Obituaries

Jeanne (LaRivee) Begonis

June 23rd, 2017

Jeanne E. Begonis (LaRivee), age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on June 23, 2017. Jeanne was the beloved wife of the late Martin S. Begonis, devoted mother of Martin Begonis, Jr. & companion Debbie of Orwell, VT, Donna Quinn & husband Ted of Auburn, NH, Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis & wife Colleen of Tewksbury and Dianne Begonis of Wilmington. Loving Grammie of Thomas, Tianna, Kerrilee, Daniel, Jennifer, Michael, Christopher and Jack. Cherished daughter of the late Rene and Marjorie (Fleet) LaRivee, dear sister of Robert LaRivee & wife Toni of Wilmington, Elaine Duden & husband Roger of Eden, VT, formerly of Wilmington and the late Rene LaRivee and sister-in-law of Jeanne Carriglio of Florida. Jeanne is also survived by her long-time companion Gene Rossi of Burlington 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 Tuesday, June 27th 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 Monday, June 26th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jeanne’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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Lorraine (Yentile) Stickney

June 20th, 2017

Lorraine Stickney (Yentile), fondly known as “Rainey” to her family and friends, age 71, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on June 18, 2017.

Lorraine was born in Winchester, MA on August 28, 1945; she was the cherished only daughter to Sam and Helen Yentile. Lorraine was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1963.

Following High School, Lorraine went on to get her hairdressing license and followed her dream opening her own hair salon, the Second Chance Salon in North Wilmington. Lorraine loved running her own shop and she had many wonderful, faithful customers throughout the years; all of which she considered good friends.

When Lorraine retired from hairdressing she went to work as an office manager for the Birdmaster Company in Billerica. Lorraine’s great work ethic made her an asset to the company as well as earning her many new friends that she stayed close with after retiring once again.

Lorraine loved being with her family relishing the time she spent with her mother and father. Lorraine learned her cooking skills helping out in the kitchen and loved shopping, “dollar days” and couponing with her mother Helen.

Lorraine always showered her family with unconditional love; she was a wonderful daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, cousin, friend and neighbor to many. Lorraine was very devoted to her children Michelle and Brian and she treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren Kacey and Sam; they were the light of her life.

Lorraine was known to be an amazing cook and baker as well as a talented seamstress who could sew just about anything. She could make curtains and clothes, do a simple mend, upholster a couch or chair, all anyone had to do was ask.

In her spare time, Lorraine enjoyed reading, following the Red Sox, and spending time with her neighbors and their children.

Lorraine will be fondly remembered as a special lady who would do anything for her family and friends; she was kind, caring, and loving to everyone she met. Lorraine will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lorraine was the beloved mother of Michelle Taylor of Edmond, OK formerly of Wilmington and Brian Stickney of Wilmington. Loving “Nanny” of Kacey and Sam Taylor, cherished daughter of the late Samuel and Helen (Hammond) Yentile, sister of James Yentile & wife Jean of Wakefield and Tom Yentile & wife Nancy of Wilmington, niece of Terry & Herbie Garey of North Reading and Vincent Yentile of Wilmington. Rainey was also very special to Jennifer and Jacob as well as her many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, June 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Lorraine’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave. Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Virginia I. Ryan

June 19th, 2017

Virginia I. Ryan, (Spruegel), age 86, of Burlington, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on June 16, 2017.

Virginia was the beloved mother of Vicki (Ryan) Courtemanche & husband Norman of Dracut, Ronald Ryan of Kingston, NH, Richard Ryan & wife Pearl of Brandon, FL, Judith (Ryan) Gourdeau & husband Ray of Salem, NH and Russell Ryan & wife Patricia of Wilmington. Loving “Nani” of Ryan, Adam and Taryn Porter, Jason, Dustin, Matthew, Andrew, Dylan and Dayna Ryan, as well as 9 Great-Grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Walter and Edith (Hummel) Spruegel, dear sister of Dr. Richard Carter of Seattle, WA. Virginia is also survived by several cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 24th for Visitation from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. concluding with a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA.

