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Widad (Ansara) Batten Print E-mail

Widad (Ansara) Batten

Beloved mother and sister;

Widad (Ansara) Batten, 76, of Lowell, died peacefully Saturday February 7, 2015, at her home.

Born in Bethlehem, Palestine, July 13, 1938, the daughter of the late Issa and the late Mary K. (Kuttab) Ansara, she received her education

in Palestine. She later emigrated to the Unites States with her family on June 25, 1956.

Widad worked for several years, most notably, as an assembler in the electronics industry.

An active and loyal member of her church, she belonged to St. George’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell

She enjoyed being with family and friends, especially when she was cooking for family gatherings.

An engaging personality with a contagious laugh, Widad loved to meet people and made those around her feel welcome and comfortable.

She will be deeply missed.

Widad is survived by her beloved son Mark P. Batten and his fiancée Barbara Gerardi of Lowell; two sisters Nahil Zananiri of Lowell and

Huda Diekmann of Evansville, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Mounir, Saliba, George, Juliette Ansara and the late Laurice Bahou.

Batten – In Lowell, MA February 7, 2015,  Widad (Anasara) Batten, 76, at her home. Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL

HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Her funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Friday morning

at 9 o’clock followed by a Funeral Service at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in the

Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St.

George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and

John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  

Donna Elaine Laferriere Print E-mail

Donna Elaine Laferriere

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
 Donna Elaine (Hire) Laferriere, 75, of Pelham, died Saturday, February 1st at Lowell General Hospital-Saints Campus following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Gilbert L. “Gil” Laferriere, Sr. with whom she celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2014.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 9, 1939, the daughter of the late Ralph and the late Anna (Greene) Hire, she attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1957.
 Among her many activities, Donna enjoyed watching television, reading, traveling and was an avid animal lover. However, the most cherished thing in her life was her family to which she was profusely devoted.
 She was a longtime member of the National Shrine of St. Jude Claretian Missionaries and longtime contributor to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honor of her father’s proud service to his country.
 In addition to her husband Gil, Donna is survived by a son Gilbert L. Laferriere, Jr. of Lowell, MA; a daughter Judith A. “Judy” Laferriere-Mank and her husband Ronald Mank of Hudson, NH; five grandchildren Jessica, Melissa and Kimberly Laferriere and Rachel and Joseph Mank; five great-grandchildren; two sisters Carole DeFrancesco and Anne Collins and her husband David all of Lowell, MA; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pet “Buddy”.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Shrine, 512 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Thomas F. Sheehy Print E-mail

Thomas F. Sheehy


Retired Lieutenant, Lowell Fire Department, 84
 Thomas F. Sheehy, 84, of Tyngsboro, MA, formerly of Lowell, passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 31st at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Wojcik) Sheehy with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2014.
 Tom was born in Lowell on December 5, 1930, the fifth of eight children to the late Joseph A. and the late Mary A. (McLarnon) Sheehy. During his formative years, Tom grew up in his beloved Acre neighborhood where he and his family were devoted parishioners of St. Patrick Church. He was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Boy’s School and Lowell High School.
 A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Tom served admirably in the United States Navy on the Aircraft Carrier USS Cabot (CVL 28) terminating his tour of service with an Honorable Discharge.
 Following in his father’s footsteps, Tom proudly served his community as a member of the Lowell Fire Department, retiring as a Lieutenant after thirty-five years. After retiring from the LFD, he went on to a second career as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service, this time serving his second community of Tyngsboro, MA.
 Being a strong believer and faithful servant of the Catholic Church and all their teachings, Tom was a proud and lifelong member of the Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus, attaining his 4th degree several years before his passing. He was also a longtime member of the Club Lafayette and shared many laughs there with a great number of friends and acquaintances. He often fondly recalled how he was the first person of Irish heritage to be admitted to the Club Lafayette.
 In addition to his wife Patricia, Tom is survived by four children Paddy Sheehy and his wife Dr. Janice Barnhart of Barnstead, NH, Michael J. Sheehy of Lowell, MA, Terrence F. Sheehy, Esq. and his wife Lisa Sheehy, ESQ. of Encinitas, CA and Maura P. (Sheehy) Costello and her husband Wayne R. Costello of Lowell, MA; his precious grandchildren Ryan and Casey Sheehy and their mother Suzan (Couillard) Sheehy of Lowell, MA, Paidin Costello of Lowell, MA, Aidan and Kathleen Sheehy of Encinitas, CA, and Lowell J. Sheehy of Barnstead, NH; sisters-in-law Patricia (Cox) Sheehy of Chelmsford, MA, Fleurette “Flo” (Ayotte) Sheehy of Lowell, MA, Maureen “Molly” (Gleason) Sheehy of Lowell, MA and Nancy Desilets and her husband Brian of Derry, NH; brothers-in-law Henry Wojcik of Lowell, MA, Robert Wojcik and his wife Joanne of Georgia; as well as many dear cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, among them, his very special niece Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Townsend; and his lifelong friend Edmond O’Connor of Lowell, MA.
 Tom was also predeceased by his late siblings John E. Sheehy, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Sheehy) Townsend, Joseph P. Sheehy, Dorothy A. (Sheehy) Richards, Frederick J. Sheehy, Senator Paul J. Sheehy and infant Mary Sheehy.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH (lower church) in Lowell at 10 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the St. Patrick Church Renovation and Restoration Fund, 282 Suffolk St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Frances M. "Fran" Mello, R.N. Print E-mail

Frances M. “Fran” Mello, R.N.

 Frances M. “Fran” (McCarthy) (Fucarile) Mello, R.N., 90, of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Lowell, died Thursday, January 29th at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late James A. Mello who died February1, 1999 and the late Thomas C. Fucarile, Sr. who died April 5, 1950.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 24, 1924, the daughter of the late John J. and the late Marguerite (Baird) McCarthy, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1942. She then went on to graduate from the former St. John’s School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in the Class of 1948 and then moved to Woburn where she resided for many years.
 Before retiring, Fran was employed as a Registered Nurse for the Town of Bedford, Massachusetts as a District School Nurse for over 18 years. Previously, she worked at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts.
 Among her many activities, Fran was a member of the Seabrook Women’s Club, the Happy Seniors of Seabrook and the Mother Cabrini Nurse’s Organization.
 Fran is survived by a son Thomas C. Fucarile, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Londonderry, NH; three grandchildren Kathryn Tiessier du Cros and her husband Nils, Thomas C. Fucarile, III and his wife Emily and Kristen Audet-Fucarile and her wife Samara; and three great-grandchildren Daphne, Asher and Logan.
 She was also sister of the late Beatrice McCarthy and the late John J. McCarthy, Jr. and sister-in-law of the late Barbara McCarthy.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass on Monday morning at ST. ELIZABETH CHURCH, ROUTE 1A, SEABROOK BEACH, NH at 11 o’clock. Private Committal Services will take place at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell at a later date. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Rd, Ste F, Exeter, NH 03833. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
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