Obituaries

Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings

August 19th, 2019

Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, age 81, of Reading, passed away on August 17, 2019.

Marie was the beloved wife of Richard D. Cummings, devoted mother of Richard D. Cummings, Jr. & his wife Lisa, Maria Cummings & her wife Jean Cummings and Gina M. Cummings & her husband Andrew J. Gioia, Jr. all of Wilmington, loving “Grandma” of Richard D. Cummings, III & his wife Kristen, Eric Cummings & his wife Sakara, Joseph M. Cummings, Maria R. Cummings, Anthony R. Cummings and Nicholas W. Cummings, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Aurora (Andriotti) Ciampa, dear sister of Nicholas Ciampa of Cambridge and the late Aurora Campana. Marie is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wood End Cemetery, Franklin Street, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452.

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Carolyne R. Anderson

August 19th, 2019

Carolyne R. Anderson, age 50, of Hampton, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 16, 2019.

Carolyne was born on December 3, 1968 in Medford, MA. She was the cherished daughter of Russell H. Anderson Sr. of Wilmington, MA and the late Diane R. (Burpee) Anderson, and the dear sister of Russ. Carolyne lived in Hampton, NH for the past 25 years with her partner, Jon Pelletier.

Carolyne leaves behind Jon, close friends Becky and Kevin Greenleaf and their two children Addie and Caleb, whom she adored, of Topsham, ME and
dear friend Claire Pelletier of Topsham, ME. Carolyne is also survived by her extended family and friends.

At the request of the family, funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations in Carolyne’s name may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Elizabeth (Nolan) McNabb

August 13th, 2019

Elizabeth M. McNabb (Nolan) “Liz”, age 94, formerly of Wilmington and East Boston, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019, at home in Delray Beach, FL.

Liz was born and raised in East Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Aaron and Anastasia Nolan. Liz was the oldest of nine siblings and part of a large, loving family. Liz attended Sacred Heart school and was a graduate of East Boston High School. Throughout her life, Liz, was a devout Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston as well as St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington.

In 1945, Liz married Bill McNabb; the lived in East Boston before moving “up country” to Wilmington in the mid 1950’s where they settled on Fitz Terrace by Silver Lake. Liz and Bill raised four wonderful children and had many great times at their home. Liz was took great care of her home and family; she had an open door policy and all were welcome. Liz looked forward to the family gatherings and the yearly clam bake and baseball games that they held on Silver Lake and Melzar’s field.

Liz was always a hard worker, in her early days during the war, Liz and her sisters all worked for “Ma Bell” telephone company. Liz also worked at the Avco Cafeteria for several years before taking a position at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington. In later years, Liz, went to work for the Wilmington School System where she was active at the Shawsheen Elementary and West Intermediate Schools. Liz loved working with and seeing all her students on a daily basis; she was always so friendly and pleasant.

In her spare time, Liz, enjoyed doing her crossword puzzles, trying her luck at scratch tickets, visits with her family and spending time with her grandchildren whom she adored.

Liz was quite a lady; she was kind, caring and always made others feel welcomed; she went out of her way to help her neighbors and friends especially when they were sick she would be cooking and putting meals on their table. Liz will forever be missed by her family and friends.

Liz was the beloved wife of the late William McNabb, devoted mother of Robert McNabb & his wife Susan of Wilmington, the late Donna Peddle & her husband George of Billerica, Lori Bicknell & her late husband Daniel of Del Ray Beach, FL and William McNabb of Woburn. Loving “Nana” of Sean, Jennifer, Tara and Lauren McNabb, Caitlin McNabb, David and Matthew Peddle, Jacquelyn Wolf, Jesse and Aaron Bicknell, and great grandchildren Taylor, Maggie, Benjamin, Finley, Bedelia, Clovie, Calie, Jack, Cadence, Owen and Lucas. Cherished daughter of the late Aaron and Anastasia (Bishop) Nolan, dear sister of Francis Nolan & wife Norma formerly of Wilmington, the late Rev. William Nolan, Raymond Nolan, Aaron “Spike” Nolan, John Nolan, Mary McArdle, Ann McGrath and Helen Salsman. Liz is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 16th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Parish, 45 Brooks St., East Boston, on Saturday, August 17th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a graveside burial service at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to the Volen Center, 850 N Congress Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445 or to Vitas Healthcare 5912 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33484.

William J. Dalesio Sullivan

August 13th, 2019

William J. Dalesio Sullivan, “Billy”, age 48, of Lowell, passed away surrounded by his loving family on August 12, 2019 at the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA.

Billy was born on September 1, 1970 in Lowell, MA; he was the cherished son of Donna M. (Dalesio) Sullivan of Lowell. Billy was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School in 1989.

