Obituaries Notices
Michael D. Funaro Print E-mail

Michael D. Funaro

Beloved husband, Father, grandfather

Michael D. Funaro, 76, of Tyngsboro, MA passed away Monday morning at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband of Eugenia (Ostis) Funaro who survives him.

Born in New Bedford, MA, April 25, 1943, a son of the late Angelo and Margaret (Bougie) Funaro, he attended Schools in New Bedford.  Michael furthered his education at both New Bedford Tech and the former Lowell Technological Institute.

For many years, Mr. Funaro was employed as an Electrical Draftsman at the Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard.  He enjoyed sailing and following the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

In addition to his wife Eugenia, he is survived by two sons, David and his wife Kelly Funaro of Annandale, VA and Daniel and his wife Nicole Funaro of Westford; a step-daughter, Demetria Johnson and her husband Robert Atkins of Alexandria, NH and four grandsons, Cameron, Lucas, Jack and Jason Funaro.

Mr. Funaro was the brother of the late Martha Downey.

All services are private.  E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O’Don nell Funeral Home, Funeral Director, James F. O’Donnell, Jr. 978-458-8768.

Karen Jean Brown Print E-mail

Karen Jean Brown

Beloved sister, aunt and friend;   

With profound sadness we announce our beloved sister has slipped peacefully away to be reunited with our parents Thelma (Champlin) Brown and Joseph Brown. She passed away on Wednesday evening September 11, 2019 after a ten year battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Karen attended Lowell schools and graduated from Lowell High School in the class of 1975.

In a career which spanned for over 40 years, Karen worked for the Raytheon Corporation when she began at the Lowell location and then later transferred to the Andover offices when the South Lowell plant closed its doors until her retirement in 2017.

A very proud member of the IBEW Local 1505 Union, Raytheon was like her second home, as she had a multitude of close friends who supported her tremendously during her battle with cancer over ten years.

An avid Boston sports fan, particularly for the Sox and Pats, Karen never missed watching a single, solitary Red Sox or Patriots game.

Second to her deep love of Boston sports, Karen truly loved going to the beach. Two years ago she found her “happy place” and decided to purchase a home in Seabrook, NH. She loved to travel and was a voracious reader.

Karen is survived by two sisters, Colleen Gagnon of Manchester, NH and Lynne (Brown-Zounes) Cote and her husband Ron of Catalina, AZ; her former brothers-in-law Scott McGrath and Billy Zounes both of Lowell; her niece Jaime Dillon and her husband Michael of Worcester and their children Hailey, Taylor DaSilva and Aidan Dillon; her nephew Jason McGrath and his wife Connie of Oro Valle, AZ and their children Serene Wagner and Paige McGrath as well as many aunts, uncles with great memories of fun times with them and their cousins.

Karen also enjoyed the time she spent with her many childhood friends including Cindy and Kevin Perrault, Eileen and Michael Gauthier, Darlene Ryan, Scott Keeley and her second family at Raytheon Corporation.

 She was the sister in law of the late Paul Gagnon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Saturday morning from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. followed by her Funeral Service to be celebrated in the Funeral Home at 11:30 A.M. Her Committal Services will be private for the family at a later date. E-Condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr..   


Helen (Antonopoulos) Palavras Print E-mail

Helen (Antonopoulos) Palavras

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Helen (Antonopoulos) Palavras, 103, of the Highlands section of Lowell, passed away peacefully Thursday September 5, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.

She was the loving wife of the late Arthur Palavras who died January 13, 2007.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 27, 1916, a daughter of the late George and the late Eugenia (Bilonis) Antonopoulos, she received her education in the Lowell School system.

Prior to her retirement, she was a Candy Maker at Boston Confectionary for many years.

Among her many interests, Helen enjoyed knitting and watching the Boston Red Sox, enjoying her first visit to Fenway Park at age 100 with her three grandsons.

Helen is survived by her daughter Jean Kasparian and her husband Robert of Chelmsford; her son James Palavras and his wife Joan E. of Chelmsford; three grandchildren James S. Palavras of Milford, CT, David Kasparian and his wife Lisa of Dover, MA and Michael Kasparian and his wife Kimberly of Carlisle, MA; four great grandchildren Ava, Ella, Mia and Kelsey Kasparian; her sister Mary Anastopoulos of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.

 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:45 to 10:45 A.M. Monday morning September 9, 2019 followed by her Funeral Service at the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.


Anne V. Antippas Print E-mail

Anne V. Antippas

Beloved sister, aunt, grandaunt and cousin

 Anne V. (Vlahakis) Antippas, 92, of Nashua, formerly of Lowell and New York City, died Friday, August 30th at the Huntington at Nashua. She was the beloved wife of the late Spyridon P. Antippas who died July 23, 2011.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 12, 1927, a daughter of the late George and the late Helen (Aggelakos) Vlahakis, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1945. Eager to pursue a teaching career, she the went on to graduate from Syracuse University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and then a Master’s of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York. For several years while living in England, she studied Shakespeare at Cambridge University.
 Anne married Spyridon Antippas on May 12, 1959 and lived in NYC until moving to Chappaqua, NY to be closer to her husband’s engineering position at IBM while attending Columbia Graduate School.
 Before retiring, Mrs. Antippas was employed as an English Teacher at Pleasantville High School in New York where students always remembered her classy flair for fashion, her unique collection of jewelry, her love of literature, her concern for students and her dedication to the school. When she began teaching there, she was asked to direct the annual play production. Previously, she briefly worked for the City of Lowell as Assistant Librarian and later at the former Murphy Army Hospital in Waltham. She then moved to the London England area working as Command Librarian for the Strategic Air Command before returning to the U.S. living in Holyoke while assigned to the Westover Air Force Base library.
 Among her many activities, Anne enjoyed traveling especially to Thailand, China and Iran where she developed an appreciation and understanding of many world cultures. She once was a speaker for the Whistler House in Lowell. While living in New York, she was very active in volunteer work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Upon retirement, she moved to Hampton Falls, NH to be closer to her family. 
 Mrs. Antippas is survived by a sister Beatrice Belkakis of Lowell; a brother Constantine “Dino” Vlahakis of Lebanon, NH; a niece Katherine Vlahakis and her wife Tricia of New York; a nephew Thomas C. Belkakis and his wife Donna of Hollis, NH; a grandniece Natalie Denyse and her husband Jordan of Charlestown, MA and her 2nd cousin Debbie Detora of Chelmsford, MA.
 She was also aunt of the late Maxine Guillemette.
 Relatives and friends may call at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell from 10 to 11 o’clock on Thursday morning, SEPTEMBER 19th followed by her Funeral Service at the church at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Home Health and Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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