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Lynne Anne Daigle, Lowell National Historical Park

Crop 270x300Lynne Anne Daigle, 72, of Dracut, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, May 21, at her home after an extensive illness.  She was married to Arthur J. Daigle with whom she celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on the 18th of May.  Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Willie G. and Anna (Rodrigues) Barrio    She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1965 and earned her Associates Degree from Lowell Commercial College.

She retired in December of 2013 from the Lowell National Historical Park after 25 years of dedicated service. Among her many duties in Administration she was the park’s Property Officer.  One of her many joys was acting as the Ethnic Food Coordinator for the Lowell Folk Festival.  For many years, she was an active volunteer for with Troop 80 of Dracut and the Greater Lowell Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Lynne took great pleasure mentoring many young men as an active Commissioner, Committee Woman and Merit Badge Counselor.  She also worked as a weekend warrior at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca in Northwood, NH for many years and was trained as the Rifle Range Director for a time in 1986.  In recognition of giving back to her community, Lynne was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, a council-level Distinguished Service Award of the BSA.  In her free time Lynne was an avid reader and extensive traveler, visiting National Parks all over the country.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son William J. Daigle of Hudson, NH and grandchildren Kassandra and Tyler Daigle both of Hudson, NH.  She is also survived by her twin sister, Gail P. Barrio of Dracut, sister-in-law, Donna and her husband Cleve Parkhurst of Naples, FL, two nieces and a nephew.  She is also the aunt the late Gregory W. Saunders who passed away in 1991.  In addition, she leaves behind longtime close family friend Alan Mousseau of Pelham, NH and loving, compassionate cousin and caregiver Carol A. Plante of Lowell.  The family would like to thank Merrimack Valley Hospice for their wonderful care and concern.



Lynne Anne Daigle, of Dracut, MA, died Tuesday, May 21. Calling Hours, Saturday, May 25 from. 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. A Funeral service will be celebrated at 11:00AM at the Funeral Home following the calling hours. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

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Rondeau Cropped 274x300Mr. Ernest J. Rondeau, age 102, a resident of Lowell and Dracut, MA died peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell, MA with his loving family by his side.

He was the husband of the late Gloria M. (Belanger) Rondeau, to whom he was married for over 72 years prior to her death in 2015. Ernest was born in Lowell, MA on March 28, 1917, the son of the late Charles and Anna (Lafortune) Rondeau. He was educated in the Lowell School System.

Prior to his retirement, Ernest was employed for 28 years with the Edith N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital, Bedford, MA in the Engineering Department as a painter and licensed rigger.

He proudly served in the United States Navy for six years, part of which was during World War II, attaining the rank of Signalman Petty Officer First Class.  Ernest was awarded numerous Medals as well as a commendation for his heroic efforts, among which included a purple heart. He served on the USS Wasp CV-7, USS Gherradi DD-637 and USS Campbell DE-70. Ernest is a survivor of the USS Gannet AVP-8 which was torpedoed and sunk in action with the enemy at sea, on June 7, 1942. He spent about seventeen hours drifting on the Atlantic Ocean in a life-raft with 23 sailors until being rescued by the USS Hamilton DMS-18.  The city of Lowell designated the intersection of West Meadow and Monarch Roads Lowell, as the Ernest J. Rondeau Square in honor of his service to the United States Navy.

Ernest was a communicant of St. Rita church and the former St. Jeanne D’Arc church of Lowell.  He was a life member of the DAV Edith R Rogers Chapter 25, the VFW Walker Rogers Post 662 and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 360.

He enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife Gloria throughout New England and Eastern Canada.  Ernest was happiest helping his children working around their houses doing various repair work.  A family gathering was a time to enjoy playing board games or cards.  He was an easy going person and well liked.  The family is grateful for the kindness and helpfulness provided by the staffs of Chelmsford Crossing, Chelmsford, MA and D’Youville Senior Care, Lowell, MA to Ernie.  He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and friends.

Ernest is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald E and JoAnne T (Landry) Rondeau of Shrewsbury, MA and Normand R and Mary F (Paquin) Rondeau of Dracut, MA and a daughter Elaine Y Dolan of Methuen, MA.  He also leaves seven grandchildren, Kristine LeMay and her husband Mark of Tyngsborough, MA, Jennifer Gedrich and her husband Christopher of Dracut, MA, Dawn Marie Horan and her husband Peter of Auburn, MA, Mark Rondeau and his wife Lisa of Dunbarton, NH, Tammy Hebert and her husband Seth of Lunenburg, MA, Michael Dolan and his wife Amanda of Hooksett, NH, and Andrew Rondeau and his wife Dr. Jevon Plunkett-Rondeau of Sandwich MA.  In Addition, Ernest is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Arthur Papilon, Richard and Monique Harrison, Yvette Grady, Doris Grady and Eleanor Belanger; 23 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Frank J Dolan, three sisters; Sister Alice Rondeau S.C.O., Victoria Pelletier, Marie Olive Lambert and two brothers, Victor and Emile Rondeau.