While attending Lowell High from 1987-1989, Billy had an impressive wrestling career; he was coached by his dear friend, Coach George Bossi, who made a huge impact on Billy’s wrestling accomplishments. Throughout his first three years of wrestling as a “Red Raider”, Billy competed and won the State and New England Championships. During his senior year, Billy served as the Captain of the team. As a returning state champion, Billy led the way for the other teammates and completed an undefeated season of 45-0, which won him many titles, including “Wrestler of the Year”. Aside from capturing the State and New England heavyweight championship titles, Billy also placed in the National Championships three times. He concluded his wrestling career competing internationally in Belgium.

Following graduation, Billy furthered his education in Illinois. He took some college courses before returning home. He then went to work as an independent contractor in the construction field for many years.

Billy was so proud to become a Dad when his son, Adam, was born in 2007. Adam was the light of Billy’s life and he cherished all the time they spent together. Whether they were watching a sporting event or just hanging around the house, it didn’t matter; Billy and Adam had a great time.

In his spare time, Billy loved the outdoors; he loved snowmobiling up North with his closest friends. He also enjoyed taking rides to the beach, especially Hampton Beach, with his younger brother, Timmy. Billy found the beach to be a peaceful place where he could relax and spend time with Timmy.

Billy will be remembered for his love of sports; he was an avid Boston sports fan who loved to watch his beloved Patriots and Red Sox with his family and friends. He also continued his love of wrestling; he was always willing to give pointers to the kids who were just starting out. Billy loved to share his own experiences and teach the kids some tricks he learned throughout his career.

Billy was kind, loving and a true friend to many. He was always willing to help anyone in need, whether it was a helping hand or a listening ear, Billy was always available. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Billy’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA for all of their kindness and compassion during this difficult time.

Billy was the devoted father of Adam Dalesio of Nashua, NH, cherished son of Donna M. (Dalesio) Sullivan and her partner Charles “Chicky” Sullivan of FL, dear brother of Michelle Nutt & her husband Charles of Lowell, Melissa Smith & her husband Robert of Billerica, MaryJane Lugo & her husband Benjamin of Nashua and Timmy Sullivan & his wife Jenn of Lowell, loving uncle of Alexis, Haley, Jack, Cameron, Benny, Jeffrey, Alivia and T.J., great-uncle of McKenzie, grandson of “Nana Lil” of Nashua. Billy is survived by his former spouse and friend, Patricia Hoyt, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his dear friend, Coach Bossi of Lowell High School. Billy was predeceased by his two loving uncles, Dommy and Sonny.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, August 18th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 4:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Billy’s name may be made to the Dalesio-Sullivan Family Fund, c/o The Lowell Five Bank, 125 East Dunstable Road, Nashua, NH 03062.

James Thayer Hastings

August 12th, 2019

James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.

Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.

On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.

After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.

Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.

Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Doris May (Allen) Squibb

August 12th, 2019

Doris May (Allen) Squibb, age 88, of Lynnfield, formerly of Andover and Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 7, 2019.

Doris was born on October 10,1930 in Arlington, MA. She was the cherished daughter of the late Walter F. Sr. and Beatrice V. (Lowe) Allen, and the dear sister of the late Walter Allen Jr.  Doris was raised in Medford, MA and graduated from Medford High School. She worked as an executive secretary for an insurance company in Boston, MA for several years before her marriage.

Doris met the “love of her life”, Irwin M. Squibb, many years ago. Both Doris and Irwin chased a spotlight with their friends that led them to the Somerville fairgrounds. When they met, it was “love at first sight”. Together, they raised five wonderful children and shared a lifetime of happy memories. Doris and Irwin enjoyed over 62 years of a loving marriage, until his passing in 2011.

Doris and Irwin started their lives together in Wilmington, MA. There they built a home, started their family and lived there for 15 years. Doris was a loving and dedicated mother; always showing her kindness, patience and endless caring ways. Doris and Irwin became founders of a local organization for special needs children in Wilmington, called PAFEC (Parents and Friends of Exceptional Children). They were pioneers with other families in the community to promote and develop a volunteer program to support advocacy for special education in Wilmington. They hosted many fundraising events that supported academic learning and developed social programs.

Later, Doris and Irwin settled in Andover, and lived there for over 40 years. Doris was right at home on her farm; where she loved nature and animals. It wasn’t unusual to see her feeding the birds and animals in her backyard.

Doris will be fondly remembered as a loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She will forever be missed by her family and friends.

