Obituaries

Norma “Jean” Wiberg

February 17th, 2018

Norma J. Wiberg “Jean” (Andrews), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018. Jean was the beloved wife of the late Sven J. Wiberg, devoted mother of Linnea Garcia & her husband Raul of Wellesley, MA, Sven D. Wiberg & his wife Patricia of North Hampton, NH, Leslie A. Wiberg of Newmarket, NH, and Karen Wiberg of Wilmington, MA. Cherished daughter of the late Leslie and Emma (Babcock) Andrews, dear sister of the late Warren Andrews. Sister-in-law of Joan Andrews of Tewksbury, Mary Long of Washington, Margaret “Peg” Reid of Connecticut, and Peter Wiberg of Maine. Jean is further survived by many cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Friday, February 23rd from 3-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to the Sawtelle Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.

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Susan Harvey

February 15th, 2018

Susan Harvey, of Wilmington, February 14, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Robert D. Harvey.

Devoted mother of Robert Harvey, Jr. & Stephania of Maine, Barbara McCauley & Charles of Wilmington, Peter Harvey & Diane of Wilmington, and the late S. Jane and Mark Harvey. Loving grandmother of Virginia Grice of Maine, Jessica D’Alessio & Josh of Maine, Nathan Harvey of Vermont, Elizabeth Harvey of Wilmington, Charles McCauley, Jr. of Wilmington, Joseph McCauley & Traci of Wilmington, and Erin McCauley & Anthony of Lynn. Great grandmother of Hannah & Stella of Maine, Kayla, Chloe, Joseph, Callie, Jacob, & Aleya of Wilmington, Sienna of Waltham, Bentley, Anthony, & Alexandra of Lynn, CJ & Emily of South Boston, and the late Matthew.

Susan was a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and St Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 19th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Susan may be made to Middlesex-East Visiting Nurse Hospice, Gifts Processing Center, 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805.

Doris J. Johnson

February 15th, 2018

Doris J. (Fiske) Johnson, age 93, a resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Care One at Wilmington on February 6, 2018.

Doris was born in Lynn, MA on July 15, 1924; she was the cherished daughter of the late Eugene and Minne (Lampson) Fiske. Doris attended Saugus schools and graduated from Saugus High School. She also graduated from Malden Business School. After graduation, Doris worked at Boston 5 Cent Savings Bank.

Doris lived in Saugus and Burlington before moving to Wilmington. She was an active walker and loved to dance. Country and western music were her very favorite; she and her husband would travel through Mass. in search of country band music.

Doris was the beloved wife of the late William H. Johnson, who passed away in 2012. She is survived by her daughter Diane Bosworth and her son Alan Johnson & his wife Sandra Harding, grandchildren Craig Bosworth & his wife Kirsten, Michelle Donnelly & her husband Brian, Bobbi Jo Johnson & her partner Tom McMillan, Eddie Johnson & his wife Kristen, Tamara Kaddy & her husband Ryan, several great-grandchildren, and her nieces Elizabeth Simpson, Linda Paine & her husband Steven and Janice Clark.

At the family’s request, all Funeral Services for Doris are private.

Memorial donations in Doris’ name may be made to VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Vernon “Jeff” Coville

February 15th, 2018

Vernon J. “Jeff” Coville, age 88, of Peabody, MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on February 14, 2018.

Jeff was born on June 16, 1929 in Medford, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Freeman L. and Sarah (Stockman) Coville. Jeff was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School.

Following graduation, Jeff enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 19, 1950 in Boston, MA. Jeff served on the USS Hambleton during the Korean War. After four years of dedicated service, Jeff was honorably discharged on July 15, 1954 and he returned home to his family.

Jeff married his “sweetheart” Elizabeth L. “Betty” Edgett on January 24th 1953. The couple moved to Wilmington in May 1963, where they raised four wonderful children. Jeff was a very devoted father; he spent many years attending countless school and sporting events. When Jeff became “Pappy” to his grandchildren and great-granddaughter; his world became even more wonderful. Jeff and Betty treasured their role as grandparents; there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do for their family.

