James F. Hanlon

February 14th, 2019

James F. Hanlon, age 83, of Reading, formerly of Stoneham, passed away on February 14, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

James was the beloved father of Todd Hanlon and his wife Jennifer, loving “Papa” of Jaime Hanlon all of Stoneham, cherished son of the late
John and Gertrude (Elworthy) Hanlon, dear brother of Paul Hanlon of Florida and Margaret Hanlon of New Hampshire.

At James request all services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory may be made to a Food Pantry of your choice.

James proudly served in the United States Army from 1955-1958.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.


Elsie I. McManus

February 13th, 2019

Elsie I. McManus (Baker), age 95, a long-time resident of Somerville and Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Nevins Nursing Center in Methuen on February 13, 2019.

Elsie was the beloved wife of 50 years to the late John Henry McManus, devoted mother of Brian McManus of Somerville, David McManus & his wife Catherine of Wilmington, Carole Hamilton & her husband Stephen of Dracut and the late John Henry McManus, Jr. Loving Nana of eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Frederick and Olive (Wall) Baker. Elsie was the last of eight siblings and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 16th at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 15th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Eddie A. Sanchez

February 10th, 2019
Eddie A. Sanchez, age 70, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Guam, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 9, 2019.

Eddie was the beloved husband of Bertha (Dungca) Sanchez of Wilmington, devoted father of Junior Salas & wife Patricia of Colorado, Peter Sanchez & wife Sharon of Hawaii, Franklin Salas & wife Cassandra of Texas, Shirley DeLucia & husband Chris of Wilmington, Ricky Sanchez of Guam and John Mark Sanchez & wife Marquesa of Wilmington.  Cherished son of Maria (Agoun) Sanchez and the late Joaquin Sanchez of Guam, Loving “Papa” of Jonathan and Tricia Salas, Aisha Salas, Adam and Keri Palanca, Paulina, Elijah and Richard Sanchez, Natasha and Ashley Igros, Edward, Amanda, Michael and Christopher DeLucia, Kekoa Narcis and great-grandchildren Aison, Christopher and Leinani. Dear brother of Chong Engle, Frank Sanchez, Evelyn SanNicolas, Albert Sanchez, Kathy San chez and Jeffrey Sanchez.  Eddie is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Eddie was also very special to his “adopted” DeLucia grandchildren that fondly knew him as “Papa”.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, February 16th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

Eddie proudly worked as a Civil Engineer for the United States Air Force for over 30 years.

Andrew J. Jamerson

February 8th, 2019
Andrew J. Jamerson “Andy”, age 45, of Wakefield, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 7, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Andrew was born on April 13, 1973, in Malden, MA; he was the loving son of James and Sharon Jamerson. Andrew was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1991. Andrew was quite an athlete growing up; in his younger years he played basketball for the Wilmington Recreation department and baseball for Wilmington Little League. Andrew also played for the Wilmington Wildcats High School baseball team, golf team and basketball where he was the captain during his senior year.

Throughout his life, Andrew, enjoyed the outdoors; he looked forward to the many camping trips and hiking and fishing adventures he took with family and friends.

Andrew enjoyed spending time with his father working construction jobs and doing woodworking projects around his home. They also were both mechanically inclined and enjoyed repairing and rebuilding cars and engines together.

Andrew moved to Wakefield in 2002 where he raised his family and became very active in the community. Andrew spent many years involved in youth sports; he was a wonderful coach, the director of youth basketball and President of Wakefield Little League before his illness forced him to step down. Andrew had a passion for coaching and working with kids of all levels of athleticism; he just wanted the kids to go out and have fun.

For many years, Andrew, worked in the retail business; his dynamic personality and gentle way with people made him quite successful in this field. Andrew also had a love of animals especially dogs; he spent several years working as a dog trainer and enjoyed every minute of it.

Throughout his life, Andrew looked out for the “underdog” or the “less fortunate”. Andrew always put others first whether it was his family, friends, neighbors or a perfect stranger he would do what he could to help even when times were tough for him and his illness was progressing; whatever he had he shared with others.

