Obituaries

Karen E. (Nilson) MacMillan

September 20th, 2014

Karen E. (Nilson) MacMillan, age 72, of Derry, N.H., formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away at the Tufts New England Medical Center on September 18, 2014.

Karen was born on November 16, 1941 in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Anton and Alice Nilson. Karen was raised in Arlington Heights and was a graduate of Arlington High School.

Karen was introduced to the love of her life, Richard H. MacMillan, by a close family member; the two were inseparable and married in October of 1960. Karen and Richard lived in Wakefield for a few short years, before settling in Wilmington in 1963, where they raised their three sons; Richard, Jr., James and Lee. Karen and Richard loved their “annual trips” camping with their boys; a tradition that she continued with her grandsons. The couple enjoyed making many fond memories with their family before Richard’s untimely passing in October of 1988.

Prior to retiring, Karen worked as an administrative secretary for the H. B. Fuller Company (formally known as Terrell Corp) for more than 33 years. Karen’s work ethic and dedication to her job was second to none and with her winning personality she was a favorite amongst her co-workers.

In her spare time, Karen was a talented embroiderer and she enjoyed working on crafts. Karen was famous for her embroidered T-shirts that were made special for family and friends. Karen was also a wonderful baker who kept the neighborhood kids fed with her treats.

Karen will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and support for her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, Nana, daughter, cousin, and a true friend to many; she will be sorely missed by all.

Karen was the beloved wife of the late Richard H. MacMillan, devoted mother of Richard H. MacMillan, Jr. & his wife Emma of Tewksbury, James A. MacMillan & his wife Kelly of Londonderry, NH, and Lee M. MacMillan & his wife Heidi of New Boston, NH, loving “Nana” of Kyle MacMillan, Mark and Matthew MacMillan, and Russell MacMillan, cherished daughter of the late Anton and Alice Nilson, dear sister-in-law of Barbara Cotter and Linda Thivierge. Karen is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 26th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Regina A. Caron

September 12th, 2014

Regina A. (Grant) Caron, age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on September 12, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital.

Regina was born on March 4, 1942 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frederick W. and Dorothy M. (Desmond) Grant. Regina grew up in Milton and was a graduate of Milton High School.

Following graduation, Regina furthered her education and earned her Secretarial degree. Regina worked as a Secretary for the government for many years before her retirement.

Regina married her husband, the late George R. “Ahab” Caron, on June 26, 1970. The couple settled in Wilmington, where they raised their wonderful daughter, Jeanne. Regina and Ahab shared many years together before his passing in July of 2011. Regina was a devoted mother and “Mamie”; she especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren Alexa and Brendan, they were a bright light in her life.

Regina enjoyed being home; she loved to take care of her house, which was always kept immaculate. She also loved being outside and working in her beautiful garden.

Regina will be fondly remembered as an avid sports fan; she loved to watch the Bruins and Patriots games with her family and friends. Regina will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Regina was the beloved wife of the late George R. “Ahab” Caron, devoted mother of Jeanne M. Caron and her fiancé Stephen P. Peterson of Wilmington, loving “Mamie” of Alexa and Brendan Kelley, cherished daughter of the late Frederick W. and Dorothy M. (Desmond) Grant, dear sister of Eleanor “Sue” Devine of Canton and the late Francis Grant. Regina is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Monday, September 15th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Regina’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Eldora A. (Hovey) True

September 10th, 2014

Eldora A. (Hovey) True, age 90, of Ipswich, formerly of Wilmington and Maine, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 9, 2014 at the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield, MA.

Eldora was born on September 8, 1924 in Houlton, ME; she was the cherished daughter of the late William A. and Dorris (Grant) Hovey.  As a young girl, Eldora moved from Maine with her family and settled in Wilmington.  She was educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Eldora worked as an assembler for Raytheon in Waltham for many years.  She was a dedicated worker, who made many friends at her job.  Eldora met her husband, the late William A. True, while working at Raytheon.  Eldora and Bill married in 1966 and spent many wonderful years together before his passing in 2008.

Eldora decided at the age of 40 that she wanted to become a Nurse.  She attended nursing school at the Tewksbury State Hospital and graduated with her nursing certificate.

Eldora’s life was centered on her family; especially her only child, Tom.  She was the matriarch of her family; the glue that kept everyone together.  Eldora was always very proud of her family and loved to share stories of their accomplishments.  Eldora was happiest when spending time with her son, her grandchildren or with her niece whenever she had the chance.  She loved to host family gatherings and holidays; she had a beautiful home and was quite the homemaker, who made anyone visiting feel welcome.

Eldora was an AVID Red Sox fan.  She was the type of fan who loved to watch the Red Sox play whether they were winning or not; she just was happiest while watching a game.  Eldora also loved to do crosswords and was an exceptional scrabble player.  She could beat anyone who was brave enough to challenge her.

