Obituaries

Marjorie Guarino-King

April 23rd, 2019

Marjorie Guarino-King (Atkinson), age 99, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on April 22, 2019.

Marjorie was born on September 15, 1919, in Cambridge, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Samuel and Hilda (Thomas) Atkinson. Marjorie was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School. Following graduation, she went on to earn her degree at Burdett Business School in Boston.

Marjorie worked as an office manager for over twenty years at Charles River Labs in Wilmington and for many years at Johnson’s Roses in Woburn.

Marjorie will be remembered for her love of animals especially horses. She was a 4H leader for many years and was very active with horse shows. Marjorie also loved gardening and cultivating beautiful flowers.

Marjorie was very active at the Wilmington Senior Center for many years and she also did a lot of volunteering in the Nurse’s office at Wilmington High School. Marjorie was very involved in the Shriner’s organization; as a “Hunz” she volunteered for countless fundraisers and charitable events. She was always doing something to help a great cause.
Marjorie was the beloved wife of John J. King of Tewksbury and the late Joseph Guarino, devoted mother of Sandra LaLiberte of Wilmington, Michael Dupras of Tewksbury, the late Donna Robbins and Daniel Dupras. Loving “Gramma” of the late Joseph LaLiberte, Deborah LaLiberte, David LaLiberte, Mark LaLiberte & wife Joanne, Renee Pineau & husband Joseph, Janine Hersom & husband Dickie, Michelle Dupras-St. Cyr & husband Leo, Steven Robbins, Billy Robbins & wife Candice, Ricky Robbins & wife Marti great-grandchildren Jessica, Jacqueleen and husband Kevin,Richard Jr., Stephanie, McKayla, Joey, Kevin, Matthew, Patrick, Mikey, Alyssa, Felicia, Jordyn, Lexcia, Katelyn and great-great grandchildren Jacob and Delilah. Marjorie was the sister of the late Norman and Irene and is survived by her sister-in-law Carol Atkinson of Marion, MA.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 25th from 2:00-3:45 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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Michael A. Graves

April 22nd, 2019

Michael A. Graves, age 49, of Spring Hill, FL, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2019.

He was born November 3, 1969 in Wilmington, MA the son of the late Barbara and Sidney Graves. Michael grew up in Wilmington, MA then moved to Spring Hill in 2005. He was a devoted New England Patriots fan and loved fishing.

Michael is survived by daughter Megan Graves of Spring Hill, FL, siblings Rosemary Smith and her husband Harold of Amelia, VA, Patricia McInnis of Acton, MA, Barbara Smith of Manchester, NH, Karen Ingaharro and her husband Walter of Candia, NH, Lenny Graves of Lowell, MA, Robert Graves and his wife Pamela of Ashburnham, MA, Cheryl Peters and her husband Michael of Groton, MA, two grandchildren Jayden and Briley Graves of Spring Hill, FL, 21 nieces and nephews, 39 great nieces and nephews and 8 great-great nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. Michael is also survived by his Ex-Wife and life – long friend Nancy Graves, his companion Sara Grasso and her daughters. Michael was predeceased by sister Maureen Graves, brothers in law Edward McInnis and Paul Smith and nephew Eric McInnis.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Monday, April 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Michael’s Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, followed by an Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

Carol S. Roche

April 22nd, 2019

Carol S. (Schweinefus) ROCHE, age 84, of Nashua, NH, where she resided with her daughter Maureen and her husband Scott, passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2019. She was formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA.

Carol was born on August 18, 1934, in Castalia, Iowa, the daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy Schweinefus. Carol was the oldest of seven siblings who grew up on the family farm. She learned the value of hard work from an early age, being responsible for many chores on the farm before heading off to school.

Following graduation from high school, Carol went straight to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. She was recruited by the FBI in her senior year of high school. Carol loved her job so much that when the position relocated to Massachusetts, she eagerly followed and resettled in Newton, MA. In the years that followed, Carol worked as a sales administrator for over 30 years at Northland Industrial Truck Co. in Wilmington, MA.

