Obituaries

Albert G. Gilson

February 9th, 2016

Albert G. Gilson, age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 7, 2016, at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester following a brief illness.

Albert was born in Lowell, MA, on August 3, 1939; he was the dear son of Herbert E. and Mary (Brennan) Gilson. Albert was raised and educated in Charlestown, MA; he was a member of a large and loving family. Albert graduated from Charlestown High School with the Class of 1956?

On July 19, 1958, Albert enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War. Albert received several medals and commendations for his fine service to the Country and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in March of 1962. Albert went on to serve in the Marine Reserves until July of 1964 but even after his obligation was complete he continued to be involved with the Marine Corps. until the time of his passing. Albert attended many Marine events throughout the years and kept in touch with numerous fellow Veterans; Albert was very proud to serve and protect the United States and his fellow man. Semper Fi.

Albert married his “sweetheart” Lucille Enos in 1965; the couple lived in Somerville for a short time before moving to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised “their boys” Phil, Steve, and Tom. Albert loved his family dearly and enjoyed the times spent together. Albert cherished his role as “Grandpa” and “Papa G” to his grandchildren Ashlyn, Gianna, Nicholas, and Isabelle; he could almost act like a kid again around them, he was goofy, funny, and loved talking to them on the phone for hours about nature.

Prior to retiring, Albert worked as an installer and service mechanic for the refrigeration and air conditioning units at Harvard University in Cambridge. Albert’s knowledge of the systems and great work ethic made him a valuable employee for many years.

In his spare time Albert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and “hanging out” with his family, extended family, and friends. Albert will be fondly remembered for his witty personality and great smile; he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Albert was the beloved husband of Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, devoted father of Phillip Gilson & his wife Heidi of Tyngsborough, Stephen Gilson & his wife Chanhsamone of Hudson, NH, and Thomas Gilson of Lowell. Loving “Grandpa” of Ashlyn, Nicholas, Isabelle and “Papa G” to Gianna. Cherished son of the late Herbert and Mary (Brennan) Gilson. Dear brother of Patricia “Patsy” Manson, Mary Lou Leary & husband Ed and Linda Brassil & husband Fred all of Wilmington,Virginia “Chickie” Goggin & Husband John of Charlestown, Judy Gavin of Brighton, the late Elinor “Midge” Mehigan, Robert Gilson, and Herbert “Sonny” Gilson. Brother-in-law of Dan Mehigan of Charlestown, Paula Gilson of New Market, NH, Jean Gilson and Albert Gallarelli both of Wilmington, Carolyn Deal of Stoneham, the late David Manson, and Richard Gavin. Albert is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donation in Albert’s memory may be made to a Veteran’s Charity of your Choice.

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Barbara Jean (Schofield) Welch

February 6th, 2016

Barbara Jean (Schofield) Welch, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on February 6, 2016.

Barbara was born on April 24, 1925 in Medway, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Percy and Nellie (Durfee) Schofield. Barbara grew up in Medway and graduated from Medway High School.

Following graduation, Barbara trained under the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. during WWII, where she earned her certification as a Registered Nurse. Barbara worked in several hospitals during her career as a nurse, including hospitals in Walpole, Cape Cod and Miami.

Barbara met her husband Robert E. Welch and the couple married on October 5, 1957. With the help of Barbara’s father, Percy; Barbara and Bob built their home in Wilmington on Hamlin Lane in 1960. They settled in Wilmington and raised their three children, Pamela, Stephen and Carol.

Barbara and Bob loved to travel; they visited all fifty states and most of Canada and Mexico, after retiring they traveled in a mobile home. Barbara and Bob enjoyed all of the scenic views and loved to share their stories with their family when returning home.

Barbara was very devoted to her church, the First Baptist Church in Wilmington. She volunteered her time for many church functions and served as a leader with the Pioneer Girls. She also opened her home to the ladies of the church for weekly Bible studies for more than forty years.

