Obituaries

Kathleen A. Nardone

June 22nd, 2016

Kathleen A. Nardone (Hansford), fondly known as “Kathy” to her family and friends died peacefully at her home on June 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 69 years old.

Kathy was born on April 15, 1947; she was the cherished only daughter of Frances and Doreen Hansford. Kathy was raised and educated in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1965. Kathy went on to further her education at Tewksbury Hospital; she studied hard and earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Kathy loved being a nurse, for many years she worked at Lawrence Memorial in Medford and Lahey Clinic in Burlington. In her later years, Kathy worked at several nursing homes caring for the elderly. Kathy always had a way with her patients; she was so caring and compassionate and always had their best interest at heart.

On August 25, 1964, Kathy married her “sweetheart” Frank Nardone and another wonderful chapter in her life began. Kathy and Frank did everything together and truly enjoyed their time spent with family and friends. Kathy and Frank lived in Burlington for 20 years where they raised their three boys, Frank Jr., James, and Shawn. Kathy loved being a mother; her unconditional love and support for her family was evident in everything she did.

Kathy and Frank moved to Wilmington over 20 years ago and fit right in to their new community where their neighbors became like family and their door was always open to anyone in need.

Kathy also enjoyed the many years she summered in Hartford, Maine with her family and friends or summers they spent camping in New Hampshire. Kathy loved being on the water no matter where she was; she could just sit for hours relaxing with a cup of coffee and watching the boats go by.

Kathy will be remembered for her love of reading, watching movies especially a “good horror flick”, and her talent for decorating especially her home.

Kathy was quite a lady who would do anything for anyone; she was kind and loving but a “fighter” when it came to her illness. Kathy’s perseverance in the face of adversity gave her more time to spend with those she loved. Kathy will be greatly missed but forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

Kathy was the beloved wife of Frank A. Nardone, devoted mother of Frank A. Nardone, Jr. of Kingston, NH, James E. Nardone & wife Terry of Turner, ME, and Shawn P. Nardone & wife Stefany of Atkinson, NH. Loving “Grandma” of Charlene, Jessica, Travis, Nathan, Heaven, Aiden, and great-grandson Deklan. Cherished daughter of the late Frances and Doreen (McGuffy) Hansford, dear sister of Billy Hansford & wife Susan of Tewksbury and Robert Hansford & wife Sally of Medford. Aunt of Kendra Pacella, Shauna Hansford, and Jarred Hansford. Kathy was also very special to Jill Cohen and is also survived by her beloved dog Maddie.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 25th at 10:30 a.m. followed by Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, June 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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Robert J. Simmons

June 22nd, 2016

Robert J. Simmons, cherished husband of Janice, died peacefully at the Spaulding Hospital and Rehabilitation of Cambridge on June 22nd, 2016.

Bob was born in Medford on April 2nd, 1947 and was the dear son of the late William and Janet (Ball) Simmons; brother of Carolyn and her husband Bill Gable, brother of Joseph and his wife Melissa (Glencross) and beloved uncle to Michael and Stefanie Gable and Billy, Tommy and Jonathon Simmons all of Wilmington. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Mary, and his brother Frank.

Bob proudly served his country for four years in the US Air Force. He trained in Biloxi, Mississippi and was stationed in Pakistan. He retired from Raytheon after 30+ years as an engineer. Bob not only played softball for a number of years, but he became known as “Coach” to his many players and friends. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 2071 for many years and became Exalted Ruler in 2009.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, June 27th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, 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 with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 26th, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Development Office, 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Catherine A. Witkos

June 21st, 2016

Catherine A. (Niven) Witkos, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away on June 17, 2016 at the Care One at Wilmington.

Catherine was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Witkos, cherished daughter of the late Neil and Anne (Costello) Niven, dear sister of Margaret F. Woolfrey of Wilmington, the late Neil Niven, Jr. and his wife Maureen Niven of Tewksbury and the late John “Jack” Niven and his wife Cyndie Niven of Reading, loving aunt of Tessa A. Niven, Paul Niven, Timothy Niven, Peter Niven, James Woolfrey, III, Jennifer Woolfrey and the late Stephen Niven.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA  02532 on Monday, June 27th at 1:15 p.m.

Memorial donations in Catherine’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

Dorothy C. Stewart

June 21st, 2016

Dorothy C. Stewart, age 97, passed away peacefully at the Meadow View Center in North Reading on June 21, 2016.

Dorothy was born on April 25, 1919, in New Bedford, MA; she was the beloved daughter of the late Harry and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. Dorothy was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was Valedictorian of the Wilmington High School Class of 1937 and a graduate of Boston University with the Class of 1941.