Jeff worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he was a Testman for New England Telephone and watched the evolution of the communications field. Jeff was hard working and conscientious; he had a great personality and made many friends with his co-workers throughout the years. .

Jeff was a “giver” of his time and his talents; he was very involved in the community and thoroughly loved to make people laugh. Jeff was involved in several organizations including the Wilmington Minutemen, the Masons, the Aleppo Shriners and the Wilmington Railroad.

Jeff was an original member of the Masons and the Friendship Lodge; for many years he was very active in building ramps on houses for those in need. Jeff was always willing to go the extra mile and lend a helpful hand; he always took pride in the projects they completed.

For many years, Jeff was an active member of the Wilmington Minutemen and took part in their annual walks to Concord for their reenactments. During the Bi-Centennial year, Jeff walked all the way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take part in their Bi-Centennial parade and festivities.

Jeff was part of the Clown Unit for the Aleppo Shriners for many years; he is known as a hill billy clown called “Slo-Poke,” but was most famous for emulating “Stan Laurel” in “Laurel & Hardy.” Jeff was part of many parades and circuses over the years including Wilmington’s Memorial Day Parade; he enjoyed entertaining a crowd especially the children and he always looked forward to bringing joy to others and making people laugh. Jeff was very proud of his affiliation with the Shriner’s and for all the good work they do throughout the state and country; Jeff was especially proud of the Shriners Children’s Hospitals and for the care and compassion they provide to children and their families in a time of need.

Jeff was an active parishioner at the Wilmington United Methodist Church where attended services regularly and took his position as an Usher for many years. Jeff made many friends in the church and he was always willing to help with church projects and fundraisers.

Jeff had many talents which included his famous woodworking. Jeff could conjure up any little gadget in his workshop and most certainly had every tool to make that happen. Jeff was known as a “Mr. Fix-It” and could repair almost everything. Following retirement, Jeff took up playing billiards and was always up for a friendly competition with his family and friends.

Jeff will be remembered as a generous, caring person who devoted much of his time to his family, friends, and community. Jeff was truly “one of a kind” and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jeff was the beloved husband of Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Edgett) Coville, devoted father of Leslie A. Vachalek & husband David of St. Louis, MO, Roger E. Coville & wife Kelly of Columbus, OH, Karen L. Lefebvre & husband Mark of Westford, MA and the late Stephen L. Coville. Loving “Pappy” of Daniel, Erica, Stanton, Cassandra, Ryan, Ashley, Andrew, and Great-Granddaughter Charlotte. Cherished son of the late Freeman L. and Sarah (Stockman) Coville, dear brother of the late Freeman L. Coville.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, February 18th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Jeff’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, on Monday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m.

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

George H. Twohig

February 12th, 2018

George H. Twohig, age 74, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2018 at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading.

George was born in Cambridge after his parents had immigrated here from Nova Scotia. The family moved back to NS from their then-home in Lexington while George and his sister Midge were still young, but eventually returned and settled in Wilmington. George remained there in his family home most of his life.

After leaving the Air Force, George worked at Houghton Mifflin as a computer operator, and then in 1969, he accepted a position at Northeastern University where he remained as an IT Manager for 46 years until 2015.

Known for his sharp wit and one liners, inherited from his father George, he was the life of any party or gathering. He retained that humor even while under recent hospice care.

Full of rhythm, he loved most music, particularly early soul and disco. He went out dancing as often as he could and when not out, he could be found shadow dancing to his favorite tunes at home. George kept himself in good shape and always belonged to either the NU gym or the local one once he retired. He was not one to embrace free time or hobbies in his later years, so the gym, home, family, and friends occupied his free time.

