Obituaries

Diane F. Martin

January 14th, 2020

Diane Frances Martin, age 70, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020, at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

Diane was born on November 6, 1949, in Reading, Pennsylvania; she was the daughter of the late Peter George Martin and Frances Mary (Machiesky) Martin. She graduated from Wilmington High School, then graduated second in her class at Fisher Junior College. Following the birth of her cherished son, Michael, Diane returned to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; graduating at Salutatorian.

Diane worked as a social worker for many years after receiving her degree in psychology; she immensely enjoyed helping homeless women and children find permanent housing. She later worked in publishing until her retirement, which coincided with her love of books. Diane was also an avid traveler; she traveled throughout Europe, yet her favorite trip was to the Holy Land with her dear friend, David. She also took religious pilgrimages to Mexico and to Medjugorje in Bosnia. Diane was know for her infectious laugh, great sense of humor and intellect. Diane would say that the best part of her life was raising her son and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Diane was the devoted mother of Michael Peter Martin of New York City, NY, she was the beloved sister of five siblings; Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis, and their two children, Michael and Peter all of the Philippines, Mary Ann Marks of Lowell, Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Derry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride and her late husband Thomas, and their daughter Elizabeth of Lowell and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly; Anthony Marks and his wife Neia and their two children Victor and Ricardo, of Peabody, Thomas A. Marks and his wife Rachel, and their two children, Evey and Nathaniel of Louisville, Kentucky; Jessica Diebold and her husband Mathieu, and their son, Simon, of Media, Pennsylvania.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 17th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Diane’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Covenant House New York, 550 10th Ave., New York, NY 10018.

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Edmund A. Spence

January 14th, 2020

Edmund A. Spence “Ed”, age 83, of Pelham, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020.

Ed was the beloved husband of Roberta F. “Bobbi” (Regan) Spence, devoted father of 10 children; Edmund “Jay” Spence & his wife Lorna of Dedham, Kathleen Clark & her husband Brent of Londonderry, NH, Linda Ianetta & her husband Gerald of Tewksbury, Michael Spence of Dracut, Ricky Penney of Pelham, NH, Nancy McMorrow & her husband Michael of Belchertown, Pamela Huntress & her husband Jeff of Candia, NH, William Penney of Pelham, NH, Shannon Butt & her husband John of Boxford and Tim Penney & his wife Lori of Wilmington. Loving “Grampy” of 26 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren, cherished son of the late Edmund and Mary (Hahn) Spence.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Thursday, January 16th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, 12 Main St., Pelham, NH. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Mary (Kures) Barbas

January 10th, 2020

Mary Barbas (Kures), age 95, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Lowell, passed away January 10, 2020, at the Winchester Hospital.

Mary was born on November 14, 1924; she was the cherished daughter of the late Christos and Aglaia Kures. Mary was raised in Lowell and attended Lowell public schools.

Mary married her “sweetheart” George Barbas; the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised two wonderful daughters, Sylvia and Christine. Mary was very devoted to her family and was especially close to her daughters; they did everything together and really enjoyed family vacations. Mary and George, along with their girls had many wonderful times together before George’s untimely passing in 1977.

Mary looked forward to going to the Wilmington Senior Center where she could socialize and participate in several activities; her favorite was the chair exercises. Mary also enjoyed the Senior Luncheons at A.I.M.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a nice lady who was very kind and pleasant. She loved her family with all her heart and she will be greatly missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late George Barbas, devoted mother of Sylvia and Christine Barbas both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Christos and Aglaia (Kalasta) Kures, dear sister of the late Niko Kures.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 15th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801 on Thursday, January 16th at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Mortgage Reduction Fund and mailed to the above address.

Melinda Romano

January 9th, 2020

Melinda Romano, age 45, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2020, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Melinda was the cherished mother of Michael Romano and Marissa DiCocco both of Tewksbury, beloved daughter of Thomas and Mary Romano of Tewksbury, dear sister of Anne Margaret Romano Sundaram & her husband Anand Sundaram of Cambridge, Albert Romano of Billerica, Thomas Romano of Dracut and Mary Romano of Lowell. Melinda is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 13th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA.Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, January 12th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Joanne “Joan” Bradley

January 6th, 2020

Joanne M. Bradley (Finn), fondly known as Joan to her family and friends, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020.

Joan was born in Cambridge, MA on February 14, 1932; she was the dear daughter of Thomas and Ethel Finn. She spent her first few years in Cambridge before her family moved to Tewksbury when she was a young girl. Joan was raised and educated in Tewksbury and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School with the Class of 1949.

