Obituaries

Mary E. (Knight) Doucette

December 15th, 2014

Mary E. (Knight) Doucette, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 14, 2014 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Mary was born on December 18, 1925 in Reading, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight. Mary grew up and was educated in Reading.

Mary married her husband, Paul R. Doucette, Sr. on April 12, 1944. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1953, where they raised their four children; Peggy, Ginny, Butch and Tom for many years, before settling in Woburn. The couple lived in Woburn for over forty years. Mary and Paul became active in the community and joined the DAV auxiliary of Woburn.

Mary stayed home to raise her children for many years before she went to work for Marshalls. She worked as a marketing technician at the Marshalls warehouse in Woburn for many years before she retired.

Mary always put her family and friends first; her warm and welcoming personality earned her the name “Gram” to everyone around her. Mary would never complain if she went without; she was a simple, classy lady who was happy just to be around those she loved. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family or those around her. Mary was overly generous, often donating to the DAV, the MSPCA, or the Christian Children’s Fund. Mary had a huge heart and was extremely selfless.

In her spare time, Mary loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, especially during the holidays. She had an “open-door” policy; the more the merrier! Mary would cook up a storm and prepare a huge table filled with various goodies. No one could ever leave her home empty-handed because Mary loved to make sure everyone took something, whether it was candy, cookies or decorations, she wanted to make sure everyone felt special.

Mary also loved to read. She would read anything that crossed her path, but her favorites included the Hardy Boys or the Harlequin novels. Mary collected many books and when she was finished reading them, she often donated the books to the Salvation Army or others in need.

Mary was a devout Catholic; she often attended Mass at St. Anthony’s parish. Throughout Mary’s life, she encountered difficult circumstances, but she always kept her faith in God. It was her faith that carried her through difficult times.

Mary will be remembered as a loving, gentle mother, “Gram,” sister, aunt and friend to many. Her warm personality and her ability to care for others will never be forgotten. It was her final wish to be with her beloved husband for her birthday, so for her 89th birthday, Mary’s wish will be granted and she will be laid to rest with Paul, Sr. on her special day. This wish was very special to her family and they are proud to make their Mom’s final wish come true.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Paul R. Doucette, Sr., devoted mother of Peggy Butler & her husband Phillip of North Reading, Ginnie Grammer & her husband Dickie of Woburn, Thomas Doucette & his wife Karen of Andover and the late Butch Doucette, mother-in-law of Joanne Doucette of Woburn, loving “Gram” of Paula Taylor, Stacey Sarchione, Kirk Butler, Kevin Butler, Keith Butler, the late Kenneth Sachione, Tanya Frazier, Tracey Barends, Mike Doucette, Jason Doucette, Tommy Doucette and Jeanette Doucette, great-grandmother of Brian, Joey, Josh, Kayla, Keith, Will, Kennedy, Quinn, Connor, Emmie, Brooke, Kevin and was anxiously awaiting the birth of two new great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight, dear sister of John “Butch” Norden of Norway, ME, the late Marjorie Brogna and Joan Dickie. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 18th at 8:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Church, 351 Main Street, (Rt. 38), Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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Paul L. Sevigny

December 14th, 2014

Paul L. Sevigny, age 81, of Tewksbury and Hyannis, formerly of Woburn and Kittery, ME, died peacefully on December 13, 2014, at the Lowell General Hospital.

Paul was born in Waltham, MA on March 30, 1933; he was the dear son of the late Anthony and Alice (DeLaurier) Sevigny. Paul was raised and educated in Belmont and Watertown and was a graduate of Watertown High School.

Paul enlisted in the United States Army on February 3, 1953, during the Korean War. He served overseas as a Sergeant with the 851st CRD for more than two years. Paul received several medals and commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on January 31, 1961; returning home to his family.

Paul was a bachelor for years when he met and fell in love with Jean Conroy; a beautiful young widow and the mother of five small children. Paul was up for the challenge; the couple married in 1965 and Paul became an instant “dad” to Maureen, Brian, Mark, Jacqueline, and Barbara. Paul and Jean decided to round out the family with the birth of their son Paul and life was complete. Paul and Jean lived in Winchester for a short time before moving to Woburn where they raised their family. As his boys got older, Paul became very involved in Woburn Youth Hockey where he coached for many years and was Past President of the Youth Hockey Association.

Paul loved his family unconditionally and enjoyed every moment they spent together whether they were on the Cape for their annual Fourth of July Cookouts, parties on the beach at their home in Hyannis, their family trip to Florida, their many birthday celebrations, or just getting together on a Sunday; whatever the reason he loved to have his family around.

