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Frederick L. "Fred" Simon Print E-mail

Frederick L. “Fred” Simon,

 A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend;

Frederick L. “Fred” Simon, 80, of Tewksbury, died Tuesday morning at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted family.

He was the beloved husband of Elaine A. (Anasoulis) Simon, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 10, 1936, to the late Charles and the late Mildred (Coudy) Simon he was proud of his Syrian heritage and was an active parishioner of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. A man of great faith, he was also a founding member of the Council of Eastern Orthodox Parishes of Greater Lowell.

After attending grammar school in Lowell, he went on to graduate from Lowell High School in the Class of 1954.

Fred honorably served his country as a member of the U.S Army.

Prior to his retirement, Fred had a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He began as a salesperson and assistant manager with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; where he worked for over 24 years and then at Raytheon Corporation in the Andover facility for 11 years.

Fred then transitioned into public service as a Constituent Services Representative for State Senators John O’Brien and Steven Panagiotakos. He finished his career as the Community Work Program Coordinator at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.

Fred was a passionate leader in civic, charitable and religious causes throughout his life,  In fact, in his last public appearance, a month ago, he and his friends and family hosted a fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Institute helping those who could not afford all of the ancillary costs associated with cancer treatment. It was a significant financial success, garnering $40,000.00 for the Adult Patient Assistance Fund.

Fred was a well-known champion for those in need and affiliated with many organizations. He will be forever associated with the Salvation Army, through his many years as the honorary chairman of their annual Radiothon; where he along with the rest of the hard working committee members and donors, eased the burden of countless individuals and families.  

A founding Co-Chair of the Tewksbury 9-11 Memorial, he was also a member of the Owl Diner Charities and the Highland Players.

For all his accomplishments, what endeared Fred to so many was his kindness, compassion, dedication and loyalty to others. He has left an indelible mark on the Greater Lowell community that will live on for years to come.

Besides his wife, Fred is survived by three daughters Millie Simon-Dufault and her husband Mark Dufault of Litchfield, NH, Julie Simon of Dracut and Maria Simon and her husband Lorne Keplar of Beverly; his four grandchildren Justin, Alexa and Austin Dufault and Lauren Simon; his godchildren Dean Brown and Julie Grillakis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by his siblings Olga Sahley, Mary Valarose, George Simon, Evelyn Willis, Florence (Gosson) Beede and John Simon. 

Friends will be received at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way in Lowell from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will celebrated Tuesday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. (Please meet at the church). Committal Services will be held at the Tewksbury Cemetery, East St. in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Please kindly omit flowers, as Fred would prefer monetary donations to causes close to his heart. Contributions in his memory may be sent to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Salvation Army Radiothon, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.


Charles F. "Charlie" Lefebvre Print E-mail


Charles F. “Charlie” Lefebvre

“Charlie from the Bartlett”

Charles F. “Charlie” Lefebvre, 86, died Sunday evening at his residence in Chelmsford following a lengthy illness. 

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 10, 1930, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Bertha F. (McGovern) Lefebvre.  He attended the Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1948. 

A Veteran of the Korean War, Charlie proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS TARAWA. 

Charlie worked for the City of Lowell in the School Department for over 50 years. He dedicated 40 of those years to the Bartlett School as a Senior Custodian and was affectionately known as “Charlie from the Bartlett”.

Always there to help others, Charlie was beloved by many for giving of his time and talent so often throughout the years. Additionally, in his spare time he enjoyed farming with his friends.

He is survived by his nephew, John J. “Jack” Scott of Dracut and his children, Christine P. Hamilton and her husband Bruce of Hampstead, NH, Michael J Scott and his wife Susan of Arlington and Kevin P. Scott and his wife Kathleen of Lowell; his niece, Phyllis C. Scott of Dracut and many grandnieces and nephews.

Charles was the brother of the late Dorothy (Scott) Fitzpatrick, the late June Hajdys, the late Ruth Baker and uncle of the late Leonard W. Scott, the late Kevin F. Scott and the late Paula Scott.

