Obituaries

Paul J. Minichiello, Sr.

September 24th, 2019

Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, passed away unexpectedly on September 22, 2019.

Paul was born on May 22, 1954, in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Sarah (Genovese) Minichiello. Paul was raised and educated in Malden.

Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and started active duty in February of 1972. Paul took several courses to continue his education and earned his National Defense Service Medal as well as his Rifle Marksman Badge during his time in the Marines; he also worked his way up to rank of Lance Corporal in May of 1973. Paul was honorably discharged from active duty in 1974 and went on to serve in the Marine Corps. Reserves until January of 1978.

Paul married the “love of his life” Maureen (Marshall) Minichiello, in 1979; the couple lived in Malden before moving to Wilmington many years ago. Paul and Maureen had a wonderful family and many great times together before her untimely passing in March of 2015. Paul really missed Maureen; she was not only his wife but truly his best friend.

Paul was a hard worker; for many years he was a carpenter for Union Local 33. Paul made many friends at work throughout the years before he retired in 1995.

Paul will be fondly remembered as a great guy and a good storyteller; he was passionate about his beliefs and the people in his life. Paul was very talented, he made many unique inventions throughout the years. He was also a creative artist who could draw amazing pictures. Paul loved his Boston Sports teams, especially the New England Patriots.

Paul was a true Patriot who loved his family, friends and country with all his heart, and he will forever be missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of the late Maureen S. (Marshall) Minichiello, devoted father of Nicole Brown & her husband Paul of Methuen and Paul J. Minichiello Jr. of Billerica. Loving “Pa” of Jordyn, Joseph and Frankie Brown, Shane, Adrianna and Anthony Minichiello. Dear brother of Peter Minichello & his wife Margie of Stoneham, ME, Patty Detore of Byfield, Robert Minichiello of Methuen and John Minichiello & his wife Denise of Tewksbury. Paul is further survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, September 27th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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John D. MacKinnon

September 20th, 2019

John D. MacKinnon, age 56, of Lowell, passed away unexpectedly on September 17, 2019.

John was the beloved husband of Shirley A. (Borgeson) MacKinnon, devoted father of Matthew MacKinnon and Jacob MacKinnon both of Lowell, cherished son of Brenda (Shrier) Carr & her husband Roy of Wilmington and Daniel J. MacKinnon & his wife Nancy of NH, dear brother of Mark MacKinnon of Wilmington and the late Cheryl Ann Donahue and Daniel J. MacKinnon, Jr. John is also survived by his brother-in-law, Michael Donahue, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 21st from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Geraldine V. Lurvey

September 14th, 2019

Geraldine V. Lurvey (Downey), “Gerry”, age 96 of Francestown, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Windham, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 12, 2019.

Gerry was born in Brookline, MA on February 14, 1923; she was the dear daughter of the late James and Isabelle Downey. Gerry was raised in a large, loving family who grew up in Swampscott and Hopkinton. Gerry was a graduate of Roslindale High School with the Class of 1940. Throughout her life, Gerry, was known to be quite an athlete and a beautiful figure skater; she was invited to join the Ice Follies because of her talent and gracefulness on the ice.

On April 18, 1948, Gerry married the “love of her life” Alvan Lurvey; the couple lived in Framingham before moving to Wilmington in 1966. Gerry was extremely devoted to her family; they were the center of her world. She was very proud of all their accomplishments and took every opportunity to shower them with unconditional love and affection.

Gerry made a wonderful home in Wilmington where all were welcome; she entertained family and friends on a regular basis and tempted them with her amazing meals. Gerry was known to be a fabulous cook who liked to “force feed” anyone and everyone who was at her table. Gerry was an avid gardener whose garden spanned more than an acre in her back yard in Wilmington; she had quite a green thumb with her vegetables as well as her flowers.

As their family grew and went in their own directions; Gerry and Alvan built a home on their land in Francestown, New Hampshire. Gerry’s loved Francestown; it was her “little piece of heaven on earth”. Family and friends alike were always welcome; she definitely had an “open door policy” wherever she lived.

When her health was declining, Gerry and Alvan, relocated to Windham, New Hampshire where they were closer to family and made their home for over 13 years. Gerry was a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, and she made many friends there throughout the years.

