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Jane E. Alexander Print E-mail

Jane Alexander

“A stunning citizen of the world”



Jane Alexander passed away suddenly at Lowell General Hospital on July 26 from mitral valve prolapse, causing MRSA endocarditis. She was 66 years old.

Jane was born in Brookings, SD, to Ruth and William Alexander. She graduated from Brookings High School in 1974. During high school she babysat for several families and volunteered at United Retirement center.

She attended Mt. Holyoke College, majoring in history, and doing volunteer work as a tutor and aide to children in the Holyoke Schools.

Following graduation from college in 1980, she worked at Parker Street shelter with unhoused adults in Boston, and the Pine Street Inn women’s clinic. There she saw women leave at 9AM when the overnight shelter closed with nowhere to go until 4PM when it reopened. These women avoided the daytime soup kitchens where they would be harassed (or worse) by men. They had nowhere to use a restroom. Most of all, these women were isolated, having lost connections with friends and family.

She and a co-worker at the women’s clinic, Eileen Reilly conceived of starting a daytime shelter for women. In 1982, they began serving women from the basement of Church of the Covenant, starting the Women’s Lunch Place.

Jane became the Executive Director for the next 20 years. She insisted on a philosophy of treating unhoused women with dignity, bringing plates to the table so they did not have to wait in line. Guests were also welcome to help cook, and volunteers and staff all sat down to share the meal. Fresh flowers and tablecloths always graced the dining room. She worked to create a community with celebrations, live music, and activities, such as visiting a sheep farm during lambing season. Eventually the program came to serve breakfast and lunch to over 100 women a day, offering legal advocacy, clothing, a children’s rooms, showers, laundry and much more. Jane’s drive and vision inspired and changed the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people who spent time in the Women’s Lunch Place’s bustling kitchen and warm, welcoming dining room over the years.

Jane received many awards for her work, including the Mount Holyoke College Mary Lyon Award and the Boston Celtic’s “Heroes Among Us” award. What Jane was most proud of, however, was creating a place where women like Stella and Margot–some of Boston’s most alienated and long-term unhoused women–felt safe to come inside.

Jane left the organization in 2002, and worked briefly as Renewal House Executive Director, and as Development Director at East Boston Ecumenical Community, and volunteered for the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina and did medical work in Haiti.

She married Mark Johnson of Jamaica Plain in 2004. They moved to New Orleans in 2007, where she attended Tulane School of Social Work, obtaining her Master’s in Social Work. She then worked in Moorhead, Minnesota until 2016 as Executive Director of Churches United, a family shelter and daytime support program for the homeless. There she spearheaded an effort to create permanent housing and provided winter expansion regularly at the shelter. She and Mark separated in 2016 but remained good friends until his passing in 2018.

Along the way Jane cared for numerous great aunts, aunts and uncles as they aged, and as a godmother to several friend’s children. She maintained close friendships across long distances and over many years. She also became well known for her cakes that graced many of her friends’ tables, her toffee and “ginger dogs” that she made every Christmas.

She returned to Massachusetts to Dracut, MA 2016, where she lived with her sister Sarah Alexander. She worked for multiple families as a caretaker of elderly gentlemen and women for the past five years, helping them attend weddings, see friends, write their memoirs, and making their lives more connected and organized. She developed a close relationship with Paul Phillips in the last two years of her life, which brought her much happiness.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Thursday August 4, 2022, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME  276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 7 P.M.

Her Funeral service will be held on Saturday August 27, 2022, at FRIENDS MEETING AT CAMBRIDGE.  5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138 at 1:00 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Health Care without Walls at www.healthcarewithoutwalls.org, mailing address: 41 West Street, Boston, MA 02111. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Stella G. Maloney Print E-mail

Stella G. Maloney

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



Stella G. (Stefancyk) Maloney, 98, of Ashland, MA, but formerly of Lowell, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham on Thursday July 21, 2022.

She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Maloney who died in 2004.

Born in Northbridge, MA, June 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Walter and the late Anna (Kozial) Stefancyk, she was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement, Stella worked for over 27 years at the Greater Lowell Technical High School in the custodial department. Previously, she worked as a hairdresser.

