Obituaries

Nancy A. (Cairney) Brooks

January 26th, 2015

Nancy A. (Cairney) Brooks, age 70, of Wilmington, passed away on January 26, 2015. Nancy was the beloved wife of Walter G. Brooks, devoted mother of Scott Brooks & his wife Suzanne of Wilmington, Linda Brooks of Salem, MA and William Brooks of Malden, loving “Nana” of Amanda Jones, Taylor Brooks, Christopher Jones and Zachary Brooks, cherished daughter of the late John and Myrtle (Dunn) Cairney, dear sister of Bruce & Beverly Cairney of Malden and the late Mary Pesce.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, January 29th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to DEAF, Inc., 215 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134.

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Richard J. Patterson

January 26th, 2015

Richard J. Patterson, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away on January 26, 2015. Richard was the beloved husband for 48 years of Theresa (Sughrue) Patterson, devoted father of Beth McFadyen & her husband Jay of Tewksbury and David Patterson & his wife Mary Jane of Bedford, loving grandfather of Juliana, Kendra, Luke and Will McFadyen of Tewksbury and Michael, Joe and Kate Patterson of Bedford, cherished son of the late Frederick and Harriet (Farmer) Patterson, dear brother of the late Isabel (Patterson) Higgins and Red Higgins of Woburn. He was the brother-in-law of Joan (Sughrue) Dunlevy and the late Bill Dunlevy of Tewksbury, Mary (Sughrue) Burke and the late Tom Burke of Andover, Barbara (Sughrue) and Gerry Roper of Biglerville, Pennsylvania, Julia (Sughrue) Morris and the late Tom Morris of Miami, Florida, Claire (Pitman) and the late Dick Sughrue of Tewksbury, the late John and Janet (Kerrigan) Sughrue of Tewksbury, and Marion (Cookie) (Sughrue) and Roger Sundgaard of Acton, Maine, and he was the proud uncle of thirty six nieces and nephews. Richard was like a brother to close cousins Jan Evans, Bing Wright, Greg Clarke and childhood friend, Paul Little.

Dick was born and raised in Woburn and was a member of the North Congregational Church where he served on the Prudential Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and began his career with The Gillette Company upon graduation. He enjoyed a thirty year career as an executive in the Government Markets Division at Gillette, and was offered an early retirement after a successful battle with colon cancer. During the past 20 years, Dick has served on Wilmington’s Conservation Commission, regularly traveled to favorite destinations including Aruba and Lake Tahoe, maintained a very proud 13 handicap in his golf game, and been a tireless advocate for those impacted by cancer caused by improper chemical disposal. Dick was a sports fanatic and was a New England Patriots super fan. His greatest source of pride, though, was his children and his seven grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, January 31st, at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62) Wilmington, on Friday, January 30th, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Richard Patterson Memorial Fund, North Congregational Church, 896 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Lillian A. (Michaud) Lawler

January 26th, 2015


Lillian A. (Michaud) Lawler, age 86, of North Andover, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 24, 2015.

Lillian was born on September 1, 1928 in Salem, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Auguste and Eva (Jacques) Michaud. Lillian was raised in Salem in a large loving family of five older brothers, making her the baby and only girl.

Lillian was the beloved wife of Walter A. Lawler, devoted mother of Cheryl Stewart & her husband Bob of Trumbull, CT, Glenn Lawler & his partner Annette Angelo of Holliston, MA, Timothy Lawler & his wife Diana of Canton, CT, Dorothy Pearl & her husband Rob of Medway, Brian Lawler & his wife Laurie of Andover, Suzanne Johnson of Portsmouth, NH and Paul Lawler & his wife Lynn of Lebanon, ME, loving Nana of Kate & James Gimourginas, Brenna Stewart, Meghan Stewart, Cristina Lawler, Stephanie Lawler, Christopher Lawler, Patrick Lawler, Tyler Pearl, Molly Pearl, Tanner Pearl, Meredith Lawler, Madison Lawler, Olivia Lawler, Jordan & John Mavrogiannis and Kayli & Greg Richards, Great-Nana of Xander Mavrogiannis, cherished daughter of the late Auguste and Eva (Jacques) Michaud.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 28th, from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Thursday, January 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Lillian’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

John J. Ausiello

January 23rd, 2015

John J. Ausiello, age 67, of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Malden, MA, died peacefully on January 15, 2015.

