Obituaries

Pauline E. (Ritchie) McCue

January 23rd, 2017

Pauline E. McCue (Ritchie), age 93, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA and FL, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 22, 2017.

Pauline was born in Danvers, MA on August 10, 1923; she was the dear daughter of the late Gardner and Rose Ritchie. Pauline was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1941.

Pauline married her “sweetheart” Tom McCue on October 3, 1943; the couple resided in Wilmington, MA where they raised their family. Pauline cherished the time she spent with her children and always looked forward to the visits from her grandchildren; they were the highlight of her day.

Pauline was also very active in the community; she took quite an interest in politics and served on a few boards in the Town. Pauline was also very religious and an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years; Pauline helped out where she could and chaperoned many times for the CYO.

Pauline was always busy working in and out of the house; besides raising her family she had several jobs throughout the years at Boston & Maine Railroad, Transitron in Wakefield, MA and Diamond Crystal in Wilmington, MA. Pauline was a hard worker and always willing to go the extra mile to get everything done.

Pauline loved to spend her summers at the family home in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire on lake Winnipesaukee with her family and friends.

In 1975, Pauline and Tom headed to Florida where they lived for 30 years before moving back to Nashua, NH in 2005 to be closer to her family and grandchildren. In her spare time, Pauline enjoyed going to Bingo and an occasional trip to Foxwoods to try her luck.

Pauline will be fondly remembered for her love of people and her ability to socialize wherever she went; she was a wonderful lady who will be missed by all.

Pauline was the beloved wife of the late Thomas E. McCue, devoted mother of Patricia Beaushene & her husband Bill of Lunenburg, William McCue of Bradford, ME and Brian McCue & his wife Kathleen of Litchfield, NH, loving “Grammy” of Thomas McCue, Megan McCue, Ross Blackwood, Robert Beaushene and Jessica Beaushene, cherished daughter of the late Gardner and Rose (Porter) Ritchie, dear sister of John Ritchie of Wilmington, Robert Ritchie & his wife Elaine of Tewksbury, the late Mary Hinckley and Charles Ritchie.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, January 27th 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. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 26th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Pauline’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Shirley (Bussell) Burns

January 21st, 2017

Shirley L. Burns (Bussell), age 92 of Wilmington, MA and Welch Island, Gilford, NH, died peacefully with her family at her side on January 18, 2017.

Shirley was born and raised in Reading, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Howard and Paulina Bussell. Following graduation from Reading High School, Shirley attended Bryant and Stratton Secretarial School.

Through mutual friends, Shirley met her life’s long love, Charles Burns and they married in 1946. The couple moved their family to Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their two children Mike and Cassandra and Shirley became an active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club.

In 1966 following the death of her beloved husband Charles, Shirley went to work as a bookkeeper for the Town of Wakefield. Shirley was very dedicated to her job for many years and following her retirement she became very interested in genealogy. Shirley was able to trace her lineage to well prior to the Revolutionary War and this led her to joining the Mary Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Shirley was a lifelong summer resident of her beloved Welch Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Summers meant boating, swimming to the lighthouse, sunsets, hiking through the island, looking for deer, picking blueberries in the Forties, learning to sail at age 60, cutting brush, hundreds of games of Gin and enjoying her fellow island friends; especially Lloyd and Marian Eckholm who were her neighbors for almost 60 years. Shirley especially enjoyed a surprise 70th birthday party on the island with island neighbors, family and friends.

Shirley will be fondly remembered as a strong, independent woman who despite being widowed for 50 years lived life on her own terms surrounded by her family, neighbors, and friends.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Burns, devoted mother of Michael Burns & wife Stephanie of Wilmington, MA and Cassandra Martin & her late husband Arthur of Ocala, FL. Loving grandmother of Christopher Burns & wife Maradith, Douglas Burns & wife Eileen, Jamie Burns & fiancé Keith Quigley, Jeanne Dascalos & husband David, Daniel Martin, and great-grandchildren McNally, Maclyn, Bryce, Zack, and Madeline. Cherished daughter of the late Howard E. and Paulina (Roberts) Bussell, dear sister of Howard A. Bussell of Brewster, MA.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to Gilford Island Association, c/o Heidi Kephart, 296 Old Lake Shore Road, Gilford, NH 03249. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Beverly A. “Bev” Sullivan

January 15th, 2017

Beverly A. Sullivan “Bev” (Hennessy), age 63, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on January 14, 2017, at the Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Bev was born on July 26, 1953 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Anna Hennessy. Bev was raised in a wonderful and loving home where everyone was welcomed whether you were family, extended family, or a friend. Bev was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1971.

