Obituaries

Patricia Sencabaugh

October 20th, 2014

Patricia E. (Powers) Sencabaugh, fondly known as “Patti” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on October 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness; she was 68 years old.

Patti was born on March 3, 1946 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers. Patti was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Patti married her beloved husband and best friend, Donald A. Sencabaugh, on June 3, 1967; together the couple shared 47 years of marriage. Patti and Donald moved to Wilmington in 1973, where they raised their wonderful family.

Patti was extremely devoted to her family, in fact, when asked; she told everyone that her family was her greatest achievement. Patti was a devoted and loving mother who was always there for her children; she attended countless school and sporting events throughout the years, after all she was their number one fan. Patti was very proud of her children, their accomplishments, and most of all she was proud of the adults that they have grown to be.

When Patti became a grandmother her life became more enriched; her grandchildren were the light of her life. Patti loved to be involved with the grandchildren’s activities; she would play piano and share stories about her love of the White Mountains with Kaitlynne, she fondly enjoyed sharing in Jason’s love of art and nature, watching Jeremy and Gregory play soccer and baseball or listening to their many stories about fishing.

Patti’s true passion was wildlife and being outdoors. She spent much of her retirement in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and she wouldn’t pass up a chance to see where that dirt road would take her. Patti was truly adventurous and loved to photograph anything with fur or feathers.

Patti will be remembered as quite a lady who would do anything for her family and friends; she treated others with kindness, care, and unconditional love. Patti will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Patti was the beloved wife of Donald A. Sencabaugh, devoted mother of Stephen Sencabaugh & his wife Denise of Tewksbury, Kristen McKenna & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Scott Sencabaugh & his wife Cheryl, Michael Sencabaugh of Wilmington and the late Michelle Sencabaugh, loving grandmother of Jeremy, Gregory, Kaitlynne and Jason, cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers, dear sister of John Powers of Scituate and Judith Golden of Woburn.  Patti is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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Frances R. (Balliro) Bent

October 20th, 2014

Frances R. (Balliro) Bent, age 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington and Somerville, passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Arthur F. Bent, Sr., loving mother of Mary Fallica of Methuen, Arthur F. Bent, Jr. & his partner Rhonda Sylvia of Wilmington and the late Paula Hurynowicz, cherished grandmother of Cheryl & Thomas DiLeo, Sharon Greco, Gregory & Lisa Monteforte, Charles Monteforte, III, Jennifer & Michael Gledhill, Jaclyn & Billy Forbes, Joelle Bent, Anthony Sylvia and Sarah Sylvia, great-grandmother of Danielle & Jolon Chadwick, Jamie DiLeo, Nicole Greco, Ashley & Michael Fronduto, Gabrielle Greco, Tayler Greco, Nicholas Monteforte, Christopher Monteforte, Emily Monteforte, Christa Monteforte, C.J. Monteforte and Jake Charles Gledhill, great-great grandmother of Dylan Chadwick, Austin Chadwick, Rylen Chadwick, Ashlyn Chadwick, Brooklyn Houle, Michael Fronduto, Liliana Fronduto, Mia Fronduto, Nico Fronduto, Julian Ortiz and Malachi Desharnais, daughter of the late Rosario & Angela (Riccardi) Balliro, dear sister of Bruno and “Dee” Balliro of Revere, Mary Tzannos of Saugus, Lucille Winship of Plymouth, the late Joseph Balliro, Frankie Balliro, Rudy Balliro, Anthony Balliro, Billy Balliro, Rocco Balliro, Josephine Novello and Flora Monteforte. Frances is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Thursday, October 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, October 22nd, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Frances’ name can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly

October 17th, 2014

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly, formerly of Bowie, Maryland and Wilmington, Mass., passed away October 13th in Lansing, Kansas after a long illness.  She was 79 years old.  

The cherished daughter of the late William and W. Doris (Nickerson) Hughes, Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Glen E. Connolly, devoted mother of Beth L. Reschke and her husband Michael of Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and loving “Grannie” of Steven F. Dzidek, Jr. of Warner Robins, GA.  She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, Maryland on Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  There will also be calling hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. and interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Barbara’s name may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA  02135.

Barbara served as past Matron for the Acacia Chapter #80 Order of the Eastern Stars.

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Jacqueline D. “Jackie” (Quandt) Grinley

October 16th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Jacqueline D. “Jackie” (Quandt) Grinley, age 77, of Ashland, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Kissimmee, FL, passed away peacefully at home after a long period of failing health on October 15, 2014.

