Obituaries

Barbara N. Dyer-Cullen

April 23rd, 2014

Barbara N. Dyer-Cullen, “Mama Midget”, age 67, of Reading, died peacefully, Easter morning to rise with the Lord, surrounded by her family and friends at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Barbara was born and raised in South Boston and Weymouth.  Over the years she lived in several communities including Wilmington.

For many years Barbara worked as a bus driver for Commonwealth Coach in Medford and when the bus company moved to Woburn and became Safety Transportation, Barbara stayed on as a dispatcher and then moved up to supervisor.   Barbara loved her job, she drove the bus for children as well as adults with medical issues and handicaps; Barbara was very compassionate and caring, she always had a way with people and they formed a strong bond with each other.

Barbara was an avid follower of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, and race cars; she was so “into” car racing.  Barbara was part of the team that built the midget race car “00” and was a fan of its driver Brian Cleveland.  Barbara also worked with Star Speedway as part of the first response recovery team.

In her spare time, Barbara loved to go to bingo and spent time with her family and friends, especially the time spent with her grandchildren whom she adored.  Barbara enjoyed camping at her camp in Rochester, NH, where she could relax, leave her troubles behind, and always feel “at home”.

Barbara was a lovely lady who would do anything for anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Barbara was the beloved better half of more than 30 years of Cris Cullen, devoted mother of Crystal Lee Matthews of Reading, Lissamarie White of Lowell, and Kelly A. Dyer of Woburn, loving grandmother of the late Lee Matthews, Katlin MacPherson, Demetrios Galiatsatos, Amanda Poirier, Bobby Poirier, and Charles Joseph Dyer, loving great-grandmother of Chance MacPherson.  Barbara is also survived by two sisters Donna Brady and Kathy MacPherson.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Saturday, April 26th from  1:00-4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701.

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Walter A. Keough

April 23rd, 2014

Walter A. Keough, age 83, of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20th, at home with his loving wife by his side.

Walter Allen Keough was born on October 6, 1930 to James and Emily Keough at119 Sturgis St, Medford Mass. Walter graduated from Medford Vocational School in 1948. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corp from 1951 to 1953 attaining the rank of Lance Corporal and serving in the Korean Conflict Theatre of operations.

On March 31, 1953 Walter married his high school sweetheart, Gertrude DiCristoforo at St. Joseph Church in Medford Ma. He built their family’s home, which was named house of the year for 1957, in Wilmington, Mass.

Walter was a lifelong member of Carpenter’s Local 218, joining in 1949. He worked as a superintendent for several large New England based construction companies.

Walter was always known for his amiable and kind personality.

Walter was the beloved husband of Gertrude E. (DiCristoforo) Keough, devoted father of Leslie Dow of Hampstead, NH, Bradley Keough & his wife Jacqui of Frankfort, KY, Alison Buendia of Salem, NH, and Jay Keough & his wife Rene of Derry, NH, loving grandfather of Rachel, Courtney, Lucy, James, Audrey, Tyler, Todd, Haley, Chad, Kial, and Taitum, great-grandfather Peyton, Piper, Parker, Harper, Sawyer and Kaelyn, cherished son of the late James A. and Emily (Trask) Keough, dear brother of Earl Keough of Andover, the late James Keough, Warren Keough and Phyllis Brown.  Walter is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington for Visitation on Friday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Walter’s name may be made to Sarah’s Adult Day Care, 201 New Hampshire 111, Hampstead, NH 03841.

Rose Mary (Lindquist) Murphy

April 19th, 2014

Rose Mary (Lindquist) Murphy, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 18, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rose Mary was born on March 15, 1942, in Malden, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Gunnar “Wally” and Mary (Adamo) Lindquist.  Rose Mary was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.

Rose Mary married her “best friend” James J. Murphy in June of 1967, sharing nearly 47 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family.  Rose Mary and James lived in Revere for many years before moving to Wilmington in October of 1994.  Rose Mary loved her home and was dedicated to raising her family; they always came first in her life.  As a mother, Rose Mary was second to none; she was always there to support her children throughout school and at their sporting events, she was their biggest fan.

When Rose Mary became “Nana” to Christopher and Maria, her life became more enriched, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and spoil them; they were the light of her life.

Prior to retiring, Rose Mary worked at TD Bank North Bank for many years, her kindness to her co-workers and customers earned her many friendships throughout the years.

