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Topjian, Bruce R.  
Bruce R. Topjian of Tyngsboro, MA TYNGSBORO, MA -- Bruce R. Topjian, 61, of Tyngsboro, MA died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Lakes Region Hospital in Laconia, NH. Born in Lowell, MA he was the son of Muriel Topjian of Westford and the late Robert Topjian. Bruce graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1972. He was a member of the Lowell High School Football Team. Bruce owned and operated Dream Makers Construction Co. of Westford, MA. In his early years, he managed the family's hardware store, Five Seasons Hardware of Chelmsford. He was a member of the H.E. Fletcher Club of Westford, MA. Bruce enjoyed boating and campfires with his family friends at Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, NH. His love had no boundaries for his Brenda. A man so proud of his boys Brett & Brendan. His face lit up and a smile so bright when he was around his grandchildren. Bruce took full advantage of every opportunity to live his life to its fullest. Besides his mother, he is survived by the love of his life, Brenda (Lee) Pelley of Tyngsboro; two sons, Brett and his wife, Sherry Pelley of Townsend and Brendan and his wife, Megan Pelley of Bedford, MA; two brothers, Robert and his wife, Christine Topjian of Westford, MA and Larry and his wife, Michelle Topjian of Pepperell, MA; two sisters, Cathy and her husband, Russ Traywick of Westford, MA and Stacy and her husband, Greg Searle of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren, Danielle Priest, Brooke Pelley, Tyler Pelley and Miles Pelley and many nieces and nephews. TOPJIAN -- Bruce R. Topjian died August 23, 2015. Visiting hours Thursday 3 to 7P.M at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Mass Friday at 10:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Westford ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 1, 2015
Vaniotis, Octavia M.  
Octavia M. Vaniotis formerly of Lowell, MA; 96 FREEPORT, MAINE -- Octavia M. Vaniotis died peacefully Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine. She was 96 years old. Octavia Owens Miller was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on March 24, 1919, daughter of Christian A. and Bessie Williams Miller. After finishing high school in Hagerstown, Octavia moved to Boston to study voice and violin, graduating from the Boston Conservatory of Music. In Boston she met and married Louis W. Vaniotis. After a short time in Cambridge, they settled in Lowell, Massachusetts, where their only child, Chris, was born in 1948. (Octavia and Louis divorced in 1965.) During her years in Lowell, Octavia initially worked as stitcher at several textile companies. She pursued her interest in music by teaching piano, singing in the Greater Lowell Choral Society and directing the choir at the Pawtucket Congregational Church. In the early 1960s she went back to school to obtain a teaching certificate and became a second grade teacher in the Tyngsborough, Massachusetts school system, where she worked until her retirement in 1984. In the mid 1970s she left Lowell for a new home in Townsend, Massachusetts. There she enthusiastically dove into gardening, landscaping, feeding the birds and exploring the woods, fields and walking trails in the area. She and Chris also spent many hours hiking together in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 1990 Octavia moved to Yarmouth, Maine, to be closer to Chris and his wife Jacky and grandchildren Thomas and Amy. She never missed a school play, concert or ceremony. She lived at Royal Mariner Estates, where she continued her gardening and recruited friends and neighbors to join her on explorations of Maine's natural environment. The geese and ducks at Yarmouth's Royal River Park loved her frequent visits with buckets full of cracked corn for their dining pleasure. While in Yarmouth she joined the Falmouth Congregational Church, and attended Sunday worship there for many years. After physical limitations prevented her from getting out on Sundays, she enjoyed and appreciated home visits from church members and staff. In 2006 she moved to the Woods at Canco in Portland, where she made new friends and, despite failing vision, still enjoyed getting outdoors and walking the grounds. Her next home was Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland, from 2010 to 2012. Most recently she lived at Hawthorne House in Freeport. Her family very much appreciates the excellent care she received at both Ledgeview and Hawthorne House and are especially grateful for the kind and tender end-of-life care the Hawthorne House staff provided. Octavia was predeceased by her brother Christian A. Miller, Jr. and his wife Betty. She is survived by her son, Christopher L. Vaniotis and his wife Jacqueline, of North Yarmouth, Maine, grandson Thomas C. Vaniotis and his wife Maria of New York, NY, and granddaughter Amy E. Vaniotis of Portland, Oregon. VANIOTIS -- A funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery on Smith Street in Yarmouth. Because Octavia's approach to charitable giving was eclectic, friends or relatives who are considering sending flowers may wish instead to make a donation to a charity of their choosing. To offer condolences and share memories with the family, please got to www.coastalcremationservices.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 2, 2015