Jackie was born in Wilmington, MA on March 27, 1937; she was the cherished daughter of Alex and Mary (Hutchins) Quandt.

Jackie spent many years living in Massachusetts; Bridgewater, New Hampshire; Kissimmee, Florida; and most recently Ashland, New Hampshire.

Jackie met and married the late Edward F. Grinley. Together, the couple shared more than 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2013. Ed and Jackie had a wonderful marriage and shared many memories with their children; Edward, Richard, Linda and David.

Over the course of her life, Jackie worked as a housekeeper, owning her own business. She also owned an antique store with her husband, Ed and set up at many flea markets.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoyed visiting with family and friends, visiting yard sales, shopping, playing bingo and cards. She also was a proud member of the American Legion Auxillary.

Jackie was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. Grinley, devoted mother of Edward Grinley and his wife Pamela of Grafton, NH, Richard Grinley and his wife Sheila of Ashland, NH, Linda Jenness and her husband Mike of Plymouth, NH, and the late David Grinley, loving grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Alexander and Mary “Mae” Quandt, dear sister of Alexander Quandt and his wife Barbara of Londonderry, NH, Janice Quandt of Wilmington, Roger Quandt and his wife Marcie of Hampton, NH, Mary Rexford and her husband Jim of Billerica, MA, Robert Quandt and his wife Janice of Tennessee and the late Kathy Blackburn. Jackie is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, October 19th for Visiting Hours from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m. concluding with a Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m., followed by a gathering afterwards. A private family burial will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jackie’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

Meaghan E. Moge

October 12th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Meaghan E. Moge, age 21, of Tewksbury, died unexpectedly on October 11, 2014.

Meaghan was born on December 2, 1992, in Stoneham, MA; she was the beloved daughter of Francis M. and Irene M. (Murray) Moge. Meaghan was raised and educated in Tewksbury and she was part of a large and loving family.

As a young girl, Meaghan was known to be a bit of a “tom boy”, she loved to play basketball and could hold her own in karate class. Meaghan also enjoyed hanging out with friends, listening to her favorite music, and going to the beach.

Meaghan was a happy girl, very loving, and fun; she had lots of great times with her family, extended family, and friends. Meaghan will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Meaghan was the beloved daughter of Francis M. and Irene M. (Murray) Moge, mother of Bradley Michael, sister of Erika and Patrick Moge all of Tewksbury, granddaughter of Irene Murray of Wilmington and Mary Elizabeth Moge of Woburn. Meaghan is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 15th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 14th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Meaghan’s name may be made to the Children’s Hospital Trust, 1 Autumn Street #731, Boston, MA 02215-5301.

Anthony James “A.J.” Lees

October 9th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Anthony James “A.J.” Lees, age 47, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2014. A.J. was the beloved husband of Hannah E. Hoffmann Lees, devoted father of Jessica Anne Lees of Winthrop, Kristina Marie Lees of Wilmington and the late LCPL Timothy F. Ryan, III, son of James Wallace Lees, Jr. of Ashville, NC, dear brother of Sandra Melanson-Aussem of Waltham and Jennifer Conte of Scituate, loving uncle of Michael Melanson and Anthony Conte. A.J. is also survived by his in-laws, Kurt and Maureen Hoffmann and their children Ryliegh & Matthew Hoffmann all of Tewksbury.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in A.J.’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. A.J. was a U.S. Marine Veteran.

Phyllis M. (Meninno) Heffernan

October 7th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Phyllis M. (Meninno) Heffernan, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly a long time resident of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on October 5, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Phyllis was born on November 22, 1929; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frank P. and Victoria L. (Calabro) Meninno. Phyllis was born and raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. Phyllis continued her education at Katherine Gibbs Business School in Boston where she earned her Secretarial Certificate.

Phyllis went to work for her family business, Malden Waste Paper Company where her business skills and warm personality proved very useful. She was a great asset in the office as well as with the customers. Following this, she worked for many years at Reese Associates in Lowell, MA as a Customer Service Rep until she went to work for General Electric in Wilmington, where she worked until she retired in 1996.

