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Virginia M. Gattenby Print E-mail

Virginia M. (O’Brien) Gattenby
Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and cousin;



Virginia M. (O’Brien) Gattenby, 91, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 23, 2022, surrounded by her caring family.

She was the loving wife of the late Miles N. Gattenby Jr.

Born in Lowell, MA, April 15, 1931, the daughter of the late Michael and Nellie C. (Shea) O’Brien, she attended Lowell schools and graduated from Lowell High School in the Class of 1948.

Prior to Virginia's retirement, she worked as a Quality Review Specialist for the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, MA for over 23 years.

A longtime communicant at St. Margaret of Scotland Church she attended daily mass.

An ardent Patriots fan, Virginia enjoyed watching the Patriots, swimming and going out to eat. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by three children: Sheila V. Mansur and her husband Walter of Dunedin, Florida, Deborah Gattenby and her husband Jeff Peters of Pepperell, MA, and Miles N. Gattenby III of Lowell, MA; four grandchildren Brandon P. Mansur Major, US Army and his wife Mengyun Wei of Alexandria, Virginia, Lauren M. Mansur of Seattle, Washington, Hannah N. Peters of Pepperell, MA, and Linda E. Almeida and her husband Rob of Concord, MA; two great grandsons Max and Leo Almeida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the sister of the late: Lillian Nealon, Dorothy Graffam, Matilda Smith, Philip O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien, Patricia O’Brien and Anna O’Brien.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 4 to 7 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lowell at 10:00 o'clock. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make a contribution in her memory to the St. Margaret of Scotland Church Restoration Fund, 374 Stevens St, Lowell, MA, 01851 or the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St. Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.

Elaine M. Reilly Print E-mail

Elaine M. Reilly

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend;

Elaine M. (Ganem) Reilly, 89, passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Born on May 10, 1933, in Methuen, Massachusetts, Elaine was the daughter of the late Kamel and Emma (Pearson) Ganem. A graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1951, Elaine went on to graduate from Simmons College in 1955.

For over 54 years, she was the loving wife of the late John F. (“Jack”) Reilly Jr., who passed away November 8, 2009. She was a proud and loving mother of six children as well as a grandmother of nineteen and great grandmother of five. She loved spending time with her family.  Elaine never missed a chance to celebrate her loved ones, whether it was a sporting event, performance, school activity or life achievement.

Elaine and her family spent summers on Cape Cod where she enjoyed boating and entertaining family and friends. Her perfect day was to be with family enjoying the sights and sounds the river has to offer. She was a long time communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell and was a member of a close knit Thursday night bridge club for many years.

She is survived by four children: Patricia Daniel and her husband William of Newport Beach, CA, Kathryn Bolduc of North Reading, Michael S. Reilly and his wife Lorraine of Andover and John C. Reilly and his wife Maria of Andover; nineteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Elaine was predeceased by her daughters, Susan Szum and Mary Jo Quinlan and her brothers, Dr. Kenneth Ganem and Robert Ganem.

A private Funeral Mass and burial was held for her immediate family. E-condolences can be made at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Restoration Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Mary Ann Richards Print E-mail

Mary Ann Richards

Beloved aunt, great aunt, stepmother, niece and cousin;

Mary Ann Richards, 68, a lifelong Lowell resident and wife of the late Heiner "Hank" Wais, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Born in Lowell on February 8,1954, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late J. Arthur Richards and the late Dorothy A. (Sheehy) Richards, R.N.

She graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar school, Lowell High School, Class of 1973, and Middlesex Community College.  She also pursued many other studies in the medical field.

She has been employed at local hospitals in the area as a phlebotomist, lab technician, EKG technician and was a licensed emergency medical technician for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She was most recently employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at Tewksbury Hospital and per-diem at Lowell General Hospital - Saint’s Campus in Lowell.  She truly enjoyed working with patients and had a natural gift for certain procedures that she credits from her mother who had been an extraordinary, registered nurse for many years.

Mary Ann was the life of the party and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the home she shared with Hank.  These were her happiest times, and her home was a place where all were welcome. Together, they traveled to visit Hank’s family in Germany along with family trips to Ireland.

She is survived by her nephew Mark J. Richards and his son Cole, her stepdaughter Brenda Edwards, her husband Curtis, and their children.  Mary Ann is also survived by three aunts, Patricia (Wojcik) Sheehy, Fleurette (Ayotte) Sheehy and Molly (Gleason) Sheehy, along with many cousins from the Richards, Sheehy, and Townsend families.  She had a special relationship with her cousin, Katie (Sheehy) Madden who was more like a sister to her.  She leaves behind her devoted friends, Brenda Crowley, and Eva Girolamo.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was pre-deceased by her sisters, Eileen M. Richards, and Katherine L. (Kay) Richards and many aunts, uncles, and a cousin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL on Monday October 17, 2022, at 11 o'clock followed by burial of her ashes at St. Mary's Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make donations in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Donald F. DeMont Jr. Print E-mail

Donald F. DeMont, Jr.

Beloved Husband, son, father, stepson, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend;

Donald F. DeMont, Jr. 54, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday October 6, 2022, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

He was the loving husband of Michelle R. (Morissette) DeMont, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, MA, March 10, 1968, he was the son of Donald F. DeMont, Sr. and his wife Linda of Lowell, MA, and Ann Marie (Sweeney) (DeMont) Smith and her husband Stephen of Lowell, MA.

Don attended the Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Currently, Donald worked at Market Basket in their Pawtucketville store in Lowell as Front End Support. Previously, he was a Pool Installer Technician for Pool Pro in Lowell for many years.

Among his several interests, Don had a love for watching sports and going fishing.

Besides his wife, mother, and father, Don is survived by a son Cody N. DeMont of Lowell, MA; A daughter Miranda L. DeMont of Lowell, MA; four sisters, Patti and Jodi DeMont and Claire and Shirley Smith as well as a brother James DeMont; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and his two beloved cats Coconut and Mia.

He was the brother of the late Rose DeMont who passed on February 9, 2004.

Relatives and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Monday October 17, 2022, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

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