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RONDEAU – Ernest J. Rondeau, 102, of Lowell and Dracut died May 18, 2019.  Visiting hours Wed. May 22, 2019 from 4 to 7pm.  Funeral Thurs. May 23, 2019 at 11:30am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 12:30pm at St. Rita Church, Lowell.  Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery E. Chelmsford.  Memorials may be made in his memory to Siena College Friary, Attn: Brother Brian Belanger O.F.M., 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guesbook at

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Providing for Your Pet After Death

Pets are an integral part of most of our lives. In fact, the American Pet Products Association estimates that 68 percent of American households have a pet. That’s a lot of us. However, that being said, many of those pets are left without owners to care for them when they die. They can end up in shelters and hopefully adopted by good families. However, to ensure your pet is cared for when you die, it’s important to have a plan in place just like you would if you had young children.

Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford is a family-run, full-service funeral home that offers cremation services as well as burial services. Our mission is to help you through all aspects of your loved one’s passing, from embalming to burial, as well as aftercare services to help you sort through everything. In this blog post, we’ll offer up tips on how to provide for your pet after your death. Contact us today!

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Creative Funeral Service Ideas

Life is a celebration.

When a loved one dies, it can be very hard to cope, especially if it was sudden. Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford has been helping those coping with the death of a loved one since 1974. In our experience, we’ve found that it helps to remember the wonderful life your loved one lived and the memories you still have of him or her. We offer a wide variety of funeral products to help you do just that. We offer memorial jewelry that you can have engraved with your loved one’s initials or a special date. Doves are a popular remembrance item, as are prayer cards. To help you remember the wonderful like of your loved one, we’ve compiled some creative funeral service ideas. Contact us today for all your funeral planning needs, including pre-arrangement services!

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Janice I. LaCombe of Lowell

Janice Irene LaCombe, 71, of Lowell, MA died Wednesday night, April 24, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.

She was married to the late George LaCombe, who died in June 2007.

Born in Chelmsford, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Una (Bechard) Beaulieu.  She graduated from Chelmsford High School with the Class of 1965.

She previously worked as a manager at the House of Hope and Lowell Cab Co. both of Lowell, MA.  She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Janice is survived by her children, Kerryann Boure and her husband, Chris of Dracut, MA, Jason LaCombe and his fiancé, Michelle Gardner of Merrimack, NH, and Stephen Lacombe and his wife, Kristy of Methuen, MA; a brother, Gary Beaulieu and his wife, Lee of Tyngsboro, Ma; five grandchildren, Samantha, Cassidy, and Sophia Lacombe, and Nicholas and Gabrielle Boure as well as several nieces and nephews

She was the sister of the late Elaine Kelley.

At Janice’s request, funeral services are private.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at


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Jeannette S. Sheehan of Little River, SC

Sheehan Pic 300x300 Jeannette Simone Sheehan, 75, of Little River, SC, formerly of Lowell, MA died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at her home.

She was married to the late Thomas G. Sheehan, who died on December 24, 2015.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Roger O. and Bertha M. (Courtois) Parent.

She graduated from St. Louis Academy in Lowell with the class of 1962, and earned an Associate’s Degree at Middlesex Community College.

She retired from Enterprise Bank and Trust as a Vice President of Human Resources.

She was a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lowell.

She was a member of Long Meadow Golf Club of Lowell and enjoyed quilting, playing cards, and going to the beach.

She is survived by her two sons, Brian Muldoon and his wife, Julie of Ayer, MA, Thomas Muldoon and his wife, Tami of Little River, SC., stepdaughter, Bonnie Rose and her husband, Steven of Lowell, MA., and a stepson, Thomas Sheehan Jr and his wife, Kristine of Raleigh, NC, nine brothers, Roger and his wife Jean Parent, Donald Parent, Guy Parent and his wife Nancy, Gerald and his wife Gail Parent, Kenneth and his wife Pamela Parent, David Parent, William Parent, Thomas and his wife Judith Parent and Richard Parent, three sisters, Cecile McCue, Eileen Forbush and husband Chet, and Mary Ann Stiles and husband Kim, five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Muldoon. Patrick Muldoon, Shannyn Muldoon, Shane Muldoon, and Deven Muldoon, six step grandchildren, Zachary Grenier, Ashly Grenier, Kaitlyn Sosnowski, John Thomas Sheehan, Jaid Hall and Shayla Hall as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Kristine Muldoon of Lowell, the sister to the late Richard Parent who died in service in 1962 and Edward Parent who passed in 2017, and the sister in law of the late George McCue and Mary Parent.

