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Mark Paul Holmes Print E-mail

Mark P. Holmes

Longtime teacher Lowell school system;


Mark P. Holmes, 91, of Lowell, passed away peacefully at Hope Health Hospice

in Providence, Rhode Island, near his loving family on Monday December 27,


Born December 2, 1930, in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the house he has resided

in his entire life, he was the son of the late Mark G. and the late

Catherine (Ashe) Holmes.

Mark attended St. Patrick's Grammar school and was a graduate of Keith

Academy. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

from Fitchburg State Teacher's College.

A veteran of the Korean War, he proudly served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

A teacher in the Lowell school system for over 35 years.

Among his many interests, he was an active skier for over 50 years and was a member of the Wedeln Outdoor Ski Club.

He was also a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks, the American Legion Post 247 in Tyngsboro and the United

Teachers of Lowell.

Mark is survived by a sister Muriel Constantine of Providence, RI; a niece

Paula H. Constantine of Providence, RI; a nephew John A. Constantine of

Providence, RI; Ruth and Paul Fauvel of Dracut.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday morning December 30, 2021, at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL followed by his committal services at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01854.

Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - MA - (978) 458-8768.

Donna M. Sweeney Print E-mail


Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister;

Donna M. (Smith) Sweeney, 88, a former Lowell resident, died peacefully on December 15, 2021, at Talbot Hospice House in Easton, Maryland, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Eugene J. Sweeney, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced in Lowell prior to his death in 2004.

Born in Lowell on June 17, 1933, the daughter of the late Walter J. and the late Lillian (Higgins) Smith, she attended Lowell High School, and later received her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1953.

After receiving her degree, Donna worked for several years as a Registered Nurse, including at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, and then devoted her life to raising her children and to her family.

She was a voracious reader, avid Scrabble player and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  She was a strong, thoughtful and independent woman, a devoted mother to her children, and a loving Nana to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna is survived by seven children and their spouses, Laurence E. and Sheila Sweeney of No. Chelmsford, MA, Mary E. and Dale Quaint of Homestead, FL, Gail A. Suslovitch of Bennington, NH, Michael W. Sweeney and his partner James D. Storella of Medford, MA, Donna M. Bergeon of Kennebunk, ME, Ann M. and Colin Q. Potts, of Easton, MD, and Kathleen P. Hehmeyer of Exton, PA;  grandsons Stephen Sweeney, Joseph Bergeon and Daniel Hehmeyer; granddaughters Kerstin Sweeney, Donna Terrano, Victoria Suslovitch, Grace Bergeon, Renee Bergeon, and Lily Hehmeyer; great-grandchildren Ell, Evelyn and Cassidy; sisters Carleen Abreu and Maura Wilson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her late husband, she was predeceased by her son Daniel J. Sweeney, granddaughters Ellen and Alexandria, as well as her sister Delores Walsh, and brothers Robert Smith and John Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation to be held on Monday morning December 20, 2021, at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 144 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA. from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass in Church at 11:00 o’clock.  Her interment will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make memorial contributions in her memory to Talbot Hospice, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601 or a charity of their choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Garrett M. "Sid" Sheehan Print E-mail

Garrett M. “Sid” Sheehan,

Retired Police Captain, University Faculty


Dracut - Garrett M. “Sid” Sheehan 78, devoted husband of Julie S. (Soczawa) Sheehan, and a resident of Dracut for the past 43 years, died on Tuesday December 14, 2021, due to complications from COPD, after an extended 25-year victory over cancer.

Born in Lowell, March 5, 1943, son of the late John J. “Duke” Sheehan Sr. and Mary Agnes (Cotter) Sheehan, he graduated from St. Patrick Grammar School, and Lowell High School Class of 1962. Garrett earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Salem State College and received the first Master of Science Degree in Forensic Chemistry awarded by Northeastern University in 1977.

A veteran of the Vietnam War (1962 – 1966), he proudly served his country in the Air Force with the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing during the early stages of the war. Stationed in Okinawa Garrett fondly remembered coaching the Raiders to the All-Island Football Championship. Upon returning from his service, he coached the Belvidere Team in the Lowell Junior Football League from 1966 to 1968.

Garrett began his career as a Chemistry teacher at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody in the early 70’s.  He continued with his “Hobby of Teaching” for over 25 years as an Adjunct Faculty member with the Criminal Justice Departments of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Middlesex Community College, along with teaching Crime Scene Investigative Procedures to Recruit Officers of the Lowell Police Recruit Academy.  Garrett truly came alive while teaching – it was his passion – and any student who has had Professor Sheehan knows to always follow “Sheehan’s Rule” when arriving at a crime scene.

He joined the Lowell Police Department as a patrol officer in 1978 and rose to the rank of Captain in 1992. Garrett retired from the LPD in 2003.  He was the recipient of several letters of citation and commendation during his 25 years of service.  Prior to coming to Lowell, he worked with the Boston Police Department as a Criminalist in the Crime Laboratory Unit where he developed several innovative procedures for the analysis of physical evidence.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he has maintained membership in its Association for more than 36 years.  He also held membership in the American Legion, the International Association for Identification, the Massachusetts Police Association, the St. Patrick School Alumni Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the East End Club, and the “Busted Knuckle” Car Club of Dracut.