Doris was the beloved wife of the late Irwin M. Squibb, devoted mother of Janet Squibb of Lynnfield, MA, Lee Squibb and his partner Christopher Champagney of Saco, ME, Carolyn Royal & her husband Stephen of North Andover, MA, Susan Kelly & her husband Kevin of Atkinson, NH and Patricia Poole & her husband Matthew of Santa Rosa, CA, Loving “Grammie” of Katherine Squibb and Mandy Moore, Meaghan Rhymer and her husband Brandon, Christopher Royal and his wife Megan, Erin Squibb and her husband Eric Wellman, Brandon Royal and his wife Courtney, Daniel Kelly and his wife Dana, Kristin Kelly and Fiance Jimmy Stevenson, Jenna Royal, Ryan, Rebecca and Jason Poole. She was also blessed to become a Great-Grandmother to Evangeline Wellman, Wyatt Rhymer, Ethaniel Squibb, Harper Royal and Hannah Royal.

Private services and burial will be held for Doris. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to all of those who have extended their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Doris’ name may be made to Communitas, Inc. located in Lynnfield, MA,  an organization which supports and embraces programs like HYA, a program which Doris, Irwin, and Janet were actively involved in for many years to support children and young adults with special needs.

Donations may be made in memoriam online https://theemarc.ejoinme.org/MyPages/Donations2016Update/tabid/817901/Default.aspx

or to the following address:

Attn: David Green, 60 D Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA  01880.

Steven W. Parker

August 11th, 2019

Steven W. Parker, age 62, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, August 9th from complications related to a massive stroke suffered while recovering from open heart surgery. At the time, he was surrounded by members of his loving family and friends.

Steven was born on Dec. 23rd, 1956 in Boston, MA. He was the beloved husband of Shari (Dennis Belding) Parker, and the son of Edward and Ann Parker (formerly of Braintree, MA.), where Steve graduated from high school in 1974. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business at Bentley University in 1978, Steve’s career included a senior management position with Corp. Tech, Inc. in Burlington, and for the past 16 years he has been a Senior Partner and Vice-President at Digitell, Inc. working with his brother Jim as part owner of the company.

During Steve’s high school and college days, he was a successful baseball pitcher for both Braintree High School and Bentley College, earning numerous awards for both on and off field accomplishments. In his youth, Steve was involved in DeMolay, scouting, and local church and youth activities in the South Shore area. His love for sports continued as a loyal Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics fan, and he could frequently be seen wearing a shirt or jersey of one of his favorite teams. Additionally, Steve was passionate about music, evident by his skill as a drummer and his participation in various bands and venues. Steve also enjoyed the game of golf, and whenever possible liked to play a competitive round against his two brothers, Bruce & Jim.

In recent years, Steve and Shari have enjoyed traveling, golfing together, planning for retirement years, and creating a natural habitat for local birds and other species of nature. Steve had an amazing Koi pond in the front of the house and several bird feeders in the backyard that attracted cardinals, blue jays, finches, and, of course, squirrels. His love for nature and the outdoors was appreciated by all who knew him well!

Steve will be missed by his parents, Ann & Ed Parker, from Hobe Sound, Florida, who have greatly appreciated his patient love, kindness, and oversight throughout their lives. Steve was always available by phone or in person to help meet their needs and give wisdom to the challenges they now face as senior citizens. His personal care for them and for so many others will be greatly missed.

Steven was the beloved husband of Shari (Dennis Belding) Parker, the father of Ryan & Stephanie Parker, and step-father of Jesse, Rick, Valerie and Henry Belding, all of Wilmington. He is also survived by his parents, Ann & Ed, brothers Bruce (and his wife Sandy) of Hood River, Oregon and Jim (and his wife Judy) of Mayville, NY.; and brother-in-law of Steve Dennis of Dallas, TX. His family also includes 10 nieces and nephews (Kristin, David, Paul, James, Andrew, Kimberly, Michael, Joey, Elena and Claire).

Funeral services will be from the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 14th at 10 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Avenue at 11 AM. Visiting Hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 13th from 4:00 to 8:00pm.

Memorial donations can be made in Steve’s name to the MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02130.

Janet E. Manuel

August 8th, 2019

Janet E. Manuel, age 79, of Wilmington formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 7, 2019, at the Winchester Hospital.

Janet was born in Stoneham, MA on April 30, 1940; she was the dear daughter of the late James and Lorraine Manuel. Janet was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1958.

Janet moved to Woburn in 1961 where she resided for over 25 years and where she raised her children. Janet was a very devoted mother and grandmother who made her family her priority; she was always at every event and special occasion, never missing something important for her family. When Janet’s children were grown with families of their own she decided to move back to her original hometown of Wilmington.

Janet was known to be meticulous, detailed and organized; her home was impeccable and her gardens and flowers were always manicured. Her talents didn’t end there; she was very crafty, she loved to crochet and was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed making clothes for her daughters when they were younger.

Prior to retiring, Janet, worked as a bank teller for many years. She had a great work ethic as well as excellent people skills all attributes that made her successful in her field.