Later in life, Gerry, took up painting and she was a natural talent. Her paintings and art creations were just beautiful and will be treasured by family for generations to come.

Gerry will be fondly remembered as a “simple lady” with a great sense of humor and an endearing personality. She had the ability to make everyone feel welcomed and loved; she was kind, caring and always giving of herself towards others. Gerry was truly special and will forever be in the hearts and minds of those she loved.

Gerry was the beloved wife of 71 years to Alvan R. Lurvey, devoted mother of James Lurvey of Marco Island, FL, Linda Lurvey of Bedford, NH and Bob Lurvey & his wife Deb of North Andover, MA. Loving “Mimi” of Garth Lurvey, Holly Lurvey & husband Jason Beane, Heather Robison & husband Justin, Steven Kreatz & wife Kathryn, Daniel Kreatz & wife Amanda, Haley Loiseau & husband Scott, Adam Lurvey, Dylan Lurvey, Jaclyn Lurvey and great-grandchildren Brandon, Skyla, Brianna, Ainsley, Quinn, Cameron, Aidan, Victoria, Ava, Emma, Lily, Summer and Mila. Cherished daughter of the late James and Isabelle (Yeadon) Downey, dear sister of the late Constance, Lloyd, James, William and John Downey and Marilyn Vickery. Gerry is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, September 17th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Geraldine’s memory may be made to AMVETS, 576 Primrose St., Haverhill, MA 01832.

Patricia Ann MacDonald

September 12th, 2019

Patricia Ann (Higgins) MacDonald, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 11, 2019.

Patricia was the devoted mother of Frederick MacDonald & his wife Amanda, Helene Razzino of Wilmington, Richard MacDonald & his wife Heidi of West Newbury, Michael MacDonald of Wilmington, William MacDonald & his wife Denise of Salem, NH and Kathleen Christensen of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Mary, Patricia, Colleen, John, James, Lindsay, Robert, Mathew and Vanessa, “Great-Nana” of Taylor, Brian, Samantha, Jonathan, Reinaldo, Emma & Colby, cherished daughter of the late James A. and Josephine (Bellevue) Higgins, dear sister of the late James Higgins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 16th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Linda J. (Crouse) Alpers

September 9th, 2019

Linda J. (Crouse) Alpers, age 72, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 9, 2019.

Linda was the devoted mother of Michael Alpers & his wife Christine of Wilmington, Michelle Alpers (f/k/a Michelle MacLellan) of Billerica and Brian Cote of New Boston, NH, loving “Nonnie” of James, Michael, Olivia and Vincent, cherished daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary (Catalano) Crouse, dear sister of Lisa Botta & her husband Paul of NH and the late Kenneth Crouse, devoted friend of Christy Hill of Wilmington. Linda is also very special to the late Bob Cote, many nieces & nephews, and her loving dog, the late Sable.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 13th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Linda’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Ruth M. Lyman

September 9th, 2019

Ruth M. Lyman (Dole), age 83, of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Ruth was born on February 28, 1936, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Warren and Hannah Dole. Ruth was raised and educated in Charlestown and went to Matignon High School in Cambridge. Ruth was a true “Townie” who never forgot her roots; she made many life-long girlfriends growing up in Charlestown and they stayed extremely close throughout the years. Ruth and her friends were devoted to one another; they raised their families together, vacationed, traveled together and they spent many happy times together in Florida throughout their later years.

Ruth married the “love of her life”, Paul Lyman over 66 years ago. Ruth and Paul moved to “Suncrest Acres” in Wilmington in 1961; this was a great neighborhood to raise their seven children. Ruth and Paul were very close to their neighbors they were like one big extended family. Ruth’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was unwavering; she always made time for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren no matter what they were doing. Ruth attended countless school and sporting events; she was their biggest fan. Ruth even scoured the local newspaper for clippings of her families accomplishments and hung them on her “wall of fame” at home; this was an honor if you made her wall. Ruth made her home warm and welcoming; she adored her children, grandchildren, in-laws, extended family and friends. Ruth made lots of memories through the years; she made her holiday’s special and threw great Christmas Eve parties that will be treasured memories.

