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Judith K. Smith Print E-mail

Judith K. Smith

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt
Judith K. (Parkhurst) Smith, 77, of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, formerly of Lowell, Massachusetts, died Sunday, July 9th at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. She was the beloved wife of William A. Smith who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 17th.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 6, 1940, a daughter of the late Eliot K. and the late Rita M. (Regan) Parkhurst, she attended Billerica, MA schools and was a graduate of Billerica Memorial High School. Eager to further her education, she went on to graduate from Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Sciences with a minor in mathematics.
 Before retiring, Judith was employed as Director of Information Management with the Consolidated Group Life Insurance Company in Framingham where she worked for over 20 years. Previously, she worked as a Software Analyst at New England Life in Boston, a Technical Secretary in Research and Development at Rand Corporation in Boston and as a Wedding Hostess at King Phillip Restaurant in Wrentham, MA.
 Among her many interests, Judith enjoyed being a 4-H leader when her children were younger, shopping for her loved ones, quilting, needlework, stained glass, basketry, doll making, gardening and reading. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her pet cat “McDuff”.
 In addition to her husband Bill, Judith is survived by three daughters Wendy A. Smith of Wake Forest, NC, Melissa Anne of Spring Hill, FL and Mary B. Smith-Gagnon of Derry, NH; two sons Mark E. Smith and his wife Martha M. Mawhorr of North Conway, NH and Matthew H. Smith and his wife Joan of Campton, NH; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister Jane L. Montmarquet and her husband Bob of Raymond, NH; a sister-in-law Phyllis M. Harmon of Raymond, NH; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Saturday morning at the Funeral Home at 10 o’clock. Committal Services to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to  the Four Seasons Compassion for Life Foundation/Elizabeth House c/o Four Season's Foundation Office 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Dean James Proyous Print E-mail

Dean James Proyous

Loving husband, father and grandfather
 Dean James Proyous, 70, of Westford, formerly of South Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with his devoted wife and daughter by his side at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Maryann (Morris) Proyous who survives him and with whom he just recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on June 18th.
 Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, August 22, 1946, the son of the late James and the late Alexandra (Dardas) Proyous, he attended Fall River schools and was a graduate of Durfee High School in the Class of 1964. Eager to further his education, he then went on to graduate from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now known as U/Mass Dartmouth) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Human Services.
 Before retiring, Dean was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Licensing Coordinator at the Department of Mental Health and Human Services in Wrentham for many years. Following his retirement, he worked for various private human service agencies.
 Very religious and active with the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, he served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He also created and helped to facilitate the church’s first Community Kitchen Ministries in which he served monthly luncheons to those in need in the Lowell community.
 Among his many interests, Dean enjoyed antiquing, coin collecting, listening to bluegrass music and loved reading historical books, most notably anything about Abraham Lincoln. He was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan and had quite a vast collection of baseball memorabilia.
 Above all else though, Dean most cherished spending time with his family and dearest friends. He was treasured and will be remembered most for his calm, quiet, contented nature and his appreciation of peace and harmony and the simple blessings in life all around him. The saying, he could not hurt a fly, rang most true about Dean's spirit. He was a gentle soul and respected and could find value in ALL living things. He always did as much as he physically was able to do to help others, most especially his daughter and four grandchildren who adored him beyond any kind of measure. Seeing him and hearing his voice everyday has left such a huge void and wrenching pain in the lives of those closest to him 
 In addition to his wife Maryann, Dean is survived by his only daughter Andrea Shortsianitis and her husband Alec of Tyngsboro, MA; four grandchildren Theodora-Violet, William-Dean, Maryssa-Kate, and Elisabeth-Scarlet; and a sister Ann A. Proyous of Fall River, MA.
 There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH on Father John Sarantos Way in Lowell. Burial will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Community Kitchen Ministries of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.
Francis W. "Frank" Grady, P.E. Print E-mail

Francis W. “Frank” Grady, P.E.

Retired Lowell City Engineer
 Francis W. “Frank” Grady, P.E.,82, the retired City Engineer of Lowell, died peacefully in hospice care at the Palm Center in Chelmsford on July 3rd, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Ann M. (Cooney) Grady who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on April 12th of this year.
 A lifelong resident of Lowell, Frank was the son of the late G. Frank and Elizabeth (Burns) Grady. Residing in the Highlands section of Lowell in his early years, Frank was a member of the first graduating class of the former Saint Margaret’s Grammar School.  He graduated from Keith Academy in 1952 where he was a member of the school’s basketball and golf teams.  He attended Northeastern University, but withdrew after his co-op year to continue working for a Boston engineering company. 
 From 1955 to 1963, Frank worked for several Boston engineering consultant firms as a draftsman and highway and bridge designer before joining the Lowell Engineer’s office.  Under the auspices of the city of Lowell, he continued his education in the evening division of the former Lowell Technological Institute (now the University of Massachusetts-Lowell) where he earned his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Following the death of City Engineer George McDonough in 1986, Frank was appointed to the position of City Engineer by then City Manager B. Joseph Tully, a position in which he served until his retirement in 1998, earning the respect and admiration of all with whom he came in contact.  Upon his retirement, the newly refurbished railroad bridge on Boylston Street was designated as the FRANK W. GRADY BRIDGE to honor his dedicated service to the city of Lowell. 
 An avid reader, Frank held a keen interest in reading anything related to military aviation and the World Wars and amassed an extensive collection of both history and historical fiction novels relating to this subject matter as well as a collection of pre-made scale models of various war planes.  In contrast, he enjoyed listening to the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn, among others.  In his earlier years he enjoyed fresh water fishing and a friendly round of golf, having been a member of the Mount Pleasant Golf Club.
 In addition to his loving wife and best friend of 59 years, Frank is survived by a son Frank, Jr. and his wife Amy Pawl of Ladue, MO; two daughters, Annemarie Grady Bell of Londonderry, NH and Martha Abney and her husband Eric of Fremont, NH, eight grandchildren, Katelyn, Joshua and Sarah Bell, Spencer and Emma Grady-Pawl, and Bridget, Emily and Ian Abney.  He is also survived by his two brothers, Charles Grady of Lowell and George Grady and his wife Evelyn, also of Lowell, and his sister-in-law Rosemary (Cooney) Georges and her husband, Paul, of Florida and Maine.  Frank also leaves many nieces and nephews, several cousins and a host of good friends.
 He was predeceased by his sisters Joann (Josephine) Bergeron-Barry, and Mary Elizabeth Grady and his former son-in-law Robert R. Bell, Jr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Committal Services to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      
Helene M. Cronin Print E-mail

Helene M. Cronin

Beloved cousin and friend;
 Helene M. Cronin, age 96, of Lowell, MA passed away peacefully in Easton, Massachusetts on Saturday June 24, 2017.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 19, 1920, the daughter of the late James H. and the late Isabel (Fairbrother) Cronin, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1938. Helene continued her education with a degree from Simmons College in Boston.
 In a career which spanned over 30 years in the personal property insurance business, Helene was an insurance agent first with the Fred C. Church Insurance Agency in Lowell for several years then in the Boston area until her retirement. She also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts Membership Desk and was a volunteer at the JFK Library and American Cancer Society.
 Among her many interests, Helene enjoyed travels to the Far East, Scotland, Ireland, London and Hawaii.
 She leaves cousins, Mary (McCloskey) Ferguson, Susan McCloskey, Cathy Pollack, Amy Grucan, Gail Evans, John Evans, J. P. Evans and Helene’s beloved friend, John Kreckler.
 At her request all services were held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL - (978) 458-8768.   
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