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Denise M. Quinn Print E-mail

  Denise M. Quinn

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and cousin


Denise M. (Matte) Quinn, 67, of Lowell, died peacefully on Monday, March 26th surrounded by family. She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Thomas J. Quinn who survives her.

Born in Lowell on March 23, 1951, oldest daughter of Omer and Camille (Labrecque) Matte of Dracut, she attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Dracut High School with the Class of 1968. 

Denise went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Lowell State College (NKA U/Mass Lowell) in 1972, and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Lesley University in Cambridge in 1996.

Before retiring in 2011, Denise was a devoted school teacher until a bold career change later in life led her to become a Director of Human Resources.

Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, loved the beach and traveling the world over, including faraway places like Egypt, Russia, Budapest, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland and England just to name a few. She was very proud of being a friend of Bill for 23 years, volunteering for local domestic violence programs and reading for the blind. However, her greatest joy in life was being the world's best Mimi to her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Denise is survived by two daughters Courtney Ahearn and her husband William and Katie Quinn all of Dracut, MA; three grandchildren Liam and Avery Ahearn of Dracut, MA and Michaela Mentzer of Watertown, MA; two sisters Carol Fennell and her husband William of Pepperell, MA and Lisa Matte of Tewksbury, MA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

QUINN – In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday April 2nd at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock in the morning. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in Denise’s memory to Lowell General TeamWalk for CancerCare, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.





Diane E. Dolce Print E-mail

Diane E. Dolce

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt

Diane E. (Pronovost) Dolce, 87, a lifelong resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, died Wednesday, March 21st at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred R. Dolce who died March 28, 2006.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Raymond and the late Marion (Irwin) Pronovost, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948.
Before retiring, Diane was employed as a Nurse’s Aide at Heritage Nursing Home. Previously, she was a homemaker, raising her four daughters for many years.  She was a kind, nurturing person with a good sense of humor and a quick Irish wit. She enjoyed cooking, camping, traveling, square dancing, tending to her house plants and taking care of her many pets. She loved decorating for the holidays and hosting holiday dinners, especially Christmas Eve when she served her famous lasagna. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. However, her greatest joy was her family. She cherished the quality time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Diane is survived by four daughters Lynne E. Dolce-Brouwer and her husband Ron Brouwer of Chicago, IL, Marcia A. Dolce and her companion Patrick McNally of South Hamilton, MA, Susan E. Dolce of Lowell, MA and Mary L. Dolce and her companion Brian Provencher of Amherst, NH; seven grandchildren Jessica Spanos and her husband Charles of Midlothian, VA, Michelle Omowaiye of Richmond, VA, Julianne and Robert Hilton both of Amherst, NH and Sophia, Caroline and Daniel Brouwer all of Chicago, IL; three great-grandchildren Charles and Adelia Spanos and Jaxson White; a brother John Pronovost and his wife Carol of Chelmsford, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday, March 30th. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated on Saturday morning at ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 260 Gorham St. in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society or the Practical Nursing Program at Greater Lowell Technical High School. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Jeanne D. Morris Print E-mail