George was a good person with a soft spot for animals. His children will always remember and chuckle about growing up chasing several run-away hamsters, guinea pigs, and newts around the house when they escaped. Their backyard was lined with rabbits, their offspring, and their Dad-made cages. He even rescued a wounded sea gull once. But they’ll mostly remember him always surrounded by the many breeds of dogs, his last and favorite being his toy poodle, Fifi.

George was the devoted father George K. Twohig & his wife Amanda of Manlius, NY, Shelly A. Hudson & her husband Stuart of Danvers, MA and Derek J. Twohig & his wife Lindsey of Elliott, ME. He was the loving “Grampy” of Annabelle, Evelyn, Benjamin, Shannon, Leighla and Lillian, cherished son of the late George B. and Alice J. (Harvey) Twohig, and dear brother of the late Marjorie “Midge” Mosher & her husband George. George is also survived by his former wife and close friend, Angela Twohig of Billerica, as well as former wife and mother to his children, Christine Twohig of West Newbury.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 16th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully

February 11th, 2018

Gerald F. Tully “Jerry”, Ret. Staff Sergeant Massachusetts State Police, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018, with his family at his side.

Jerry was born on October 8, 1940, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of Francis and Margaret Tully. Jerry was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. Jerry went on to continue his education at Boston University where he earned an Associate Degree in Aeronautical Technology.

Following college, Jerry, took a position as a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. While with the State Police, Jerry enlisted in the Army National Guard and was activated in December of 1963. When Jerry finished his active duty assignment he was transferred to the Massachusetts Army National Guard and attended Officer Training School. Jerry continued his career with the Army Reserves for countless weeks and weekends throughout his 28 years; he moved up the ranks and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Following his honorable discharge from active duty with the Army, Jerry returned home to his family and back to his duties with the Massachusetts State Police. Jerry was well read and had a thirst for learning; he went back to college where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in education and Social Service from Boston University.

Jerry went on to teach criminal justice and homeland security for several Municipal Police Academies, U Mass Lowell, Western New England University and Bunker Hill Community College. Jerry was an excellent professor who had great teaching skills and vast knowledge in his field; Jerry was very instrumental in helping many students succeed in their careers.

Jerry’s talents didn’t end in the class room; he was a multi-talented musician who played several instruments, including the drum in the Massachusetts State Police Pipes & Drums Band. Jerry really enjoyed performing at special events and marching in countless parades over the years.

In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed going to his lake house at Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire with his family and friends. During the winter months, Jerry also looked forward to going to Florida with his wife Judy, where they enjoyed the sun and sand.

Jerry will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion towards his family, friends, and co-workers. Jerry treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and was very proud of each and every one of them. Jerry was always more than willing to help anyone in need; he was dearly loved and will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Jerry was the beloved husband of Judith A. (Green) Tully, devoted father of Karen Richardson of Tewksbury, Brian Tully of York, ME, John Tully of Wilmington, Mark Tully & his wife Nancy of Foxboro and Maura Puleo & her husband Robert of Chesterfield, VA. Loving “Papa” of Bradley, Janine, Jason, Daniel, Logan, Conor, Riley, Megan, Amanda, Katelyn, Brendan, Kevin, Matthew, Emily, Grace and Caroline. Cherished son of the late Francis P. and Margaret (Sullivan) Tully, dear brother of Rev. Eugene Tully of Wilmington and Kevin Tully of Malden. Brother-in-law of Edward & Eugenia Green of Wakefield and the late Jack Green. Uncle of Tanya Green.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516,
Topeka, KS 66675.

Emanuel R. “Manny” Coscia

February 10th, 2018

Emanuel R. “Manny” Coscia, age 76, of Winthrop, passed away on February 10, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Emanuel was the beloved husband of Concetta (LoConte) Coscia, devoted father of Christina Mellone & her husband John of Revere and Maria Gambale & her husband Al of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Isabella Mellone, Alfonso Gambale and Justin Gambale, cherished son of the late Ralph and Mary (Stano) Coscia, dear brother of Ann Marie Couldren of East Boston, brother-in-law of Angela Lewis & her husband John of Sharon, Joseph LoConte and the late Lucy LoConte. Emanuel 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 Tuesday, February 13th from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Mass National Cemetery, Bourne.