Visiting hours Thursday, April 25th from 3 to 7 P.M.  Funeral Friday at 8AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford.  Memorials may be made in her memory to either Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, 406 West 34th St., Suite 920, Kansas City, MO 64111 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


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Laurence B Pratt of Chelmsford

Pratt Pic 300x300Laurence Bernard Pratt, 83, of Chelmsford, MA died Saturday evening, April 20, 2019 at Westford House Nursing Home in Westford, MA after a long illness surrounded by his loving family.

He was married to the late Gladys Ann (Silva) Pratt, who died on March 17, 2003.

Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late Frederick and Mary (Langhan) Pratt.   He graduated from St. Mary’s High School with the class of 1953, continued his education at Boston College and graduated in 1957.  He later earned a Master’s Degree at Northeastern University.

He retired from the defense industry as an engineer at Raytheon, and was also employed with RCA, Sylvania, and the IRS at Cross Point in Lowell.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford, MA.

Larry enjoyed spending time at the beach with family and friends, and watching the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, day trips to various New England spots, reading, crossword puzzles, and puttering around the yard.  Larry looked forward to his luncheons with his high school friends, “The St. Mary’s Boys”.    He adored his grandchildren, and loved attending their various activities and celebrating their achievements.

He is survived by his two sons, Laurence and his wife, Sonja Pratt of Nashua, and Thomas Pratt of Dunstable; two daughters, Sharon and her husband, Randy Chapman of Swampscott, and Pamela and her husband, Brian Gill of Stoneham; a brother, Richard and his wife, Charlotte Pratt of Waltham, MA; five grandchildren, Alexander Pratt, Jared and Benjamin Chapman, Riley and Gracie Gill and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert and Daniel Pratt, Carol Czyrklis, Barbara Vecchione and Betty MacDonald.



PRATT, Laurence B. Pratt of Chelmsford, MA died April 20, 2019. Visiting hours Wed. April 24th from 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thurs. at 10am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11am at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorials may be made in his name to the Westford House Patient Activity Fund, 3 Park Dr., Westford, MA 01886. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040. Guestbook at

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A Guide to Funeral Home Flowers

Flowers are one of nature’s greatest and most beautiful creations. They brighten our day even when we’re in a somber mood. Hence, flowers are given on all different sorts of occasions, one of them being when someone has died in a family. Funeral home flowers express our sympathy and condolences in a time of grief. Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford is a full-service, family-owned funeral home that offers cremation and burial services. In this blog post, we’ll review a bit about giving flowers when a loved one or friend dies. Contact us today!

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Paul W. Murphy of Chelmsford

6555 Murphy 1 300x300Mr. Paul W. Murphy, 85, of Chelmsford, MA died Saturday evening, April 13, 2019 at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, MA surrounded by his loving family.

He was married to Beverly M. (Ambrose) Murphy with whom he would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2019.

Born on February 17, 1934, Paul was the son of the late Walter and Ann (McHugh) Murphy.  He was a graduate of Winchester High School with the Class of 1952.  Paul graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor in Science in Public Relations with the Class of 1956.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

From 1959 to 1994, Paul taught 9th grade science in the Chelmsford Public Schools.  Paul also worked part-time at W.R. Grace in the purchasing department.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church of Chelmsford, MA.

Paul was a founding member of the 4th of July Road Race in Chelmsford.  He served on the Chelmsford Recreation Commission for years, and was recognized for his longtime service to the community having the Mill Rd. Soccer fields named after him, Murphy Field.  He was past president of the Senior League at the Groton Country Club.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, reading, and playing golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah and her husband, Michael Ruggiero of Westford, MA; two sons, Paul Murphy and his partner, Ben Hescott of Arlington, MA, and Peter Murphy and his wife, Elaine Yutan of Mill Valley, CA; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Zadalis, Emily Ruggiero, and Samantha and Matthew Murphy; and two great grandchildren, Mae and Liam Zadalis.

He was the brother of the late Walter, Francis, and Donald Murphy.



MURPHY, Paul W. Murphy, 85, of Chelmsford, MA died April 13, 2019. Visiting hours Tues. 4 to 7 P.M. Funeral Wed. at 10am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11am at St. Mary Church, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford, MA. A private burial will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Westford. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040.

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How To Prepare Your Loved One for Funeral Visitation

When a loved one dies, you often feel overwhelmed, especially if it’s unexpected. Yet in the midst of your emotions and grief, you still have to plan a funeral or a memorial service. There is so much to do, from choosing a casket to picking out a cemetery plot. Yet, one of the most important things you need to do is take care of your loved one’s body. You have many options, from cremation to embalming. Dolan Funeral Home, the best funeral home in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and serving the greater Lowell and Southern New Hampshire area, reviews your options for preparing your loved one’s body for visitation and burial. Contact us today!

