Obituaries

John E. Shirley, Sr.

October 19th, 2021

John Edward Shirley, Sr., age 66, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, passed away on October 12, 2021, at the Lowell General Hospital.

John was born in Boston, MA, on December 5, 1954; he was the dear son of the late Mary (Kelley) Shirley-Helmar. John was raised and educated in Woburn, MA and went on to serve in the United States Army.

John was a hard worker throughout his life, he drove for Woburn Cab for many years, worked for the Steen Family Catering Company, W. B. Mason Office Company and more recently he worked as a salesman in the Auto Industry until his illness forced an early retirement.

John married his former wife Debbie Steen; the couple settled in Wilmington and raised their family. John was a very devoted Dad to John Jr., Danielle, and Leanne; he was very supportive of everything they did and was so proud of them. When the kids were younger, John, enjoyed taking them on long car rides to show them new places, they loved their trips to Hampton Beach, he was always there to attend their school and sporting events or whatever they were involved in. He was one of their biggest fans.

In later years when the grandchildren started to arrive, John proudly took on his role as Grandpa to Haley, Philip, Jacob, Daniel and “Panka” to Brody; he adored his grandchildren and looked forward to the time they spent together.

John had a thirst for knowledge; he learned about many subjects and enjoyed watching the Discovery and History channels or This Old House. John learned about wood working, he was a whiz at electronics and became a regular “Mr. Fix It” to his family and friends; always there to help and offer advice.

John loved cars of all kinds and had a passion for music; classic rock, Pink Floyd, Led Zeplin, the Righteous Brothers and he always belted out his favorite tunes.

In his spare time, John enjoyed cooking for his family, watching sports with his son John, taking in a good movie or some of his favorite television shows like Married with Children.

John will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his hard work ethic, his sense of style, he was a sharp dresser, and most importantly his love of his family and friends. John will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

John was the devoted father of John E. Shirley, Jr. of Wilmington, Danielle M. Shirley of Lowell and Leanne Shirley & her fiancé Joe Marstogiacomo of Billerica, he was the loving “Grandpa” of Haley E. Natale, Philip W. Natale V, Jacob J. Natale, Daniel S. Bates and “Panka” to Brody J. Marstagiacomo. John was the dear brother of Margaret Wetzell of Chelmsford and the late Maureen Ryan. Special nephew of the late Margaret “Marga” Kelley, Uncle of Chip Ryan and Fred Ryan. He is also survived by his former wife and friend Debbie (Steen) Stygles and his large extended Steen Family, his best friend Denise Rodriguez and her sons Harley, Jesse, Raymond, Franky and their families.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, October 22nd for Visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. with a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Edward T. Doherty

October 18th, 2021

Edward T. Doherty, “Ed”, age 60, of Malden, formerly a long-time resident of New Hampshire, passed away on October 16, 2021, following a brief illness.

Ed was born on October 20, 1960, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Daniel Francis and Mary M. (McNulty) Doherty. Ed was raised in Malden as part of a large, loving family of many brothers and one sister.  He will be remembered for his love of family and horseback riding.

Ed was the loving father of Shyann Doherty, Shawnee Doherty, Maggie Doherty, Keith Hanlon, and Michael Hanlon all of New Hampshire, dear brother of Theresa A. Twombly & her husband David, Robert S. Doherty all of Malden, the late Dennis P. Doherty, Paul F. Doherty, James M. Doherty, Timothy J. Doherty, and Scott William Hebenton.  Ed is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for Ed will be held at a later date.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Susan E. Zeppi

October 17th, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Susan E. Zeppi announces her passing on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age of 56.

Sue will be forever remembered by husband, Renato Zeppi, and children Jodi Tran, Teresa Smith, Rachel Kaufmann, and Rocco Scalfani. Sue will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Kyle Callinan, Olivia Smith, Sean Smith, Ethan Tran, James Tran, and Maxwell Tran. She also leaves behind her stepmom, Alvanelle Jackson Turbeville, her brothers Walt Turbeville and Tim Turbeville, and her son in laws, Stephen Kaufmann, Tri Tran, and Matthew Smith. She will be lovingly remembered by her dogs, Bella, Teddy, and Sugar. Sue has now joined her daughter, Faith McConnell-Zeppi, and brother Sandy Turbeville in heaven.

Sue was born on January 24, 1965. She was the daughter of the late Elaine Trachman and Obie Turbeville Jr.