John was born December 20, 1947 in Chelsea, MA; he was the beloved son of the late Alfred and Eleanor (Higgins) Ausiello. He was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of St. Rose Elementary School and Chelsea High School.

Following graduation, John was inducted into the U. S. Army on July 25, 1967, during the Vietnam War. John received several commendations for his fine service including the National Defense Medal, as well as the Marksman M-16 and the Sharpshooter M-14. He was honorably discharged on July 8, 1969 and returned home to his family.

John moved to Malden where he lived for many years before retiring to Florida more than 10 years ago.

Prior to retiring, John was a mail carrier for the U. S. Post Office in the City of Boston for many years. John was a hard worker; he weathered countless storms and extreme temperatures throughout the years but he always managed to get his job done.

In his spare time, John enjoyed playing cards; especially whist on many Saturday nights with his family and friends. John was also an avid golfer who achieved a “hole in one” at the Middleton Golf Course.

John will be remembered as a quiet guy who loved his family and friends unconditionally. John will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved son of the late Alfred and Eleanor (Higgins) Ausiello, dear brother of Alfred Ausiello and his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, Eleanor Buckley and her husband James of Wilmington, and the late William “Billy” Ausiello, loving uncle of Laura and John Piscatelli and their children Jaclyn & Jessica, Andrea and Stephen Manning and their children Brian & Sean, Alfred and Maria Ausiello and their children Christopher & Nicholas, Jennifer Ausiello and her fiancé Josh Rosenthal, Patrice and Michael Elia and their children Matthew & Nicole, Deborah and Mark Rasmussen and their children Erik & Kirsten. John is also survived by his companion Elaine Sun of Revere and her son Jason Sun of Malden as well as many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 3rd for Visitation from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

John A. Waterman

January 15th, 2015

John A. Waterman, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2015 at the Lahey Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Malden on December 22, 1939. He was one of four children of Vernon and Vivian (Lane) Waterman. John was raised in Wakefield and attended Wakefield schools.

John met the love of his life and best friend, Lorraine, while working at Wes Parker’s Restaurant in Reading. The couple was married on May 21, 1962 and moved to North Reading. In 1966, while Lorraine was pregnant with their fourth child, the family relocated to Wilmington to raise their children.

John worked hard to support his family. He worked for many years as a pipe fitter for the General Ship Corporation in South Boston. John also spent time working in the HVAC and refrigeration industries. He was very good with his hands and could fix anything, woodworking being his favorite thing to tinker with.

In his free time, John liked to fish and loved to cook. Music was a passion of John’s and he loved to play the guitar. John also had an interest in flowers. He served as a consultant rosarian for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Rose Societies. John was so well respected by his peers in the society that he was awarded the Bronze Medal by both societies in the same year.

Family was most important to John. He loved to spend time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to play games with them, would teach them how to cook and shared his knowledge of fixing things with them. They will miss the cherished time they spent with their “Grampy and Papa”.

John was the beloved husband and best friend of the late Lorraine V. (Wood) Waterman. He was the devoted father of Linda Reed & her late husband Dean of Wilmington, Bob Waterman, John D. Waterman, both of Wilmington, Carrol Rexrode & her husband Matt of Stoneham and Lorraine Simoneau & her companion Keith Frongillo of Wilmington. John was the loving “Grampy” of John, Jake and Ann-Marie Reed, “Papa” of Sami and the late Bailey Rexrode, great “Grampy” of Dominic and Bentley Frongillo. He was the dear brother of Dianne Young & her husband George, Vincent Waterman & his wife Pamela and the late Peggy Connolly & her late husband Bryan and brother-in-law of Robert Wood and the late Jackie Wood. John is survived by his niece Kerri Connolly, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Wednesday, January 21st, at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62) Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 20th, from 4-8 p.m.

