Eileen C. Golden
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;
Eileen C. (Rourke) Golden, 76, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday evening, March 11th at Lowell General Hospital – Main Campus with her loving family by her side.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 28, 1940, a daughter of the late Stephen L. Rourke, Sr. and the late Lillian T. (Cox) Rourke, she attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall in the Class of 1958. Eager to further her education, she then went on to earn her certificate in radiology from Northeastern University in Boston.
Before retiring, Eileen was employed as an X-Ray Technician at the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell for over 40 years. Following retirement, she was a Volunteer Coordinator at the Lowell Senior Center.
Among her many interests, Eileen enjoyed dancing and loved the beach. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved listening to Irish music. She was also a member and former president of the East End Club Ladies Auxiliary and an avid New England Patriots fan. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time that she could spend with her children and grandchildren.
In honor of the “High Holiday” on Friday and in the spirit of Eileen’s life, the Golden family invites anyone who stops by to dress as they usually would on March 17th. No formality is required.
Mrs. Golden is survived by two daughters Karen A. Golden of Dracut, MA and Eileen K. “Lee” Trott and her husband Kenneth C., Jr. of Lowell; a son Thomas A. “Tipa” Golden, Jr. and his wife Joane (Sheehan) of Lowell; four grandchildren Kenneth C. Trott, III, Sean T. Trott, Abigail M. Golden and Lillian T. Golden; a sister Mary E. “Betty” Rourke of Lowell; two brothers Stephen L. Rourke, Jr. and his wife Mary Jo (Mayo) of Lowell and S. Christopher Rourke and his wife Nancy (Treadwell) of Lowell; two sisters-in-law Claire M. (Hubert) Rourke of Dracut and Maureen (Buckley) Golden of Pelham, NH; her very dear friend Sharon Close and her husband Ron of Dracut, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also mother of the late Mary Beth Golden, sister of the late Andrew S. Rourke and former wife of the late Thomas A. Golden, Sr.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Louis N. Heliotis
Highly decorated World War II Army veteran and former POW
Louis N. Heliotis, 92, of North Andover, formerly of Lowell, died on his birthday, Thursday, March 9th at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Baghdayan) Heliotis who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in November of last year.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 9, 1925, a son of the late Nicholas and the late Catherine (Katsaros) Heliotis, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1943.
A veteran of World War II, Louis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and participated in action at the invasion of Normandy, Northern France, Southern France, Rhineland, the Battle of the Bulge at Ardennes and Central Europe. He spent 10 months as a prisoner of war in Stalag 9C after his capture during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 6 Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Bronze Star for bravery, and the POW Medal. He also was a recipient of the Purple Heart as a result of wounds sustained in battle at Nuremberg.
In 2006, Louis was one of 18 elite American World War II veterans to be honored, amid full military honors, with the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor. He received congratulatory letters from both President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac.
Before retiring, he was employed as a Machinist with Raytheon Corporation for over 37 years.
Louis was a lifelong member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell where he also served on the Board of Directors.
Among his many interests, he enjoyed reading, music, and dancing, Greek picnics and loved traveling especially to Greece. He was a member of the Lowell Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was a Master Mason, the highest degree in Freemasonry. However, being all about family, his greatest joy was the quality time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Suzanne, Louis is survived by two daughters Catherine Ramalho and her husband Michael of Pelham, NH and Ann Marie Stelman and her husband Michael of Goffstown, NH; two granddaughters Ashley A. Ramalho and Emily S. Stelman; a grandson Nicholas J. Ramalho; a sister-in-law Annette DerMinassian of North Tewksbury; and a brother-in-law Emmanuel Baghdayan of North Tewksbury.
He was also grandfather of the late Alexander Picanso and brother of the late George N. Heliotis and the late Sara Heliotis.
There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.
Carol A. Smith
Loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt Carol A. (McDermott) Smith, 77, of Hollis, NH, died Wednesday, March 8th at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Kevin P. Smith, Sr. who died April 6, 1999.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 17, 1939, a daughter of the late Henry and the late Emily (McNamara) McDermott, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1957 where she also served as the Colonel of The Girl Officers.
Before retiring, Carol was employed as a Hearing Specialist for the Lowell public schools. Previously, she was a Nurse’s Aide in the maternity ward at the former St. John’s Hospital in Lowell, a job she truly loved.
Among her many interests, she enjoyed knitting, attending the Boston Pops concerts during Christmas and had a passion for clothes shopping whether it be live or catalogue. She was also an avid New England Patriots fan. Above all else though, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren.
Carol is survived by three sons Kevin P. Smith, Jr. of Deerfield, MA, Philip H. Smith and his wife Rachelle of Moultonborough, NH and Sean J. Smith and his wife Erica of Hollis, NH; six grandchildren Shannon Gilbert, Kevin Smith, III, Daniel Smith, Madison Smith, Caroline Smith and Kaylee Smith; two sisters Joan Griffin of Exeter, NH and Joyce Saboliauskas of Chelmsford, MA; two brothers Henry McDermott and his wife Judy of N. Andover, MA and William McDermott and his wife Mary Ellen of Rye, NH and many nieces and nephews.
She was also mother of the late Mary Alicia Smith.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 1 to 4 P.M. on Sunday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by her Committal Service at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Child Fund International at ChildFund.org. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
Mary Elizabeth Stevens
Of North Andover, formerly of Lowell
Mary Elizabeth (Murphy) Stevens, of North Andover, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 1st at the Edgewood Retirement Community. She was the beloved wife of the late Jonathan Tyler Stevens who died January 14, 1997. He was a well-known Lowell businessman, owner of the former Stevens Business Services.
Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, July 8, 1915, the only child of the late Cecelia (Gibbons) Murphy and the late Frank W. Murphy, a funeral director in Clinton for over 50 years, she attended Clinton schools and was a graduate of Clinton High School. Eager to further her education, she then went on to attend the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Her college yearbook described her as “refinement personified”.
Before retiring, Mary was Chairman of the Tewksbury High School English Department for 10 years. Previously, she taught at the high school for over 25 years. She was known for her high standards for students and faculty alike.
She was long time communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell.
Mary lived in Lowell for over 50 years before moving to Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover when it opened in 1997. She was well-known at Edgewood and was for many years responsible for arranging their cultural events.
Mary was involved with many charitable and civic organizations in Lowell. She served as a corporator and President of the Auxiliary at Lowell General Hospital, President of the Lowell Garden Club, member of the Paint & Powder Club, a supporter of the Whistler House Museum of Art and Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, an advisor at the American Textile History Museum, and was a golfer and member of the Vesper Country Club for over half a century.
She loved the arts, whether it be a beautiful flower arrangement, a painting or a symphony. She and her husband Jon traveled the world over and particularly enjoyed Bermuda and St. Croix. They spent many happy years vacationing at Drakes Island in Wells, Maine.
Mary is survived by a nephew D. Tyler Stevens and his wife Ruth of Bartlett, NH; a niece Martha L. Kiernan and her husband Eugene of San Jose, CA; three grandnephews; a grandniece; two great-grandnieces; one great-grandnephew; and two cousins Mary T. Donnelly and Eleanor M. Gibbons both of Clinton, MA.
It being her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Wednesday morning at St. Michael Church in North Andover (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) at 10 o’clock immediately followed by a life celebration at Edgewood Retirement Community, 575 Osgood St, N. Andover. Friends are also invited to attend her graveside Committal Service on THURSDAY at Lowell Cemetery at 12 o’clock noon. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Lowell General Hospital, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.