Sue married the love of her life on July 31, 1993. Together they fostered over four dozen kids and adopted three foster children. Many of her foster children remain in touch with the family today. In conjunction with her love for fostering children, she fostered multiple dogs and rescued three stray dogs. Anyone who knew Sue would agree that she lived an extraordinary life that touched the lives of my people nationally and internationally.

Sue was very involved with volunteering at Grace Chapel, the PEER Servants organization, Place of Promise, and a network of animal rescue centers around the country. Not only did Sue have a big heart for helping children and animals, but she was also innovative and ingenious.

Sue was the founder and owner of a successful company, Pillar Realty Group. With an accounting background from University of Lowell, Sue was a controller of a former company in Wilmington, a former senior loan officer, realtor, and business owner.

In her spare time, Sue loved art and has created many beautiful paintings.

Above all, Sue was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Grace Chapel, 128 West St., Wilmington on Friday, October 22nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place in Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Rd., Lexington on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to PEER Servants, P.O. Box 258, Woburn, MA 01801.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Harold “Hal” Harnois

October 15th, 2021

Harold “Hal” Harnois passed away on October 13, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.

Hal was born on September 30, 1946, to Ernest and Beatrice Harnois.

After graduating from Lynn Trade High School, he served in the US Army before starting his career and raising his family in Salisbury and Newburyport, MA.

Hal worked in aerospace & electrical engineering for over 40 years, holding positions at General Electric, Ametek, Kollsman & Meggitt Avionics before retiring.

Hal was passionate about technology and fixing anything broken. He loved what he did for a living and made lifelong friendships with his co-workers.

Hal was preceded in death by his wife Linda (Suslak) Harnois, with whom he shared over 50 years of marriage.

Hal is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Tim and Chris Harnois of Danvers, his son Curtis of Texas and his two children, Brianna of South Hamilton; Kimberly and Andrew Bennett of Granby, CT, her children Cameron, and Kylie Downs; Kristin and Al Ferrone, their children Brendan, and Justine of Wilmington.

He leaves behind siblings Anita Creager and Donald and Richard Harnois. Hal was also an incredible brother-in-law and uncle who will be missed dearly.

Among Hal’s fondest memories were times with grandchildren at Salisbury Beach, Indian Head, N.H., Disney, Old Orchard Beach, Cape Cod and Silver Lake. Hal was his grandchildren’s biggest fan at school and sporting events, and loved annual golf weekends in Moultonborough, NH.

Hal’s children would like to thank the staff at BrightView North Andover and Hospice of Mass for their compassionate care.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, October 19th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.

Beverly A. Pereira

October 15th, 2021

Beverly Ann Pereira (Wheaton), age 78, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 13, 2021, at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington.

Beverly was born on January 24, 1943, in Woburn, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Harold G. and Margaret D. (Joyce) Wheaton. Beverly, along with her siblings, were raised and educated in Burlington and Winchester as young kids before moving to Woburn where they lived for many years.

Beverly married her “handsome young sailor” Edward Pereira on July 27, 1962; the couple were stationed in several places before building their home in Wilmington in 1968. Beverly loved her new home, throughout the years she had an “open door policy” where all were welcomed and made to feel like “family”. Beverly was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; her family was her number one priority and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t or couldn’t do for them. Beverly, cherished her role as “Grandma” and “Great-Grandma” she adored her grandchildren and looked forward to every moment they spent together.

Beverly and Ed, along with their family and friends spent many wonderful years together, they traveled, enjoyed holidays, special occasions and just hanging out together. They also had many wonderful neighbors who were like extended family. In later years, Beverly and Ed, became “snow birds” to escape the New England Winters and all the shoveling; they headed south to Port Charlotte, Florida to enjoy sun, fun, friends and more good times.

Beverly will be fondly remembered for her many wonderful qualities; she was a novice painter who created beautiful paintings that were shared with her family. She was a hard worker and always out and about doing for others. She was outgoing, friendly, kind, caring and extremely giving; Beverly would give you the “shirt off her back”, no questions asked and never expect anything in return. Beverly’s charismatic personality drew people in, everyone loved her and she loved everyone. Beverly will forever be in hearts of those she touched.

Beverly was the beloved wife of Edward M. Pereira, devoted mother of Virginia Manro and her husband Philip of Dunbarton, NH and the late Pauline Lowney. She was the loving “Grandma” of Anthony Guerriero, Nicholas Guerriero and his wife Elizabeth, Christopher Guerriero, Alexandra Balevre, the late Kelli Walker and Great-Grandchildren Domenic and Angel Walker. She was the dear sister of Jane Camara and her husband Joe of Milton, NH, Joseph Wheaton of Woburn, the late Joyce Proctor, Harold, Edward and James Wheaton. Beverly is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, October 17th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Beverly’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Frank L. St. Aubin

October 14th, 2021

Frank L. St. Aubin died peacefully on October 12, 2021 at the age of 91. The beloved patriarch of our family was born in Boston on November 28, 1929. He was the son of Andre and Margaret (Noble) and the brother of his adoring sisters, Robina and Margaret, who survive him in Fort Myers, Florida.

