Obituaries

Robert E. Towers

October 30th, 2014

Robert E. Towers, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 30, 2014.

Robert was the beloved husband of Cheryl A. (Chisholm) Towers, devoted father of Matthew Towers & his wife Kristine of Walpole and Michael Towers & his wife Wendi of Woburn, loving “Papa” of Jack and Ryan Towers, cherished son of the late John and Phyllis (Jordan) Towers, dear brother of Arthur Towers & his wife Debbie of Moultonborough, NH and the late Barbara Gallant. Robert is also survived by many loving 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 Monday, November 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, November 2nd from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to Naomi Bagdon Believe in Cure Foundation Inc., 111 Centre Street, Quincy MA 02169 or Vietnam Veterans of Massachusetts, Inc., 27 Beacon St., State House Rm 546-2, Boston, MA 02133.

Robert was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

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John E. TenDyke

October 28th, 2014

John E. TenDyke, age 91, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital following a brief illness. 
 
John was born on October 15, 1923, in Manchester, Vermont; he was the son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke.  As a young boy, John moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was raised and educated.  John was a graduate of Minneapolis West High School.
 
In July of 1943, John was inducted in the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.  Following his discharge, John returned home to Minneapolis and enrolled at the Dunwoody Industrial Institute where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.  John went on to make a career in electrical engineering and was instrumental in the design work for the Mitchell B-24 Bomber.
 
John married his “sweetheart” Arlene L. Moses on July 6, 1946 sharing many wonderful years together before her passing in 2003.  John and Arlene moved to Wilmington in 1950 where they raised their beloved son Keith.  John loved his family dearly; becoming a grandfather and great-grandfather only added to his happiness.
 
John was known to have an impeccable work ethic; he was not only self-employed as an electrical engineer but for many years he worked in the security department of the YMCA in Cambridge.   
 
John was an avid hobbyist and a bee keeper; he was well known in and around Wilmington for making his own organic honey which  could be purchased at various co-ops and at Elia’s Country Store in North Wilmington.  John was also very instrumental in disbanding bee hives from time to time for the Wilmington Police Department and other folks that needed his expertise and help.  John loved to go up to his land in Rochester, New Hampshire with his wife Arlene where he also raised honey bees.  John and Arlene enjoyed the tranquility and peace in New Hampshire.
 
John will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy; he was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He was a man of great faith and an active parishioner at the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years.  John always showed unconditional love for his family and friends who will truly miss him.
 
John was the beloved husband of the late Arlene L. (Moses) TenDyke, loving father of Keith Tendyke and his wife Karen of Wilmington, cherished “Grampy” of Kristen Tendyke and her partner James Clark and Kerri Conole and her husband Aaron, “Grape Numpa” of Oliver Clark and Jennifer & Owen Conole, son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke, dear brother of the late Edith and Judy, survived by Richard TenDyke and his wife Muriel of New York and several nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  John’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church or to a Charity of One’s Choice. 
 

Helen (Ellsworth) Downs

October 25th, 2014

Helen M. (Ellsworth) Downs, age 84, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 25, 2014.

Helen was born on June 25, 1930, in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Helen A. (Taylor) Ellsworth and Walter Ellsworth. Helen was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1947.

Helen married her beloved husband and best friend Forrest G. Downs on June 6, 1951; Helen and Forrest shared more than 63 years together and raised a wonderful family. Helen put her family first; she always showered them with unconditional love and support throughout the years.

Helen spent many years attending her children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events; she was always there to show support and cheer them on. Helen also prepared countless family holidays and special celebrations; she just loved having her family around her.

For many years Helen worked as a traffic supervisor and a crossing guard for the Wilmington Police Department and for more than 20 years she enjoyed her job at Lucci’s Market in Wilmington. Helen’s great work ethic and her wonderful personality always made her a pleasure to be around.

In her spare time Helen enjoyed bowling, doing her word search puzzles, and she never passed up a good game of bingo. Helen also loved to crochet; with her many talents she created beautiful gifts that she shared with her family and friends. Helen also took the time to crochet something special for every grandchild and great-grandchild at Christmas time.

