Dr. Ernest M. Wallent

August 3rd, 2015

Dr. Ernest M. Wallent, age 80, a long-time resident and family Dentist in Wilmington, died peacefully on August 3, 2015, at the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, cared for by the exceptionally compassionate staff of the GRECC (Alzheimer’s Care Unit).

Ernie was born on April 24, 1935 in Brockton, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Mathias and Rose J. (Moncevicz) Wallent. Ernie grew up in the Lithuanian “village” section of Brockton and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Following high school, Ernie went on to further his education at Tufts College and earned an early acceptance at Tufts Dental School where he completed his Doctorate in Dentistry.

Ernie met the “love of his life” a beautiful nurse named Louise McDevitt when he crashed her apartment party on Harrison Ave. in Boston. Ernie and Louise soon became inseparable and the couple married in September of 1956; settling in her home town of Wilmington and sharing many great times throughout the years.

In July of 1959, Ernie was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era. He was stationed at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Charlestown where he performed his dentistry on many sailors.

Following his release from active duty, Ernie opened his own Dental Office in North Wilmington in 1961. Ernie started his business from scratch but with his great work ethic, charming personality, and most of all his brilliant dental skills it didn’t take long for his business to become a success. “Doc” was more than a dentist to many clients; he truly cared about people, and treated everyone more like “family”. Ernie was Wilmington’s “home town dentist” for 40 years before he retired following a brilliant career.

Family was everything to Ernie; he was a devoted husband for over 50 years, a wonderful father, son, brother, uncle, and a “Grampy” who adored his grandsons, Cam and Jake. Ernie loved to spend time with his family whether it was boating and fishing on Cape Cod, spending countless vacation days at their summer home in East Dennis, skiing in New Hampshire, traveling with family and friends to Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean Islands, Dude Ranches out west, or just sharing many special moments at their home in Wilmington; any reason to spend time together was always most important to Ernie.

Ernie also loved being involved in his community; he was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he enjoyed participating in their many activities. He loved supporting the campaigns of his favorite local politicians. As a teenager, Ernie’s social group was The Knights of Lithuania, a source of his passion of polka dance parties. He was renowned for dancing from start to finish at every polka dance. In recent years, he especially loved going to the Polish Clubs in Lowell or the “German Club” in Pawtucket, RI where the polka crowds were lively and his dance partners plenty. Ernie was also a communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus, and let’s not forget the countless Memorial Day Parades that he proudly marched so sharply dressed in his Naval uniform and taking part in the many Veterans dedications throughout the years.

In his spare time, Ernie, enjoyed duck hunting, pitching horse shoes, feeding the birds, mowing his field and yard on Middlesex Ave. on his “ride on mower”, and tending to the beautiful gardens throughout his yard where is favorite cat, “Blackie” loved to follow him around.

After he retired Ernie spent many years working for several funeral homes as an attendant; his kindness and compassion was always evident and he was a wonderful addition to every staff.

As Ernie’s health declined and his Alzheimer’s disease progressed he never gave in; with the help of his family and friends he lived life to the fullest even in the toughest of times. Ernie loved to make people laugh right up until his passing. He will be fondly remembered for his kindness towards others, his great sense of humor, and his dazzling smile. Ernie will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ernie was the beloved husband of the late Louise (McDevitt) Wallent, devoted father of Dr. Cathleen E. Wallent of North Andover, Rose M. Wallent of Wilmington, and the late Ernest M. “Matt” Wallent, Jr., loving “Grampy” of Cameron and Jake Manning of North Andover. Cherished son of the late Mathias and Rose J. (Moncevicz) Wallent, dear brother of Marilyn Janunas of Marlborough, special uncle of Cristina Janunas of Marlborough, Marilyn Gentilotti of Wayland, Sheryl Whitney of Billerica, Elizabeth Sheldon of Smyrna Mills, ME, Edward J. McDevitt III of Kingston, NH, Louise Hartnett of New Market, NH, and Christopher McDevitt of Houlton, ME. Ernie is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 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 with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 6th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ernie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Bedford VA Research Corp. (BRCI), c/o GRECC, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.


23 Entries in Guest Book for “Dr. Ernest M. Wallent”

  1. Jesslyn H Cosman Bothwell, Bruce Bothwell & Madeline Bothwell says:

    We love you Dr. Wallent, have fun with Dad!
    Sorry I bit your hand when I was little!

    -The Bothwell Family.

  2. Katie Trampe says:

    Hi Rosie-
    I am so so sorry.My best memories are your father are eating lobster.
    He may have shown me how!
    Otherwise, he was a wonderful host for our graduation dinner.
    Love, Katie

  3. Katie Trampe says:

    Hi Rosie
    I cannot make this work!
    Always, Katie

  4. Nana Evelyn Mclean Aloupis says:

    Dr. Wallent was by far the most wonderful, caring Dentist ever. My children never gave me a hard time as they would get a coupon for ice cream before they left his office. he was a very caring and excellent dentist. Rest in peace .

  5. Therese McMahon says:

    So sorry for the loss of your father. My Mom who is 97 still talks of how kind your father was when she would walk into his dentist office with 6 children. She wanted to send her condolences to your family.