When Paul became “Pa” to his 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren his life became more enriched. Paul attended countless sporting events, school functions, dance recitals, and graduations; he was always there for the kids.

Paul loved sports; he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and was known to be an Avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

In his spare time, Paul loved to cook for his family and friends and spend time making handmade oriental rugs that were quite impressive.

Following his retirement from Silibond Industries where Paul was a salesman for many years he and Jean learned to relax and travel. The couple had a great time traveling abroad especially to Ireland, they enjoyed their many Caribbean Cruises, and they loved to relax at their home in Kittery, Maine.

Paul was a “great guy” who truly loved his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could be quite a character. Paul will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Paul was the beloved husband of Jean F. (Coady-Conroy) Sevigny, devoted father of Maureen DeMango & her husband Sam of Wilmington, Brian Conroy & his wife Mary of Kittery Point, ME, Mark Conroy & his wife Linda of Londonderry, NH, Jacqueline Conroy-Aiesi of Wilmington, the late Barbara Conroy-Yaseem and Paul Sevigny. Loving “Pa” of Christyne & C.J. Anderson, David & Brendan DeMango, Joseph, Patrick, & Kathleen Conroy, Kyle, Lindsay, & Jenna Conroy, Melissa & Austin Aiesi, “Great Pa” of Declan & Aubree Anderson, cherished son of the late Anthony & Alice (DeLaurier) Sevigny, dear brother of the late Donald Sevigny, Bob Sevigny, Jean Steadman, and Dorothy Connors. Paul is survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Home for Little Wanderer’s, 397 Lincoln Road, Walpole, MA 02081

Annmarie (Capodanno) Shepard

December 12th, 2014


Annmarie (Capodanno) Shepard, age 53, of Wilmington, ascended into heaven on December 10, 2014 after enduring a life altering disease, cancer.  Her passing was on her terms, in her home with her family.

Annmarie was born on January 2, 1961 in Everett, MA; she was the cherished and vibrant daughter of Ann Marie (Abbott) Capodanno and the late Raymond Capodanno.

Annmarie graduated from Nazareth Academy in Reading with the Class of 1979.  Annmarie furthered her education at Springfield College earning her Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting.

Annmarie worked as an Accounts Payable Supervisor for a Biotech Company for many years; Annmarie’s work ethic and customer service skills made her quite a success in her field.

Annmarie met “the love of her life” Jon C. Shepard, in 1977; the couple married in 1987, settled in Wilmington, and soon after had two wonderful sons Cameron and Zachary.

Family was first and foremost to Annmarie; she and her husband Jon shared a strong bond and love for each other and a love for family that they both instilled in their boy’s everyday life.  Annmarie’s greatest gift, strength and desire was as a mother and friend!  She had such unconditional love and devotion for her boys and a fierce belief in family first.  Annmarie beamed with pride as she attended countless baseball and basketball games, school functions, and musical concerts; she was their biggest fan.

Annmarie was also a very special auntie; she loved her nieces and nephews like they were her own children.  The kids could always count on Annmarie for anything they needed, especially laughter and fun which is always needed.

In her spare time, Annmarie enjoyed working in her yard, her passion for horticulture was evident by the amazing landscapes and flower gardens throughout her yard that were so beautiful they should have been featured in a magazine.

Annmarie was an avid reader; she had a voracious appetite for knowledge and belonged to various book clubs where she was able to share with others her smile, go to attitude and friendships that will last forever and has touched others lives.

Annmarie’s life will continue to be celebrated knowing that she is a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend,  Annmarie lived her life to the fullest; she showed courage and strength in the face of adversity.  Annmarie always handled herself with grace; she was quite a dynamic woman whose ability to instantly touch others lives by her will to live life will endure and be lasting for all that were fortunate enough to have known her.

Annmarie was the beloved wife of Jon C. Shepard, devoted mother of Cameron and Zachary Shepard all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Ann Marie (Abbott) Capodanno and the late Raymond Capodanno of Marlborough, formerly of Wilmington, dear sister of Ray Capodanno & his wife Manuela of Marlborough, Alan Capodanno & his wife Ewa of Poland and Caramia Capodanno & her husband Jamie Shepard of Marlborough, daughter-in-law of Doris Shepard of Maynard, sister-in-law of Jocelyn Gentile & her husband Tom of Lynnfield and Jennifer Shepard of Ayer, loving aunt of Tristan and Brigitta Shepard, Sophia and Vincent Capodanno and Alex Gentile.  Annmarie was dearly loved by her extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 15th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.Donations in Annmarie’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Olivia (Guarnieri) Crupi

December 12th, 2014

Olivia (Guarnieri) Crupi, age 85, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Nahant, died peacefully on December 12, 2014, with her loving family at her side.