Helen will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a true friend to many. Helen had a wonderful personality, she was very friendly and kind to others and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Helen was the beloved wife of Forrest G. “Brownie” “Ned” Downs, devoted mother of Cynthia Ronan & her husband Kevin of Tewksbury, Clifford Downs & his wife Janice of Derry, NH, Carolynn Morrison & her husband John of Wilmington, Glenn Downs of Wilmington, and Terri Higgins & her husband John of Newbury, NH, loving “Gram” of Kevin Ronan and Kim D’Agostino, Katie and Chris Wright, Kelli and Dennis Estabrook, Keith Ronan, Kurt Ronan, Cliff and Emily Downs, Amy and Brad Huot, Angela and Sean Hyde, Ethan Downs, Nathan Downs, Christina and Mike Day, Joey Downs, Billy Downs, Sean Higgins, and Shannon Higgins, special “Gigi” of Kaliegh, Emily, Jack, Max, Carter, Andrew, Cameron, Logan, Julia, Alivia, Declan, Tyler, Haleigh, Kylie, Brooklyn, Mikayla, Ryan, Arianna, Ryan, and Kaitlin, daughter of the late Helen (Taylor) and Walter Ellsworth, sister of the late Marilyn Lynch, Charles Ellsworth, Walter Ellsworth, and Ruth Lee. Helen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, October 28th from 4-8 p.m. Helen’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington on Wednesday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to the New England Office of the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 or to a Charity Of Your Choice.

Margaret A. Tully

October 22nd, 2014

Margaret A. Tully, “Peg”, age 89, of Arlington, passed away on October 22, 2014. Peg was the cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Agnes (Clark) Tully, dear sister of Marion Tully of Arlington, the late Francis Tully, James Tully, Daniel Tully and Joseph Tully. Peg was a loving sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 25th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge.

Patricia Sencabaugh

October 20th, 2014

Patricia E. (Powers) Sencabaugh, fondly known as “Patti” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on October 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness; she was 68 years old.

Patti was born on March 3, 1946 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers. Patti was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Patti married her beloved husband and best friend, Donald A. Sencabaugh, on June 3, 1967; together the couple shared 47 years of marriage. Patti and Donald moved to Wilmington in 1973, where they raised their wonderful family.

Patti was extremely devoted to her family, in fact, when asked; she told everyone that her family was her greatest achievement. Patti was a devoted and loving mother who was always there for her children; she attended countless school and sporting events throughout the years, after all she was their number one fan. Patti was very proud of her children, their accomplishments, and most of all she was proud of the adults that they have grown to be.

When Patti became a grandmother her life became more enriched; her grandchildren were the light of her life. Patti loved to be involved with the grandchildren’s activities; she would play piano and share stories about her love of the White Mountains with Kaitlynne, she fondly enjoyed sharing in Jason’s love of art and nature, watching Jeremy and Gregory play soccer and baseball or listening to their many stories about fishing.

Patti’s true passion was wildlife and being outdoors. She spent much of her retirement in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and she wouldn’t pass up a chance to see where that dirt road would take her. Patti was truly adventurous and loved to photograph anything with fur or feathers.

Patti will be remembered as quite a lady who would do anything for her family and friends; she treated others with kindness, care, and unconditional love. Patti will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Patti was the beloved wife of Donald A. Sencabaugh, devoted mother of Stephen Sencabaugh & his wife Denise of Tewksbury, Kristen McKenna & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Scott Sencabaugh & his wife Cheryl, Michael Sencabaugh of Wilmington and the late Michelle Sencabaugh, loving grandmother of Jeremy, Gregory, Kaitlynne and Jason, cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers, dear sister of John Powers of Scituate and Judith Golden of Woburn.  Patti is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass 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, October 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Frances R. (Balliro) Bent

October 20th, 2014

Frances R. (Balliro) Bent, age 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington and Somerville, passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Arthur F. Bent, Sr., loving mother of Mary Fallica of Methuen, Arthur F. Bent, Jr. & his partner Rhonda Sylvia of Wilmington and the late Paula Hurynowicz, cherished grandmother of Cheryl & Thomas DiLeo, Sharon Greco, Gregory & Lisa Monteforte, Charles Monteforte, III, Jennifer & Michael Gledhill, Jaclyn & Billy Forbes, Joelle Bent, Anthony Sylvia and Sarah Sylvia, great-grandmother of Danielle & Jolon Chadwick, Jamie DiLeo, Nicole Greco, Ashley & Michael Fronduto, Gabrielle Greco, Tayler Greco, Nicholas Monteforte, Christopher Monteforte, Emily Monteforte, Christa Monteforte, C.J. Monteforte and Jake Charles Gledhill, great-great grandmother of Dylan Chadwick, Austin Chadwick, Rylen Chadwick, Ashlyn Chadwick, Brooklyn Houle, Michael Fronduto, Liliana Fronduto, Mia Fronduto, Nico Fronduto, Julian Ortiz and Malachi Desharnais, daughter of the late Rosario & Angela (Riccardi) Balliro, dear sister of Bruno and “Dee” Balliro of Revere, Mary Tzannos of Saugus, Lucille Winship of Plymouth, the late Joseph Balliro, Frankie Balliro, Rudy Balliro, Anthony Balliro, Billy Balliro, Rocco Balliro, Josephine Novello and Flora Monteforte. Frances is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Thursday, October 23rd, 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, October 22nd, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Frances’ name can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly

October 17th, 2014

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly, formerly of Bowie, Maryland and Wilmington, Mass., passed away October 13th in Lansing, Kansas after a long illness.  She was 79 years old.  