On October 12, 1950, Joan married her “sweetheart” Joseph Bradley at St. Williams Church in Tewksbury. Joan and Joe moved to Wilmington where they raised six wonderful children. Joan was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; she was always there to lend support and unconditional love to her family throughout the years. Joan, along with her family spent many wonderful summers vacationing at York Beach in Maine where everyone always had a great time and countless memories were made.

Joan was a hard worker; for more than 30 years she was employed as a office manager with the Market Basket Company. Joan worked at several store locations throughout the years; she had a great work ethic and an endearing personality with the customers as well as her co-workers. All attributes that made Joan successful in her career.

Joan also worked with the Wilmington Police Auxiliary and was a crossing guard for many years. Joan loved her fellow officers; she enjoyed the camaraderie and helping out within the community.

In her spare time, Joan, enjoyed taking long walks, she was an avid bowler, she loved to travel, go on cruises and most of all spend time with her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Joan was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Bradley, devoted mother of Linda Bryant & her husband Chester of Illinois, Kathleen Wells & her husband Edwin of Florida, JoAnne Caraviello of Medford, Joseph Bradley Jr. of North Carolina, John Bradley & his wife Diana of Chester, NH and James Bradley & his wife Nancy of Colorado. Loving “Nana” of Jamie, Jason, Michael, Colleen, Nadine, Jaclyn, Nicholas, Nicole, Kyle, Daniel, John Patrick, as well as 17 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild. Cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Ethel (Blevins) Finn, step-daughter of the late Edna Finn and the late Joseph Bryan, dear sister of Judith Stevens & her husband David of Middleboro and the late Thomas Finn Jr. Joan is also survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 11th at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.  Following the Cemetery Committal Service all are welcome to continue a Celebration of Joan’s life at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Main Street (Rte. 38) in Tewksbury at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Thomas of Villanova Church, c/o Parish Office, 11 Harden St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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

Charles H. Foster, Jr.

January 6th, 2020

Charles H. Foster, Jr., age 93, a long-time resident of Billerica and raised in Brookline, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2020.

Charles was born on September 8, 1926, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of the late Charles and Myrtle Foster. Charles was raised and educated in Brookline, MA and was a graduate of Brookline High School. Following High School, Charles was drafted into the United States Army on January 8, 1945. Charles served overseas as a teletype mechanic and received several commendations for his service including the Army of Occupation Medal, Japan, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the World War II victory Medal. Charles was honorably discharged in November of 1946 and returned home to his family.

Charles married the “love of his life” Frances Brennick on October 23, 1955; the couple lived in Somerville for several years before moving to Billerica in the early 1960’s, where they raised their daughters. Charles was a devoted and loving family man; he was always attentive to “his girls” and would do anything to make them happy. Charles loved being Papa to Taylor and Sean; he would attend all of their school and sporting events, take family vacations with them or just head over to their house to “hang out” with them; they really brightened his world.

Charles was a man of many talents; he enjoyed boating and building boats and he could fix just about anything. Charles went out of his way to help his family, friends and neighbors with anything that needed fixing; he was truly a “jack of all trades”.

In his spare time, Charles, enjoyed following Boston sports especially the Bruins where he was a season ticket holder for many years and attended lots of great games.

Charles worked hard to provide for his family; he was the New England Service Manager for the Cummins Allison Technology Company for many years. Charles’ had a great work ethic, vast knowledge of his field and an endearing personality towards his clients and co-workers. He was a great asset to his company.

Charles will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion for his family and friends. He was very kind to everyone and he will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Charles was the beloved husband of the late Frances T. (Brennick) Foster, cherished and loving father of Denise Higgins & her husband Joseph of Wilmington and Gayle Foster of Billerica. Devoted and adoring “Papa” of Taylor and Sean Higgins, dear son of the late Charles H. Sr. and Myrtle (Parker) Foster, special brother of Warren Foster & his wife Connie of Burlington, Kent Foster & his wife Whitney of Sandwich and the late Parker “Buddy” Foster & his late wife Virginia. Charles is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Prayer and Military Honors at 7:30 p.m.

Nancy M. Sullivan

January 4th, 2020

Nancy M. Sullivan (Ritchie), age 70, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on January 3, 2020.

Nancy was born in Chelsea, MA on October 23, 1949; she was the dear daughter of John and Olive Ritchie. Nancy was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1967.

Nancy married the “love of her life and her best friend” Kevin Sullivan on March 29, 1969; the couple had four wonderful daughters and shared many great times together before Kevin’s untimely passing in February of 2005. Nancy and Kevin were like “two peas in a pod”; the lived together, worked together, travelled together and had a lot of fun together. Nancy and Kevin had a place in Maine where she loved to go and just relax, go fishing, boating, golfing or entertain family and friends often; everyone always had a great time.