Olivia was born in the North End of Boston in 1929; she was the cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Maria (Villa) Guarnieri. Olivia returned to Italy at the age of 2 where she stayed until she was 18. Olivia returned to Boston at the age of 18 and it was there she met the “love of her life” Tony Crupi at a dance.

Olivia and Tony’s love at first sight led them to marry and settle for most of their 61 years of marriage in the town of Nahant. It was in Nahant that Olivia and Tony raised their beautiful family of three; John, Carl, and Gracemarie, her children were her world and her love for them was unconditional.

Family was always first and foremost to Olivia; she was nurturing, the ultimate hostess, loving mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and Nonna.

Olivia was an amazing cook; she could take a can of tuna, an egg and a loaf of bread and somehow turn it into an amazing meal. Olivia was known for her famous homemade raviolis that her family is still trying to re-create, but the love she put into cooking for her family was her famous secret.

Especially during their days in Nahant, not a day went by when a friend or family member stopped by to visit. Olivia would put out a spread to rival any area restaurant she was serving polenta, carbonara, and risotto well before they became the high priced staples of many Boston restaurants.

Nonna, as she was affectionately called, was unwavering in her love for all her grandchildren; they were all her “Bella or Bello del la Nonna. Olivia beamed with such pride as she attended countless school concerts, dance recitals, sporting events, and was always their biggest fan. In the words of her favorite song she would say to her grandchildren…”You are my sunshine.”

Throughout her 61 years with Tony, she spent many happy days traveling to the Catskills, sailing the Caribbean on Costa Cruise Lines, and enjoying their winter retreat in Palm Beach. If the music came on, they were on the floor dancing. They waltzed with such perfection, as if watching figurines in a music box.

Of course, she handled all her domestic duties while also spending many years working outside of the home; whether it was driving the little school bus in Nahant, working at Loehman’s, with her sense of style a perfect fit for that job, or working at Carl and John’s Seafood store in Wilmington. Customers literally came back to the A-1 Fish and Lobster often just for time to chat with the kind and gentle woman behind the counter.

Social protocol was important to Olivia, not as a pretense but because she felt it made you a lady. Olivia was a woman of her word and she instilled that value in others. She felt we were the creators of our own destiny, that if you wanted things to happen for you in life, then you must follow your dreams and ambitions. This was not something she qualified by manner of degree, job description or ranking in society, but rather as a path to true happiness and success.

Without fail anyone who met my Olivia would describe her as a “True Lady”; she always led by example. Olivia gave so much of herself and her love to others and she will be greatly missed by all.

Oivia was the beloved wife of 61 year to Antonio Crupi, devoted mother of John Crupi & his wife Karen of Andover, Carl Crupi & his wife Maribeth of Wilmington and Gracemarie Niceforo & her husband Robert of Wakefield. Loving “Nonna” of Elena and the late Anthony Crupi, Carl Jr., Elizabeth, and Christopher Crupi, Christian and Olivia Niceforo. Cherished daughter of the late Carlo and Maria (Villa) Guarnieri, dear sister of Fedela Bardetti of Reading, Ida Nannini of Nahant, the late Guido Guarnieri and the late Bernardo Guarnieri. Olivia is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 15th 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 followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Olivia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Matthew “Mattie” DePasquale

December 9th, 2014

Matthew J. DePasquale, “Mattie”, age 52, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 9, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a long and courageous battle with Kidney Disease.

Mattie was born on August 12, 1962; he was the cherished son of the late Rocco and Rita DePasquale. Mattie was raised and educated in Wilmington in his early years and went on to graduate from Austin Prep High School in Reading with the Class of 1980. Mattie loved playing youth hockey in Wilmington and was the goalie for the Austin Prep Cougars.

Mattie had a great work ethic and a personality to match; he spent many years working alongside his family at Rocco’s Restaurant before taking over with his brother Chuckie following the retirement of their dad Rocco. Mattie loved to cook and could often be found sitting with his customer’s and chatting about their lives and their families. Mattie was always very welcoming to the Wilmington High School students and sports teams and hosted many fundraisers, banquets and pre-game dinners for them. One of Mattie’s passions was cooking for the Boston Bruins following their practices at Ristuccia Rink. Mattie loved to interact with the team players; they always had a great time together.

