Obituaries

Maria M. Mosher

April 9th, 2019

Maria M. (Nigrelli) Mosher, age 71, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Tewksbury, passed away on April 6, 2019.

Maria was the beloved wife of the late Willard Mosher, devoted mother of William Poirier, Jr. & his wife JoAnn of Stow, MA, Wayne Poirier of Charlestown, NH, and Michelle Marino & her husband Eric of Salem, NH, loving “Nana” of Josh Poirier, Meghan Archer, Melanie Poirier, Jordyn Marino and Brianna Marino, cherished daughter of the late Cosimo S. and Marie (Dudley) Nigrelli, dear sister of John Nigrelli, James Nigrelli and Audriann Tyrrell. Maria is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, April 13th at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Maria’s name may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162. https://web.cshospice.org/foundation/giving/

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Dorothy (Stowe) Noel

April 5th, 2019

Dorothy Noel (Stowe), “Dottie”, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019.

Dorothy was born on December 16, 1928, in Everett; she was the cherished only child to the late Ernest and Dorothy Stowe. She was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.

Dorothy married the “love of her life” Larry Noel in 1950; the couple shared over 57 wonderful years together before his passing in 2007. Larry and Dottie moved to Wilmington in 1951 where they raised their family. Dottie was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother; she was always there to support her family in every way. Dottie and Larry became very involved in their new community and she was always at his side helping with Wilmington Little League and Wilmington Pop Warner. Dottie traveled all over New England supporting Pop Warner and helping in every way possible; she also ran the concession stand for Little league baseball for many years.

As a parent, Dottie, attended countless sporting events for “her boys”; she was their biggest cheerleader and never missed an event. When Dottie became a “Nana” to Bonnie and Nick her world became even brighter. Dottie took Bonnie to countless dance classes and competitions and attended numerous sports games for Nick. She just adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dottie was also the first “Mrs. Claus” for the town of Wilmington; she along with her husband Larry also known as “Santa” enjoyed their yearly visits with the children in town and brought many smiles to their little faces. They truly loved being part of such a memorable event for many, many years.

Dottie will be fondly remembered for her beautiful smile and generous spirit; she was the ultimate caregiver to many people throughout her life. Dottie went out of her way to do anything she could for her family, friends and neighbors; there was no limit to her energy. She was kind, caring, giving and had a great personality; she made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Dottie was truly a “one of a kind” lady who will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Larry Noel, devoted mother of Bob Noel of Tewksbury, the late Ray Noel and Karen Noel. Loving “Nana” of Bonnie Mounsey & husband Rich of Wilmington, Nick Noel & girlfriend Erica Carfango of Tewskbury and great-grandchildren Benjamin, Mia and Jaclyn.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Dorothy’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Alfred N. Rongone

April 3rd, 2019

Alfred N. Rongone, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on April 1, 2019. Alfred was born on March 9, 1937. He was a hard-working man, working up until the day he was called back to his wife, Renzel and his parents, Alfred and Susan.

Alfred grew up in East Boston until his parents moved to Lexington, where he attended high school. He started working on Draglines with his father right out of high school while taking college courses at night. He also entered the Air Force, where he got the opportunity to see much of Europe and Africa.

After the Air Force, Alfred focused his time on working in the family business, A. Rongone & Sons, with his father and brother, Edward. For years, he worked side by side with his father learning all he could about Draglines and he loved every minute of it.

For more than 60 years, he has been all over Massachusetts, parts of New Hampshire and Rhode Island running Draglines and doing what he loved. He met many people and was an unforgettable guy, he will live on in the hearts and memories of so many.

He is survived by his son Allen Rongone, son Wayne Rongone, daughter April Hunt, daughter Angela Merrill and her husband E.J., and son Nicholas Rongone and his wife Marcia. His four grandchildren, Sofia, Anthony, Avery and Lylah. His nieces Carol Carbutt and Anne McCormack and their families, and his sister-in-law, Ave Rongone. His Great-nieces HaleySue and Sariah.

He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity and strong work ethic. Rest easy, Big Al.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, April 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Alfred’s name may be made to the Chester Police Benevolent Assoc., 84 Chester St., Chester, NH 03036 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

John P. Foley

April 3rd, 2019

John P. Foley, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on April 2, 2019.

John was the beloved husband of the late Jean A. (Russell) Foley, devoted father of Essey Foley & her husband Stephen Lucas of Billerica, June Champagne & her husband Normand of Belmont, NH, John P. Foley Jr. & his wife Melanie and Susan Hardimon all of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of John Daniel “JD” Lucas, Jesse Lucas & wife Taylor, Timothy John Champagne, Matthew MacEachern, Trevor Foley, Luke Foley, Michael Hardimon & wife Deb, Shelley Kresser & husband Erik, Tara Tonello & husband Brian and great-grandchildren Cameron, Kacey, Patrick, Ryleigh and Lexi. Cherished son of the late John P. and Margaret A. (Johnson) Foley, dear brother of the late Margaret Ann Kelly.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service with Military Honors at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Saturday, April 6th at 12:30 p.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, April 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave. Waltham, MA 02451 or Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include honoree’s name (John Foley) in the memo line.

