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Charles P. Sarantos Print E-mail


Charles P.  Sarantos   


Proud veteran of WWII;


Charles P. Sarantos, beloved husband of the late Iris L. Sarantos, passed away peacefully at his home at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover on the first day of October, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and compassionate caretakers.

Charles, 92 years old, was born in Lowell, MA on October 2, 1925 and was the beloved son of the late Peter and Mary (Gickas) Sarantos.

He was a graduate of the Greater Lowell Vocational Technical School, after which he enlisted in the United States Army in December of 1943 where proudly and honorably he served in France and Germany in the 112th Allied Airborne Signal Battalion setting up critical communication networks in the European Theater of Operations.

While proud of his Greek heritage, Charles was also an ardent American patriot, and always expressed deep affection for his fellow veterans and current service members. He often voiced his feelings of admiration and his sense of pride when observing the subsequent generations of young men and women who volunteered for military service.  Upon his honorable discharge from service in April, 1946, he attended Michigan State University and Lowell Technological Institute, where he studied electrical engineering.

In 1969, together with his beloved wife Iris, with whom he shared 55 devoted and fulfilling years of marriage, Charles established C & I Electrical Supply Co., Inc., a successful commercial and industrial wholesale electrical supply business in Lowell. They dedicated themselves to the operation of their family business together with their son, Constantine (Dino) P. Sarantos until its sale in 2004.  The business brought Charles and his family opportunities to forge valued friendships, professional associations, and countless philanthropic community relationships. He took particular interest in supporting the Greater Lowell Vocational Technical School and in offering guidance and opportunities to young and new electricians in their efforts to establish their own businesses.

Charles was a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity and Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Churches of Lowell and a supporter and member of the AHEPA, Greek American Legion, and other Greek social and cultural organizations, as well as a long-standing member of the Freemasons.  He served as a director of the Enterprise Bank and Trust of Lowell from February, 1991 to May, 2007, and continued to serve as an honorary director. Philanthropists at heart, Charles and Iris were active and broad supporters of the Greek Orthodox Community and the greater Lowell and New England charitable communities of hospital, health care, youth-focused and scholastic, elder care, and performing arts organizations.

Charles’ devotion to his family was the primary focus of his life. He also loved sharing in family celebrations, weekends with Iris, and their children and grandchildren at their beach home, attending New England Patriots games as a season ticket holder of twenty-five years together with his son, Dino, and spending time with friends.    

Charles was a kind, generous, and unconditionally loving husband, father, and grandfather with a happy, contented and grateful disposition. He is survived by his son, Constantine (Dino) P. Sarantos and his wife, Elizabeth, of Andover, daughter Anastasia Sarantos Taskin and her husband, Cengiz, of Seacaucus, New Jersey, and his grandchildren, Alyssa M. Sarantos and Christopher D. Sarantos of Andover, all of whom respect and adore him. His loss is profound to those who love him, but his life lessons will endure.

He is also survived by a brother, George P. Sarantos of Billerica, and sisters, Despina Dinopoulos and Nora Vlahakis, both of Dracut, and Elizabeth Lemondes of Syracuse, New York, as well as sisters-in-law Olga C. Laganas of Lowell and Patricia Dukakis of South Natick, and Nicki Sarantos of Florida, and many loved godchildren, loyal friends, nieces and nephews.

Charles is predeceased by his brothers Theodore Sarantos and Rev. John Sarantos, and sister Christine Economou, sisters-in-law Helen George, Mary Laganas, Toula Laganas, Theda Triantafel, Constantina Sarantos, and brothers-in-law, Nicholas Vlahakis, Charles Dinopoulos, Stephen Economou, James Lemondes, George S. George, George Triantafel, and Arthur Dukakis.

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the respectful and compassionate staff of the entire Edgewood community.

Family and friends may call at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY Friday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. followed by his Funeral Service at the Church at 11 o’clock. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Metropolis of Boston Camp, 329 Camp Merrimac Rd., Contoocook, NH 03229. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978) 458-8768.


George J. Skrekas Print E-mail

George J. Skrekas

Loving husband and father

 George J. Skrekas, of Lowell, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 26th. He was the beloved husband of Avra (Kanavos) Skrekas who survives him.
 Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, April 15, 1932, the son of the late James and the late Panagiota (Aridas) Skrekas, he attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Tilton Academy in Tilton, New Hampshire.
 George proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
 He was a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell where he also was a past president of the Transfiguration Men’s Guild.
 Before retiring, George was a licensed insurance agent and spent over 50 years in the industry working alongside his wife at their agency, Avra’s Insurance in Lowell.
 He was an accomplished athlete having played football, basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the Dracut High School Hall of Fame in 1984.
 In addition to his wife Avra, George is survived by his daughter Georgia D. Skrekas of Lowell.
 He was also father of the late Deborah Victoria Skrekas.
 George will be deeply missed.
 In accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be celebrated on Wednesday afternoon at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURH in Lowell at 12 o’clock noon. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, Ma. 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Virginia Lea Fowler Print E-mail


Virginia Lea Fowler

Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend;

Virginia Lea Fowler, 92, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Monday evening at the High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill after a brief illness.

She was the wife of the late George E. Morgan.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 7, 1925, a daughter of the late Albert and the late Leah M. (Kettlety) Fowler she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High school in the Class of 1945. She went on to receive her Associate’s Degree from Mass Bay Community College.

A personnel supervisor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health at the Solomen Mental Health Center in Lowell for many years, she later worked for Merrimack Valley Elder Services as a nursing home ombudsman.

Virginia is survived by four daughters Virginia L. Corcoran and her husband James of Dracut, Patricia A. Marquardo and her husband Phil of Myrtle Beach, Cynthia A. Sirois and her husband Steven of Londonderry, NH and Lisa M. Morgan-Small and her life partner Kevin Donnellan of Tewksbury; a son Kenneth E. Morgan of Raymond, NH; 15 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held Monday morning at the CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 60 Hastings St. in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by her burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Youth Ministry at the Grace Chapel, 128 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

Deborah C. (Thamer) Kneeland Print E-mail


Deborah C. (Thamer) Kneeland 

loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend;


Deborah C. (Thamer) Kneeland, 67, of Chelmsford, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening at her home in Chelmsford.

She was the loving wife of the late George W. Kneeland who died in 2006.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 16, 1951, a daughter of the late Louis T. and the late Edith M. (DiRocco) Thamer, she attended St. Patrick Grammar school and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Deborah retired from the Raytheon Corporation where she worked as a soderer for many years. Previously, she had worked at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Bedford.

A member of the Gold Star Wives, she also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Michael L. Kneeland and his wife Kendra of Plymouth; her granddaughter Alexis L. Kneeland and grandson Ryder O. Kneeland both of Plymouth; three sisters Donna Stansfield of Saugus, Sharon Dillon and her husband Brian of Lowell and Carol Mayrand and her husband Mike of Aquinnah, MA; two brothers Thomas Thamer and his wife Amanda of Methuen and Larry Lauziere and his wife Pam of Louisanna; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to her calling hours THURSDAY evening at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 5 to 7 P.M. Private family Funeral Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 


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