In her spare time, Rose Mary enjoyed shopping, going out to coffee or lunch with her girlfriends, and reading a good book.  She cherished the time spent with family and good friends, holiday celebrations, and many vacations over the years.

Rose Mary will be remembered for her caring nature, her unconditional love, her strength during adversity and illness, and for her big heart.  She was truly an amazing lady who will be dearly missed.

Rose Mary was the beloved wife James J. Murphy, devoted mother of Patricia Palladino and her husband Anthony of Litchfield, NH, Laura Murphy of Wilmington, and Paul Murphy and his wife Shari Ann of Rochdale, MA, loving “Nana” of Christopher and Maria Palladino, cherished daughter of the late Gunnar “Wally” and Mary (Adamo) Lindquist, dear sister of Shirley Svenson of Malden, Paul Lindquist of Salem, and Francis Lindquist and his wife Diane of Ipswich, sister-in-law of Harold and Louise Murphy of Revere.  Rose Mary was also very special to Anthony Palladino of Everett and is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Rose Mary’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

Shirley (Lohnes) Quandt

April 17th, 2014

Shirley (Lohnes) Quandt, age 79, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on April 16th, 2014.

Shirley liked to play cards, go to Foxwoods and the racetrack with friends.  She loved to dance, the 99 restaurant and Dunkin Donuts.

Shirley is survived by her two daughters; Lee Stowell and Cindy Johnstone, and her late daughter; Donna Quandt, her four grandchildren; Samantha Stowell, Sean Stowell, Brad Johnstone and Daniel Johnstone, as well as her former husband; Alexander Quandt.  She was the daughter of the late Roy and Gladys (Fancy) Lohnes and sister of the late Doris Curtis, Donald Lohnes, Vernon Lohnes and Carl Lohnes.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for visitation on Saturday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Robert E. Allen, Jr.

April 13th, 2014

Robert E. Allen, Jr., “Bob”, age 73, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2014, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Lowell, MA, on June 8, 1940; he was the dear son of the late Robert E., Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen.  Bob was raised in Tewksbury in his earlier years before moving to Wilmington as a young man.  Bob was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1957.

Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and began active duty on December 12, 1957. Bob served overseas during the Vietnam War and was assigned to the USAO Trois Fontaines Ammunition Depot; following early release from his overseas duty, Bob was honorably discharged on November 28, 1960, returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Bob married the ‘love of his life” Dorothy St. Hilaire in September 1961 and the couple settled in Woburn.  Bob and Dorothy shared more than 52 years together, raised a beautiful family, worked hard, and had a lot of fun together.

Prior to retiring, Bob worked for the town of Wilmington in the tree department for over 40 years.  Bob had a great work ethic; he worked six days a week but always kept Sunday’s for family.  Bob loved his family unconditionally and looked forward to spending time with them.

In his spare time, Bob loved to go deer hunting, fishing, camping, riding his snow mobile, and horseback riding which he enjoyed doing with his daughters and granddaughters.  Bob was definitely an “out doors man” and quite a traveler.  Following his retirement, Bob became an avid golfer and a “snow bird”; spending his winters on the Palm Coast of Florida.

Bob will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to “tease” others and get away with it; if you were the recipient of Bob’s teasing then you knew he liked you. Bob was also very caring and generous of his time helping others; everyone knew they could count on Bob.

Bob was a devoted family man and a true friend to many; he will be sorely missed by all.

Bob was the beloved husband of Dorothy (St. Hilaire) Allen of Woburn, loving father of Scott M. Allen of Virginia, Kim (Allen) Nye and her husband Timothy of Billerica and Lorrie (Allen) Flaherty and her husband Daniel of Wilmington, “Papa Bob” of Jennifer, Benjamin and Adam Nye and Danielle Flaherty, son of the late Robert, Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen, dear brother of Virginia Allen of Florida, the late Helen Drover, Thomas Allen and Jackie Allen, brother-in-law of Mary Ann Giordani and Paul St. Hilaire, Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 17th at 12:30 p.m.  Interment with military honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 16th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY  10016.