Janet will be fondly remembered for her love of family and friends; she especially looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren whom she adored.

Janet was the devoted mother of Pamela (McGondel) Streletsky & husband Paul of Haverhill, Sandra (McGondel) Pelleriti of Billerica, Janet (McGondel) LeBlanc & husband Michael of Dracut and Lawrence R. McGondel Jr. of Portsmouth, NH. Loving “Nanna” of Samantha, Sara, Jenna, Michelle, Michael and Brian. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Janet is predeceased by her parents James and Lorraine (Fraser) Manuel, her siblings Barbara Clifford, Lorraine Manuel, James Manuel Jr. and her former husband Lawrence McGondel Sr.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Sunday, August 11th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Janet’s Funeral Service will take place on Monday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Stephen J. Bowker

August 6th, 2019

Stephen J. Bowker, age 58, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on August 5, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Stephen was born on January 24, 1961 in Medford, MA; he was the son of the late Wilfred J. and Bernice E. (Kondrup) Bowker. Stephen was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School.

Following graduation, Stephen furthered his education at Northeastern University, where he majored in Real Estate. After earning his certificate, he went to work in the real estate field doing appraisals and sales.

After a few years, Stephen went to work as a truck driver. He worked at a few companies before taking a position at the United States Post Office for over ten years. Stephen loved his job and made friends wherever he went.

Stephen met and married Janice (Annunziata) Bowker on November 18, 1995. They moved to Wilmington in January of 2001, where they raised their two sons, Stephen, Jr. and Anthony. Stephen was so proud of his boys; he was a devoted father and their number one fan. Stephen never missed a sports game, a school function, or a special event. He was always on the sidelines cheering them on and making friends with the other parents.

Stephen loved to spend time with his family; they made countless memories together. They loved to have get-togethers for holidays, special occasions or just hanging out at home. They enjoyed travelling, especially to Aruba with the entire family each Thanksgiving. They also enjoyed many cruises and trips to New Hampshire.

In his spare time, Stephen loved to watch all the Boston sports games, especially Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots. He looked forward to spending time with his family and friends in front of the TV cheering on his teams.

Stephen will be remembered for his magnetic personality; he was a kind and caring person who made many friendships that lasted a lifetime. He was easy going and loved to talk to anyone wherever he went. Stephen had a positive outlook on life and even though he was sick, he did not let that stop him from enjoying the things that were most important to him.

Stephen was the beloved husband of Janice (Annunziata) Bowker, devoted father of Stephen John Bowker, Jr. & his girlfriend Sarah E. Young and Anthony John Bowker all of Wilmington, cherished son of the late Wilfred J. and Bernice E. (Kondrup) Bowker, dear brother of Edward W. Bowker & his wife Elaine of Las Vegas and James D. Bowker & his wife Jennifer Borman of Cranston, RI, uncle of Isabella and Benjamin Bowker, son-in-law of Anthony Annunziata & his wife Zsa Zsa of Woburn. Stephen is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 9th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Stephen’s name may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284; Wilmington High School Athletic Account, 159 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Wilmington Band Parents and Friends Association; P.O. Box 733, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Janet (Colucci) O’Connor

August 5th, 2019

Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, age 86, a life-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2019.

Janet was born on October 4, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Steven and Evelyn (Ardito) Colucci. She grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High.

She was the beloved wife of Alfred T. O’Connor, with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage. She met Alfred while working in Boston. They married a few years later and built a house next to her sister and father in Wilmington. A few years later, their family was complete when their son, Thomas, was born.

Janet was a stay-at-home Mom and took great pride in caring for her family and home. She loved spending time with her family and was a great mother to Tom. The three of them took many family trips together in New England and spent many weekends with her sister’s family at Pawtuckaway Lake. She and her sister saw each other daily, often times going on shopping trips to the mall or garden centers. Most afternoons they enjoyed tea and cookies together.

Janet loved spending time with her grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron. She never missed a dance recital or a hockey game that they were in. She was their number one fan.

She was an avid knitter, and created many lovely sweaters, and personalized Christmas stockings for herself and family members. Janet loved to read and do cross stitch.

Janet was a lovely lady. She touched many people with her kindness and wit. This is evidenced by her many lifelong friends in Wilmington. She loved to go out to lunch with her lady friends and never missed a high school reunion.

She leaves behind her husband, Alfred T. O’Connor, her daughter-in-law, Michelle, and her grandchildren, Alyssa and Camron of Marshfield, her niece, Diane Clifton and her husband James of Wilmington, and her nephew, David Salera and his wife Lori of Nottingham, NH. Janet is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is predeceased by her son, Thomas O’Connor, and her sister Virginia (Colucci) Salera.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 9th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Community Fund, PO Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.