Obituaries

Herbert R. Fubel

September 29th, 2014

Herbert (Herb) R. Fubel of Tewksbury- retired Navy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 28, 2014.

After proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve for 21 years, Herb retired in 1994. For 25 years, he was employed by Department of Defense on Hanscom Air Force Base working on the AWACS program. He was an active member in a number of organizations, including the American Legion Post 294 of Quincy, the American Legion Post 259 of Tewksbury, a Master Mason of the Wamesit Lodge in Tewksbury, and the Disabled American Veterans.

On July 27, 1963 Herb was married to the love of his life, Flora “Elaine” Grenier at the Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park, MA. They shared 51 years of marriage and had four children. Herb is survived by son Richard Fubel of Salem, MA, son Robert Fubel and his wife, Debora of Tewksbury, MA, daughter Michelle (Fubel) Douglass and her husband J.D. of Seattle, WA, and son Joseph Fubel and his wife, Molly of Winchester, MA. Herb now joins his eldest grand daughter Jessica and is survived by his four grandchildren, Caroline, Maggie, Sarah and Myles. Herb was also the cherished son of the late Herbert F. and Grace (Vozzella) Fubel.

Herb could often be found “tinkering” around the house, especially in “the shop” where he would spend hours. When Herb wasn’t tinkering he was enjoying ballroom dancing, gardening, but most of all, he enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends with a cup of coffee in hand and telling stories.

A celebration of life service will be held at Grace Chapel, 128 West Street, Wilmington, MA on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 12 noon. Your private condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting online guest book. Herb has requested to have his ashes spread among his favorite places.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herbert Fubel’s name to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center @ Lahey Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington MA 01805.

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Paul R. Brennan

September 29th, 2014

Paul R. Brennan, age 72, of St. Augustine, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at Tufts New England Medical on September 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Mattapan, MA on August 1, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late William J. and Agnes (Lynch) Brennan. Paul was raised in South Boston, MA and was a graduate of South Boston High School. In later years, Paul went on to further his education at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown.

Paul married his “best friend” Patricia Bertolucci in 1964; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised three wonderful children; Paul, Maureen, and Kevin. Family was first and foremost to Paul, he was not only a devoted husband and father but an “awesome” Papa to his seven grandchildren. Paul enjoyed being with his family no matter what the occasion may be; whether it was their many vacations, holidays, sporting events, or working together, he always made every event special and fun.

Paul coached his son in Wilmington Youth Hockey; he enjoyed teaching the kids and watching them have a great time on the ice.

Paul was a 4th Degree member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Fr. Croke Council and over many years he enjoyed bartending and socializing with his fellow Knights.

Paul was a very hard worker, for many years he was the co-owner of Swanton Street Deli in Winchester also fondly known as “Carl’s” which was a family business. Paul then co-founded J & B Catering which was a successful catering company in Wilmington as well as the surrounding towns. Paul’s work ethic and great personality always made him a success. Following his retirement, Paul enjoyed working for the Ogunquit Trolley in Maine where his charm and personality made him a great asset to the company.

Paul was known as an AVID Boston sports fan; he took in countless Patriot’s, Red Sox, and Bruins games over the years.

Paul will be fondly remembered for his good sense of humor and quick wit; he was a very positive and optimistic guy who would do anything for anyone. Paul loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will be greatly missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of Patricia (Bertolucci) Brennan, devoted father of Paul W. Brennan and his wife Jackie of New York City, Maureen C. Allen and her husband Jeff of Billerica, and Kevin J. Brennan of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Emma, Jade, Abbie, Morgan, Maddy, John Paul, and Charlotte, cherished son of the late William and Agnes (Lynch) Brennan, dear brother of Bill Brennan of Alabama and Agnes Zampino of New Jersey. Paul is also survived by his God Children as well as many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, October 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass to Celebrate his life in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Floating Hospital for Children, Child Life Fund, 800 Washington St. Box 231, Boston, MA 02111 or a charity of your choice.