Nancy loved her role as Mom, Grammy and Great-Grammy; her family was her world. Nancy attended countless school plays, concerts, sporting events, dance recitals or anything else her children and grandchildren were involved in throughout the years. She was also very talented with her knitting and crocheting; she made lots of afghans for her family and friends; gifts that will forever be cherished.

Nancy was a hard worker; for many years she was the office manager for ACME Waste Company in Woburn and later she was the bookkeeper for her husband’s business K & S Electric Company.

Nancy will be fondly remembered as a kind and loving lady; she had a quiet nature and never wanted to be the center of attention but that didn’t stop her from helping anyone with anything. Nancy had a big heart and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Kevin Sullivan, devoted mother of Karen Burke & her husband Michael, Nancy Sullivan and Kelly Stanton & her husband Rob all of Wilmington and Diane Sullivan of Medford. Loving “Grammy” of Kevin, Scott, Shayna, Jocelyn, Andrew, Addison, Mackenzie, Morgan, Daniel, Miyka’el, Katorah, Eliyshah, Gabriy’el, Osiris and great-grandchildren Brady, Prince and Julian. Cherished daughter of the late John and Olive (Walsh) Ritchie, dear sister of William Ritchie & his wife Donna of Tewksbury, James Ritchie & his wife Jeanette of Salisbury and Annie Coates & her husband Tom of Wilmington. Nancy is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and dear friends. She also had a special bond with her beloved dog Toby.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Emma D. Williams

January 2nd, 2020

Emma De Guzman Williams, age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on January 2, 2020.

Emma was born in Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines on September 25, 1936; she was the dear daughter of the late Narseco Benvenido De Guzman and Urbana (Fuster) De Guzman.

Emma was the devoted mother of Maria Forbes and her husband Thomas of Saratoga Springs, NY, Jane Williams and her partner George Stribley of Wilmington, MA, Nancy Williams of Wilmington, MA and Yvette Lovstad of Los Angeles, CA. She was the loving “Lola” of Scott, Tyler, Hanover, Maxwell and Alexandra. Emma was one of eleven siblings and is survived by her sister Nilda Palacios, as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews in the Philippines.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 4th for Visiting Hours from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Emma’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the American Stroke Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Arlene M. (Ohanesian) McGrane

January 2nd, 2020

Arlene M. (Ohanesian) McGrane, age 85, of Methuen, formerly of Peabody, passed away peacefully on January 1st, surrounded by her family.

Raised in Arlington, Arlene was a graduate of Arlington High School, class of 1952.  Arlene moved to Peabody, raised her family and resided there for 38 years.  She had a long career as an administrator for several businesses, including Radcliffe College.

Arlene was the beloved wife of the late John F. McGrane, Sr., loving mother of John F. McGrane, Jr. & his wife Bonnie of Haverhill and Christine Fritz & her husband Michael of Methuen, cherished “Mimi” of Meaghan and Anthony McGrane, daughter of the late Aram “Harry” and Theresa (Joyce) Ohanesian, dear sister of the late Theresa Beckham and Joyce Ohanesian.  Arlene is also survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 7th, from 11:00-11:45 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Arlene’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Nancy E. (Howe) Wheeler

December 30th, 2019

Nancy E. (Howe) Wheeler, age 75, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Wilmington, passed away following a lengthy illness on December 26, 2019.

Nancy was born on August 25, 1944 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Chester and Martha (Field) Howe.  Nancy was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1962.

Nancy worked as a bookkeeper at Laughton’s Garden Center in North Chelmsford for several years before her retirement.

In her spare time, she enjoyed times with her family, trips to York Beach, ME, knitting, arts & crafts, movies and music.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Heidi Korkosz of Dunbarton Center, NH and her grandchildren Elizabeth and Christopher Trottier of Manchester, NH.  She was the sister of the late Chet Howe & his wife Carol of Andover, Robert Howe & his late wife Barbara of Wilmington, Donald Howe & his wife Susan of Wolfeboro, NH, Richard Howe & his wife Donna of Billerica, Lawrence Howe of Wilmington and Sandra McFeeters & her husband Michael of Wilmington and her “almost brother” Steve Sabre of Easton, NH.  Nancy is survived by her dear friends Tim Knight of Weare, NH and Cynthia Davenport, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, January 5th from 11:00 – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Celebration of Nancy’s Life at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name may be made to MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA  01844.