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Howard Nelson Sager Jr. Print E-mail

Howard Nelson Sager Jr.

Lowell – Howard “Howie” Nelson Sager Jr. of Lowell, born December 2, 1940, passed away on July 3, 2018, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones, due to complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease. He was the beloved husband of Carol Ann (Crowe) Sager of Lowell.

Raised in South Lowell, Howie was the eldest son of the late Howard Nelson Sager and Evelyn (Beauregard) Sager, owners of Sager’s Dairy of Lowell. Howie was a Boy Officer at Lowell High School and after graduating with the class of 1958, went on to proudly serve his country in the Marine Corp Reserve. Howie married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann, lived in Belvidere and was President of Century 21 Sager Real Estate.

A true and lifetime lover of his hometown community, he was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Boys and Girls Club, the Lowell DeMolay and the Lowell Rotary Club, serving as President. Howie enjoyed playing tennis for years at Trull Brook with his good friends on Friday nights and loved playing golf, as a member of Vesper Country Club. He also loved his weekends with dear friends in Quechee, VT.

Howie and Carol moved to Scottsdale Arizona where they lived and loved more great friends and golf courses! They moved back to MA where they were active, doting grandparents, and he worked managing the Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate office in Belmont until his retirement in 2016.

In addition to his wife, Carol Ann, of 54 years, Howie is survived by his beloved daughters, Beth Sager and son-in-law John Bruce, Suzanne Sager and Martha Sager; and his 4 grandchildren Benjamin, Catherine, Cameron and Emerson Bruce – all of whom have been the wonderful beneficiaries of his most supreme love and pride.  The eldest of his siblings, Howie is survived by his sisters and brothers – Sally Ann (Sager) Hall and brother-in-law James Hall, Arlene Sager, late brother James “Jimmy” Sager, Edmund Sager, Tom Sager and sister-in-law Debbie (Berube) Sager.

Having as close a relationship as two families can have, Howie was one with the Crowe family nearly all of his life and is survived by his sister-in-law Deborah (Crowe) McDonnell and late brother-in-law Gerald McDonnell, brother-in-law Robert Crowe and Christine (Samuelson) Crowe, brother-in-law Ronald Crowe and Robin (Ryder) Crowe, and sister-in-law Maryjane (Crowe) Barros and Joseph Barros. He was a treasured cousin and cherished uncle.

Howie’s favorite song was “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover” which he would break into at full voice.  He would lead every booming “Hip Hip Hooray” when any occasion called for it.  There wasn’t an ice cream stand he didn’t know of.  He never missed a wedding dance to “Through the Years” with his forever darling, Carol Ann. He was always in attendance to support and enjoy his kids and grandkids at recitals, sporting events or general life celebrations.  He was an avid Boston-sports fan and adored cowboy movies.  He stepped up to every challenge life delivered his family or friends with nothing short of heroism; always humble and actively supportive.  His greatest happiness was simply and entirely the happiness of those he loved – especially his four girls.

In lieu of traditional services, the family will host a Celebration of Life in Howie’s honor at Howie and Carol Ann’s home - 23 Fox Hill Lane in Dracut, MA.  ALL are welcome! Come for 5 minutes or 5 hours (casual attire).  The celebration will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 2pm-7pm with memories being shared from 4:30p – 5:30p.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to Howie’s Neurologist, Dr. Priya Shastri, who provided ever attentive and generous care. Donations in Howie’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


Claire M. Patronick Print E-mail

Claire M. (Zipps) Patronick

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother sister and aunt

 Claire M. (Zipps) Patronick, 89, of Lowell, died Thursday, June 28th at D’Youville Senior Care with her loving family by her side.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 31, 1928, a daughter of the late John and the late Hannah (Neeson) Zipps, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1946.
 Before retiring, Claire was employed by the City of Lowell as a custodian and matron at City Hall. She was also a volunteer for Community Teamwork Inc. at Willow Manor Nursing Home in Lowell.
 Among her many activities, she was a member of S.A.G.E. (Salvation Army Golden Era), the Lowell Senior Center, Centralville Senior Center and Dracut Senior Center. She loved dancing and golf and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots.
 Claire is survived by two daughters Joanna LeRiche and her husband Gary of Dracut, MA and Maura Linscott of Lowell, MA; one son John Patronick and his wife Kimberly of Pepperell, MA; twelve grandchildren among them her very special granddaughter Kimberly Gray and her husband Dean and their children; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister Eleanor McCann of Pelham, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
 She was also mother of the late Stephen Patronick and sister of the late Kathleen Zipps, Mildred Sullivan, Shirley Gilbert, John Walter Zipps, Francis Zipps Theresa Riley and Thomas Gerald Zipps.
 Family and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

