Obituaries

Bette J. Smith

April 22nd, 2015

Bette J. (Craib) Smith, affectionately known as “Nan” to her family and friends died peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House following a brief and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 82.

Bette was born on Christmas Eve in 1932 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Thelma (Doncaster) Craib. Bette was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1950. Following graduation, Bette enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. on May 17, 1951. While proudly serving the country during the Korean War, Bette met and fell in love with a fellow Marine, Arthur R. Smith, Jr. and the couple were married four months later. Bette was honorably discharged in Quantico, Virginia, on July 2, 1952; earning her rank as Sergeant.

Bette and Arthur lived in Virginia and then moved to Tewksbury briefly before settling in Wilmington in 1960, where they raised their six children. Family was everything to Bette, she was a wonderful wife and mother; she showered her family with unconditional love and devotion. Bette’s world became more enriched when her grandchildren started to arrive and she became the best “Nan” they could ask for. Bette just couldn’t get enough of her grandchildren and she looked forward to taking care of them whenever she could.

Bette wouldn’t miss an opportunity to be with her family and she always beamed with pride as she spoke of each and every one of them.

Bette spent many years as a book keeper for the family business and in her spare time she enjoyed going to Wilmington Public Library and taking her weekly trips to the 99 Restaurant with her family and friends.

Bette will be fondly remembered as being quite a lady; sweet and kind, helpful and loving. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all.

Bette was the beloved wife of 49 years to the late Arthur R. Smith, Jr., devoted mother of Mark A. Smith and his wife Patricia of Andover, MA, Lisa J. Smith of Portland, ME, Lynne S. (Guzinski) Johnston and her husband Wilston of Wilmington, MA, Leane B. Schofield of Wilmington, MA, Lauren J. Smith of Wilmington, MA, and Gregg A. Smith and his wife Kimberly of La Jolla, CA. Loving “Nan” of Jason and Dean Smith of Andover, MA, Ian and Eric Worden of Portland, ME, Joel Guzinski and his wife Maddie of Norwood, MA, Jillian Guzinski of Norfolk, MA, Patrick and Brittany Schofield of Wilmington, MA, Jack Smith of La Jolla, CA, and her great-grandson, Lucas Rosen of Wilmington, MA. Bette is also survived by her sister Thelma Baker of Bristol, NH, and her brother Robert Craib and his wife Helen of Seabrook, NH. Bette is pre-deceased by her parents John and Thelma Craib of Somerville, MA, and her late son-in-law, Thomas Guzinski of Wilmington. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Nichols Funeral Home at 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. A funeral home service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 9:30 am followed internment with military honors at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial donations may be made in Bette’s name to LUNGevity Foundation, 228 South Wabash Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60604 or at www.lungevity.org.

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John S. Tsicouleas

April 18th, 2015

John S. Tsicouleas, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 18, 2015, at the Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.

John was born on October 1, 1922 in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late Stephen and Fotini (Iligeorgia) Tsicouleas. John was raised in Cambridge and Brighton and attended school in Boston, MA.

John loved all kinds of music and dancing; in his early years he was a ballroom dance teacher and could perform every dance from the fast paced jitterbug to the elegant ballroom dances; he was just very light on his feet. While teaching, John met a beautiful student named Elpis Primpas and he was smitten. John married “his sweetheart” Elpis “Ellie” Primpas in 1961 and the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their only child Stephen. Family was very important to John; he was a devoted husband and father; he loved his daughter-in-law Susan and cherished his only grandchild Nicole.

John was a hard worker; for many years he worked as a Machinist while attending night school to earn is degree as an Insurance Actuary. In the mid 1960’s John went to work for the State of Massachusetts as an Insurance Examiner and retired in 1987.

Throughout the years John and Ellie enjoyed traveling with their family and friends. John loved to explore new places, meet new people, and most of all sample all kinds of food. One of John’s favorite places to visit was New Orleans where he could listen to jazz, dance in the streets, and eat his favorite Cajun dishes; everyone always had a good time when they traveled with John.

John will be remembered as a wonderful guy who was so proud of his family and of his heritage. John was a great family man, a good neighbor, and a true friend to many. John lived a great life and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Elpis “Ellie” (Primpas) Tsicouleas, devoted father of Stephen Tsicouleas and his wife Susan of Standish, ME, loving “Papu” of Nicole Tsicouleas, cherished son of the late Stephen and Fotini Tsicouleas, dear brother of the late Ernest, Margaret, Kay, and Georgia. John is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, on Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:30 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 21st from 4-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814

Mary Jane Fama

April 17th, 2015

Mary Jane Fama (Goodwin), age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 16, 2015, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Born in Winchester, MA, on April 19, 1942, Mary Jane was the beloved daughter of the late Ralph C. Jr. and Barbara E. (Downey) Goodwin. Mary Jane was raised in Reading, MA and was a graduate of Reading High School.

Following her marriage to Paul J. Fama the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their three sons Scott, Jeffrey, and Dana. Mary Jane was a devoted wife and mother; she will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.

In the mid 1970’s, Mary Jane, was part of the Police Women’s division of the Wilmington Police Department and for many years she worked at Lucci’s Supermarket in Wilmington.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband Paul J. Fama, she was the devoted mother of Jeffrey Fama of Methuen, Dana Fama of Wilmington, and the late Scott Fama. She was the sister of Nancy Jablonski of Hudson, NH, John Goodwin of Wilmington, Mike Goodwin of Methuen, and Ralph “Skip” Goodwin III of Andover. Mary Jane is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

At the family’s request services and interment were private. In lieu of flowers donations in Mary Jane’s memory may be made to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

Roberta L. Strong

April 15th, 2015

Roberta L. Strong, (Giles), fondly known as “Bobbie” to her family and friends, died peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bobbie was the beloved wife of 53 years to Stephen W. Strong, devoted mother of Bryan Strong, Candice Strong, Peter Strong, Stephen Strong, Jr., and Stacey Strong; loving grandmother of Amanda Webber and Sabrina Strong. Cherished daughter of the late Lawrence and Jeannette (Hogan) Giles; dear sister of Susan Giles, Richard Giles, Michael Giles, Doreen Balestrieri, David Giles, and the late Lawrence Giles.