Andrew was known to have a great sense of humor and the ability to make light of any situation. He enjoyed making people laugh and smile; he always wanted those around him to be happy and at ease.

Andrew’s unconditional love and devotion to his family was evident in everything he did. He cherished his role as a husband, son, brother, uncle and especially a dad to his children. Andrew beamed with pride as he spoke of his family; they were his world.

Andrew will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who left this world a much better place for having been in it. He was kind, thoughtful, caring and most of all very loving towards everyone. Andrew had a heart of gold and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Andrew was the beloved husband of Rachel L. (Currier) Jamerson, devoted “DAD” of Jacob M., Jason A., Madelynn A. and Abigail M. Jamerson all of Wakefield, cherished son of James R. Jr. and Sharon M. (Dedrick) Jamerson of Wilmington, dear brother of Melissa Tomei & her husband Joseph of Billerica. Loving Uncle of Lauren, Alison, Nicholas, Grace, Leah, Eddie, Ray, Violet, Jack, Charlotte and Olivia. Son-in-law of Rae & Paul Currier of Wakefield, brother-in-law of April & Scott Pettengill, Alison & Eddie Matthews, Paul & Danielle Currier and Emily & Tom Scola. Andrew is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 12th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 11th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Andrew’s memory may be made to the Jamerson Children’s Memorial Fund, c/o Melissa Tomei, P. O. Box 116, Pinehurst, MA 01866.

Diane L. Peak

February 8th, 2019

Diane L. Peak (Zinck), age 79, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2019, at the Blaire House in Tewksbury.

Diane was born on April 26, 1939, in Cambridge, MA; she was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1957.

On June 14, 1958, Diane married the “love of her life” Donald Peak. Diane and Don shared over 60 wonderful years together and made countless memories before his passing in October of 2018. Diane and Don moved to Wilmington in 1965 and raised a beautiful family. Diane was very devoted to her family; she was so proud of her children Jennie and Doug and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren Connor and Sarah. Diane looked forward to family gatherings, vacations and special occasions that brought everyone together.

Diane was a woman of great faith and very active in her church. For many years, Diane, was the secretary at the Wilmington United Methodist Church as well as a lay minister and a member of the church choir. Diane was also employed as the Benefits Administrator for the Southern New England Methodist Conference. Diane was a great employee; she was knowledgeable, hardworking and very sweet. Diane made many life-long friends within her church community; many of whom she considered her “extended family”.

In her spare time, Diane, enjoyed reading and traveling to new places. Diane was known as a “foodie”; she lived to eat and enjoyed trying varieties of foods from all over the world. Diane also loved to cook; she had tons of cookbooks and whipped hundreds of new recipes throughout the years.

Diane will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was kind, caring and loving towards everyone she met. Diane was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor; she would go out of her way to help anyone in need. Diane will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Diane was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Donald E. Peak, devoted mother of Jennie Pelletier & her husband Joseph of Chelmsford and Douglas Peak & his wife Karen of Woodbridge, VA. Cherished “Nana” of Sarah and Conner Peak, dear daughter of the late Edith (Norse) and Patsy Ceruolo, loving step-sister of Richie & Donna Ceruolo of East Boston and Marie Anzalone of Revere. Diane is also 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 Friday, February 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Diane’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington.

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

Laurie J. (Ulrickson) Levinger

February 6th, 2019

Laurie J. (Ulrickson) Levinger, age 58, of Seminole, FL, formerly of the Newburyport area and Wilmington, passed away on February 4, 2019.

Laurie was the beloved companion of Edward McDermott of Seminole, FL, cherished daughter of Phyllis (Tabor) Ulrickson of Dracut, dear sister of Karen Estabrook & her husband Brian of Derry, NH, loving aunt of Kaytlin Carter & her husband Chris and Melissa Estabrook, great-aunt of Wyatt Carter.

