Obituaries

Rita Edna Creedon

September 28th, 2015

Rita E. (Malcolm) Creedon, age 92, of Wilmington, formerly of Everett, died peacefully on September 27, 2015.

Rita was the beloved wife of the late Timothy J. Creedon, devoted mother of Rita Liston of Wilmington, loving Nana of Kenneth J. Liston, Jr. & Hailey R. Liston. Cherished daughter of the late Marion Hureau. Rita is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 1st 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 St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 30th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Wilmington Health Care Center, 750 Woburn Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Ruth L. (Christian) Henderson

September 28th, 2015

Ruth L. (Christian) Henderson, age 90, of Wilmington, died peacefully on September 27, 2015.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Alfred G. Henderson, devoted mother of Robert A. Henderson of Wilmington and Nancy R. (Henderson) Kelley and her husband Peter of Tewksbury. Loving “Grammie” of Kristen Kelley of Lowell, Kara Donelan and her husband Christopher of Medford, James Kelley and his wife Gina of Los Angeles, CA and Great-Grandchildren Nancy and Raymond Donelan. Cherished daughter of the late Howard J. and Ruth V. (Melaney) Christian, dear sister of the late Howard, Robert, and Norman Christian. Ruth 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 Friday, October 2nd 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Edward A. Thomas

September 27th, 2015

Edward A. Thomas, age 89, of East Wakefield, NH, died peacefully on September 23, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Lynn on Christmas day 1925, dear son of the late Allan and Isabel (Nichols) Thomas, and the youngest of seven siblings.

A proud Marine, he served his country in WWII with the Fourth Marine Division and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on Iwo Jima.

He married the love of his life, Nickie (Audrey L. Nickerson) in 1948 and moved to Wilmington, MA in 1955, where they raised their family.

Ed worked as a lithographer for the Wright Offset Plate Company in Cambridge until his retirement. He was a past president and an active member of the Tewksbury Rod and Gun Club for many years. He was an active bullseye pistol competitor in the Merrimack Valley Pistol League and later in the New Hampshire Pistol League.

He was also a devoted member and past officer of the First Parish Unitarian Church in Billerica. He was predeceased by his beloved wife in 1972.

In 1987, he built his retirement home at his cherished Province Lake, and has enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow to love it the way he did. He loved feeding the birds, delighted in the yearly return of the orioles and hummingbirds, and enjoyed watching the eagles on the lake. He looked forward to his daily breakfast of blueberry pancakes with his many good friends and the owners of Papa’s Kitchen, Kyle and Paula. He recently returned from Camp Lejeune where he and his family attended the “final muster” for the 4th Marine Division Association. It was the last of many Marine reunions which he and his son had attended, and was one of the many highlights in his long life.

Edward was the loving father of Ronald E. Thomas and his wife Sue E. of Northwood, NH, Wendy L. O’Rourke and her husband Michael P. of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Becky S. Lightizer and her husband Jeffrey of Plaistow, NH. Cherished grandfather of Jason D. O’Rourke and his wife Annie, Chad J. Thomas and his wife Laura, Katie O’Rourke, Heather J. Pearson and her husband Adam, Jesse A. Thomas, Scot A. Lightizer, and Jacob T. Lightizer, and proud great-grandfather of Anna J. and Emily H. Pearson. Ed will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and his many friends. Well lived, well loved, and greatly missed.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 8th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, October 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the First Parish Unitarian Church, 7 Concord Road, Billerica, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), Attn: Memorials, 533 W. Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335 or to Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057. His family plans a celebration of his life to be held at the lake, at a future date, to be announced later.

Michael Thomas Gilman

September 24th, 2015

Michael Thomas Gilman, age 35, of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, passed away unexpectedly on September 22, 2015.

