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Abisi, Michael N.  
Michael N. Abisi longtime resident of Lowell LOWELL, MA -- Michael N. Abisi, 72, a longtime resident of Lowell, died peacefully on Thursday, August 25, 2016. At the request of the family, calling hours have been omitted. A Funeral Mass will be held on THURSDAY, September 1st at 11 a.m. at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers Street, Lowell, MA. Those who wish to attend the interment are encouraged to meet at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., DRACUT, by 10 :30 a.m. THURSDAY for the procession. Burial will take place in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com , or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
Bukala, Edwin J.  
Edwin J. Bukala Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother; 88 LOWELL -- Edwin J. Bukala, 88, a resident of the Christian Hill neighborhood in the Centralville section of Lowell, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 29, 2016 surrounded by his devoted and loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Rita (O'Neill) Bukala. Born in Lowell, he was a son of the late Michael and Mary (Stipula) Bukala. He was educated at St. Stanislaus Parochial School, Lowell Trade School and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mr. Bukala enlisted with the United States Navy during World War II and served aboard the submarine, U.S.S. Amberjack. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1948, and reenlisted during the Korean War serving aboard the submarine, U.S.S. Halfbeak, being Honorably Discharged in 1953. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bukala was employed for over 35 years by IBM of Boston. Following retirement, he was employed by the Lowell Sun for several years. Ed gave of his time and was always willing to lend a helping hand. During the Lowell Folk Festival he could be seen making perogies with his friends from the Holy Trinity Parish. He also volunteered with the local scouts for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards, Rummikub, Bocce Ball or playing the harmonica. He was also active with Lowell Youth Soccer. He enjoyed family vacations at Lake Winnipesaukee, New York and Washington, D.C. He especially cherished time spent with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He also looked forward to his afternoon naps on the couch in the sun. Ed will be so dearly missed and so lovingly remembered by his family and dear friends. Ed was treasured by his devoted children, John Bukala and his wife Debbie of Lowell, James Bukala and his wife Betty of Hudson, NH and David Bukala and his significant other, Heather Lindberg of Lowell, with whom he made his home. He was cherished by his grandchildren, Laurel Bakker and her husband Brian of Nashua, NH, William Bukala and his wife Beth of Chelmsford and Jennifer Fletcher and her husband Thomas of Litchfield, NH; his loving great-grandchildren, Morgan and Brendan Bakker, Benjamin, Emily and Lily Fletcher. Edwin is also survived by two sisters and their spouses, Anna and Ted Szczechura of Dracut and Dolores and Robert Boulanger of Laconia, NH; a sister-in-law, Pauline Bukala of CA; several nieces and nephews. He was a brother of the late John, Ted, Stephen, Jack and Edward Bukala. BUKALA -- Relatives and friends are invited to Ed's Life Celebration on Wednesday from 4 until 8 PM at the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 10 AM in the Holy Trinity Church, 340 High Street. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fight The Flu Foundation, P.O. Box 11151, Tacoma, WA 98411. www.facebook.com/fighttheflufoundation/ . For directions or condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2016
Carroll, Joan F.  
