Obituaries

Paul H. Bjork

January 18th, 2021

Paul H. Bjork, age 78, of Atkinson, NH and a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on December 23, 2020.

Paul was born in Winchester, MA on June 11, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late David and Edith (Bellman) Bjork. Paul grew up in Arlington, MA, where he and his brothers – his lifelong best friends – had many adventures that they would recount in detail to their own children during family get-togethers and during the cherished father-and-sons golf weekends. Paul lived in Arlington until he married Kathryn.

At 19 years old, Paul began working as a mechanic’s helper for Payne Elevator company. He rose into management and became one of the top executives in the northeast division of Thyssen Elevator, an international firm based in Germany.

In the 1960’s and early 70’s, Paul was a fixture in the New England drag racing community. He won many trophies racing his ’63 Ford and his ’32 Roadster.

He married Kathryn (Ward) on January 15, 1966. Not only did he and Kathryn love each other with all their hearts every day they had together; they were truly best friends. Paul and Kathryn moved to Wilmington, MA in early 1975 and worked together to provide a safe, supportive, and loving home for their two children. They provided the perfect example of what an ideal marriage should look like.

Nothing was more important to Paul than his family. Despite the rigors of a demanding job, he never missed any of his children’s sporting events, dance recitals, etc. He coached his son’s hockey team for many years. On weekends, neighbors could often see him out in the yard with his children playing catch, building go-karts, enjoying the pool, etc. In 2001, Paul and Kathryn “downsized” to Atkinson, NH.

He played hockey in an adult league based out of Concord, MA for many years and was a longtime member, as was Kathryn, of Andover Country Club. Paul and Kathryn enjoyed many wonderful memories boating, golfing, traveling, and enjoying their many friends and family.

He adored his grandchildren who are left with a lifetime of countless fun and loving memories of their Pappa-Dad.

He was exceedingly smart, witty, gregarious, and selfless. It seemed that wherever he went, he would run into someone he knew, and he was loved by all. He provided an impeccable example of what an adult male should aspire to be. And for this, his children are eternally grateful.

Paul was the cherished husband of 55 years of Kathryn (Ward) Bjork, loving father of Karin Manchaca & her husband Keith McMahon of Salisbury and Stephen Bjork of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Jesse Manchaca, Cheyenne Bjork, Blake Bjork, Isaiah Bjork, and Kari Bjork, dear brother of David Bjork & his late wife Marcia of Natick and the late William Bjork and his surviving wife Margaret. Paul is survived by his sister-in-law Sheila (Ward) Chayes, as well as his beloved nieces and nephews – the late William Bjork, Donald Bjork, Helena Bjork, Barry Jacobs, David Jacobs, Steven Jacobs, and the late Benjamin Chayes.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. A Graveside Service will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.

In addition to scheduled services, Paul’s family will hold a memorial service to celebrate his life as soon as it is safe to gather in large groups.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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Robert “Bob” Johnson

January 15th, 2021

Robert J. (Bob) Johnson, age 80 died peacefully at home in Stoneham, MA on January 14, 2021; surrounded by family and loved ones after a year long battle with cancer.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Ann C. (Crofton) Johnson, devoted father of Robert C. Johnson & Spouse Pilar Gabriel of Nashua, NH, Stephanie A. Johnson & spouse Erik Benson of Newton, NH and David C. Johnson & spouse Christopher Johnson of Nashua, NH. Cherished Life-Partner of Marian Pacheco of Stoneham, Loving “Granddaddy” of Severen, Mercedes, Kayla-Ann, Myles and Alyssa-Ann, dear son of the late Leo and Gertrude (Brushette) Johnson, brother of Arlene DiRocco of Burlington and the late Leo Johnson. Bob is further survived by his daughter-in-law Lori-Ann Johnson of Nashua, NH, his extended Doherty/Steph/Pacheco/Ford families and many friends.

Bob was born on August 27, 1940 in Somerville, MA, to his parents and grew up in Somerville, MA with his parents and two siblings. Bob was close to his parents and both sets of grandparents who lived close by. He lost his father tragically at the age of 14 and also became close to his step-father the late Charlie Jones. Bob always remembered his father lovingly as a union man who fought for workers’ rights. He remained dedicated to his mother and called her every Sunday until her passing in 1992.