Jeanne D. Morris

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt

 Jeanne D. (Connell) Morris, 92, of Lowell, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 13th at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard A. Morris who died March 8, 1972.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 15, 1925, a daughter of the late David and the late Jeanne (Shepard) Connell, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. She also graduated from the Lowell Academy of Hairdressing in 1961.
 Before retiring, Jeanne was employed as a hairdresser at the former Newton’s Salon in Lowell for many years.
 She was a longtime parishioner of St. Rita Parish in Lowell.
 Among her many interests, Jeanne loved cooking and baking. She also enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, solving word search puzzles and watching old movies and game shows. Her greatest joy however, was the quality time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Jeanne is survived by three daughters Carol Ann Schreiber of Lowell, MA, Jean D. Kent and her husband David of Lexington, MA and Davina A. Raftery and her husband Brian of Nashua, NH; three sons Richard D. “Moe” Morris of Lowell, MA, Bruce A. Morris of Tarpon Springs, FL and Wayne F. Morris and his companion Danielle Buteau of Dracut, MA; nine grandchildren Kimberly Pilato and her husband Michael of Dracut, MA, Danielle Raftery of Manchester, NH, Michaela Raftery of Nashua, NH, Mark Lynch and his wife Adrian of Lawrence, MA, Courtney Budin and her husband Michael of Land O’Lakes, FL, Richard Kent and his wife Joann of Auburn, MA, Robert Kent of Lexington, MA, Kathleen Venice and her husband Bradley of Spofford, NH and Brian Morris of California; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Robert H. Morris who died September 2, 1996 and sister of the late Davina Laing, Isabel Croteau, Theresa Chenelle and Harold Connell.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday morning at the Parish of St. Rita, 158 Mammoth Road in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Kenneth W. Hagerstrom Print E-mail

Kenneth W. Hagerstrom

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;

 Kenneth W. Hagerstrom, age 83, surrounded by his family, peacefully passed away at his home in Venice, FL on February 15, 2018.
 Ken was born on July 14, 1934 in Worcester, MA to the late Evelyn (Simmler) Hagerstrom and the late Hugo Olof Hagerstrom.
 A terrific example of a life well lived, Ken was very proud of his family, his time in the Navy, his athletic career, the time he spent working in education and business and his commitment to community service. His accomplishments were great and his humility was even greater.
 Ken made great choices in his marriage partners. He was married to his college sweetheart Maureen Roddy from 1957 until her untimely death in 1995. Together they raised three sons, Kenneth of Dallas, TX, Thomas of Madison, NJ and Steven of Bridgewater, MA.  Ken thoroughly enjoyed his time with Maureen and raising their children together.
 After Maureen’s death, Ken married Marilyn Brox Stevenson in 1996. Ken welcomed his new stepchildren Amy L Stevenson of Portland ME and Sarasota FL and Bob Stevenson of Amherst NH to his family. His marriage to Marilyn expanded his interests and kept him young. They spent wonderful years in retirement, playing golf, traveling the world, and especially being present in the lives of his grandchildren.  Marilyn helped make Ken’s life complete.
 While his family was always most important to Ken, his dedication to and impact on his life experiences were immeasurable.  Ken served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for more than 3 years.  He was a 12-time letter winner in high school and was inducted into the Auburn High School Hall of Fame in 1979.  Later at Boston University he was an Academic All American and Captain of the 1955 Football team and centerfielder for the baseball team. Ken’s professional career began in education as a teacher and coach at Cohasset High School then as Dean of Men at Massachusetts Bay Community College.  Ken’s transition into the business world spanned nearly 30 years initially at The William Underwood Co and then at Sanders Associates as Vice President, Human Resources.  Ken’s involvement in community service spanned his entire life - serving as President or board member of several youth sports organizations and educational committees and most recently, as a board member of The Plantation Management Association.
 Besides his wife Marilyn, Ken is survived by his sister Gale Walsh, brother-in-law Albert Tosone and sister-in-law Carol Roddy; his children, Kenneth (Margaret), Thomas (Lauren), Steven (Maureen), Amy and Bob (Alexis); his grandchildren Michael (Melissa), Danny, Matthew, Peter, Sarah (Jake), Drew, Claire, and William Hagerstrom and Elle, Sam, Gus and Izzy Stevenson; his great granddaughter Hazel Hagerstrom; and many nieces and nephews. His granddaughter Elisabeth Roddy Hagerstrom predeceased him.
 Ken will be remembered as a loving, caring and devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He led by example, was instrumental to those around him and set the foundation for an incredibly strong family legacy.
 Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Friday evening March 23, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M. His Prayer Services will take place in the Chapel at the Newton Cemetery, 391 Walnut St., Newton, MA on Saturday morning March 24, 2018 at 11 AM. Please Meet at the Newton Cemetery Chapel His internment will immediately follow the service. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tidewell Hospice and the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.

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