Obituaries

Timothy E. Strob

October 11th, 2018

Timothy E. Strob, age 77, of Billerica, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 9, 2018.

Tim was the beloved husband of the late Roberta “Bobbi” (Alyward) Strob, devoted father of Robin L. Strob of Billerica and the late Kim Strob, cherished son of the late William F. and Olive (Coleman) Strob, dear brother of the late Naomi Landry & her husband Ray of Wilmington, Bill Strob & his wife Pam of FL, Joe Strob & his wife Edie of Reading, Ruth Ann Sampson & her husband the late Kenny and Jack Strob & his wife Linda all of Wilmington. Tim is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, October 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Tuesday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m.

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

Tim was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during the Korean War.

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Noah M. Martin

October 9th, 2018

Noah M. Martin, age 21, of Hudson, NH, formerly of Townsend, MA, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2018, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Noah was born in Stoneham, MA on October 1, 1997; he was the cherished son of Cindy Ascolillo and Alan Martin. Noah was raised and educated in Townsend, MA and was a graduate of Townsend High School with the Class of 2016.

Noah would light up a room with his smile and “Noah ways”. He loved nature, animals, skateboarding with his friends and listening to his favorite music. He was a talented writer; one of his poems reads: “I’d rather make an impact on the people of the world by leaving them with a smile whenever I’m around.”

Noah will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends; and accepting everyone and making them feel welcomed. Noah will forever in the hearts of those he touched throughout his life.

Noah was the beloved son of Cindy L. (Crogan) Ascolillo & her husband Bill of Woburn, MA and Alan M. Martin & his wife Kathy of Hudson, NH, beloved brother of the late Luke Martin, Jennifer Gorman & her husband Tom of Manchester, NH, Jessica Martin of Derry, NH, Brad Ascolillo of Manchester, NH, Joshua Ascolillo of Peabody, MA, Jared Yan of Lowell, MA and Kal Higgins of Hudson, NH. Dear grandson of Lynne Crogan of Tewksbury, MA, Dave Sr. and Laurie Crogan of Johnston, RI and Kathleen Cordaro of Woburn, MA. Noah is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, October 12th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Noah’s life will take place on Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Abundant Life Christian Church, 173 Church St., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Dracut, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Noah’s memory may be made to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 8701 Georgia Avenue Suite #412, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or adaa.org.

Donald E. Peak

October 8th, 2018

Donald E. Peak, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2018, at the High Point Hospice House following a brief illness.

Donald was born on April 15, 1938, in Somerville, MA; Donald was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1956.

Donald, enlisted in the United States Navy on June 1, 1962, at the U. S. Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, MA. Don served honorably for three years during the Vietnam War, he was released from active service in May of 1965 and was then transferred to the U. S. Naval Reserves in Bainbridge, Maryland. Don continued to serve the country with the Naval Reserves until March of 1967.

Donald married his “sweetheart”, Diane Zinck on June 14, 1958; the couple just celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past June. Don and Diane moved to Wilmington in 1965 where they raised two wonderful children, Jennie and Doug. Don was a very devoted and loving husband, father and “Papa” to his grandchildren Connor and Sarah; he always looked forward to the times they spent together.

Prior to retiring, Don, worked as a custodian for the Sudbury United Methodist Church in Sudbury, MA, where he also made many friends throughout the years.

Donald is survived by his beloved wife Diane (Zinck) Peak, his daughter Jennie Pelletier & her husband Joseph of Chelmsford, his son Douglas Peak & his wife Karen of Woodbridge, VA, and his grandchildren Connor and Sarah. Son of the late Walter and Helen (Blood) Peak, dear brother of Elaine Mulno of California and brother of the late Richard Dick) Morrill and the late Robert (Bobby) Morrill. Don is further survived by several nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, October 14th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Donald’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday, October 15th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

Donald M. Manson

October 1st, 2018

Donald M. Manson, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away following a long illness on September 30, 2018.

Donald was the devoted father of Peter D. Manson & his wife Lin Marshall-Manson of Lawrence, cherished son of the late Spurgeon and Bertha (Jakobsen) Manson, dear brother of Deborah Fitzgerald & her husband James of Wilmington and the late Spurgeon D. Manson, Jr. and his wife Patricia Manson of Wilmington. Donald is also survived by his former spouse and friend, Marie Manson of Dracut, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Thursday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Donald was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during the Vietnam era.

Walter A. Lawler

September 26th, 2018

Walter A. Lawler, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2018, at Ashland Farm in North Andover.