Barbara will be remembered for her love of family gatherings, holidays and her unconditional love for her grandchildren. Barbara was a generous woman who enjoyed helping others.

Barbara was the beloved wife of Robert E. Welch, devoted mother of Pamela Cote & her husband Paul of Wilmington, Stephen Welch & his wife Mary of Billerica and Carol Accettullo & her husband Marc of Littleton, loving “Gramma” of Mary Cote, Thomas Welch, Katie Welch and Marisa Accettullo, cherished daughter of the late Percy and Nellie (Durfee) Schofield, dear sister of Roberta Burgess & her husband John of Raymond, NH and the late Cathy & Ron Borden.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on February 10th from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Maureen R. Chisholm

February 3rd, 2016

Maureen R. Chisholm (McEnaney), age 71, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on February 3, 2016, at the Sawtelle Hospice House after an 8-month battle with brain cancer.

Maureen was born in Lowell, MA on December 23, 1944; she was the daughter of the late Roland and Estelle McEnaney. Maureen grew up in North Chelmsford, MA and graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1962.

Maureen was married to Lester Chisholm in 1966 and recently celebrated her 49th wedding anniversary with her beloved husband on September 24, 2015.

Maureen worked at Hanscomb Air Force Base as a secretary until the birth of her first son in 1968. In later years she worked at Sunny Acres Nursing Home.

Always one to put the needs of others before her own, Maureen was an active volunteer; she volunteered for the Boy Scouts, the Open Pantry of Lowell and Tewksbury State Hospital. Maureen was also an active member of St. Dorothy’s Parish where she attended services and volunteered for frequent church-related events.

Maureen loved spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She particularly enjoyed cooking and entertaining, soon becoming the family’s holiday host.

Knitting, quilting, painting, gardening, and baking were some of her other favorite hobbies.

Maureen also enjoyed going to the beach and summer vacationing as a child in York Beach, Maine. More recently, Maureen enjoyed her vacations on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia at the family home.

Maureen was the beloved wife of Lester W. Chisholm, devoted mother of Steven Chisholm & his wife Joy, Ken Chisholm & his wife Jill, Scott Chisholm & his wife Robin all of Wilmington and Katie Elias & her husband Adam of Melrose, loving “Grammy” of Jonathan, Sarah, Brett, Matt, A.J. and Cameron Chisholm, cherished daughter of the late Roland and Estelle (Miron) McEnaney, dear sister of Barbara Houlihan of Northhampton, Raymond McEnaney & his wife Terry of Tyngsboro, James McEnaney & his wife Laramie of Ohio, Robert McEnaney & his wife Susan of Chelmsford and Paul McEnaney & his wife Lily of Bernardston. Maureen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 5th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Maureen’s memory may be made to the Open Pantry of Greater Lowell, 200 Central St., Lowell, MA 01852.

Steven R. Hughson

February 3rd, 2016

Steven Robert Hughson, age 26, of Wilmington and Boylston, beloved son of Steven and Denise Hughson passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2016, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Steven is survived by his mother and father, Denise and Steven Hughson, he was loving brother of Matthew, Alexander, and Melissa Hughson, all of Boylston, MA. Cherished grandson of Jean and the late Robert Hughson of Wilmington, Robert and Kathleen Lord of Tyngsboro, and the late Esther Lord. Steven is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Steven was born May 9, 1989 in Lowell and attended Wilmington schools until age seven. He attended Boylston Schools and graduated from Tahanto High School in 2007. He was employed at Peterson Party Center in Woburn for the last ten years.

Steve enjoyed sports and recreational activities. He played in Boylston youth soccer and baseball as well as Shrewsbury youth hockey for many years. He still enjoyed playing adult hockey in recent years. He was an avid camper and back country hiker. He enjoyed many excursions in the White Mountains and north country of New Hampshire with family and friends.