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A Look at the Embalming Process for Funeral Homes

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Embalming is essential to the burial process after someone passes. It not only preserves the body, but also helps to prevent the spread of bacteria that can harm us. It makes the body presentable for public display during funeral visitations, which helps loved ones in the grieving process. Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford is a family-run funeral home that serves the greater Lowell and Southern New Hampshire areas, including Chelmsford, North Chelmsford, Tyngsboro, Westford, Dunstable, Dracut, Lowell, MA, and Hudson, NH, with funeral, burial, and cremation needs. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at embalming and why it’s essential in the funeral arrangement process. Contact us today!


  1. First and foremost, embalming preserves dead bodies longer. Immediately upon death, all living organisms (including plants and animals) begin to decompose. This is a good thing so our planet is not littered with dead things everywhere we turn. Plus, this is how the earth renews itself, as decomposing organisms provide fodder for the earth and helps living organisms to go on living. A human body’s cells break down and the bacteria in a human body begins to expand, releasing gases that cause the distinctive smell of death. This pressure from the gases in the body eventually builds to the point it needs to be released. This occurs through orifices in the body. Eventually all the soft tissues in the body waste away, leaving only bones, hair, and cartilage behind.
  2. Embalming preserves against health hazards. There is a general misconception that you can catch a disease from a dead body. In general, this is not the case. Only if the person has died from an infectious disease, such as Ebola, cholera, or the plague, is this true. This is why when there is a cholera outbreak or a plague outbreak, the bodies must be buried right away. However, dead bodies can infect our water supply, due to the bacteria that forms during decomposition, but most of the time does not cause any major illness.
  3. Embalmed is done for presentation of the body, mainly for funeral visitations, or for long-term display such as with Lenin and Stalin’s bodies in Russia.


In ancient times, embalming was rudimentary at best. The internal organs were removed and the blood drained. The system wasn’t perfect, but it worked, as demonstrated by the great condition of Egyptian mummies. Many early cultures had embalming or preservation techniques in place for preserving the bodies of important figures, such as leaders. Chinese rulers have been found with embalming done and in remarkable condition, but the methods were lost. Ancient cultures preserved loved ones by taking them to the mountains where the cold air preserved the bodies.

Eventually, embalming became less popular, and bodies were buried as soon as possible. In the 1800s, Europeans began embalming practices again to preserve bodies for medical study. The United States began embalming in force during the Civil War, so the bodies of dead soldiers could be transported home for burial services.

Modern embalming methods commence with a washing of the body, where the body is usually massaged to remove rigor mortis. Rigor mortis occurs within hours of the time of death and is where every muscle in the body contracts and remains contracted for a period of time. This condition is temporary and occurs in all humans. Embalming then involves four steps:

  1. The replacement of body fluids (the blood) with a preservative solution that can be based on formaldehyde or not. The most common embalming method is arterial embalming where these special fluids are injected via the carotid artery in the heart. A special machine is used to remove the blood.
  2. Cavity embalming involves the removal of internal fluids inside the body cavity. A small incision is made just above the navel. The fluids are removed and replaced with another preservative that is usually formaldehyde based.
  3. Hypodermic embalming may be performed on individuals where arterial fluid had not reached during the first stage of embalming. This is directly injecting embalming fluid into the skin and tissue.
  4. Surface embalming is mainly employed during death from accidents or when severe decomposition has already taken place. Again, preservatives are injected directly into these superficial areas to help with appearance of the body.

The entire time it takes to embalm a body varies, but in general is between two and four hours. In the case of autopsy or trauma to the body, this time can be stretched significantly.

Setting the features is unique to mortuary work, where the eyes and mouth are posed, hopefully to resemble the person with the help of a recent photograph. Embalmers are licensed by their states to ensure proper training has been attained in the care and preservation of human remains.

It’s important to understand that embalming does not stop the decomposition process; it merely delays it, so family has time to mourn. Death is a natural process that human intervention cannot stop.


The simple answer is no. In fact, due to the blatant misrepresentation of this by funeral directors, a federal law was passed, stating that funeral homes cannot say it’s the law to embalm loved ones. In fact, funeral directors must say the exact opposite: that embalming is not required. Some states have different laws; however, in general, embalming is not required in the case of immediate burial, direct cremation, and a closed casket funeral if the body had been refrigerated.


Christianity allows embalming. Jews, however, do not embalm or cremate their loved ones as burial is supposed to be done within 24 hours of death. Muslims do not practice embalming either and encourage burial as soon as possible.

Most funeral homes, including Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford, honor the family’s wishes. We offer both cremation and embalming services, as well as visitation for those who choose not to embalm or cremate. We offer caskets and urns in many styles for you to choose from. In our aftercare services, we offer help with the legal aspects of death as well as the actual burial itself. We have antique hearses and modern hearses since we are required by Massachusetts law to use a hearse to transport the body of your loved one both to the funeral home and from the funeral home. We have limousines available as well.

