Obituaries

Joan M. Ferrante

July 23rd, 2020

Joan M. Ferrante (Richards), age 87, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Swampscott, MA and Pompano Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020, at the Artis Senior Living Center in Reading.

Joan was born on October 20, 1932, in Lynn, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Anthony and Anne (LeBlanc) Richards. Joan was raised and educated in Lynn and a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. Joan went on to further her education at Essex Agricultural Nursing School and soon after started a long and rewarding career as a nurse.

Joan took a nursing position at the Winthrop Hospital where she worked for many years. Her dedication and compassion to her patients as well as their families was unwavering; she cared for them as she would her own family. Joan retired from Winthrop Hospital and went to work at a few local area nursing homes to continue her care for others.

Joan married and moved to Swampscott, MA, where she raised her family; she was a devoted mother to Richard, Diane and Karl. Joan also had two beautiful granddaughters, Jennifer and Danielle and her great-grandson Anthony who loved her dearly.

Joan enjoyed many things in life; she was an amazing cook, an avid gardener and a very talented ballroom dancer; she just loved to dance and was elegant on the floor.

Joan was known to be a “snow bird” during the harsh New England winters; for many years she headed to Pompano Beach, Florida where she enjoyed the sun and fun and where she had a great group of friends. Following her retirement, Joan, was able to spend six months of the year at home in Revere and six months in Pompano Beach until her illness brought her back to the East Coast and closer to her family these last several years.

Joan will be fondly remembered for many things including her love of family, friends and animals. She was a hard worker, kind and compassionate to her patients. Joan had a heart of gold and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joan was the devoted mother of Richard Cashman and his companion Joan of Swampscott, Diane McBay and her husband Fran of Wilmington and Karl Cashman of Pompano Beach, FL, “Nonnie” of Jennifer Parker, Danielle Perotti and “Great-Nonni” of Anthony Perrotti. Beloved companion of Al Graiver of Pompano Beach, FL, dear sister of the late Louis Richards, George Richards, Beatrice Small, Julie Row and Theresa Johnson. Joan was also very special to Kimberly McKinnon and her family and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with Covid 19, the family has decided to have a private service at this time for Joan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Joan’s family would like to thank the folks at Artis Senior Living in Reading for the exceptional care that she received over the past few years and for treating her like family; they will forever be grateful.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Maryann (Curtin) Cain

July 22nd, 2020

Maryann (Curtin) Cain, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020, with her family at her side.

Maryann was the beloved wife of Fred D. Cain, Sr., devoted mother of Kathleen A. Dawe & husband Greg of Estero, FL, Fred D. Cain, Jr. & wife Patricia of Wolfeboro, NH, Patricia C. Provost & husband Carl of Woburn, Julie C. Kronenwett & husband Erich of Acton and Stephen M. Cain & wife Karen of Wilmington. Loving “Nannie” of Carolyn Hatem, Stephen Parsons, Jennifer Schnetzer, Fred D. Cain III, Matthew Johnson, Frederick Kronenwett, Sean Kronenwett, Patrick Kronenwett, Brittney Cain and Allison Cain, great-grandchildren Alexis Parsons, Dominic Menkello, Anthony Menkello, Christian Hatem, Bryer Cain, Brooklyn Cain, Ava Skye Lucas and Aubrey Lucas. Dear daughter of the late William and Pauline (Fentross) Curtin, sister of Christine Curtin of Largo, FL and the late William Curtin. Maryann is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, July 24th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 a.m. Please go to directly to church. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All guests attending Funeral Services are required to wear masks in the funeral home and in church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Maryann’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Ste. 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

Maryann A. (Sturzo) Langone

July 21st, 2020
Maryannn A. (Sturzo) Langone, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 20th, 2020.
Maryann and Anthony settled in Wilmington where they raised their three children Joseph, JoAnn and MaryAnn.
Maryann was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, niece, sister, and aunt. Maryann especially loved being a grandmother and great grandmother (GiGi). Maryann cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she attended countless school events, sports, dance recitals, birthday parties and many other special occasions.
Maryann was one of the first female police woman in Wilmington. She was very proud to serve her town.
Throughout the years Maryann loved enjoying summers in Wolfeboro, trips to Disney World , family vacations and the occasional trips to Foxwoods. She was a wonderful cook and was famous for her homemade meatballs, gravy, soup, and made every Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving special for her family.
Maryann was very faithful and loved being part of The St. Thomas Parish. Maryann will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady who loved her family and friends unconditionally.
Maryann was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Langone.  She was the loving mother of MaryAnn Gillis & her husband John, JoAnn Fogg & her husband Harry and Joseph Langone & his wife Maryjane all of Wilmington.  Maryann was the cherished “Grandma” of Katie Ware, Jay Gillis, Matt Gillis, Kelly Gillis, Kerry Rodenhiser, Colleen O’Hearn, Lianne Thibeault, Daniel Fogg, Joseph Fogg, Joseph Langone, Jennifer Smith, Kristie Langone, Kara Blais and their significant others.  Maryann leaves behind 27 great-grandchildren and also Ann Hadley who Maryann thought of as a daughter.  She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Agrippina (Patti) Sturzo.  Maryann is also survived by her brother; Joe Sturzo & his wife Mary of Wilmington, as well as many friends and extended family members.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all services will be held privately.

