Obituaries

Joseph J. Sullivan III

February 19th, 2017

Joseph J. Sullivan III, “Joe”, age 58, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Saugus, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2017.

Joe was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Gallagher) Sullivan, devoted father of Kristen Sullivan of Chelsea, Adam Sullivan of Revere and Ashleigh Sullivan of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Joseph J. Jr. and Lorraine (Lowry) Sullivan, dear brother of the late Robert and Lori Ellen Sullivan. Son-in-law of James & Sylvia Gallagher of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Rose Sullivan of Maine, James & Mary Gallagher of Wilmington and Paul & Maritza Gallagher of New York. Joe is also survived by his former wife Deborah Sullivan of Cambridge as well as a large, loving extended family and friends. Joe was very fond of his beloved dog Molly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Joe was a letter carrier for the U. S. Post Office in Saugus for many years.

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Timothy W. Trefry

February 18th, 2017

Timothy W. Trefry, age 57 of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on February 16, 2017.

Tim was born on September 17, 1959; he was the dear son of Phyllis Gorman and the late Alfred “Bob” Trefry. Tim moved to Wilmington as a young boy and attended grammar school in the Wilmington Public School System; he graduated from Lexington Christian Academy High School in Lexington with the Class of 1976.

Tim was very close to his family and as a young man he enjoyed visiting flea markets with his dad; they found all kinds of treasures and sports memorabilia which he collected. As Tim got older he became quite a sports fanatic and he especially loved following the Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox.

Tim was very proud of his children Jennifer, Kristan, and Bryan; he loved them with all his heart.

For many years, Tim worked hard as a loader operator for the Copart Auto Auction in Billerica until his illness forced him to retire.

Tim will be fondly remembered as a kind and sweet man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tim was the cherished son of Phyllis Gorman and the late Alfred “Bob” Trefry of Wilmington, beloved father of Jennifer Salyer & her husband Brian of California, Kristan Trefry and Bryan Trefry both of Plymouth, dear brother of the late Jonathan Trefry, uncle of Michael Trefry & his wife Samantha of Ft. Myers, FL. Tim is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 21st for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Timothy’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Barbara J. Zaino

February 15th, 2017

“A lover of music, art, and nature”
Barbara J. Zaino, age 92 years, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Arnold House Nursing Home in Stoneham on February 14th, where she had been a resident since July of 2014.

Mrs. Zaino was born on Sunday, November 9, 1924, in Winchester, the daughter of the late Harold J. Slack and the late Grace Teresa (Charnley) Slack. Born and raised in Winchester, she was one of seven children. As a young teenager, Mrs. Zaino enjoyed horseback riding, ballet dancing, and playing the piano and guitar. In her late teens she decided to get a job at the Boston Navy Yard during WW2. It was there she met her future husband, Arthur, who was working as a sheet metal worker. The two married in 1943, lived in Winchester for several years and then, with three young children, purchased land in Wilmington and together built the home of their dreams, while raising their first three children to adulthood, and before having three more.

In the mid to late 1950’s, Mrs. Zaino worked as an animal technician at the then named Charles River Breeding Labs on Ballardvale Street in North Wilmington and later as a floral designer and wild flower gardener at Arthur Allgrove’s Nursery in North Wilmington. Also in the mid to late 1950’s, Mrs. Zaino volunteered her time as a den mother for the local Scout Troop 56.

As an amateur musician and lover of music and song her entire life, Barbara enjoyed writing sheet music for the piano, guitar, and dulcimer and in 1991 she published a book of original songs for the Mountain Dulcimer. She also enjoyed writing poetry, oil painting and drawing with charcoal. She was a long-time member of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Sweet Adeline’s, an international organization of women devoted to the unique American art of singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style.

As an adventurist who always loved the serenity and beauty of a fresh New England snow fall, Barbara and her husband, Arthur, were avid cross-country skiers for many years. Never too late to take on a new challenge, Barbara, already in her early 50’s, expanded her love of skiing to downhill skiing, along with her three younger children. She and Arthur also challenged themselves to learn how to hike on snowshoes, which provided another way of getting their exercise while enjoying the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. Also, always looking for new activities to keep themselves busy, the couple enrolled in ballroom and square dancing lessons and occasionally enjoyed participating in local competitions for both styles of dance. When time permitted, they also travelled throughout the New England area attending Elder Hostel workshops and seminars.