Dolan Funeral Home takes the best care of your loved one after death and of you during the grieving process. We understand the emotions of death of those left behind; that’s why our mission is to make your funeral planning process as easy as possible, so you can focus on your family. We’re there for you. Contact us today!

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Paperwork in the Funeral Process

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Dealing with the death of a loved one is emotionally trying, usually devastating, and an extremely sorrowful time in your life. In the immediate afterwards, you’re busy with funeral arrangements, such as arranging funeral visitation, burial service, picking out caskets, planning a caterer for the celebration of life ceremony, and the actual day of burial. You’re also still in the first stages of grief and dealing with denial and anger. However, soon the details of your loved one’s death takes root: obtaining a death certificate, contacting all of your banks and financial institutions, including debt obligations your loved one had, and trying to negotiate the legalities of death. It can be overwhelming.

Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford can help. We offer aftercare support services to help you with the legalities and paperwork when your loved one dies. Below, we’ll examine some of the immediate affairs of death you’ll have to process once your loved one has been buried. Contact us today for the best funeral home services in the greater Lowell area!


  • A legal pronouncement of death. Unfortunately, in today’s society known for scams, you’ll need to prove that your loved one is dead. This usually entails obtaining a death certificate signed by a medical professional that will state the date, time, location, and manner of death. This legal death certificate issued by the government is necessary for accessing pension benefits, claiming life insurance, settling estates, and getting remarried. This is usually issued straight away after the death of the loved one because a death certificate is needed in order for the remains to be either buried or cremated. Most crematories and cemeteries require a legal death certificate in order to render services.
  • Begin the probate process. Probate is the legal process all estates must pass through (with a last will and testament or without) when a loved one passes, unless your loved one had a revocable living trust. Hopefully, your loved one left behind a will, stating his or her desires on what to be done with property left behind. Depending on the size of the estate and how likely the will may be contested, you may need to contact a probate lawyer in order to help manage the process.
  • Notify Social Security. Most funeral homes do contact the Social Security Administration on your behalf; however, if not, you’ll have to contact them to apply for survivor benefits. The Social Security Administration requires a variety of documents, depending on how your loved was related to you, including birth certificate, death certificate, and marriage certificate. Visit their website for the specifics in your case.
    Visit and/or send paperwork to all banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, mortgage broker accounts, credit card companies, and any other form of debt or asset allocation your loved one may have had. You will be required to provide a copy of your loved one’s death certificate, but this will allow you to change the ownership on all of the accounts to yourself.
  • Contact your accountant. You will have to file a tax return (both federal and state) for both your loved one and the estate. This can be complicated so it’s best to have a professional do this on your behalf. Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford maintains a list of professional accountants and estate lawyers we recommend.
  • Notify/cancel insurance policies. You’ll have to notify the life insurance company of your loved one’s passing so you can receive the benefits. In addition, you’ll have to cancel car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and health insurance, so you’re not paying premiums when your loved one is dead. Do note that if your loved one was on Medicare, the Social Security office will inform them of the death, but if your loved one had Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), a Medicare Advantage plan and/or a Medigap policy, you will need to call each one individually to cancel coverage.
  • Contact your loved one’s employer. If your loved one was working, chances are he or she had a small life insurance policy that the company sponsored that will need to be paid out. Again, you’ll need a copy of the death certificate to get this process rolling.
  • Check all the bills. Any bills that was in your loved one’s name, such as utility bills, trash bills, internet, cable, or even a prescription music service, will need to be either cancelled or put into your name if you are continuing the service.
  • Close credit card accounts. This is a very important step to prevent fraud. Since your loved one is no longer around to monitor his or her credit card activity, closing all accounts and settling all monies owed is the best way to prevent any identity theft and unauthorized use of your loved one’s credit cards. A death certificate will usually be required to close each account, which you’ll have to contact individually and find out about their process for deceased persons.
  • Notify the three major credit reporting agencies. Transunion, Equifax, and Experian will all need to be notified of your loved one’s passing. This will not only prevent identity theft of your loved one’s credit but will also help clean up your credit since his or her name will be removed from any joint accounts you may have held.
  • Cancel your loved one’s driver’s license. Those looking to steal other’s identities troll obituaries as those who have passed are great candidates for identity theft since the deceased is not monitoring his or her credit (these criminals look at obituaries in their areas for victims). You’ll need a copy of your loved one’s birth certificate to take to the DMV. Cancelling your loved one’s voter registration is also a good idea to prevent voter fraud (someone voting on behalf of your deceased loved one).
  • Notify your loved one’s social media. If your loved one was active on social media or had a blog, notify them of your loss. Oftentimes, social media becomes a great way to memorialize your loved one as condolences pour in from followers and those who cared about your loved one from afar.
  • Close online accounts. Email is another target of online predators who can use a loved one’s email account to perpetrate fraud activities, such as soliciting for funds from acquaintances. Any other accounts your loved one might have used, such as online music streaming accounts, ongoing services such as massage therapy, or monthly donations to nonprofits or churches, should be stopped as well.
  • Tie up loose ends. For months, things will crop up that you’ll have to deal with, such as unexpected accounts you didn’t know your loved one had. When these occur, just deal with them as they arise without undue stress on your part.