Eldora will be remembered as a great mother; she was a mother figure to anyone who needed her.  She was loyal, loving and very accepting of everyone.  Eldora was a great friend to many and will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Eldora was the beloved wife of the late William A. True, devoted mother of Thomas Grant and his wife Lisa of Orlando, FL, loving “Grammy” of Kimberly Jaine Grant, Lauren Meredith Grant, Jordan Brannon Grant and Jonathan Thomas Grant, step-mother of William A. True, Jr., Theodore True, Lyndon True and Faye (True) Stacey, cherished daughter of the late William A. and Dorris (Grant) Hovey, dear sister of the late Elwin Hovey, Gene Hovey, Capitola McCabe and Ruth Yentile.  Eldora is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 13th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Eldora’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115.

Joseph C. Pelletier, Jr.

September 10th, 2014

Joseph C. Pelletier, Jr., age 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington.

Joseph was born on June 30, 1933 in Long Island City, New York; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph C., Sr. and Marie P. (Landry) Pelletier. When Joseph was a youngster he moved with his family to Fall River. They later settled in the Pinehurst section of Billerica, MA. Joe enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War; he entered active service on July 17, 1950. Joe served aboard the USS Darby and earned the National Defense Medal. Joe was honorably discharged on April 9, 1954 and returned home to his family.

Joseph attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and went on to further his education at Northeastern University where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering.

Joseph married the “love of his life,” Eleanor G. (Frisone) Pelletier, on October 23, 1954; the couple shared almost 60 years of marriage and made countless memories for generations to come. Joseph and Eleanor moved to Wilmington in 1959 where they raised their large and loving family. Joe and Eleanor loved to travel, and in recent years, they spent their winters in Largo, Florida. There they made many friends, and Joe became a member of “The Heedless Hoarsemen,” a local senior choral group.

Joseph was a man of great faith; he was an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years and a talented vocalist in their choir.

Joe began his career as a self-taught TV repairman, and through practical experience and education eventually became a senior Electrical Engineer for AVCO/Textron Industries in Wilmington. He was a dedicated employee and was always willing to help his colleagues. He remained friends and golf buddies with many of his co-workers throughout his retirement years.

In his spare time, Joe was an excellent softball player, and became an avid golfer. He enthusiastically followed Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and the Patriots. He also greatly enjoyed watching golf tournaments – a good time to nap.

Joseph was known to be a “Mr. Fix It.” He took pride in the fact that he could fix or build almost anything. Joe also served as groundskeeper support for his wife Eleanor’s many vegetable and flower gardens throughout their yard.

Joseph will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving family man and a true friend to many. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Eleanor G. (Frisone) Pelletier, devoted father of Lisa Marie Ferguson & her husband Gary of Ithaca, NY, Michael J. Pelletier of Largo, FL, Nora J. Zinan & her husband Mark of Sunderland, MA, Thomas C. Pelletier & his wife Barbara Fox of Patchogue, NY, Susan N. Pelletier of Lexington, Daniel L. Pelletier & his wife Karin of Croton, NY, Joseph C. Pelletier, III & his wife Beth of Randolph, VT, John C. Pelletier & his wife Yunuen of Boulder, CO and James R. Pelletier & his wife Paige of Seneca, SC. He was a loving grandfather of 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, with a third great grandchild due in November. He was the dear brother of Anne Dever and M. Dorothy Pelletier both of Woburn and the late Roger A. Pelletier. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Frances J. Longo

September 8th, 2014

Frances J. (Gaudreau) Longo, age 78, of Wilmington, formerly of Stoneham, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 8, 2014 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Frances was born on February 13, 1936 in Malden; she was the cherished daughter of the late Elzear and Anna May (Bouchard) Gaudreau. Frances was raised and educated in Malden.

Frances married David Louis Longo on February 15, 1958 and together the couple shared over 43 years of marriage before his passing in February of 2001. Frances and David raised four wonderful children; Patricia, Lori, David and Linda, they lived in Stoneham for more than 20 years before moving to Wilmington in 1979. Family was most important to Frances, she was not only a devoted wife and mother but she cherished her role as a grandmother; she just loved those kids with all her heart. Frances enjoyed family holidays, celebrations, or any occasion to get her family all together, enjoying every minute she spent with them.

Frances worked as an electronics assembler for Compugraphic in Wilmington for many years; her hard work ethic and her friendly personality made her a favorite amongst her co-workers.

Frances loved to socialize and volunteer at A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory) meetings every Tuesday afternoon. Frances gave much of her time helping others and made countless friends throughout the years.