Robert P. Gillespie

June 18th, 2017

Robert P. Gillespie “Bob”, age 70, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Everett, died peacefully at home on June 17, 2017. Bob was the beloved husband of Joan (Caiazzo) Gillespie, devoted father of Kevin Gillespie & his fiance Nicole Jones of Tewksbury, Kimberly Gillespie & boyfriend Dean Murphy of Maynard, Brian Gillespie & his wife Betsy of Englewood, CO, and Keri Holden & her husband Jared of Woburn. Cherished son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Sullivan) Gillespie, dear brother of John Gillespie of Everett and Patrick Gillespie of Melbourne Beach, FL. Bob is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Robert was a long-time employee of General Electric in Everett and Lynn.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to ALS Research c/o Mass General Hospital Development Office, Attn: Tricia Keck, 125 Nashua Street Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Wilfred J. Bowker

June 17th, 2017

Wilfred J. Bowker, age 87, of Wilmington, formerly of Everett, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2017.

Wilfred was the beloved husband of the late Bernice E. (Kondrup) Bowker, devoted father of Edward W. Bowker & his wife Elaine of Las Vegas, NV, Stephen J. Bowker & his wife Janice of Wilmington and James D. Bowker & his wife Jennifer Borman of Cranston, RI, loving grandfather of Isabella L. Bowker, Benjamin B. Bowker, Stephen J. Bowker, Jr. and Anthony J. Bowker, cherished son of the late George E. and Catherine (Fallon) Bowker, Sr., dear brother of the late George E. Bowker, Jr., Catherine Sosinsky, James A. Bowker and Thomas H. Bowker. Wilfred is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow with Military Honors in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Wilfred was a U.S. Navy Veteran who proudly served during the Korean War. He also worked at his family business, George E. Bowker & Sons Moving Co., for many years.

Marilyn (Joyce) Lamson

June 16th, 2017

Marilyn (Joyce) Lamson, 62, of Wilmington, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Mass General Hospital, after fighting cancer off and on for several years.

Originally from Everett, MA, Marilyn was the daughter of Joseph H. and Marilyn (Munroe) Joyce. She graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1973, and attended North Shore Community College. She worked at a variety of companies in the Cambridge area until stopping to become a full-time mom to three wonderful daughters. She eventually returned to the workplace, most recently as the Executive Administrative Assistant for Adheris Health in Burlington.

She had a wide range of friends whom she loved dearly, and enjoyed skiing, travel, and book club with those friends and her husband and family. She and her family have traveled to Canada, Germany, Italy, France and last fall to Ireland, a bucket list trip for her.

Marilyn was a member of the Wilmington School Committee for a time, and had been involved with Friends of the Library.

She is survived by her parents, Joe and Marilyn, her husband, John A. Lamson, with whom she recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a trip to New York City, and her three daughters, Elizabeth and her husband Jeff Anderson and grandson Julian of Rowley, Caroline and her husband Ricky Sims of Peabody, and Lauren Lamson of Wilmington. She was also the sister to three brothers Paul, Kevin, and Joseph, all of Colorado.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rte 62), Wilmington, on Monday, June 19 from 4 – 8 pm. A service of remembrance and blessing will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 11:30 am.

Memorial donations may be made to The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center or to Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library.

Kevin M. Cronin

June 14th, 2017

Kevin M. (KC) Cronin, age 64, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his family on June 13, 2017.

Kevin was the beloved husband of Linda M. (Medeiros) Cronin, devoted father of Michelle Cronin of Wilmington and the late Michael Cronin, cherished son of the late John J. and Anne T. (Duffey) Cronin, dear brother of John W. Cronin and Maureen F. Cronin.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, June 20th 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 with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, June 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kevin’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Kevin is a U.S. Airforce Veteran who proudly served his country. He also worked for the Railroad for over 37 years; he was employed by B&M, GTI, Amtrack, MBCR & Keolis.

Dorothea M. (Froton) Duffy

June 14th, 2017

Dorothea M. Duffy (Froton), age 86, of Indianapolis, IN, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on February 1, 2017.

Dorothea was the devoted mother of James Duffy & wife Barbara of Tewksbury, Karen Duffy, UT, Kevin Duffy of Boston, David Duffy & wife Lynel of Indianapolis, Mary Duffy & wife Anne Crawshaw of Anthony, FL, the late Charles Duffy III and Michael Duffy. Loving grandmother of Mark Webster, Lynne Webster, Lianne (Duffy) O’Day, Dave Duffy, James Duffy, Danielle Thompson, Danny Wandell, Catherine Duffy, John Duffy, Dylan Duffy, great grand-children Nicholas, Kylie, Cameron, Caden, Colin, Camie, Haylee, Parker, Christina. Dear daughter of the late Burton and Mary (Walsh) Froton, sister of Richard Froton, Mary Elaine (Froton) Kelly, Shirley Froton, the late Barbara Coleman, Burton, David, Ronald, Buddy and Freddie Froton. Dorothea is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dorothea was married to the late Charles Duffy Jr. and later to Lawrence Holmes.