Being with her family was Stella’s greatest joy, especially spending time with them down at Bass River on Cape Cod.

Stella is survived her daughter Colleen Maloney Hesser of Ashland; her step-granddaughter Jennifer Mitchell and her husband Kevin of Lee, NH; three step-great-grandchildren Jaelynn Currie, Gavin Mitchell and Shayla Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also the mother of the late Robert J. Maloney who died in 1991 and mother-in-law of the late Richard L. Hesser.

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Thursday July 28, 2022, from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH in Lowell at 12:00 Noon. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the St. Margaret of Scotland Church Restoration Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.

 
Muriel F. Haggerty Print E-mail

Muriel F. Haggerty
a beloved lifelong resident of Lowell;

 

Muriel F. (Shanahan) Haggerty, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 17, 2022 at the Palm Center in Chelmsford.

She was the wife of the late Philip J. Haggerty and resided in Lowell her entire life until moving to the Bayberry Assisted Living community in Tewksbury in 2016.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 9, 1924, the daughter of the late Edward F. and the late Mary F. (Fitzgerald) Shanahan, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception parish of Lowell and a former communicant of St. Patrick’s parish until she married Philip in 1950.

A proud graduate of St. Patrick’s Girl’s High School in Lowell, the entire class of sixteen with whom she graduated from St. Patrick’s with were all lifelong friends and Muriel shared many fond and cherished memories of their fun times together. She also attended Lowell Commercial College.

While raising her children, Muriel worked part-time as a clerk for the Lowell School System. Later in life, she retired after many years working for Mass Opticians in Lowell.

She will be fondly remembered for her strength of character and zeal for life, long into her 90’s. She and Phil enjoyed many years ballroom dancing with friends.

Muriel loved to sing to her family, meet with old and new friends, follow all the NE sports teams (especially the Red Sox) and swam in the ocean into her early 90’s. Muriel enjoyed playing cribbage and read the Lowell Sun newspaper every day. But her very favorite activity was to talk proudly of her beloved granddaughter, Molly.

Surviving Muriel are her two daughters, Mary Jo Sudol and her husband Stephen A. Sudol of Dracut and and Susan F. Jones and her husband John L. Jones of East Aurora, NY; her beloved granddaughter Molly B. of East Aurora, NY; and her sister H. Ursula Shanahan of Lowell. Muriel also had many loving friends of all ages who were like family to her.

She was also the sister of the late Edward F. Shanahan.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Monday morning July 25, 2022, from 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Her Funeral Mass will follow at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell, at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to The Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund, 3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01854 or Compassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 202, N. Andover, MA 01845. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Gerald L. "Jerry" White Print E-mail

Gerald L. “Jerry” White

Proud Lowell native.



Gerald L. “Jerry” White, 86, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, July 11th surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband for over 59 years of Martha A. (Miskell) White, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, MA, on March 26th, 1936, the son of the late Gerald M. and the late Margaret (Burke) White, he attended the Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1954.

Prior to his retirement after 46 years in the printing industry, Jerry worked as a Foreman for copy preparations at Sullivan Brothers Inc. and previously with the Courier Citizen. He was also a member of the Pressman Union, #109.

A longtime member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks, Jerry also loved Boston sports especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by a son John L. White and his wife Danielle of Methuen, MA; two daughters: Ellen M. Ward and her husband David of Tewksbury, MA, and Julie A. Breen and her husband Thomas of Tyngsboro, MA; six grandchildren Ashleigh Elizabeth MacKenzie and her husband Stephen of Westwood, MA, John David Ward of Tewksbury, MA, Shannon Taylor White of Tewksbury, MA, Jared Colin Ward of Tewksbury, MA, Peter Gerald Breen of Tyngsboro, MA, and Molly Elisabeth Breen of Tyngsboro, MA; a brother Leo White and his wife Lynne of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Jeanne White of Houston, Texas.

Jerry is predeceased by his siblings Sister Marilyn White of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Robert E. White, and the nephew of the late Father Leo Burke.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his grandson John David Ward for his exceptional care to his grandfather.

Private Funeral Services will be held for the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

 
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