John J. Elia

January 13th, 2015

John J. Elia, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on January 12, 2015. A Boston University graduate, he served with the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lieutenant during the Korean War. He has been a local businessman for the past fifty years. He leaves his wife Marguerite (Ryan) Elia, daughters; Michele Elia Bunker and her husband Bruce Bunker, Tara Elia Gardner and her husband Joshua Gardner and the late Meredith Elia Lee. Loving grandfather of six grandsons; Peter, Andrew, Christian, Maxwell, William and Bennett. Son of the late John C. and Olga Elia, brother of Michael Elia and Helen Pilla, Brother-in-law of Ralph & Joanne Ryan. John is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, January 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Michael L. Russo

January 12th, 2015

Michael L. Russo, age 62, a life-long Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully at his home on January 11, 2015, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Woburn on September 2, 1952, Michael was one of six children of Rudolph “Rudy” and Grace Russo. Michael was raised in a large and loving family in Wilmington. He was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.

Michael was married to the love of his life, Theresa, on September 2, 1977. Together they started a family, and raised three beautiful children. Michael worked hard to provide for his family. He was a local business owner in the maintenance industry. Michael started his company by purchasing his first street sweeper and driving it home across the country. Over the years, he grew his business into a successful maintenance company that included street sweeping, major snowplow contracts, and a niche repair shop. He was devoted to the many aspects of his business and was always thinking of new ideas, a “man-of-all-work”.

Michael loved being outdoors. He was an avid gardener; he loved to grow his own vegetables in the garden and share them with his family, friends, and neighbors. He loved taking trips and long drives around New England with his family. Michael was a “self-taught” mechanic who loved motors, sports cars, and motorcycles; there wasn’t a motor that he would not take apart and make better. Michael enjoyed watching car auctions and auto restoration shows on television. He was a huge fan of NASCAR and enjoyed taking his family up to the racetrack in New Hampshire.

The most important part of Michael’s life was his family. His love for them was unconditional; he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. He loved spending time talking, and passing down his wisdom to his two daughters and son. Michael worked hard through the adversity of his illness to see his daughters get married and to become a “Papa”; Michael was a true inspiration to those who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed.

Michael was the devoted husband of Theresa A. (Scalesse) Russo of Wilmington. He was the beloved father of Michelle Mallon & her husband Brendan of Wilmington, Danielle Tisei & her husband Michael of Peabody and Eric Russo of Boston. Michael was the loving “Papa” of Ryker Tisei. He was the dear brother of James Russo of Wilmington, Carol Baldwin of Greenfield, NH, Richard Russo & his wife Marlene of Dracut, Gary Russo of California and Tracy Knickle & her husband Mark of Billerica. Michael is survived by his mother-in-law, Teresa Scalesse of Middleton and was the brother-in-law of Sue & Don Cavanaugh of Middleton, Janet & Paul Bailey of Gilford, NH, Vinny & Carol Scalesse of Tewksbury, and the late Keith (Harvey) Baldwin. Michael is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, January 16th 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, January 15th, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Michael’s name can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Betty J. Gantz

January 9th, 2015

Betty J. (Carter) Gantz, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2015, at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was the beloved wife of Robert J. Gantz of Wilmington, loving mother of Theresa Corbett & her husband Jay of Wilmington, Kimberly Cushing & her husband Shawn of Kokomo, IN, Robert J. Gantz, III & his wife Bonnie and John Gantz & his wife Lisa all of Dracut, loving “Nanny” of Jayson Corbett, Shanon DiPaolo & her husband Christopher, Warren Thomas Kline II, Patrick Kline & his wife Nora, Stephanie Stephens & her husband Travis, Joseph Gantz, Michael Gantz, Emily Gantz, John Gantz, Jr. & his fiancé Amber Garboski, Jeremy Gantz & his fiancé Jasmine Monteer, and Rebecca Gantz. Great “Nanny” of Madelyn Corbett, Jared Corbett, Kailyn Kline, Shane Kline and Savannah Kline, cherished daughter of the late Andy and Elizabeth (Lonergan) Carter, dear sister of Joan Marie Gregory of Springfield, MO, Eugene Carter & his wife Mikki and Bruce Carter, all of Seymour, MO. Betty is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 14th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Betty’s name can be made to the VNA of Middlesex-East and Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

George R. Kelley

January 7th, 2015

George R. Kelley, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 7, 2015.

George was born on July 18, 1942 in Medford, MA; he was the beloved son of John V. Jr. and Mary “Josephine” Kelley. George was raised in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School.