Frank served his country in the United States Navy Reserves during the 1950’s. It was during that time period, he met and married his faithful wife, Dorothy. These dear people walked together for over 68 years in God-given love. Dorothy, who is 93, still resides in Wilmington. Together they raised 4 surviving children: Lori (David) Johnston of Greentown, PA, Steve (Maureen) St. Aubin of Taunton, MA, Audrey (John) Ziegenfus of Binghamton, New York, and Mark (Linda) of Wilmington, MA.

Frank took great delight in his 10 grandchildren: Josh (Autumn), Holly (Logan), Brian (Jessica), Jess (Jeff), Michael (Jessica), Laura (Micah), Karen (Tim), Jeremy (Marie), Michelle (Matt) and Andrew (Jenah) and his 21 great grandchildren: Ryken, Talen, Benaiah, Brinley, Sydney, Adam, Ian, Ezekiel, Wyatt, Levi, Zachary, Lucas, Molly, Ellie, Benjamin, Katherine, Wesley, Calvin, Marcus, Aiden, and Lincoln. The quality of this legacy is a testimony to the grace of God channeled through the example and sacrifice Frank left for them.

Frank was a man with a deep capacity to love. He loved his work, where he rose to become the president of Bay State Box Company. He loved his church, where he served faithfully Jesus Christ throughout his adult life. He loved his cottage on the lake in New Hampshire, where he would entertain 4 generations of the St. Aubin clan. He especially loved his family. Years of hard work, wise counsel, and kind generosity earned him much love and respect. We knew him to be humble, patient, and tirelessly interested in their lives. He shared more laughs and memories with us than we could ever repay.

It is our desire to honor his life and his Lord with visiting hours on Monday, October 18th 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Nichols Funeral Home,187 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA. We will hold a funeral service and celebration of his life on Tuesday October 19, 12:00 at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fisher House Foundation for disabled veterans and their families, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852.
www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Catherine “Joyce” Moran

October 9th, 2021

Catherine J. Moran, “Joyce”, age 62, a long-time resident of Somerville, passed away on October 7, 2021, following a lengthy illness.

Joyce was the loving mother of Michael Winn Moran, Kimberly (Elwell) Murphy & her husband Michael of Tewksbury, and John Elwell, Jr., “Nana” of Dempsey Murphy, Lyla Murphy and Anya Moran, daughter of the late Henry Christopher and Catherine Mary (Ronayne) Moran, dear sister of Patricia Quinlan & her late husband William of Somerville, Frank “Butch” Moran & his late wife Mary of Somerville, Rose Marie Squires, Leo Moran, and Kelly Moran. Joyce 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 Saturday, October 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Lionel R. Jackson

October 9th, 2021

Lionel R. Jackson, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 5, 2021.

Lionel was born in Malden, MA, on April 11, 1931. When Lionel was a young boy he moved with his family back to their home in New Brunswick, Canada, where he was raised and educated. Lionel was part of a large family which included nine siblings and a huge extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. When Lionel turned 21, he decided to return to the United States where he worked at the local Shipyard in Boston; as Lionel entered the border, he signed up to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Several months after moving to the United States, Lionel, was called to active duty with the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean War.

Lionel served most of his tour of duty overseas, he was honorably discharged as a Corporal on August 12, 1954, and returned back to the Boston area.

After returning home from the service, Lionel, along with his brothers started their own construction company while they were all still working full-time jobs. Lionel and his brothers Leland and Fred built their first home in Westford, MA, they only had Sundays to do their work and it took a whole year of Sundays to complete their project. This was the beginning of a long and rewarding career in the construction business for Jackson Brothers Homes. In the 1960’s, the Jackson Brothers started to build homes in Wilmington, MA, their work was second to none, their quality was top notch, and they were meticulous with their details. The Jackson Brothers were ahead of their time, they planned out beautiful neighborhoods and subdivisions, changing the face of Wilmington. Some of their more memorable projects included Jackson Heights 1 and 2, Barrows Park, and Allen Park. Their reputation spanned decades and the motto of getting a “Jackson Built Home” was used by every realtor in the area.