John proudly served in the United States Army-Air Force during World War II.

Edward J. Melanson

March 31st, 2019

Edward J. Melanson, age 88, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 30th, 2019, surrounded by his entire loving family.

Ed was a hard-working man, he worked for over 30 years as a Pile Driver for the Carpenter’s Union Local #56.  He built many houses in and around Wilmington and worked in maintenance for over 14 years for the Wilmington Housing Authority.

Ed was deeply loved by his family. As his health declined over the past weeks, Ed’s family spent every possible moment with him, caring for his every need, showing remarkable devotion to their husband, father, “Grampy”, “GG” and friend.

Ed was the devoted husband of Katherine (Hayford) Melanson of Wilmington.  He was the loving father of Mark Melanson & his wife Patricia of Reading, Paula Powers & her companion Harry Chambers, and Peter Melanson & his wife Maureen, all of Tewksbury.  Ed was the beloved “Grampy” of Ashlin Dasilva, Janelle Crosby, Brenna & Kaelyn Melanson, Jennifer Powers, Justin LaCau, and Makayla & Ethan Melanson.  He was the cherished “GG” of Brynn & Emmy Dasilva and Taylor LaCau.  Ed was the son of the late Joseph and Georgine (Saulnier) Melanson.  He was the dear brother of the late Thomas Melanson, survived by his wife Dorothy, and the late Jeanne Muise, survived by her husband Paul.  Ed is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Guay, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 2nd from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ed’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/donate.  Ed proudly served in the US Army.

John P. Cipriani

March 30th, 2019

John P. Cipriani, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2019.

John was the beloved husband of Priscilla A. (Richards) Cipriani, devoted father of Carol (Cipriani) Mutchler of Wilmington, Paul Cipriani & his wife Deborah of Derry, NH, formerly of Wilmington and Kenneth Cipriani & his wife Deneen of Hudson, NH. Loving “Aboo” of Matthew, Adam & Bethany Mutchler, Jenessa & James Mobley, Kristen & Victor Perrine, Meredith Cipriani, Taylor & Victoria Cipriani and great-grandfather of Amaya, Leia, Ava, Stella and Harrison. Cherished son of the late Victor and Louise (DeSantis) Cipriani, dear brother of the late Eleanor Vellante.

Family and friends will gather for Service with Military Honors at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, April 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory MGH Home Base Program, Red Sox Foundation for Wounded Warriors, 1 Constitution Wharf, Charlestown, MA 02129.

John proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Midway during World War II.

Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce

March 28th, 2019

Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce, age 77, of Lady Lake, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 24, 2019.

Kathleen was born on July 7, 1941 in Lawrence, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John M. and Helen (McAvoy) Murphy. Kathleen was raised in Lawrence as part of a loving family of five sisters.

Kathleen met her husband, William “Bill” Pierce, in 1958; the couple dated for a few years before getting married on August 7, 1960. Kathleen and Bill lived in Lynn before moving to Wilmington in 1963, where they raised their three children, Bill, Colleen and John.

Kathleen worked at J.B. Thomas hospital as a clerk; through her hard work and dedication to her job, Kathleen was promoted to a purchasing officer. She worked as a purchasing officer for many years before she decided to make a career change. Kathleen went to work at General Electric in Lynn as a fork truck driver. Kathleen loved her job and worked there for many years before she retired.

Kathleen and Bill loved to spend time at their homes in Wells, ME and Lady Lake, FL. They spent winters in Florida and summers in Maine before moving to Florida permanently. Kathleen loved the ocean and the sand. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters who also moved to Florida. In her spare time, she enjoyed relaxing and catching up on her latest television shows.

Kathleen will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Kathleen was the beloved wife of 58 years of William A. Pierce, devoted mother of William C. Pierce & his wife Lois of Jamestown, RI, Colleen Pettinati & her husband John of Canton, GA and John Pierce & his wife Kathleen of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Emily, Corey, Kyle, Michaila, Jonathan, Brendan and Shauna, cherished daughter of the late John M. and Helen (McAvoy) Murphy, dear sister of Michele Herrick & her late husband Allan, Helen Thomson & her late husband James all of Lady Lake, FL, Jacqueline Goodwin & her husband Ronald of Tewksbury and the late Patricia Peterson & her late husband Theodore. Kathleen is also survived by 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) on Monday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 31st from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kathleen’s name may be made to The Children’s Health Defense, 1227 North Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 202, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Shirley M. Hadfield

March 27th, 2019

Shirley M. Hadfield, age 92, and long-time resident of Wilmington, MA., died peacefully Wednesday, March 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born in Calais, ME., November 1, 1926. Shirley was a 1944 graduate of Cony High School in Augusta, Maine. Shirley married her husband John in 1950 and had a wonderful marriage for 66 years before John’s passing in 2016. She was a loving mother and homemaker. When her children were of school age, she started her professional career at Avco in Wilmington, Ma. She retired in 1987 as a Subcontract Administrator. Late in her working career, she took night classes at Middlesex Community College and earned her associate’s degree shortly after her retirement.