Phyllis resided most of her adult life in Tewksbury, where she raised her three children Victoria, Robert and Nanci. No matter how hard life got some days, she put her family above all else. Her love and devotion for her family was unconditional and she beamed with pride when she spoke of them. When Phyllis became a “Nan” she was filled with such excitement; Phyllis never missed a chance to go to a school event, dance recital, or special celebration. She was so very proud when she was able to attend her grandchildren’s college graduations and be part of their special days. Phyllis would do anything for her grandchildren but above all else she just loved to spend time with them. When one of them would surprise her and stop by to chat she talked about it for days. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and the feeling was mutual. They just adored their Nan.

Holidays, family celebrations, and Sunday dinners were a tradition for Phyllis; she always looked forward to having her family around her. Phyllis was a great cook and she loved to prepare her phenomenal sauce and meatballs, for which she was most known, along with many other delicious recipes to share with her family, extended family, and friends. All were welcome in Phyllis’ home.

Phyllis had a magnetic personality and she made many friends wherever she went. Her great sense of humor, hearty laugh, and her ability to have fun always drew others to her. Everyone loved to be with Phyllis! Her favorite pastime was going to Bingo. If there was a good game of Bingo going on she would definitely be at the table with a crowd around her. She also enjoyed reading a good book, being at the ocean, soaking up the sun and a nice lunch or dinner out with whomever she could entice.

Phyllis will be fondly remembered for her kindness towards others and her ability to give you a shoulder to cry on when needed; she was a loving mother, Nan, and friend to many. She will be especially missed by her Cousin Mary with whom she spoke every day. If you knew her, you couldn’t help but love her and she will be greatly missed by all.

Phyllis was the devoted mother of Victoria Holmes of Wilmington, Robert Heffernan of West Newbury and Nanci Bolduc & her husband Jerry of North Andover, loving Nan of Tanya and C.J. Holmes, Robert and Steven Heffernan, Joshua, Matthew and Jessica Bolduc, mother-in-law of Chuck Holmes, cherished daughter of the late Frank P. and Victoria L. (Calabro) Meninno, dear sister of the late Francis P. Meninno. Phyllis is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 10th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 9th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Raymond Butt

October 6th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Raymond Butt, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 5, 2014.

Ray was born in Everett, MA, on April 28, 1928; he was the cherished son of the late Jabez and Susanna Butt. Ray was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School with the Class of 1946.

Ray enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1946 during the Korean War. Ray served overseas with the Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment until December 31, 1947. Ray received several commendations for his honorable service and was discharged on January 13, 1948; returning home to his family in Everett.

In 1950, Ray went to work as a Draftsman for the General Electric Company in Lynn. Throughout his tenure at the company he was very actively involved with the Union and served as President for several years. Ray also continued his education at Wentworth College in Boston so that he could be most efficient at his job. Ray’s work ethic made him a great asset to the company for many years; he retired in 1990 after dedicating himself to his job for more than forty years.

In May of 1998, Ray married his “sweetheart” Gwen at the Wilmington United Methodist Church and he inherited a wonderful, loving family. Family was very important to Ray; he enjoyed taking part in all of the holidays, celebrations, and special events over the years.

Ray was known to be an avid golfer; he started mastering the sport in his early 20’s. Ray golfed every week with his “pals” from the Wilmington United Methodist Church; enjoying not only the sport but the company of his friends.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed painting and doing calligraphy; he was very talented and artistic. Ray created beautiful canvases that will be passed down for generations to come.

Ray will be fondly remembered as a “low key” guy, he was kind, gentle, and considerate; Ray was always there to lend a helping hand when ever and where ever it was needed. Ray was an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church and would volunteer to help their many causes. Ray was very devoted to his family and friends; always showing unconditional love and support for them. Ray was truly a gentleman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Raymond was the beloved husband of Gwen (Russell) Butt, cherished son of the late Jabez and Susanna Butt, dear brother of Richard Butt & his wife Laura of Ware, NH, loving uncle of Jonathan & Nancy Butt and their daughter Madyson of Manchester, NH and Jennifer & Tom Hess and their daughter Ava of Charlestown, stepfather of Ruth Ann Wiitala & her husband Carl of Billerica, the late William R. MacGregor & his wife Janet of Parker, AZ, Mark E. MacGregor & his wife Diane of Palmer, Karen Jones & her late husband Walter of Wilmington, Cheryl D’Auost & her husband Mark of Exeter, NH and Charles S. MacGregor & his wife Diana of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Eric, Kristen, Evan, Keith, Alexis, Jessica, Benjamin, Lindsey, Lauren, C.J., David, and Michael, great-grandfather of Dylan, Darel, Mackenzie and Alex. Raymond is also survived by many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Raymond’s name may be made to a Charity of your choice.