Joan M. Fenlon Print E-mail


Joan M. Fenlon

Loving mother, grandmother and friend

 Joan M. (Horan) Fenlon, 80, of Lowell, died Thursday morning, June 28th at the Saab Residence with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of 50 years to the late Gerald Humphrey “Gerry” Fenlon who died September 16, 2015.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 11, 1938, the daughter of the late Bernard B. and the late Marion E. (Gould) Horan, she attended St. Margaret Elementary School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in Lowell.
 Joan was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell where she was also a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality.
 Before retiring, she was employed as an Administrative Assistant at UMass Lowell for over 20 years. Previously, she worked as a Customer Service Representative at Sears in Lowell.
 Joan loved life.  She enjoyed frequent trips to Aruba and Seabrook Beach with Gerry as well as spending time with friends dining out and playing cards. Joan's greatest joy was her family. She loved spending quality time with her children, grandchildren, and many close dear friends. 
 Joan is survived by a daughter Geralyn J. Snow and her husband Kenneth B. of Pelham, NH; a son Michael G. Fenlon and his wife Susan E. of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren Sean B. Fenlon, Emma R. Fenlon, Cory K. Snow and Sydney L. Snow; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
 She was also sister of the late John J. Horan and the late Donald B. Horan.
 Her family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff and Joan's many friends at the Saab Residence for their compassionate care and concern for their mother during the years she lived there.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARGARET  CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Margaret’s Renewal & Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

Elizabeth M. "Betty" McAvinnue Print E-mail

Elizabeth M. “Betty” McAvinnue

Loving sister, aunt, grand-aunt and dear friend

 Elizabeth M. “Betty” McAvinnue, 89, of Lowell, died Tuesday, June 26th at D’Youville Senior Care.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 14, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A. and the late Edith M. (Smith) McAvinnue. She and her three sisters were raised in the three generation McAvinnue household on Mammoth Road in Pawtucketville where Betty continued to live until she made her home at Chelmsford Crossings. She attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1947. Eager to pursue a career in education, she then went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as UMass Lowell) in 1951 and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University in 1968. Acknowledged as a born teacher, she taught for 41 years in the Arlington, Massachusetts school system and, after her retirement, volunteered in the school where she had taught so effectively for so long.
 Betty was a parishioner for nearly a lifetime of St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell and was past member of the League of Catholic Women and a longtime volunteer at the Lowell Folk Festival.
 She enjoyed eating out (particularly at Good Thymes Restaurant in Lowell), a spirited game of cribbage, singing, and swimming (her trademark white bathing cap barely visible above the waves). For many years, she enjoyed her summers in Yarmouth where she generously shared her Cape Cod home with visitors. A faithful fan of the Boston Red Sox, she also looked forward to watching the Patriots play.
 Betty is survived by two sisters Joan McEvoy of Newmarket, NH and Edith O’Brien and her husband Tom of Fort Myers, FL; a niece Ellen Berlin and her husband Bob of Newmarket, NH; five nephews Kevin McEvoy of Thetford, VT, Brian McEvoy and his wife Melissa of Laconia, NH, Stephen McEvoy and his wife Ulli of Austria, John McEvoy and his wife Sonya of Atlanta, GA and John O’Brien and his wife Kim of Tuftonboro, NH; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and her dear friend Pauline Golec of Dracut, MA.
 She was predeceased by her sister Marie McAvinnue and brother-in-law Walter McEvoy.
 Family and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday morning followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. RITA’S PARISH in Lowell at 11:30. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Festival Foundation, 67 Kirk St, Lowell, MA 01852 or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

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