Bob met his wife Ann, fresh off the boat from Ireland, at a dance in 1967 and they married in 1969. Bob truly married his best friend and they had many happy years together. They loved to go to dances and to travel in their later years. They especially enjoyed trips to her home country of Ireland. They settled in Lexington , MA and raised their three children; Rob, Steph and Dave. They talked about choosing Lexington in order to provide the best possible education for their children. They raised their family with love and laughter and as much wisdom as they could. Bob was never happier than when he was making his family laugh. At the same time, he provided strength, and a calm and stable influence. His two sons credit him with being their role model as they became fathers themselves. Bob took loving care of his wife Ann through illness in the last year of her life. He was heartbroken by her passing in 2010.

Bob felt blessed to find love again when he met Marian, his life partner, at Franny’s Diner in 2011. He lovingly referred to her as “Marian my love.” He shared many happy years with Marian. They shared adventures large and small on their many travels. Bob loved his time with Marian’s family, with whom he grew very close. Marian took care of Bob and was a dedicated partner through his battle with cancer and to the very end.

Bob was the loving “Granddaddy” to his five grandchildren; Kayla-ann, Myles and Ayssa-ann; Severen and Mercedes. He spread that same love and laughter into the lives of his grandchildren, with whom he remained close throughout his life.

Bob joined the army in 1960 and was proud of his service overseas in Dachau, Germany. He was always happy to share his many adventures and mis-adventures in the army. He spent most of his career working for the MBTA where he earned his nickname “Bullet” for the speed at which he drove the trains. He was a Chief Inspector when he retired from the MBTA after 23 years in 1997. He was a dedicated union delegate and fought passionately for the rights of all his workers. Standing up for people was an essential part of who he was.

Bob will be remembered for his kind nature, his boisterous sense of humor and his passionate beliefs. He could be forgiven for falling into an argument or two about politics given his easy going nature in every other area of his life. He was a man who grew and adapted throughout his life. He embodied the notion that you should always do the best you can and when you know better, do better. His kindness and good nature won him many friends. It was often said about Bob that “everyone loved him.” Bob, Bullet, Dad, Granddaddy will be missed by many. His love, laughter, wisdom and compassion live on through all those whose lives he touched.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors for Bob will take place on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Lindenwood Cemetery, Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Ella M. (Smith) Efraimson

January 15th, 2021

Ella M. (Smith) Efraimson, “Puma”, age 89, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 13, 2021, at Woodhaven Senior Living after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ella was born on October 28, 1931 in Wilmington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Lester H. Smith, Sr. and Thora F. (Christensen) Smith. Ella was raised in Wilmington, where she spent her entire life. She will be best known as “the kitchen lady”, where she worked for the Wilmington School System for 29 years.

In her free time, she loved to spend time with family and friends. She also loved to garden, go camping, and travel. Her greatest past time was sitting on the back porch with her husband Carl waving to everyone that went by.

Ella was the loving wife of the late Carl S. Efraimson, Sr. who passed away in 2005, devoted mother of Sheila Little & her husband Robert of Wilmington and Carl Efraimson, Jr. & his wife Jane of Burlington. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren: Bryan Little & his wife Shannon of Stoneham, Keith Little & his fiancée Amanda of Derry, NH, and Andrew Efraimson of Burlington.

Ella was the loving sister of Barbara Cleveland and Douglas Smith & his wife Bonny all of Wilmington, the late Lester Smith, Jr. & his wife Ellen of Wilmington, formerly of Sebastian, FL, the late Roland Smith & his wife Eleanor of Scituate and the late Shirley Boyer of PA. Ella is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, January 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m. Masks are required in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ella’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack St., Suite 242, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Carolyn J. (Ruggiero) Poore

January 14th, 2021

Carolyn J. (Ruggiero) Poore, “Hubba”, age 75, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 12, 2021.

Hubba was the beloved wife of the late Robert Reynolds, devoted mother of the late John Reynolds, cherished daughter of the late John and Leita (Mason) Ruggiero, dear sister of Carmella Liggiero & her husband Michael of Raymond, NH, Sandra Dion & her husband Michael of Derry, NH, Jim Ruggiero & his wife Janice of Wilmington, Joseph Ruggiero & his wife Lori of Sterling and Michele Valente & her husband Charlie of Wilmington, loving aunt of Richard Liggiero & his wife Sheryl, Maria Spinelli, the late Michael Liggiero, Christine Wyatt & her husband Mark, Justin Ruggiero, Christopher Ruggiero & his wife Regina, James Ruggiero, Johnathan Ruggiero, Chance Ruggiero, Krystle Valente, Tony Valente and the late Ashley Valente. Hubba is also survived by many loving great-nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, January 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Hubba’s name may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

John E. Watters, III

January 12th, 2021

John E. Watters, III, age 69, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 9, 2021.

