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As a general guideline, wear your better clothes. Men should wear a suit or sports coat and a tie. Women should wear church or professional-like clothing. Exceptions include uniforms such as military, fire, police, rescue and girl or boy scout uniforms. Also religious clothing is acceptable such as robes, shawls, etc.

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Aftercare Funeral Home And Cremations Tyngsboro MA

Aftercare

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Our service at Dolan Funeral Home continues well after the funeral. Through our first year of loss program, every family receives the same type of aftercare support regardless of the services that you have selected, because everyone’s loss is personal and unique.

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Antique Hearse Funeral Home And Cremations Tyngsboro MA

Antique Hearse

Dolan Funeral Home is fortunate to have use of a 1927 Velie Henney hearse as part of our fleet. The National Museum of Funeral History has many antique hearses in their collection, making it possible to see the history up close and personal. America continues to honor and remember our dead, and hearses have become integral to the funeral process.

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Modern Hearse Funeral Home And Cremations Tyngsboro MA

Modern Hearse

We are required by Massachusetts law to use a vehicle registered as a hearse to carry your loved one from his/her place of passing to our funeral home, and to his/her final resting place. Several other vehicles are used on the day of the funeral, and limousines are available.

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Cremation Tyngsboro MA

Additional Services and Facilities

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Graveside Service

A funeral service held at the graveside is coordinated, supervised, and attended by our staff.

Memorial Service

A funeral service held at the funeral home in memorial of the passing of your loved one with a picture or possibly with the cremains coordinated and supervised by our staff.

Use of Facilities and Staff for Visitation

A visitation service is also known as viewing hours, calling hours, a wake, or a reception, and may be held at our funeral home or at an off-site location. Our staff coordinates and supervises every aspect of preparing for the visitation of family and friends.

Other Preparation of Body

  • Sanitary care, washing, and disinfection when no embalming is planned
  • Special cosmetics when no embalming is planned
  • Hair dressing
  • Restorative work when necessary (we charge at a per-hour rate)
  • An extra charge will apply for the preparation of an autopsied body

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Modern Hearse

We are required by Massachusetts law to use a vehicle registered as a hearse to carry your loved one from his/her place of passing to our funeral home, and to his/her final resting place. Several other vehicles are used on the day of the funeral, and limousines are available.

With a modern interior and ample lighting in the rear casket compartment gives an elegant look for your loved one’s last ride. Our fleet includes a number of modern hearses, as well as SUVs and luxury limousine for your loved ones.


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Antique Hearse

This 1927 Velie Henney hearse was purchased at a Hershey, PA swap meet in 1994 because Jim Sr. always wanted an antique motorized hearse. However, after buying the vehicle sight unseen, he was disappointed to find that it needed extensive repairs. It was not until 1997 when Ed Smith, a Tyngsboro resident, attended a wake at Dolan Funeral Home and noticed the antique hearse and offered to restore it. With the help of Tom Plourde and Dave Koziol, Ed Smith spent a year rebuilding, salvaging, and recreating unavailable parts. (see original Chelmsford Independent, Thursday, November 12, 1998 article)

A winner at the Dracut Road Runners Classic Car Show, it was granted Antique status by the state of Massachusetts. It is frequently used for local parades and funerals (weather permitting). Call or contact us if you are interested in using our 1927 Velie Henney Hearse for your loved one’s funeral procession.


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Deceased Preparation Options

Embalming is not required by law, except in certain special cases. Embalming may be necessary if you choose to have a viewing as part of the funeral arrangements, but may not be necessary if you choose to have a direct cremation or an immediate burial as part of the funeral arrangements.

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Deceased Preparation Options

Embalming is not required by law, except in certain special cases. Embalming may be necessary if you choose to have a viewing as part of the funeral arrangements, but may not be necessary if you choose to have a direct cremation or an immediate burial as part of the funeral arrangements.

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Funeral Home And Cremation Tyngsboro MA

Cremation Services

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Cremation has returned as a common form of final disposition, and is not a new concept. It was practiced in ancient times and has been gaining favor in today’s world. Choosing cremation for your loved one or yourself does not limit the funeral services—it actually increases the service options you have. You could have a wake with the urn and/or picture of the deceased displayed, or a traditional funeral with the body present, church service, committal prayers at the graveside/chapel with the casket before the cremation. Keep in mind that everything is a choice, and not a requirement or expectation. It’s what you and your family wants—nothing more, nothing less.