Grace M. (Tamagna) Brown

September 29th, 2014

Grace M. (Tamagna) Brown, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2014. Beloved wife of Millard Brown of Wilmington, loving mother of Susan Brown and her husband Douglas Ray of Methuen and David Brown of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Vincent and Sabatina (Cataloni) Tamagna, dear sister of Carol Moran of Peabody, Robert Long of Concord, NH, and the late Joseph Tamagna, close cousin of Irene Souza& family and Rosalie Ball & family, Grace is also survived by her niece Kathleen Deasy LaCivita & family of Peabody, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral service on Friday, October 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, October 2nd, from 5-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Grace’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Ronald E. LaLiberte

September 28th, 2014

Ronald E. LaLiberte, “Ron”, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away on September 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Sandra (Dupras) LaLiberte of Wilmington, loving father of Deborah LaLiberte of Wilmington, David LaLiberte of Wilmington, Mark LaLiberte & his wife Joanne of Cary, NC, Renee Pineau & her husband Joseph of Wilmington, Janine Hersom & her husband Dickie of Wilmington and the late Joseph LaLiberte, cherished “Grampy” of Jessica Dee, Stephanie Whippie, Kevin and Patrick LaLiberte, Jacqueleen Fonseca & her husband Kevin, Joseph Pineau and Richie, McKayla, Matthew & Michael Hersom, “Great Grampy” of Jake, son of the late Albert and Florence (Perrault) LaLiberte, dear brother of Francis LaLiberte of NH and the late Albert LaLiberte & Jacqueline Swain. Ron is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Wednesday, October 1st, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, September 30th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Ron’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887. Ron proudly served in the US Army during Vietnam.

Lolina E. Iacopucci

September 28th, 2014

Lolina E. Iacopucci (Lopez), “Lola” age 77, a former long-time resident of Somerville, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2014, at the Wilmington Health Care Center. Beloved wife of the late Robert Iacopucci, loving mother of Robert Iacopucci, Jr. & his wife Fran of Sandown, NH, Maryellen Dervishian & her husband Steven of Malden and Tracy Raymond & her husband Jason of Methuen, cherished “Nana” of Robert, III, David, Amanda, Jillian and Stephanie, cherished daughter of the late Manuel and Helen (Fiorentino) Lopez, dear niece of Mary Gifun of the North End and the beloved cousin of Joseph Frustaglia of Boston.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral service on Thursday, October 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 1st, from 4-8p.m. Memorial donations in Lolina’s name can be made to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden, MA 02148.

Americo “Meric” Sarno

September 27th, 2014

Americo Sarno, “Meric”, age 95, of Medford, died peacefully on September 26, 2014. Americo was the beloved husband of Madge (Forster) Sarno, cherished son of the late Louis and Mary Angela (Nigro) Sarno, devoted father of Ann Wright of Dennis, Stephen Sarno of Rhode Island, and Elaine Hoff of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Edwin C. Wright Jr., Christian Wright, Matthew Wright, Stephen Sarno, Sophia Sarno, John Hoff, Justin Hoff, and great-grandfather to Molly, Katie, Jack, Ellie, Killian, Liliana, and Ava Wright.  Meric was pre-deceased by his brothers Edward, Frederick, and Albert.

Born in Enfield, Connecticut, Americo grew up in Cambridge and worked for over 20 years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Upon retirement, Americo worked at a job he thoroughly enjoyed, as part-time bartender at Guido’s Cafe in Cambridge; a position from which he retired on his 80th birthday. A World War II Army Veteran, Americo was stationed in England, where he met and married his wife of sixty-nine years, Madge (Forster) Sarno.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 2nd at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 1st from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Americo’s name may be made to the Wilmington Community Fund, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Edward H. Leonard III

September 26th, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our kind friend and colleague Edward H. Leonard III who was a longtime resident of Holden, MA.

Ed had been battling cancer that was diagnosed back in April of this year and passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, he was 62 years old.