Death, as much as a part of life it is, is never easy to deal with nor anticipate. The antithesis of birth, death is characterized by sorrow and grief, which, while normal, is still not pleasant to go through.


As you can see, there is a lot to be done once your loved one passes — many things that you would just not think of to do. Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford understands the hardships of death. We serve hundreds of families in the greater Boston area, including communities such as Lowell, southern New Hampshire, Chelmsford, N. Chelmsford, Tyngsboro, Westford, Dunstable, Tewksbury, and Dracut with funeral, burial, and cremation needs every year. We understand the grieving process and that everyone walks through grief a bit differently.

A family-owned business since 1974, we saw the need for an aftercare program, which we’ve developed, to help families navigate the seemingly endless amount of paperwork and activities associated with the death of a loved one. For the first year after the death of your loved one, we’re available to offer guidance and point you in the right direction when it comes to all your paperwork needs. We work with very reputable lawyers, counselors, and other services to ensure you get the help you need during this very difficult transition time in your life.

Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford is a full-service funeral home that offers care for your deceased loved one from the moment he or she is released by the medical examiner until the burial service. We offer pre-arrangement funeral planning services as well, which is utilized while your loved one is still alive. This eases the grieving process as the major decisions about burial service is already made. We are proud to partner with local businesses to offer catering for your funeral reception, which provides funeral food and a chance to remember your loved one comfortably.

Furthermore, having been in business for over forty-five years, the staff at Dolan Funeral Home is a resource for you, whether you just need advice on which casket or urn to choose or just need an ear to listen to your remembrances. Dolan Funeral Home not only meticulously cares for your loved one, but we also care for those left behind. We are grateful and humbled that you have chosen us for this very important task. Visit us today!

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Julia E. Copley of Lowell

Copley Pic 1 300x300Julia Elizabeth Copley, 88, of Lowell, died Monday morning, April 8, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care, Lowell. Julia was the wife of the late John J. Copley who died June 20, 2003. Born in Portsmouth, NH she was the daughter of the late Charles and  Julia Hanson. Julia was a graduate of Portsmouth High School with the  Class of 1948. She retired from Lowell Public Schools in 2002; where she worked in the Food Service Department at Lowell High School. She loved going out to lunch every Wednesday with the “Lunch Ladies”.  She enjoyed knitting, baking, taking trips to the casino, and spending  time with her family Julia is survived by her three sons, Robert and his wife Bertelle  Copley of Williamsburg, VA, Paul and his wife Barbara Copley of  Lowell, and Charles and his wife Patricia Copley of Billerica; two  daughters, Karen and her husband Russell Garrison of Dracut, and  Cheryl Copley of Lowell; a sister, Annamae Eldridge of Florida; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was the predeceased by her siblings the late Charles and James Hanson, the late Mary Richardson, the late Elizabeth Calham, the late  Barbara Crossley, and her grandson, the late Douglas Copley. The family would like to thank the staff of D’Youville Senior Care for  their professional care, love and support to Julia and their family.

Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thurs. at 10:30 A.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. Burial in Lowell  Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040.

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Bunthan Kao of Lowell, MA

web PIC 2web PIC 4 300x300Bunthan Kao, Age 69, a loving husband, father and grandfather, of  Lowell, MA died Sunday April 7, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. He was married to Chhorn Chev. Born in Kandal, Cambodia on April 2, 1950 the son of the late Suon  Phin and Heng Am. He was educated in France before coming to the USA in 1981. He graduated from Middlesex Community College with an Associate Degree in  Electronic Technology. Bunthan became a US Citizen in 2002. He retired from Cabot of Haverhill in 2008, previously he worked at  Teradyne Connection Systems of Nashua, NH. He enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his granddaughter. He was a member of the Glory Buddhist Temlpe in Lowell. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Lescane Kao and his wife  Sambath Phan of Lowell, his daughter Samantha Kao of Lowell, his  granddaughter Savannah Chhea of Lowell, he is also survived by many  siblings and nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours Thursday at 2pm at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106  MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. Transfer body to Glory Buddhist Temple at 3pm. Funeral Friday at 8:30AM at Glory Buddhist Temple 24 Cambridge  St. Lowell, MA 01851. Cremation at Merrimack Cremation Service will follow. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040.

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Raymond G. Lambert of Tyngsboro, MA

Photo 1 300x300Raymond Gerard Lambert, 87, of Tyngsboro died Friday, March 29, 2019 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to the late Ann Helen Lambert who died in 2012.

Born in Lowell, MA on October 9, 1931 the son of the late Thomas and Hattie Lambert. He attended Westford Public Schools.