In the early 1970’s, she and Arthur purchased 10 acres of land on the side of a hill in Freedom, NH, and built what would today be called a ‘tiny house’ that for many years, served as a quiet vacation and week-end get-away. Later in life, she and her husband volunteered much of their time to various community sponsored programs as well as to various functions at the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center. Sometime in the 1990’s, Mr. and Mrs. Zaino donated their pump organ to the Harnden Tavern and it remains a source of enjoyment for many who visit the tavern.

Mrs. Zaino is survived by her 6 children, Arthur Zaino and his wife Judith of Bradford, David Zaino and his wife Cheryl of East Kingston, NH, Cheryl Marr of Atkinson, NH, Barbara Callahan and her husband Kevin of Wilmington, John Zaino and his wife Teresa of Londonderry, NH and Jay Zaino and his wife Michele of Pelham, NH. While several brothers and one sister predeceased Mrs. Zaino, she leaves one brother, Charles of California, 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Mrs. Zaino was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and her son-in-law, Owen Marr of Atkinson, NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington for a Celebration of Barbara’s life on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Margaret L. Doane

February 13th, 2017

Margaret L. Doane (Hutson), age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA; died peacefully on February 11, 2017, at the Filosa Nursing Center in Danbury, CT.

Margaret was born on November 12, 1928, in Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Ebert and Elizabeth (Regan) Hutson. Margaret was raised in a large family which included her siblings Leona, Martha, Elbert, Thomas, John, Francis, and Richard.

Margaret married John Doane; the couple shared more than 54 wonderful years together before his passing in 2004. Margaret was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother; she cared for her family very deeply. Margaret was especially proud of her grandchildren; they were the light of her life.

Margaret loved to play tennis, which she continued to play into her 80’s and traveled widely. She also enjoyed playing cards with her card group and having lunch with her many friends. Margaret was known for her love of reading and she had a wealth of knowledge.

She will be fondly remembered for her great sense of humor, her wonderful smile, and her impressive intellect. Margaret will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late John D. Doane, devoted mother of Sharon Dunphy and her husband Robert of Ridgefield, CT and Maureen Ryan & her husband Fletcher of Mystic, CT. She was the loving grandmother of Christine and Robert Dunphy and Kevin Ryan. Margaret is also survived by her nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 17th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu flowers please make a donation in Margaret’s memory to Mass General Hospital, primary progressive aphasia research. You may either go to the main page and follow prompts from donate or mail to Mass General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua St, Suite 540, Boston, Ma 02114.

Maureen “Maura” Winnett

February 12th, 2017

Maureen P. Winnett (Carew) fondly known as “Maura” to her family and friends, age 82, of Wilmington and Falmouth, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 11, 2017.

Maura was born on January 24, 1935 in Medford, MA; she was the dear daughter of John and Jane Carew. Maura grew up in a large and loving family on 24 George Street in Medford and was the 7th child out of 10 siblings which consisted of 2 boys and 8 girls. Maura attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School in Medford and graduated from St. Clements High School in Somerville. Maura went on to continue her education at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with the Class of 1956.

Prior to retiring, Maura had a long and successful career as a labor and delivery room nurse. She first worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, then Choate Hospital in Woburn, and then on to the Winchester Hospital in Winchester, where she helped many local families welcome their babies into the world. Maura was one of the “rare” nurses and she was special; her care and compassion for her patients, their families, and their newborn babies was unwavering. She would always stay calm in rough situations and she treated everyone as if they were her own family; the nursing world was truly blessed to have such an incredible lady.

Maura married the “love of her life” William H. Winnett on September 21, 1957; following their wedding the couple moved to Alexandria, Virginia where they lived for two years and had their first two children Christine and William Jr. Maura and Bill relocated back to Massachusetts; they settled in Wilmington where they went on to welcome six more children for a total of 8; 4 boys and 4 girls.

Maura was a very devoted mother and grandmother; she always enjoyed the time she spent with her family especially the holidays. Maura’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was always evident and she was so proud of each and every one of them.