Dorothea was born and raised in Wilmington. She graduated with honors from Wilmington High School in 1947. She worked as an administrative assistant for Burlington Medical Associates, and later Digital Equipment Corporation where she retired in 1988. Upon retirement, she and her husband Larry bought a cottage in Maine, where she enjoyed going to yard sales, antique shops, and hosting family for visits. Dotty raised quality German Shepherd dogs in Wilmington when her children were young. She enjoyed crocheting, and gifted many with a Christmas stocking or an afghan or both! She moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2005 to be closer to her two youngest grandchildren. Dotty loved to cook. Her “famous” spaghetti sauce and chocolate “Wacky cake” were among the favorites enjoyed by her children and grandchildren.

Please join us in remembering the lives of Dorothea and Michael as we gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 8th 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. Following the Mass, Dorothea will be interred along-side her son Michael in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothea’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Michael R. Duffy

June 14th, 2017

Michael R. Duffy, age 46, of Portland ME, formerly from Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 12, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones.

Michael was a wonderful son, loyal brother and devoted father; and an awesome uncle! In passing he joins his parents Charles Duffy Jr. and Dorothea (Froton) Duffy; his older brother Charles Duffy III; and maternal grandparents Burton and Mary (Walsh) Froton and Paternal grandparents, Charles and Mary (Edwards) Duffy.

Michael is survived by his daughter Catherine Duffy (Portland); his brothers and sisters, James Duffy & wife Barbara (Tewksbury), Karen Duffy (UT), Kevin Duffy (Boston), David Duffy & wife Lynel (Indianapolis), and Mary Duffy & wife Anne Crawshaw (Anthony, FL). He is also survived by his loving godparents, Mary Elaine (Froton) Kelly (Portland) and Richard Froton (Wilmington); several nieces and nephews including: Mark Webster, Lynne Webster, Lianne (Duffy) O’Dea, Dave Duffy, James Duffy, Danielle (Duffy) Thompson, Danny Wandell, John Duffy, Dylan Duffy, plus many cousins and a whole host of friends.

A true Bostonian and a prevailing force. He had the best sense-of-humor. In 1990, he married the love of his life, Susan Fowler, and in 1991 they had their only child, Catherine Duffy. Michael and Sue shared a passion for helping others, and soon after Catherine was born, they took a job in Aroostook County, Maine to run a group home for troubled youth. For several years they worked together in Aroostook raising Catherine and running the home. Michael loved life, people, food, and animals! But his real passion was for cooking and he shared it with everyone, he catered parties and weddings and created special memories; until it was time for a change. Catherine went on to college, and Michael refocused his professional work and volunteer efforts to the awareness and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He served on many committees throughout Maine working. One of his favorite new adventures was to march in the Portland Pride Parade, now his daughter marches every year in his memory.

Michael was truly a one of a kind soul and is missed daily. Now he can rest in peace with his family, a family he loved so dearly.

Please join us in remembering the lives of Michael and Dorothea as we gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 8th 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. Following the Mass, Michael will be interred along-side his mother Dorothea M. Duffy in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Michael’s memory to the Frannie Peabody Center, 30 Danforth Street Suite 311, Portland, ME 04101.

Ann M. (McCormack) Morrell

June 13th, 2017

Ann M. (McCormack) Morrell, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of Peabody, Salem, and Newton passed away on June 11th, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Ann lived most of her life in the Peabody and Salem area. She retired from Salem Hospital where she worked in the X-Ray Department.  After retirement, Ann went to work at Filenes for 10 years.

Ann was the beloved wife of the late Robert Morrell.  She was the loving mother of Andrew Thain and his wife Nikki and Theresa Swift, all of Wilmington.  Ann was the devoted “Grammy” of Patrick M. Swift, his significant other Mare both of Salem and “Great-Grammy” of Nash M. Swift. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Ann (Gallagher) McCormack.  Dear sister of Joan Jukins of Salem, Ruth Murphy of Lynnfield and the late Jack McCormack. Her former husband Andrew Thain predeceases Ann.  Several nieces, nephews and many friends survive her.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Saturday, June 17th, from 10 -12 noon, immediately followed by a funeral service at 12 noon. Interment to follow at the Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Center for Cancer Care, mail to: Winchester Hospital Foundation, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890 or to the charity of one’s choice.