Obituaries

Doreen O’Brien

May 28th, 2019

Doreen O’Brien (McLaughlin), age 65, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 23, 2019.

Doreen was born on July 31, 1953, in Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Phelen) McLaughlin. Doreen grew up in Dorchester and was a graduate of Roslindale High School. Following graduation, Doreen, attended Suffolk University and earned an additional degree from Middlesex Community College.

Doreen moved to Wilmington over 40 years ago where she raised her children. She was a very devoted and loving mother who was always there to support her family.

In her spare time, Doreen, enjoyed gardening, collecting her wind chimes, playing her games, watching movies and heading of to the casino with her sister just to “try her luck”. She was very crafty and known for her artistic prowess.

Doreen was an avid animal lover and she leaves behind her beloved yorkie Benji (poops) O’Brien.

Doreen was the beloved mother of Kerie O’Brien of Houston, TX, Michael O’Brien and his wife Julia and Matthew O’Brien all of Wilmington. Loving “Grandma” of Michael O’Brien. Dear sister of Paula Redmond and her husband David of Fort Myers, FL, Geraldine Egan and her husband James of Framingham and John McLaughlin and his wife Diane of Myrtle Beach, SC. Doreen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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Deirdre “Dee” Doyle

May 27th, 2019

Deirdre M. Doyle “Dee” (Sullivan), age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on May 24, 2019, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston following a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Dee was born in Cambridge, MA on July 13, 1953; she was the dear daughter of the late Eddie and Rosemary Sullivan. Dee was raised and educated in Cambridge and a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School. She went on to further her education at BriMan College School of Medical Arts where she earned her Associates Degree as a Medical Secretary.

Dee married her “high school sweetheart” Tom Doyle in July of 1982; the couple made their home in Wilmington over 35 years ago where they raised their son Tom Jr. Dee was a very devoted and loving wife and mother; her family was her world.
Dee was known to be a “uniter” who enjoyed bringing her family and friends together for holidays and special occasions.

Dee was also a hard worker; for many years she worked as a medical secretary at Beth Israel in Boston until her son was born and she decided to be home and open a daycare business. Dee truly loved her job as a daycare provider; she was wonderful to the children that were in her care throughout the years and she always treated them as if they were her own.

In her spare time, Dee, enjoyed reading, watching sports especially the Patriots, going to the beach and hanging out with her friends. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor; she loved a good joke, a good laugh and she had an infectious smile.

Dee was a very kind and caring person who loved her family and friends with all her heart. She was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dee was the beloved wife of Thomas F. Doyle, devoted mother of Thomas F. Doyle, Jr. both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Timothy “Eddie” and Rosemary (Lothian) Sullivan, dear sister of Timothy Sullivan of Colorado, Michael J. Sullivan & his wife Janet, Therese Ouelette and John Sullivan all of Wilmington. Best friend of Frannie Burke, Margie Gaudette, Debbie Mason, Barbara Moura and Hazel Valentino. Dee is also survived by her beloved pets Rocky and Jazzy as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, May 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Dee’s memory may be made to Ovarian Cancer, c/o American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Margaret A. “Peggy” Kane

May 25th, 2019

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Kane, age 71, a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away on May 22, 2019.

Peggy was born on June 3, 1947 in Weymouth, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Leonard T. and Norma G. (Walsh) MacDonnell. Peggy grew up in Nahant and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn.

Following graduation, Peggy went to Emmanuel College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. She then went on to receive her master’s degree in Education from Salem State College.

Peggy spent over 35 years as an English Teacher at Medford High School, before retiring. She was devoted to her job; Peggy made many friends with her co-workers and special bonds with her students.

Peggy married the late Dennis M. Kane on November 21, 1972. They moved to Wilmington where they raised their three children, Stacey, Catherine and Andrew.

Peggy was very involved in the Wilmington community; she served on the Wilmington School Committee for eighteen years and appointed Chairperson of the School Committee from 2007 – 2016. Peggy’s consistent dedication to the Town of Wilmington school system was recognized this past fall when she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mass. Association of School Committees. Due to her health issues, Peggy had to step down from the School Committee last year.