Walter was born on March 5, 1928 in Cambridge, MA; he was the dear son of the late Walter and Adeline Lawler. Walter grew up in Somerville but spent lots of time at the family farm in Wilmington with his Witherspoon grandparents. Walter graduated Somerville High School with the Class of 1946 and in June of 1946 he enlisted in the U. S. Army during World War II.

Walter served with the 604th Aircraft Central Squadron as a radar repairman with the rank of Corporal; he earned the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal; he was honorably discharged on June 17, 1949. On August 9, 1950, he was called from inactive service and bravely returned to duty with first U. S. Air Force to serve in the Korean Conflict. Walter served as a rank of Sergeant with the 773D AC& W Squadron with his duties as a radio mechanic II; he was honorably discharged from active duty in August of 1951 and transferred to the U. S. Air Force Reserves.

In April 1955, Walter married the “love of his life” Lillian Michaud; the couple settled in Wilmington and raised seven children. Walter built their home on a parcel of his grandparents farm land where many wonderful childhood memories were made.

Walter was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather; he was a strong support system for his children and showed them the meaning of unconditional love. Walter beamed with pride as he spoke of his family and the wonderful adults that they had become. Walter will be fondly remembered as a humble, caring man with a strong work ethic who was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Walter loved his family and friends with all his heart and he will forever be missed.

Walter was proud to serve his country during two Wars and he became a life member of the VFW Post 2458 in Wilmington, the NARFE Chapter 479, the State Guard for the USAAC, USAF and USAFR. Walter was also a member of the Wakefield Retired Men’s Club where he made many friends throughout the years.

Walter was the beloved husband of the late Lillian A. (Michaud) Lawler, devoted father of Cheryl Stewart & her husband Bob of Trumbull, CT, Glenn Lawler & his partner Annette Angelo of Holliston, MA, Timothy Lawler & his wife Diana of Canton, CT, Dorothy Pearl & her husband Rob of Medway, Brian Lawler & his wife Laurie of Andover, Suzanne & her partner Russ Russo of Portsmouth, NH and Paul Lawler & his wife Lynn of Lebanon, ME, loving “Papa” of Kate, Brenna, Meghan, Cristina, Stephanie, Christopher, Patrick, Tyler, Molly, Tanner, Meredith, Madison, Olivia, Jordan, Kayli and great-grandchildren Xander and Cleo, cherished son of the late Walter E. and Adeline (Witherspoon) Lawler.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. (Please go directly to Church.) Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to a Charity of one’s choice.

Steven J. Haepers

September 23rd, 2018

Steven J. Haepers, age 34, of Manchester, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on September 22, 2018, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.

Steven was born on January 14, 1984, in Malden, MA; he was the beloved son of Joseph and Nancy Haepers. Steven was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2002. Steven loved playing youth sports as well as playing football for the Wilmington High School Wildcats; he was proud of being a member of the football team when they were the Cape Ann League Champs.

Steven was very outgoing and friendly; he made many life-long friends throughout the years. Steve was also known to be and avid outdoorsman who enjoyed water skiing, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, snow skiing or anything else that had to do with being outside and having fun. He loved spending time with his family and friends at their home in New Hampshire where many wonderful memories were made throughout the years.

Steven was dearly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Steven was the cherished son of Joseph and Nancy (VonHandorf) Haepers of Acton formerly of Wilmington, beloved brother of Katie A. Haepers of Acton and Michael J. Haepers of Chelsea, dear nephew of Ellen Tentindo of Wilmington, Dorothy VonHandorf of Saugus, the late Joseph and James VonHandorf. Steven is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Steven’s memory may be made to www.namimass.org or NAMI of Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St. Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.

Mary A. (Auld) Kingston

September 21st, 2018

Mary A. (Auld) Kingston, age 98, of Hampton Falls, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 21, 2018.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Kingston, devoted mother of Karen J. Brouillard & her husband Christian of Hampton Falls, NH, loving “Grammy” of Noelle, Danielle, Joseph, Cassandra and Amanda, cherished daughter of the late Robert and Jeanne (Chaffault) Auld, dear sister of Roberta Howland of Spofford, NH and the late Madeline Testa. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary was so proud of her grandchildren; she really enjoyed spending time with them and attending their sporting events and activities. She also loved gardening, tennis and was an active skier in her day. Mary was an avid reader and a devout Catholic. She had a very generous heart and was blessed to be able to spend her last four years living with her family in New Hampshire.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 24th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to High Pointe House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.

Patricia E. Bedell

September 18th, 2018

Patricia E. Bedell (O’Neil), “Pat”, age 83, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018.