Memorial donations in Emanuel’s name may be made to the SMD-HELP Foundation, 500 West Cummings Park, Suite 1150, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, 9 Erie Drive., Natick, MA 01760.

Emanuel was a U.S. Navy Veteran who proudly served his country.

Ingred M. (Borgeson) Rooney

February 3rd, 2018

Ingred M. (Borgeson) Rooney, age 98, of Wilmington, passed away on February 2, 2018.

Ingred was the beloved wife of the late Walter A. Rooney, devoted mother of Lorraine Suttie of Burlington, Walter H. Rooney of Lowell and Cheryl Varey & her husband Bob of Wilmington, loving “Grammy” of Doreen McDonald, John Suttie, Walter Varey & his wife Marissa, Robert Varey, Marlene Maher & her husband Mike and Corinne Morgan & her husband Paul, 9 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late John and Esther (Backman) Borgeson, dear sister of the late Harold Borgeson, Carl Borgeson, Virginia Hogan and Lillian Proctor.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 6th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ingred’s name may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Robert C. Greenberg, Sr.

February 2nd, 2018

Robert C. Greenberg Sr., age 82, of Wilmington passed away peacefully on February 1, 2018, surrounded by the people he loved.

“Bob” or “Greenie” for short, was born in Boston, MA on August 14, 1935. He was raised and educated in Medford, MA and graduated from Medford High School.

On March 29, 1958, Bob married the love of his life, Patricia A. Davis, and a 60-year adventure began.

Bob’s life was driven by dedication, an extraordinary work ethic, and passion for life. He had hands of gold and could fix anything he touched. Starting out as an incredibly talented mechanic, Bob took time to learn the ins and outs of the business world. He worked his way up to be the owner and operator of North Reading Auto Body and Bay State Towing Company for over 40 years, finally retiring in 1995.

Aside from his career, Bob excelled and found love for many things. He was a 7 Palm Eagle Scout, an avid fisherman who loved his bass boat, and a traveler who had a love for trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, as well as to his beautiful second home in Titusville, Florida.

Bob was the beloved husband of 60 years to Patricia A. (Davis) Greenberg, devoted father of the late Patty Ann Greenberg, Robert C. Greenberg Jr. and his wife Deanna of Wilmington and Ronald A. Greenberg and his wife Dianne of North Reading. Loving “Papa” of Rhiannon, Ronald Jr., Christianna, Robert III, Roger, Richard and great-granddaughter Isabellah. Dear son of the late Gilbert and Cora (Porter) Greenberg, and brother of the late Gilbert Greenberg Jr. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 7th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Joanna A. Matthews

February 1st, 2018

Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews, lovingly known as “Joannie” formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and South Boston, MA, passed away peacefully at her Pelham, NH home on January 31, 2018, with her loving family at her side. She was 80 years old.

Joannie was born in Boston, MA on May 16, 1937; she was the cherished oldest child of the late George and Rose G. (Medico) Nee. Joannie was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bud” Matthews. Devoted mother of Joanne (Matthews) Lanzillo and her husband Mark of Pelham, NH; George Matthews of Laconia, NH and the late Diane (Matthews) Paulsen. Loving Nana to her fifteen grandchildren; and an adoring Nana/Grandma to seventeen great-grandchildren. Sister to Rosemary (Nee) Pagel and her husband Jackie of South Boston, MA; Charles Nee and his wife Geisla of South Boston; Thomas Nee and his wife Evy of South Boston and the late Johnny Nee and his wife Jeanie. Joannie is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. All who knew her love her and will forever keep her in our thoughts and hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 18 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home on Monday, February 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Joannie’s name may be made to her wonderful hospice center– Londonderry Amedisys Foundation @ https://www.amedisys.com/userfiles/Amedisys-Foundation-Form-fillable%202.pdf