Peggy’s involvement in the town continued to the Wilmington Library where Peggy served as President of Friends of the Wilmington Library from 2009 -2018. She could also be found volunteering at the Book Store Next Door.

Peggy was a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. She enjoyed participating in the Church events and “Ruth’s Circle,” a women’s group in the Church. Peggy was involved in the Wilmington Senior Center, and many town book clubs.

In her spare time, Peggy loved to socialize; she was a true “social butterfly.” She loved to spend time with the friends she made in her circles. They included her Fun Club, Bridge Club, her St. Mary’s high school friends, her Medford teacher’s friends all of who she continued to keep in touch with and meet up regularly. She and her life-long best friend, Carroll Burns, shared many special memories, laughs, and trips over the years.

Peggy was a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. Her selfless devotion to her family, school and town will never be forgotten.

Peggy was the beloved wife of the late Dennis M. Kane, devoted mother of Stacey Benoit & her husband Rob of Wilmington, Catherine Kane & her late husband Corey Sealock of Littleton and Andrew Kane & his wife Denise of Salem, NH, loving “Nana” of Jared, Madison and Margaret, cherished daughter of the late Leonard T. and Norma G. (Walsh) MacDonnell, dear sister of Nancy Walfield & her husband Howard of Grapevine, TX, Maureen King & her husband Scott of Chesapeake, VA and Mary Lou Canty & her husband Sean of Nahant. Peggy is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund, 159 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887, the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Wilmington Community Fund, P.O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Albert E. Hall

May 25th, 2019
Albert E. Hall, fondly known as “Al” or “Albie” to his family and friends, of Stoneham, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on May 23, 2019, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness.  He was 74 years old.

Al was born on April 7, 1945, in Medford, MA; he was the beloved son of the late Chester H. and Dorothy (Laird) Hall.  Al was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1963. Al was known to be quite an athlete; he was an avid football player in high school and a member of the Wildcat Football Team that took the State Title in 1963 and later went on to be inducted into the Wilmington Wildcats Hall of Fame.

Al married his high school sweetheart, Janis Iovanna in 1966; the couple became parents to four wonderful daughters.  Al was a very devoted and loving husband and father; his family was his world.  When Al became a “Papa” to 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren his world became even brighter.  Al cherished the time he spent with those kids and always looked forward to their visits.

Al had many hobbies; he enjoyed collecting stamps and old coins as well as dabbling in sales and bartering; he became quite a whiz on ebay.  He also enjoyed gardening and “puttering” around his house and yard.

Al will be remembered for his unconditional love and devotion for his family and friends.  He would go out of his way to do anything for anyone.  Al was a great guy who will forever be missed by all who loved him.

Al was the beloved husband of Janis E. (Iovanna) Hall, devoted father of Melissa Hall and George Jackson of North Andover, Pam Meuse & husband Steve of Methuen, Sheila Hall and Alison O’Neil both of Stoneham, loving Papa of Amanda, Matt, Clay, Nick, Adam, Samantha, Andrew, Emily, Ben, Caera and great-grandchildren Sean Patrick, Adrianna, Savannah, Stetson and Grace.  Dear brother of Bill Hall of Fitchburg, Frank Hall of Connecticut, Arthur Hall of Maine, John Hall of Wilmington, Dorothy Hall of Tewksbury, Gwen Sheehan of Dracut and the late Chester Hall.  Al 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, on Wednesday, May 29th for Visitation from 2:00-6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA  02451.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Judy L. Kenson

May 21st, 2019

Judy L. Kenson, Age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2019 with her family at her side.

Judy was the beloved wife of George Kenson for over 34 years. She was a doggy mom to Charite, Jenny, and Nikki all black toy poodles. Often joining her dogs in doggy school. She was a stepmother to George’s daughters, Kim Kenson and Pam DiPesa. Judy was also the loving grandmother of Taylor, Ryan and Heather. Devoted daughter of the late Francis and Lee Zaruba of Fostoria, OH. Judy was a sister to Sally Jinks, Janet Porter, and Jean Zaruba and aunt to Brian Jinks.`

In retirement, Judy was a board member of NAMI and taught Family-to-Family courses helping many families cope with mental illness. Judy was a respected Quality Engineer at Raytheon in Woburn. Judy worked until age 70 as every time she wanted to retire they asked her to stay just a bit longer. She started her career as a science teacher at Methacton Middle School.