Patricia was born on July 28, 1935 in Lowell, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Helen O’Neil. Pat was raised and educated in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Following High School, Pat, went on to earn her Nursing License at the Tewksbury State Hospital Nursing Program; she was so proud to be a nurse and was eager to start her career.

Pat spent many years as a nurse for the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford; she had such kindness and compassion for the Veteran’s that she took care of. Pat treated her patients as well as their families as her own; she went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable.

Pat lived in Wilmington for many years where she raised four wonderful children; “family” was everything to her. Pat cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren whether she was at a school or sporting event, hosting a family holiday, or enjoying a family vacation; she loved every minute of it.

Pat will be fondly remembered and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pat was the beloved mother of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell and his wife Christine all of Haverhill. Loving “Nanny” of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell. Cherished daughter of the late Edward P. and Helen M. (Hannon) O’Neil, dear sister of the late William and Edward O’Neil. Pat is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd 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.

Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Anne V. Kaizer

September 18th, 2018

Anne V. Kaizer (Whitehouse), age 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 17, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Anne was born on May 21, 1937, in Darlington, England; she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Whitehouse. Anne was raised and educated in Darlington, and she always spoke of many wonderful childhood memories. In 1962 at the age of 25, Anne, ventured to the United States to see what America had to offer; she settled in Billerica, MA and took a job in Cambridge, MA. Anne journeyed to work by train and was met every evening by a handsome taxi driver named Sidney Kaizer; the two talked every evening on her ride home and soon their friendship blossomed into love and they were married in 1965.

Anne and Sid settled in Wilmington; the couple raised a wonderful family and shared over 48 years together before Sid’s passing in November of 2013. Anne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she went out of her way to help anyone in need and she never expected anything in return. Anne’s unconditional love for her children, their spouses and her grandchildren was unwavering; Anne cherished the time they spent together and she looked forward to going out with them whether it was for a drive, out to dinner, a family holiday or vacation she was happy to be with her family.

Anne was very giving and kind when it came to others; she took care of many friends and neighbors who were ailing or in need of help and she was glad to do it. Anne provided “hospice” care to several friends throughout the years; she was always trying to make them as comfortable as she could during their last months, weeks and days.

Anne was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years where she was regularly attended Mass on Holy days as well as 7:30 Mass on Sundays. Anne could be found at the back of church after Mass chatting with friends; she always had a big smile and a friendly “hello” towards everyone.

Joyce Dalton was one of Anne’s closest friends. They enjoyed their nearly daily tea times as well as Friday bingo games at the senior center. She also enjoyed her regular get-togethers with her past co-workers from Sweatheart Plastics.

She loved spending time with her sister, Marie, whether it was shopping trips, traveling together, or reminiscing on times past.

Anne will be fondly remembered for her outgoing personality and her huge heart; she was pleasant, friendly, loving and kind to everyone. She will be forever in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her.

Anne was the beloved wife of the late Sidney R. Kaizer, devoted mother of Edward C. Kaizer & his wife Mary Tassone Kaizer of Wilmington, Annemarie Clark & her husband Ron, Cathleen Brown & her husband Jaythomas all of North Andover and the late Daniel Kaizer, loving “Gran” of Samuel and Charlotte Kaizer, cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Nugent) Whitehouse, dear sister of Marie Whitehouse of Norwood.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Anne’s name may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.

Robert F. Dudley II

September 18th, 2018

Robert Francis Dudley, II, “Bobby”, age 56, of Naples, ME, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on September 16, 2018.

Robert was the beloved husband of Andrea Lee (Connolly) Dudley, devoted father of Gabriella Dudley, Step-father of Toni Brewer, Charles Connolly, Julia Connolly and Benjamin Simaneau, loving grandfather of Liham, Lucca, Dustin and Damian, cherished son of Robert F. Dudley of Wilmington and the late Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley, dear brother of Ray Dudley and his wife Randi of Gilmanton, NH, Deborah Harris and her husband Steven of Amesbury, Susan Cooper and her late husband Golden of Wichita, KS, Judie Cherry and her husband Chris of Valley, AL, Mary Downs and her husband Jimmy, Paul Dudley and his wife Penni all of Wilmington, and Pattiann Graham and her husband Shawn of Windham, NH. Robert is also survived by his father-in-law, Frank C. Witham, Jr., many loving nieces & nephews and his beloved dog, Bailey Bear Dudley.

Robert loved to spend time with his whole family, especially his grandchildren. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served his country.

In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Home Base, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service with Military Honors on Friday, September 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.