Lionel was not only a talented carpenter, but he was a trusted businessman and worked well with his clients. Lionel was a man of integrity, he treated everyone fairly and was honest to a fault. Lionel retired after many years of dedication and hard work within the construction business.

Lionel will be fondly remembered for his strong work ethic, his humble nature, his great sense of humor and his love of animals. Lionel was very involved in the Masons, he was kind and generous and always willing to share his time and talents to help others. He was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Lionel was the beloved husband of Eleanor J. (Lutes) Jackson, he was the devoted father of William Jackson of Charleston, SC, Lisa Khaghani and her husband Farzin of Beverly Farms, MA and Stephen Jackson of Westford, MA. He was the loving “Papa” of Elizabeth Jackson, Stephanie Heal and her husband Jason, Alexander Jackson, Benjamin Khaghani, Victoria Khaghani and Great-Grandchildren Lyric Jackson, Moselle Heal and Cascade Heal. He was the cherished son of the late James Everett Jackson and Grace Marie (Coates) Jackson, dear brother of Eugene Jackson and Wendell Jackson both of New Brunswick, Canada, the late Raymond Jackson, Fred Jackson, Leland “Nick” Jackson, Donald Jackson, Arnold Jackson, Allen Jackson and Lois Jackson. Lionel is further survived by many nieces, nephews and a large extended family in Canada.

At Lionel’s request, all services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lionel’s memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

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

Mary E. Berry

October 8th, 2021

Mary E. Berry (Mastrotto), age 93, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2021.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on March 3, 1928; she was the dear daughter of the late Lawrence and Christina (Angelini) Mastrotto. Mary who was raised and educated in South Boston was always proud of her hometown and often enjoyed visits to Castle Island and Sullivans.

Mary married the “love of her life” William “Billy” Berry in November of 1963 his passing more than 30 years ago was devastating to Mary and her family finds comfort in the fact that she will be reunited with her beloved Billy.

Mary was the beloved wife of William E. Berry, devoted mother of Christine Mary Berry, loving “Grandma” of Connor William MacKenzie all of Wilmington. She was the dear sister of the late Joseph, Armond, Henry, Helene, Patrick and Anthony. Special Aunt of Vincent and Carol Paulanthony and Joseph and Joan Paulanthony and their families.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service for Mary on Wednesday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 134 Broadway, Lynn, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to Lucy’s Love Bus, 21 Water Street, Suite 302, Amesbury, MA 01913.

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

Charles Athanasia

October 8th, 2021

Charles Athanasia, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on October 8, 2021, at the age of 90.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Florence, and his three sons and their families, Charlie, his wife Sandra, and their children, Sarah and Matthew, Dean, his wife Sherri, and their children, Gabrielle, Samuel, and Christopher, and Chris, his wife Lisa, and their child, Kalista.

Charlie was the son of Thomas and Florence Athanasia. He was born and grew up in Alston, Massachusetts with his late brother Anthony Athanasia and his sister Dolores Anthony. After graduating high school, Charlie joined the Army and was stationed in Japan as a Sergeant in the Military Police. He used this time not only to serve his country, but also to amass a good number of stories to entertain his three sons later in life — tales of his friend, “Pineapple” from Hawaii, their nemesis, the elusive Johnny Squirrel, his dog Kudo and many others.

When he returned to the United States, Charlie attended Northeastern University, where he met the love of his life, and his partner in life, Florence. What began with the line, “Hey, who’s little girl are you?” grew into a long and meaningful relationship of over sixty years. They shared the love and laughter of a marriage, the good times and, of course, the bad times too, and most importantly, the total dedication to each other and to their family.

Charlie was an educator, spending many years in the classrooms of the Everett school system, and eventually becoming a guidance counselor before he retired. He felt so much pride in his work, touching the lives of so many children over the years. He was tough. Strict. Old school.

But, most important to Charlie was his family, and especially his three boys. Whether it was through sports, work around the house, playing games, or just having dinner, Charlie was an educator first and foremost, teaching all the life lessons his children would need throughout their lives to be happy, successful, and — when the time came — good fathers to their own children.

At some point, Charlie became “Papa,” and together with “Mimi,” so enjoyed their six grandchildren. They shared in their lives, watched them grow, develop, and become young adults. Papa was ever present, never missing a birthday or special occasion, and always there with all of the love, guidance and support he could offer. Although he rarely talked about it openly, he expressed great pride in seeing his sons and grandchildren being able to achieve things in life beyond what he ever thought he could. We will all miss him dearly and will hold him in our hearts each and every day.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 9:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 15th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com