Frances will be fondly remembered for her love of reading, her beautiful smile, her ability to care for others, and for her zest for life; she was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed.

Frances was the beloved wife of the late David L. Longo, devoted mother of Patricia Delaney and her significant other Michael Hill of Marlborough, CT, Lorraine “Lori” Dalton of Peabody, David A. Longo & his wife Sandra of Lynn, and Linda Jacobson & her husband Gary of Brookline, NH, loving “Grandma” of Alex and Erik Longo, Rebekka, Catherine and Jenna Jacobson, Gregory Dalton, Kerri Zanatta, and Ryan Maguire, and great-granddaughters Giselle and Aaliyah Zanatta, dear sister of Lauretta Guliano of FL, Beatrice Cornell of St. Charles, IL, Albert Gaudreau of Malden,the late Doris Berardi, Annette Carter, and Joseph “Raymond” Gaudreau. Frances 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, MA on Thursday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Frances’ name may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.

John M. Giuffre

September 5th, 2014


John M. Giuffre, age 52, of Tewksbury passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2014.

John was the beloved husband of Brigette E. (Burns) Giuffre, loving father of Tara-Lee, Jaymie Helena and Kayla Anne Giuffre all of Tewksbury, grandfather of Paul Marino, son of the late Frank and Margaret (Preziosa) Giuffre, dear brother of Frank Giuffre of New Hampshire, Rosanne Katz of Malden, the late Stephen Giuffre and Marina Berriola. John is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, September 9th, from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name can be made to the John M. Giuffre Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America, 390 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Lynne M. Murphy

August 29th, 2014

Lynne M. Murphy, age 51, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, August 28th, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Catherine Murphy of Wilmington, sister of Joseph Murphy and Brian Murphy of Cumberland, RI, and Jeffrey Murphy of Los Angeles, CA.

Lynne was the loving aunt of Matthew, Caitlin, Jack, Zachary, and Annika Murphy, all of Cumberland, RI.

She was also the sister in law to Susan Hogan Murphy and Christine Losea Murphy also of Cumberland, RI.  Lynne is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Lynne graduated from Nazareth Academy, Wakefield, MA, where she excelled in athletics, captaining the softball team and was a member of the Catholic Conference Championship basketball team her senior year.

She was also an excellent figure skater, competing at various levels as a youngster.

She graduated from Worcester State University, and entered the business world after graduation.

Lynne was an Account Executive for the TOPS/RR Donnelley Corporation of Chicago, IL following several successful years working as a retail music & media buyer for the Lechmere and Ames Corporations.

She loved the ocean, vacationing each year at Popponesset Beach on Cape Cod, enjoying summers at the beach with her family over a 48 year period.

Lynne loved her family especially her five nieces and nephews, and they truly loved their Auntie Lynne.

She was a kind, caring, thoughtful, considerate, and generous person who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all her family members and those who loved her.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rt. 62), Wilmington, MA on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 2nd from 4-8pm.

Memorial donations in Lynne’s name may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Jennifer (Palmer) Lycett

August 28th, 2014

Jennifer E. (Palmer) Lycett, age 40, of Springvale, ME, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died unexpectedly at home on August 25, 2014.

Jennifer was born on April 7, 1974; she was the cherished daughter of Catherine (Worth) Palmer and the late Walter Palmer. Jennifer was raised and educated in Wilmington and was part of a large and loving family.

Jennifer lived in Montana for several years where she loved the peacefulness of the woods and the mountain ranges. Jennifer also enjoyed her visits to York Beach in Maine, one of her most favorite places, where she could walk along the shore line or just relax on the beach. Jennifer eventually moved to Springvale, Maine, where she resided for the last few years.

Jennifer loved animals sometimes having several pets at once, cats, dogs, ferrets, it didn’t matter to her the species she loved them all. Jennifer also loved people, she enjoyed “catching up” with new friends, old friends, or just acquaintances through facebook, and was involved with online support groups that helped others in need.

Jennifer will be fondly remembered for her great sense of humor and the love she had for her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Jennifer was the daughter of Catherine (Worth) Palmer of York, ME, formerly of Wilmington, MA and the late Walter Palmer, “Mom” of Autumn, Cody, Sierra, Cheyenne, and Faith, sister of Scott Palmer and Christine Palmer both of Sanford, ME, formerly of Wilmington, MA, granddaughter of Marjorie (Worth) Coryell and the late Roger Worth of Wilmington. Jennifer is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Interment to follow at the Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, MA. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, September 1st from 5-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Jennifer’s name may be made to the Jennifer Lycett Memorial Fund, c/o Kennebunk Savings Bank, 16 Woodbridge Rd., York, ME 03909. Following the Cemetery Service all are welcome to join the family at Rocco’s Restaurant, 193 Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA.

