Obituaries

Marjorie P. Best

August 12th, 2014

Marjorie P. (Atkinson) Best, age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 11, 2014, at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester. Marjorie was born in Boston, MA on April 10, 1928; she was the cherished daughter of the late James H. and Bessie L. (McLean) Atkinson. Marjorie was the beloved wife of the late William S. “Scotty” Best, devoted mother of Mary (Best) Earley and her husband the late Thomas F. Earley of Wilmington, James Best of Plymouth, John Best and his wife Darlene of Nashua, NH, and the late Marjorie “Ellen” Best. Loving “Gramma” of Jason W. Earley, Tommy M. Earley, Kim Marie (Best) Roy and her husband Chris M. Roy, Carrie-Ann M. Best, Jamie A. Best, Sierra J. Best, and “Great-Gramma” of Colin M. Roy. Dear sister of the late Bob Atkinson. Marjorie is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 15th for Visitation from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to a Hospice of your choice.

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Carlos Manuel “Charlie” Amaral

August 11th, 2014

Carlos Manuel “Charlie” Amaral, age 63, of Wilmington, passed away on August 10, 2014 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.

Carlos was born on October 19, 1950 in Pico, Azores; he was the cherished son of the late Joaquim and Maria D. (Cardoso) Amaral. Carlos was raised in the Azores and moved to the United States when he was 23 years old.

Carlos married Maria D. Silva on August 12, 1973 and together they shared 41 years of marriage. The couple lived in Somerville before moving to Wilmington. Carlos and Maria had one daughter, Elizabeth, who was their pride and joy.

Carlos worked for John Mantia & Sons in Boston on the fish pier for many years. He loved his job and made many friends, whom he remained close to.

Carlos loved to travel; especially taking cruises with his family. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the Woburn Portugese Club and the Lowell Reds. Carlos was a fun-loving guy who socialized with everyone.

Carlos will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a caring and affectionate with those close to him and he will be greatly missed.

Carlos was the beloved husband of Maria D. (Silva) Amaral, devoted father of Elizabeth Costa and her husband John of Wilmington, loving “VoVo” of Makayla Costa, cherished son of the late Joaquim and Maria D. (Cardoso) Amaral, dear brother of Joao Amaral & his wife Leanor of Pico, Azores and Maria A. Silva & her husband Jose of Medford, uncle of Fernando and Lorraine Silva, Kevin and Jennifer Silva and Stephanie Amaral.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 13th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Carlos’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Stephen J. Bavota

August 11th, 2014

Stephen J. Bavota, age 56, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Stephen was the loving father of Kathrine Baker of Deerfield, NH and John Bavota of Sudbury, MA, grandfather of Sierra Baker, Macsen Baker and Justin Turcotte, cherished son of Robert N. Bavota of Wilmington and the late Barbara A. (Nau) Bavota, dear brother of Robert J. Bavota of Hampstead, NH, Thomas A. Bavota & his wife Sandi of Coral Springs, FL and David J. Bavota & his wife Tina of Wilmington. Stephen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 15th for Visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Frank C. Powers, Sr.

August 8th, 2014

Frank C. Powers, Sr., age 71, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury, passed away at the Blaire House surrounded by his family on August 7, 2014.   Frank was the beloved husband of Norma L. (Harris) Powers, devoted father of Anne Powers of North Andover, MA, Frank C. Powers, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA, Christina Chalifour & her husband Lou of Salem, NH. Also very special to Debra Okolo & her husband Roger of Freemont, NH, Michael Manuel & his wife Joanne of Dracut, Catherine Sheehan of Wilmington, and the late Steven Manuel,  loving “Grampy” of 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late John and Tillie (Heidenrich) Powers, dear brother of Patricia Powers Genest.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, August 10th  for Visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Frank was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 25 Boston.

Rosanne M. Dombrowski

August 2nd, 2014

Rosanne Marie Dombrowski, age 54, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 31, 2014. Rosanne was the beloved daughter of the late Mary T. (Maurer) Dombrowski and Edward Dombrowski, cherished twin sister of Edward Dombrowski of Dracut, loving aunt of Jessica Brouillard, and great-aunt of Carson and Hunter Wilkins all of Lowell, dear niece of Patricia Archfield of Chelmsford, Timothy and Joanne Archfield of Mechanicsburg, PA, the late Emery Maurer, Charles Maurer, and Jacob Maurer, special cousin of Stacey Archfield & her husband Steve Sharobem of Reston, VA, Thomas Archfield of Waltham and Marcy Archfield of Belmont. Rosanne is also survived by many dear friends and her beloved dogs Buffy and Jody.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 6th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 5th from 6-8 p.m. Donations in Rosanne’s memory may be the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 www.northeastanimalshelter.org/donate or the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 www.cancer.org/donate. Rosanne was a graduate of Wilmington High School and Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Rosanne was also an employed as a Tax Advocate for the IRS for more than 33 years.

