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Vincent E. Koravos Print E-mail

Vincent E. Koravos

Veteran of WW II, U.S. Marines

Vincent E. Koravos, 95, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 after a brief illness.
He was the beloved husband of the late Caroline F. (Kus) to whom his was married for over 50 years.
The son of Greek immigrants, the late Elias and the late Olymbiada (Christos) Koravos,   Vini was born in Lowell, MA on November 14, 1921.
A graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1939 , he was a star quarterback and went on to study and play ball at Norwich University.
His education was interrupted by WWII and Vini joined the Marines in 1942. One of five sons, all on active duty during the war, he was a tail gunner for the squadron leader on SBD bombers assigned to Marine Air Group 24 (MAG-24) supporting the 1st Marine division. He saw extensive action in the Pacific theatre and fought in the campaign to liberate the Philippines at the battle of Mindanao.
After the war, Vini joined the Lowell Pipefitters union, Local 132. He went on to build refrigeration plants for the produce and fishing industries. His work took him all over the continental US, Alaska, Mexico and South America.
An avid golfer for over 60 years, he was a longtime member at Nabnassett Lake Country Club. He carded six holes in one. Most notably at the US Open course at Torey Pines and the treacherous second hole at Nab.  He was always happy to set up the bar with or without an ace on his card after each round.
Vini retired to Lake Havasu in Bullhead City, AZ where he enjoyed boating, golf and Football Sundays with his great friends; Al, Rozzi, John, Jimmy and his dear friend Fran.
In recent years he moved back to the lake he loved in Westford and spent winters in Tequesta, Fl with family and friends. Vini hosted his last Superbowl party in February and  believed he called the second half plays in the Pats win over Atlanta, only the second half. If you met him, you loved him. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his four children David and Jeanette Koravos of San Diego, CA, Daniel and Debbie Koravos of Palm Desert, CA, Deborah and Richard Kay of Tyngsboro and Dean and Robin Koravos of Westford; five grandchildren; Alexis Ayala, David Koravos, Kristy Kay, Courtney Kay and Jack Koravos; three greatchildren, a loving sister Mary Koravos of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Rose, Nicholas, Tom, Joseph and Chris Koravos.
The family wishes to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff at Lowell General Hospital, especially, Dr. Tushar Patel for their loving care and support.

At this time Funeral Services will be private. All are welcome to attend a Celebration of his Life to be announced at a later date. E-condolences may be posted at, Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o the Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978) 458-8768.


Marguerite E. Farley Print E-mail

Marguerite E. Farley

Loving, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt
   Marguerite E. (Lantagne) Farley, 63, of Lowell, died suddenly while vacationing with her family in Seabrook New Hampshire. She was the beloved wife of Michael F. Farley who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on April 21st of this year.
   Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 12, 1954, a daughter of the late Harold “Budgie” and the late Agnes (Flaherty) Lantagne, she attended the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Lowell, and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame with the Class of 1971. She then attended Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island and later graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
 A devout Catholic, Marguerite was a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell for many years. She instilled a strong catholic faith in her children.
 Marguerite was employed by the City of Lowell School Department as reading specialist for many years before finishing her career at the Riley School as a second grade teacher, prior to her retirement.
 Marguerite enjoyed traveling, among her most cherished trips were a family vacation to Ireland, her pilgrimage to Medjugorje, and trips too Bora Bora, Paris, Rome, and Venice. She also loved her annual vacations at Seabrook beach with her family. She had the ability to light up any room she was in and left a lasting impact on all those touched. Above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with her husband, children and grandchildren. 
 In addition to her husband Mike, Marguerite is survived by three daughters Kristin Farley, Lisa Shepard and her husband Matthew and Mary Farley all of Lowell; a son Michael F. Farley, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Lowell; four grandchildren Victoria, Charlise, Madelyn and Liam; two sisters Mary Ann Kelley and her husband Stephen of Newton, MA and Lisa Klobutcher and her husband Robert “Skip” of Lowell; a brother Bryan Lantagne of Chelmsford, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the House of Hope, 812 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.
Alice H. Kaknes R.N. Print E-mail

Alice H. Kaknes R.N.

Beloved sister and aunt
 Alice H. (Dukakis) Kaknes R.N., 99, of Missouri City, Texas, formerly of Lowell, died Wednesday, July 26th at Autumn Leaves of Riverstone just 4 days shy of her 100th birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Kaknes who died August 20, 1988.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 30, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and the late Fevronia (Sevastelis) Dukakis. She became a Registered Nurse following her graduation from the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Jamaica Plain in 1939. 
 Prior to her retirement, Alice was employed as a Registered Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over 40 years. Previously, she worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where she was appointed Head Nurse in the operating room.
 Alice was a former member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.
 Among her many interests, she enjoyed playing the violin, traveling with her husband and friends and she absolutely loved the sunshine and her flowers.
 Alice is survived by a brother Perry Mavrelis of Missouri City, Texas and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
 She was also sister of the late Athanasia Chakalis R.N. and the late Sarantos Mavrelis.
 Relatives and friends will be received on Tuesday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell from 10 to 11 o’clock immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11. Burial to follow in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 10854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978) 458-8768.
Claire Shugrue Print E-mail

Claire Shugrue


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend

 Claire (Roy) Shugrue, 88, of Lowell, died Thursday, July 20th at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Shugrue, Sr. who died November 4, 2000.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 15, 1928, a daughter of the late Onesine and the late Irene (Geoffroy) Roy, she attended St. Jeanne D’Arc School and was a graduate of St. Joseph High School both in Lowell. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from the School of Nursing at the former Lowell Trade School (now known as the Greater Lowell Technical High School).
 Before retiring, Claire was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus) for over 15 years.
 A longtime parishioner of St. Margaret Church in Lowell, she was also a member of the Oblate Mission Club and the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality.
 An avid golfer, Claire was a member of Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Lowell, Dracut and Chelmsford Senior Centers. Above all else though, she loved taking trips and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Claire is survived by eight children Elizabeth A. Santagati of Lowell, Janyce M. Breton and her husband Michael of Dracut, MA, Brenda J. Lorrey and her fiance Fernando Carvalho of Center Barnstead, NH, Elinor L. Sadlier of Lowell, James B. Shugrue, Jr. and his wife Mary Lynn of Lowell, Roberta F. Woelfel and her husband Timothy of Lowell, Dorothy C. Dodge and her husband William of New Boston, NH and William H. Shugrue of Lowell; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister Rita (Corcoran) Meinholtz of Windham, NH; many nieces and nephews; her “seventh” daughter JoAnn Keegan of Lowell; and her many special friends.
 She was also grandmother of the late Kevin M. Breton and Edward “Teddy” Dillon, sister of the late Blanche Stewart, Annette Grondine, Alice Duff, Theresa Wilson, George Roy and Cecile Regan and mother-in-law of the late Charles S. Santagati, Jr.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by her Committal Service at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.     
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