Obituaries

Ernest “Sparrow” Balestrieri

September 23rd, 2016

Ernest D. Balestrieri, fondly known as “Sparrow” to his family and friends, died peacefully on September 22, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington; he was 93 years old.

Ernie was born on October 22, 1922, in the family homestead in Woburn. Ernie was the cherished son of the late Alexander and Mary Balestrieri; he was raised in a large, loving, and close-knit family and remained a life-long resident of Woburn. Ernie was educated in Woburn and a graduate of Woburn High School.

Following graduation, Ernie joined the National Guard Company G in Woburn for a few years before enlisting in the U. S. Coast Guard on February 17, 1942. Ernie was very proud to serve alongside his fellow Veterans as a Coxswain aboard the USS Marchand, a submarine destroyer. Ernie was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945 and returned home to his family.

Ernie married the “love of his life” Doris Walsh on July 15, 1945; the couple shared more than 72 years of marriage and made countless memories to be talked about for generations to come. Ernie and Doris settled in the “family compound” in North Woburn where Ernie built their “dream home” and where they raised two wonderful daughters Sandy and Debbie and their “son” Tom Concannon. Ernie loved being a dad; there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. Ernie especially enjoyed family holidays, parties, or any reason to get the family together; he loved to see the kids have a good time and he treated his nieces and nephews as his own. When Ernie became “Gramps” to Paul, Donald, and Sharona he was so proud; they were the light of his life.

Ernie was an extremely hard worker and had endless talents as a Master Carpenter. Ernie was instrumental in building most of the homes in his neighborhood as well as several family homes. He was involved in building the first Cummings Park building and worked for many contractors throughout the years. Ernie also worked at Spence Farms in Woburn for many years. Ernie’s talents were endless; his customer relations were superb and he was always sought after for his building expertise.

Ernie was known to be an AVID dancer; after his long work weeks his Friday nights were dedicated to dancing with his beloved Doris. Ernie and Doris would head out with family and friends to the St. Anthony Club or another dance club to relax and have a good time.

Ernie was very active in the St. Antony Club as well as his community; he always gave of his time and talents to help others in need.

Ernie was a man of great faith and an active communicant of St. Anthony Parish in Woburn his entire life. Ernie’s belief in God and his faith sustained him throughout his life especially in challenging times.

Ernie will be fondly remembered for his love of Family, friends, and Country; he was proud to be an American. Ernie was kind, caring, and helpful; he had a great sense of humor and a big personality. Ernie made everyone feel welcomed and he went out of his ways to help anyone in need; never expecting anything in return.

Ernie’s unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends was evident in everything he did. He was truly a “one of a kind gentleman” and will forever be loved and missed.

Ernie was the beloved husband of Doris A. (Walsh) Balestrieri, devoted father of Sandy A. (Balestrieri) LaFontaine & her husband Eugene “Tiny” LaFontaine of Woburn, the late Deborah A. (Balestrieri) Sylvester and adopted son Tom Concannon of Florida. Loving “Gramps” of Paul LaFontaine, Donald LaFontaine, and Sharona Sylvester, cherished son of the late Alexander and Mary (Lutrario) Balestrieri, dear brother of Richard Balestrieri & wife Barbara of Wilmington, Albert Balestrieri & his late wife Marie and Eva Flynn all of Woburn, the late Joseph Balestrieri & wife Louise, Louis Balestrieri& wife Kella, Eleanor Britt & husband Howard, Anna Balestrieri, Salvatore Balestrieri & wife Lil and George Balestrieri & wife Monty. Ernie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony Parish, 851 Main St., Woburn, MA, on Saturday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Ernest’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

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Donna M. Guarino

September 23rd, 2016

Donna M. Guarino, age 52, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 2016.

Donna is the devoted mother of Christine Guarino of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Albert & Eleanor (McNeil) Guarino and dear sister of Albert Guarino, Jr. of Wilmington. Donna is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Clive E. Cosham

September 22nd, 2016

Clive E. Cosham, age 72, of Nova Scotia, Canada, passed away at home on April 27, 2016.