The cherished daughter of the late William and W. Doris (Nickerson) Hughes, Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Glen E. Connolly, devoted mother of Beth L. Reschke and her husband Michael of Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and loving “Grannie” of Steven F. Dzidek, Jr. of Warner Robins, GA.  She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, Maryland on Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  There will also be calling hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. and interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Barbara’s name may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA  02135.

Barbara served as past Matron for the Acacia Chapter #80 Order of the Eastern Stars.

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Jacqueline D. “Jackie” (Quandt) Grinley

October 16th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Jacqueline D. “Jackie” (Quandt) Grinley, age 77, of Ashland, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Kissimmee, FL, passed away peacefully at home after a long period of failing health on October 15, 2014.

Jackie was born in Wilmington, MA on March 27, 1937; she was the cherished daughter of Alex and Mary (Hutchins) Quandt.

Jackie spent many years living in Massachusetts; Bridgewater, New Hampshire; Kissimmee, Florida; and most recently Ashland, New Hampshire.

Jackie met and married the late Edward F. Grinley. Together, the couple shared more than 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2013. Ed and Jackie had a wonderful marriage and shared many memories with their children; Edward, Richard, Linda and David.

Over the course of her life, Jackie worked as a housekeeper, owning her own business. She also owned an antique store with her husband, Ed and set up at many flea markets.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoyed visiting with family and friends, visiting yard sales, shopping, playing bingo and cards. She also was a proud member of the American Legion Auxillary.

Jackie was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. Grinley, devoted mother of Edward Grinley and his wife Pamela of Grafton, NH, Richard Grinley and his wife Sheila of Ashland, NH, Linda Jenness and her husband Mike of Plymouth, NH, and the late David Grinley, loving grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Alexander and Mary “Mae” Quandt, dear sister of Alexander Quandt and his wife Barbara of Londonderry, NH, Janice Quandt of Wilmington, Roger Quandt and his wife Marcie of Hampton, NH, Mary Rexford and her husband Jim of Billerica, MA, Robert Quandt and his wife Janice of Tennessee and the late Kathy Blackburn. Jackie is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, October 19th for Visiting Hours from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m. concluding with a Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m., followed by a gathering afterwards. A private family burial will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jackie’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

Meaghan E. Moge

October 12th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Meaghan E. Moge, age 21, of Tewksbury, died unexpectedly on October 11, 2014.

Meaghan was born on December 2, 1992, in Stoneham, MA; she was the beloved daughter of Francis M. and Irene M. (Murray) Moge. Meaghan was raised and educated in Tewksbury and she was part of a large and loving family.

As a young girl, Meaghan was known to be a bit of a “tom boy”, she loved to play basketball and could hold her own in karate class. Meaghan also enjoyed hanging out with friends, listening to her favorite music, and going to the beach.

Meaghan was a happy girl, very loving, and fun; she had lots of great times with her family, extended family, and friends. Meaghan will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Meaghan was the beloved daughter of Francis M. and Irene M. (Murray) Moge, mother of Bradley Michael, sister of Erika and Patrick Moge all of Tewksbury, granddaughter of Irene Murray of Wilmington and Mary Elizabeth Moge of Woburn. Meaghan is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 15th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 14th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Meaghan’s name may be made to the Children’s Hospital Trust, 1 Autumn Street #731, Boston, MA 02215-5301.

Anthony James “A.J.” Lees

October 9th, 2014 | Guest Book »

Anthony James “A.J.” Lees, age 47, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2014. A.J. was the beloved husband of Hannah E. Hoffmann Lees, devoted father of Jessica Anne Lees of Winthrop, Kristina Marie Lees of Wilmington and the late LCPL Timothy F. Ryan, III, son of James Wallace Lees, Jr. of Ashville, NC, dear brother of Sandra Melanson-Aussem of Waltham and Jennifer Conte of Scituate, loving uncle of Michael Melanson and Anthony Conte. A.J. is also survived by his in-laws, Kurt and Maureen Hoffmann and their children Ryliegh & Matthew Hoffmann all of Tewksbury.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in A.J.’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. A.J. was a U.S. Marine Veteran.