Carol met her husband Robert F. Roche at a dance in Somerville, MA; they married in October of 1961. The couple, along with their family, spent many great times together before Bob’s sudden passing in November of 2010. Carol and Bob moved to Wilmington, MA, in the summer of 1965 and raised four children. Family was everything to Carol. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Carol was a woman of strong faith and for many years was very active at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington. She was a CCD teacher and an active member of the St. Thomas Woman’s Club.

Carol will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady. She was hardworking, kind, and caring towards others. Carol was always eager to help out her family and friends. She will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Carol was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Roche, devoted mother of June Frechette and husband Armand of Hudson, NH; Maureen Lake and husband Scott of Nashua, NH; and Joseph Roche and Steven Roche both of Colorado Springs, CO. She was the loving “Grandma” of Amanda and Ava Scott, Josiah Roche, and Kristen and Sharon Lake. Carol was the dear daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy (Jahnke) Schweinefus, and eldest sister of Norma Schlee of Iowa, Ann Thomas of California, Laurie Schweinefus of Missouri, Brad Schweinefus of Iowa, and the late Jerry Schweinefus and Shirley Marting. Carol is survived by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend Marguerite Little, who is formerly a long-time Wilmington resident.

Family and friends are invited to gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, April 25th, from 10:30-11:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452, or on-line through act.alz.org.

Robert “Bob” Ross

April 18th, 2019

Robert James Ross, “Bob”, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Ross (Stewart) “Betty”, loving father of the late Patricia D. Pennington of Sandwich, MA, David S. Ross of Wilmington, MA, Karen E. O’Reilly and her husband Gerald F. O’Reilly of Salisbury, MA. Bob was the proud Grandpa to Jessica Pennington, Alex O’Reilly and Gerald O’Reilly Jr. Treasured Great Grandpa to Hudson Leyland Brown who lovingly referred to Bob as G.G.

Bob grew up an only child to the late David and Beatrice Ross in Valley Stream, NY on Long Island. After high school, Bob, was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. Following his time in the service, he pursued an Engineering Degree at Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute in New York. Bob was hired by Avco Corporation as an Engineer with their Missile Systems Division where he remained for over 30 years until he retired as a Senior Engineer.

Family and friends will gather for his Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Edward J. Gillis

April 17th, 2019

Edward J. Gillis, age 93, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on April 14, 2019.

Ed was born in Boston, MA on March 21, 1926; he was the son of the late Malcolm and Anne (Connors) Gillis. Ed was raised in the “Federal Gardens” section of Wilmington and enjoyed “hanging out” at Jinx Pond. Ed was educated in the Wilmington School Systems before enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII.

Ed’s active Military duties began on September 20, 1943 as a Apprentice Seaman; he served all over the Asiatic Pacific and was involved in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Ed was part of the 133rd Naval Construction Battalion who were involved with constructing air strips. Ed was honorably discharged in 1946 and re-enlisted as a Machinist’s Mate Third Class to continue to serve the country throughout the rest of World War II. Ed received many commendations for his fine service including the Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, America Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal. Ed was honorably discharged in February of 1948 and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

Ed was the beloved of 64 years to the late Catherine “Kay” (Dunn) Gillis, father of Edward Gillis & his wife Nancy of Ipswich, Kathy Warford & her husband Jack, John Gillis & his wife Maryann, Tom Gillis & his wife Maureen all of Wilmington and Ann Chleapas & her husband Jim of North Andover. He was “Dad Gillis” to his grandchildren Jack Warford & wife Jes, the late Shane Warford, Michael Warford & wife Carolyn, Rory Warford & wife Aimee, Annie Baldassari & husband Bob, Brendan Warford, Tom Warford & wife Amanda, Eileen Warford, Shana Warford, Katie Ware & husband Paul, John Gillis & wife Caitlin, Matthew Gillis & wife Sarah, Kelly Schofield & husband Steve, Kerry Rodenhiser & husband Jason, Samantha Gillis, Laura Gillis, Benjamin Gillis, John Chleapas, Kathryn Chleapas & her fiancé Christhian Tejada, Bill Chleapas and great-grandchildren Jake, Anna, Ava, Keira, Meghann, Landon, Logan, Aurora, Brayden, Finn, Ryleigh, Brooke, John, Mackenzie, Michael, John, Matthew, Jack, Summer and Hailey. Brother of Richard Gillis & wife Joyce of Lexington, the late John Gillis & late wife Beverly, the late James “Buddy” Gillis & wife Margaret “Peg” formerly of Wilmington, the late Mary V. Gillis, the late Mary Gillis, the late Eleanor Cameron & husband Bill of Wilmington and the late George Gillis & wife Dottie of North Reading.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, April 20th from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors at 1:00 p.m. in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