John was born on February 21, 1951 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John E. Watters, Jr. and Gertrude (McNulty) Watters. As a child, John lived in Wilmington before moving with his family to Arlington, but he always considered Wilmington “his home”. John spent his youth in Arlington and attended Arlington Public Schools.

John married his “true love” and best friend, Diane M. McLean in 1975; the couple lived in the city for several years before moving back to John’s beloved Wilmington in 1982, where they raised their wonderful children, Michael and Erin. John always made his family his number one priority; he was very devoted to his wife and children and he would do anything for them. The family shared many wonderful years together; whether it was a holiday, special celebration, family vacation or just and evening “hanging out” they truly enjoyed each other’s company and had a lot of fun throughout the years.

John had a great work ethic, prior to retiring, he was employed as a drywall finisher for the Painters and Allied Trades DC 35 for many years. Always the friendly one, John, made many long-time friends at work, he was always willing to go the extra mile to help his fellow co-workers.

John was a “people person”, he loved to socialize and make everyone he met feel welcomed. His charming personality and “Award winning smile” made him easy to talk to and easy to love; people were just drawn to him. John had a large network of friends including the life-long Wilmington friendships he kept, as well as the many close-knit friendships he made over the years. John met a new group of people while camping at Bentley’s Campground; they quickly became fast friends and they shared many fun times while camping and made many lasting memories.

To say John was a “giver” would be an understatement; he was always lending his time and talents to anyone and everyone in need. John looked out for everyone whether he knew you or not and he always put his own needs last. He loved people in general and it gave him great joy to help his family, friends, neighbors or a complete stranger; just to make someone else’s life a little easier. John especially enjoyed using his Kubota equipment; when there was a tornado in the Brimfield area that required assistance, John was right there with his equipment ready to volunteer.

In his spare time, John enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he took to the open road on many beautiful afternoons, traveling to new places, meeting new people and checking out new sights. He also loved spending time with his family, friends and his beloved cats, whether they were at home or out and about they always had a good time.

John will be fondly remembered for his kindness towards everyone he met as well as his warm, caring personality; everyone who met him loved him. John was “one in a million” and great guy who will forever be in the hearts of those he touched; he will forever be missed.

John was the beloved husband of Diane M. (McLean) Watters, devoted father of John E. Watters, IV & his wife Jody of CA, Michael P. Watters of Woburn, Erin K. Watters & her husband Jason Blundo of Worcester and the late Nicole Francoise, grandfather of Elizabeth, Mark, Julia, Richard and David, dear brother of Beverly Duggan & her husband the late Jim, Charlie Watters & his wife Bonnie, Linda Fullerton, the late Patricia Duggan and Gertrude Winn, brother-in-law of George McLean & his wife Pam, Michael McLean & his wife Donna, John McLean & his wife Anne and Daniel McLean & his wife Charlen. John 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 Thursday, January 14th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington on Friday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required in the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Edward J. Tighe

January 10th, 2021

Edward J. Tighe, age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 8, 2021.

Edward was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the son of William and Agnes (Anderson) Tighe. Known as “Mickey” to family and close friends, he was raised in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School. He loved all sports, especially baseball and football, and went on to play in a semi-pro football league.

Following graduation, Edward joined the United States Army Air Force, proudly serving our country in post-war years, stationed in Japan.

Upon his return home, he enrolled at the Wentworth Institute in Boston. Edward became a carpenter and worked on a number of large commercial projects throughout the region. He was known for his attention to detail and workmanship.

In 1959 Edward married the love of his life Margaret Theresa Mullane; the couple settled in Wilmington the following year, where they raised two daughters. He was a regular parishioner at St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years and served as an usher.

In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Croke Council in Wilmington, volunteering for many fundraisers, never missing the annual Tootsie roll drive to help those with intellectual disabilities. He also participated in the Knights’ bowling league and cribbage tournaments.

An avid gardener, he took pride in his expansive vegetable garden and shared his tomato crop with everyone. He enjoyed Boston sports and looked forward to watching games alongside his family. In retirement, he took on custom carpentry projects, designing cabinetry and restoring a multi-story home in Falmouth. Cape Cod held a special place in his heart and was a favorite vacation spot. He also counted trips to Florida and Saratoga among his highlights.

Above all, he cherished his family and attended his grandchildren’s games and events whenever he could. He was their biggest fan, proud of every accomplishment, large and small.

