Shirley E. Lowry of Chelmsford

1931 - 2021


April 25, 2021
1-4 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex Street, No. Chelmsford, MA. 01863


April 26, 2021
11 A.M.
St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford

Shirley E. Lowry, 89, of Chelmsford, MA died Wednesday morning, April 21, 2021 at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, MA.
She was married to the late Thomas E. Burns Jr. of the Massachusetts State Police, who died in January of 1959, and Kenneth E. Lowry Sr. who died in February of 2007.
Born in Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Jake and Mary (Long) Jewer. She graduated from Arlington High School with the class of 1950.
She worked for the New England Telephone Company as an operator before raising her family.  Shirley worked as a secretary at Nashoba Valley Technical High School until her retirement in 2000.  She was proud to help many students for 25 years and was known by many for her stylish attire. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church.  Shirley volunteered tirelessly as a Scout Leader for the Chelmsford Girl Scouts, was a member of the Red Hat Society, and loved her annual cruise vacations with her Nashoba Tech friends. In her retirement, she would often take part in the Chelmsford Senior Citizen sponsored trips.
Shirley’s love for her family was her greatest priority and joy. She modestly bragged to everyone how blessed she was to have a great family. She loved cooking and entertaining. Her house was always open. She and her family vacationed in York Beach, Maine each summer which was referred to as her “happy place.”
She is survived by her son, Kenneth E. Lowry Jr. and his husband, John Lynah of Boston; two daughters, Jayne Laurin Kinney and her husband, Jonathan Kinney of Pepperell and Lianne Csicsek and her husband, William Csicsek of Pepperell; five grandchildren, Michael Laurin, David Laurin and his wife, Jill, Jessica Webb and her husband, David, Christina Talbert and her husband, Justin, Kimberly Csicsek, two step grandchildren, Emma Kinney and Grayce Kinney; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters the late Mildred Doherty and Alice Austin.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Mon., April 26, 2021 at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Chelmsford. A private burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford will take place at the convenience of the family.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.  Guestbook at

4 Condolences for Shirley E. Lowry of Chelmsford

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    Christine Pelletier


    Jayne and your entire family..
    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss and your heartache… may she rest in eternal peace!

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    Dennis & AnneMarie


    Lianne & Bill ,
    our condolences for your loss
    May this pray give some comfort

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy;
    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Pray of St. Francis

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    Bonnie Buckley Kuntz


    So sorry for your loss, Jayne and Lianne. ❤️?❤️

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    Alice Cumming


    Jane, Lianne, Chip I was so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. You all were the best neighbors. What I wish for all of you is when you think of your mom, “that a smile will cover your face before a tear fills your eye”. With Shirley I’m sure you’ll have many smiles in your memories and also the tears will come because she was such a huge presence in your life and everyone’s life. There was no one like Shirley! ?

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