Obituaries

Arthur E. Krugaluk

November 26th, 2014

Arthur E. Krugaluk, age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2014.

Arthur was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Brennan) Krugaluk, devoted father of Susan Evans, Beth Morrison & her husband Chuck all of California, Thomas E. Krugaluk of Wilmington, Lisa Palazzo & her husband Dennis of Rowley, Sandra Reese & her husband Glenn of South Carolina and the late Kathleen Krugaluk, loving “Grampy” of 6 and great-grandfather of 3, cherished son of the late Joseph and Augusta (Kahm) Krugaluk, dear brother of the late Joseph Krugaluk.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 29th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.  Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Arthur’s name may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind,175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.  Arthur was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War, who proudly retired after 20 years of dedicated service.

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Francis “Frank” Sferrazza

November 22nd, 2014

Francis “Frank” Sferrazza, age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 21, 2014 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.

Frank enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 2, 1947 in Boston, MA. He served in China and Pearl Harbor during World War II. Frank was honorably discharged from the Marines on July 1, 1950 returning home to his family in South Boston.

Frank married the “love of his life” Isabel A. (Barrett) Sferrazza on January 21, 1951. Frank and Isabel settled in Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their five children: Donna, Wayne, Paul, Robert and Sandra. Frank and Isabel were always out and about, “two peas in a pod”; they loved to be with their family, travel, and socialize, everyone always had a great time. Frank and Isabel along with their family made countless memories throughout the years that will be shared with generations to come.

Frank was a devoted husband and father; there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. Frank was always involved in everything his children wanted to do and thoroughly enjoyed watching his children participate in various activities and sporting events. Frank spent many years coaching Pony League, Little League, Pop Warner, and was a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts. Frank was not only good to his own children but also to the many kids he coached.

As a grandfather, Frank was awesome; he attended countless school events, dance recitals, sporting events, birthday parties, and special celebrations. Frank was so proud of his family and all of their accomplishments. Frank always ended a family visit with a quote “If you need anything, call me” and those words were heartfelt and sincere.

Frank worked as a dedicated salesman for Victor Coffee Company for many years before his retirement. Frank was hardworking, loyal, and kind; he had an endearing personality and could always brighten one’s day with his great sense of humor.

To say that Frank was very involved with the Town of Wilmington would be an understatement; Frank’s had a generous nature, big heart, and was always willing to give countless hours to various organizations throughout the town.

Frank was a member of the Bi-Centennial Committee that hosted Wilmington’s 250th Birthday celebration. Frank was a Charter Member of the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee who worked tirelessly to provide the towns people with a wonderful yearly celebration for our Nation’s Birthday. Frank also worked hard for many years with the Wilmington Community Fund, the A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory) Group, he was Past President of the Booster’s Club, a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington and the Sons of Italy.

Frank was always willing to volunteer at countless fundraisers and gave unconditional support to the town’s people. In recognition of Frank’s devotion to the community, he was awarded the 8th Annual “Good Guy” award in 1976.

For many years, Frank was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he participated in lots of activities, trips, and thoroughly enjoyed socializing with his friends.

In his spare time, Frank loved to follow Boston sports; the Red Sox being one of his favorites; he took in many games throughout the years with family and friends.

Frank will be remembered as a comedian, who loved to make people laugh; he was famous for his crazy hats which he would wear out and about in the community just to entertain those around him. Frank was always dependable, generous, loving, and kind; he would do anything for anyone never expecting anything in return. Frank always led by example and to many he was known as “Mr. Wilmington”.

Frank left a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and a grateful community.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Isabel A. (Barrett), devoted father of Donna Andrews and her husband Richard of Tewksbury, Wayne Sferrazza of Las Vegas, Paul Sferrazza and his wife Karen, Robert Sferrazza, and Sandra Langenfeld and her husband John all of Wilmington, loving Grandfather of Heather Andrews, Kristi Andrews, Paul Sferrazza, Jr., Scott Sferrazza, Jennifer Sferazza, Lance Corporal John Langenfeld, Deven Langenfeld, and Steven Langenfeld, Great-Grandfather of Kevin and Caitlyn Leary. Son of the late Frank and Louise Sferrazza, brother of Rose Ill of Jacksonville, FL, Mary MacAuley of Belmont, the late Vincent Sferrazza and Croscetta DiFrumolo. Frank is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Monday, November 24th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Church on Tuesday, November 25th at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Wilmington Community Fund, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Patricia F. (White) Ellsworth

November 21st, 2014

Patricia F. (White) Ellsworth, age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

Patricia was born on July 1, 1931 in Roxbury; she was the cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Sarah (Keane) White. Patricia grew up in Roxbury and graduated from High School.