Walkinshaw, John William  
John William Walkinshaw of Westford, MA and Mashpee, MA WESTFORD/MASHPEE, MA -- John William Walkinshaw, 70, of Westford and Mashpee, MA, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Lowell General Hospital. He was married to Susan Elizabeth Walkinshaw with whom he celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on August 1st. John was born in Southbridge, MA on February 21, 1945, the son of the late Alexander and Martha (Blackburn) Walkinshaw. After graduating from Southbridge High School (1963) he went to Lowell Technological Institute (LTI-now the University of Massachusetts Lowell) and earning a B.S. Paper Engineering (1967), M.S. Paper Engineering (1969), and M.S. Chemical Engineering (1970). In 1978 he received his Ph.D. from Victoria University of Manchester (England) reading Paper Science. He was hired as an Instructor at LTI in 1968, becoming a Full Professor in 1988. Prof. Walkinshaw taught, advised, and mentored more than a thousand students. He received 17 awards for teaching excellence and had been the Faculty Advisor to many students and student organizations including the Lowell Student Chapter of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and the founding advisor to the Lowell Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and national TAPPI. An active TAPPI member and a past technical editor for TAPPI Journal, he was a member for 46 years. In 2013, he was named a TAPPI Fellow. His award reads in part: "During a long and distinguished career, John Walkinshaw has made significant contributions to the paper industry by his many accomplishments as an educator, in testing standards development and in the research and development of innovative technology for the treatment of secondary fiber," said Larry N. Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. "During his more than 40 years of service to TAPPI his leadership and hard work have been instrumental in the development and implementation of many of the TAPPI Standards and Test Methods used by the industry today.." Past chairman of the Technical Committee D-06 for the American Society of the Testing of Materials (ASTM), he went on to become a part of the United States International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Technical Committee for Pulp, Paper and Paperboard (TC 06). In 2006, he was appointed head of the U.S. delegation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As a member of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) and the U.S. observer of the Canadian Standards Council (CAC) he worked to build a united North American position for paper test standards at the international level. John was a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was active in research and held U.S. Patents in Ultrasonic Processing. John was well loved and admired by colleagues and students. Besides his wife, he is survived by his niece, Louise Hartley and her daughter, Constance Hartley of Lancashire, England; and many cousins. He is predeceased by his half-sister, the late Barbara (Walkinshaw) Hatton. WALKINSHAW -- Visiting hours Mon., August 31, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. followed by his a Memorial Service at 2 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Southbridge, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. BOX 1848, Longmont, CO 80502. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 30, 2015
Whitcomb, Irving "Joe"  
Irving 'Joe' Whitcomb of Lowell Irving Joseph Whitcomb, 68, of Lowell, died peacefully on July 31, 2015, at his home with family by his side. Joe is survived by his daughters, Patricia Fisette of Florida, and Candace Lawrence and her husband, Quinn of Lowell, MA; a son, Ryan Whitcomb - Howard and his wife, Holly of Lowell. Relatives and friends are invited to his graveside service on SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Polish Cemetery in Lowell. To leave an online condolence, story, or message, visit us at www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under Dracut Funeral Home.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 27, 2015
Williams, Thelma G. (Corr)  
Thelma G. (Corr) Williams of Harwich, formerly of Dracut In Harwich, MA, August 24, 2015. Thelma G. (Corr) Williams, of Harwich, formerly of Dracut, aged 97 years. Beloved wife of the late Charles Williams. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, on Sunday from 4 to 7 PM. Thelma's Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 10 AM. Interment in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to the Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Hastings St., Lowell, MA 01851. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss Jr. Please visit Thelma's memorial tribute at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 30, 2015
Williams, Thelma G. (Corr)  