Everyone will miss Judy in their own way, George will miss going on trips in the motorhome with Judy. In particular, he will miss going to Disney World with her each winter, camping by the ocean in the summer, and visiting the White Mountains in the fall. Judy loved traveling with George and would often tell the story of an early date with George where he flew her to Nantucket in his plane.

Kim will miss the way that Judy became the family organizer and made sure that there was always a plan to get together on holidays and birthdays. She would organize trips to Maine and invite everyone in the family to come and share the vacation homes she would rent at her expense. She was a very powerful woman and I will miss just spending time with her just conversing about life.

Pam, Heather, Taylor, and Ryan will miss Judy deeply, “Judy meant the world to us, she was always there for me and my 3 children. She helped all three by providing a no cost college education to each of her husband’s grandchildren. She was a best friend to me, when I needed to talk and a source of strength for the whole family. Judy kept our whole family together as one, always including all members at Summer vacation house every year. Judy cared for my father and interests , and had a great sense of humor. “Words can’t describe what an amazing person she was. She will always be missed but in our hearts forever.”

Louise remembers Judy as her best friend for fifty years. She will miss the time that they played together… tennis, skiing, bridge, and gourmet cooking. “Judy listened to my woes and gave me sound advice. I will truly miss her.”

Brian will miss visiting “Aunt Judy” and going on adventures like visiting historic sites in and around Massachusetts. Judy and Brian had so much in common… cooking, love of history, and being nerds that he will deeply miss coming for visits.

Judy’s services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to the NAMI Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Eleanor M. (Jarvis) Curran

May 21st, 2019

Eleanor M. (Jarvis) Curran, “Sis”, age 83, of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 following a long and courageous battle with COPD, Emphysema and Lung Cancer.

Eleanor was born on March 19, 1936 in Chelsea and lived in Reading. Eleanor is survived by her sister, Ruth M. Jarvis of Reading and predeceased by her brothers George and Richard Jarvis.

Eleanor married the late Stephen F. Curran, Jr. in 1955 and had eight children including the late Mary E. (Curran) Giannotti & her husband Franklin of Wilmington, Stephen F. Curran, III & his wife May of Reading, Joan (Curran) DellaPaolera & her husband John of Andover, Charles T. Curran & his wife Carolyn of Dracut, Ellen Marie Curran of Wilmington, the late Therese M. (Curran) Whitcomb of Maynard, Patricia A. (Curran) Carter & her husband Richard of NH and Kathleen M. (Curran) DiPerri & her husband Richard of Dracut.

Eleanor is survived by her grandchildren including Lauren E. Giannotti, John D. DellaPaolera, III, Catherine Cunningham, Patrick Carter, Richard Carter, Christopher Carter and Kaitlyn DiPerri.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Richard C. Heidbreder, MD Patient Comfort Fund, Winchester Hospital, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Edward C. Hanlon

May 19th, 2019

Edward C. Hanlon, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden and Winthrop, passed away on May 18, 2019.

Edward was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Brennan) Hanlon, devoted father of Leslie Coye & her husband Kenneth of Malden, Dana Doyle & her husband James of Wilmington and Edward “Ned” Hanlon of Winthrop, loving “Grandpa” of Kristen Reidy & her husband Michael, Kathleen Christensen & her husband Ryan, Erin Doyle and Ryan Hanlon & his wife Elizabeth, Great-grandfather of Sean Reidy, Jack, Eleanor and Maeve Hanlon, cherished son of the late William and Mary Sarah (Schwartz) Hanlon, dear brother of Paul Hanlon of CA, Arthur Hanlon of NH, Dorothy Turner of CA, the late William, Rita, Albert, Robert and Hubert Hanlon. Edward is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Peter G. Anderson

May 18th, 2019

Peter G. Anderson, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2019.

