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Harry S. Vassilakos Print E-mail

Harry S. Vassilakos    

Loving husband, father, brother and friend;

Harry S. Vassilakos, 63, of Lexington, but for many years a resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully Saturday April 13, 2019 at Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with his family by his side after a long battle with Chronic Lyme Disease .

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. (Dunleavy) Vassilakos with whom he recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 2, 1955, a son of the late Gregory H. and the late Effie (Koukias) Vassilakos, Harry attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1973.

He continued his studies at U/Mass Lowell where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and went on to Babson College where he attained his Masters in Business Administration in 1979.

Harry stayed active in helping others through his mentoring of graduate students at U/Mass Lowell business school as a member of their Advisory Board. He was also a former member of the Parent Board at Lawrence Academy. 

An accomplished golfer, Harry was a member of both the Lowell High and U/Mass Lowell golf teams. Harry followed his passion for golf throughout his life as a former committee member for the U/Mass Lowell golf tournament and enjoyed playing and winning several charity golf tournaments over the years including his beloved Pawtucketville Open.    

Prior to his retirement, he was the Director of Sales and Development at Atlantic Gelatin/Kraft Foods where he worked for over 35 years.

Through his position with Philip Morris and later Kraft Foods, Harry helped in funding for the Arts in New England including the Wang Theatre, Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe, the House of Hope, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, UTEC and helped spearhead the National Youth Sports Program at U/Mass Lowell.  

Among his many interests, Harry had a real passion for music and attended several concerts over the years with his wife, family and friends.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Alexandra G. Vassilakos of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters Mary Ann Olivera and her husband Anthony of Twenty Nine Palms , CA and Valerie Arsenault of Andover; a brother Stephen G. Vassilakos of Paris, France; two sister-in-laws Eileen Sharples Dunleavy of New Bedford, MA and Joan Gatzimas of Westford; a brother-in-law James Dunleavy of Capitan, NM; several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At the request of the family all funeral services were private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978) 458-8768.  


Joseph Khalil El Karah Print E-mail

Joseph Khalil El Karah

Patriarch of the El Kareh Family

Joseph K. El Kareh, devoted husband of Mary, loving father, and grandfather passed away on April 19, 2019 surrounded by family. To those who knew Joseph, his passing on Good Friday at 3:00 PM Jerusalem time serves as a final testament of his devotion to his faith and his love of God. Born in Beirut, Lebanon to Khalil and Adele El Kareh, he was one of seven siblings.

Joseph met and married the love of his life Mary B. Maroon (deceased March 13, 2009), on December 14, 1949. This year they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Joseph immigrated to the United States, settling in Lowell, Massachusetts. There he became the most successful immigrant to establish himself and remain in Lowell, an achievement recognized in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell as “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IMMIGRANT THAT HAS NOT LEFT THE CITY OF LOWELL.” With his wife, Joseph built the highly successful Vogue Beauty Salon enterprise, with patrons including Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, and Judy Garland. Joseph mirrored his accomplishments in the beauty industry with a real estate empire. A joyous, compassionate, and charitable man, Joseph lived to use his success to help others. Along with his cousin Danny Thomas, Joseph became a founding member of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His advice to others in living a long and successful life? “Be yourself, work hard, and keep smiling every day.” His legacy continues through his four daughters, Mary Jo El Kareh, J.D. (George Noor, M.S.), Adele El Kareh, M.D., Ph.D. (Elias K. Hashim, D.D.S.),  The Honorable Joanne El Kareh (Cornelius Verhoest Jr, M.D.) and Colette El Kareh, J.D. (Andreas Sowa), along with grandchildren, Andrew Hashim, Esq., Lana Hashim (D.D.S. candidate), Joseph Noor, MS (Ph.D. candidate), Michael Noor, (B.A. candidate), Cornelius Remington Verhoest, Mary Verhoest, Jonathan Sowa, B.A. and Amadeus Sowa, B.A.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday April 25, 2019. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal Services to be held at ST. ANTHONY MARONITE CEMETERY, N. Lowell Street (Rte. 113),Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts, 01844, Friday, April 26th at 12:00 Noon. (Please Meet at the Cemetery). E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.   