Edward was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Mullane) Tighe, devoted father of Judith DePaolo & her husband Joseph and Ellen Ventola & her husband Craig all of Groveland, loving “Pa” of Daniel DePaolo, Ryan DePaolo, Kyle Ventola and Carsen Ventola, dear brother of the late William Tighe and Dorothy Holmes.

Funeral Services for Edward are private.

Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Gary W. Senarian

January 9th, 2021

Gary W. Senarian, age 67, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on January 7, 2021.

Gary was born on July 17, 1953 in Waltham, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Senar and Elizabeth (Garabedian) Senarian. Gary was raised in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School. Following graduation, he attended Middlesex Community College before transferring to Berkley College of Music where he earned an associates degree in music. Gary was a talented musician, who had great vocalist skills and played a “mean” guitar. Gary and his friends had a band that played at local clubs where others could sit and enjoy “real” music.

Gary worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he was employed as a maintenance engineer for the Amtrak Company. Gary was very friendly and outgoing, he made many life-long friends at work and was a dedicated employee for many years before retiring in 2015.

Gary married “the love of his life”, Patricia A. “Trisha” Cusano on July 2, 1977; the couple was inseparable and enjoyed many years of fun with their family and friends before her untimely passing last February. Gary and Trisha lived in Waltham for a few years before moving to their home in Wilmington in August of 1986, where they raised their boys, Jeff, Dave and Mike. They were wonderful parents and could always be seen at countless sporting events, school events or any other thing their boys were involved in. Gary and Trisha had an “open door policy” at their home, everyone was welcomed, fed and made to feel loved. Many wonderful memories were made at the Senarian Household where they celebrated lots of holidays, birthdays and cookouts for the boys and all of their friends.

Gary was very sociable; he could work a room and make friends with everyone there. He looked forward to the times he spent with his friends at poker tournaments, fishing expeditions, especially on Zack’s boat, or just sitting in the driveway chatting with Jimmy, Philip or his neighbors. Gary had a magnetic personality and instantly made everyone feel special. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a “character” who loved to make people laugh.

Family was most important to Gary; he showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Gary took special care of his wife, Trisha, as she battled cancer and her health declined; he never left her side and made her feel safe and loved. Gary also devoted his time to his boys and especially enjoyed his time with his grandchildren. He had a special bond with his cousins, who were more like brothers and sisters. Gary cherished his relationships and was a good friend to many. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Gary was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Cusano) Senarian, devoted father of Jeffrey Senarian & his wife Monique of Westford, David Senarian & his wife Emily of Tewksbury and Michael Senarian & his wife Jackie of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Jeffrey, Jr., Gianna, Tessa, Anya, Dante, Drew and Brianna, cherished son of the late Senar and Elizabeth (Garabedian) Senarian, dear brother of Debra Sullivan & her husband Greg of Maynard, loving uncle of Stacey, Jason, Katelyn and Nicholas, nephew of Ida & Eddie Fahey and Allen & Ann Senarian. Gary is also survived by large extended family of cousins and friends who he considered his brothers and sisters.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn in the Funeral Home and Church.

Memorial donations in Gary’s name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.

Karen T. Considine

January 5th, 2021

Karen T. Considine (Conley), age 66, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on January 4, 2021.

Karen was the beloved wife of Daniel Considine, devoted mother of John Considine & his companion Amanda Johnson of Millbury, Kevin Considine & his wife Andrea and Brian Considine all of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Kinsley, Connaleigh, Keenan, Darion, Cael and Grady, cherished daughter of the late John and Anne (Whalen) Conley, dear sister of Kathleen Wagner of Somerville, Charlene Lally & her husband Dave of Tyngsboro, Kim Conley & her partner Jeffrey Colbert of Somerville. Karen is also survived by her aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Karen’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

John A. White, Jr.

December 30th, 2020

John A. White, Jr., age 95, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020.

John was born at home in Wilmington on July 8, 1925; he was the cherished son of the late John and Georgeanna White. John was raised and educated in Wilmington; he was part of a large and loving family of seven siblings who all grew up in their Glen Road homestead.

John felt the urge to be part of the “Greatest Generation” when he enlisted in the United States Army on July 6, 1943, serving our Country during World War II. John served as a Private for SCU 1275 beginning his active duty on July 23 1945. Following his honorable discharge in February of 1945, John return to his home and family in Wilmington.

