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Muriel F. Haggerty Print E-mail

Muriel F. Haggerty
a beloved lifelong resident of Lowell;


Muriel F. (Shanahan) Haggerty, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 17, 2022 at the Palm Center in Chelmsford.

She was the wife of the late Philip J. Haggerty and resided in Lowell her entire life until moving to the Bayberry Assisted Living community in Tewksbury in 2016.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 9, 1924, the daughter of the late Edward F. and the late Mary F. (Fitzgerald) Shanahan, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception parish of Lowell and a former communicant of St. Patrick’s parish until she married Philip in 1950.

A proud graduate of St. Patrick’s Girl’s High School in Lowell, the entire class of sixteen with whom she graduated from St. Patrick’s with were all lifelong friends and Muriel shared many fond and cherished memories of their fun times together. She also attended Lowell Commercial College.

While raising her children, Muriel worked part-time as a clerk for the Lowell School System. Later in life, she retired after many years working for Mass Opticians in Lowell.

She will be fondly remembered for her strength of character and zeal for life, long into her 90’s. She and Phil enjoyed many years ballroom dancing with friends.

Muriel loved to sing to her family, meet with old and new friends, follow all the NE sports teams (especially the Red Sox) and swam in the ocean into her early 90’s. Muriel enjoyed playing cribbage and read the Lowell Sun newspaper every day. But her very favorite activity was to talk proudly of her beloved granddaughter, Molly.

Surviving Muriel are her two daughters, Mary Jo Sudol and her husband Stephen A. Sudol of Dracut and and Susan F. Jones and her husband John L. Jones of East Aurora, NY; her beloved granddaughter Molly B. of East Aurora, NY; and her sister H. Ursula Shanahan of Lowell. Muriel also had many loving friends of all ages who were like family to her.

She was also the sister of the late Edward F. Shanahan.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Monday morning July 25, 2022, from 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Her Funeral Mass will follow at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell, at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to, may make contributions in her memory to The Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund, 3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01854 or Compassus Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 202, N. Andover, MA 01845. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Gerald L. "Jerry" White Print E-mail

Gerald L. “Jerry” White

Proud Lowell native.

Gerald L. “Jerry” White, 86, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, July 11th surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband for over 59 years of Martha A. (Miskell) White, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, MA, on March 26th, 1936, the son of the late Gerald M. and the late Margaret (Burke) White, he attended the Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1954.

Prior to his retirement after 46 years in the printing industry, Jerry worked as a Foreman for copy preparations at Sullivan Brothers Inc. and previously with the Courier Citizen. He was also a member of the Pressman Union, #109.

A longtime member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks, Jerry also loved Boston sports especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by a son John L. White and his wife Danielle of Methuen, MA; two daughters: Ellen M. Ward and her husband David of Tewksbury, MA, and Julie A. Breen and her husband Thomas of Tyngsboro, MA; six grandchildren Ashleigh Elizabeth MacKenzie and her husband Stephen of Westwood, MA, John David Ward of Tewksbury, MA, Shannon Taylor White of Tewksbury, MA, Jared Colin Ward of Tewksbury, MA, Peter Gerald Breen of Tyngsboro, MA, and Molly Elisabeth Breen of Tyngsboro, MA; a brother Leo White and his wife Lynne of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Jeanne White of Houston, Texas.

Jerry is predeceased by his siblings Sister Marilyn White of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Robert E. White, and the nephew of the late Father Leo Burke.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his grandson John David Ward for his exceptional care to his grandfather.

Private Funeral Services will be held for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

Joseph E. "Jay" Handley Print E-mail

Joseph E. “Jay” Handley

Beloved Brother, and uncle;

Joseph E. “Jay” Handley, 64, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, July 6th at Tufts New England Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Exeter, New Hampshire on August 2nd, 1957, the son of the late John M. and the late Gertrude A. (McKeon) Handley, Jr., he attended Chelmsford Schools and was a graduate of Chelmsford High School in the class of 1975.

Jay was a co-owner and operator at the Chelmsford Gift and Basket Shop for over 40 years, where he started working at a young age. He and his brother, Jack also operated many successful retail businesses in various locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He was a member of the Chelmsford Business Association.

He had a love for reading, traveling, watching historic documentaries, classical music, spending time with his many friends and acquaintances, and time that was spent near the ocean or on the beach.

Jay is survived by a brother and his partner John M. “Jack” Handley III of Westford, MA; a sister Julie A. Handley and her husband Charles Hoar of Brighton, MA; and six nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jane M. Carrigg, who passed away in 2011.

At his request all services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory (on behalf of other family members who are deceased) to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. ( Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

Mary-Beth "Beth" Marroquin Print E-mail


Mary-Beth “Beth” Marroquin

Beloved wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, Godmother and cherished friend;

Mary-Beth (Horan) Marroquin, 61, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 10th after a long, courageous battle with MS and a brief but brave fight against Bladder Cancer.

Born in Lowell, MA, on November 6th, 1960, the daughter of the late Donald B. and the late Natalie M. (Donovan) Horan, she attended St. Margaret’s School and graduated from Greater Lowell Tech High School in the class of 1979.

Prior to her retirement, Beth worked as Customer Service Representative for Boston Scientific (formerly known as Bard), for over 20 years.  Prior to that, she worked as Office Manager in the landscape industry for Otey Brothers and Old Fox Lawn Care.

Known by her family as “Bethy”, she had a passion for cooking and loved spending time preparing meals for her family who she loved deeply.  If she wasn’t in the kitchen making her famous meatloaf and mac & cheese, or watching the Food Network, you would find Bethy “getting comfortable” to sit on the veranda and say her nightly prayers.  She was a child of God who made it her role in the family to protect… and that she did.  The holidays won’t be the same without Aunt Beth and her wonderfully whacky sense of humor and her recipes.

Beth is survived by three sisters: Donna M. Woodbury and her husband David of York, ME, Kelly A. Fucci of Chelmsford, MA, and Patricia A. O’Brien and her husband Anthony of Chelmsford, MA; a brother Michael D. Horan of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Sharon Horan of Lowell, MA; her former brother-in-law Jon Fucci and former sister-in-law Jennifer Horan; nine loving nieces and nephews: David Woodbury, Erin and Daniel Horan, Maire, Megan and Maiti Fucci, Jack and Ben O’Brien, Leah Horan; and also several grand nieces and nephews and tons of amazing cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Saul Marroquin of 22 years, and a brother James Horan.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday July 15, 2022, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH at 12:00 Noon. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing, may make contributions in her memory to Merrimack Valley Hospice  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

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