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Catherine L. (Ford) MacLaughlan, R.N. Print E-mail

Catherine L. (Ford) MacLaughlan, R.N.

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and cousin;

Catherine L. (Ford) MacLaughlan, R.N., 81 years old, of Lowell and Scituate, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Friday August 18, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. MacLaughlan who died in 2017.

Born in Boston, MA, August 6, 1942, the daughter of the late Thomas and the late Louise (Johnson) Ford, she was a graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption High School in Brookline and then attended and graduated from the Catherine Labouré School of Nursing in 1963.

Prior to her retirement, Catherine worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, MA, and the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell, MA (nka Lowell General Saints Campus).

Among her many interests, Catherine was also a member of the  Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Cedar Point Association of Scituate, Ma.  However, her greatest joy was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and summering in Scituate, MA, since the 1940’s.

She is survived by five children: John J. MacLaughlan, III, of West Roxbury, MA, Ellen L. Slattery and her husband David of Lowell, MA, Thomas F. MacLaughlan and his wife Kristin of Brookline, MA, Daniel J. MacLaughlan and his wife Kristina of Burlington, MA, Beth A. Giliberti and her husband Frank of Lowell, MA; four grandsons Cameron John, Jack Frederick, Jason Daniel, and Thomas Patrick MacLaughlan; four granddaughters Catherine Louise, Emma Rose, Abigail Elizabeth Giliberti, and Caroline Louise MacLaughlan; two sisters Margaret Billy of San Diego, California, and Josephine Roman of Needham, MA; four brothers-in-law Kevin D. MacLaughlan and his wife Donna, James M. MacLaughlan, David W. MacLaughlan and T. Joseph Shanley; a sister-in-law Elizabeth Ann Shanley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank the Hemotology and Oncology department at Tufts Medical Center for their compassionate care especially Dr. Wu, Dr Jeyapalan, and Madeline Couch NP.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation on Thursday morning August 24, 2023 at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell, MA, from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury, MA. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

The Reverend Dr. Robert J. Gallagher Print E-mail

The Reverend Dr. Robert J. Gallagher

The Reverend Doctor Robert J. Gallagher passed peacefully on Thursday July 6, 2023, at the age of 82.

Bob, the eldest of eight children, was born in Lowell, MA to the late Joseph A. Gallagher, and the late Margaret “Lil” (Dery) Gallagher.

A 1954 graduate of Pawtucket School and a 1958 graduate of Keith Academy in Lowell, MA, “Rev. Dr. Bob” spent two years as an Augustinian monk and three years as a Maryknoll seminarian. After many years of religious discernment, Bob found his niche as a Jesuit-trained Episcopal Priest.

Father Bob served several years as teacher, tutor, school administrator, parish priest and prison chaplain in Michigan, Maine and Massachusetts in both Episcopalian and Lutheran ELCA parishes.

He was ordained a Deacon in 1982 by Episcopal Bishop Henry Mayson of Detroit, MI and Priest in 1983 by Episcopal Bishop Coleman McGehee of Detroit, MI.

Father Bob held a 1986 Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Care and Counseling from the Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies (Detroit, MI), as well as a 1998 Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. He also held a Master’s Degree in Divinity (Weston Jesuit School of Theology), U.S. History (Salem State) and Education (Salem State). As a transfer student from Maryknoll Seminary College, Fr. Gallagher received his A.B. in Humanities from Merrimack College in 1962.

Bob was a K-12 state-certified administrator and teacher of math, Latin, English, and social studies.

Bob worked at the Maine Correctional Center, Riverview Psychiatric Hospital for Children/Long Lane School in Middletown, CT, and Elliot Hospital Oncology Unit in Manchester, NH. His field education included Samaritans Crisis Suicide Hotline where he found himself strongly supportive of the gay community.

More recently, Father Bob served as Clerk on the Salisbury, MA Board of Health for three years, as Secretary for the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee and as Hospice Chaplain at Brookhaven in Hampton, NH. In the late 1990’s, he also served as Assistant Pastor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, MA. Later, Bob was a parishioner and friend to many at Trinity Episcopal Parish (Hampton, NH). He was also a leader and participant in its Clergy Bible Study group.

Father Bob was loved by many and is remembered for his kindness, ecumenicism, generosity, outgoing personality, wonderful sense of humor, “gift of gab,” and love of music.

Bob is survived by sister Pat Sem and husband Chuck of Hampstead, NH; brother Joe Gallagher of San Diego, CA; brother Tom Gallagher of New York, NY; sister Kathy Roosa and husband Alan Roy of York, ME; brother Paul Gallagher of Dayton, OH; sister Ruth Ann Murray of Maynard, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Eileen Crowley, her husband Robert Crowley and his brother-in-law Al Murray.