Laurie graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1979.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Laurie’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

James F. Collins

February 5th, 2019

James F. Collins, “Jim”, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Allston, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2019.

Jim was born on July 17, 1957, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Helen and the late Cornelius Collins. Jim was raised and educated in Allston; he was a graduate of Boston Latin High School.

Jim spent the duration of his career as a buyer/merchandiser for Star Market and Shaw’s Supermarket Chains.

Family was most important to Jim; he was especially proud of his three daughters and loved to share all of their accomplishments with everyone around him. He looked forward to the times he spent with family and friends down the Cape on Mashnee Island where everyone had a great time and lots of special memories were made.

In his spare time, Jim, enjoyed following the Boston sports teams, listening to music and he was very competitive with trivia.

Jim will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and his unconditional love for his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his loving family Denyse Collins, Brittany Davie & her husband Stephen, Allison Collins and Siobhan Collins all of Wilmington, his beloved mother Helen Collins formerly of Allston, his siblings Catherine Sutherland & husband Eugene of Burlington and Helen Anne Cowan of Abington, his brother-in-law Eric Rollfs of North Reading. Jim is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Cornelius Collins and his sister Patricia Rollfs.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 8th 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 Thursday, February 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Into Action Recovery Inc., 632 North St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arnold F. “Al” Lanni

February 2nd, 2019

Arnold F. Lanni, 91, of Southbridge, MA, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Vermont, fondly known as “Al” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully at home on January 30, 2019.

Al was the beloved husband of Laurie Towne Slobody of Southbridge and the late Mary (Boylen) Lanni of Wilmington. He was the devoted father of Marion Lanni of Shrewsbury and Jeanne Lanni and her husband Richard Vinton of Southborough, MA, and the late Michael, Arnold F. Jr. “Al” and Mark Lanni; loving “Grampy” of David John Gagnon III, Lanni Jeanne Gagnon and Olivia Leahy Vinton; cherished son of the late Domenic Lanni; and dear brother of Fred Rusha of Hudson, FL and John Rusha of Auburn, ME. He was the beloved brother-in-law of Jeanne (Boylen) & Benedict Crupi of Reading, Mary and the late George Boylen of Wilmington, Daniel and the late Janet Boylen of Lunenburg, the late Barbara (Boylen) and Jerry White of Wilmington, and Roger and Laurie Slobody of West Brookfield. Al is also survived by many others who adore him, including numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Al was born on March 17, 1927, in Everett, MA. As a young boy, Al, was raised and educated in Roxbury and West Roxbury. While living there, he had fond memories of belonging to the “Knot Hole Gang”, a group of young boys who paid 5 cents to get into the Boston Braves games.

When Al was in the sixth grade, he moved to Foxborough, MA. There, he continued his education, graduating from Foxborough High School with the Class of 1945. While in high school, he was very active. In addition to serving as Class President for three years, he was a drummer in the high school band and he played on the baseball, basketball and football teams. In his non school time, he played drums for a 27 piece community swing band.

After graduation, Al enlisted in the United States Coast Guard to serve his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged in May of 1946 and returned home to his family.

For the next several years, Al moved to Maryland to continue his education. He attended Severn Academy Prep School in Severna Park, MD and Hagerstown Junior College in Hagerstown, MD.

In 1951, Al entered the United States Navy to serve his country during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Tarawa and at the US Naval Receiving Station in Brooklyn, NY. Following four years of active duty, Al was honorably discharged in 1954.

After leaving the Navy, Al went on to attend Boston University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors. In 1964, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the State College at Boston.

Following college, Al began a long and rewarding career as a public school teacher and administrator, while always continuing his own education. In 1957, he began teaching American History at Topsfield High School. In 1959, transferred to Sudbury Public Schools to serve as Chairman of the Social Studies Department at Curtis Junior High School. While in Sudbury, he also served as Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of the Sudbury Teachers Association and was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln-Sudbury Town Employees Federal Credit Union. In 1963, Al received the Silver Tray Award by the Sudbury Kiwanis Club for “The Teacher Who Has Done the Most for the Sudbury School System”.