Stephen J. Marranzini

April 13th, 2014

Stephen J. Marranzini, age 47, of Pepperell, passed away on April 12th, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Cory (Noonan) Marranzini of Pepperell, loving father of Joseph and Allyson Marranzini of Pepperell, step-father of Katelyn Dunlay & her husband, Chris of Huntington Beach, CA, Sean Redwood & his wife, Emily of Hollis, NH, and Meghan Redwood of Albuquerque, NM, devoted grandfather of Mitchell Redwood and Jackson Dunlay, son of the late Rudolph and Ruth (Havey) Marranzini, dear brother of David Marranzini & his wife, Diane of Wilmington, and Mark Marranzini of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Stephen is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Stephen was born May 3, 1966 in Boston and lived in Wilmington, Groton, and Pepperell, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Boston University and worked for Lockheed Martin in Chelmsford. Stephen served as Treasurer for the Groton Lakes Association. He enjoyed many years at his cottage on Lost Lake waterskiing, boating, and snowmobiling. All were welcome at a moments notice for a cookout. He was a dedicated fan of the Boston Bruins. His hobbies included restoring cars and home remodeling.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, for a funeral on Friday, April 18th, at 9:00 am. followed by a Funeral Service at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave. Wilmington, at 10:00 am. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, April 17th, from 4-8 pm. Memorial donations in Stephen’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Groton Lakes Association, 8 Weymisset Rd. Groton, MA 01450.

Lillian R. Garrity

April 13th, 2014

Lillian R. (Mahoney) Garrity, age 92, of Reading, formerly a long-time resident of Malden and Sarasota, Florida, passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2014 at the Daniels House in Reading, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Malden on August 22, 1921, Lillian was the only daughter of Timothy and Lillian Mahoney.  She was raised in Malden and attended Malden High School, captaining the girls’ tennis team.  Following high school, Lillian attended Malden Business School and upon completion, became employed as a legal secretary.

 Lillian married the love of her life, John T. Garrity, on June 18, 1949, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden.  Together, they raised their three daughters on Glen Street in Malden.  Lillian’s most cherished role was that of being a full-time mom.  Once she became a mom, she devoted all her time, talents, and energy to her children.  After her children were grown, Lillian developed a keen interest in local politics and enjoyed working on various political campaigns in Malden.  Upon her husband’s retirement from the position of Malden Fire Chief, the couple moved to Sarasota, Florida where they lived for a little over 26 years.  In April 2013, they returned to New England.

 Lillian was very active and athletic all her life.  She loved being outdoors, whether it was taking a long walk, golfing, or just working out in the her yard.  In their retirement, she and John enjoyed traveling, taking trips to Hawaii, Canada, Washington, D.C. and Graceland.  Since she was a child, she had a strong love for animals and made sure there was always a family pet.  One of her favorites was her Russian blue cat named, Fleur.  Most of all, Lillian loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, as they meant the world to her.  She was irreplaceable to her family and will be sorely missed by all of them. 

 Lillian was the beloved wife of former Malden Fire Chief John T. Garrity of North Reading. She was the loving mother of Lillie Fournier & her husband Robert of Sarasota, FL, June Fagan & her husband Joseph of Wilmington and Lorraine McBride & her husband David of North Reading.  She was the cherished “Grandy” of Joseph, III & Elizabeth Fagan and Caroline & Laura McBride. Lillian was the dear sister of the late Vincent, Roy, Ralph, George & Paul Mahoney.

 Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Thursday, April 17th, 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 Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.  Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, April 16th, from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Lillian’s name can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA  02026.

Patricia A. (Fougere) DeWolf, “Patsy”

April 10th, 2014

Patricia A. (Fougere) DeWolf, fondly known as “Patsy”, age 73, of Billerica, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on April 10, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Pat was born and raised in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Freeman and Marie (Perry) Fougere.  Pat was a graduate of Medford High School with the class of 1958.

Pat married “her sweetheart” Joseph DeWolf on September 25, 1965, they lived in Medford for several years before relocating to Billerica in December of 1975, where they raised three wonderful daughters.  Pat loved being a wife and mother, her family was always first and foremost in her life.  When Pat became “Nana” to Isabelle and Carter she was ecstatic, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and spoil them rotten; they were the light of her life.

As her family grew and her daughters entered school, Pat decided to take a “part time” and “temporary” position at T. J. Maxx in Wilmington.  Following 25 years of dedicated service to the company, Pat retired at the position of Office Manager.  Pat actually loved her job; she made countless friends over the years and she got to do what she loved best, shop!  Pat always enjoyed finding a bargain and just the perfect gift for someone special.

Pat enjoyed boating and vacationing, especially the many trips they took to Nova Scotia to visit family, everyone always had a great time.  Pat also looked forward to her ritual with her girlfriends to As Good As It Gets Café for their weekly “breakfast club” where they would make plans over a good cup of coffee.