Ed graduated in 1981 from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Ed then furthered his education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; graduating with his Masters in Electrical Engineering in 1984.

Ed joined Analog Devices in 2003 as a member of Central Applications in Wilmington where he worked tirelessly supporting our customers over the past 11 years. His diverse experience and knowledge combined with a willingness to always help out made Ed a “go to” person for customers and ADI colleagues alike. As a friend and engineer, Ed was well respected by all and will be greatly missed.

In his spare time, Ed was an active member in the HAM Radio Community.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Ed’s extended family and friends.

All are welcomed to attend a Memorial Service in Ed’s honor at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 2nd at 11:00 a.m.

Thomas M. Flaherty

September 23rd, 2014

Thomas M. Flaherty, age 75, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on September 22, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was born on November 7, 1938, in Boston, MA; he was an identical twin to his brother Joseph and son of the late Thomas J. and Aurelia A. (LaVoie) Flaherty. Tom was raised in Roxbury, MA.

Tom married the love of his life, “his bride,” Marion C. Nielsen on November 13, 1965. Tom and Marion lived in Dorchester for several years before moving to Wilmington in August of 1976; Tom loved his home in the “country” and enjoyed working around his yard. Tom and Marion raised two beautiful daughters Lorraine and Christine; Tom cherished his role as a “dad” and he was always there with his unconditional love and support for his family.

Tom and Marion were inseparable for nearly 50 years of marriage; they enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and Bar Harbor, Maine, taking long walks along the Ipswich River, spending time playing cribbage or watching Patriots and Bruins games over the years. They were always together and were truly “best friends”.

When Tom became a grandfather to his five grandsons; Tyler, Justin, Calvin, Trevor, and Kyle, his whole world became a lot brighter. Tom cherished the times he spent with the boys playing baseball, football, teaching them how to punt, and going fishing. Tom attended all of the boys’ school activities and sporting events; he was always their biggest fan.

Prior to retiring, Tom worked as a heavy machine and crane operator for the Amstar Domino Sugar Company.

Tom will be fondly be remembered for his great sense of humor. He was kind, strong, caring, and always doing for others. His devotion to his family and friends was always his priority and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom was the beloved husband of Marion C. (Nielsen) Flaherty, devoted father of Lorraine A. Murray of Merrimac, MA and Christine M. Breen & her husband Greg of Wilmington, MA, loving “Gramps” of Tyler, Justin, Calvin, Trevor, and Kyle, son of the late Thomas J. and Aurelia A. (LaVoie) Flaherty, brother of Barbara Gove of Hanover, the late Carol Nagel, Helen Pitman, and his twin brother Joseph Flaherty. Tom is further survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 28th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Thomas’ name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Norman A. Croteau

September 22nd, 2014

Norman A. Croteau, age 77, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 20, 2014. Norman was the loving companion of Eleanor Botelho of Wilmington, cherished son of the late Olidore and Yvonne (Auger) Croteau, dear brother of Dennis Croteau & his wife Georgette of Salem, NH and the late Jeannette Smith & her husband William Smith of CT. Norman is survived by his nieces and nephews, Christine McGrath, Susan Desrochers, Billy Smith, Geoffrey Smith and Paula Mohamed, his special cousins Bea & Bob Cassidy of Haverhill and his extended family, Elizabeth & Daniel Walls of Salem, NH, Joseph & Geri Botelho and their children, Michelle, Kelli, Jill and Joseph of Lebanon, ME, Sharon & Robert Belida and their children, Michael, Nicole, Elizabeth and Joseph of Billerica, Susan & Knox Clark and their children, Katie and Knox of Manchester, NH, Deborah Kennedy and her children, Jesslyn and Connor of Derry, NH, Lisa & Frank Lake and their children, Liza, Frank and Lily of Wilmington and the late Jayne VanDinter and her daughter, Jennifer.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street (Rte. 38), Woburn, on Friday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Norman’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Norman was a U. S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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.