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Joseph E. "Jay" Handley Print E-mail

Joseph E. “Jay” Handley

Beloved Brother, and uncle;

Joseph E. “Jay” Handley, 64, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, July 6th at Tufts New England Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Exeter, New Hampshire on August 2nd, 1957, the son of the late John M. and the late Gertrude A. (McKeon) Handley, Jr., he attended Chelmsford Schools and was a graduate of Chelmsford High School in the class of 1975.

Jay was a co-owner and operator at the Chelmsford Gift and Basket Shop for over 40 years, where he started working at a young age. He and his brother, Jack also operated many successful retail businesses in various locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He was a member of the Chelmsford Business Association.

He had a love for reading, traveling, watching historic documentaries, classical music, spending time with his many friends and acquaintances, and time that was spent near the ocean or on the beach.

Jay is survived by a brother and his partner John M. “Jack” Handley III of Westford, MA; a sister Julie A. Handley and her husband Charles Hoar of Brighton, MA; and six nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jane M. Carrigg, who passed away in 2011.

At his request all services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory (on behalf of other family members who are deceased) to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. ( Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

Mary-Beth "Beth" Marroquin Print E-mail


Mary-Beth “Beth” Marroquin

Beloved wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, Godmother and cherished friend;

Mary-Beth (Horan) Marroquin, 61, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 10th after a long, courageous battle with MS and a brief but brave fight against Bladder Cancer.

Born in Lowell, MA, on November 6th, 1960, the daughter of the late Donald B. and the late Natalie M. (Donovan) Horan, she attended St. Margaret’s School and graduated from Greater Lowell Tech High School in the class of 1979.

Prior to her retirement, Beth worked as Customer Service Representative for Boston Scientific (formerly known as Bard), for over 20 years.  Prior to that, she worked as Office Manager in the landscape industry for Otey Brothers and Old Fox Lawn Care.

Known by her family as “Bethy”, she had a passion for cooking and loved spending time preparing meals for her family who she loved deeply.  If she wasn’t in the kitchen making her famous meatloaf and mac & cheese, or watching the Food Network, you would find Bethy “getting comfortable” to sit on the veranda and say her nightly prayers.  She was a child of God who made it her role in the family to protect… and that she did.  The holidays won’t be the same without Aunt Beth and her wonderfully whacky sense of humor and her recipes.

Beth is survived by three sisters: Donna M. Woodbury and her husband David of York, ME, Kelly A. Fucci of Chelmsford, MA, and Patricia A. O’Brien and her husband Anthony of Chelmsford, MA; a brother Michael D. Horan of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Sharon Horan of Lowell, MA; her former brother-in-law Jon Fucci and former sister-in-law Jennifer Horan; nine loving nieces and nephews: David Woodbury, Erin and Daniel Horan, Maire, Megan and Maiti Fucci, Jack and Ben O’Brien, Leah Horan; and also several grand nieces and nephews and tons of amazing cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Saul Marroquin of 22 years, and a brother James Horan.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday July 15, 2022, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH at 12:00 Noon. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing, may make contributions in her memory to Merrimack Valley Hospice  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen Print E-mail

Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen

Age 106, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt;

Doris (Couilliard) (Desmarais) Wessen, 106, of the Highlands section of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Saturday July 2, 2022, at the Belvidere Healthcare Center in Lowell.

She was the wife of the late George H. Wessen and the late Edward Desmarais (who died on D Day in WWII at the Battle of Normandy).

Born in Lowell, MA, August 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Chelsea and the late Madeline (Mahoney) Couilliard, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement she worked as a Salesclerk at the former Bon Marche Department Store in Lowell and at the Pollard’s Store across the street.

Doris is survived by her son Edward J. “Jack” Desmarais of Saratoga Springs, New York; three grandchildren: Mark Desmarais and his wife Cecile of South Glastonbury, CT, Brian H. Desmarais of Davie, Florida, and David J. Desmarais and his wife Colleen of Mankato, Minnesota; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was the mother-in-law of the late and his wife Jacqueline A. (Patenaude) Desmarais and sister of the late Raymond Couilliard and late James Couilliard.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Tuesday July 12, 2022, at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH at 12:00 Noon followed by her burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret Church Restoration Fund, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Linda M. Dusblon Print E-mail
Linda M. Dusablon

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

Linda M. Dusablon, 71, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 21st.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 19, 1951, the daughter of Denise R. (Julian) (Dusablon) Green and the late Francis A. Dusablon, she received her education through the Lowell School system.

Prior to her retirement she was a Nurses-aide working in various Nursing Homes throughout Greater Lowell.

Besides her mother Denise, she is survived by a son Alan Reedy of Lowell, MA; two grandchildren: Lucia Agusto of Boston, MA, and Tina Cardenas of Lowell, MA; several great grandchildren; three sisters: Debbie Hall of New Hampshire, Lillian Silva of Dracut, and Donna L. Dusablon of Lowell, MA; three brothers:  Jerry Dusablon of Tennessee, Darryl Durand of Florida, and Scott Dusablon of Boston, MA; many nieces and nephews; and two of her dear friends; Lisa Boisvert of Lowell, MA, and Christa M. Ringler of Lowell.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

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