Raymond retired from Raytheon of S. Lowell and Tewksbury in 1994. Previously worked at Guilmette’s Quarry and Fletcher Quarry both of Westford.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church of Chelmsford.

He was a member of Past Time Club of Lowell.  He enjoyed bowling, ballroom dancing, singing, walking, and swimming in the ocean. He also enjoyed making beautiful birdhouses, one of a kind. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Raymond is survived by his son Paul Lambert of New Mexico; three daughters, Gail and her husband, Gary Hartwell of Litchfield, NH, Sandra Lotti of Chelmsford and Diane and her husband, Ronald Reagan of Acton; two sisters, Theresa Valcourt and Rita Borges both of Nashua, NH; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Gary Lambert; father-in-law of the late Mark Lotti and brother of the late Albert, Arthur, Armand, William and Leo Lambert, the late Cecile St. Onge and the late Claire Mainville.

There are no visiting hours. A Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford. Burial in the Memorial Cemetery, Tyngsboro. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

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How to Start Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral might be something you’ve anticipated for months, or it might be something that happened unexpectedly. Regardless of the circumstances, making funeral arrangements can be a very trying time. To help you understand the process, we’ve put together a guide to inform you of some of the choices available to you.

Dolan Funeral has been serving the greater Boston area since 1974, and is located in Chelmsford. We serve people of all religions, beliefs, and philosophies, and look forward to working with you to create a memorable cremation or burial service for your loved one. Contact us now to learn more.

Contact a Funeral Home

While time may be of the essence, choosing the best funeral home for you is a very important decision to make. If the deceased didn’t specify a preference, you can contact a few in your area to discuss the options available, as well as your budget and the types of funeral arrangements available. Once you have determined the funeral home you would like to use, you can move forward with planning the burial service or cremation.

Determine the Type of Disposition

Your loved one’s remains can be cared for with cremation or burial, and the decision you make is a deeply personal one. Last wishes could have been discussed beforehand, which helps make the decision somewhat easier. However, if that is not the case, then you can discuss the options with family or with the funeral director, who will be happy to answer your questions and help you make the best decision.

Make Cremation or Burial Service Arrangements

You will want to plan a service for your loved one that is just as unique as he or she was. Your funeral director will discuss his/her personality, requests from friends and family, and stories about him/her to create an experience that will be memorable. You will also discuss where the service will be held, whether there will be a burial service, and other logistics such as visitations, viewings, and so on. And sometimes people decide not to have a service at all. These are all considerations that will be made during the service planning discussion.

Purchase Funeral Products

If you’re opting for a burial service, you will want to purchase a casket—depending on the rules of the place of burial, you might also have to purchase a grave liner. Your funeral director will work with you to find the best option available for your preferences and budget. For those who opt for a cremation, you will have a number of choices for urns. Your funeral director will present several options to you based on your preferences and budget.

Discuss Memorial Donations

Many funerals have a table where people can leave memorials that can be donated to help pay for the funeral, to help the family of the deceased, or to donate to a cause that meant a lot to him or her. This is an alternative to flowers, and can provide a way for people to help others in honor of your loved one. If you would like to receive flowers, these can also be donated after the service to hospices, hospitals, or nursing homes.

At Dolan Funeral Home, we can work with you to make funeral arrangements. Whether you’re pre-planning a funeral and burial service for yourself, or planning a cremation for a loved one, we are ready to help you. Contact us now to learn more.

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What a Funeral Director Does

Funeral directors used to be known as morticians or undertakers (these are terms that aren’t used often anymore), and they have a position that is central to many communities. Many see this position as merely funeral planning, but the truth is that directors do so much behind the scenes that isn’t seen by most. In this article, we’ll explore a little more about what they do for local funeral homes and the community.

Dolan Funeral Home serves the greater Boston area, and was established in 1974. If you’re looking for a Chelmsford funeral home, we can assist with everything from funeral planning to burial services and everything in between. Contact us now to learn more about planning a funeral.

Here are some of the duties that funeral directors carry out.

Understanding Local and State Laws

There are some complex laws surrounding the funeral industry and the duties that must be carried out when somebody is deceased. Funeral directors not only ensure that all responsible parties abide by those laws, but they also take responsibility of filing important legal paperwork in a timely manner. They may have to report to a coroner, report suspicious circumstances, and work with law enforcement. Additionally, they may also help with filing insurance claims and burial benefits.

Transportation of the Deceased

After somebody passes away, they will eventually need to be transported to one of their local funeral homes. The funeral director handles this transportation to the funeral home, as well as to the crematorium or burial spot, if necessary.

Funeral Planning

He or she will work with the deceased’s family to plan a funeral. They will assist with making essential and stressful decisions, and guiding families toward choices that are best suited to their needs. They will carry out embalming, cremation, and preparing the body for the service and disposition.