In his early years, John, was known to be a character and a bit of a rebel, he had his pilots license and thought it would be a good idea to buzz over the family homestead just a little too close to the neighborhood houses while his Dad and Uncle Henry were out tending to the gardens; needless to say that was the end of his piloting career. He also had a fascination for fast cars and was always the first to volunteer to drive the midget racers for Bob Cain, Forest Dame, his brother-in-law Frank or anyone else who needed a driver. His passion and competitive spirit remained with him throughout his life-time and served him well in his career as a salesman.

John fell in love with Helen Elizabeth Huntley, fondly known as Liz to her family and friends, when he was a young man; the couple were soon inseparable. They built their dream home in Wilmington in 1958 and married in 1959; John and Liz shared many wonderful years together before her passing in July of 2011. When John and Liz became parents to their only child Eric he was over the moon; his son was his world and their wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for him. When Eric married his wife Michelle, John gained a “daughter” and soon he was blessed with his only grandchild Jocelyn who was the apple of her “Papa’s” eye; Family was so important to John and Liz, they always made time for their family and extended family cherishing the many great times they had together.

Prior to retiring, John, worked as a salesman for several Construction Equipment Companies but for many years he worked selling John Deere construction equipment. John’s outgoing personality and vast knowledge of his job made him a favorite among his clients as well as his co-workers.

John was a giver of his time and talents to help others; he was a member of the Friendship Lodge of Masons for over 70 years and a Shriner. John was always one of the first to volunteer to help anyone in need, he was involved in countless community events and fundraisers all for a good cause. He gave selflessly of his time, his knowledge, his talents, his kindness and friendship to everyone; he could work a room until he knew everyone in attendance.

In his spare time, John loved to vacation with Liz and his family in Florida where many wonderful memories were made. John will be fondly remembered as a social guy, with a bellowing personality and a great smile. He was always willing to go out of his way for his family and friends; he loved them with all his heart and he will forever be missed.

John was the beloved husband of the late Helen “Liz” (Huntley) White, devoted father of Eric White and his wife Michelle and loving “Papa” of his only grandchild Jocelyn White all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late John A. and Georgeanna (Sanderson) White, dear brother of Charles White of Wakefield, NH, the late Violet Wood, George, Ernest, Robert and Richard White. John is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 2nd from 9:30-11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Louisa “Chickie” Selig

December 26th, 2020

Louisa D. “Chickie” Selig

On Christmas Eve (her favorite holiday) at 12noon on the dot the incredibly resilient Louisa “Chickie” Selig, 68 of Tewksbury, formerly Somerville, went to be with the Lord after a several month long battle with sepsis. Loving wife of 44 years to Ronald of Tewksbury, perfect mother to the luckiest kids in the world; Samantha and Derek also of Tewksbury and sister in law to Warren Selig of Ridge Manor, FL and sister-in-law to Debby Selig of Wilmington, MA. She is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Dorothy Ciccolo and her in-laws, Warren and Eleanor Selig as well as her brother-in-law Richie of Wilmington, MA and her sister-in-law Roma Berry of Dundee, MI. Louisa is also survived by many friends and family all around the world.

Anyone who knew her just loved her – she was the kind of person that lit up every room she entered, talked to every person she encountered and not just learned their story but remembered them for years to come. She was sassy and hilarious – a true ray of sunshine. She made you feel special just for knowing her.

She had many jobs in her lifetime (first female slitter at BASF, insurance claims processor, admin at Salad House, dump truck driver, co-owner of Sassy Sparkles) but the one she treasured most was her role as a domestic engineer; caring for her parents, in-laws and children as well as so many “adopted” children for nearly 40 years. She loved rap music (especially Dr. Dre and DMX), Christmas cartoons, rides to the beach, Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate, trips to California and was happiest in her “Mom uniform” – black sweatshirt and black yoga pants – with her perfectly highlighted hair courtesy of the best hair dresser, Jen Johnson of Billerica.

Her family would like to extend the sincerest thank you to the wonderful people that cared for her over the last several months at Lahey Hospital in Burlington (including the outstanding nurses of 6East and 5Central ICU!), Fresenius Kidney Care Stoneham (including her friends Catherine, Lexi, Domenic and Sarah) and the entire amazing staff at AdviniaCare in Wilmington. You cared for our mom like she was your own and we will forever be grateful for that!

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 – Louisa was a quintessential Sicilian mom and loved to feed people!

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Socially distanced services will be hosted at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) in Wilmington, MA from 2pm-5pm on Wednesday December 30th. Masks required, casual dress a must (Louisa hated to dress up!). www.nicholsfuneralhome.com