Joan F. Carroll Of Tewksbury Joan F. (Kartcher) Carroll, 83, died peacefully at her home of 61 years in Tewksbury. Born in the Bronx, NY to the late Alice (Boland) Desclos and George Kartcher. Joan was raised in Lowell attending St. Peter's School, graduating with the Lowell High Class of 1950, a proud member of the Girl Officers. Predeceased by her husband of 27 years John H. Carroll. Mother of 9: Joanne Carroll, Jeanne Spann, Joseph, John, Michael, Julie Richmond, Dianne Nolin, Daniel, Marsha Matarazzo. Grandmother to 27: Courtney, Carroll, Christie, Jason, Alan, Allison, Catherine, Taylor, Joseph, Amanda, Jaclyn, Bryn, Mason, Jordan, Brittany, Jenna, Jack, Jessica, Samantha, Kimberly, Hannah, Ryan, Stephen, Marie, Maxwell, Bradley, Spencer. Great grandmother to 12. Joan was known for her love of babies, books, music, and working in her yard. A private burial was held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Tewksbury.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
Cernik, Betty Jean  
Betty Jean Cernik 1930-2016 TYRINGHAM Betty Jean Cernik, 86 of Tyringham passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 24, 2016 with family members by her side in Katy, TX. Betty was born on April 28th in Albany, NY daughter of Willett & Florence Lounsbury. She was a long time resident of Tyringham serving as tax collector for 30 years. Betty dedicated a lifetime of service to her community; also serving as town secretary, on the voter's registration board, driver for elder services and numerous other committees. There was nothing she would not do for the townspeople, but perhaps she was best remembered for her cinnamon rolls, always requested for family and town suppers. Betty enjoyed playing cards, bingo, coffee hours with town members and church functions. Betty's husband, Larry F. Cernik predeceased her in 2007. Betty is survived by her children, Richard of West Stockbridge, Larry Donald (and wife Robin) of Durham, NC, Dawn of Katy, TX, Jeffrey of Martinsburg, WV and Randy (and his wife Chris) of Seabrook, TX as well as 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Tyringham, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dawn Cernik, PO Box 1305, Katy, TX 77492-1305. Donations will be made from those to the Tyringham Union Church of which she was a longtime member and to the volunteers at West Methosist Hospital who were so kind to her and her family in her final hours.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 31, 2016
Cote Jr., Emanuel "Al"  
Emanuel "Al" Cote Jr. formerly of Chelmsford CHELMSFORD -- Emanuel "Al" Cote Jr., formerly of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully August 28 at the age of 81, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. The oldest son of Emanuel Cote Sr. and Yvonne (Sevigny), Al was born in Skowhegan Maine, later moving to Lawrence where he attended high school. Upon graduating he joined the Navy, serving as a signal man aboard the USS Harwich during the Korean Conflict. It was a during his time in the Navy that he met and married the love of his life, Maureen Nelson, with whom he was married for 48 years until her death in 2004. The parents of five children; Marlene Cote and her partner John McGuire of Chelmsford, Mark Cote and his wife Donna of Lowell, Michael Cote and his wife Sue of Holliston, Alan Cote (who passed away in 2011) and his wife Kelly of Chelmsford, and Matthew Cote and his wife Dawn of Lancaster MA, Al and Maureen also had 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Al worked at the Lawrence Eagle Tribune first as a typesetter then, during the turbulent times of the 60's, served as a political cartoonist for the paper. Later in life while working for Honeywell as a Technical Illustrator, Al returned to school, earning a Fine Arts Degree at the Art Institute of Boston. Al was a talented artist, his favorite being pen and ink seascapes of the coast of Maine. He loved woodworking, furniture building and traveling to Florida. He is survived by his younger brother Richard Cote and his wife Marie, a step-brother Chris Moreau, and two step-sisters, Janet and Joyce Moreau. COTE -- Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the BLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9 o'clock at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Road, Chelmsford. Interment will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., 30 Ennis Road, P. O. Box 356, North Oxford, MA 01537. Funeral Director Paul A. Hardy, Jr. For online condolences visit BLAKEFUNERALHOME.COM and visit us on Facebook.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
Dion, Yvonne C.  