In his spare time, Mattie enjoyed tinkering with gadgets, sports cars, and his many “toys” but most of all he loved to go fishing. He felt most at peace on a boat in the middle of the ocean waiting for the fish to bite. Mattie’s annual fishing trips with his daughter Melanie to celebrate her birthday were some of their favorite memories. Melanie loved talking with her dad because he always knew the right thing to say to make her day.

Mattie was known to be quite a “history buff”; he loved to read and research books and articles on World War II and the Vietnam War. Mattie was very proud of his father in law, as well as all of the men and women past and present that served the country and would do anything to help out various Veterans organizations.

Mattie was a “giver” of his time, talents, and funds to every worthy cause in the community. He helped with Strings Attached, various school events, sporting events, and community fund raisers, just to name few and he did this without seeking any recognition. In honor of his selflessness and outstanding citizenship, the community of Wilmington recognized him by awarding him the 2005 Good Guy Award. Mattie was well deserving of this award and more for his kindness to others.

Mattie will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and support for his family. Mattie always beamed with such pride when he spoke of his wife, daughters, parents, siblings, nieces, and most of all when he spoke of his adored grandson Mason. He loved playing with his “beautiful boy” and diligently tried to teach the baby to say “Grampy.” Mattie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on his family and friends. Mattie loved having his family together for holidays, family vacations, or any celebration that could bring the “gang” together. Mattie and his family enjoyed traveling and their recent trip to Europe, especially seeing Italy, was a trip of a lifetime that will be cherished for years to come.

Mattie handled his life with courage and strength through the adversity of his illness, never giving in and fighting for every day. He is truly and inspiration that led his life by example and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and a grateful community.

Mattie was the beloved husband of Jane M. (Estrella) DePasquale, devoted father of Alison and Melanie DePasquale, loving “Grampy” of Mason Matthew, all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Rocco and Rita (Lydon) DePasquale, dear brother of Mark DePasquale & his wife Christine of Salem, NH, Rocco “Chuck” DePasquale & his wife Denise, Mary-Jo Cann, and Regina LeBlanc & her husband Chris all of Wilmington. Uncle of Kaitlyn & Carley Cann, Courtney DePasquale, Samantha & Lauren DePasquale, Alex, Chloe, & Jordan LeBlanc, Kaylee, Emma, & Lindsay Estrella, son-in-law of Anthony & Michele Estrella of Florida and Mary Jane Estrella of Rhode Island, brother-in-law of Rev. Brian Estrella & his wife Katie of Rhode Island. Mattie is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 11th from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mattie’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Matthew’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062 or Donate Life New England, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Carl D. Giannelli

December 8th, 2014

Carl D. Giannelli, age 31, of Tewksbury, passed away from Chemical Dependency on December 6, 2014.

Carl was born in Winchester, MA on March 4, 1983; he was raised in Tewksbury where he played a lot of youth sports and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School.

Carl was known to have a great sense of humor, he loved to make people laugh with his quick wit and he always lit up a room wherever he went.

Carl enjoyed listening to his favorite music and watching movies with his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan who followed the Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins; taking in many games throughout the years.

Carl will be fondly remembered for his great personality and his love of family. Carl was a beloved dad, son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Carl is survived by his cherished son Giovanni Giannelli and Giovanni’s mother Alisa Legerstrom of Tewksbury, his beloved parents Enge and John Murray of Tewksbury. He was the dear brother of Monique Horsman & her husband Paul of Billerica, Christian Murray and Frank Murray both of Tewksbury, loving uncle of Kaylee, Nathan, and Ryan Horsman, grandson of Donald & Shirley McNeill of Tewksbury and Jack & Marie Murray of Wilmington, nephew of Claire & Tom Babineau, Lori & Zane McNeill, Donna & Dennis Sullivan, Lisa Velozo, Pam & Bill Carroll, Frank & Trisha Murray, the late Donald McNeill, and Frank McNeill. Carl is survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Plymouth House Scholarship Fund, 446 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264.

Dipika Vaidya

December 7th, 2014

Dipika Vaidya, age 65, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 7, 2014.

Dipika was born on September 1, 1949 in Gujarat, India.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Nirmalchandra and late Ushaben Desai.

Dipika was the beloved wife of Surendra Vaidya, sharing over 42 years of marriage together.  Dipika and Surendra moved to Wilmington in 1977, where they raised their three loving children; Meetal, Parool and Pranav.  She was also a loving “Baben” to her grandchildren, Bela and Nikhil.

Dipika earned her Master’s Degree in Economics from Gujurat State University.  She worked as an accountant at Vaidya Consultants, Inc. for many years.