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Food Beverage Funeral Home And Cremations Tyngsboro MA

Food & Beverage Choices

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With the help of our preferred caterers, food and beverages can be a part of a loved one’s visitation, funeral service, or a celebration of life ceremony.  Why not make a traditional wake or calling hours into a wonderful reception?  What other family event do you have without food?  We can set up your family room as a traditional parlor or as celebratory reception hall with high and low tables.

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Funeral Home And Cremations Westford MA

Funeral Services

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At Dolan Funeral Home, a licensed funeral director and embalmer is available 24 hours a day, seven7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, 365 days a year. The foundation of all our services starts with our basic service to your family, which includes our staff’s, staff response to your initial request for service, consultation with family or a responsible party, preparation and filing of necessary certificates and permits, placement of obituary notices, planning of funeral arrangements, and coordination of services with the church or clergy, cemetery, crematory, vault companies, and others as needed.

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Dora Rose DesAutels of Peabody, MA formerly of Westford, MA

Obit Pic 1 200x300Dora DesAutels, 81, residing in Brooksby Village, Peabody, MA, formerly of Westford, MA, died Friday, October 16, 2020 at North Shore Medical Center. She was married to Gerard DesAutels with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past July. Born in Island Falls, ME she was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Evangeline (Tilley) Gormley. She graduated from Sherman High School in Sherman, ME with the class of 1957. After high school Dora went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Farmington State Teaching College and her master’s in Education from University of Maine in Orono. She was an Elementary school teacher at the Nabnasset and Cameron Schools retiring in 2004. Prior to teaching in Westford Dora taught in Maine and Reading, MA. She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church of Westford, MA. Knitting, gardening, sewing and above all else, spending time with her grandchildren were among her favorite things. Besides her husband she is survived by her son and his wife Christopher and Jennifer DesAutels of Medford, MA, her daughter and her husband Corinne and Kevin O’Reilly of Norwood, MA, her sister and her husband Joan and Robert Fries of Fairport, NY, and her six grandchildren Gerard O’Reilly, Eileen O’Reilly, James O’Reilly, Eamon O’Reilly, Julie DesAutels, and Christine DesAutels. Consistent with her wishes there will be no visitation. A private funeral and burial will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MassGeneral Cancer Center at https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/donate/

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Funeral Service And Cremations Lowell MA

Keeping Families Safe and Informed

Over the last few months, many of our friends and neighbors in and around Chelmsford have reached out asking how Dolan Funeral Home is ensuring the health and well-being of everyone who walks through our doors. They wonder how our services have changed. They’re curious about our cleaning protocols. They want to know what to expect when meeting with our staff to plan or attend a funeral or burial.

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Richard Peter Versoi of Stow, MA

image 300x300live streaming picture 300x300Mr. Richard P. Versoi, 92, of Stow, MA, formerly of Bedford, MA passed-away peacefully on September 7, 2020 at Nashoba Valley Care Center.

He was married to the late Mrs. Chellis L. Versoi.

Born in Seattle, WA on July 11, 1928 the son of the late Arthur Versoi and Della (Staples) Versoi.

He was a graduate of Seattle High School with the class of 1946.

He served with the US Army during the Korean War having obtained the rank of Master Sargent, discharged with honors in 1952.

He retired from Bull HN of Billerica, MA in 1990 as the Chief Financial Officer. He previously worked at Honeywell and General Electric.

He enjoyed downhill skiing, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons Peter and Karen Versoi of Gilbert, SC, Stephen and Barbara Versoi of Frederick, CO and Thomas Versoi of Stow, MA, and his daughter-in-law Celeste Versoi of Stow, MA, grandchildren Daniel Versoi, Kenneth Versoi, Eric Versoi, KathleenTallon, Samuel Versoi, James Versoi and 4 great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com, memorial service will be at noon on Friday September 11, 2020.

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Joan M. Roy Active Parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Parish

6952 Roy Picture 272x300Joan M. Roy of Westford passed away on September 2, 2020.  She was predeceased by her husband, Robert P. Roy, Sr. who died April 6, 1991, and the daughter of the late John J. and Marion L. (Smith) McLaughlin of Woburn.

She was educated in the Woburn public schools and UMass Amherst where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with the Class of 1950. She completed a Dietetic Internship at Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge.

She worked as a Registered Dietitian at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Bedford, the VA Outpatient Clinic in Lowell, the Tewksbury Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Rivercrest-Deaconess Long Term Care facility in Concord, and Nashoba Nursing Service in Harvard.

