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Hugh M. McKenna Sr Print E-mail

Hugh M. McKenna Sr.

Loving Father and Grandfather

Hugh M. McKenna Sr., 84, Husband of the late Patricia (Belleville) McKenna, died Saturday Febuary, 12, 2022 at Lowell General Hospital Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Lowell, MA on March 4, 1937, he was a son of the late Stephen and Gertrude (Beaubien) McKenna and was a graduate of the Lowell Trade School.

For over thirty years Hugh worked for the City of Lowell in the Water Department as a Maintenance Foreman.

Mr. McKenna was a former Resident of Lowell now residing in Hudson, NH. He was a Life Member of the East End Club in Lowell.

He is survived by a Daughter, Kelly E. Foley and her Husband (Keith) of Dracut, Two sons, Hugh M. McKenna Jr. and his wife (Denise) of Pelham, NH; Daniel J. McKenna of Hampton, NH; His Daughter-in-law Judith McKenna of The Villages in Florida, His Grandchildren, Christopher McKenna and his companion, Alicia Dockham, Katelyn McKenna; Courtney and her Husband (Andy) Holub; Ryan McKenna; Ariel McKenna, Slade Sousa; Dillan, Shealyn and Colin Foley;  two Great Grandsons, Owen McKenna and George Dockham.

Mr. McKenna was the Father of the late Michael A. McKenna and was predeceased by his three brothers and five sisters.

All Servies will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Charity of One's choice. E-condolences at Arrangements by O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, LOWELL, MA. Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Carole L. Gillette Print E-mail

Carole L. Gillette

Carole L (Sargent) Gillette, of Chelmsford, MA, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022, after a lengthy, courageous battle with dementia.  She was 88 years old.

Born in Lowell, MA on October 27, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Jean (Howard) Sargent and Leigh Sargent.  Carole was a Girl Officer in the Lowell High School class of 1951.  She married her high school sweetheart Daniel Gillette, with whom she shared 55 wonderful years until his death in 2012.

Carole was a woman of quiet elegance and grace whose talents were many and varied. She was a dedicated daughter, mother, and grandmother, and a loyal friend to many.  Mom had a brilliant smile and was known for her classic, beautiful style.  She was a shining example of strength, tenacity, humility, and the importance of a sense of humor.  Hers was a life well lived.

As a young woman she was a counselor at Camp Massapoag in Dunstable, MA.  It was there she found a love of swimming and teaching others to swim.  Carole taught most of her nieces and nephews to swim as well and loved being in and near the water all her life.

Once she was married, Carole taught herself to cook and bake, becoming incredibly accomplished at both.  She was famous for her hollandaise sauce, seafood newburg, quiches, lemon squares, and Christmas cookies – of which she baked thousands.  But it was the chicken cutlets she made for many Boston College tailgates that earned her the moniker “Carole Cutlet”.

Holidays were an especially wonderful time for our family, and Mom made every Christmas magical for her children and grandchildren.  Beautiful decorations, yummy food, and music - Carole absolutely loved music.  She sang in the choir at St Mary Church in Chelmsford for many years and she was an accomplished pianist. Our family and friends enjoyed many sing-alongs around the piano.  For years “Grammy” organized a Christmas concert with her grandchildren. Bribing them with delicious cookies, she taught them to speak, sing, and perform in front of an audience.

While raising her children and keeping a beautiful home, Carole was also a licensed realtor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was Dan’s right hand woman at Johnson Gillette Real Estate.  She was a hard-working woman and an astute bookkeeper.

Carole and Dan performed in The Paint and Powder Club of Chelmsford, and they hosted many cast parties.  She was also a long-time member and past president of The Chelmsford Garden Club, where her decorating, gardening, and flower-arranging skills were displayed on the Garden Club House Tour.

Once their children were grown, Carol and Dan began taking trips to Florida, eventually staying in Bonita Springs for many winters.  In her later years, Carole also traveled to Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Spain.