Grace T. (Fasciano) Block

July 31st, 2014

Grace T. (Fasciano) Block, age 95, of Stoneham, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham.

Grace was born on April 8, 1919 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Damiana (Englislia) Fasciano. Grace was raised in East Boston as part of a large Italian family.

Grace married the love of her life, Ralph E. Block, on October 29, 1940 and the couple shared 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2000. Grace and Ralph spent their first couple of years in the city before moving their growing family to Wilmington in 1946. They settled on North Street, where they raised their four children; Lorraine, John, Esther and Ralph.

Grace went to work for Transitron in Wakefield and Compugraphic in Wilmington. She worked diligently at assembling circuit boards during the time when the assembly was done manually. Grace worked for many years before leaving to take care of her home and family full-time.

Grace was an excellent cook; she could make a dynamite Italian sauce and was still making her delicious recipe until the age of 94. Grace also loved to prepare for the holidays; each year she made her Italian cookies and her cinnamon apple bread. Grace also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint and ceramics. Throughout the years, Grace made special ceramic pieces for her family and friends to enjoy.

Grace will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by those that knew and loved her.

Grace was the beloved wife of the late Ralph E. Block, loving mother of Lorrraine Block Bousfield and her husband Robert of Oakland, FL, Esther Block and George Dobson of Woburn, Ralph Block and his wife Lisa Saunders of No. Chelmsford and John Block of NJ, cherished “Ma” of Diana Bousfield, Carl Bousfield, Brian Bousfield, Sheryl Elliott, Peter Cyrus, Christopher Block, David Block, Anthony Block and Joseph Block, great-grandmother of Michael, Christopher, Joshua, Auston, Allie, Eddie, Jana, Jillian and Christopher cherished daughter of the late John and Damiana (Englislia) Fasciano, dear sister of the late Catherine Mori, Rose Hedeen, Santo Fasciano, Bridget Marrotta, Josephine Caputo and Alfonso Fasciano, close and dear friend of Sister Mildred Rothwell. Grace is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 5th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, August 4th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Grace’s name can be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Joyce F. (Sokolowski) Duffy

July 30th, 2014

Joyce F. (Sokolowski) Duffy, age 74, of Stoughton, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 29, 2014, at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Joyce was born in Chelsea, MA, on April 2, 1940; she was the cherished daughter of the late Stanley “Ziggy” and Julia (Sokol) Sokolowski. Joyce was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Joyce worked for many years as a customer service agent for Arnold Freedman Insurance Company in Randolph and Bob Cain Insurance Company in Wilmington. Joyce was very dedicated to her job and with her personality; she was able to make many friends in the insurance industry.

Joyce loved flowers and spent a lot of time out in her yard creating beautiful gardens. Joyce was known to be very crafty and artistic; she could take something simple and make it beautiful. Joyce also enjoyed her outings to the beach, shopping expeditions; everyone knew she loved her bargains, and going out to lunch or dinner with her family and friends. Holidays were very special at Joyce’s house, she went all out to decorate for each and every holiday, she loved getting her family together for these special occasions.

Joyce’s family was very important to her; they were the light of her life. Joyce was the devoted mother of four wonderful children; Cheryl, Cynthia, Valerie and Daniel, and the adoring “Nonnie” of Taylor, Brendan, Amanda, and Nicole, she especially cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.

Joyce will be remembered as a loving mother, Nonnie, daughter, sister and friend. Joyce had great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Joyce had a warm and loving heart and she will be missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Joyce was the beloved mother of Cheryl (Duffy) Robinson of Stoughton, Cynthia (Duffy) Litwinsky and her husband Jim of Brooksville, FL, Valerie Duffy, and Daniel Duffy both of Stoughton, loving “Nonnie” of Taylor, Brendan, and Amanda Litwinsky and Nicole Duffy, dear sister of Stanley Sokolowski of Wilmington and Cynthia DePatto of Revere. Joyce is also survived by Kim Duffy, her many nieces, nephews, and friends who were all very special to her.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 2nd from 10:00 -11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Norinne M. Markey

July 29th, 2014

Norinne M. (Joyce) Markey, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 27, 2014.