Patricia married “her sweetheart” Earl A. Ellsworth, Jr. on July 31, 1950. The couple shared almost 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2009. Patricia and Earl moved to Wilmington on July 3, 1959, where they raised their large family of seven children: Lynne, Karen, Janet, Thomas, Nancy, Maria and Paul.

Patricia’s life was centered on her family; she was a devoted mother who was proud of all her children and their various accomplishments. Her family fondly remembers her great “homemaking skills”; Patricia was a good cook who could whip up a meal in no time, she could make her home made jams out of just about anything, she was a talented seamstress who made many special outfits for her children and she tried her hand as a hairdresser by giving all the family haircuts. Patricia especially loved the holidays and special family celebrations; she loved to decorate for every holiday her favorite being Christmas and always came up with a great costume to dress up for Halloween.

Patricia’s grandchildren were the light of her life. She was so proud to be called “Nana.” She was always interested in what the grandchildren were doing; whether it was a school or sporting event Patricia was always there. She just couldn’t get enough of them.

Following Earl’s retirement, Patricia and Earl enjoyed traveling and sharing their stories of adventure with family and friends; but some of their fondest memories were the family trips to Castle Island in South Boston.

In her spare time, Patricia loved to keep herself busy by doing puzzles, crosswords, watching Wheel of Fortune, adding to her doll collection, feeding the birds, and her favorite hobby was reading. Patricia was very talented at crocheting and she made countless Afghans for family and friends that will be treasured for years to come.

Patricia was a woman of great faith and she loved God; when the Ellsworth’s first moved to Wilmington they were a very active part of St. Thomas Church where they brought up their children but as the years passed they were assigned to the new parish of Wilmington which was St. Dorothy’s at the time. Patricia and Earl quickly became active members of the Parish attending daily Mass and involving themselves in many penny sales, minstrel shows, and church fund raisers.

Patricia will be remembered for her great sense of humor and her witty personality; Patricia was a prankster at heart who loved to make people laugh. Patricia will be remembered as a “one of a kind” wife, mom, nana, and friend who will be truly missed by all who loved her.
Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Earl A. Ellsworth, Jr., devoted mother of Lynne D’Errico & her husband Larry of Tewksbury, Karen Colliton & her husband Kevin of Chelmsford, Janet Mahoney & Jack Whitehouse of Wilmington, Thomas Ellsworth & his wife Deborah Rousseaux of Wilmington, Nancy Blanco & her husband Paul of Chelmsford, Maria Schacht & her husband Paul of Londonderry, NH and Paul Ellsworth & his wife Elizabeth of Burlington, loving “Nana” of 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Sarah (Keane) White.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 24th from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rt. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery,Wilmington.

Elizabeth “Betty” Precopio

November 19th, 2014

Elizabeth M. (Wirth) Precopio, “Betty”, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014, at the Tidd Home in Woburn.

Betty was born on January 13, 1928, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Harold and Agnes (Mazzarella) Wirth.

Betty was the beloved wife of 56 years to the late Vito J. Precopio; the couple lived in Allston for several years before moving to Wilmington more than 50 years ago.

Betty was a member of the Wilmington Senior Center for many years and enjoyed participating in their activities.

Betty is survived by several cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, November 21st, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Betty’s name can be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Hilda P. (Hudson) Crescitelli

November 18th, 2014

Hilda P. (Hudson) Crescitelli, age 93, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on November 17, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a brief illness.

Hilda was born on July 20, 1921 in Brighton, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Arthur S. and Hilda M. (Catherine) Hudson. Hilda was part of a large, loving family; she was one of five sisters who were extremely close and remained best of friends throughout their life. When Hilda was five years old, she moved with her family to the “country” settling in Wilmington, where she spent most of her life.

Hilda married the late Marino Z. Crescitelli. The couple lived in Watertown and Belmont for a few years before settling back in Wilmington in 1963. Hilda and Marino had one son, Paul Crescitelli, who was the light of Hilda’s life. She was a very devoted mother and was always interested in what Paul and his neighborhood friends were involved in. Hilda’s house had an “open door” policy where all the neighborhood kids were welcomed. Hilda made time for Paul’s activities including spending time driving to all the rinks in the area to watch Paul play hockey and helping with his Boy Scout troop, where she volunteered as the Den Mother.

Hilda was an active member at the Wilmington Senior Center where she enjoyed participating in their many activities and socializing with her friends. Hilda was a charter member of the Sweet Adeline’s where she loved to sing and perform in their many concerts. Hilda used her talents as a seamstress and made beautiful costumes for the other members of the group; she was recognized for her talents by receiving the “Golden Scissor Award” ten years in a row.

