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William J. "Bill" Wilson Print E-mail

William J. “Bill” Wilson

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather,

William J. “Bill” Wilson, 91, a resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, passed away peacefully Saturday August 29, 2020 at the Westford House in Westford. He was the loving husband for over 61 years of Leocadia M. (Wojcik) Wilson, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 20, 1929, a son of the late Ernest F. and the late Agnes C. (Kiernan) Wilson, he attended St. Michael’s Grammar school and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1948.

A veteran of the Korean War, Bill was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp.

Prior to his retirement, he was a supervisor for Verizon (formerly known as N.E. Telephone, Nynex and Bell Atlantic) where he worked for over 35 years.

A longtime member of Sacred Heart Parish then becoming a communicant St. Margaret of Scotland Church, where he served as a eucharistic minister of his parish.

Bill was a longtime member of Mount Pleasant Golf Club, the Lowell Lodge of Elks # 87, The Mustard Seed Communities and the Friday Night Card Players.

He also was a coach of 2002 Shedd Park baseball travel team that was the first to compete at Dreams Park in Cooperstown New York.

Besides his wife Laura, Bill is survived by three children, Laurie M. Guay and her husband Pierre of the North End, Boston, William J. Wilson and his partner Alison Claffey of Pepperell and LeeAnn Wilson of Lowell; eight grandsons Pierre W. Guay and his partner Kelley Austin, Martin J. Guay and his fiancée Molly Mus, Michael F. Guay, William J. Wilson, Matthew P. Wilson and his partner Shannon Fisher, Ryan D. Wilson, Joseph D. Wilson and Jonathan C. Ross; a great granddaughter Addison R. Guay; his in-laws Barbara Ryan of Hudson, NH, Carl Wohlford of St. Augustine, FL and Judith Wilson of Maryville, TN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Sister Mary Agnes Wilson, the late M. Constance Wilson, the late Ernest F. Wilson, Jr., the late Joan Wohlford and the late Gerald T. Wilson.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday September 2, 2020. (All state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home). Due to gathering restrictions the Funeral Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Church will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal Prayers at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury on Thursday at approximately 11:30 A.M. E-condolences/directions at wishing, may make contributions in his memory to St. Benedict Abbey, 252 Still River Rd., Still River, MA 01467. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Josephine E. Bernier Print E-mail

Josephine E. Bernier

Loving mother; grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Josephine E. (Kloppenburg) Bernier, 61, of Lowell died Wednesday July 29, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the wife of James Bernier.

Born in Medford, Massachusetts, May 15, 1959, a daughter of the late William and the late Lillian (Uttaro) Kloppenburg, she enjoyed camping and the outdoors.

Prior to her retirement, she was a phlebotomy technician for several years.

Besides her husband, Josephine is survived her daughter Lillian E. Potter of Lowell; two sons Albert M. Potter and his wife Isabel of Lowell and Neil E. Sorensen and his wife Kristy of Pelham, NH; ten grandchildren Tyler, Justin, Kelsi and her husband Chris, Tristan, Austin, Mia, Neil, David, Nathan and Paul; four great grandchildren Jaxson, Tristan, Jr., Rosalise and Elliot; a sister Lillian Michalczyk of Dracut; two brothers William Kloppenburg and Louis Kloppenburg both of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Service will be held at Tewksbury Cemetery on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 12:00 Noon. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

Rosemary McMahon Print E-mail

Rosemary (Keefe) McMahon, R.N.

Beloved mother and sister;

Rosemary (Keefe) McMahon R.N. of Lowell, MA., daughter of the late John J. Keefe and Rose (Ficco) Keefe, passed peacefully on August, 20, 2020, at the Age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Robert McCoy McMahon, devoted mother of Bob and his wife Jennifer Prizer McMahon of Charlestown and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Rosemary is survived by brothers Robert, Raymond and Francis Keefe, and dozens of nieces and nephews from her 7 brothers, including deceased brothers John, William, Thomas and Joseph Keefe.

Rosemary was retired from the Lowell School Department after many years

in corporate nursing at Raytheon and Mass Electric, and after working for Lowell Visiting Nurses. “Rosie,” as her friends and family called her, counted many life-long friends who took this journey of life with her until the very end.