Pat was a woman of great faith and strength; she was an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years.  Pat’s faith helped her to handle her illness with courage and grace; she fought hard and never gave up.  Pat was an inspiration to many and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pat was the beloved wife of Joseph L. DeWolf of Billerica, devoted mother of Judi DeWolf of Hudson, MA, Laurel “Lori” DeWolf-Grise and her husband Edward Grise of Billerica, and Erin DeWolf of Chelmsford, loving “Nana” of Isabelle and Carter Grise, cherished daughter of the late Freeman and Marie (Perry) Fougere, dear sister of the late William Fougere.  Pat is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 13th from 4-8 p.m.  Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA  01760.

Charles “Charlie” Duffy, Jr.

April 9th, 2014

Charles Duffy, Jr., “Charlie”, age 85, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at the Winchester Hospital on April 7, 2014.

Charlie was born on March 10, 1929, in Newton, MA; he was the beloved son of Charles Sr. and Mary E. (Canney) Duffy. Charlie lived in Newton before moving to Wilmington as a young boy where he was raised and educated. Charlie was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1947 where he met and later married his “high school sweetheart” Dorothea Froton also of Wilmington.

Charlie was inducted into the United States Army on February 27, 1951; he served overseas as a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment APO111 during the Army Occupation of Germany. Charlie received several commendations for his service during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 21, 1953, returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Charlie was very proud of serving his country, upon his return from active duty he joined the American Legion, VFW, and DAV, where he was an active member for many years. Charlie also marched in the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade for more than 50 years.

Charlie was a life-long member of the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks and for more than 25 years was a cook at their annual family picnics in the Pine Grove.

In his earlier years, Charlie was an active communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church and a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington.

Prior to retiring, Charlie worked as a mechanic at the Highway Department for the Town of Wilmington for more than 30 years. Charlie was a “character” with a good sense of humor and made many friends at work throughout the years.

In his spare time, Charlie enjoyed attending and watching NASCAR Races, following all the Boston Sports Teams, and spending time with his family and friends.

Charlie was the dear father of James Duffy and his wife Barbara of Tewksbury, Karen Duffy Webster of Utah, the late Charles Duffy III, David Duffy and his wife Lynel all of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin Duffy of Boston, Mary Duffy and her wife Anne Cranshaw of Sherbourne, MA, and the late Michael Duffy of Portland, ME, loving “Grampa” of Lianne, David, James, Mark, Lynne, Danielle, Danny, John, Dylan, and Catherine, Great “Grampa Duffy” of Kylie, Cameron, Nicholas, and Colin, brother of Joseph Duffy of Wilmington and the late James Duffy, Uncle of Donna Luce, Diane Martin, Jay Duffy, and Maureen Beauregard. Former husband of Dorothea (Froton) Duffy of Indianapolis.  Charlie was also the long-time companion of the late Phyllis Campbell.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 16that 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15th from 4-8 p.m. Donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Irene A. (Davoli) Fiore

April 9th, 2014

Irene A. (Davoli) Fiore, age 93, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford and Cambridge, died peacefully on April 8, 2014.

Irene was born in Medford, MA, on March 27, 1921; she was the cherished daughter of the late Enrico and Mary (Colla) Davoli.  Irene was raised and educated in South Medford and a graduate of Medford High School with the class of 1939.

Irene married the “love of her life” Francesco “Frank” Fiore in 1951; the couple moved to Cambridge where they lived for more than 50 years.  Irene loved her home in Cambridge, she was an impeccable house keeper, and she loved to entertain her family and friends there.  While living in Cambridge, Irene enjoyed going into Boston, shopping at Jordan Marsh and Filenes, and attending Mass in the Arch Street Church.

Irene’s unconditional love and devotion for her family was always evident.  Irene loved being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, but especially a “Grandma” to her Nicole; she was the light of her life. 

In 2003, following her beloved husband’s death, Irene moved to Wilmington with her daughter Paula and her family.

Irene was known to be “well read”, she followed the news, and enjoyed a good Patriot’s game.  She will be fondly remembered for her kindness to others and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Irene was the beloved wife of 51 years to the late Francesco “Frank” Fiore, devoted mother of Paula Barry and her husband Chris, loving “Grandma” Nicole Barry all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the Enrico and Mary (Colla) Davoli, dear sister of Lorraine Bradley of Medford, the late Beatrice DiGiovanni, Norma Menchi, Henry Davoli, and Marie Romano.  Irene is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 13th from 2-5 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Irene’s memory may be made to a Charity of Your Choice.