Obituaries

Roy E. Blaisdell

December 12th, 2017

Roy E. Blaisdell, age 72, of Nashua, NH, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2017.

Roy was the beloved husband of Ruth (Dougherty) Blaisdell, devoted father of Brenda Bowman of Nashua, NH and Deborah Turnbull of Hudson, NH, loving grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Elliott B. and Gladys M. (Wiggett) Blaisdell, dear brother of Laurel Greeley of Linthicum, MD.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Friday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Roy’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Edward Meleschuk

December 2nd, 2017

Edward Meleschuk, age 97, of Tewksbury, formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2017, at the Blair House in Tewksbury.
 
Ed was born on October 9, 1920 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished only child to Leon and Jennie Meleschuk. Ed was raised and educated in Woburn, MA and was a graduate of Woburn High School.
 
In March of 1944, Ed, was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps.  He proudly served as a Sergeant with the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Floating Unit in the Western Pacific.  Ed received several commendations including the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon.  Ed was honorably discharged on February 25, 1946 and returned home to his family in Woburn.
 
Ed made many life-long friends with his fellow soldiers; he is one of the last survivors of his original group. Ed, along with his friends always looked forward to getting together at their annual reunions where they reminisced about old times. 
   
In his spare time, Ed loved to build wooden model ships; his creations had so much detail to them and they were absolutely beautiful.  Ed was known to be quite an “outdoorsman” who enjoyed fishing and boating on Bow Lake in New Hampshire where he and his family had a summer home.  Ed enjoyed taking his family boating out on the lake and showing them all around.
 
Ed also loved to travel with his wife Irene; they enjoyed many trips all over the country, they loved to go on cruises, and they looked forward to going with the Tewksbury and Wilmington Senior Centers for their outings at Foxwoods just to try their luck.
 
Ed will be fondly remembered for his love of family; especially his wife Irene who he adored.  Ed also was very fond of animals and had a special place in his heart for his beloved dog Beau.
 
Ed was the loving husband of the late Irene (Ingalls) Baker Meleschuk, cherished son of the late Leon and Jennie (Choban) Meleschuk, beloved Dad of Jeannette R. McEnroe & her late husband Joe of Elkton, FL, Edward Meleschuk & his wife Desiree of Charlotte, NC, and step-children Robert I. Baker, Jr. & his wife Cathy, Alice W. Volpe & her husband Bob all of Wilmington, Dorothy A. Clark of Marlboro, Liz Alexander & her husband David of Methuen, and Jerry J. Baker of Londonderry, NH.  Special “Grampa” of Susan M. Tyler, Lynda H. Steinbrecher, Julie I. Martinez, Ted McEnroe & his wife Rachel, Audrey Lalitica & her husband David, Edward L. Meleschuk, Desiree I. Meleschuk, Ruby I. Baker-Gallant, Robert I. Baker III, Lori B. Volpe, Adam R. Volpe & his wife Trish, Andrew B. Volpe, Meaghan Barrette & her husband Bob, Samantha I. Clark and Sarah A. Clark, Daniel Clark, Christine Alexander & her partner Fred Foss, David H. Alexander, Amanda J. Warford & her husband Tom, Jeremy and Emily Baker, Great-Grampa of Faithe E. Toomy & her partner Jenn Haskell, Ainslie Innamorati & her husband Peter, James Toomy & his wife Lauren, Paige Martinez, David Lalitica Jr., CJ and Tom Steinbrecher, Sunshine and Cody Bastis and Chloe Gallant, Summer A. Beals, Ethan, Timothy and Harrison Foss, Brynlee and Taylin Barrette, Braydon, Finn and Ryleigh Warford, Kate McEnroe, Great-Great-Grampa of Bella, Lilli and Andrew Innamorati, Sadie Quinn and CoraLee Toomy.
 
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
 
Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to the Blaire House, 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA  01876.
 
Edward’s family would like a special thank you to go out to the Blaire House and their staff for their professionalism, compassion, and care of their Dad.

Oliverio M. “Ollie” Teixeira

December 1st, 2017

Oliverio M. “Ollie” Teixeira, age 74, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on November 30th, 2017. Ollie was the beloved husband of Maria Joanne (Garcia) Teixeira of Wilmington. He was the loving father of David Teixeira of East Boston and Sandra Wentzell and her husband Daniel of Hampstead, NH. He was the cherished grandfather of Jeremy and Lindsey Wentzell. Ollie was the son of the late Jose “Joe” and Maria (Goncalo) Teixeira, dear brother of Gloria Pacheco, Octavio Teixeira, Jose Teixeira, Antonio Teixeira, Margarida Moniz, Isabel Lourenco and the late Benedita Marques. Oliverio is survived by his in-laws; Joe Garcia, Antonio Garcia and Maria Graham, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Tuesday, December 5th, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 4th from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Oliverio’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Yvette T. (Labbe) DeStefano

November 29th, 2017

Yvette T. (Labbe) DeStefano, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on November 29, 2017. 