Family was everything to Bev and she showered them with unconditional love and support. Bev was very devoted to her children Lisa, Colin, and Mandy; she was always at their side for countless school activities, sporting events, band concerts, and every important milestone in their life. Bev looked forward to family holidays, vacations, and spending time with the kids blasting music, dancing around the kitchen, and cooking. Bev was known for her famous meatballs that were gobbled up by her granddaughter Aria who was her pride and joy.

Let’s not forget to mention that Bev was the “all time most avid” Bruins fan whether it was the “old time” Bruins team, past Bruins, or present Bruins she loved them all. Bev enjoyed watching games, going to games, and sharing her enthusiasm for the players. Bev was thrilled to be part of the Bruins victory parade on City Hall Plaza in Boston when they won the Stanley Cup; this is a memory that will be treasured by all who were with her.

For many years, Bev belonged to a bowling league in North Reading where she had a great time and made several life-long friends throughout the years.

At the time of her death, Bev was employed as a Medical Records Tech for Omni Care North Shore. Bev liked her job and she was very good at it; she had a great work ethic and good personality with her clients as well as her co-workers.

Bev will be fondly remembered for her love of family and friends; she was a wonderful daughter, mother, mother-in-law, Nana, sister, aunt, and a true friend to many. Bev will forever be missed in the hearts of those who loved her.

Bev was the beloved companion of the late Ed Morgan, devoted mother of Lisa Sullivan of Tewksbury, Colin Sullivan & wife Shannon of Billerica and Amanda “Mandy” Morgan of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Aria Sullivan, cherished daughter of the late William and Anna (Colucci) Hennessy, dear sister of Billy Hennessy & wife Debi of Hudson, NH. Bev is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and her beloved cat Beau who was always at her side.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donation in Bev’s memory may be made to the Boston Bruins Foundation, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114.

Lawrence “Larry” Cooper

January 12th, 2017

Lawrence A. Cooper “Larry”, age 60, of Woburn, died December 29, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a brief illness.

Larry was born on January 16, 1956; he was the dear son of Thelma (Thompson) Cooper and the late Paul Cooper of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Woburn, MA. Larry was raised and educated in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Larry enlisted in the United States Navy on April 29, 1975 and was trained in several firefighting courses. He served aboard the USS Bowen as a HTFR (Hull Training Firefighter Reserve); serving overseas for a couple of years. Larry was honorably discharged from active duty in May of 1979 and went on to serve in the Naval Reserves until 1981.

Besides his mother, Larry is survived by his children Steven Cooper and Nicole Cooper both of Sarasota, FL, his siblings Richard Cooper & wife Kate of Westford, MA, Janet Bates & husband Gerald of Wilmington, MA, Marcia Singleton & husband David of Austin TX, and Pamela Manaton & husband Cary of Clayton, NC. Larry is also survived by his former spouse Marsha Haberman Cooper of Sarasota, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 21st for Visitation from 1:00-3:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service concluding with Military Honors at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Larry’s memory may be made to the Veterans Hospital, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Kevin G. Robinson

January 11th, 2017

Kevin G. Robinson, age 50 of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died unexpectedly in Hawaii on January 8, 2017.

Kevin was born in Boston, MA on October 15, 1966; he was the cherished son of Richard and Marilyn Robinson of Wilmington. Kevin was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Austin Prep High School with the Class of 1984. Kevin went on to further his education at Trinity College in Hartford, CT; earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics while playing the sport he loved, Hockey.

Kevin worked as a Managing Partner with Hawaii Opportunities Group LLC and for Ocean Network in Hawaii.

Not only had Kevin lived in Massachusetts and Hawaii but spread his humor and impact globally residing in Istanbul and Germany. Kevin may have moved to Honolulu, Hawaii but he was always a true Bostonian through and through. Despite his 18 years of island living he never lost his love of Boston and its spirit. Kevin was a true New England sports fan and always passionately watched the Patriots and Bruins.