Dorothy served in World War II as a Sergeant in the United States Army (WAC) and was honorably discharged in 1946; she then went on to a long and successful career with the U. S. Government. Dorothy was an avid world traveler and shared her passion of traveling with family and friends.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Doctor Pearl S. Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, her brothers Harry T. Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Norman T. Stewart of Arlington, TX, and sisters-in-law Ann Stewart of Harwich, MA, Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Estafana Stewart of Arlington, TX, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews who adored their “Aunt Dot”. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her brother Ervyl Stewart and brother-in-law Dr. Leldon Pitt.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held in the Veterans Lot at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m.

David W. Redfearn

June 21st, 2016

David W. Redfearn, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away on June 19th, 2016.

David is the beloved husband of Natalie E. (Anderson) Redfearn, devoted father of Nancy Assenza & her husband Joe of Atkinson, NH, Adrienne Goffnett of Michigan, Allison Mondi of Woburn and the late Stephen Redfearn, cherished son of the late David and Harriet (DuLong) Redfearn and dear brother of 3 sisters.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, June 26th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, www.marineheritage.org. David was a U.S. Marine Veteran who proudly served during WWII.

Richard E. “Dick” Gage

June 20th, 2016

Richard E. Gage, “Dick”, age 69, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on June 19, 2016. Richard was the cherished son of the late Louis E. and Louise M. (Tomeo) Gage, beloved brother of Robert V. Gage & his late wife Marilyn, Jeanne L. Kane & her late husband Paul, all of Wilmington and the late William A. Gage, loving Uncle of Brian & Michelle Kane, Andrea & Paul MacGilvray, Jennifer & Darren Ross all of Wilmington, Angela & Robert Nimblett of Winthrop, and the late John Gage, Great-Uncle of Hayden & Julia Kane, Ashley, Ava, & Thomas MacGilvray, and Holly Nimblett, dear Nephew of Eleanor Tomeo & Evelyn Tomeo both of Wilmington, and the late Vito & MaryAnn Tomeo.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington on Thursday, June 23rd for Visitation from 10:30 -11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to Perkins School for the Blind, Attn: Perkins Trust, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Lawrence I. “Larry” Pinto

June 20th, 2016

Lawrence I. “Larry” Pinto, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away on June 15, 2016 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Larry was the cherished son of the late Milton and Muriel (Irving) Pinto. He was the beloved brother of Leslie Ward and her companion Garry Montgomery of North Reading. He was the dear uncle of Kristen Humber and her husband Christopher of North Reading and Marcia Gerrior and her husband Joseph of Stoneham. Larry was the great uncle of Christopher “CJ” Humber and Madison Gerrior. Larry is also survived by his dear friends Lenny, Debbie and Kevin Vail of Auburn, NH, Kevin Hall of Wilmington and Neil Woodside also of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th, at 12:00 noon. Interment with military honors will be held in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 23rd, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Larry’s name can be made to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital Hospice Care, attn: Voluntary Services, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

Marilyn J. Chalifour

June 19th, 2016

Marilyn J. Chalifour (McPhee), age 78, of Wilmington, passed away at home after illness surrounded by love and family.

Marilyn was born in Haverhill, MA on September 30, 1937.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Angus B. and Mary E. (DeMatteo) McPhee.  Marilyn was raised in Stoneham, MA, where she attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Malden.  Marilyn continued her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from Merrimack College in Andover (1959) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College (1981).

Marilyn married her beloved husband and best friend Leon Chalifour on May 12, 1962; the couple also settled in Wilmington in 1962 where they raised their four children.  Marilyn loved being a mother, and her unconditional love and support for her family was evident in everything she did.

Marilyn was a medical technologist in Reading, MA before becoming a teacher.  She taught Medical Technology at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica for 23 years before retiring in 2000.  She was passionate about teaching, inspiring and connecting with her students.  She used to say “you can never care too much.”  Marilyn’s dedication to her students as well as to her profession made her a favorite amongst the staff and the student body.

Marilyn was an avid reader, and when healthy, enjoyed horseback riding at the Iron Stone Farm in North Andover where she also volunteered and helped with their Special Olympics equestrian events.  Marilyn was very giving of her time and talents to help others, and believed in and supported many philanthropic efforts that dealt with education, women, children and the poor: she was sponsoring the education of two girls in Haiti and supported Haiti’s Free the Kids, St. Mary’s Center for Women & Children, Rosie’s Place and Kiva.  She also had a soft spot for animals and supported several New England rescues and shelters: Lowell Humane Society, Northeast Animal Shelter, the Merrimack Feline Rescue and the MSPCA of Boston.

Marilyn loved traveling with Leon every chance she could; whether it was a day trip along the coast or through the back roads, or their many trips to California, or their “trip of a lifetime” across the country, they enjoyed seeing landmarks and discovering the history of the places they visited.  In later years, they loved their time together in their Wells, ME cottage.

Marilyn was an active communicant at St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington where she taught CCD for many years, and after she retired, she taught CCD for adults in her home.  Marilyn was also one of the first female Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for her parish and helped with countless funerals throughout the years until her declining health.