Shirley and her husband John, with neighborhood friends, began the Wilmington Dance Party and became the first presidents. They, along with many other Wilmington residents, enjoyed the dance party for many years. They played bridge every month with their Strout Ave. neighbors and also enjoyed many travel adventures with them. Never one to be idle, in her spare time, she was always working on one of her many crafts. To highlight a few, she was an accomplished seamstress and made all her daughters’ beautiful wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses. She also made beautiful stained-glass lamps and window ornaments that family and friends will always cherish.

Upon her retirement, Shirley was a very active volunteer member of the Friends of the Wilmington Library and the Wilmington Garden Club. Along with her other activities there, it was joy for her to provide them both with her beautiful handmade floral arrangements.

Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband John and beautiful granddaughter Elizabeth Hadfield. Shirley is survived by her four children, Penelope Roche & husband Michael of Orange, MA, Pamela McDade & husband Norman of Andover, MA, James Hadfield & wife Patricia of Glastonbury, CT, and Patricia Campbell & husband Doctor John of Enterprise, AL. Shirley is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jennifer and Jillian Roche; Melissa (McDade) McMahon; Rebecca, Jessica, and John Hadfield; Katelin (Campbell) Haver, Kristine (Campbell) Sawyer, Patrick and Matthew Campbell. Shirley also has two great-granddaughters, Audrey McMahon and Anna Haver and 3 great-grandsons, Jameson Campbell, John Haver and William Sawyer. She was the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Brown) Shipley and the last of 7 siblings. Shirley is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was always there for her family and friends. Her loving ways, sense of humor and wit will truly be missed by all. She will forever be in our hearts.

The family sends warmest gratitude to the wonderful staff at Quabbin Valley Healthcare and Trinity Hospice for their tremendous care.

Family & friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 30th from 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Shirley’s Funeral Services will be at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Burial services will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Quabbin Valley Healthcare Activities Department, 821 Daniel Shays Highway, Athol, MA 01331.

Emma C. Torres

March 26th, 2019

Emma C. (Perez) Torres, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away on March 22, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.

Emma was the beloved wife of the late Fausto Torres, devoted mother of Fausto Torres & his wife Edith Herrera of Bronx, NY, Ricardo Torres & his wife Marisol of Queens, NY, Mario Torres & his wife Martha of Methuen Ma, Aurora Alves & her husband Candido of Yonkers, NY, Jannette Torres of Bronx, NY, Emma Torres & her husband Fernando Ayora of Tampa, FL, Gina Torres of Lawrence and Mabel Torres & her husband Cesar Montesinos of Woburn Ma.

Emma was the loving grandmother “Abuelita” of Romyna, Cesar, Angelo, Jose, Angeline, Andrés, Andrea, Maria Fernanda, Michelle, Pamela, Denise, Katherine, Nadia, Aline, Chris, Nicol, Mical, Ricky, Samantha, Mia, Mathew, Jessica, Johana, and Joshua.

Great-Grandma “Bis Abuela” of Nahyn, Valerya, Leonardo, Gabby, Connor, Jade, Nathaniel, Remi, Issaia, Joel, Giuliana, Luciana, Robert, Amy, Jonathan, Lauren, Victoria, Andrew, Christina, Mathew.

Emma was the cherished daughter of the late Luis Perez and Aurora Escorza de Perez, dear sister of Matilde Perez de Pinto, Luis Perez, Hector Perez, and Manuel Perez. Emma is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Lovely Emma will be remembered as a simple yet strong and generous lady: she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, March 28th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody on Friday, March 29th at 12:00 noon.

Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan

March 19th, 2019

Shirley Jean Nolan (Nutt), age 72, of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2019 at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.

Shirley was born on June 16, 1946 in Arlington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Ellen V. (Trombley) Nutt.

Shirley married her “sweetheart” Robert Nolan over 50 years ago; the couple lived in Wilmington before moving to Tewksbury. Shirley loved her home and she took pride in raising her children Keith and Dawn-Marie. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother; she was the “glue” of the family and she cherished all the great times they had together.

After Shirley’s children went to school, she went to work as an administrative assistant. Shirley loved her job; she was a “jack of all trades”; her endearing personality and great people skills made her a favorite among her co-workers as well as her customers. Shirley retired from Dell several years ago to take a position as a full time “Nana,” for her only granddaughter Makayla Jean; this was her most favorite job.

Shirley will be remembered as a simple yet strong lady; she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Shirley was the beloved wife of 50 years of Robert J. Nolan, devoted mother of Keith W. Nolan and Dawn-Marie Nolan, loving “Nana” of Makayla Jean Nolan all of Tewksbury, dear sister of Dorothy Alcott and her late husband Joe of CT, Trudy Ann Wade & her husband Frank of Milford, NH and the late Cynthia Wilson, sister-in-law of William Nolan of Wilmington. Shirley is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Philanthropy Office, Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.