Obituaries

Steven J. Haepers

September 23rd, 2018

Steven J. Haepers, age 34, of Manchester, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on September 22, 2018, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.

Steven was born on January 14, 1984, in Malden, MA; he was the beloved son of Joseph and Nancy Haepers. Steven was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2002. Steven loved playing youth sports as well as playing football for the Wilmington High School Wildcats; he was proud of being a member of the football team when they were the Cape Ann League Champs.

Steven was very outgoing and friendly; he made many life-long friends throughout the years. Steve was also known to be and avid outdoorsman who enjoyed water skiing, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, snow skiing or anything else that had to do with being outside and having fun. He loved spending time with his family and friends at their home in New Hampshire where many wonderful memories were made throughout the years.

Steven was dearly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Steven was the cherished son of Joseph and Nancy (VonHandorf) Haepers of Acton formerly of Wilmington, beloved brother of Katie A. Haepers of Acton and Michael J. Haepers of Chelsea, dear nephew of Ellen Tentindo of Wilmington, Dorothy VonHandorf of Saugus, the late Joseph and James VonHandorf. Steven is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Steven’s memory may be made to www.namimass.org or NAMI of Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St. Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.

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Mary A. (Auld) Kingston

September 21st, 2018

Mary A. (Auld) Kingston, age 98, of Hampton Falls, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 21, 2018.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Kingston, devoted mother of Karen J. Brouillard & her husband Christian of Hampton Falls, NH, loving “Grammy” of Noelle, Danielle, Joseph, Cassandra and Amanda, cherished daughter of the late Robert and Jeanne (Chaffault) Auld, dear sister of Roberta Howland of Spofford, NH and the late Madeline Testa. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Mary was so proud of her grandchildren; she really enjoyed spending time with them and attending their sporting events and activities. She also loved gardening, tennis and was an active skier in her day. Mary was an avid reader and a devout Catholic. She had a very generous heart and was blessed to be able to spend her last four years living with her family in New Hampshire.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 24th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to High Pointe House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.

Patricia E. Bedell

September 18th, 2018

Patricia E. Bedell (O’Neil), “Pat”, age 83, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018.

Patricia was born on July 28, 1935 in Lowell, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Helen O’Neil. Pat was raised and educated in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Following High School, Pat, went on to earn her Nursing License at the Tewksbury State Hospital Nursing Program; she was so proud to be a nurse and was eager to start her career.

Pat spent many years as a nurse for the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford; she had such kindness and compassion for the Veteran’s that she took care of. Pat treated her patients as well as their families as her own; she went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable.

Pat lived in Wilmington for many years where she raised four wonderful children; “family” was everything to her. Pat cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren whether she was at a school or sporting event, hosting a family holiday, or enjoying a family vacation; she loved every minute of it.

Pat will be fondly remembered and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pat was the beloved mother of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell and his wife Christine all of Haverhill. Loving “Nanny” of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell. Cherished daughter of the late Edward P. and Helen M. (Hannon) O’Neil, dear sister of the late William and Edward O’Neil. Pat is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd 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.

Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Anne V. Kaizer

September 18th, 2018

Anne V. Kaizer (Whitehouse), age 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 17, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Anne was born on May 21, 1937, in Darlington, England; she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Whitehouse. Anne was raised and educated in Darlington, and she always spoke of many wonderful childhood memories. In 1962 at the age of 25, Anne, ventured to the United States to see what America had to offer; she settled in Billerica, MA and took a job in Cambridge, MA. Anne journeyed to work by train and was met every evening by a handsome taxi driver named Sidney Kaizer; the two talked every evening on her ride home and soon their friendship blossomed into love and they were married in 1965.

Anne and Sid settled in Wilmington; the couple raised a wonderful family and shared over 48 years together before Sid’s passing in November of 2013. Anne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she went out of her way to help anyone in need and she never expected anything in return. Anne’s unconditional love for her children, their spouses and her grandchildren was unwavering; Anne cherished the time they spent together and she looked forward to going out with them whether it was for a drive, out to dinner, a family holiday or vacation she was happy to be with her family.