Marilyn is strongly known and will be remembered as a wonderful woman, helpful, caring, and kind, who cherished the time she spent with family and friends, but whom, throughout her life, had a devotion to helping others.  She knew her purpose in life was to make a difference and she spent her life doing just that.  She made everyone around her feel special and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Leon G. Chalifour, devoted mother of Paul Chalifour & wife Deborah of Wilmington, William Chalifour of Lowell, Dianne Chalifour of Portsmouth, NH, and the late Margaret Chalifour.  Cherished daughter of the late Angus B. and Mary E. (DeMatteo) McPhee, dear sister of Karen McNaughton & husband Robert of Tewksbury and the late Michael McPhee.  Special niece of Edna DeMatteo of Haverhill, aunt of Heather & Dan Bogonis and their sons Justin, Samuel, and George and Robbie & Debbie McNaughton and their son Brennan.  Marilyn is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St (Rte. 38) in Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th at 10:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, June 23rd from 3:00-7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Center for Women & Children, 90 Cushing Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125, or any of the other charities listed above, or to a charity of your choice.

Frances M. Martin

June 10th, 2016

Frances Mary (Machiesky) Martin, age 90, of Wilmington, died peacefully at Care One at Wilmington on June 9, 2016, with her family by her side.

Frances was born in Eynon, Pennsylvania to Frank and Mary (Valulek) Machiesky on March 6, 1926; she had two brothers, Alex and John, who are both deceased.

Frances graduated from Archbald High School in 1944 and moved to Washington, D.C.  She worked for the FBI from 1944 to 1948.  Handling fingerprints from many famous criminals were some of the anecdotes she loved to tell.  She loved Washington, D.C. and lived there during the war, making many friends that lasted a lifetime.

On February 1, 1947, Frances married Peter George Martin and the couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri, so that her husband could complete schooling to work for the railroad.  They permanently settled in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Frances and Peter were married for sixty-three years and they had six children.

After staying home to raise her children, Frances went back to work for the Wilmington Public School System, first as a cook, then as a manager.  Frances was well-known for her cooking and baking skills, including canning, making her own bread, and homemade fudge.

After retiring, Frances and Peter traveled extensively across the United States and Canada.

Frances was a woman of faith, who was heavily involved in the Charismatic Movement and the Saint Agnes Prayer group.  God and family were the priorities in her life.  She gave to many charities her entire life and volunteered at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

Frances was the devoted wife of the late Peter G. Martin, who passed away on February 24, 2010.

Frances is survived by her six children: Diane F. Martin of Lowell, Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis of the Philippines, Mary Ann Marks and her husband, Walter of North Reading, Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Londonderry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride and her husband Thomas of Lowell and Katherine M. Martin of Wilmington.  Frances is also survived by seven grandchildren: Anthony Marks, Michael P. Martin, Thomas Marks, Jessica Diebold, Elizabeth Gilbride, Peter Martin and Michael A. Martin, as well as two great-grandchildren: Evey Marks and Simon Diebold.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Monday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Frances’ favorite charity, Food For the Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005.

Celia Lee Hutchinson

June 7th, 2016

Celia Lee (Williamson) Hutchinson, “Nana”, age 72, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of North Reading, passed away on June 6th, surrounded by her loving family.

Nana was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was a seamstress who could sew wedding dresses, feety pajamas and mend broken hearts. Nana was never too busy to listen, to lend a hand, to help a friend in need – never asking for anything in return. She treated everyone like gold and when she spoke with someone, she made them feel as if they were the only person in the world. She loved to laugh and more often than not, made us all laugh. Nana loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family. She was a fighter – perhaps the greatest fighter the world has ever known – as she overcame challenges when most would have given up. Through all the pain, she never once complained. Instead she cherished every moment on this earth, so that she could spend just one more minute with her loved ones. She was our miracle and we were hers.

Celia was the beloved wife of Walter “Hutch” Hutchinson. She was the devoted mother of Walter Hutchinson & his wife Marilyn of Pelham, NH, Michelle MacInnis of Tewksbury, Robert MacInnis Jr of Lowell and Lisa Sullivan & her husband Greg of Wilmington. She leaves her grandchildren Robert MacInnis III and his wife Shannon, Alyssa and Dillon MacInnis, Ashley and Venessa Hutchinson, Charlene and Glenn Sullivan. Loving great grandmother of Jacob and Joseph MacInnis. Celia was the cherished daughter of the late Ernest & Elizabeth (Dupe) Williamson. She was the sister of Frank Williamson of Peabody and the late Harold Williamson and Joan Kadlec. Celia was the daughter-in-law of Clarice Hutchinson of Somerville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 10th, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 9th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Celia’s name can be made to Mass General Hospital for the benefit of the Stem Transplant and Discovery Fund, Attn: Tyrone Latin, Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, checks made payable to “Massachusetts General Hospital”.