Hilda was known to be a very independent woman; Hilda still drove herself around town, taking care of her own errands and visiting her beloved sister Jessie.

In her spare time, Hilda loved to read and keep up on current events.

Hilda will be remembered as a sweet and generous woman who had a special place in her heart for the U. S. Veterans. Hilda loved to “give back” to various Veterans groups and donated whatever she could to support the local troops.

Hilda was a very special lady to her family and friends; her love and devotion will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Hilda was the beloved wife of the late Marino Z. Crescitelli, devoted mother of Paul Crescitelli & his companion Kim of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Samantha Crescitelli and Dayna Crescitelli, cherished daughter of the late Arthur S. and Hilda M.(Catherine) Hudson, dear sister of Jessie Fanjoy of Wilmington, the late Mary Brown, Emma Colgate and Ada Hudson, sister-in-law of Gloria & Wally Stewart of Watertown, the late Arthur Crescitelli, Rudy Crescitelli, Edward Crescitelli, Chris Crescitelli, Tilly & Frank Natale, Milly & Dom Mecurio and Claire Medeiros, special aunt of Joe “Buster” Brown, Billy Colgate, Winifred Larson, Arthur Colgate, Mark Colgate, Ricky Brown, Laureen Brown, Gail Kelley, Joey Colgate, Debbie Colgate, the late Ellie Colgate and the Crescitelli nieces and nephews: Dickie, Bobby, Mark, Joannie, Mickey, Jackie, Tony, Billy, Denise, Debbie, Lois, Sharon, Butch, DA (Donald Angelo), Michael, Phillip, Frankie, Doris, Jimmy, June, Shirley, Georgie, Carol, Dennis, Patty, De De, Skip, Dennis, Barry and Jeff. Hilda is also survived by her godchildren Susan McNamara, Billy Colgate and Allen McDonald as well as many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, November 21st from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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

James R. “Jim” Manuel

November 13th, 2014

James R. “Jim” Manuel, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 12, 2014, at the Winchester Hospital.

Jim was born on July 2, 1934 in Medford, MA; he was the cherished son of the late James and Lorraine E. (Fraser) Manuel. Jim lived in Medford until moving with his family to Wilmington as a young boy. Jim was educated in Wilmington and during his high school years he also traveled back and forth to Medford Vocational School where he took additional classes. Jim graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Jim enlisted in the United States Navy on March 15, 1953, during the Korean War. Jim served overseas aboard the USS Observer for nearly three years and received several commendations for his service. Jim was honorably discharged from active duty on March 12, 1957 and went on to his duties in the Navy Reserves. During this time, Jim chose to further his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.

Jim returned home to his family in Wilmington and took a teaching position in Stoneham, MA and soon discovered that he had found his calling as a teacher. Jim then went to work as a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent’s School which took him to South Korea for a few years and then off to Germany where he made life long relationships with his students in Bonn, Munich, and Heidelberg. Jim’s passion for teaching young minds was incredible; he not only made teaching fun, but he made his student’s believe in themselves and strive to be whatever they wanted to be.

Jim traveled all over the world; his trek across Siberia, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, trips all over Europe and Asia as well as his many travels to points unknown were always shared with his family, friends, and students; he always brought the world to others.

Jim was an avid Photographer and a wiz on the computer; he shared his talents with his many students and was instrumental in sponsoring and putting together their many school yearbooks.

A large part of Jim’s life was volunteering with the Boy Scouts. Jim was a Scout Leader and Scout Master in Germany and here in the United States. Jim was a role model for the scouts, he taught them honesty, loyalty, integrity, community, and most of all hard work and compassion for others. He was truly and inspiration and always led by example.

As a Mason, Jim, was always there to lend a hand and was actively involved with the Masons Organizations all over the world. Jim was a member of the Bavarian Masons in Europe as well as the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington, MA. Jim’s winning personality, his unending knowledge, dependability, and his willingness to put others before himself made him a favorite amongst his fellow Masons. Jim made life-long friends with his fellow Masons all over the world and they will never forget him.

Jim was a man of great faith; he had a strong love of God, family, and his country; he was an active parishioner of the United Methodist Church in Wilmington, MA, where he was well loved and respected. Jim was always helping out with fund raisers, missions, volunteer work, or anything else that he could do for his fellow parishioners to make their lives a little easier.