 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at St. Rita Church at 10 o’clock.  Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at .  Those wishing, may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


Janice C. Reardon Print E-mail


Janice C. Reardon

Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;
 Janice C. (Wise) (Gawron) Reardon, 78, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, died Wednesday morning at Town and Country Nursing Home in Lowell. An incredible soul in this world, she fought the valiant fight against cancer. 
  Born and raised in Rockville, Connecticut, January 31, 1939, a daughter of the late Roland and the late Gladys (Burch) Wise, she attended Rockville schools and was a graduate of Rockville High School with the Class of 1958. She then went on to attend Salem State Teacher’s College.
 Prior to her retirement, Janice was a Medical Assistant at Harvard Vanguard in Chelmsford where she worked for many years.
 Janice is survived by two daughters her coloring partner Kimberlee Ann Leger and her husband John of New Ipswich, NH and her baby girl Melody J. Lee and her husband Bobby of Tyngsboro, MA; her eldest son and forever friend  Christopher G. Gawron of South Portland, ME; seven loving grandchildren Christopher, Raquel, Angelica, Walter, Mark, Johnny and Jackie Marie; a sister Pamela Wise Ohio; her favorite cousin Donald Burch of Ohio;  several nieces, nephews and godchildren; and several dear friends who have been and always will be irreplaceable and cherished. She was a great source of love and support to all who knew her.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 2 to 5 P.M. SATURDAY. Her Memorial and Committal Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.
Theda Triantafel Print E-mail



Theda (Laganas) Triantafel

 Loving sister and aunt;

         Theda (Laganas) Triantafel, after 95 wonderous years, of Andover, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at Saab Residence in Lowell, Massachusetts embraced by her loving family.
       She was the beloved wife of the late George Triantafel with whom she celebrated sixty-five loving and fulfilling years of marriage.
      Born in Dracut, Massachussetts, she was the daughter of the late Constantine and the late Anastasia (Andrianopoulos) Laganas.  Theda was a graduate of Dracut High School and Lowell Commercial College and held an administrative post at Laganas Shoe of Lowell.
       In her youth, Theda was an active member of the Daughters of Penelope. After marriage, Theda and her husband George resided in Brattleboro, Vermont and co-owned the Holiday Restaurant where together they welcomed loyal local customers and seasonal winter skiers from all over the country and made life-long friends. Theda was also active in the Brattleboro community as a volunteer in the Brattleboro Hospital and the local library. She was a member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Keene, New Hampshire and a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell, Massachusetts.
      Eventually, Theda and her husband George established residence in Andover, where they lived for more than 40 years. She found joy in gardening and entertaining her family, friends and neighbors in her home. She loved to travel with her husband and particularly enjoyed visiting Bermuda.
     Theda's genuine warmth, radiant smile, robust humor and loving compassion brought joy and comfort to whomever she met and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She relished moments shared with family and friends. 
     Theda is survived by her devoted sisters Olga C. Laganas of Lowell and Patricia L. Dukakis of South Natick and brothers in law Arthur Triantafel and his wife Kiki of Lynn, and Charles P Sarantos of North Andover. She is also survived by two nephews, Constantine (Dino) Sarantos and his wife Elizabeth and their children Alyssa and Christopher Sarantos of Andover and Peter Triantafel of Lynn; four nieces, Kathy Dippell and her husband Rick, their sons Nicholas and Matthew of Bedford, NH, Kathy Kosolias and her husband Elias, their children George and Kiki of Lynn, Amalie Ann George of Needham, and her goddaughter Anastasia Sarantos Taskin and her husband Cengiz of New York, NY.
     She is predeceased by her beloved sisters, Mary C. Laganas, Helen L. George, Iris L. Sarantos and Toula A. Laganas and brothers in law Arthur G Dukakis, George S. George, and Nicholas Triantafel.

     Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sherman St., Canton, MA 02021 or the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Elevator Fund, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      


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