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

Susan E. Coughlin

April 16th, 2019

Susan E. Coughlin (Cotter), age 69, of Osterville, MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on April 15, 2019, following a 30-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Susan was the beloved wife of Robert Coughlin, devoted mother of Jonathan Coughlin & wife Lynette of Wilmington, Jeffrey Coughlin & wife Lauren of Montgomery, TX and Elizabeth Polumbus & husband Tyler of Parker, CO. Loving “Nana” of Thomas, Joslyn, Liam, Evan, Noah, Lydia and Kensie. Cherished daughter of the late Phillip and Patricia (Hennebery) Cotter, dear sister of Patricia Nagle of Swampscott, Karen Hoffman & husband Jeffrey of Golden, CO, Janis Cotter & wife Beth Arnold of Salem and Phillip Cotter & wife Alice of Revere. Susan is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in law as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Susan was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere and Boston College School of Nursing.

Ruth R. Swenson

April 16th, 2019

Ruth R. Swenson, age 84, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on April 10, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.

Ruth was born at home on July 30, 1934 in Wilmington; she was the cherished daughter of the late Sven Otto G. and Gladys M. (Lowe) Swenson. Ruth was raised in Wilmington as part of a loving family including her brother, Al and sisters, Pamela and Christine.

Ruth was educated in the Wilmington School system. In her junior year of high school, she contracted polio, which forced her to continue her education at home. Ruth’s strength and determination helped her to overcome her illness and earn her high school diploma.

Ruth went to work for a few years, but due to her parents’ failing health, she made the choice to stay at home and care for them full-time. She was a wonderful homemaker; not only caring for her parents, but also keeping up with the house chores and tending to the garden. Ruth was a great hostess and took pride in helping her mother entertain the Lady’s Group at the Congregational Church. Ruth also belonged to the Rainbow Girls at the Masonic Lodge.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoyed researching the history of Wilmington and her Lowe and Perry family roots; she was considered the “family historian”. Ruth also took pride in maintaining her large doll collection.

Ruth was a strong woman, devoted daughter, loving sister and caring aunt. Ruth was the dear sister of Alfred Swenson & his late wife Nancy of Holden, Pamela Solomon & her husband Barry, and Christine Nelson & her late husband Keith all of Wilmington, loving aunt of Kevin Nelson, David Nelson all of Wilmington, Elisa Nelson-Smith and her husband R. Paul Smith of Vermont, Karen Habegger & her husband Tim of Connecticut, & Jim Swenson of Holden. Ruth is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Funeral Services for Ruth will be private.

Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Wilmington Congregational Church in memory of her grandmother H. Ida Lowe and mother Gladys L. Swenson.

Michael M. Gustin

April 16th, 2019

Michael M. Gustin of Wilmington, MA passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on April 12, 2019. He was 65 years old.

Michael was born on June 5, 1953 in Montclair, NJ to Grant Montgomery and Helen Elizabeth Gustin. He spent his childhood in Oxford, NY, and moved to the Boston area for college. He met his wife of forty years, Joanne, at Lowell Tech, where he studied mechanical engineering. He later studied for and received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University while starting his family.

Michael was an engineer’s engineer, who measured everything five times, and only then cut. He had an infectious laugh and was a connoisseur of really bad dad jokes. His Scoutmaster minutes with Troop 56 in Wilmington were legendary. He loved walking his dogs, finding new recipes, tinkering with computers, talking about directions, camping and hiking with his sons, making a mess in his wood shop, and spending time at Goose Rocks Beach in Maine.