As a young girl, Norinne lived in Medford before moving with her family to Wilmington in the early 1930’s. Norinne was raised and educated in Wilmington.

Norinne married the “love of her life” John L. Markey, better known as Leo to his family and friends. Norinne and Leo had a great life together. They raised a beautiful family and enjoyed the simple things in life.

Norinne was always very giving of her time to others. For many years she volunteered at the Voting Poles and at countless town meetings for the town of Wilmington. Norinne was an active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club where she was involved in many fundraisers over the years and she was also an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where she volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels to other senior citizens who were house bound.

In her spare time, Norinne enjoyed bowling, working out in the yard with her husband Leo, going out for breakfast or lunch with her friends and of course baking her countless treats that she shared with everyone.

Norinne will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch” of her close knit family. Norinne was very devoted to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. There wasn’t anything Norinne wouldn’t do for her family. Norinne loved getting everyone together for holidays and family celebrations. She was very proud of her family and her love for them was unconditional.

Norinne was quite a lady. She was very generous with her time and talents. She was very kind and considerate of others and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Norinne was the beloved wife of the late Wilmington Police Officer John “Leo”
Markey, devoted mother of John L. Markey, Jr. of Hampstead, NH, Maggie Lewis and her husband Bill of North Reading and Mary Levey and her husband Charlie of Rochester, NY. Loving “Gran” of Christopher, Cynthia, and Melissa Markey, Meghan Waldron and her husband Shane, Brian Lewis and his wife Colleen and
great-granddaughter Lainey Waldron. Dear sister of the late Kathleen Burns, John Joyce, Jr., Rita Motyl and Cornelius “Neil” Joyce. Norinne 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 Friday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Norinne’s memory may be made to Winchester Home Care, Attn: Karen Kearney, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

Jean Ann (Lehr) Little

July 28th, 2014

Jean Ann (Lehr) Little, age 79, of Deming Way, Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on July 28, 2014, at the Baker Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA.

Jean was born in Lowell, MA; she was the daughter of the late Philipp and Martha (Warren) Lehr of Wilmington, MA.

Jean is survived by her four children; Terry A. Bielecki of Wilmington, MA, Julie A. Dinnigan of Peterborough, NH, Don R. Little and his wife Lisa of Carefree, AZ, and Phillip C. Little and his wife Nichole of Andover, MA. Jean is survived by six grandchildren; Stephanie, Chis, Broc, Tyler, Brian, and Breanna, and her two great-grandchildren; Devon and Emily. Jean leaves two siblings; Fred Lehr and his wife Arlene of Oregon and Patricia Jacquard and her husband Leonard of Tewksbury, MA.

Jean dedicated her life and her heart to God first, then family, and lastly to herself. She enjoyed the simple things in life; always putting others before herself. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to a Hospice of your choice.

Lois M. Lautz

July 26th, 2014

Lois M. (Hamilton) Lautz, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Worcester on January 24, 1924, Lois was the beloved only child of Robert and Ruth (Putnam) Hamilton. Lois was raised and educated in Worcester; she was a graduate of Worcester High School.

Lois married the love of her life, William J. Lautz, in 1945 and together they raised their four children. Lois and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1955 where they resided for more than 59 years. Following the untimely death of her husband, Lois went to work for St. Thomas Church as the parish secretary, a position she held and enjoyed for almost 25 years.

Lois was an avid reader of the Boston Globe where she kept up on her current events. In her spare time Lois liked to volunteer at the coffee shop in Winchester Hospital with her best friend, Mrs. Hanlon.

Family was most important to Lois and her love for them was unconditional. Lois loved spending time with her family; she took many trips to see her children as they were spread out throughout the country. Lois looked forward to spending vacations on Cape Cod and in Ogunquit, Maine, any occasion to be around her children and grandchildren, Lois just loved it.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late William J. Lautz, she was the devoted mother of Donna Lautz of Wilmington, Karen Farrell and her husband Thomas, III of Yorktown Heights, NY, Leanne Cummings and her husband Jeffrey of Sterling, VA and Robert Lautz and his wife Suzanne of Jay, ME. Lois was the loving “Grandma” of Kaileen Farrell, Nicole, Amanda and Lauren Cummings, Randy Lautz and Anne Maheux and Jaclyn Lautz and her fiancé Alex Clausen, and “Great-Grandma” of Vivian Lautz.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, July 29th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Monday, July 28th, from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Lois’s name can be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.