    Therese (Castaldo) McMahon

  6. Lea from Gemline says:

    Hi Rosie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Big hugs,
    (from Gemline)

  7. Linda Hardy Migliori says:

    What a wonderful man Dr. Wallent was. The best dentist. Went to him for years. It’s because of him I really appreciated my smile! He was a Wilmington legend and will be sadly missed. To all the Wallent family I send my condolences. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jo-Ann Calo-Warren says:

    My sincere condolences to all the Wallent children & family It is so sad we lost another Wilmington Legend. Dr. Wallent was the only dentist in North Wilmington forever. When I first started going to him he would give me gum balls after my cleanings (and NOT the sugarless kind they were not even heard of back in my childhood days.) The he started to give out a coupon to go get an ice cone from North Wilmington Pharmacy next door. (there were no such thing as sugarless/yogurt ice cream’s) But we always managed to get cavity free check-ups.
    You will always be remembered by the North Wilmington kids…RIP Dr. Wallent. You’ll be missed but never forgotten by so many .

  9. Richard P. "Gus" Gustafson says:

    I will miss him very much. When he would mow the field, I would stop and give him a bottle of water. I helped him put up his 1st mailbox when he started retirement. Before the family sold the house, Rosie had him working in the yard. I would stop and say hello and even if he didn’t remember me, he would always flash that big, beautiful smile!

  10. Marion Bradfrd says:

    As long time patient of “Doc Wallent: I wish to send my sincere sympathy to all the family
    A sad time for all of you, he will be remembered by many many of his past patients.

  11. Ted and Suzanne Simpson says:


    We are saddened at the news of your Dad’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    With sympathy
    Ted and Suzanne Simpson

  12. Burns Family says:

    So sorry for your loss, we enjoyed all the years we had together on town . Dr walnut was all of our dentist, he took great care of our family. He will be missed. R.I.P
    Your family will be in our prayers.

    Burns Family

  13. Jim DuBois says:

    Dr. Wallent was our dentist when my family lived in Wilmington, he was great. R.I.P.

  14. Frank West says:

    To the Wallant family – Karen and I are saddened by your loss. We will keep Ernie and the Wallant family in our prayers. With deepest sympathy – Karen and Frank West

  15. Mike Mazzola says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was my dentist while growing up in Wilmington and I will never forget his assuring smile and compassion. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Gerhard ,Erika Danner says:

    Dear Rosie & family
    We are saddened by the loss of your Father we will keep him Ernie in our prayers. Looking back the few years we know him at the Polka dances in Lowell later in Pawtucket .Polka lovers will miss him .R.I.P
    Erika & Gerhard

  17. Barry Aruda says:

    He was our family dentist growing up. Always giving me a laugh. Yes he was a part of Wilmington, and will be missed. Prayers to the family, rest in peace Ernie.

  18. Mary Kiesinger says:

    Dear Rosie and family,

    Your Dad was our family dentist when he first opened his office here in Wilmington and for many years. When he retired it was always a pleasure seeing and speaking to him during my walks by his house. He would show me all the flowers, vegetable garden, etc. which he was so proud of. He was our wonderful, caring dentist, and such a wonderful friend to our family throughout the many years. He really loved to go dancing and especially doing the Polka. We were so fortunate to have come to know, admire and love him and his family. I hope and pray that God has opened his heart and arms with tremendous love and welcomed Ernie into his heavenly home. May God bless each of you and help you in your grief.

    With love, thoughts, prayers, and sincere sympathy,

    Mary Kiesinger and family

  19. Cristina Janunas says:

    Dear Rosie, Cathy & Family,
    I meant to read the following poem I had found at the Funeral but to much going on so here it goes,

    ~~ The Broken Chain ~~

    We knew that one morning,
    God was going to call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly
    In death we do the same.

    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    You didn’t go alone.
    For part of us went with you,
    The day God called you home.

    You left us beautiful memories,
    Your love is still our guide.
    And thou we cannot see you,
    You are always by our side.

    Our family chain is broken,
    And nothing seems the same.

    But as God calls us one by one home,
    The chain will link again .

    I will miss you very much Uncle Ernie , You will always be bigger than life to me…..

    Love your Niece,


  20. Marilyn Janunas says:

    To my precious nieces. My heart goes out to you. I know it’s so hard for you right now, but the pain you both are going through will ease up one of these days. My brother Ernie meant so much to me. I loved him dearly. My big brother is in heaven now with all our family. I know he’s in heaven now dancing to the polka music. My love and prayers to all, Auntie Mzrilyn

  21. David Fallon says:

    To Ernie’s Family. Sorry but we just found out of his passing.
    He was a joy to see everytime we went to see my mother,Paula, at Windsor. We always got a smile and an occasional song. It was wonderful to see him dance with his daughter. Our thoughts are with you.

  22. Betty Jane Casazza says:

    My parents had a 8 children. We didn’t have much, but we had beautiful teeth thanks to Dr. Wallent. He took payments of $5.00 a week from my Dad for 40 years. He opened his office on a Sunday morning to take care of our dental emergencies. I went to Dr. Wallent for 36 years. After he retired I spent the next 15 years trying to find a dentist with the same care and dedication. I still haven’t found one that matched Dr. Wallent.

  23. Leslie(Dluznieski) Eldridge says:

    Doctor Wallent was a kind and caring dentist. I was one of his first patients and he would often remind me of that at my visits. He was a wonderful person and a joy to know. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Wallent family and pray that God give you the strength to see you through this sad time.

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