Carole loved walking and being out in nature.  She and her cocker spaniel Bluebelle were a fixture in their neighborhood.  At the age of 63, she participated in a charity walk the entire length of the Boston Marathon. She played tennis and golf at Vesper Country Club for many years.  She treasured her friends from these activities and kept in touch with many letters and cards.

When she had the occasion to sit down, Carole was a voracious reader and crossword puzzler.  She was an accomplished seamstress, furniture upholsterer, and handy woman.  She could wield a hand mixer, hammer, wrench, or staple gun with equal dexterity.  She was truly a Renaissance woman.

Carole is survived by her four children:  Donna Thoene and her husband Glenn of Nashua, NH; Daniel Gillette Jr and his wife Susan of Falmouth, MA; David Gillette and his wife Tanya of Trinity, FL; and Jennifer Paletta and her husband Todd of Chelmsford, MA.

Grammy will be forever beloved by her grandchildren:  Kaitlyn Thoene, Douglas and his wife Alexis Smith- Thoene, Allison Gillette and her fiancé Blake Overlander, Daniel Gillette III, Robert Paletta, Jesse Paletta, and her step-grandchildren Kayla Nolet, Kevin Cole, and Ashley McGrory and her husband Jimmy; Carole is also survived by her sister Charlotte Treadwell and brother Brian Sargent and his wife Linda, and many nieces and nephews she cared for deeply.

She was also predeceased by her brothers Bill and Butch Sargent.

Services are private for the family. A celebration of Carole’s life is planned for the Spring. E-condolences at Those wishing to make a donation in Carole’s name may do so to Lowell General Hospital’s Behavioral Health Suite and mailed to Lowell General Hospital Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell MA 01854 or Arrangements are by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Cynthia M. Sexton Print E-mail

Cynthia M. Sexton

Retired account manager Verizon;

Cynthia M. “Cyn” Sexton, 79, formerly of Andover, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Sunday February 6, 2022, at The Meadows at Edgewood.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 27, 1943, the daughter of the late John J. and the late Marcia H. (Donovan) Sexton, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Hall in the Class of 1960.

Cyn was with Verizon (and its predecessor’s) for over 40 years before her retirement as a senior account manager.

She loved her job and was dedicated to her customers throughout the years.

Cynthia is survived by her bother Alan J. Sexton of Lowell; two nephews John J. Sexton of Lowell and Justin A. Sexton of Somerville; and dear friends Erin Doyle and her family of Hamilton, MA, Elaine Morgillo of York, ME, Amy Mastromonaco, Kevin Kennedy and Debi Callina.

The Sexton family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at the Meadows at Edgewood for their outstanding care and compassion for Cynthia during her stay there.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Saturday February 12, 2022, from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL at 11 o’clock. Her burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Frederick F Leduc Print E-mail

Frederick F. "Rick" Leduc

Beloved son, and brother;

Frederick F. "Rick" Leduc, 57, of Westford, Massachusetts and Pelham, New

Hampshire, passed away unexpectedly on Monday January 24, 2022, in Gardner,


Born in Lowell, MA, February 29, 1964, he was the son of Frederick M. and

Carole-Ann R. (Horman) Leduc.

Besides his parents, Rick is survived by his sister, Nicole Zahn and her

husband Kevin of Methuen, MA; by his four sons, three grandsons, and two

granddaughters; an aunt and several cousins.

Prior to retiring, he was employed at LVR Fire Protection Systems as a

Journeyman Sprinkler service supervisor.

He loved spending time in York Beach Me., at his grandparents home.  He enjoyed camping at Lake Sebago,

ME, working in his vegetable garden or just enjoying the outdoors. Rick was always ready to help family or friends.

Rick was a loving son, called his parents several days a week and always

looked forward to their weekly visits.

A private service for Rick will be held at a later date at Gibson Cemetery

in Pelham, NH. E-condolences at Arrangements by

the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

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