday June 8, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the loving wife of the late Leo Mello, Sr. who died in 1996.

Born on May 22, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Francis and the late Irene (Johnson) McMahon, she attended Lowell schools and Lowell High School.

For over 30 years, Shirley worked at Raytheon in South Lowell until her   retirement as a tester in 1995.

Shirley loved puzzles and had many interests but her greatest joy was when she was with her family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughter.

She is survived by two daughters Gail A. Bruce of Pelham, NH and Donna M. Mulrenan and her husband James of Melrose; a son Leo Mello, Jr. and his wife Kimberly of North Chelmsford; four grandchildren Kathryn A. Ryan, Matthew L. Ryan, Kaleigh Doyle and her husband Patrick and Christopher Mulrenan and his wife Christa Carceo; a great granddaughter Leah Rose Doyle; two sisters Esther Peavey of Tewksbury and Irene Shaughnessy of Lowell; a brother Robert McMahon of Lowell; a sister-in-law Cindy McMahon of Dracut; many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was also the grandmother of the late Scott F. Silva and sister of the late Francis “Mac” McMahon, the late Beverly Flood, the late Rita Burk, the late George McMahon and the later Gerald McMahon.

Due to the Covid 19 state and federal restrictions a Private Graveside service was held for the family at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. A Memorial Funeral Mass for Shirley will be held at a later date when everyone may attend that will be announced. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her 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.

Amalea "Emily" Karayianis Print E-mail

Amalea “Emily” Karayianis

Loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend;

Amalea "Emily " Karayianis, 97, of Lowell passed away peacefully on  Sunday June 7, 2020.

She was the beloved wife for 64 happy years of the late William Karayianis who died in 2012.

Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1923, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Koula Linardos, she was raised in Newburyport MA and was a graduate of Newburyport High School.

Emily went onto Burdett Business School in Lynn, MA.

Prior to her retirement, she was a tax examiner for the U.S. Government with the Internal Revenue Service for many years.

A member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, Emily was active with the Ladies Philoptochos Society of her church. 

She is survived by her daughter Sharon Karayianis, M.D. of Hawaii; her son Charles Karayianis of Lowell; and her beloved granddaughter Amelia Karayianis of Worcester, MA.

Amalea was predeceased by her sisters Despina Linardos, Oreanthe Dimakis and Mary Lazares.

Due to the Covid – 19 state and federal restrictions, her Funeral Service will be private with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport, MA. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at a later date to be announced. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneral; Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL – (978) – 458-8768.

Patricia M Wagner-Montminy Print E-mail

Patricia M. Wagner-Montminy

Counselor at Law, and former reporter for the Lowell Sun;

Attorney Patricia M. Wagner-Montminy, 71, originally from Dracut, Massachusetts, and a member of a widely known Greater Lowell family, died suddenly on Saturday May 30, 2020 at her home in Sterling, Massachusetts after a long battle with Pompe Disease and other medical issues.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 20, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Walter and the late Alice (Mullen) Wagner. Pat was a graduate of Dracut High School, Class of 1966 and went on to attend Northeastern University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1971. Following college, Pat began an over 20-year career in journalism as a reporter for the Lowell Sun until the early 1990’s.
She received her Juris Doctorate in Law from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1993, and upon graduation opened a private firm and practiced in Middlesex and Worcester Counties. Within her practice she specialized in criminal defense and family law, and often worked with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she was passionate in defending the rights of the underprivileged, children, and marginalized individuals.
A woman of many interests, Pat loved traveling, westerns, and history; she was considered the family historian. In addition, she was an accomplished artist, painting many watercolor paintings.
She is survived by her pride and joy, her daughter Sara W. (Montminy) Paquette and a loving grandson Richard Walter Paquette, both of Northborough; and many beloved cousins.
Due to the COVID-19 state and federal restrictions, a private Graveside Service was held on Friday June 5th at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. A memorial Mass for Pat will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the American Cancer Society. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

Nicholas J. Ziakas Print E-mail

Nicholas J. Ziakas

Lifelong Lowell Resident and Korean War Veteran;

Nick Ziakas, a lifelong resident of Lowell, joined his beloved wife Catherine (Tzanetakos)Ziakas in eternal rest on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

The son of the late John and Frances (Daros)Ziakas, Nick was preceded in death by his two sisters, Esther Ziakas and Aphrodite Sokorelis both of Lowell and his brother Timothy of Dracut.

Born in Lowell, February 2, 1930, Nick resided his entire life in the Acre section of Lowell. After graduating from Lowell High School, he served honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Following his stint in the service, Nick worked for many years as a contractor for the old Lowell Gas Company. He then worked over twenty years with the Demoulas family as a manager in the Market Basket food distribution facilities in Tewksbury, retiring from there in 1994.

In his youth he was an active member of the Lowell Boys Club and as a member of their basketball team played in two tournaments at the old Boston Garden. He was a great fan of all the New England professional sports teams as well as college football and basketball.

Nick is survived by Judy Farrell, whom he loved as a daughter, and her extended family, with whom he celebrated many Holidays and family gatherings.

He is also survived by his nephews Charles Ziakas and his wife Sue Ann of North Hampton NH, John Ziakas and his wife Lou Ann of San Antonio TX and Eli Sokorelis of Seabrook NH. In addition, he is also survived by his nieces Lois McCabe and her husband Bill, Frances Whalen and her husband Bob, both of Lowell and Esther Vavra of Dracut.

Nick treasured his lifelong friendship with George and Anne Patterson of Florida and his Goddaughter Nancy Breault of Billerica.

Due to the Covid 19 state and federal restrictions, private committal services were held for the family on Tuesday at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.   

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