Jim will be fondly remembered for his kindness and compassion for others. His unconditional love and devotion to his family, friends, students, scouts, and fellow Masons was always unwavering. Jim’s exemplary life was truly an example for all to live by and his unselfishness towards others should be a lesson for us all. Jim was a ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life; he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim was the cherished son of the late James and Lorraine E. (Fraser) Manuel, dear brother of Barbara L. Clifford of Tewksbury, Janet Manuel of Wilmington, Patricia (Weir) Belinski and her husband Charles of Tewksbury, Thomas G. Manuel and his wife Jane Kroll Manuel of Summerville, SC, loving uncle of Daniel, James, Judith, Theresa, Dorothy, William, Lawrence, Joseph, Barbara, Pamela, Sandra, Janet, Lawrence, Jr., Gordon, Nannette, Kristine, Korin and the late Michael, Mary Ann, Mark, John and Eugene, nephew of Jean Clark of Melrose and Ruth Upham of Maine. Jim is also survived by many great-nieces & great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the United Methodist Church of Wilmington on Monday, November 17th promptly at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visitation will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Sunday, November 16th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church of Wilmington, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887, to the Friendship Lodge of Wilmington, 32 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Union College, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY 40906.

Josephine N. Castronovo

November 10th, 2014

Josephine N. (LaGrassa) Castronovo, fondly known as “Josie” to her family and friends, died peacefully on November 8, 2014 at the Wingate at Reading; she was 100 years of age.

Josie was born on February 13, 1914, in Rutland, Vermont; she was the cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Concetta (Palermo) LaGrassa. Josie grew up on the family farm in Sudbury, MA just down the road from Babe Ruth. Josie was part of a large and loving family; she was taught to work hard and put her family first above all else.

Josie married the “love of her life” Salvatore Castronovo in 1937; sharing more than 27 years of marriage before Salvatore’s untimely passing in 1964. Josie and Sal moved to the North End of Boston where they raised their four wonderful children and built a life of love and family. Josie was an amazing cook who loved to host holidays, especially Christmas, she also enjoyed birthday celebrations, and any other special occasion to get her family together.

More than 25 years ago, Josie moved from the North End to North Reading to live with her daughter Connie and be closer to her grandchildren. Josie always looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren and catching up on their lives.

Josie will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Josie made countless wonderful memories throughout her life that will be shared for generations to come.

Josie was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Castronovo, devoted mother of Mary Barysky and her late husband Peter of Wilmington, Connie Castronovo of North Reading, Joseph Castronovo and his wife Christine of Wilmington, and the late Carlo Castronovo and his wife Kathleen of North Reading, loving “Nana” of Patricia and the late Steve Ritchie, Marie and Bill Mason, Deborah and Charlie Moussalem, John and Summer Mullowney, Michelle and Steve Bodoin, Joseph and Nicole Castronovo, Salvatore Castronovo, Lisa Castronovo, Michael Castronovo, and Carlo Castronovo, Jr. and “Great Nana” of Peter, Patrick, Philip, Olivia, Jonathan, Gregory, Ava, Lyric, Brooklyn, Christopher, Caitlin, Cameron, Joey, Jillian, Allyson, Melissa, Alex, Michael, and Lori. Cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Concetta (Palermo) LaGrassa, dear sister of Paul LaGrassa and his wife Peggy of Sudbury, the late Anna Manne, Nicholas LaGrassa, William LaGrassa, and Peter LaGrassa. Josie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 12th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Josephine’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Kenneth R. Soderholm, Sr.

November 4th, 2014

Kenneth R. Soderholm, Sr., age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Woburn on August 11, 1930, Ken was the son of Robert and Margaret (Norwood) Soderholm. He was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1948.

Ken worked hard to support his family. He owned his own construction company. After many years of working alone, he joined his son, Ken, at the Soderholm Custom Builders, and together they built homes throughout Massachusetts.

Ken was a life-long motorcycle enthusiast. He began riding at 16 years old and never looked back. He would ride all over Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Even after having a serious surgery, Ken got right back on the bike and rode. Ken was also a huge sports fan. He loved Boston sports teams, especially Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins.

Ken was proud of his membership in many organizations. He was a Mason, a member of the Rainbo Fish and Game in New Hampshire and a Shriner. Ken traveled with his wife, Ruthann and the Shriners. His favorite stops were to Hawaii, Florida, Toronto and especially Vancouver. His proudest membership however, would be his Eagle Scout Membership, an honor he cherished. This was so important to him that four of his grandsons followed in his footsteps, earning their Eagle Scout, Ken being in attendance for all of their ceremonies.