Denis W. King, MD Print E-mail

Denis W. King, MD

Well known retired surgeon; 

Denis W. King, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully April 19, 2019 at the age of 85, surrounded by family after a long illness. 

Born November 18, 1933 in Lowell MA, a son of the late Dr. Leo F. and the late Alberta (Wholley) King, he was educated in the Lowell school system, graduated from Bowdoin College and Boston University Medical School.

After graduation, Dr. King joined his father, Leo F. King, MD, in private practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Denis was the family physician and surgeon to generations of families.  He was associated with St. John’s Hospital and later the Saints Memorial Hospital. His private practice was interrupted by service in the Army during the Vietnam War, earning an honorable discharge as Lieutenant Colonel.  A gifted surgeon, he will always be fondly remembered in the medical community for his quick wit, compassion, empathy and a legacy of mentorship of medical students and young physicians. 

A member of Vesper Country Club, he had a love–hate relationship with the game of golf; he was passionate about the Boston Red Sox, but his true devotion was to his family. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Ann Marie (Kelly) King; his children: Ellen King McLaughlin (Robert) of Vienna, VA; Kathleen King Anderson (Mark) of Westborough, MA; Amy King DeMilt (William) of Bernardsville, NJ; and Michael W. King (Pam) of Portland, ME; sister-in-law Phyllis (Crotty) King; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Leo F. King and Peter J. King.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to  the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001; 866-232-8484; Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Mary Ann Day Print E-mail

Mary Ann Day 

Longtime volunteer at Information Desk for LGH - Saints Campus (formerly Saints Memorial Hospital)

Mary Ann (McGrath) Day, age 90, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019 with her family by her side after a period of declining health. She was the loving wife of the late Fred E. Day, Jr. with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

She was born in Boston, a daughter of the late Francis M. McGrath and the late Mary (Colson) McGrath. She moved to Lowell from Cambridge as a young child where she was raised and remained there to raise her own family. She relocated to North Chelmsford, MA in 2001 and since late 2018 has resided at Langdon Place of Nashua.

Mary Ann graduated from Keith Hall in 1946 and was employed at the former Lowell Electric Light Company and The Bon Marche’ in Lowell for many years.  She was a communicant of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Lowell and was a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality, the Chelmsford Garden Club and a long-time volunteer at the Information Desk at Lowell General Hospital (formerly Saints Memorial Hospital) where she was recognized as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 2014 for 34 years of service.

The thing Mary Ann cherished the most was her family.  She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family and her faith were everything to her; she made friends everywhere she went. Mary Ann considered Ogunquit her special place for decades and loved every minute spent there.

She was an exceptional seamstress and for many years made hand-smocked dresses and christening gowns under the name “Precious Originals” that were displayed in various juried shops in the Lowell and Andover area.

She is survived by her children: Penny Beaumont and her husband George of Nottingham, NH, Trish Gagnon of Bedford, NH, Marylou Campbell of North Aurora, IL, Fred J. Day and his wife Delia of Groton, MA and Joseph T. Day and his wife Cathy of Dracut, MA.  She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren: Michael McClean, Courtney Gagnon, Derek Rocheleau, Patrick Day, Jeffrey Day, Rod Day, Nick Day, Bob Boynton and Jennifer Boynton along with her 12 great-grandchildren: Ryan, Anna, Nate, Nicky, Lily, Lucas, Zander, Emme, Adie, Laurel, Bobby and her most recent great-grandchild, Abigail. Mary Ann is also survived by her brother Mark J. McGrath of North Carolina and her brother-in-law Ernest Day and his wife Betty of Freedom, NH along with many beloved nieces and nephews.

 She was predeceased by her siblings Edgar McGrath and Clare Garrepy, her brother-in-law Charles “Coley” Day and sister-in-law Marjorie Day. 

Mary Ann's family would like to thank the staff at Langdon Place of Nashua, Home Health & Hospice of Merrimack, NH, Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center and Dr. Helen Leibner at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for their exceptional care and dedication to their mother.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Wednesday morning at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in Mary Ann’s memory to the St. Margaret Renewal and Renovation Fund or St. Vincent de Paul Society, both at 374 Stevens Street, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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