Dipika loved her family and many close friends, gardening, birds, and Boston sports teams (her favorites being the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics!)

Dipika was the beloved wife of Surendra Vaidya, devoted mother of Meetal Patel & her husband Bijal of Danville, CA, Parool Vaidya of North Providence, RI and Pranav Vaidya of Framingham, loving “Baben” of Bela Patel and Nikhil Patel, cherished daughter of the late Nirmalchandra and Ushaben (Pathak) Desai.

Family and friends gathered for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, December 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Dipika’s name may be made to the Histiocytosis Association, 332 North Broadway, Pitman, NJ  08071.

Margaret Anne Chalifour

December 5th, 2014

Margaret Anne Chalifour, age 47, of Hyannis, formerly of Wilmington, went home to God, on November 1, 2014, due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

Margaret was born on March 19, 1967; she was the cherished daughter of Leon G. and Marilyn (McPhee) Chalifour. Margaret grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. After graduation, Margaret continued her education and later became a Certified Nurse Assistant.

Margaret leaves behind three children; Matthew Chalifour, Oneida Burch and Amber Chalifour, her parents, Leon and Marilyn Chalifour of Wilmington and her three siblings, Paul Chalifour and his wife Deborah of Wilmington, William Chalifour of Lowell and Dianne Chalifour of Portsmouth, NH.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held to celebrate Margaret’s life in the spring of 2015. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Robert A. Burns

December 2nd, 2014

Robert A. Burns, age 82, of Andover, formerly of Wilmington and Medford, died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 2, 2014. Beloved husband for 58 years of Claire (Driscoll) Burns, devoted father of Robert & Carla Burns of Andover, Daniel & Teresa Burns of Foxboro, Sheila & Kevin Barry of North Andover, Brenda & Matthew Schipper of Florida, James & Gretchen Burns of Andover, Paula & John Kilrain of Colorado, Marsha & James Newhouse of Wilmington and Marialyce Burns of Woburn, Cherished “Grampy” of Brian & Katherine Burns, Jillian & Hannah Burns, Kevin & Maura Barry, Joslyn & Jordan Schipper, James & Matthew Burns, Ella & John Greene, Ryanne & Caroline Newhouse, and Jared Meuse, son of the late Arthur and Ethel (Driscoll) Burns, dear brother of Lorraine Belair of Marlborough.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 5th 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. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 4th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s name may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Bay State Branch, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730. Robert served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

Arthur E. Krugaluk

November 26th, 2014

Arthur E. Krugaluk, age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2014 at the Hunt Nursing Center in Danvers.

Arthur was born on March 30, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph and Augusta (Kahm) Krugaluk. Arthur grew up in Cobleskill, NY and at the young age of seventeen, he left home for the Army.

Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 4, 1947; serving the country during the Korean War and Vietnam War. During his tour in Vietnam, Arthur was awarded the Commendation Medal for his bravery. Arthur made the Army his career and following more than twenty years of service he proudly retired on January 31, 1968 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

While stationed in Staten Island, New York, Arthur met his “sweetheart”, Elizabeth A. Brennan, also a fellow Veteran who was stationed near the Statue of Liberty. The two quickly became inseparable and were married on June 26, 1959. Following Arthur’s retirement from active duty the couple relocated and made a home in Wilmington, MA for their large family of six children: Susan, Beth, Thomas, Lisa, Sandra and Kathleen.

Arthur found a new career following his military service; he was very talented in the electronics field and worked for various companies before he finally retired.

In his spare time, Arthur’s favorite hobby was to operate ham radios and keep in contact with friends all over through his radio network. Arthur was also an avid reader who’s thirst for knowledge led him to read just about anything that sparked his interest.

Arthur enjoyed his home and spending time there with family and friends. He was known to tinker around his house working on various projects, a “Mr. Fix it” who could do just about anything.

Arthur will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, and loving Grampy. He will truly be missed by his family.

Arthur was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Brennan) Krugaluk, devoted father of Susan Evans, Beth Morrison & her husband Chuck all of California, Thomas E. Krugaluk of Wilmington, Lisa Palazzo & her husband Dennis of Rowley, Sandra Reese & her husband Glenn of South Carolina and the late Kathleen Krugaluk, loving “Grampy” of Scott Palazzo, Andrew Reese, Dawn Marroquin, Joseph Evans, Kathleen Morrison and Kevin Morrison, great-grandfather of Hunter, Montana and Corbin, cherished son of the late Joseph and Augusta (Kahm) Krugaluk, dear brother of the late Joseph Krugaluk.

Family and friends gathered for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 29th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Arthur’s name may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.