Family was paramount to Ken, he considered everyone family. Whether you were blood related or an in-law, you were treated as family. Ken would travel to wherever he needed to be to attend weddings, graduations, ceremonies, sporting events or anything else that the children or grandchildren wanted him to attend.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife Ruthann (Spaulding) Soderholm of Wilmington, his children; Ken Soderholm, Jr., Linda Picard, Robert Soderholm, Wayne Soderholm, Sharon Burzyk, Cindy Drover, Laurie Taronto & Melody Conner, AnneMarie Webber, Denise DeLucia and Michael, Anthony, Christopher & Richard DeLucia. He was the grandfather of 41 and great grandfather of 27. He was the dear brother of Marjorie Millea. Ken is also survived by many friends including the Lemelin family of Tewksbury.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington for visiting hours on Saturday, November 8th, from 1-3 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801 or the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036.

Norman E. Nary

November 3rd, 2014

Norman E. Nary, age 92, a long-time resident of Northwood, NH, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2014 in Kittery, ME.

Norman was born in Wilmington, MA on June 26, 1922; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer and Myrtle G. (White) Nary. Norman was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1941.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 21, 1942 in Boston, MA. Norman served his country during WWII on board the USS John Rodgers. After more than three years, Norman was honorably discharged from the Navy on December 21, 1945.

Norman married his “sweetheart,” Ann L. (Dayton) Nary on December 2, 1945. The couple shared more than 60 years of marriage before Ann’s passing in 2006. Norman and Ann lived in Kingston, NH for twenty-seven years, where they raised their three children; Norman “Ed”, Timothy and Gail. The couple then resided in Northwood, NH for over thirty years.

Norman was dedicated to his job; he worked for B & M Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer for many years before his retirement.

Norman enjoyed being outdoors; he spent a lot of time camping and fishing with his family and friends. He and Ann took many trips all over the place. They had wonderful memories and stories of all the places they visited. Norman also loved racecars; he was fascinated with how they worked and enjoyed watching a good race.

Norman was a loving husband, Dad, Grampa, Brother, Uncle and friend to many. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Norman was the beloved husband of the late Ann L. (Dayton) Nary, devoted father of Norman E. Nary of Quanah, TX, Timothy J. Nary of Swainsboro, GA and Gail A. Nary-Miles of Pittsford, NY, loving grandfather of 8 grandchildren and great-grandfather of many, cherished son of the late Elmer and Myrtle G. (White) Nary, dear brother of the late Elmer Nary, Lindsey Nary, Marjorie Kendall, Avis Galka and Violet Duggan. Norman 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 Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Norman’s name may be made to the Trinity Anglican Church, P.O. Box 1078, Rochester, NH 03866.

Ervyl H. Stewart

November 1st, 2014

Ervyl Harry “Turk” Stewart, age 89, of Estero, FL & Harwich Port, MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Saturday November 1, 2014.

Ervyl was born on January 9, 1925. He was the son of the late Harry T. Stewart and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. He was raised in the Silver Lake section of Wilmington and graduated with the Wilmington High School class of 1942.

Ervyl earned a degree in Engineering from Tufts University in 1946. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII as an Ensign on board the destroyer USS Harry F. Bauer until being honorably discharged in 1947. In 1951, he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering from MIT.

Ervyl was a Civil Engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers until retiring in 1978. He then focused his career on his own company, Stewart Engineering of MA & NH until retiring to Estero, FL in 2001.

Voted best athlete in high school, Ervyl was dubbed the “Terrible Turk” for his prowess on the football field. He was later inducted into the Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of The Cranberry Valley Golf Course of Cape Cod & Country Creek Golf Course of Florida.

Ervyl was known for his humble demeanor & was a true gentleman in every way. He was a wonderful man with an amazing sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Ervyl is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Ann (Palmer) Stewart. Proud father of three sons and two daughters, Daniel & his wife Christina, Douglas & his wife Lori, James & his wife Mary all of Wilmington, Dottie of Dedham, MA and Diane of Wilmington. Cherished “Grampy” of Mark, Matthew, Michael, Gregory, Stephen and Jennifer. Dear brother of Dr. Pearl Pitt & her husband the late Dr. Leldon Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, Dorothy Stewart of North Reading, MA, Hank & Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington and Norman & Stevie Stewart of Arlington, TX. Brother-in-law of the late Douglas Palmer & his wife the late Faith, Richard “Dick” Palmer & his wife the late Rachel, Robert “Bob” Palmer & his wife Jane & The late James “Jay” Palmer & his wife Theresa “Chickie”. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends as well as his devoted support dog, Winston.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 7th at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 6th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ervyl’s name may be made to the E.H. Stewart W.H.S. Scholarship Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887.