Following his tenure in Sudbury, Al accepted a position at the Massachusetts Department of Education. As a Senior Supervisor, he traveled around the state providing public schools with training in curriculum development, program evaluation and teacher training. He was also responsible for evaluating federal programs. During these years, Al was called on to assist in producing several publications. He became a contributing author to the Curriculum Guide for the U.S.S. Massachusetts and to the Aerospace Curriculum Resource Guide published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

During his teaching years and his years spent at the Massachusetts Department of Education, Al was also an active contributor to his own community. He served as Chairman of the Wilmington School Committee, was a member of the Wilmington Conservation Committee, and an active member of the Wilmington Community Fund. As in his work life, Al spent his personal time trying to better the lives of others.

In 1970, Al accepted a position with the Arlington Public Schools. After serving as the district’s Director of Curriculum, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. In that position, he received many accolades for his expertise in administration, planning, curriculum, personnel and community relations. He developed a wonderful reputation for honesty, loyalty, expertise in education and his ability to speak his mind.

In 1984, Al brought his knowledge, planning abilities, and belief that all children can learn at high levels to Vermont. He accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Vergennes, VT and served Vergennes and the surrounding communities. While there, he also served as Regional Chairman for the Vermont Superintendents Association.

Following his Vermont tenure, he returned to Massachusetts to become Superintendent of Schools in 1989 in Southbridge, MA. During his years in Southbridge, he was instrumental in improving curriculum and was responsible for training teachers in Total Quality Management.

Al retired in June of 1993 from the Southbridge Public Schools, following a long and illustrious career. His dedication to students, faculty and the evolution of public education was unwavering. Throughout his work life, he put his heart and soul into everything he did, with the goal of making this world a better place for future generations.

Following retirement, and up to the time of his passing, Al continued to be an active contributor to the town of Southbridge. He was elected and served on the Town Council, the town’s Long-Range Planning Committee, the High School Scholarship Committee and the committee formed to raise funds for the public schools. He was chosen to represent Southbridge on the Central MA Planning Commission and served in that role for many years. Until his passing, Al remained an active member of the Southbridge Rotary, as well as the Italian-American Club.

In addition to his commitment and service to the public education, country, and community, Al’s other “passions” included his family, gardening and sports. He will always be remembered for his devotion to his family…always there to lend a helping hand, give advice, and unconditional love. He was a man who totally enjoyed sports, especially golfing, skiing and bocci. He also loved his beloved Patriots and never missed a game. Fortunately for this year’s Super Bowl, he had the best seat of all…

Al was a gentleman in every way…truly a “gentle man”. He totally enjoyed life, was caring and giving of his time and talents to help others, and forever enriched the lives of everyone he met.

Family and friends are invited to gather a Mass of Christian Burial at Notre Dame Church, 446 Main St., Southbridge, MA on Friday, February 8th at 12:00 noon. Following Mass, all are invited to continue the celebration of Al’s life at the LaSalle Reception Center located next to the church. A private burial will be held on Monday, February 11th in Wilmington, MA. Family members are invited to meet on that day at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., in Wilmington for a 12:00 noon service. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

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

Gert “Pudge” Cushing

February 1st, 2019

Gertrude E. “Pudge” Cushing, age 77, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on January 31, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading.

Pudge was born on November 19, 1941 in Wilmington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Lawrence H. and Gertrude (Baldwin) Cushing. Pudge grew up in a large and loving family; she was raised on Jones Ave. in Wilmington along with her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in the same neighborhood. Pudge was part of the “Jones Ave. Pole Cats” along with her siblings, cousins and fellow neighbors; everyone had a great time growing up together and countless memories were made throughout the years.