Steve was affectionately known by friends as “Chesire” or “Oscar the Grouch” at work for his businesslike approach. Steve’s sometimes “grouchy” exterior belied a very gentle, kind and generous nature which was apparent to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Steve will be sadly missed by his family and friends who loved him very dearly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas 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, February 4th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Steven’s name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Geraldine M. Clements

February 1st, 2016

Geraldine M. Clements (Bergentino), of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on January 31, 2016, following a brief illness.

Geraldine was the cherished daughter of the late Helen (Manson) Hogan, beloved sister of Bill Hogan and his wife Betty of California, dear niece of Lorraine Allen of Salem and Albert Manson of Stoughton, loving cousin of Richard and Lisa Allen and daughters Sarah and Rebecca of Haverhill, Robert Allen and his partner Bob Soucy of Salem, Linda and Vincent Scifo and their children Allea and Vincent, Jr. of Wilmington, and Steven Manson of Newburyport. Geraldine is also survived by extended family as well as many dear friends in Tewksbury and at the Tewksbury Senior Center.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 3rd for Visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Geraldine’s memory may be made to the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876. Geraldine was the former owner of the Quilt Manufactory in Littleton.

Evelyn S. (Arbo) Martini

February 1st, 2016

Evelyn S. (Arbo) Martini, age 88, of New Port Richey, FL, formerly of Woburn and Wilmington, passed away on January 6, 2016.

Evelyn was born on May 20, 1927 in Malden, MA. She was the daughter of the late Judson and Jennie (Spinney) Arbo. Evelyn grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. She furthered her education at Fisher College in Boston where she earned her degree.

Evelyn worked for many years as the Administrative Assistant to the President of Avco, presently known as Textron.

Evelyn was very social and enjoyed being part of the community. She belonged to the Wilmington Rainbow Girls for many years. After relocating to Florida, she became the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Club.

Evelyn had a strong faith. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington, which is now the Abundant Life Christian Center. Evelyn enjoyed singing in the choir and served on several church committees.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Ralph Martini, devoted mother of the late Edward Allen, dear sister of Norman Arbo of Kansas City, MO, Audrey Hanlon of New Holland, PA, Roger Arbo & his wife Bev of Cape Cod, and Joyce Corbitt of Methuen, MA. Evelyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Evelyn’s life at a Memorial Service on Saturday, February 20th at 11:00 a.m. The service will be held at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church Street (Rte. 62),Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery,Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Evelyn’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Debra S. (Sherman) Gregory

January 26th, 2016

Debra S. (Sherman) Gregory, age 54, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on January 18, 2016, following a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Debra was the beloved wife of Robert S. Gregory, cherished daughter of the late Philip and Sheila (O’Brien) Sherman, dear sister of Brin Sherman of Chicago, IL, loving daughter-in-law of Margery Gregory of Brandon, VT, sister-in-law of Jan Kenney & her husband Fred of Jericho, VT and special aunt of Cambria, Aliza and Benjamin Kenney.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Debra’s life at 642 Woburn Street, Wilmington, on Friday, January 29th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Additional parking will be available at 226 Lowell St., Wilmington. Dress code is casual.

Memorial donations in Debra’s name may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970.

June Thuillier

January 23rd, 2016

Mrs. L. June (Turenne) Thuillier, 80, of Wilmington, MA, beloved wife of Gerard Melvin Thuillier, died Friday, January 22, 2016, from Congestive Heart Failure.

Born on October 10, 1935 in Danvers, MA to Hildola Arthur and Marguerite H. (DeCoff) Turenne.

As a young adult, June worked as a bookkeeper, bank teller, and customer service representative at Sears Roebuck until retirement.

June was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church where she served as a lector, choir member, and was active in the Woman’s Club. She also volunteered for the Wilmington Senior Center functions and Minuteman Senior Services.

In the 70’s and early 80’s, June counseled emotionally disturbed patients in the Lowell area and was a Cub Scout Den Mother.