Eleanor C. Van Deusen

October 3rd, 2014 | Guest Book »

Eleanor C. Van Deusen, age 92, of Manchester, NH and Great Barrington, MA, passed away on Wednesday October 1, 2014. She was born to the late Frederick H. Beers & Eula Jane Cook Beers on February 25, 1922.

Eleanor spent her childhood in Watertown, CT with her parents and three sisters, the late Evelyn R. Phelps, Doris E. Newell, and the late Nancy J. Wicander Johnson. She was a frequent visitor at the home of her maternal grandparents who lived on the same street. She Graduated from Watertown High School class of 1939 and went on to the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1943 as a Registered Nurse.

A nursing school friend introduced Eleanor to her brother Alfred Spurr Van Deusen of Mt. Washington, MA. Eleanor and Alfred were married in 1944. They lived briefly in Mt. Washington before moving to Alford, MA where they raised their four children.

During her nursing career, Eleanor served in many capacities. She worked as a private duty nurse for an elderly client, for the Visiting Nurses Association, and for a nursing home in Great Barrington, MA. In the 1970’s, she worked at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA until her retirement in the late 1980’s. She enjoyed her nursing duties and cared for an Alford neighbor for many years of her own volition.

Eleanor was also very fond of her local church, the Alford United Methodist Church. She served for many years as the church treasurer and hosted many covered-dish suppers in support of the local church community. When the Alford church was closed during winters, she attended services at the Housatonic United Methodist Church and supported the church community and activities there.

Eleanor will be remembered as a loving parent, compassionate care giver, and beloved friend and neighbor. She leaves behind her sister, Doris E. Newell, her four children, Alfred S. Van Deusen Jr, of Alford, MA; Phyllis J. Tumsaroch of Wilmington, MA; Paul C. Van Deusen of Mt. Washington, MA; Joan Darragh of Bedford, NH, her six grandchildren, Amy E. Castle of Somerville, MA; Stacey Van Deusen of Pittsfield, MA; Mac Van Deusen of W. Stockbridge, MA; Michael Tumsaroch of Bangkok, Thailand; Daryl Van Deusen of Mt. Washington, MA; Daniel Darragh of Bedford, NH and three Great Grandchildren: Jordan Van Deusen, Andrew Dupont, Calynn Skorput.

A memorial service will be held in Alford, MA at the Alford United Methodist Church on October 18th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the Alford United Methodist Church c/o Shirley Montgomery, 26 Townhouse Hill Road, Egremont MA 01230 or to the Tidd Home, 74 Elm Street, Woburn MA 01801.

Herbert R. Fubel

September 29th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Herbert (Herb) R. Fubel of Tewksbury- retired Navy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 28, 2014.

After proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve for 21 years, Herb retired in 1994. For 25 years, he was employed by Department of Defense on Hanscom Air Force Base working on the AWACS program. He was an active member in a number of organizations, including the American Legion Post 294 of Quincy, the American Legion Post 259 of Tewksbury, a Master Mason of the Wamesit Lodge in Tewksbury, and the Disabled American Veterans.

On July 27, 1963 Herb was married to the love of his life, Flora “Elaine” Grenier at the Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park, MA. They shared 51 years of marriage and had four children. Herb is survived by son Richard Fubel of Salem, MA, son Robert Fubel and his wife, Debora of Tewksbury, MA, daughter Michelle (Fubel) Douglass and her husband J.D. of Seattle, WA, and son Joseph Fubel and his wife, Molly of Winchester, MA. Herb now joins his eldest grand daughter Jessica and is survived by his four grandchildren, Caroline, Maggie, Sarah and Myles. Herb was also the cherished son of the late Herbert F. and Grace (Vozzella) Fubel.

Herb could often be found “tinkering” around the house, especially in “the shop” where he would spend hours. When Herb wasn’t tinkering he was enjoying ballroom dancing, gardening, but most of all, he enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends with a cup of coffee in hand and telling stories.

A celebration of life service will be held at Grace Chapel, 128 West Street, Wilmington, MA on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 12 noon. Your private condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting online guest book. Herb has requested to have his ashes spread among his favorite places.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herbert Fubel’s name to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center @ Lahey Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington MA 01805.