Upon Retirement, Bill and Maura moved to Falmouth to their home by the sea where they spent many happy years, volunteering for meals on wheels. Maura was a woman of great faith and she and bill were very active communicants of St. Patrick’s Church. Maura sang in the Choir at St. Patrick’s Church, while Bill was a lector, and they both served as Eucharistic ministers. Maura and Bill loved their Cape home where they made many friends and enjoyed their time by the water.

After Bill’s passing in 2013, Maura moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody where she made lots of friends, sang in the choir, and went to shows.

Maura will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and an incredible nurse. She was quite a lady who will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Maura was the beloved wife of the late William H. Winnett, devoted mother of Christine M Briggs & her companion Mark Depasquale of Salem, NH, William H. Winnett, Jr. of Taunton, MA, James P. Winnett of Malden, MA, Margaret M. Winnett-Welch of Haverhill, MA, Mary A. Giroux of Wilmington, MA, Paul J. Winnett of Billerica, MA, Francis X. Winnett and Elizabeth M. Lawrenson & her husband Jerry all of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Nana” of Meaghan E. Briggs & her fiancé Sean Strasshofer, Katie Briggs, Devin P. Giroux, the late Joshua R. Giroux, Ryan M. Giroux, Nolan E. Giroux, James Lawrenson, Tommy Lawrenson, Sophie Welch and Jeremiah Welch. Cherished daughter of the late John J. and Jane F. (Malloy) Carew, dear sister of Kenny Carew & wife Marion of Merrimac, MA, Betty Pothier & her late husband Gerald of Stoneham, Dottie MacAveeney of Medford, Sheila Lane & her late husband James of Brewster, Kitty Macri & her late husband Tony of Melbourne, FL, the late Barbara Ferry, the late Paula Mahoney & her late husband Charles, the late Jack Carew, the late Sister Jane Carew of Sisters of St. Joseph, sister-in-law of Richard Ferry of Florida, Gloria Carew of Medford, MA, MaryAnn & Nick Rimbocchi of CT, Paula & Charles McAuliffe of VA, and Francis & Mary Winnett of VA. Maura is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 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. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Maura’s memory may be made to the Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 126, Charlestown, MA 02129

Alexander V. Staniewicz

February 8th, 2017

Alexander V. “Al” Staniewicz, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away on February 8, 2017 at Care One Wilmington.

Al was born on October 17, 1924 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Benjamin and Apolonia “Pauline” (Baginski) Staniewicz. Al was raised in a large, loving family in East Cambridge and graduated from Ringe High School with the Class of 1942.

Following his graduation from high school, Al went on to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. He was tutored for most of his college education and earned his degree from Mass. College of Pharmacy. Al went to work as a Pharmaceutical sales rep for Massingil/Beecham for many years.

In 1975, Al opened Silver Lake Pharmacy where he owned and operated the store for more than 25 years. Al enjoyed owning the business; the store was a very busy place and a famous Wilmington landmark. Al went above and beyond as the “town pharmacist”; he treated everyone like family and went out of his way to help others. Al greeted everyone with a big smile and a friendly “hello” as soon as you walked into the store. Al loved his very busy work schedule, building friendships with his regular customers and serving the Wilmington community with all their pharmaceutical needs. In 1999, was ready to retire and sold the pharmacy.

In his spare time, Al enjoyed taking driving trips all over. He loved to go sightseeing; one of his favorite trips was to Franconia Notch, as well as his special trips to Foxwoods. Al was very interested in history and spent time reading about anything to do with the subject. He loved to watch most Boston sports; he would watch the Celtics and Red Sox, but the Patriots were by far his favorite. Luckily, Al was able to watch this year’s Super Bowl game before his passing.

Al is the dear companion of the late Mary Ratchford, former husband of the late Lorraine M. (Shackford) Staniewicz, devoted father of Gail Trask & her husband Steve of Nashua, NH, Brian Staniewicz of Burlington, the late Paul Staniewicz of Methuen and the late Sandy “Vic” Staniewicz of Jupiter, FL, loving “Grampy” of Derek Buzzotta, Jesse Buzzotta, Douglas Staniewicz and Jillian Garborino & her husband Michael, great-grandfather of Douglas Caden, cherished son of the late Benjamin and Apolonia “Pauline” (Baginski) Staniewicz, dear brother of Alfred Staniewicz of Belmont, the late Stanley Staniewicz, Frank Staniewicz, Josephine Staniewicz and Stephanie Clark. Al is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 11th from 10:30-12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Al’s name may be made to TILL, Inc., 20 Eastbrook Road, Dedham, MA 02026.