In addition to her beloved husband of 59 ½ years, June is survived by her daughter Brenda Modrak and husband Robert of Derry, NH, and three sons David Thuillier and wife Bonnie of Hillsboro, NH, Peter Thuillier and wife Terry of Derry, NH, and Michael Thuillier and wife Debbie of Tewksbury, MA. Loving “Nana” of 8 grandchildren: Melissa Thuillier of Hillsboro, NH, Cpl James Jantti and wife Stephanie of El Paso, TX, Christopher, Anthony, Stephanie, and Brittany Modrak of Derry, NH, Joseph and Patrick Thuillier of Derry, NH, and great-grandson Aiden Thuillier of Hillsboro, NH. June is predeceased by her brother Arthur Turenne, sister Yvonne Cameron, and her grandson Daniel Thuillier.

You are now at peace and without pain. May you rest in heavenly peace; your job on earth is done. Watch over us all and smile down on us now and again.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in June’s name may be made to the Wilmington Community Fund, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Doris K. Nash

January 19th, 2016

Doris K. Nash (Miller), age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 19, 2016, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House.

Doris was born on August 27, 1929, in Waltham, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Bertram and Nema (Porter) Miller. Doris was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

In her later years, Doris went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Social Work from Middlesex Community College in Bedford. Doris loved to help people and used her degree to the fullest; she took a position at Winchester Hospital as a Licensed Social Worker and became a passionate advocate at the hospital. Doris went on to start up the “Life-Line” at Winchester Hospital which became quite important in getting emergency help to those in need and saved many lives throughout the years.

Doris loved her fashion and was always well dressed and accessorized. Doris loved discount shopping for clothing and jewelry; she had quite a knack for putting her outfits together. Equally she enjoyed putting together individualized “goodie” bags for gifts to family.

In her spare time, Doris loved reading her romance novels and doing her liquid embroidery. Doris had a fascination for Egyptian history; she enjoyed researching and reading about the culture and the pyramids.

Doris will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She treasured all of the time she spent with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris enjoyed countless family celebrations, holidays, and vacations. Doris loved to travel with her husband Ed from coast to coast and her most memorable trips were to Hawaii and Bermuda.

Doris was a wonderful and generous woman who was always helping others and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Doris was the beloved wife of Edwin G. Nash, devoted mother of William Arrington, Sr. & his wife Earlene of Westford, MA, Donna Desmarais of Rochester, NH, David Coye & his wife Mary of Litchfield, NH, Diane Sylvester & her husband Charles Jr. of Wilmington, Leonard Nash of California, Stephen Nash of Ohio, Michael Nash of Maine, Scott Nash of Lowell, and Maureen Stevens & her husband Frank of Wilmington. Loving grandmother of Brian, Christopher, David, Marie, Cameron, Kyle, Trey, Desiree, Amanda, Jillian, Jonathan, Jacqueline, Heather, Parker, Frankie, Ashley, as well as many great-grandchildren including “her boy” Mason. Doris was the dear sister of Donald Miller of Wilmington and sister-in-law of Helena Meade of South Boston.

Family and Friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Friday, January 22nd from 4:00-7:00 in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris’ memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill Street, Reading, MA 01867.

Marianne M. O’Neil

January 19th, 2016

Marianne M. O’Neil, age 72, of Satellite Beach, FL, died peacefully surrounded by her family on January 15, 2016.

Marianne was the cherished daughter of James P. and the late Jean M. (George) O’Neil of Wilmington and Maine formerly of Somerville, long-time companion of Joe Colombo of Satellite Beach, FL, beloved sister of Beverly Childers & her husband Frank of Stoneham, Madonna Toto & her husband Michael of Wilmington, and Deborah Picardi & her late husband Gino of Satellite Beach, FL. Devoted Aunt of Geno & Amanda Picardi, Kathy-Jean LeBel, Frankie & Kim Childers, Stephen & Daniela Barresi, David & Renay Barresi, Rebecca Caples, and Great Aunt of Emma, Bryan, Noah, Cole, Domenic, David, Stella, Ava, Mia, Stefano, and Bianca. Marianne is also survived by many loving cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 26th 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 Monday, January 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Marianne’s name may be made to the William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907.