Clive is survived by his loving wife, Terriann Reilly, as well as a large, loving extended family.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on October 8th at 11:30 a.m.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, please pay it forward.

Gail A. (Roche) Gallant

September 20th, 2016

Gail A. (Roche) Gallant, fondly known as “Gailzy” to her daughter and friends, age 75, of Wilmington, formerly of Lawrence and North Andover, died unexpectedly on September 19, 2016, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.

Gail was born on April 23, 1941, in Lawrence, MA; she was the cherished only child to the late George Raynor Roche and Phyllis (Morrill) Roche. Gail was raised and educated in North Andover and was a graduate of North Andover High School. Following graduation, Gail attended the Robert Powers Finishing School to help prepare her for her professional career.

Gail was a hard worker; in her younger years she worked at Grants Department Store in Lawrence and then took a job at Raytheon where she met many dear friends. Gail then moved on and took a managerial position at the Robert E. Anderson Civil Engineering Associates in North Reading where she worked for over 25 years.

Gail was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of the Trinity Congregational Church in North Andover where she was baptized and later married. For many years Gail enjoyed teaching Sunday School at the Church and sharing her faith with her students.

Gail married the “love of her life” Donald Gallant in 1972; the couple lived in Lawrence for a couple of years before building their dream home in Wilmington. Gail and Donald became proud parents to their daughter Tara; she was such a shining light in their lives. Gail loved being a mom, she was always there with unconditional love and support for her daughter and they shared a close, unbreakable bond throughout the years. Gail was not only a wonderful mother but an exceptional mentor in Tara’s eyes. Gail was known to always put her family first in her life; there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them.

In her spare time, Gail enjoyed “hanging out at her house” relaxing with family and friends and listening to her favorite musical artist Neil Diamond. Gail was an AVID sports fan who loved following football, baseball, and NASCAR on her favorite television.

Gail will be remembered as a wonderful lady, smart, funny, kind and caring; she was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Gail was Gail was the beloved wife of the late Donald S. Gallant, loving mother of Tara L. Gallant of North Andover formerly of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late George R. and Phyllis (Morrill) Roche. Dear friend of Sally Fraser of Londonderry, NH. Gail is also survived by many nieces, nephews, colleagues, friends and her “grand-dog” Bernie.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 23rd from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gail’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Robert “Montey” Monteiro

September 19th, 2016

Robert M. Monteiro, fondly known as “Montey” to his family and friends, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 18, 2016.

Montey was born on July 27, 1948, in Lowell, MA; he was the dear son of the late Caetano and Maria “Connie” Monteiro. Montey grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Elementary School; he then went on to complete his education at the Somerville Trade High School in Somerville, MA.

Montey was inducted into the United States Army on February 13, 1969; he was trained as a Radio TT Operator and sent overseas to serve the Country during the Vietnam War. Following his tour of duty and Honorable Discharge from active duty, Montey was transferred to the U. S. Army Reserves Eighth Army and finished his Reserve obligation in February of 1975.

After being discharged from Active Duty, Montey returned home to his family in Wilmington and married his high school sweetheart Judy Collins in February of 1974. Montey and Judy shared more than 42 years of marriage together, raised two wonderful sons Robert and Greg, settled in their hometown of Wilmington to be close to their family and friends, and had many great times throughout the years.

For many years Montey was employed as a Window Treatment Installer for the Designs and Blinds Company in Waltham. Montey was very meticulous at his job, he had a great work ethic, and good people skills with the customers; this all led to a very successful career throughout the years.

Montey was known to have a fascination with old cars; he especially loved his 1960 Corvette which was “his baby”. He was also an avid sports fan when it came to the Red Sox or the Patriots and he enjoyed watching the games with “his boys”.