Joseph D. Murphy

February 4th, 2017

Joseph D. Murphy, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away on February 2, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was the beloved husband of Catherine (Barr) Murphy of Wilmington, loving father of Joseph Murphy, Brian Murphy & his wife Christine Losea all of Cumberland, RI, Jeffrey Murphy of Wilmington and the late Lynne Murphy, devoted “Grampy” of Matthew, Caitlin, Jack, Zachary and Annika Murphy, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Barletta) Murphy, brother-in-law of Francis X. Barr & his wife Jean of Oxford, CT. Joseph is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas 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, February 8th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Joseph’s name can be made to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890.

Forrest V. “Butch” Allen, Jr.

February 1st, 2017

Forrest V. “Butch” Allen, Jr., age 67, of Wilmington, passed away on January 31, 2017.

Butch is the beloved husband of Connie (Grieci) Allen, devoted father of Adrienne Solari & her husband Hugh of Burlington, loving “Papa” of Gianna and Gabriella Solari, cherished son of the late Forrest V. and Lorraine (Harvey) Allen, dear brother of Paul Allen & his wife Cindy of Chelsea, Earl Allen & his wife Donna of Wilmington, Kevin Allen & his wife Betsy of Ohio, David Allen & his wife Joanne of NH, Ruth Allen of VA and Wendy Allen of Winthrop. Butch is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Avenue, (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, 175 Broadway, Malden, MA  02148 on Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in Butch’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Attorney David R. DiCicco

February 1st, 2017

Attorney David R. DiCicco, age 62, of Wilmington, formerly of Brockton, died peacefully with his loving family at his side on January 31, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer.

David was born in Brockton, MA on July 1, 1954; he was the cherished son of the late Valentino and Lola (Castelluzzi) DiCicco.  David was raised and educated in Brockton; he graduated in the top of his class from Brockton High School in 1972.  Following high school, David went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine and where he met the love of his life Carol Jaques.  David returned to the Boston area and attended Suffolk University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in Law in 1982. 

David worked as an attorney for the Home Insurance Company before forming his own partnership which lasted for 20 years. Two years ago, David opened his own firm. A Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, he continued to show a strong work ethic throughout his illness and always catered to his clients.  David had an impeccable reputation and received immense satisfaction from helping his clients.

David and Carol moved to Wilmington in 1988 and married in 1991.  Together they had two beautiful daughters, Dawn and Kelly; they were the light of his life.  David cherished his role as a dad and showered his girls with unconditional love and support.

In his spare time, David enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, watching the Patriots and always looked forward to golfing with Dan. He also coached a number of soccer and softball teams in Wilmington. 

David will be remembered as a very kind and generous man who loved his family and friends with all his heart.  He will be greatly missed.

David was the beloved husband of Carol Jaques of Wilmington; devoted father of Dawn and Kelly DiCicco, both of New York City; dear brother of Paul and Helen DiCicco of Lake City, FL and Anne DiCicco of South Easton, MA; brother-in-law of Diane Jaques of Concord, MA; and loving uncle of Ryan, Elizabeth, Rose, Michelle, Kristen and Jennifer.  David is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 3rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Bruce A. Peters

January 31st, 2017

Bruce A. Peters, age 85, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 31, 2017.

Bruce was the beloved husband of Thelma M. (Carlson) Peters, devoted father of Eric Peters & wife Sandra of Pelham, NH and Kristen Forrest & husband Haegan of Reading. Loving grandfather of Molly & Zachary Peters and Aiden & Owen Forrest. Cherished son of the late Lewis and Jeanne (Guimier) Peters, dear brother of the late John Peters.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service with Military Honors at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donation in Bruce’s memory may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Bruce proudly served as a Lieutenant for the U. S. Navy during the Korean War and was a beloved crossing guard at Wilmington High School for many years.