Yvette was the beloved wife of the late Michael A. DeStefano, devoted mother of Mary Ann Chamberland & her husband Warren of Westford, loving “Nana” of Kelly Ann Belt & her husband Jeffrey and Justin Mark Chamberland, great-grandmother of Liam Belt, cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Marie A. (Beland) Labbe, dear sister of Joseph Labbe of Everett, Evelyn Longo of Chelsea, the late Alice Basile and Jeannette Richard, sister-in-law of Edward DeStefano & his wife Joan of Revere and Fred Thompson of Fitchburg.  Yvette is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Yvette’s name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA  01843.

Vincent A. DiMauro, Jr.

November 24th, 2017

Vincent Anthony DiMauro, Jr., age 38, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2017.

Vinnie was born on September 4, 1979 in Melrose, MA; he was raised in Wilmington and graduated from St. John’s Prep. He was a proud player for Wilmington Baseball. Following graduation, Vincent attended UVM and UMass Boston.

Vincent worked as a recruiter for NETTTS in North Andover for several years. He was passionate about his job and loved going to work every day.

Vinnie was a huge sports fan; he loved the city of Boston and he enjoyed watching all New England sporting events with his family and friends. He loved playing catch with his nephew Cody. He spent hours teaching him about football, baseball, and the importance of good sportsmanship. Vinnie loved spending time with his family in Vermont. He loved spending time outdoors, hiking and hunting with his dad.

Vincent was the cherished son of Faye (Sullivan) Jenkins of Wilmington and Vincent Anthony DiMauro, Sr. & his fiancée Robin Saunders of Sunapee, NH, dear brother of Cara Lombardi & her husband Matthew of Tewksbury, and Michael DiMauro of West Windsor, VT. He was a special uncle of Cody, Macy, and Lena Lombardi. Vincent is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 27th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon.

Memorial donations in Vincent’s name may be made to Brady’s Foundation, 200 Woodview Way, Suite 2417, Andover, MA 01810.

Alexander W. Maio

November 24th, 2017

Alexander W. Maio, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of North Reading and Arlington, died peacefully at home on November 23, 2017. 
 
Alexander was born on October 28, 1933, in Arlington, MA; he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Maio.  Alexander was raised and educated in Arlington.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1951 and served aboard the USS Joyce.  Alexander was honorably discharged in September of 1954 after proudly serving the Country during the Korean Conflict. 
 
Alexander married the “love of his life”, Sylvia Ferrari, in 1961; the couple shared over 56 years of marriage and raised three wonderful children.  Alexander and Sylvia lived in North Reading for more than a dozen years before settling in Wilmington in 1975.  
 
Alexander was a hard worker; he started in the Supply department at New England Telephone and worked his way up through the company.  He retired as a telephone technician for AT&T/ following many years of dedicated service to the phone company. Alexander also worked as a custodian and sexton for the Old South Methodist Church in Reading for over 10 years where he was well loved and made many friends.
 
In his spare time, Alexander, enjoyed trips to Cape Cod with his family, boating, and working in his yard.  Alexander was very creative; he loved to “tinker” and make “one of a kind creations” out of whatever material he had available.
 
Alexander will be fondly remembered for as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and friends; especially his grandchildren who he adored.  Alexander was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
 
Alexander was the beloved husband of 56 years to Sylvia (Ferrari) Maio, loving father of Theresa Morrow & her husband Steven of Bedford, Richard Maio & his companion Darlene Sutton of Haverhill and Lawrence Maio & his wife Nan of Ozark, AL.  Adoring Grandfather of Jennifer & Thomas Maio, Joshua, Zachary & Jonathan Maio and Katherine & Elizabeth Morrow.  Cherished son of the late Frank and Mary (Marrotta) Maio, dear brother of the late Margaret D’Angelis, Madeline Erickson, Virginia Westgate, Peter Maio and Norma Migani.  Alexander is also survived by his sister-in-law Darlene Maio as well as many nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, November 28th 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 Monday, November 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. 
 