Montey will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends; he was a very devoted husband to Judy, father to Rob and Greg, he was very pleased to have Adrienne as his daughter in law and just adored being “Vo Vo” to his granddaughters Dorothy, Isabella, and Juliana; they really brightened his world. Montey was known to be quiet and gentle but was also fun loving and spirited; he was truly a “great guy” who would do anything for anyone. Montey left a huge impression on this world and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Montey was the loving husband of Judith F. (Collins) Monteiro, proud father of Robert P. Monteiro & his wife Adrienne of Millis and Greg J. Monteiro of Wilmington, doting grandfather of Dorothy, Isabella & Juliana Monteiro, cherished son of the late Caetano Valente and Maria C. “Connie” (Abreu) Monteiro, dear brother of Benny Monteiro & his wife Karin of NH, the late Albert Moreira and Sally Peeples. Montey was also the brother-in-law of Estralina Moreira, Elizabeth & Bob Maher, Barbara & Frank McKinnon, Virginia Fyler, Dave & Roberta Collins, Dorothy Collins, Walter Collins, Sue & Bob Frongillo, the late Richie and Steve Collins, as well as 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 Thursday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 21st from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

Wayne B. Sawlivich

September 16th, 2016

Wayne B. Sawlivich, age 59, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 15, 2016, at the Winchester Hospital.

Wayne was born on September 8, 1957, in Waterville, ME; he was the dear son of the late Mitchel and Lucille (Bradstreet) Sawlivich. Wayne was raised and educated in Sidney, ME and a graduate of Messalonskee High School. Wayne went on to continue his education at the University of Maine in Orono, ME; earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Bio-Chemistry and then onto Boston University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Bio-Chemistry.

Wayne was extremely knowledgeable in the pharmaceutical field; he was sought after and was instrumental in several “start up” pharmacy companies throughout the years. At the time of his death, Wayne was employed as a Bio-Chemist for the Shire Pharmaceutical Company in Lexington.

Wayne married “his sweetheart” Mary Howard in 1981 and the couple moved to Woburn, MA where they lived for several years before settling in Wilmington in 1989. Wayne and Mary had two wonderful sons Mitchell and Daniel whom they adored. Wayne loved his family unconditionally and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them.

In his spare time, Wayne liked to read, travel, play video games, build and repair computers; this was a hobby that he shared with his sons.

Wayne will be fondly remembered as a likeable guy, hardworking, and devoted to his family and friends; Wayne will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Wayne was the beloved husband of Mary (Howard) Sawlivich, devoted father of Mitchell Sawlivich & his girlfriend Christina Garrity and Daniel Sawlivich all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Mitchel and Lucille (Bradstreet) Sawlivich, dear brother of Lynn Sawlivich of Taunton. Son-in-law of James & Rita Howard formerly of Dennysville, ME, brother-in-law of Carroll & Susan Howard of Raymond, NH, James & Lynne Howard of Crawford, ME, and Scott & Donna Howard of Newton, NH. Wayne is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, September 20th for Visitation from 2:00-4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00.

In lieu of flowers donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Fire Dept., 1 Adelaide St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Valia “Val” Perry

September 14th, 2016

Valia “Val” Perry (Berardinangelo), age 72, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 14, 2016, at the Winchester Hospital.

Val was born on April 21, 1944, in Aquila, Italy; she was the beloved daughter of the late Anthony and Giovanna (Gasvarri) Berardinangelo.

Val was the devoted mother of Bob Perry of Walnut Creek, CA & Bill Perry of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Daniel, Ryan, Camron, Jillian, Drew, and Torri, dear sister of Anna Welsh of Wakefield, Bruna Walsh of Peabody & the late Al Berardinangelo. Val is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, September 18th for Visitation from 12:00-2:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:30.

Cheryl A. (Dey) Ring

September 13th, 2016

Cheryl (Dey) Ring, age 70, of Wilmington, was called “safely home” on September 13th surrounded by her loving family.

Cheryl was born on April 17, 1946 and was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Dey. She graduated from Tewksbury Memorial High School.