Memorial donations in Maryann’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

Lydia S. (Scurini) Bernard

July 15th, 2020

Lydia S. (Scurini) Bernard, age 65, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on July 12, 2020, following a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Lydia was born on November 18, 1954 in East Cambridge, MA; she was the cherished daughter of June (Brisbois) Scurini and the late Stephen Scurini. Lydia was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Joseph’s high school in Somerville.

After graduation, Lydia went to work for the Mass. Dept. of Public Health. She worked there for many years before taking a job as a Fulfillment Coordinator at Syneos/Adheris. Lydia loved her job and made many friends.

Lydia married Dennis Bernard on June 26th 1976. They moved to Wilmington, where they made their home. Lydia and Dennis loved to entertain their family and friends, often hosting barbecues, holidays, and special occasions. They also loved to spend time at their home in New Hampshire, where they enjoyed the outdoors. Lydia and Dennis made many wonderful memories before his passing in 2002.

Lydia’s family was most important to her; Lydia enjoyed her Sundays with the girls playing cards and having cocktails.

Lydia loved to travel, especially to Foxwoods with her “girls.” Recently, they were able to take a memorable trip to the Casino where they enjoyed a perfect day of fun and Lydia hit her big jackpot. Lydia was so happy to enjoy time with her family.

Lydia will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin to many. She was a strong fighter and she did not let her illness stop her from living her life and being part of some special family functions. Lydia will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Lydia was the beloved wife of the late Dennis Bernard, dear sister of Susan Cronin & her husband Patrick of Lowell, Stephen Scurini & his wife Rosemary of N. Andover and Ronald Scurini of Chelmsford, loving aunt of Stephen Scurini, III & his wife Jessica, Laura Stone & her husband Joshua, Caitlyn Cronin, Jack Scurini and Ryan Cronin, great-aunt of Zachary Scurini. Lydia is also survived by her special cousin and caregiver, Paula Baker, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

At the family’s request, Funeral Services for Lydia will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Lydia’s name may be made to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

George F. Pike, Jr.

July 14th, 2020

George F. Pike Jr., formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2020.

George was born on January 10, 1945, in Woburn, Massachusetts to his loving parents George and Emma and his big sister Dottie. At the time of his birth, he was deprived of oxygen and suffered severe Cerebral Palsy. As a little boy he was cared for at home by his mom and dad, and Dottie played with him all the time. As he grew, he needed more care than his family could give him at home, so he went to live at the Fernald School for the Disabled. His early years there were difficult ones, but George had a strong spirit and got through those tough times.

As times changed and conditions improved at Fernald, so did George’s life. He enjoyed daily activities, day trips and vacations. He loved listening to music and would often make wonderful sounds on the piano! He loved to watch sports on TV and was able to go to several sporting events. The staff even brought him to Disney World!

The last 10 years of George’s life were spent at a group home in North Chelmsford where he had wonderful care. Everyday he went to “work” at his day program in Lowell where he would enjoy activities, lunch, and see lots of friends. Dottie visited his home often, organized birthday parties, Super Bowl parties and World Cup festivities. Every year the staff hosted an annual Christmas party for the families to attend which were always enjoyable.

George was a happy guy and was loved by all who cared for him. Some referred to him as “Gentleman George”, as he really was a polite gentleman, but most everyone called him “Georgie”. The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the staff and caregivers of Georgie for their love, compassion and for never giving up on him. He loved his home and all those who cared for him.

Funeral services for George will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Ronald F. “Ron” Oliveira

July 12th, 2020

Ronald F. “Ron” Oliveira, age 72, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully on July 11th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Ron was born on November 25th, 1947 and was raised in a large family in Somerville.

Ron was an avid sports fan, he especially liked to follow the Boston sports teams. He coached Little League in Burlington and was involved in Wilmington Pop Warner for many years. Ron also served as a volunteer member of the Fire Department of Derry New Hampshire.