Thelma G. (Corr) Williams Loving mother and grandmother Longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church HARWICH/DRACUT, MA -- Thelma G. (Corr) Williams, of Harwich, MA, formerly a longtime resident of Dracut, died August 24, 2015 at EPOCH of Harwich, aged 97 years. She was the beloved wife of Charles Williams, who died in 1989. Born in Chelmsford, March 29, 1918, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Merrill) Corr. Unusual for her time, Thelma was an avid member of the Chelmsford High School girls basketball team, and graduated with the Class of 1936. Thelma met Charles, the love of her life, during high school and they married in 1938. Over the next few years, they built a house in Dracut. Together, they worked to dig its foundation out of solid ledge - a foundation that became a symbol of their loving, solid as a rock marriage of 51 years. Friends will remember her as a gracious woman and a fabulous cook who enjoyed entertaining. Thelma's famous "black mountain cake" delighted the taste buds of thousands of students who passed through Dracut's elementary school cafeterias, where she worked for many years. Until just a few years back, Mrs. Williams was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church (and at the time of her death, was the oldest living member) where she sang in the choir and belonged to the Gamma Beta Women's Group. She gave generously of her time and was always on hand to help run Church suppers and fairs. An expert seamstress, she had a talent for arts and crafts, and donated dozens of her unique and beautiful handmade items for Church fairs. She led a life of selfless devotion to her church, family and friends. Thelma will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and love of family, especially her cherished grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Ann Cahoon of Harwich; four grandchildren, Kevin Cahoon and his wife, Julie of Oklahoma, Kerien Cahoon-Peters and her husband, Jeffrey of Harwich, Jeffrey C. Campbell of California, and Tommi Lee Campbell; as well as great-grandchildren, Sherrelle, Catherine, Victoria, John, Roy, Matthew and Amanda, and great-great-grandchildren, Amilia, Michael, Anna, Tre', Steven, Michelle, Kevin, Andrew, Victoria, Makayla, and Kiah; and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Cheryl Lee Williams, mother-in-law of the late Bruce Cahoon, and sister of the late Dorothy Bovill, Clara E. Knowlton, Arlene E. Bickford, and William "Sonny" Corr. WILLIAMS -- In Harwich, MA, August 24, 2015. Thelma G. (Corr) Williams, of Harwich, formerly of Dracut, aged 97 years. Beloved wife of the late Charles Williams. Family and friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, on Sunday from 4 to 7 PM. Thelma's Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 10 AM. Interment in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to the Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Hastings St., Lowell, MA 01851. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss Jr. Please visit Thelma's memorial tribute at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 29, 2015
Wilson, Clover Jean Overton  
Clover Jean Overton Wilson 1942 - 2015 TEWKSBURY -- Clover Jean Wilson, of Tewksbury, departed this life on Friday, August 28, 2015. She was born to the late Robert "Bob" Overton, Sr. and Beatrice E. "Mattie" Branch Overton. Clover was the third of four children, born on April 27, 1942 in Driver, Arkansas. She leaves behind her brother, Percy E. Overton. Clover married Thomas Wilson on March 31, 1962, the love of her life. Her soul mate and partner with whom she would have a relationship that would endure for over 50 years. Thomas and Clover raised on son, Karl E. Wilson. Clover confessed Christ as her savior and was baptized in 1955 at the New Galilee, M.B. Church in Burdette, Arkansas. Clover graduated from Harrison High School in Blytheville, Arkansas in 1960. In 1960, she enrolled at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, where she completed her nursing training. Clover and Thomas moved to Massachusetts in September of 1962, and later moved to Tewksbury in March of 1968. From 1968-1974, Clover was employed as a Nurse at St. John's Hospital in Lowell, MA. In 1974, she was employed at the Tewksbury Hospital until her retirement in 1998. Clover was a member of the Cambridge, MA Omega Wives Auxiliary Organization of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Black Genesis Organization of Lowell, the Tewksbury Council of Aging, Deaconess at Shiloh Baptist Church in Medford, and in 2002, she volunteered Services at the Boston Medical Center in the Endocrinology Department. Treasuring her memory are husband; Thomas E. Wilson; son, First Sgt. Retired, Karl E. Wilson; granddaughters, Kaila and Samantha; her brother, Percy E. Overton and his wife Dorothy of Turrell, AR; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Taylor Overton of Sannah, GA, and Gloria Lewis Overton of Belvidere, IL; sisters, Patricia Owens Marshall, Carrie Craig, and Bobby Morgan; also many nieces, nephews, and cousins and extended family members including, John Sullivan and David Sullivan, thank you for you unconditional love. WILSON -- Clover J. (Overton). Calling hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11-11:30 a.m., at the Tewksbury Congregational Church, 10 East St., Tewksbury Center, immediately followed by her Funeral Services to be held at the church. Interment at Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clover's memory may be made to the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876. Arrangements entrusted to Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. www.farmeranddee.com
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Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 31, 2015
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