Frances A. (Baldwin) Nolan

April 27th, 2013

Frances A. (Baldwin) Nolan, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 27, 2013 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Frances was born on May 22, 1920, in Everett, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles A. and Gertrude E. (Schuster) Baldwin.

As a young girl, Frances lived in Everett and summered at Silver Lake in Wilmington with her family.  In the mid 1920’s they made Wilmington their permanent home  and settled on Jones Avenue along with family and extended family.  Frances was educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Frances married Louis B. Nolan on September 27, 1941.  The couple loved spending time with their family.  Frances was very dedicated to her husband and two sons Bill and Bob, they were “her boys”.  Frances was a wonderful cook and she loved to bake, some of her specialties being her chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies.  Frances loved to have her family for Sunday dinners and holidays, she liked to wait on her family and was known to boot everyone out of “her kitchen” while she worked.

Frances learned how to cook and wait on others while running her diner in Tewksbury for many years. “The Stand” as it was known was a local place for Wilmington and Tewksbury residents, and was frequented by local Police and Firemen, where the coffee was hot, food was good, and the staff was friendly, everyone loved Frances.

Proir to retiring, Frances also worked as a supervisor for the Photon Company in Wilmington for many years.

Family was first and foremost to Frances, she enjoyed being a wife and mother, she was a proud “Nana” but when the great-grandchildren arrived the world revolved around them.  Frances loved to see them come running through the door and she listened to their every word; Frances would “light up” whenever they were around.  Frances also loved to travel with her family, they took many trips to California, Florida, and visits to Disney World with the grandchildren.  Frances also liked to go out to dinner and take Sunday drives, she was considered the best “back seat driver” ever.   Frances also enjoyed socializing with the extended family on Jones Ave. and looked forward to the “block” cookouts they held throughout the summer.

In her spare time, Frances played cribbage, cards, bingo, and was a whiz at crossword puzzles.

Frances will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and they will miss her dearly.

Frances was the beloved wife of the late Louis B. Nolan, devoted mother of William C. Nolan of Wilmington and Robert J. Nolan and his wife Shirley of Tewksbury, loving “Nana” of Lee-Ellen Sturtz and her husband Daniel, Andrea Gayman and her husband Jeff, Keith Nolan, Dawn-Marie Nolan, and great grandchildren Evan, Chloe, Ryan, Ava, and Makayla, dear daughter of the late Charles A. and Gertrude E. (Schuster) Baldwin, sister of Marie T. O’Connell of Wilmington, the late Dorothy H. Baldwin, Ruth E. Lynch, and Charles J. Baldwin.  Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in 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 Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Frances’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


3 Entries in Guest Book for “Frances A. (Baldwin) Nolan”

  1. BOB & BARBARA says:

    Dear Bill and Bob, with deepest sympathy and friendship we wanted to let you know that we will miss your mom. she was a great friend, and we enjoyed visiting her, and chatting with her. bob cannot make the wake or funeral, and he is sad that he not only cannot make them, but he could not get to her house to visit her more. we will remember her, and the times we did spend together. bill and bob you have always been very good friends, and i hope it always stays that way. if you need anything, please know that we are here for you. sincerely, barbara and bob howe

  2. Don gorski says:

    Bob and family thoughts are with you and sorry for your loss. The gorski family.

  3. ted kinnear says:

    rest in peace ,franny .my condolences to the nolan family ted kinnear

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