Anne was very giving and kind when it came to others; she took care of many friends and neighbors who were ailing or in need of help and she was glad to do it. Anne provided “hospice” care to several friends throughout the years; she was always trying to make them as comfortable as she could during their last months, weeks and days.

Anne was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years where she was regularly attended Mass on Holy days as well as 7:30 Mass on Sundays. Anne could be found at the back of church after Mass chatting with friends; she always had a big smile and a friendly “hello” towards everyone.

Joyce Dalton was one of Anne’s closest friends. They enjoyed their nearly daily tea times as well as Friday bingo games at the senior center. She also enjoyed her regular get-togethers with her past co-workers from Sweatheart Plastics.

She loved spending time with her sister, Marie, whether it was shopping trips, traveling together, or reminiscing on times past.

Anne will be fondly remembered for her outgoing personality and her huge heart; she was pleasant, friendly, loving and kind to everyone. She will be forever in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her.

Anne was the beloved wife of the late Sidney R. Kaizer, devoted mother of Edward C. Kaizer & his wife Mary Tassone Kaizer of Wilmington, Annemarie Clark & her husband Ron, Cathleen Brown & her husband Jaythomas all of North Andover and the late Daniel Kaizer, loving “Gran” of Samuel and Charlotte Kaizer, cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Nugent) Whitehouse, dear sister of Marie Whitehouse of Norwood.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Anne’s name may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.

Robert F. Dudley II

September 18th, 2018

Robert Francis Dudley, II, “Bobby”, age 56, of Naples, ME, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on September 16, 2018.

Robert was the beloved husband of Andrea Lee (Connolly) Dudley, devoted father of Gabriella Dudley, Step-father of Toni Brewer, Charles Connolly, Julia Connolly and Benjamin Simaneau, loving grandfather of Liham, Lucca, Dustin and Damian, cherished son of Robert F. Dudley of Wilmington and the late Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley, dear brother of Ray Dudley and his wife Randi of Gilmanton, NH, Deborah Harris and her husband Steven of Amesbury, Susan Cooper and her late husband Golden of Wichita, KS, Judie Cherry and her husband Chris of Valley, AL, Mary Downs and her husband Jimmy, Paul Dudley and his wife Penni all of Wilmington, and Pattiann Graham and her husband Shawn of Windham, NH. Robert is also survived by his father-in-law, Frank C. Witham, Jr., many loving nieces & nephews and his beloved dog, Bailey Bear Dudley.

Robert loved to spend time with his whole family, especially his grandchildren. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served his country.

In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Home Base, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service with Military Honors on Friday, September 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

David M. Gosnell

September 11th, 2018

David M. Gosnell, age 46, of North Reading, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on August 14, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

David was the beloved son of the late Thomas D. Sr. and Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell, dear brother of Laura Holmes and her husband Bob of Wilmington and Thomas Gosnell Jr. and his wife Betty of Raymond, NH. Uncle of Kendra Scott, Kassandra Walsh, Jennifer Holmes, Grace Holmes, Robert Holmes IV, Samantha (Gosnell) Martell, Angela Gosnell and Thomas Gosnell III. Nephew of Bernard and Janice Avey of Burlington and cousin of Stepanie Avey. David is also survived by many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations in David’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

At the time of his death, David, worked for Shaw’s Supermarkets for several years where he made many wonderful friends.

Charles P. Ventre, Jr.

September 11th, 2018

Charles P. Ventre, Jr. “Charlie”, age 69 of Hill, New Hampshire, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2018.