If you knew Michael, you knew how deep his feelings ran for his family, his friends, and his dogs (not necessarily in that order). He cherished his lifelong friendships and was a supportive and deeply invested colleague at his various engineering firms. His wife Joanne was his best friend and their relationship was an example that anyone should be so lucky to follow.

He felt his greatest accomplishment in life was helping his three children, Amanda, Jason, and Nick begin their own paths with their partners and families. He took pride and joy in supporting them in their careers, homes, and children.

On any given weekend he could be found at one of his children’s houses helping them start (but never finish) projects. He was especially beloved by his grandsons Pierce and Holden and would have loved to meet his newest grandson.

He is survived by his mother Betty, his wife Joanne, his brothers Steve, Jeff, and David, and his children and their families: Amanda Gustin and husband Matt Lindblad of Barre, VT; Jason and Lisa Gustin and their sons Pierce and Holden of Candia, NH; Nick and Elyssa Gustin and their newborn son of Topsfield, MA.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk Maine.

Ira T. “Tom” Pote

April 9th, 2019

Ira Thomas Pote, “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on April 7, 2019.

Tom was born on March 4, 1948, in Lynchburg, Virginia; he was the cherished only son to Ira and Dorothy Pote. Tom moved to Wilmington, Massachusetts as a young boy where he was raised and educated; he was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

In January of 1967, Tom, enlisted in the United States Army where he served overseas during the Vietnam War. Tom was involved in several training programs to ready him for active duty; he was a recipient of the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Tom was released from active duty in January of 1970 and continued to serve the country as an active reservist until 1973.

Following his return from active service, Tom, went on to continue his education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Tom worked for Wilmington Corporation/Hogan Motor Freight as an Operations Manager for many years.

Tom married his “high school sweetheart” Marie Hersom on August 12, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Wilmington; the couple shared over 51 wonderful years together with their family. Tom’s biggest love was his family; he devoted his entire life to Marie, their four children and their eight grandchildren; they were his world.

Throughout his 50-plus years in Wilmington, Tom was involved in many youth organizations. He was a longtime coach in Pop Warner, Youth Hockey and Little League Baseball. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending 25 years on Plum Island with his best friends Butch and Judy Currier, as well as reading and watching sporting events.

Tom will be remembered as a great guy who would do anything for anyone. He truly loved his family, extended family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

Tom was the beloved husband of 51 years to Marie (Hersom) Pote, devoted father of Ira T. “Tom” Pote, Jr. & wife Paula of Wilmington, Erik R. Pote & wife Lisa of Tewksbury, James A. Pote & wife Julie of Hudson and Nancy M. Cassidy & husband Rob of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Darrin, Thomas, Brandon, Hayley, Lennox, Teagan, Robbie and Brady. Cherished son of the late Ira H. Jr. and Dorothy J. (Johnson) Pote, dear brother of Sherrill D. L’Esperance & her late husband Earl of Dunellen, FL and Melinda P. Scarlett & her late husband Jon of Smyrna, TN. Brother-in-law of Elaine & Stanley Ashdown, Dorothy Pilcher & her late husband John, Nancy Brennick & her late husband Leo, the late Richard Hersom & his wife Francine and the late John Hersom all of Wilmington, and his sister-in-law the late Maureen Duggan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Abundant Life Christian Church, 173 Church St., Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira’s memory may be made to the Red Sox Foundation/Home Base Program, 4 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215. redsoxfoundation@redsox.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Beverly L. Harvey

April 9th, 2019

Beverly L. (Howe) Harvey, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on April 8, 2019.

Beverly was the beloved wife of the late John R. Harvey, devoted mother of Liane Harvey of Lowell, Diane Maxwell & her husband Dennis, Russell Harvey all of W. Warren, MA, Keila Bartlett of Gilead, ME and the late Donna Harvey Bechard, loving grandmother of Darja, Rachel, Joe, Michelle, Lisa, Steven, Michael, Nicole and Meredith, great-grandmother of Corah, Calli, Audrey, Lionel, Jacob, Mila and the late Sophie, cherished daughter of the late Elwood and Laura (Lavoie) Howe, dear sister of the late Elwood “Sonny” Howe, Robert Howe, Alan Howe and Paulette Kelleher. Beverly is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.