Ron worked in logistics for Anika Therapeutics. Ron retired from Anika Therapeutics in 2013.

Ron married the love of his life, Theresa Ventura, and the couple would have celebrated 49 years of marriage in September. Ron and Theresa liked to travel, spending winters at their condo in Hollywood, Florida with friends. He loved spending time with his family and making them laugh around holidays, Thanksgiving being his favorite. Ron was loved and will be missed by family, friends and neighbors.

Ron was the beloved husband of Theresa (Ventura) Oliveira of Wilmington, son of the late Manuel and Thelma (Perry) Oliveira, dear brother of Robert Oliveira of Tewksbury, Denise Chrisemer of Raymond, NH, and the late Carol Brothers, Paul Oliveira, Bette Lou Gayne & Dennis Oliveira. Son-in-law of the late Raymond and Mary (DiCenzo) Ventura. Brother in law of Raymond and Mary Ventura of Washington State. Ron is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews who adored and cherished their “Uncle Ronnie”.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62) on Friday, July 17th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral home service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ron’s name can be made to Winchester Hospital, ? Philanthropy Oncology Center in Ron Oliveira’s Memory, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890 or online at support.laheyhealth.org/WINgive.

Marjorie “Midge” Lucci

July 12th, 2020

Marjorie “Midge” L. (Landry) Lucci wife of John Lucci and Co-Founder of Lucci’s SuperMarket, long time resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday July 12, 2020.

Midge was born in Wakefield Mass on May 1st 1931. She was the daughter of John and Louise (Frawley) Landry. She was raised in Wakefield graduating from Wakefield High School Class of 1949. After graduation she became bookkeeper at Edson Shoe Company in Malden.

She met the love of her life John Lucci of Stoneham Ma. in 1952 and they married in 1955. In 1956 they moved to Wilmington and bought a small general store located at was then called Perry’s Corner which is today the intersection of Woburn Street and Lowell Street. They grew the small wooden store into the shopping center that operates on that site to present day.

Midge worked side by side with John, her mother in law Assunta for over forty years. Later they were joined by their son John III, who owns and operates the market today with his wife Susan.

Midge loved Wilmington, was active in St. Thomas Church and enjoyed private time with John and the children at their summer cottage on Long Beach in Gloucester Ma.

After John passed away in 2010 Midge remained Chairman of Lucci Realty Trust and President of Eastgate Liquors staying active in the businesses until just weeks before her passing.

In addition to being beloved wife to John she was devoted mother to Deborah, John III and his wife Susan of Boston, Donna of North Reading, Brenda and James Bradley of West Newbury and Kenneth of Wilmington and Florida. She was proud grandmother to Frank, Breanna, Adriana, John IV, Michael, Madison, Brendan and Tatiana. Known to them as Nana Midge, her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was sister to John and his wife Melody of Florida and predeceased Thomas of Florida.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, July 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Midge will be held on Wednesday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All are required to wear a Mask in the Funeral Home as well as in the Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Midge’s memory to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B 102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Ruth I. Filipowicz

July 9th, 2020

Ruth I. Filipowicz, age 98, a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2020, at Fullerton Gardens Alzheimer’s Residential Care in Fullerton, California.

Ruth was born in Pleasant Hills, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Hedrick and Edith Dickson. The family moved to Chelsea a few years later. Although Ruth was one of three valedictorians of the Chelsea High School Class of 1939 and wanted to become a home economics teacher, the family didn’t have the means to send her to college, so she went to work in the front office of the Chelsea Clock Company. During World War II, Ruth was a member of the USO, going to dances to help entertain servicemen. She met her life-partner, Joseph (Joe) Filipowicz, at a dance in Revere, and they were married in 1948. Their daughter, Catherine, was born in 1950.

Joe and Ruth bought land in Wilmington and built their own house, moving in early 1955. Ruth became a full-time homemaker. The couple worked companionably side by side on many projects over the decades. After nearly 66 years of marriage, Joe passed away in August 2014. Two years later, Ruth moved to California to be near her daughter.

Ruth enjoyed working with children. She served as an elementary school tutor and library volunteer. For many years, she was a Girl Scout leader and day camp counselor, with a favorite troop trip being a hike up Mount Monadnock. Ruth organized the town Scout and Camp Fire groups to carry the books from the little old Wilmington Library down the street to the new library building when it opened.