Charlie was born in Cambridge, MA on January 2, 1949; he was the dear son of the late Charles P. Sr. and Alice B. (Leuchter) Ventre. Charlie was raised and educated in Wilmington; he attended the North Intermediate School and was a graduate of Wilmington High School. Following graduation, Charlie, enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1967; Charlie proudly served two consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam and received several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/60 Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Two Overseas Bars, National Defense Service Medal and the Expert Badge M-16. Charlie was honorably discharged to the Army Reserves in February of 1971 and continued to serve the country as a reservist until 1975.

Charlie was a hard worker throughout the years; he got into the construction field and was self-employed as a painter for many years.

Charlie is survived by his son Paul J. Ventre of Florida, his granddaughters Victoria, Tasha and Makaiya Ventre all of North Carolina, his sister and brothers; Alice B. Fahey & husband David of Wilmington, Andrew R. Ventre Sr. of Wilmington, Harold J. Ventre of Lowell, John W. Leuchter & his wife Patricia of Stoneham and he was also the brother of the late Nancy D. Butler of Wilmington. Charlie is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 21st for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

James A. “Jim” Foley, Jr.

September 11th, 2018

James A. “Jim” Foley, Jr., age 78, of North Andover, passed away on September 10, 2018.

Beloved husband of Janet (Gillies) Foley and devoted father of Stephen Foley & his wife Dorothy of Tewksbury, Marcia Vozzella & her husband Steve, Donald Foley & his wife Catherine, Denise DePasquale & her husband the late Rocco, Diane Silva & her husband Ron all of Wilmington, Timothy Foley & his wife Jennifer of Tewksbury and the late James “Jimmie” Foley. A loving “Grampa” of Nicole Tranfaglia & her husband John, Jennifer Foley, Courtney Cavanaugh, Brittany Cavanaugh, Brian Cavanaugh, Caitlin Hubacz & her husband Lane, Shane Foley, Brendan Foley, Colin Foley, Drew Foley, Quinton Foley, Molly Foley, Samantha DePasquale, Lauren DePasquale, Nicholas Silva, Danielle Silva, Timothy Foley, Shyne Alive, Ashley Foley, Dylan Foley, MacKenzie Foley, Sebastian Foley, Scarlet Foley, great-grandfather of Jemma, Madelyn, Finley and Adeline, cherished son of the late James A. and Catherine M. (Emery) Foley, dear brother of the late Loretta Courtney, Frances Tetrault and Edward Foley. Jim is also survived by his former spouse and friend, Judith (Sumner) Foley, as well as 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 Saturday, September 15th from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Trustees of Reservations in Jim’s honor.

Agnes C. (Doherty) Romano

September 11th, 2018

Agnes C. Romano (Doherty), age 99, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 10, 2018, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Agnes was born in East Boston, MA on April 4, 1919; she was the dear daughter of the late William and Catherine Doherty. Agnes was raised and educated in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School. Agnes loved her “East Boston” roots; she spent many hours as a young girl working at her dad’s florist shop in Day Square where she enjoyed interacting with her neighbors and friends.

Agnes also enjoyed countless hours of summer fun at her parent’s summer retreat around Silver Lake in Wilmington where many wonderful memories were made throughout the years.

During World War II Agnes worked as a Switchboard Operator for AT&T. She would often talk of her time working during the war and had a deep sense of pride for the support she and others gave to the war effort.

On August 19, 1942, Agnes married the “love of her life” Francis (Frank) Joseph Romano. Agnes and Frank lived in East Boston for several years before moving to Tewksbury where they raised their loving family of eleven children. Agnes was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who showered her family with unconditional love and support. She especially enjoyed going to dance recitals, sports, school events, plays, musicals, graduations, baptisms, first communions, or any special event that celebrated a milestone for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Agnes beamed with pride as she spoke of their accomplishments and cherished watching them grow into wonderful people.

Agnes was a woman of great faith and was extremely active in her parish of St. Dorothy’s which serves the people of Wilmington and South Tewksbury. She was active in the Ladies Sodality for many years and served as the Past Prefect where she was very instrumental in running a multitude of Church events such as the Christmas Bazaar, Penney Sale, Whist Partie, Strawberry Fair and May Procession just to name a few. One of her great passions was making Baptismal robes for countless babies being welcomed into the Church through baptism and she did so for over fifty years.

