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Ellajean (Ameen) Elias Print E-mail

Ellajean (Ameen) Elias

Loving mother grandmother, sister and aunt

Ellajean (Ameen) Elias, 96, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully on Sunday, December 30th at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Lionel S. Elias (Lenny) who died December 30, 1986.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Louis and the late Mary (Mansour) Ameen, she attended Lawrence schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School with the Class of 1940.
Before retiring, Ellajean was employed as a Seamstress at Hanscom Field in Bedford for many years as well as being a full-time homemaker.
She was a member of St. George Antiochian Church in Lowell.
Among her many interests, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, painting, designing furniture and interior decorating. She was also a member of the Ladies of St. George as well as the St. George Couples Club.
Ellajean is survived by a daughter Donna M. McGarry of Kittery, ME; two sons Donald Elias and his wife Phyllis of Boca Raton, FL and David Elias of Dunstable, MA; three grandchildren Desiree (Elias) Toto and her husband John, Alicia (Elias) MacDonald and her husband William and Donald Phillip Salem Elias and his fiancée Lauren Melberg; a sister Lorraine Recupero of Dracut, MA; four sisters-in-law Rosalind Elias of New York, NY, Patricia Elias of Charleston, West Virginia, Barbara Ameen of Methuen, MA and Deannie Ameen of Andover, MA; her best friend Lorrice (Forsley) Ansara of Lowell, MA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was also mother-in-law of the late Edward McGarry.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket St. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. on Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated on Monday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Church, 44 Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Maria Filomena de Sousa Print E-mail

Maria Filomena de Sousa

Loving sister, aunt and godmother

Maria Filomena de Sousa, 94, a lifelong resident of Lowell until moving to Brookdale Assisted Living in Chelmsford in 2016, died Monday, December 17th at the Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in Billerica.
Born in Ponta Garca Sao Miguel Azores Portugal, August 10, 1924, she was a daughter and eldest child of the late Antonio Jose De Sousa and the late Maria da Conceição Medeiros. She immigrated to Lowell in 1969 and became a U.S. citizen in 1977.
Before retiring, she was employed as a Housekeeper at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus). She was also employed as a Nanny for Walter and Naomi Sullivan and became a part of their family.
She attended the Immaculate Conception Church on a daily basis and loved family and cooking for those she loved.
Filomena is survived by two sisters Maria Sophia de Sousa and Conceição De Melo of Azores; her special godchild Sãozinha De Melo Ferreira; her extended family Naomi Sullivan and her children, Naomi Suzanne and David Callender, Helen Sullivan and José Soares, Kate and Daniel Critchett and her children, Monica Sullivan Cody and her children, and Michael Sullivan and his children; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also sister of the late Laurénio de Sousa, João Batista and Gilberta Feiteira and sister-in-law of the late Alda de Sousa, Conceição de Sousa and João De Melo.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 12:30 o’clock. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.

 
Alison E. (Drake) Angelo Print E-mail

 

Alison E. (Drake) Angelo

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

 Alison E. (Drake) Angelo, 83, of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, died Saturday, December 22nd at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 23, 1935, the daughter of the late Dr. Guilford O. and the late Edith S. (Kirk) Drake, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1953. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
 Before retiring, Alison was employed as an Accountant at McQueston Lumber in North Billerica.
 Among her many interests, she loved animals, especially her dogs. Her greatest joy however was the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Alison is survived by seven children Allayne M. Mendys of Hudson, NH, Laurie K. Cristiano of Midland, MI, Sheryl J. Angelo of Tyngsboro, MA, Susan G. Aube of Bolton, MA, Eric W. Angelo and his wife Linda of Litchfield, NH, Leonard M. Angelo and his wife Danielle of Amherst, NH and Corrine A. Angelo of Litchfield, NH; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her loyal dog Gizmo; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also sister of the late Guilford O. Drake, Jr.
 In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services were held privately for her family. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

 
Heiner "Hank" Wais Print E-mail

   

Heiner “Hank” Wais

 

 

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend

 

Heiner “Hank” Wais, 74, of Lowell, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 12th in Dracut. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Richards who survives him.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, March 7, 1944, he was a son of the late Ernst and the late Marta (Marchaus) Wais. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as U/Mass Lowell) and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from Fitchburg State College.

Hank proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

Before retiring, Hank was employed by the City of Lowell as a school teacher at the Stoklosa School. In addition, he taught at Westford Academy. He also worked as a local general contractor.

A member of the LaFayette Club and the Dom Polski Club, both in Lowell, he was also a former soccer coach at Lowell High School and Westford Academy. In addition, Hank was also an organ donor.

In addition to his wife, Hank is survived by a daughter Brenda D. Edwards and her husband Curtis of NH; a grandson Grady A. Edwards who is in the U.S. Army also of NH; a granddaughter Emma M. Edwards of NH; a sister Waltraud “Trudy” Martignetti of Wilmington, MA; a brother Werner Wais and his wife Adid of Cottonwood, AZ; a grandnephew Cole M. Richards of Tyngsboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning, December 29th at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Private Committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

 

 
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