For over 50 years she was a volunteer at her parish, St. John the Evangelist in North Chelmsford, where she served on the Altar Guild, the Parish Council, and the Hospitality Committee.

After retiring from dietetics she volunteered at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, and in her condo community, the Village at Stone Ridge, Westford. Additionally, she was employed part-time in the Building Department at Town Hall, Westford.  She always enjoyed working, but particularly loved the camaraderie of the workplace.

Her interests, in addition to family and friends, included bridge, books, traveling, the musical theatre, and Road Scholar/Elderhostel – participating in many such programs.

Joan was an enthusiastic and great cook.  She frequently participated in cooking competitions, winning several prizes.  Her friends and family loved her dinners.

Joan’s greatest gift, and the essence of her character, was to make everyone she met feel important.  She took interest in everyone, always expressing her excitement for their accomplishments.  Joan was always giving her time and energy to make our lives better.  She was many things to many people – Joan, Mom, Nana – and above all else, a friend to all.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses; Robert P. Jr. and Denise (Perkins) Roy of Georgetown, Capt. Joseph  J.(ret. Westford PD) and Mary (Byrne) Roy,  of Westford,  James E. and Geraldine (LeBlanc) Roy of Stonington, CT,  Michele (Roy) and Richard Curtis of Westford, and Mary-Ann (Roy) and Jeff McCue of Kingston, MA. She also leaves a sister-in -law, Rita and her husband “Doc” Michaels of Nashua, NH.

She leaves twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, among them, Susan and Robert Nelson of Hampton, NH,  and artist Richard Marion of Lowell.

She was pre-deceased by her siblings, Dr. Laurence S. McLaughlin, Marion L. McLaughlin, and M. Pauline McLaughlin, all of Woburn.

Her visitation was private on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford, MA.  Burial was in St. Joseph  Cemetery, Chelmsford.   Memorials may be made in her name to St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford, MA 01863.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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Justin Andrew Parsons

Justin Picture 2 300x248Justin Andrew Parsons, 29, of Chelmsford, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Born in Concord, MA, he was the son of Donald R. Parsons of Westford and Theresa V. Thoms of Chelmsford.

Justin was educated in the Westford school system and graduated from Nashoba Tech with the class of 2009. He was currently working at Foster Plumbing and Heating of Chelmsford and was previously employed at Guillemette Plumbing in Chelmsford.

While not at work, he enjoyed going fishing, drawing and singing karaoke.

Besides his parents, Mr. Parsons is survived by his step father, Omer Guillemette of Chelmsford, step mother, Beth Parsons of Westford, paternal grandparents, Robert and Charlotte Parsons of Westford, MA, brother, Eric Parsons of Pepperell, Ma as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., N. CHELMSFORD, MA 01863.  Online guestbook is available at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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Hripsime Donabedian a longtime resident of Lowell, MA

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Hripsime Donabedian,  94, a longtime resident of Lowell, MA died Saturday August 1, 2020, at High Point Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.

She was married to the late Vartkes Donabedian.

Born in Aleppo, Syria she was the daughter of the late Megerditch and Antaram Donikian.

Hripsime came to the USA in August of 1983, and became a US citizen.

She was a member of the St. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Chelmsford.

Mrs. Donabedian enjoyed cooking, working around the house, reading the bible and Armenian newspapers, and watching TV. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Shahe Donabedian and his wife Momo of Spain, her daughter Arpy Vartanian and late husband Hrair of Chelmsford MA, her sons Hovig Donabedian and his wife Sosie of Westboro, MA, and Zohrab Donabedian and his wife Nazig of Westford; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Sarkis and Hovannes Donikian, and Janet Asseyan.

Funeral Notice

Funeral Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:30 am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Service at 10:30 am at St. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Chelmsford.  Burial in Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell. Flower arrangements from Classic Flowers in Chelmsford, MA, 978-453-7944 or in lieu of flowers donations to the St. Vartanantz Armenian Church. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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Joseph J. Mirakian of Chelmsford

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JOSEPH J. MIRAKIAN – of Chelmsford, entered into rest on July 31, at ninety-seven years of age. Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Elizabeth C. (Jigerjian) Mirakian who passed away on August 30, 2003. Devoted father of James, his wife Sandra, and Harold who passed away on March 15, 2013. Loving Grandfather to Sara Mirakian and Michael Mirakian both of Nashua, NH.