Agnes could not do enough to support her Church and help fellow parishioner’s; this did not go unnoticed when she was awarded the Chevrus Award for her outstanding work and dedication to the Parish of St. Dorothy’s. Agnes’ unwavering support and love did not stop there. She also gave of her time, talents and resources to the Catholic Charities, The Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, she sent care packages and Christmas gifts to orphanages in Chile and Costa Rica as well as giving support to various Indian Reservations. Agnes was also a Girl Scout leader for many years; always encouraging, supporting and leading the young women of the future by example.

Agnes had a special place in her heart when it came to Veterans and their families. She was the wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of four generations who served this country and she was extremely proud of each one of them. During the Vietnam war, when her son was serving overseas, Agnes sent special care packages each containing a scapula and a special hand-written note to hundreds of Veterans, giving them encouragement, strength, and prayers during their darkest days. Agnes was also involved in the weekly Local Heroes group that sent packages overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. For many years Agnes was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post 8164 in Tewksbury where she went above and beyond to help with various fund raisers or just to help a Veteran in need. She was a woman who never forgot our Veterans from World War II to present day. Agnes had a motto; “Love of God, Love of Family and Love of Country”; these were words that she not only said but words that she lived by.

Agnes went out of her way to do for others; she shared her time, talents and heart to help everyone. She was truly a remarkable lady; kind, caring, giving but most of all loving. Agnes will always be in the hearts and minds of those she touched; an angel on earth who will forever be missed by her family and friends.

Agnes was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Romano, devoted mother of Mary Lamont of Wilmington, Gina Weichert & husband Rudy of Portsmouth, NH, Tommy Romano & wife Mary of Tewksbury, George Romano & wife Helen of Billerica, John Romano & his late wife Nancy of Pelham, NH, Peggy Romano & husband Marty of Parkman, ME, Richard Romano of Salem, NH, Agnes Fiumara & husband Dominic of Wilmington, Francis Romano of Tewksbury, Susan Kerr & husband Paul of Tewksbury and David Romano of Wilmington. Loving Grandmother of 28 Grandchildren, 40 Great-Grandchildren and 12 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late William F. J. and Catherine T. (Gallagher) Doherty, dear sister of Catherine Clinch of Salisbury, the late Edyth Sullivan, William and Francis Doherty. Agnes is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38) Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 14th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Agnes’ memory may be made to the Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, c/o St. Margaret’s Church, 113 Winn St., Burlington, MA 01803, the Tewksbury Community Pantry, Inc., 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to the Wilmington Food Pantry, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Anthony J. Visconti

September 8th, 2018

Anthony J. Visconti, age 77, of Norwich, CT, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on September 7, 2018.

Anthony was the beloved father of Elizabeth Visconti of Litchfield, NH and Jennifer Goddard of Hebron, CT, loving “Papa” of Jeremy Goddard, cherished son of the late Anthony and Anna (Lazzaro) Visconti, dear brother of Annette Shelley & her husband Bob of Wilmington, the late Anna Visconti, Joseph Visconti & his wife Joan, Andrew Visconti and Mary Lou Ricci. Brother-in-law of Jennie Visconti and Louis Ricci both of Reading. Anthony is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 12th from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:30 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to American Heart Association, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Anthony served in the U. S. Air Force Reserves for several years and was a salesman in the Gypsum Industry for many years.

Anthony will be fondly remembered and greatly missed for his infectious laugh, his entertaining jokes, stories, “singing abilities” and most of all the love he gave so freely – There is not a number high enough to quantify all the times Anthony expressed his love to his daughters, grandson, family and friends . We all consider ourselves lucky and blessed to have had such a loving man in our lives. Tony would want to be remembered as a man full of life, love, joy, and an undying faith.