Memorial donations in Alexander’s name may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children- Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or to Middlesex-East Visiting Nurse Hospice, 800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 5000, Woburn, MA  01801. “Maio.photo” width=”228″ height=”300″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-8662″ />

Alice M. (Breda) Capistran

November 18th, 2017

Alice M. (Breda) Capistran, age 86, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Chelsea, passed away on November 17, 2017.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Chelsea Police Detective George Capistran, devoted mother of Ray Capistran & his wife Lisa of Londonderry, NH, Rich Capistran & his wife Michele of Wilmington and Ron Capistran, loving “Nana” of Brittany Borgatti & her husband Mark, Briana Capistran, Courtney Capistran, Michael Capistran and Tanya Capistran, cherished daughter of the late Remigio and Gioconda (Gotti) Breda, dear sister of Claire Fitzgerald & her husband John of Chelsea, Geno Breda & his wife the late Marianne of Revere and Richard Breda & his wife Theresa of Wenham. Alice is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, November 19th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Alice’s name may be made to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458.

Evelyn Louise (Meuse) Ferrara

November 13th, 2017

Evelyn Louise (Meuse) Ferrara, age 98, of Wilmington, passed away on November 9, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Rene’ (Ferrara) Lake-Gagliardi. Rene’ was with her at the time of her passing, joined by her brother, Vincent James Ferrara, via FaceTime.

Evelyn met her husband of 55 years, Anthony James Ferrara, who predeceased her, on the dance floor. Both were dancing enthusiasts who for 25 years ran a monthly ballroom dancing group at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus.

In her early adult years, Evelyn travelled throughout the country, working as a waitress in some of the nation’s classic resorts and restaurants, including the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Florida and New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Hotel.

Married in 1956, Evelyn and Anthony were delighted to become parents to their daughter, Rene’ and son, Vincent. They moved into a new home in Wilmington, built by Anthony, a carpenter at the time, and readied just in time to bring their first child home from the hospital. Evelyn was a resident of Wilmington for nearly 60 years, spending her last years at the home of her daughter. She expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to live out her life in the home of Rene’ and her husband, Peter.

The Ferrara home was filled with music and dancing. Husband Anthony was a tenor with a great love for “barbershop” music. Evelyn, a pianist who played the piano regularly until a few years before her passing, ensured that both her children became trained in the piano.

Had her family been able to afford college, she would have majored in journalism, pursing her great love of the English language. Until very recently, she engaged in cross word puzzles daily and corresponded with old friends and relatives in letters that were poetic and full of wisdom. Even in her 90’s her penmanship was impeccable.

After graduating from high school, Evelyn worked in a variety of jobs, including clerical work in a law office, a position screening visitors at a tuberculosis sanitarium, and a brief stint as a dance instructor before she turned to waitressing.

Once her children were in school, Evelyn returned to the work that she loved, waitressing, beginning with the lunch shift at the local Friendly’s. In 1969, she took a job at the Hill Top Steak House in Saugus where she worked for 37 years, retiring at the age of 87.

Evelyn loved the water and was an avid swimmer with enthusiasm for boats as well. As a teenager, she was first baseman on her high school varsity baseball team. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Red Sox, and especially, of the New England Patriots and its quarterback, Tom Brady. Go Patriots!

She was a willing and cheerful helper, always willing to pitch in, whether it was the building of her own home or that of her daughter. Neighbors still fondly remember her for her role in creating and organizing an annual block party that was always well attended.

Her outlook was always positive, right to the end. She saw the good in people. Her kind and gentle approach resulted in lasting friendships. Her insights and suggestions were always positive and supportive, demonstrating only the best of intentions. Up to the day before she passed, she enjoyed participating in the weekly Royalston Council of Aging’s senior citizen luncheon.

Evelyn loved her family most of all. She treasured her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. To her grandchildren, Angelina (Lake) Sutherland and Anthony Lake, she was a constant beacon of light. From the moment they were born, she loved them fully, never judging or pushing them in a particular direction. She looked at them with complete admiration for who they already were, making them feel as though they were always enough just the way they were. She taught them that life was about balance, to remember that “this too shall pass”, how to live in the moment and be the best version of themselves.

In her memoire, Evelyn said, “As I approach my 90th year, know that my journey through life has been a satisfying one. God has been good to me.” She was able to stay with us for another nine years and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her children, Evelyn leaves Vincent’s wife Dianna, Rene’’s husband Peter Gagliardi, Angelina’s husband Todd Sutherland, Anthony’s partner Jeanette Beaudette, grandchildren Justin Vincent Desmarais and Vincent Noah Lake. She was predeceased by a grandson, Vincent Howard Lake, her parents, Joseph W. and Mary F. (Doucette) Meuse and siblings Helen Elliott, Dorothy Lineberry and Joseph Meuse.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. A brief service of remembrance will be conducted at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Evelyn’s name can be made to the Royalson Council on Aging, c/o Betty Woodbury, PO Box 128, Royalston, MA 01368.

