Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo, 80, of Pelham, died Sunday, March 26th at Heritage Skilled Nursing Home in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Beverly A. (McGrath) Lorenzo who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1936, a son of the late Albert M. and the late Nora (Bonnette) Lorenzo, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1954.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Al proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman, Fire Control Technician Striker from July 21, 1954 to June 20, 1958 and was stationed aboard the Fletcher-class Destroyer USS Clarence K. Bronson.
Before retiring, Al was employed as a Master Electrician with IBEW Local 558 in Lowell and IBEW Local 103 in Boston for 59 years.
Among his many interests, he was a voracious reader and wrote many short stories on many different subjects. He also wrote the History of the Lowell Canal System. He was a member of the American Legion Post 100 in Pelham as well as the Longmeadow Golf Club in Lowell.
In addition to his wife Beverly, Al is survived by a son Michael J. Lorenzo and his wife Pamela (Miller) of Lowell; four grandchildren Brian, Christina, Nicholas and Jillian; and eight great-grandchildren Brianna, Brisean, Laniya, Mariah, Gianah, Brittania, Briella and Caleb.
He was also brother of the late Edward F. Lorenzo and the late Joseph D. Lorenzo.
Al was deeply loved by all of his family and them by him.
In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours and all Funeral Services will be held privately for his family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Longmeadow Scholarship Fund, 165 Havilah St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, Ma. (978) 458-8768.
William A. Merrill
Former part-time Park Ranger, National Park Service;
William A. Merrill, 76, a lifelong resident of the City, passed away peacefully Sunday morning March 26, 2017, at the Westford House.
He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Carey) Merrill with whom he recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on November 20th 2016.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1940, a son of the late Allen J. and Lillian (Seymour) Merrill, he was a communicant of St. Rita Church.
Bill attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1958. He went on to receive his BS and Masters in Education from Salem University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAGS) from Boston University in 1971.
He was employed at Lowell High School for 40 years as a history teacher and later a guidance counselor. In the early years of the Lowell National Historic Park he worked seasonally as a tour guide – a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
Bill held membership in several Church, civic and educational organizations. Prior to his illness, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School.
Besides wife Katherine, he is survived by his sons Scott and his wife Jennifer (King) Merrill and Jonathan Merrill; his grandchildren Kaileigh, Connor and Rebecca Merrill. He also leaves several cousins and many in-laws from his wife’s family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Pickul and all the staff of Westford House for their caring and support during this difficult time.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make remembrances in his memory to the Monastery of St. Clare, 555 River Road, Andover, MA 01886 or to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Rita’s Parish 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Eileen C. Golden
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;
Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden, 76, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday evening, March 11th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus with her loving family by her side.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 28, 1940, a daughter of the late Stephen L. Rourke, Sr. and the late Lillian T. (Cox) Rourke, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in the Class of 1958. Eager to further her education, she then went on to earn her certificate in radiology from Northeastern University in Boston.
Before retiring, Eileen was employed as an X-Ray Technician at the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell for over 40 years. Following retirement, she was a Volunteer Coordinator at the Lowell Senior Center.
Among her many interests, Eileen enjoyed dancing and loved the beach. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved listening to Irish music. She was also a member and former president of the East End Club Ladies Auxiliary and an avid New England Patriots fan. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time that she could spend with her children and grandchildren.
In honor of the “High Holiday” on Friday and in the spirit of Eileen’s life, the Golden family invites anyone who stops by to dress as they usually would on March 17th. No formality is required.
Mrs. Golden is survived by two daughters Karen A. Golden of Dracut, MA and Eileen K. “Lee” Trott and her husband Kenneth C., Jr. of Lowell; a son Thomas A. “Tipa” Golden, Jr. and his wife Joane (Sheehan) of Lowell; four grandchildren Kenneth C. Trott, III, Sean T. Trott, Abigail M. Golden and Lillian T. Golden; a sister Mary E. “Betty” Rourke of Lowell; two brothers Stephen L. Rourke, Jr. and his wife Mary Jo (Mayo) of Lowell and S. Christopher Rourke and his wife Nancy (Treadwell) of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Claire M. (Hubert) Rourke of Dracut and Maureen (Buckley) Golden of Pelham, NH; her very dear friend Sharon Close and her husband Ron of Dracut, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also mother of the late Mary Beth Golden, sister of the late Andrew S. Rourke and former wife of the late Thomas A. Golden, Sr.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Louis N. Heliotis
Highly decorated World War II Army veteran and former POW
Louis N. Heliotis, 92, of North Andover, formerly of Lowell, died on his birthday, Thursday, March 9th at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Baghdayan) Heliotis who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in November of last year.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 9, 1925, a son of the late Nicholas and the late Catherine (Katsaros) Heliotis, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1943.
A veteran of World War II, Louis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and participated in action at the invasion of Normandy, Northern France, Southern France, Rhineland, the Battle of the Bulge at Ardennes and Central Europe. He spent 10 months as a prisoner of war in Stalag 9C after his capture during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 6 Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Bronze Star for bravery, and the POW Medal. He also was a recipient of the Purple Heart as a result of wounds sustained in battle at Nuremberg.
In 2006, Louis was one of 18 elite American World War II veterans to be honored, amid full military honors, with the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor. He received congratulatory letters from both President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac.
Before retiring, he was employed as a Machinist with Raytheon Corporation for over 37 years.
Louis was a lifelong member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell where he also served on the Board of Directors.
Among his many interests, he enjoyed reading, music, and dancing, Greek picnics and loved traveling especially to Greece. He was a member of the Lowell Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was a Master Mason, the highest degree in Freemasonry. However, being all about family, his greatest joy was the quality time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Suzanne, Louis is survived by two daughters Catherine Ramalho and her husband Michael of Pelham, NH and Ann Marie Stelman and her husband Michael of Goffstown, NH; two granddaughters Ashley A. Ramalho and Emily S. Stelman; a grandson Nicholas J. Ramalho; a sister-in-law Annette DerMinassian of North Tewksbury; and a brother-in-law Emmanuel Baghdayan of North Tewksbury.
He was also grandfather of the late Alexander Picanso and brother of the late George N. Heliotis and the late Sara Heliotis.
There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.