George went to work as a Firefighter for the City of Boston and was assigned to Engine 50 in Charlestown. George loved his job; he was a hard worker and very dedicated to making the City of Boston safer throughout the years. George’s winning personality and great work ethic made him a favorite among his fellow firefighters. George was always willing to help out the “new kids” and he made many life-long friends throughout the years. George was also a member of the Boston Gaelic Fire Brigade.

George married “his high school sweetheart and his best friend” Mary Lou Campbell on November 19, 1961. The couple lived in Charlestown for several years before moving “up country” to Wilmington 44 years ago. George and Mary Lou raised three wonderful children: Mary, George Jr. and Dennis; George was a great dad; he loved his children unconditionally and was very supportive of everything they did. When George became “Bampy” to Merry, Ashley, Daniel, Michael, and Katherine, his world became even more enriched. George attended countless sporting events, school events, dance recitals, graduations, or anything else his children and grandchildren were involved in. He always beamed with pride. Let’s not forget Sunday dinners. They were always family time, and George looked forward to being with his family each week.

George was also very involved in his community; he was a member of the Fr. Croke Council #4982 Knights of Columbus in Wilmington, and a 4th Degree Knight with the Bishop Delaney Council. George volunteered throughout the years with the many fund raisers that were sponsored by the Knights. George was always willing to give his time to help others.

In his spare time George was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed following the Boston Sports teams and watching countless Patriots and Red Sox games with his family and friends.

George will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy, he was a gentle giant with a big heart and a great smile. George was very devoted to his family and friends; he always went out of his way to do for others and he will be greatly missed by all.

George was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (Campbell) Kelley, devoted father of Mary T. Hill & her husband Bob of Tewksbury, George R. Kelley, Jr. & his wife Lia and Dennis P. Kelley & his wife Stephanie all of Wilmington, loving “Bampy” of Merry Hill, Ashley Kelley, Daniel Amaral, Michael Hill and Katherine Kelley, cherished son of the late John V. Jr. and Mary J. “Josephine” (Herlihy) Kelley, dear brother of the late John V. Kelley III, and Joanne Harrington, son-in-law of Larry Campbell of Charlestown and the late Mary “Sis” Campbell, brother-in-law of Rita Kelley of Wilmington and Rose Ann Amato & her husband Vincent of Billerica, and the late Joanne Campbell. George is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North St., Wakefield, MA 01880.

John J. Foresteire

January 4th, 2015

John Joseph Foresteire, age 84, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on January 3, 2015, at the family home.

John “Jack” was born in Medford, MA on September 22, 1930; he was the dear son of the late Frederick and Mary (Ahearn) Foresteire. Jack was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. Jack went on to further his education at the Bryant & Stratton Junior College in Boston earning a degree in business.

On February 27, 1952; Jack was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War. Following his tour of duty overseas; Jack was honorably discharged and returned home to his family in Medford.

In 1959, Jack married the love of his life, Joan T. Paquet. The couple lived in Medford for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1965 where they raised their three children; Debra, John, and Michael. Jack and Joan were happily married for 55 years.

Jack worked as a shipper for the Omaha Packing Company in Boston until an accident left him disabled and forced his retirement.

Following retirement, Jack stayed home to care for his family; they were his world and the driving force that kept him going. Jack’s unconditional love and support for his family was evident in everything he did.

Over the years, Jack enjoyed cooking, fishing, painting, collecting stamps and coins, and attending school and sporting events for his children and grandchildren. Jack was also an active member of the Sons of Italy in Wilmington MA.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband, devoted dad, loving “Pappy”, a great son, brother, uncle, and a dear friend. Jack was very kind and caring towards everyone and he will be greatly missed.

Jack was the beloved husband of 55 years to Joan T. (Paquet) Foresteire, devoted father of Debra Saulnier & her husband Richard of Londonderry, NH, John J. Foresteire II of Tewksbury, and Michael A. Foresteire & his wife Maria of Pelham, NH, loving “Pappy” of Emily and Richard Saulnier, Samantha, Christina, and Michael Foresteire II, cherished son of the late Frederick and Mary (Ahearn) Foresteire, dear brother of Fred Foresteire of Medford, Margaret DeNapoli of Malden, the late Marie Greene of Bellingham, Phillip Foresteire of Florida, and Robert Foresteire of Salem. Jack is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 7th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 6th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in his name may be made to a Charity of Your Choice.