In 1967, Ruth and Paul opened their first drug store, The Village Apothecary in Billerica and a legacy was born. They ran their business as a “true old fashioned family business” with a huge family atmosphere; everyone was involved, family and friends alike. Ruth was a meticulous bookkeeper; she had everything in the store organized and accounted for; she was excellent at her job. Ruth was very friendly and helpful with her customer’s; she was certainly one of the main reasons that the business was so successful for more than 30 years. In the mid 1980’s, Ruth and Paul decided to expand their venture when their son Chris decided to join the profession and bought Kristal Pharmacy in the Lucci’s Plaza in Wilmington; they re-named the store The Village Apothecary II. Ruth, Paul and Chris soon added their personal touches and their welcoming personalities to the store which led them to become a popular “home town drug store”. After many years of serving the community, Ruth, retired in 1994.

Ruth will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman; she was kind, thoughtful and very loving. Ruth truly enjoyed her family and friends and she loved them with all her heart. She was “quite a lady” who will forever be in the hearts of those she touched.

Ruth was the beloved wife of 66 years to Paul S. Lyman, Sr., devoted mother of Paul S. Lyman, Jr. & partner Dorothy Tracy of Beverly, Dawn M. Ballou and Christopher Lyman & wife Patricia all of Wilmington, Jeffrey Lyman & wife Elaine of Tewksbury, Matthew J. Lyman & partner Jei Zhang of Washington, DC, Joseph A. Lyman & partner Marcello Peppi of Connecticut and the late Gregory T. Lyman & his former wife Laura of Reading. Loving “Nana” of Kerri Fleming & husband Richard Jr. of Illinois, Kristi Lyman & wife Kristen Thomas of Wilmington, Shannon Blacker & husband Ross of North Andover, Devon Londono & husband Jhon of Medford, Daniel Ballou III & wife Natasha of Andover, Sean Ballou & wife Rebecca of Salisbury, Rory Ballou & wife Nancy of Dracut, Meghan Fennelly & husband James of Wilmington, Larissa Lyman of Reading, John Lyman & fiance Maureen Devlin of Brighton, Alessandra Lyman and Jacqueline Lyman both of Wilmington, as well as 15 great-grandchildren Richard III, Hannah, Mairead, Kevin, Kennedy, Connor, Brendan, Maya, the late Olivia, Daniel IV, Luke, Jack, Evelyn, Thomas, and Vivian. Cherished daughter of the late Warren and Hannah (Goggin) Dole, dear sister of Barbara Kaveney & husband Michael of Wilmington, the late Robert, James and Warren Dole, Jr., sister-in-law of Kathleen Dole of Quincy, Susan Dole of Melrose, Donald & Ethel Lyman of Wilmington, Phillip Lyman of Cohasset, Mary & Brad Gray of Florida. Ruth is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, September 12th 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 Wednesday, September 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian

September 4th, 2019

Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, age 82, of Derry, NH, passed away peacefully with her family on Sept 3, 2019.

Betty was born Nov 20, 1936, to the late Thomas and Dorothy Boyle. She was raised in Wilmington, and was the older of the “3 Boyle Sisters”.

After graduating Wilmington High School, Betty married and settled in Wilmington, where she raised her 4 children with her former husband and friend, Jim Lothian, of Thornton NH.

Betty earned her Nursing Degree later in life. She loved being an RN and excelled for over 20 years in the Emergency Room at the former St. Joe’s Hospital in Lowell. She then retired from Saints Memorial Medical Center after 10 years of Pain Management Nursing.

Betty was an avid reader and was always eager to learn anything new. She loved to travel in and outside of the US, and loved the pre-trip research as much as the trip itself. Betty loved to cook, shop, and decorate her home. Hosting the Family Christmas Party was one of her favorite things. Betty especially loved her yearly “girls trip” to Cape Cod, and her Birthday drives up the NE Coastline. She adored her 2 kitties, Beau and Belle.

Betty was very much loved and will be sorely missed by her Family, Sisters and friends. She is survived by her 4 children and spouses: Debbie Marks and husband Randy, Patti Torres and her husband Tom, Tom Lothian and his wife Joyce, and Jay Lothian and his wife, Felicia. Beloved Grammie to Benjamin and Zachary Craig, Alison and Jeslyn Barbush, who were her favorite and adored caregivers, Phillip Jr and Hannah Torres, Jessica and Joshua Lothian, and Eliscia and Patrick Lothian. She was also the best Gigi to Lailah, Teghan and Eliana Mae. “Bettes” as she was affectionately called, also leaves her “other” beloved daughter, Laurie Allen.