Funeral Services

Depending on the wishes of the family, a funeral director may also officiate the funeral service if no other clergy are set to do so. If the funeral is not held at a church or other location, they may provide their local funeral home as a place to do so. They will work with the family to arrange for catering, tributes, accepting donations, and planning the service.

Providing Support

Losing a loved one is undoubtedly a trying time. Funeral directors provide support to the loved ones of the deceased and guide them through this difficult time. They know the process inside and out, and their experience will ensure that the process is carried out the best way possible from start to finish. They will think of all the things that many won’t, and make sure that no detail is overlooked.

If you’re in need of a funeral director to assist with funeral planning, contact Dolan Funeral Home now. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the process every step of the way. We can assist with funeral pre-planning, too. Contact us now to learn more.

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Funeral Ceremony Etiquette

Unfortunately, the time will come in your life to attend the funeral ceremony or celebration of life for a family member or friend. This is a very trying time, and while your mind is still reeling over your loss, you might be wondering about the right things to do (or not do) at a funeral home.

At Dolan Funeral Home, we’ve helped countless families in the greater Lowell and southern New Hampshire areas with funeral planning. Whether you’re interested in pre-arranging a funeral or need to plan a funeral ceremony that’s more immediate, contact us. We are a family-run funeral home in Chelmsford, MA and will help you create a celebration of life or funeral ceremony that suits your unique needs.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to etiquette.

What to Wear

Traditionally, the color to wear to a funeral has been black. However, more recently, the dress code has become more business casual or similar to what you’d wear to church. Dark colors and black are absolutely just fine to wear, but are not required. Dressing conservatively is ideal, as opposed to festive, bright clothing, as well as jeans. All that said, the family of the deceased might want to honor their loved one with a theme, such as Hawaiian-style shirts.

How to Talk to Family

By going to a celebration of life ceremony, you’re not only honoring your loved one, but you’re providing support to his or her family. Knowing what to say or how to act when you greet them can be difficult—you might worry about saying the wrong thing or not saying enough. Expressing your thoughts and how much you cared for the deceased is a sincere sentiment, and can bring comfort. Depending on the context, you might have a moment to share a fond memory. Try to avoid saying things like, “They are in a better place,” or “At least you had a chance to say good-bye,” for example. While you might see the bright side, or feel that you can offer these thoughts for comfort, they are likely not to bring any.

Put Away Your Phone

A funeral ceremony is a time in which you should completely silence your phone and turn off the vibration feature as well. Glancing at your phone for texts or missed calls is disrespectful to those around you, and can be very distracting. The best course of action is to turn your phone to airplane mode, then check it after you have left the funeral home.

Respect the Family’s Wishes

During this very difficult time, the family may communicate wishes that could prove to be disappointing to some. They may wish to have a family-only funeral ceremony, a private burial, or opt not to have a service at all. While this can be trying for some, respecting the wishes of the family is of the utmost importance.

Arrive Early

If the ceremony begins at 10am, you should plan to arrive at 9:40 or 9:50. This will give you the chance to speak with other guests and to be seated by an usher. While the unexpected can certainly happen and you arrive late, rather than walk through the center aisle of the funeral home or church, find a side aisle so that you can take your seat as discreetly as possible.

Contact Dolan Funeral Home for your funeral planning needs today.

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Cremation Versus Burial: Which is Best?

A Brief History of Cremation

Cremation has been around probably since the birth of mankind. Scientists know for sure it dates back at least 20,000 from the discovery of a partially-cremated cadaver in Australia. Ancient Viking Lords were cremated at sea along with the ships they commanded. Joan of Arc? She was burned at the stake, a form of cremation and torture.

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How to Write a Eulogy

The death of someone you know, especially a loved one, can be devastating, depending on the relationship you had with that person. You run the gamut on emotions: shock, anger, and grief. On top of all that, you have a funeral to plan. You have to choose a funeral home, a day for the burial service, what kind of burial service, visitation, a casket, what outfit to bury your loved one in, and the list goes on and on.

Probably the most important part is the burial service. Again, a myriad of decisions must be made — and on a time frame. When will the burial service be? Who will speak at the burial service? Will there be a priest? Do we accept flowers or should we ask for donations in lieu? And the list goes on once again.

You’ve been asked to speak at the ceremony. But what to say? How can you capture a life in a few minutes? Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford, MA, recognizes the challenges involved in such a task. We’re here to help, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you recognize and remember your loved one.

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Dolan Funeral Home is an independent, family-owned, and operated business providing personal, loving attention to the needs of the families that we serve. Our main purpose is to serve the community that is comprised of diverse religions, beliefs, and philosophies, which must be respected. We help you celebrate and honor the life of your loved one with integrity and care by providing a professional funeral service as distinctive as the families we serve. We offer funeral home and cremation services in Lowell, Westford, and Tyngsborough, MA. Contact us today!

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