Joseph C. Filipowicz

August 27th, 2014

Joseph C. Filipowicz, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2014, at the Winchester Hospital following a brief illness.

Joseph was born in Lynn, MA, on March 4, 1923; he was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Adela (Pacewicz) Filipowicz. Joe was raised and educated in Lynn. He was inducted into the United States Navy during World War II.

Joseph married “his sweetheart” Ruth I. Dickson in 1948; the couple lived in Chelsea for several years before building their own home in Wilmington in 1955. Family was very important to Joe; he was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Ruth for more than 65 years and a wonderful father to his daughter Catherine.

Joseph was known to be a very hard worker and an extremely talented craftsman in wood; he was a proud member of the Carpenters Union. At first, he worked for a small builder, then for many years for Volpe Construction as a carpenter foreman and foreman/super on jobs small and large (including hospital expansions, one of Harvard’s libraries, and a Postal Service central facility in Springfield), but his real love was interior finish work. Joe was an impeccable cabinet maker and crafted much of the furniture throughout his home. He took up wood-turning to make wooden bowls, plates, and vases, and even a wooden chalice for a man who was about to be ordained as a priest.

Joseph not only built furniture but he also spent many years teaching night classes on how to build furniture, always sharing his knowledge and having patience with others.

Joseph was involved in many building projects throughout the town of Wilmington and people sought out his expertise. Joe was a talented foreman so when the town needed help remodeling the old Buzzell School into the Senior Center, he was right there with his tools and ideas. Joe also helped to organize the High School kids as they built the gazebo that is located on the town common and he was instrumental in renovating the Villanova Hall basement for a youth center.

Joseph was known to be knowledgeable about old construction and was very involved in the first public open house after the town acquired Harnden Tavern; he also donated some of the tools that are on display.

Joseph’s involvement with the community didn’t stop there. He was a member of the Wilmington Elderly Affairs Commission for years, taking his turn as Chairman, and he thoroughly enjoyed belonging to the Wilmington Senior Center. He loved to read and was one of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s most steady patrons. He was also a wonderful cook, and was renowned for the soups, preserves, and pickles that he made and gave freely to friends, associates, and those who helped the family.

Joseph will be fondly remembered as a quiet guy who was always doing something for someone. He was gentle, kind, and caring. Joseph was truly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

Joseph was the beloved husband of 65 years to Ruth I. (Dickson) Filipowicz of Wilmington, the loving father of Catherine Steinhoff and her husband Nicholas of La Mirada, CA, cherished son of the late Joseph and Adela (Pacewicz) Filipowicz, dear brother of the late Victor Phillips and Charles Filipowicz. Joseph is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 3rd 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. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 2nd from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The family will hold an Open House to honor Joseph after the burial; it will be held at the Filipowicz home, 23 Oakridge Circle, Wilmington. Everyone who knew Joe is invited to drop in between 1:00 and 2:00 PM to see the house that he and Ruth built and the beautiful furniture, plates, toys, and other things that he made over the years. A light luncheon will be served.

Memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Susan (Brozyna) Carroll

August 26th, 2014

Susan R. (Brozyna) Carroll, age 46, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 25, 2014.

Susan was born in Winthrop, MA, on April 30, 1968; she was the cherished daughter of the late Lorraine C. (Brennick) Brozyna and Louis J. Brozyna. Susan was raised and educated in Wilmington and member of the Wilmington High School Class of 1986.

Susan graduated from Wilfred Beauty Academy in Malden and worked as a beautician for many years. Susan also took courses to be a court reporter and enjoyed working throughout the many courthouses in the Middlesex and Essex Counties.

Susan married Robert Carroll on September 15, 1995; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised their four wonderful sons Patrick, Brian, Christian, and Leo. Susan loved being a “Mom” and cooking for “her boys”.

Susan was a little bit of a “dare devil” when it came to jet skiing, snowmobiling, and any other water sport; the faster she could go the better she enjoyed it. Susan also loved camping with her family and friends, everyone always had a great time and they made countless memories over the years.

Susan will be fondly remembered for her kind heart, her love of laughter, and for the many special times she shared with family and friends.

Susan was the beloved wife of Robert M. Carroll, loving mother of Patrick, Brian, Christian and Leo Carroll, all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Lorraine C. (Brennick) Brozyna, and Louis J. Brozyna and his wife Donnamarie of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Wilmington, dear sister of Bruce Brozyna & his wife Christina of Franklin, LoriAnn Burgomaster & her husband Thomas of Westford, Barbara LeBlanc & her husband Stephen of Peabody, sister-in-law of Cathy Oliver of Laconia, NH. Susan 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 Friday, August 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the Carroll Family Fund, P. O. Box 404, Wilmington, MA 01887.