His Memorial Funeral Services will be held Friday morning, August 25, 2023, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 High Street, Hampton, NH at 10:00 A.M. His Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lowell, MA. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Outreach Programs may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 High St., Hampton, NH  03842. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA - (978) 458-8768.



Colleen M. (Carney) Bernardini Print E-mail

Colleen M. (Carney) Bernardini

Beloved wife, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, and aunt

Colleen "Co" M. (Carney) Bernardini, age 59, of Lowell, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly on Monday August 7, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital after a period of lengthy health challenges. A lifelong Lowell resident, Colleen was born on April 22, 1964, the eldest child of Charles E. and M. Sheila (McFadden) Carney. She attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in 1982. Colleen went on to attend Chamberlain College in Boston and graduated with her Degree in Creative Design in the class of 1984.

Colleen leaves behind her loving and supportive husband of 34 years, David “Cup” A. Bernardini, of Lowell.

Besides her parents and loving husband, Colleen leaves behind two brothers: Michael S. Carney and his partner Jennifer Deasy of Sunapee, NH and Sean Carney and his wife Laurie (Milinazzo) of Dracut, MA; a sister Erin (Carney) Parisi and her husband Carl of Chelmsford, MA; two brothers-in-law Steven Bernardini of Londonderry, NH, and Derek Bernardini and his wife Jean (Catarius) of Dracut, MA; father-in-law Henry Bernardini and his partner Judy Daigle of Goffstown, NH ; She also leaves behind her very special nieces and nephews; Kerrin, Shaila, Patrick, and Robert Carney, Nate and Seth Parisi, Dylan, Samuel, and Zachary Bernardini and Korrie McGrade.

Co was all about family, and was an incredible aunt to her nieces and nephews.  She loved to plan fun holiday family activities such as Easter egg hunts, the annual much-loved Christmas "balloon game," and was also a master at designing first place winning Halloween costumes.  She was an amazing cook, and made creative birthday cakes, especially for her nieces and nephews' birthday parties.  In addition, she loved bird watching, her perennial gardens, rescuing dogs, and was an avid New England Sports fan.

Colleen's most recent professional position was as a Transcriptionist with Lyrix Corporation in Lowell. Prior to that, she worked for Little Brown Publishing Company in Boston for over 15 years, and Rosenbloom Party Store, utilizing her creative talents, for many years.

She is preceded in death by her cherished mother-in-law Izzy (Murray) Farmer and her beloved sister-in-law Gabrielle M. Bernardini.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to: Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

Robert P. Malavich Print E-mail


Robert P. Malavich

Former Director of City of Lowell DPD,

Robert P. Malavich, 78, passed away Aug. 8 with family at his side after a period of declining health. Despite his health issues, Bob had remained active in shaping the direction of the city he loved and where he spent his life.

He was the loving husband of Anne (Donovan) Malavich, with whom he celebrated 48 years of marriage on Aug. 2nd.

Bob was born on May 5, 1945 the son of William Sr., and Sophie (Szuksta) Malavich, who predeceased him.  Bob attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Wentworth Institute, UMass Amherst and Boston University.

He was a proud Lowellian and gifted city planner. He worked for the City of Lowell Department of Planning and Development for 34 years, and, in time, became director of the DPD. He loved Lowell and worked to make it a model for city planners everywhere.

His career as a city planner enabled him to get in on the ground floor of the creation of the Lowell National Historical Park.

Bob was a member of the Jaycees for many years and was actively involved in the construction of the Jaycee Place apartments on Bowers Street and the renovation of Rogers Hall as apartments. Both complexes serve older Lowell residents of different incomes.

After he retired from the City of Lowell DPD,  Bob took a similar position in West Warwick R.I., but drove home every weekend to his beloved city and home. When he left that position, he returned full-time to Lowell and became a member of the Planning Board. He was still a member at the time of his death.

Besides his wife Anne, he is also survived by his daughter Erica Malavich McCumber and her husband Jonathan McCumber of Lowell; his son Daniel Malavich and his wife Lauren of Dallas, GA. He also is survived by his three favorite people, all of whom called him “Papa,” his grandchildren, Juniper McCumber of Lowell and Donovan and Alina Malavich of Dallas, GA. He was the brother of Richard Malavich and his wife Donna, of Nashua, NH, and Thomas Malavich of Lowell.

Bob was predeceased by his brother William Malavich, Jr.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL, MA, on Tuesday August 15, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service which will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 10:00 A.M. (Please meet at church) His committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions are available at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell Land and Conservation Trust, 660 Suffolk St., Suite 335, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


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