Often the life of the party, Rosie enjoyed listening and singing along with friends to the music of Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and lots of Broadway and Christmas tunes. On many Thanksgivings, Rosie and family welcomed Lowell’s own Ed McMahon to town, to celebrate the holiday with family, alongside Ed’s beloved aunt, Mary Brennan, who also helped to raise Rosie’s son, Bob.

Rosie’s personal story is one of strength and resilience.

Married to her husband, Bob, in 1957, a mere two years later she found herself alone with her 13 month old son, called Roby at that time, now Bob, when her husband passed away due to the polio outbreak in Lowell in August of 1959. Her husband got sick on a Friday, was placed in an iron lung the next day, and died the following Monday morning. In that single weekend life changed most dramatically for her. With little money left after her husband’s funeral, Rosie buckled down and moved forward as best she could to craft a comfortable life for her son.

Life would soon test Rosie’s strength again. When her son was under ten years of age, Rosie was diagnosed with Lobar pneumonia and confined to hospital for three months. It looked very much like Rosie wouldn’t make it to those supervising her care. But she never gave up, came home, quit smoking completely and never looked back, enjoying a long career in nursing.

Rosie loved being a nurse. While at Raytheon, a co-worker suffered a life-threatening heart attack and was saved by Rosie’s quick action. A similar event happened at Mass Electric and one can only imagine how grateful those families were that Rosie was there for them, a nurse, doing what nurses do for people they’ve never met. Something we all can surely relate to today, as we navigate Covid-19 and witness the strength and resilience of our front line nurses, doctors and so many other essential workers from all walks of life.

About 8 years ago Rosie developed Alzheimer’s and was admitted first to Bayberry at Emerald Court, an assisted living facility, and then moved to D’Youville Life and Wellness Community. As Rosie entered Bayberry they thought she had about 18 months to live, considering the quickly developing onslaught of her Alzheimer’s. But once again she put up the good fight for 7 more years, aided by the wonderful care she received at D’Youville in Lowell.

A private celebration of Rosie’s life took place on Tuesday August 25th at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, a donation to fund Alzheimer’s research would be much appreciated by Rosie’s family and all who continue to fight with this horrible disease. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

Calvin L. Beede, Sr. Print E-mail

Calvin L. Beede, Sr.

Retired Owner and Operator L.O. Beede and Sons, Inc.

Calvin L. Beede, Sr., 93, of Amherst, New Hampshire but formerly of Lowell, Massachusetts, died Monday August 17, 2020 in Hudson, Florida after a brief illness.

He was the loving husband of the late Florence N. (Simon) Beede and the late Rose M. (Batchon) Beede.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, October 19, 1926, a son of the late Louis and the late Mabel F. (Spinney) Beede, he attended Lynn schools and was a graduate of Lynn English High School Class of 1943. He went on to attend Norwich University before entering the service.

A veteran of World War II, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy.

At age 80, Calvin retired as the owner and operator of L.O. Beede & Sons, a 3rd generation producer of industrial wood products.

A devout member of his church, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell, he was a former Sunday school teacher and Parish Council member.

Calvin was a 32nd Degree Mason and a 72 - year member of the Marblehead, MA Philanthropic Lodge. He was also a member of the Shriners.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, travelling, hockey, dancing and roller skating; being with his family brought him great joy, which included Sunday outings at Salem Willows and summer vacations at the Cape.

Calvin had an easy smile and an optimistic outlook that will be remembered by all those who knew him.

He is survived by three children Louise A. Curtis and her husband Bruce of Amherst, NH, Calvin L. Beede, Jr. of Gainesboro, TN and Rose M. Beede of New Port Richey, FL; a granddaughter Jacqueline M. Cook and her husband Robert of Amherst, NH; two great grandchildren Makenna Cook and Dean Cook; a sister-in-law Louise A. Elwell of Burlington, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the father of the late James L. Beede and predeceased by his siblings Frederick Beede, Clifford Beede, Frances Townsend and Clara Beede.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions all services are private for the family. His committal service will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, MA. E-condolences at Those wishing can make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

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