Pudge was quite an athlete; as a young girl she was a speed skater at the Wilmington Figure Skating Club on Chestnut Street and competed at the Boston Garden where she won the Midget Championship. Pudge was also a natural when it came to playing field hockey, basketball and softball; she was the first female athlete at Wilmington High School to play Varsity all four years and she earned twelve Varsity Letters in all three sports. Pudge’s accomplishments and athleticism earned her a spot in the Wilmington High School Hall of Fame. Pudge was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1959.

Following graduation, Pudge went to work for American Mutual for two years before taking a position at the Kohler Company in Wellesley, where she worked for thirty-one years and made many life-long friends. At the time of her death, Pudge, was employed as an administrative assistant at Fresenius Medical Care in Waltham where she worked for the last twenty-five years. Pudge was a favorite employee wherever she worked; her knowledge of her job along with her great personality and strong work ethic made her quite successful in her field. Pudge was always there to help her co-workers whether it was to lend a hand or an ear; she truly considered many of them her extended family.

Pudge loved to travel with her family, cousins and friends; throughout the years Pudge along with her friend Charlotte travelled all over the United States visiting forty-eight States.

Pudge continued to love sports throughout her life; she enjoyed watching or attending countless Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots games; always rooting for the “home team”.

Pudge will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and support for her family and friends; she always looked forward to the time they spent together and the many wonderful memories they made through the years. Pudge was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pudge was the cherished daughter of the late Lawrence H. and Gertrude (Baldwin) Cushing, dear sister of Patricia Robarge & her late husband Sonny, John “Jack” Cushing & his wife Sandy all of Wilmington, Joan Buckley & her husband Ed and their daughters Kristin Stavros and Kara Murray with whom Pudge resided of Tewksbury, Gerald Cushing & his companion Lisa of NH, the late Lawrence “Snooky” Cushing, Charles Cushing and James Cushing, sister-in-law of Marion Cushing, Evelyn Cushing and Suzi Cushing. Pudge is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, godchildren, cousins, her best friends Renee Johnson and Larry Park as well as many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 4th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Pudge’s name may be made to the Lawrence H. Cushing Scholarship Fund, c/o Jack Cushing, 72 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh

January 31st, 2019

Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh, of Tewksbury, formerly of Cambridge, age 95, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2019, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell following a brief illness.

Born in Medford, MA on May 11, 1923, Marion was the beloved daughter of the late George and Sarah (Breen) Kirkland. Marion grew up in Cambridge and married Stanley Hesketh on June 7, 1947. Stanley and Marion raised their three children in Cambridge and it wasn’t until after Stanley’s retirement, that they made their move to Tewksbury in 1987.

Marion was very active in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cambridge from childhood until it closed in 1992. Church activities were a very big part of her life and she made it an important part of her family’s life. Following the closing of Pilgrim church Marion became a member of the Wilmington Congregational Church.

Marion was married for 64 years to her beloved husband Stanley who passed away in 2011. She was preceded in death by her son Stanley Jr. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Susan Hesketh of Pennsylvania, her son David Hesketh and his wife Sandra of Tewksbury, and her daughter Carol Davis and her husband Joe of Oklahoma. Marion was the beloved sister of Margaret, Ruth, and Frederick, all of whom preceded her in death.

Marion especially loved being a grandmother and great grandmother. She was the
cherished grandmother of Daniel, Sarah, Matthew, Katie, David, Steven, Philip John, Elizabeth, Kristin, and Philip Stanley and great-grandmother of Alexa, Brianna, Kayla, Brayden, Emily, Meghan, Madison, Alex, Ben, Sam, Drew, Avery, Elsie, David, Howard, and Trevor.

Marion was also survived by several nieces and nephews and was especially close to her niece Phylis Benoit and nephew Bob Kirkland.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, February 4th for Visitation from 9:00-10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Tewksbury Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marion’s name may be made to either the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central Street Suite 220 Natick, MA 01760 or The Upside, Advocacy and Advancement for Individuals with Down Syndrome, c/o Misti Brock, Account ending *8800, Legend Bank, Henrietta Branch, P.O. Box 300, Henrietta, TX 76365.