Donna M. Karvelas of Dracut


Donna M. Karvelas, 55, of Dracut died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was married to Jonathan Seifert with whom she celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on May 22, 2017.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of Carol A. (Brady) Karvelas of Lowell and the late Peter C. Karvelas. She attended Lowell High School and Middlesex Community College and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston with an Associates degree in Culinary Arts.

Donna was a chef at the Tewksbury State Hospital. She had previously worked at the Bayberry Retirement Community of Tewksbury and Wolfgang Puck Catering Company of Boston.

Donna was a member of the Gaelic Club and Firefighters’ Club of Lowell and International Chili Society of Massachusetts. She enjoyed cooking, competing in Chili Cookoffs and playing Bingo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Besides her husband she is survived by her son, Scott H. Peirce Jr. and his fiancé, Taylor Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL; daughters, Cynthia J. Hart of Lowell, Evelyn B. Valkavitch of Lowell and step daughters, Melissa and her husband, Andy Guilmette of Tyngsboro, Amy and her husband Jason Lau, of Barrington, NH; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Seifert of Mechanicsburg, PA and grandchildren, Jayden Valkavitch, Hayden Ortiz, Adalynn Guilmette and Alexis Rodriguez Jr.

She was the mother of the late Bernard W. Hart of Billerica who died on November 13, 1994. In addition, step mother to the late Jason Valkavitch who died on February 2, 2007.

Visiting hours Mon. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Tues at 8A.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


October 9, 2017
Dolan Funeral Home


October 10, 2017
8A.M. DFH 9A.M. Church
St. John the Evangelist Church, Chelmsford, MA
  1. Mom & Dad Seifert says:

    Pray you rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus knowing you are always loved. Comfort our hearts dear God. Her home going was so sudden! Love & prayers for all us left as family.

  2. Faithe MacElliott says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences from Middlesex Community College. I was Donna’s advisor and it was my pleasure getting to know her. She beamed when she spoke of her family and her passion for cooking. Although we lost touch, she has always been in my thoughts.

  3. James E McCall says:

    My condolences and prayers to Jonathan and family. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Maria & John Paquette says:

    Evelyn and Family, So sorry for your loss. Donna was a loving,and caring woman. May your memories be eternal.

  5. Denise Nault says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I met Donna and her mom at bingo. Donna always had a big smile that was contagious. She will be sadly missed.

  6. Brittney Buchannan says:

    Donna (Ma),

    I will miss you! You was an amazing lady! Forever in my heart!

  7. Heidi. And Family says:

    Donn words cant explain how much i will miss you ,i will miss our morning gabbing on the phone and i miss you so much thank u for being such a wonderful friend you had sucha big heart for the people you loved and would anything for them and i was one of them i cant explain how much our friendship ment to me i will miss u so much love you for life your frind Heidi

  8. Richard & Carol Seifert says:

    We loved Donna very much. We will miss her dearly. We thank her for taking such good care of our nephew Jonathan and being so kind to Grandpa Lewis. We will keep Jonathan and her family in our prayers during this difficult time. love, Uncle Dick and Aunt Carol
    R.I.P., Sweet DONNA

  9. My heart is heavy we grew up together we knew one another and she was always my friend she will be deeply missedYour friend George says:

    My heart is heavy we grew up together we knew one another and she was always my friend she will be deeply missed

  10. Steven Hall says:

    I have only known Donna for about ten years, having met her though Jonathan. However, Donna accepted me as a friend simply because I was a friend of Jonathan’s, and that was good enough for her.
    I will always remember her for her hospitality and warmth that she showed when I would visit with them. She loved to cook and was always looking for an opportunity to cook for someone, and no one would EVER leave her house hungry!
    My most sincere condolences to her children and grandchildren, and also to my good friend Jonathan, whom I have known since the fourth grade.
    I’m unable to find words to adequately convey my thoughts about her, as there was too much about Donna to put in a few sentences, but everyone should remember, while 1962-2017 are what will be written, the dates are only the front and back cover to the story of her life, the dash is what’s important; that little hyphen contains all that made Donna; wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and everything else from a life well lived.
    I’ll miss our friendship, but I’m proud to be able to say that Donna Karvelas was my friend.

  11. Brooke says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Evelyn. Your in my thoughts.

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