Ryan Mary Giroux

November 13th, 2017

Ryan Mary Giroux, age 27, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Ryan was born on October 22, 1990, in Lawrence, MA, she was the cherished daughter of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux of Wilmington. Ryan was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Elementary Schools; she went on to Shawsheen Technical High School and graduated with the Class of 2009. Ryan furthered her education by earning her Medical Certificate from Lincoln Tech and took classes at Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

Throughout her life, Ryan, was quite an athlete; she was always involved in Wilmington Recreation Sports playing basketball, field hockey and soccer. As a youngster, Ryan, even played Pop Warner Football with her brother Nolan on the “D” Team and Youth Hockey U15 & U19 Divisions where she was a natural. When Ryan got into High School she played Lacrosse and was on the first ever all girls ice hockey team at Shawsheen Tech; there wasn’t any sport she couldn’t excel at.

Following her graduation from High School, Ryan, joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard; she was accepted into the program in February of 2010 and was still an active member of the Guard at the time of her death. Ryan belonged to E Company, 3-126 Aviation where she was a Supply Specialist at Camp Edwards in Bourne, MA. Ryan loved the comradery she had with her fellow soldiers, she would always go the extra mile to help one in need and she was proud to stand up and serve her country. She was a great soldier.

Ryan always had a passion for the medical field; during High School she took a position at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Wilmington where she worked closely with the patients. Ryan genuinely cared about helping others and she was amazing with her care of the patients. Ryan had an endearing personality and people were drawn to her, for the last several years she worked for Advanced Eye Care in Lowell; Ryan had a special ability of relating to all patients young or old and she could always connect with them on some level and make them feel comfortable. Most recently, Ryan, was about to start a new chapter in her career at Lahey Clinic in Burlington where the staff was excited to have her come aboard; Ryan would have definitely made a difference with the patients at Lahey.

Ryan was fun loving and had such an outgoing personality; she made friends wherever she went. Ryan also knew how to have fun whether it was just “hanging out” with family and friends, or her dog Daisy, going to sing Karaoke, or sitting by the fire pit pretending to be a “Country Girl”. Everyone who was with Ryan always had a great time and were continuously laughing.

Ryan will be fondly remembered for her love of hats; which she wore from the time she could get one on herself and over the years she had amassed quite a collection. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and with all her heart. Ryan never spent a day since October of 2013 where she didn’t desperately miss her brother and best friend, Josh.

Ryan was a beautiful person inside and out; she had an infectious smile and the most beautiful blue eyes that won everyone over. Ryan was proud of her “Irish Heritage” and her duties as a soldier; she was loyal, friendly, and kind to everyone she met. Ryan will be forever missed and always loved by her family, friends, patients, and fellow soldiers.

Ryan was the cherished daughter of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux, loving sister of Devin, Nolan and the late Joshua Giroux, all of Wilmington, beloved granddaughter of Howard T. and Jeanne M. Giroux of Wilmington and the late William H. and Maureen P. Winnett of Falmouth, formerly of Wilmington, dear niece of Michele Higgs, Robin Halpin, Lisa Bozzella, John Giroux and the late Kevin Giroux, Chris Briggs, William Winnett, Jr., James Winnett, Peggy Welch, Paul Winnett, Fran Winnett and Beth Lawrenson. Ryan is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, her beloved dog Daisy as well as her fellow Soldiers.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 16th from 3-8 p.m.

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

Louis R. Moore

November 10th, 2017

Louis R. Moore, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away on November 9, 2017.

Louis was the beloved husband of Heather (MacDonald) Moore, devoted father of Louis Moore & his wife Kelly of Raymond, NH and Lisa Lind & her husband Paul of Londonderry, NH, loving “Papa” of Emily Lind, Paul Lind, Jr., Kate Lind, Maggie Moore, Louie Moore and Brodie Moore, cherished son of the late Louis and Beatrice (Parda) Moore, dear brother of Donna Hovor & her husband Lawrence of Andover, Thomas Moore of Greenfield and the late Janis Moore, brother-in-law of Judith Lamentea of Melrose. Louis is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, November 14th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, at 9:00 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, November 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Louis worked as a Pile Driver for many years with Local #56.