A lover of the outdoors, Ruth embarked on many camping trips, moving up from a tent to a pop-up tent trailer to travel trailers. Eventually, she and Joe spent many happy summers at Lake Champagne Campground in Randolph Center, Vermont. Ruth enjoyed fishing, canoeing, walking in the woods, knowing where the blackberry bushes were hidden, and hand-feeding the chipmunks … besides chatting with good friends. Ruth and Joe grew terrific vegetable gardens in both Wilmington and Vermont, and each year Ruth planted a long bed of flowers in front of their trailer.

Ruth loved to read and shared her daughter’s interest in history. Together, they walked the Boston Freedom Trail and made an historical road trip through Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky. Ruth sewed a number of colonial-era dresses, was a guide for the first open houses when the town of Wilmington acquired Harnden Tavern, and helped organize town American Bicentennial activities in 1975, including the Colonial Living Arts Festival.

Joe and Ruth were active in the Wilmington Senior Center from its beginning. Ruth was a line dancer, a regular participant in exercise class, and a planner of special events. She and Joe made many painted decorative wooden items and toys to sell at the annual fall fair.

Ruth will be remembered as intelligent, friendly, strong, and hard-working. She was a devoted daughter and truly a member of Joe’s family. While fostering a peaceful home life, she also spoke her mind; right up to her passing, she was known for her “feisty-ness.” Intellectual curiosity was perhaps Ruth’s most basic characteristic; she loved maps, encyclopedias, nature identification books (birds, trees, flowers), mystery stories, radio talk shows, and looking at big machines and seeing how they work.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Joseph C. Filipowicz and devoted mother of Catherine Steinhoff and her husband Nicholas of La Mirada, California. She was the sister of Dorothy Smith, formerly of Stoneham, and the late Havelock and Lloyd Dickson. Ruth is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, July 15th, from 10:00 – 11:00, followed by a brief service at the funeral home and burial in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All guests are required to wear a mask.

Donations in Ruth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary T. Dillon

July 6th, 2020

Mary T. Dillon (Hopkins), age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2020, at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on June 22, 1943; she was the dear daughter of the late George and Mary Hopkins. Mary was raised and educated in Roslindale, MA.

Mary met Robert Dillon on Patriot’s Day 1963 and they were married 6 months later on December 14. Soon after, they started their family and moved to Wilmington, MA where they have had a beautiful home and life for 56 years.

Mary owned and operated a hair salon called Scissors Point where she worked along side her oldest daughter. She continued to work as a hair dresser with her good friend Cheryl Cheevers at Hair Designs for 10+ years until she retired.

Mary faced many health related obstacles in her life that she dealt with in stride and overcame them again and again. She beat cancer 3 times and survived a massive heart attack that left her in a coma for 6 weeks. She was one tough cookie.

In her retired life she spent the winters with her husband Bob in Florida, but loved coming back to her home in Wilmington for the summers to spend time with her grandchildren -where she was known as “Nana.”

Mary loved cooking dinners for her family, singing Christmas songs year round, scratching cash words lottery tickets, and going to church every Sunday.

Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, friend and Nana. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Mary was the beloved wife of Robert E. Dillon, loving mother of Mary “Teri” Brady and Wayne, Kelly Ann Dillon and Robert E. Dillon, Jr. and Leeann Fleming. Loving Nana of Katey, Russell, Jacob, Julia, Jacklyn and Jack. Cherished daughter of the late George and Mary (Cronin) Hopkins, dear sister of Joann Zambia and George Hopkins both of Braintree, the late Charles Hopkins and Donna Marie Greene. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families and her favorite neighbor Donny Morse. She was also the best friend of the late Vicki Yentile Webb.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 9th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

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

Susan M. Farese

July 6th, 2020

Susan M. Farese (Leach), age 67, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Susan was the beloved wife and best friend of 45 years to Biagio M. Farese and the devoted mother of Dr. Christina Farese of Wilmington and Jeffrey Farese and his wife Debbie of Georgia, loving “Nonna” of Emily, Zachary, and Kaylie. Cherished daughter of the late Clayton and Amelia (Essick) Leach, sister of Claire Rivard of Methuen.

Nothing brought Susan more joy than her family and her home—except maybe her time spent floating in the pool or at the beach with her husband. She took great pride in her children’s educational accomplishments and modeled for them in all that she did hard work, compassion, and faith. She is known for her amazing meatballs, love of margaritas and mai tais, and marathon shopping sprees.

Her love of people was exemplified in her 30-year career in human resources at Vaisala Inc. There she exhibited kindness, compassion, and grace as she supported her colleagues through the ups and downs of business with a listening ear, plenty of tissues, and chocolate.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. All guests are required to wear a mask in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com