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Kelly Ann Adams of Dracut

Adams Picture 300x300Kelly Ann Adams, 53, of Dracut, and formerly of Bedford, MA, passed away on Friday June 5, 2020.

Born in Lowell, MA she was the daughter Reine (Chamberlain) O’Malley of Westford and the late Francis O’Malley.  She was graduate of Westford Academy with the class of 1984.

Kelly worked at Doherty Garage of Lincoln, MA as a bus driver. Previously drove for Bedford Charter.

She enjoyed gardening, going to the beach and she loved her pets.

Besides her mother, Kelly is survived by her daughter Stephanie Adams of Lowell; two sons, Christopher and his wife Justine Braley of Rindge, NH, and Stephen Adams of Nashua, NH; brother, Michael and his wife Melanie O’Malley of Dracut; sister in law, Cheryl Adams of Chelmsford; sister, Tammy O’Malley of Westford; two grandchildren, Morgan and Jenna Braley; and a niece, Shelby O’Malley.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her visitation on Tuesday, June 9th from 3 to 7PM.  Funeral will be  Wednesday at 10am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., N.CHELMSFORD, MA 01863 followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, N. Chelmsford.  The Mass will be live streamed from chelmsfordcatholic.org; whereas only 40 family members are allowed into church due to Covid-19 restrictions.   Graveside services will be Monday June, 15th at Noon at Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.  Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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Jean Theresa (Fowler) Conroy of Dracut

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live streaming picture 300x300Jean Theresa (Fowler) Conroy, 72, of Dracut passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John T. “Jock” Conroy III.

She was born in Lowell, MA, the daughter of the late John S. and Carolyn (Allen) Fowler.

Jean was educated at Keith Hall in Lowell, graduating with the Class of 1966.  She earned her Associate’s Degree in Business from Fisher Jr. College in Cambridge, and also attended the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

For over 25 years, she was a computer programmer with the Massachusetts State Police at the Concord Barracks, from where she retired.

Jean treasured her family and was a beloved fixture at family gatherings.  The room would light up when she and Jock arrived.

Jean loved to travel, including an African Safari with her sister and brother-in-law in 2017.  She enjoyed excursions to her “happy place” – the casino – with her beloved mother-in-law, Mary “Mimi” Conroy, and Sarah Conroy.  She also loved animals and volunteered at the MSPCA Nevins Farm.

She is survived by her son John T. Conroy IV of Dracut, MA, a daughter Shannon J. Conroy of Westford, MA, a grandson Timothy J. Conroy of Dracut, MA, her mother-in-law Mary “Mimi” Conroy, her brother, Allen Fowler and his wife Joyce of Londonderry, NH, two sisters Nancy DiMeo and her husband Robert of Dunstable, and Carolyn Barney and her husband Chuck (deceased) of Groton, MA, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her visitation will be live streamed on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3-5pm at www.dolanfuneralhome.com. Drive-thru visitation will be offered for those who would like to pay their respects from a distance from 5-7pm at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, CHELMSFORD, MA. Arrangements are by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041.  Online guestbook is available at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

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Barbara Ann Hodge of Lowell, MA

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Barbara Ann Hodge, 80, of Lowell, MA died Monday morning, April 27, 2020 at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell, MA after a long illness.

She was married to William R. Hodge with whom she celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on September 10, 2019.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late John Dowling and Mabel Rourke. She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1957.

She retired from the Lowell Public Schools in 2002 as secretary to the assistant superintendent.

Barbara was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church in Lowell, MA.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed traveling.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her Son and his wife, William and Maura Hodge of Merrimack, NH, her daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Bernard Poncelet of Exeter, NH, Lorrie and Dennis Coupal of Derry, NH, Kerrie and Michael McGaffigan of Chester, NH, her brothers and their wives John and Joan Dowling of Lowell, MA, Brendan and Sally Dowling of Tyngsboro, MA, her sister-in-law, Frances Dowling of Hudson, NH and her 10 grandchildren, Kristen, Ryan, Justin, Kelly, Jenna, Haylee, Kylie, Molly, Seamus, and Michael.

She was the sister of the late James and Brian Dowling.

Virtual committal prayers on Wed. at 12Noon at DOLANFUNERALHOME.COM.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury, MA.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita’s Church in Lowell when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.  Memorials may be made in her name to the Jimmy Fund Clinic, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Flr., Brookline, MA 02445  www.jimmyfund.org.  Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

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