At Bobbie’s request her funeral services will be private. Memorial donations in Bobbie’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Winchestser Hospital Foundation, Center for Cancer Care, 611 Main St., Winchester, MA 01890. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Steven M. Collins, Sr.

April 15th, 2015

Steven M. Collins, Sr., age 66, of East Boston, died peacefully on April 13, 2015. Steven is survived by his children Steven M. Collins, Jr. of Chelmsford, Lisa Marie Ostlund and her husband Dan of Nashua, NH, and Michael P. Bowen of Revere; his companion of many years Candy Bowen of Revere, he was the son of the late Davis B. and Elizabeth M. (Dundon) Collins, brother of Elizabeth Maher of Quincy, Barbara McKinnon of Iowa, Virginia Fyler of East Boston, Davis Collins of South Carolina, Dorothy Collins of Manchester, NH, Walter Collins of Tewksbury, Richard Collins of Everett, Judith Monteiro and Susan Frongillo both of Wilmington. Steven 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 Monday, April 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Tewksbury United Methodist Church, 2335 Main St. (Rte. 38), Tewksbury, on Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Steven’s memory may be made to Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114.

Donna L. (Dupras) Robbins

April 14th, 2015

Donna L. (Dupras) Robbins, age 72, of Wilmington, passed away on April 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born on July 29, 1942 and was raised in Wilmington. She became a homemaker after her children were born. She loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening, her dogs, and horses. Above all, she had a strong faith and love for the Lord.

Donna was the beloved wife of the late Thomas W. Robbins. She was the loving mother of Steve Robbins of Wilmington, Bill Robbins and his wife Candace of Derry, NH and Rick Robbins and his wife Marti of Deerfield, NH. Donna leaves behind her granddaughter Katlyn Robbins. She was the cherished daughter of Marjorie (Atkinson) Dupras of Wilmington and the late Leo Dupras. Donna was the dear sister of Sandra LaLiberte and her late husband Ron of Wilmington, Michael Dupras of Tewksbury and the late Daniel Dupras. Donna is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, April 16th from 10-12 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 12 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 10W Algonquin Road, Desplain, Illinois 60016-6000.

Kenneth L. Maynard

April 12th, 2015

Kenneth L. Maynard, age 63, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 11, 2015. 

Ken was the beloved husband of 44 years of Christine (Rizer) Maynard, devoted father of Brian Maynard & his girlfriend Amy Taber of Wilmington, Melissa Maynard & her fiancé Brian VanGuilder of MN and Heather DoVale & her husband John of Lunenburg, loving “Papa” of Autumn and John, cherished son of the late Kenneth and Katherine (Nickerson) Maynard,  dear brother of Barbara Nicholl & her husband Scott of AZ and the late Daniel Maynard.  Ken is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Diane R. (Burpee) Anderson

April 11th, 2015

Diane R. (Burpee) Anderson, age 72, of Wilmington and East Wakefield, NH, passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 10, 2015.

Diane was the beloved wife of 52 happy years to Russell H. Anderson, loving mother of Russ and Carolyne, cherished daughter of the late Ralph H. and Madeline (Whitney) Burpee, dear sister of the late Barbara Berton, Joan Macone and Ralph Burpee. Diane is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

God saw her getting tired,

And a cure was not to be

So, He put His arms around her

And whispered, “Come to Me.”

A golden heart stopped beating.

Hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

Funeral services for Diane will be private. Memorial donations in Diane’s name may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter 347 Highland Ave Salem, MA 01970.

John J. Haskell

April 10th, 2015

John J. Haskell, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with his family at his side on April 9, 2015. John was the beloved husband of Joann R. (Antonitus) Haskell, devoted father of John J. Haskell, Jr. of Wilmington; cherished son of the late Kenneth and Rose (Mulholland) Haskell; dear brother of the late Roy Haskell and Dolly Posey; loving uncle of Vernann Lumas of Texas.

Family and friends are welcome to attend Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 14th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, Center for Cancer Care, 611 Main St., Winchester, MA 01890.

James E. Burke

April 10th, 2015

Retired Wilmington Police Officer James E. Burke, age 79, of St. Augustine, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on April 7, 2015.

Jim was born on January 24, 1936, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Dorothy (Gallagher) Burke. Jim was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1953.

Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 26, 1954, during the Korean War; proudly serving as a Staff Sergeant with the 602nd Camron. Jim was honorable discharged on February 25, 1958 and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

Jim was appointed to the Wilmington Police Force as an interim officer in 1964 and permanent officer in 1967; he served the community for more than 20 years and retired in May of 1986. Jim was also a very talented carpenter and for many years he operated his own construction company where he remodeled countless homes in and around Wilmington.

Jim is survived by his children James E. Burke, Jr. & his wife Beth of Wolfeboro, NH, Margie Fuller & her husband David of Tuftonboro, NH, Michael Burke & his wife Karen of Wilmington, MA, Janet Burke and Michele Burke both of Tewksbury, MA, and Nancy Runnals of Wolfeboro, NH; his grandchildren Craig Burke & his fiancé Tara, Meghan Burke, Matthew, Kelsey, and Hailey Fuller, Kevin and Scott Burke, and Brian Kumm & his wife Amanda, and his great-grandsons Brayden Burke and Charlie Kumm.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, April 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.