Peter was the beloved husband of Louise E. (Birkle) Anderson, devoted father of Gregory Anderson of Rocky Hill, CT and Jennifer Contrada & her husband Jonathan of Wilmington, loving “Pop Pop” of Cailin, Kylie, Parker and Chace, cherished son of the late Gordon and Ethel (Kerr) Anderson, dear brother of Jeffrey Anderson & his wife Diane of Rockland, Bradley Anderson & his wife Karen of North Hills, CA and Christopher Anderson & his wife Jennifer of Gilford, NH.  Peter is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Gronemeyer of Wilmington, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m.  Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Peter’s name may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Marilyn D. Bouvier

May 15th, 2019

Marilyn D. Bouvier (Dean), age 76, a long-time resident of Tewksbury, passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2019.

Marilyn was born in Boston, MA on October 25, 1942; she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Dean. Marilyn was raised in Newton, MA and was a graduate of Mount Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill with the Class of 1960.

Marilyn moved to Tewksbury in 1972 where she raised her children. Marilyn was a devoted and loving mother who attended countless school and sporting events; she was always there to support her children and was their biggest cheerleader from the sidelines. After her children were grown, Marilyn, returned to college and earned her degree in Mental Health and Counseling from Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

Marilyn took pride in her home and yard; she kept her house spotless and created beautiful flower gardens throughout her yard.

Marilyn enjoyed traveling to Colorado, Chicago, Toronto and Cooperstown, New York; but she especially loved taking trips to Canada and spending time with her extended family.

Marilyn will be fondly remembered for her love of sports; she was an avid Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fan who looked forward to attending and watching countless games throughout the years.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Mark Bouvier, devoted mother of Alicia Curley & husband Edward Curley Jr. of Norwell, Valerie Ryan & husband Garrett Ryan of Avon, Paul Erikson & wife Mary Erikson of Michigan and William Erikson & wife Seol Young Erikson of Auburn. Loving “Grammy” of Maverick, Travis, Meghan, Amanda, Connor, Patrick, Liam, Billy and Jenny. Dear daughter of the late William and Margaret (Gillis) Dean, sister of William Dean and Ronald Dean.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, May 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m

Natalie E. Redfearn

May 13th, 2019

Natalie E. (Anderson) Redfearn, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on May 8, 2019.

Natalie was born on June 26, 1936 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Florence E. (Rattray) Anderson. Natalie grew up in Winchester and was raised by William and Helen Saunders. She graduated from Winchester High School in 1954.

Natalie worked in Boston for a few years before taking a job as a bank teller at Shawmut Bank. While working, Natalie met the love of her life, David W. Redfearn. The couple moved from North Reading to Wilmington in 1975.

Natalie and David were inseparable; Natalie adored David and they enjoyed many social activities together. They were Lifetime Members of the Lake Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield. Natalie and David had countless friends and wonderful memories of the social gatherings at the Yacht Club. Natalie was also a member of the Bowling Team. She made many friends through her bowling league.

Natalie loved to travel; she took many trips with David and her friends to Kennebunkport and Aruba. In her spare time, she loved to read, knit and spend time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. Natalie was an animal lover; she loved all animals, but she especially loved her dachshunds.

Natalie was the beloved wife of the late David W. Redfearn, devoted mother of Nancy Assenza & her husband Joe of Wilmington, the late Stephen Redfearn, Adrienne Goffnett and Allison Mondi, loving “Grammy” of Joseph Assenza, Alexander Assenza, Jennifer Assenza, Brian Puglia, Katie Puglia and Dana Padden, “Great-Grammy” of Selena, Santino and Marianna, cherished daughter of the late Florence E. (Rattray) Anderson and William & Helen Saunders, dear sister of the late William Saunders, sister-in-law of Derry Saunders, loving aunt of Laurie Saunders of Mexico and Billy Saunders of Tamworth, NH.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), WILMINGTON, on Thursday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Natalie’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.