Michael was the beloved husband of Maureen M. (Hannon) Gilman, devoted father of James T. Gilman and Matthew J. Gilman all of Wilmington, cherished son of William and Margaret (Yahoub) Alley of Reading. Michael is survived by his brother, Nathaniel Alley of North Reading and predeceased by his sister, Sonia Jaena. He was the loving grandson of the late Ernest and Victoria Yahoub. Michael is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, September 29th 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 with Military Honors to follow in Wood End Cemetery, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, September 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Michael proudly served in the U.S. Army with deployment in Iraq in the 101st Airborne Division as a Combat Medic with the 2BCT 502 Infantry Regiment earning many medals including the Army Commendation Medal with V Device as well as the Combat Medical Badge.

Walter “Skip” Hall

September 21st, 2015


Walter D. Hall Jr., “Skip”, age 55, of Dorchester, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2015, at the Harborview Center for Nursing in Cohasset, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Walter was born on July 26, 1960, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; he was the cherished son of Walter D. Sr. and Karen O. (Andersen) Hall. At the age of 5, Walter moved with his family from Rhode Island to Wilmington where he was raised in a very loving home. Walter played several sports as a youngster and attended Wilmington Public Schools until his high school years when he went to Shawsheen Tech in Billerica. Walter was very bright and learned several trades while attending Shawsheen Tech specializing in electrical; he graduated in 1979.

On January 4, 1980, Walter enlisted in the United States Army and took several courses during his enlistment. Walter started his career as an Army Ranger but soon became a member of the 82nd Airborne and served as a paratrooper. Walter was very proud to serve the country and he flourished in his position. Walter earned several commendations including the Expert Badge and Hand Grenade, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal and the Parachute Badge. Walter served in Grenada and he along with his company graced the cover of Time Magazine for their efforts during this conflict. Walter was honorably discharged from active duty on December 16, 1983 but went on to serve with the Army Reserves for the next six years where he marched in countless parades and was part of the Military Honors Funeral Team. Walter was also a member of the 82nd Airborne Gavin Chapter in Natick for many years.

Walter was a hard worker and a talented carpenter; he worked for Best Residential Services in Sharon, MA for many years. Walter was not only talented but dependable and hardworking until his illness forced his retirement.

Walter married his “sweetheart” Maryann Steele on October 8, 2006; the couple made their home in Dorchester where they had many friends. Family was very important to Walter; he was not only a devoted husband, but a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and brother-in-law as well. Walter enjoyed going to family celebrations where he could spend time with those he loved dearly.

In his spare time Walter enjoyed fishing, all kinds of music, nature, animals, watching the History and Discovery channels, and of course following his “Boston” sports teams. Walter attended countless Patriots and Bruins games as well as watched them on the television with his family and friends.

Walter “Skip” will be remembered as a kind and caring man, he loved his family, friends, and country unconditionally. He was very Patriotic and proud to have served with the Army. Walter will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Skip was the beloved husband of Maryann (Steele) Hall, cherished son of Walter D. Sr. and Karen O. (Andersen) Hall of Wilmington, dear brother of Kevin Hall & his wife Suzanne and Kristen Hall all of Wilmington. Step-father of the late Robert Steele, step-grandfather of Lexee Steele. Loving Uncle of Olivia & Kassie Hall, Ryan Smolinski, Daniel, Emily, and Michael Steele, brother-in-law of Kathleen & John Smolinski of Mansfield, Carol & Joseph Ledoux of Maine, Michael Steele & Maria Marcotte, Daniel Steele & his wife Sharon all of Dorchester and the late Robert Steele, Skip is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 26th for Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.In lieu of flowers donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Thomas M. “Tucker” Stokes

September 18th, 2015

Thomas M. “Tucker” Stokes, age 28, of Manchester, NH, passed away unexpectedly on September 16, 2015.

Tucker was the loving “Dad” of Noah, Thomas and Analia, cherished son of Thomas E. Stokes and Cheryl Scofield of Billerica and Marie Elena Walters of Manchester, NH, dear brother of AnnMarie & Nuno Felix of Nashua, NH, Michael R. Canty of Billerica, MA and Christopher Robinson of Manchester, NH, loving uncle of Arianna Felix, Dylan Felix and Colton Felix, Godson of William Stokes. Tucker is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Forestdale Cemetery, Malden. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Elaine S. (Newhouse) Ahern

September 18th, 2015

Elaine S. Ahern (Newhouse), age 93, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2015, at the Wilmington Healthcare Center.