Kevin’s greatest role in life was being an Uncle (or “Krunks” for Crazy Uncle Kevin). If you ask any of his nieces and nephews, he was always the fun-loving uncle who always made time for them. He was a kid at heart and the uncle that everyone wished they had. Not only was he a wonderful uncle to his biological nieces and nephews, Kevin was so unique that he took on the uncle role to many of his friend’s children.

Kevin will be remembered for his magnetic personality, contagious laugh, and his ability to always bring fun to the party. Kevin would do anything for anyone; he was such an amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. He will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Kevin was the beloved son of Marilyn (Tobin) Robinson and the late Richard Robinson of Wilmington, dear brother of Richard Robinson & wife Monique of Clifton Park, NY, Jean Westerberg & husband Tom, Maureen Robinson-Adams & husband Ed and Kristine Witalisz & husband CJ all of Wilmington, Kathy Sargent & husband Glen of Andover, Laurie Goodwin & husband Jeff of Reading. Loving “Krunks ” of Lauren & Chelsey Westerberg, Jesslyn, Brian & Katherine Sargent, Janelle & Megan Robinson, Alyson, Ryan & Ava Goodwin, Evan, Jake & Sean Witalisz. Kevin is also survived by many special cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 14th for Visitation from 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 1:00 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Elizabeth “Betty” Peters

January 10th, 2017

Elizabeth A. Peters (Johnson), fondly known as “Betty” to her family and friends, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on January 9, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Betty was born in Wakefield, MA on November 8, 1934; she was the dear daughter of the late Albert and Marjorie Johnson. Betty was raised and educated in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School with the Class of 1951.

Betty married George Peters on October 23, 1955; the couple settled in Wilmington in 1956 where they raised a wonderful family of five children. Betty was a very devoted and loving mother and a wonderful homemaker. Betty’s unconditional love and support for her family was evident in everything she did. Betty beamed as she spoke of her children and grandchildren; she was very proud of all of them.

Betty was a woman of many talents and hobbies; she was very musically inclined and could play the piano beautifully. Betty had a lovely singing voice and she enjoyed teaching her grandchildren to sing and play the piano.

Betty was an avid bowler; she belonged to a few bowling leagues throughout the years and made many friends along the way. In her spare time, Betty also enjoyed working in her yard and she had quite a “green thumb”.

Betty had a passion for helping others; for many years, she was involved in the A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory) group in Wilmington. Betty volunteered her time helping others in need and was always willing to go over and above for anyone.

Betty was also involved with the P.E.O. Sisterhood of International Women Helping Woman. This is a group that helps Women reach for the stars and make the most of their potential through scholarships, career opportunities, and help with everyday living. Betty was proud of being part of an organization that was changing lives for the better.

Betty will be fondly remembered as a remarkable woman, helpful, kind, and caring. Betty would go out of her way to help anyone in need and was always there for her family and friends. Betty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Betty was the beloved wife of George A. Peters, devoted mother of James Peters & wife Dorothy of Derry, NH, Kenneth Peters & wife Linda of Nottingham, NH, Sharon Dudash & husband Edward of Deltona, FL, Laurie Woodland & husband David of Shirley, MA and Gregory Peters of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Grammy” of Valerie & Jeffrey Peters, Christopher & Sandra Dudash, Pamela, Michele & Michael Woodland, “Great-Grammy” of Ravyn and Victoria. Cherished daughter of the late Albert and Marjorie (Scott) Johnson, dear sister of Harry Johnson of Acton, MA, Carl Johnson & wife Carla of North Carolina and the late Linda Maxfield. Betty is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

At Betty’s request her Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory), c/o Bertha DePrez, 314 Salem St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA

Mary E. (Conley) Stoelzel

January 10th, 2017

Mary E. (Conley) Stoelzel, age 83, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Somerville, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 9, 2017 at Care One in Wilmington.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Barry M. Stoelzel, devoted mother of Mary Diane Stoelzel of Largo, FL, Edward Stoelzel & his wife Annie of Seattle, WA, Deborah Stoelzel of Tewksbury and Barry Stoelzel & his wife Julie of Melrose, loving grandmother of 6 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Timothy and Elvin M. (Sherman) Conley, dear sister of Joe Conley and Eunice Gorham of Boston.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on January 12th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Mary’s name may be made to the World Cultures Club Travel Scholarships, Wilmington High School, Attn: Terresa Pietro or Joanne Veliz, 159 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Ann G. Peters

January 9th, 2017

Ann G. Peters (Holland), age 81, of Wilmington and raised in Medford, passed away on January 8, 2017.