Betty is survived by her best friends and broken hearted sisters, Marilyn Brisbois and her late husband Gerry, and Marti Sullivan, and her late husband Chet. Also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, September 8th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nevins Farm MSPCA, or any Local Hospice Support Program.

Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson

August 31st, 2019

Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, age 77, of Chelmsford, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on August 30, 2019.

Lucille was born on April 25, 1942 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos. Lucille was raised in Charlestown and graduated from St. Mary’s high school.

Lucille married her husband, Albert G. Gilson in 1965; they lived in Somerville for a short time before settling in Wilmington in 1967. Lucille was a loving mother to three boys; Phil, Steve, and Tom. She loved to spend time with her family and was especially delighted when she became “Nana” to Ashlyn Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle. Lucille and Albert shared many wonderful memories before his passing in 2016.

Lucille worked as a clerk at CVS in Wilmington for many years; she loved her job and enjoyed her customers.

In her spare time, Lucille loved to spend time in her garden. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. Lucille had a love for all animals and enjoyed babysitting for her family’s animals when they were away.

Lucille was a loving and gentle mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed dearly.

Lucille was the beloved wife of the late Albert G. Gilson, devoted mother of Phillip Gilson & his wife Heidi of Tyngsborough, Stephen Gilson & his wife Chanhsamone of Hudson, NH, and Thomas Gilson of Lowell, loving “Nana” of Ashlyn, Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle, cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos, dear sister of Carolyn Deal of Stoneham, the late John Enos and Cynthia Gallarelli, sister-in-law of Al Gallarelli of Wilmington. Lucille is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 6th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Lucille’s name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Donivee Vincent

August 31st, 2019

Donivee Vincent, (Lopresti), age 76, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on August 7, 2019.

Donivee was the beloved mother of Edward Bourque & wife Lisa of Wilmington and Brian Bourque & wife Melissa of Tewksbury. Loving “Grammy” of Mackenzie Bourque, David “DJ” Bourque and Jack Bourque. Cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Doris (Williams) Lospresti. Donivee is one of 8 siblings and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Donivee’s request all services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donivee’s memory may be made to a Charity of Your Choice.

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

Raymond E. Piretti, Jr.

August 28th, 2019

Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., age 81, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Medford, passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2019, at the Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus.

Ray was born on November 13, 1937, in East Boston, MA; he was the cherished only son to the late Raymond Sr. and Elizabeth Piretti. Ray grew up in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School.

In the early 1960’s, Ray and his wife Catherine moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful daughters; Francine, Christine and Raylene. Ray loved his family unconditionally; he was devoted to his daughters and adored his grandchildren Dakota, Mason, and Madisyn.

Ray was an entrepreneur when it came to business; he tried his hand at several different ventures but for the most part he was an auto salesman for most of his career. Ray’s outgoing personality and friendliness made him quite successful in whatever he was doing.

Ray was known to have a great sense of humor and was a typical jokester; he never took life too seriously and enjoyed having a good time with his family and friends. He was a great cook and loved having people around his table whether it was a holiday or a Sunday dinner.

Ray will be remembered as a “great guy” who lived life to the fullest; he treasured the time spent with family and friends. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Ray was the devoted father of Francine (Piretti) Tirrell & her husband Bill and Christine “Kiffy” Boudreau & her husband Ernie all of Tewksbury and Raylene Piretti & her companion Brian Feeley of Lowell. Loving “Gampa” of Mason, Madisyn and the late Dakota Catherine Boudreau, former husband and friend of the late Catherine Piretti. Cherished son of the late Raymond E. Sr. and Elizabeth G. (Fenton) Piretti, dear brother of the late Rose Piretti and Betty Ann Holland, brother-in-law of Linda & Eddie Helein of Burlington. Ray is also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 31st for Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Service at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ACDK Hope Foundation in memory of his granddaughter Dakota Catherine, 121 Foster Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876.