She is survived by her loving, dedicated husband of 49 years. John “Stew” Ring, two daughters Debbie Buendo and her husband Dan of East Longmeadow, Cindy Drislane and her husband Matt of West Newbury, a son John Ring and his wife Sandra of Shelton, CT. Cheryl also leaves her stepmother Joan Dey of Tewksbury, three sisters Joan Ryan of Tewksbury, Jeanie Snook of Atkinson, NH, Eileen Tufts of Nashua, NH and a brother in law James Ring of Wilmington, as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her eight grandchildren Alexandra, Nicholas, Rachael, Amanda, Katie, Grace, Madyson and Hannah who were the joys of her life.

Cheryl dedicated herself to caring and raising her family; they were her world. Prior to her illness, she loved to cook and entertain for her family and friends and enjoyed traveling with her husband and her family especially on their many trips to Disney World.

The family would like to thank the VNA of Middlesex – East especially Emily Haley and Cathy Smith for their compassion.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 17th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 16th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Cheryl’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Celina J. (MacDonald) Malatesta

September 10th, 2016

Celina J. (MacDonald) Malatesta, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 7th, 2016 with her loving family by her side. Born in Whiteside, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 15th, 1923, Celina was the beloved daughter of Joseph R. and Mary (Cameron) MacDonald. Celina married later in life, her friend and companion Walter Malatesta, and moved to Wilmington.

Although the couple never had children of their own, Celina treated her nieces and nephews as if they were hers. She was the center of the family. Celina was always fun and entertaining to be around. She enjoyed cooking and was happiest having family meals. Celina will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Celina was the beloved wife of the late Walter Malatesta. She is predeceased by her siblings; Ronald MacDonald, William MacDonald, Sandy MacDonald, Mary Walker, Eileen MacIntyre and Rita MacDonald. Celina is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Immediately followed by a funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt.38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Celina’s name may be made to the Whiteside Church Preservation Society, www.stpatrickswhiteside.com.

Robert C. Smith

September 8th, 2016

Robert C. Smith, age 83 of Tewksbury, formerly of Somerville, died unexpectedly at home on September 7, 2016.

Robert was born June 2, 1933 in Somerville, MA; he was one of five sons to the late Herbert K. and Helen L. (Wood) Smith. Robert was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School.

Prior to retiring over 20 years ago, Robert worked as a shipper/receiver for Stop and Shop Supermarkets for many years. Robert was a very dedicated and hard working employee and an asset to the company.

Robert married his “sweetheart” Shirley Ann Earle on June 6, 1959; the couple shared more than 45 years together before Shirley’s passing in January of 2004. Robert and Shirley moved to Tewksbury in 1963 and became parents in June of 1964 to their only child Sharon, whom they loved with all of their hearts. When Robert became “Grandpa” to his only grandchild Kelly the world became even brighter; he just adored her.

Throughout the years Robert enjoyed the time he spent with his family; their trips to Cape Cod, his cruise with Shirley, and their many family celebrations and dinners over the years.

Robert was known to be an avid sports fan especially when it came to the Boston Braves and the Boston Red Sox; he followed them closely and hardly ever missed a game.

In his later years, Robert enjoyed collecting trains and lighthouses; he proudly displayed his collections for all to see. He also loved going to the Tewksbury Senior Center and to St. William’s Church for Mass whenever he could get out.

Robert will be fondly remembered for his gruff exterior but inside he had a heart of gold. Robert loved his family especially his daughter Sharon who was always there for her dad. Roberts sudden death has left a huge hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Robert was the beloved husband of the late Shirley A. (Earle) Smith, devoted father of Sharon Harriman & her fiancé Frank Bracken of Bradford, loving “Grampa” of Kelly Harriman of Bradford, dear son of the late Herbert and Helen (Wood) Smith, brother of James Smith & his wife Marie of Lynn, the late Donald, George, and Herbert Smith, Jr. Robert is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, September 13th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.