Garrett also held Emeritus membership in the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists.  He was a member of St. Patrick Parish Building Committee, Parish Council, Golf Tournament Committee, Irish Cultural Committee, Organ Restoration Committee and St. Patrick School and Educational Center, Financial Advisory Board.  He was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Patrick Parish of Lowell, throughout his life.

Along with teaching, his hobby’s included rebuilding and driving classic Chevrolet trucks, and supporting associations battling Cancer, Autism and other debilitating illnesses.  His favorite moments in this world were when he was just, “Papa”, and spent time with his four grandchildren that he adored.  They were his greatest gifts, as he would tell everyone who asked, often sharing photographs and stories with a twinkle in his eye.

Garrett is survived by his wife, Julie (Soczawa) Sheehan; his daughters Erin and her husband Keith Caples of Hudson, NH; Maeghan and her husband Matthew Swanson of Presque Isle, ME, as well as his grandchildren: Kaeleigh and Garrett Swanson, and Melanie and Abigail Caples; his Sister-in-law Frances (Frani) Sheehan, along with his nieces Joanne Suprenant, Judy McKenna, Colleen Judge, and Kerrilyn Pessin; nephews John (Jack) Sheehan III, and Kevin Sheehan, many great nieces and nephews, and his dear cousin, Andrea Reilly; and leaves behind many friends, two in particular that went above and beyond to provide support and love in his final days, Maureen McNiff and Raymond Leavitt.

He was also the brother of the late Thomas F. Sheehan, Sr., and the late John J. Sheehan, Jr., (Retired Superintendent of Police).

The Sheehan Family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the care team at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA. who provided outstanding, compassionate care while he was in residence, and we will be forever grateful.

…Not bad for a kid from the Acre.

Friends may call at the at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Tuesday December 21, 2021, from 4 to 7 P.M. His Funeral will be celebrated Wednesday morning at his beloved ST. PATRICK CHURCH 282 Suffolk St. at 10 o’clock. (ALL CITY REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING PROCEDURES WILL BE OBSERVED INCLUDING THE WEARING OF MASKS UPON ENTRANCE INTO THE FUNERAL HOME AND THE CHURCH). Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 90 River Road, Tewksbury, MA. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, people are asked to make a donation in any amount, to St. Patrick School, 311 Adams Street, Lowell, MA 01854 in memory of the Sheehan boys. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Dorothy L Rondeau Print E-mail

Dorothy L. Rondeau
ATTENTION - SERVICE CHANGE ALERT -  Due to a family illness, the calling hours Monday and Funeral Service Tuesday for Dorothy Rondeau have been cancelled and postponed to a date to be determined. Another update on Services will be issued at that time. We apologize if this change inconveniences anyone.

Dorothy “Dottie” L. Rondeau, 77, of Swanzey, NH and previously of Lowell and Woburn, MA died on December 7th, 2021, after a long courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia and a sudden medical condition.

Born on January 22, 1944, in Lowell, MA to the late Joseph Anthony and the late Blanche Marie (Payer) Rondeau, Dottie attended Pawtucket School in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High in 1961.

After a year of clerical work at the Currier Citizen in Lowell she entered religious life under Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, A.K.A. the Grey Nuns of the Cross.  During that time, she received a BA in Education and taught grade school in Massachusetts and Louisiana.

After some time and consideration, she left religious life and worked in Cincinnati, OH and Jaffrey, NH before she landed her last job of 27 years at Houghton Mifflin in Burlington MA as an administrative assistant for the Customer Service Department.  After retirement, Dottie gravitated back to her love for teaching and served as a volunteer teaching English as a second language to immigrants from a variety of countries.

In her spare time Dottie loved to square and ballroom dance, walk, attend live entertainment, read, teach Sunday school and care for the friends and family she loved.  She also had affinity for travel and took many trips including to Europe, the Canadian Rockies, California, as well as many other places in Canada and the US.   One of her favorite places to be, was by the Oceanside and for years spent time each autumn with family in Ogunquit, ME.  No matter what she did, it was with love, purpose and meaning, and always with gratitude to and glorification of God.   Her dry wit, generosity, curiosity and zest for life are qualities that will long endure with all who love her.

Dottie is survived by her sisters Jan Rondeau of Franklin, NH and Mary Anne Quinn of Hudson, NH, her niece Jessica Quinn of Hudson, NH and her niece and husband Michelle and Charles Soter, Jr. of Swanzey, NH. She is predeceased by her brother, Raymond Rondeau.

ATTENTION - SERVICE CHANGE ALERT -  Due to a family illness, the calling hours Monday and Funeral Service Tuesday for Dorothy Rondeau have been cancelled and postponed to a date to be determined. Another update on Services will be issued at that time. We apologize if this change inconveniences anyone.

Friends may attend her Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Monday December 20, 2021, from 4 to 7 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be held at ST. RITA CHURCH Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. (The Arch Diocese of Boston has mandated that the wearing of masks will be required upon entrance into the church). (Please meet at church). E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Dottie’s honor to a charitable organization that would please her, such as one that supports Catholic causes or assistance for children. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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