Yvonne C. Dion resident of Lowell; age 90 LOWELL -- Mrs. Yvonne C. (Tanguay) Dion, age 90, a longtime resident of the Centralville section of Lowell, died on Monday, August 29, 2016, at Lowell General Hospital - Saints Campus, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Rene E. Dion Sr. Born in Lowell on June 19, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Annie M. (Provencher) Tanguay. She was educated in the Lowell school system and was a parishioner of the former St. Louis de France Church. Yvonne loved bingo, trips to Foxwoods and Hawaii. She also enjoyed flowers, gardening, birds and going out to eat. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Hannaford Market in Lowell and Dracut. She also worked out of her home as a cake decorator for many years. Surviving her are four sons and four daughters-in- law, Paul R. and Denise M. Dion of Lawrence, Donald R. and Christine D. Dion of Deerfield, NH, Rene E. and Annette L. Dion, Jr. of Dracut and Roger D. and Dee Dion of NC; three daughters, Irene R. Dion of Davenport, FL, Ann Marie Y. Dion of Lowell with whom she resided and Renet A. Dion of Methuen; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Robert Tanguay, Gabrielle Lacerte and Therese Methot and the mother-in-law of the late Roger V. Dion. DION -- Mrs. Yvonne C. (Tanguay) Dion. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend her graveside service on Thursday morning, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the ROLAND W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME 308 Pawtucket Street, Lowell. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.martinfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
Fontaine, Florence M.  
Florence M. Fontaine Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother LOWELL -- Florence M. (Fugere) Fontaine, 96, of Lowell, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, August 29, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerard Fontaine, who died in 1983. Florence was born in Lowell on July 25, 1920, the daughter of the late Gaudias and Yvonne (Bouthillette) Fugere. She attended Lowell schools. Prior to her retirement, she was a longtime employee of Hewlett-Packard of Waltham, MA. Florence was a pet lover, an avid knitter, loved to travel and enjoyed her family time. Her survivors include her daughter Constance Millette of Lowell; four grandchildren, Diane Almeida and her spouse Richard of Lowell, Therese Bogacz and her spouse Kenneth of Dracut, Robert Larmand and his spouse Lisa of Bedford, Francis Larmand and his spouse Kerriann of Kannapolis, NC; eight great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Elyse, David, Kyle, Ashley, Amanda, April and Zachary; as well as three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. FONTAINE -- Family and friends are cordially invited to attend Florence's Committal Prayer Services to take place Thursday afternoon, September 1, 2016 at 12:30 PM at St. Joseph Cemetery Chapel, Chelmsford, MA. Internment will be in the family lot. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be made to The Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Archambault Funeral Home, 309 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA (978-459-9315.)
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
Forbes, George  
George Joseph Forbes 2016 George "Joe" Forbes, 60, of West Stockbridge, died Friday, August 26th at BayState Medical Center in Springfield as a result of injuries received in an auto-truck accident in Dalton on August 24th. A reception celebrating Joe's life will held Saturday, September 17th, 1PM to 4PM at Tom and Coke's home, 9 Glendale Middle Rd., Stockbridge. All are invited to stop by and share their memories of Joe with the family. For a full obituary and to leave a message of condolence, please visit the Kelly Funeral Home Web Site at www.kellyfuneralhome.net
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 31, 2016
Gervais, Michael A.  
Michael A. Gervais LANCASTER -- Michael A. Gervais, age 53, beloved son of Robert A. Gervais and Pauline E. Gervais of Pepperell, passed away unexpectedly August 29th after a lifetime living with Cerebral Palsy. He was born in Lowell on October 26, 1962 and lived his early years in North Chelmsford and for the past 30 years in Lancaster where he was very well cared for by the staff. Michael enjoyed the basic comforts in life such as good food, TV, resting in his bed and attending frequent outings. Along with his parents, he leaves behind a sister, Michelle Galvin and husband James; a brother, Robert S. Gervais and wife Johanna; three nieces, one nephew, many cousins and aunts and uncles. GERVAIS -- of Lancaster. Michael A. Gervais, age 53, died August 29, 2016. Relatives and friends may call at the Marchand Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Pepperell, MA on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. Christian Services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pepperell. In lieu of flowers donations to the Local Massachusetts Chapter of ARC (Association for Retarded Children) c/o ARC Community Services, 564 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. For on-line condolences please visit www.marchandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2016
KOWALCZYK, William  
WILLIAM J. KOWALCZYK 1943-2016 A celebration of life for William John Kowalczyk, who died August 13, 2016, will be held Saturday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m., at the family home, #715 Route 9, Windsor, Mass. The DERY FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 31, 2016
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