Ann was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. “Fred” Peters, devoted mother of Paul Peters of Merrimack, NH, John Peters & his wife Andrea of Windham, NH and Charles Peters of Wilmington, loving “Grammie” of Nicholas, Joseph, Casey, Hannah and Troy Peters, cherished daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Grenham) Holland, dear sister of Catherine “Kay” Baldwin, Gertrude Holland, Ruth Mahoney, Margaret Curtis all of Medford, Agnes Guthrie of Stoneham and the late Mary Fullerton, John Holland and James Holland. Ann is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 12th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ann’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Shawn D. Murray

January 6th, 2017

Shawn David Murray, age 51, of Andover, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on January 5, 2017.

Shawn was the beloved husband of the late Nicole (Bourke) Murray, cherished son of the late Harold and Simone “Susie” (Ahern) Murray, dear brother of Kelly Murray & his companion Sandy Vallois and Michael Murray all of Wilmington, loving godson of Donna Beaudoin of Wilmington and dear friend of Edward Beaudoin of Wilmington. Shawn was the companion of 17 years of Dana Samuel and her children Heather & Billy Keough and Samantha Samuel of Andover. Shawn is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, January 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Shawn’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Leo G. Barry

January 5th, 2017

Leo G. Barry, age 92, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 4, 2017, at the Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford. Leo’s charm and personality with the staff and other patients earned him the title of being the “Mayor” of Sunny Acres.

Leo was born on March 15, 1924 in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late John D. and Julia M. (Crowley) Barry. Leo was raised and educated in Lexington, MA and a graduate of Lexington High School with the Class of 1941.

On December 13, 1942, Leo enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Leo proudly served with the 1108th AAF BU and was sent overseas in January of 1945; he earned several medals and commendations for his bravery and was honorably discharged on January 24, 1946.

Following his return from his Military Service, Leo went on to continue his education at Northeastern University and Bryan & Stratton where he earned a Business Degree.

Leo married the “love of his life” Kathleen “Kay” Davey on October 18, 1947; the couple shared more than 62 great years together before her passing in May of 2009. Leo and Kay moved to Wilmington in January of 1956 where they raised their six children. Leo loved to spend time with his family; they went on many camping trips, adventures to the beach, and had countless family gatherings which included their extended family. Leo loved to socialize with everyone and they always had a great time together. In his later years, Leo cherished his role as “Papa” and “Great-Papa”; he was always so proud of his family.

Prior to retiring, Leo worked at Western Electric Company in Watertown for more than 37 years. Leo’s knowledge of business, his great work ethic, and fine people skills allowed him to move up the ladder over the years. At the time of his retirement, Leo was the Data Processing Manager for the company.

Leo was a man of many hobbies and talents and was great behind the camera. Leo loved making home movies on the Super 8 films and he also produced some short stories which included musical backgrounds. Leo had quite a knack for restoring furniture and antiques and he loved to putter around the house.

In his spare time, Leo enjoyed going to the theatre, he loved show tunes, Broadway, the opera, and listening to Irish music. Leo was well read and quite a history buff who could engage in great conversations with people young and old.

Leo was a man of great faith who believed in God and lived his life per his beliefs; he was an active communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years and a member of the Holy name society. Leo was active at the Paulist Center in Boston where he stood up for his beliefs and protested War in this country.

Leo will be remembered as a wonderful family man and a great friend to many. Leo had an outgoing personality, a great sense of humor, and was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. He was certainly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed.

Leo was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kay” (Davey) Barry, devoted father of Michael Barry & wife Joanne Jaxtimer of Milton, Anne McGann & husband Bob of Burlington, Mary Barry Emerick of Wilmington, Kathy Callan of Tewksbury, Peggy Russo & husband Mike of Chelmsford and the late Robert Barry. Loving “Papa” of 9 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren. Cherished son of the late John and Julia (Crowley) Barry, dear brother of Eileen Terrio of Peabody, the late John, Francis, James, and Kevin Barry. Leo is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 9th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Leo’s memory may be made to the Sunny Acres Nursing Home, 254 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.