Elaine was born on June 4, 1922. She was raised and educated in Wilmington.

Elaine was married to Robert J. Ahern, Sr. for over 70 years, they made their home on Wildwood Street in Wilmington where they raised their five children; Robert Jr., Susie, Patricia, William, and Robin. Family was most important to Elaine; she was a devoted and loving mother and she cherished her role as “Nanni” to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elaine was a wonderful homemaker who took great pride in her house; she had an open door policy and all were welcome. Elaine was an avid gardener and an excellent cook who loved to entertain her family and friends; she was always the ultimate hostess..

Family cookouts, holidays, special occasions, or just a Sunday dinner; Elaine always looked forward to the time spent with her family and a good time was had by all.

Elaine treasured the times spent with her daughter Susie; the enjoyed traveling, going to the beach and to Las Vegas, they loved to shop, and were always up for a game of bingo.

Elaine will be fondly remembered as a sweet lady and for her kindness towards others; she was cherished by all who knew and loved her especially her grandsons Shawn, Kelly and his fiance Sandy, Michael, and Eddie. She will be missed.

Elaine was the devoted mother of Robert J. Ahern, Jr., the late Simone “Susie” Murray, Patricia Sliver, William Ahern and Robin Cote, loving “Nani” of 20 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many great great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Marie and James A. Lafave and Percy Newhouse, dear sister of Pearl Borthwick and James Lafave. Elaine is also survived by close family friend Donna Beaudoin and her son, Eddie.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, September 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Elaine’s name may be made to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Debra A. Silvestri

September 17th, 2015

Debra A. Silvestri, age 55, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 15, 2015. Debra was the cherished daughter of Joan E. (Kerr) Silvestri and the late William F. Silvestri of Wilmington, beloved mother of Janice Lapham and Joey Lapham both of Lowell, and Christina Restuccia of Tewksbury, dear sister of Michael Silvestri and his wife Karen of Ft. Worth, TX, loving “Nanni” of Kylei, Jacob, Kolby, Alex, and Ari. Special niece of Jane and Bob Hickey of North Reading, Richard and Debra Silvestri of Peabody, and Anneliese Silvestri of Billerica. Debra is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 19th, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. followed by a Service to Celebrate her life at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations in Debra’s name may be made to www.NAMI.org.

Stephen Gerakines

September 16th, 2015

Stephen Gerakines, age 82, of North Reading, formerly of Lowell, passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends on September 15, 2015.

Stephen was born on September 12, 1933 in Saco, Maine; he was the dear son of the late Kyriakos and Lemonia Gerakines. Stephen was raised in a large and loving family in Lowell; the oldest of 12 siblings; he had a lot of responsibility but always managed to do well at everything he attempted. Stephen was raised and educated in Lowell; he was an avid athlete growing up, a natural at handball and baseball. In class, Stephen was equally as talented; he was double promoted at Lowell High School and graduated at the age of 16 with Honors. Stephen wanted to see the world and enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 7, 1955.

Stephen was assigned to take courses at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi and was trained as an Air Traffic Controller; his job assignments took him all over the world to many places from as far north as Thule, Greenland all the way to the Philippines where he got to see new places, experience different cultures, and meet all kinds of people. Stephen continued to shine as an athlete during his time in the Air Force; he played baseball and was versatile as a shortstop, third baseman, and as a proud “southpaw” pitcher. Stephen was honorably discharged from active service at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina on March 6, 1959; he went on to serve as an active reservist until March of 1963.

Stephen married Barbara Alexander on May 18, 1968; the couple shared more than 39 years together and raised a family of 7 children before her passing in August of 2006. Stephen and Barbara moved to Wilmington in 1958 and then to North Reading in 1977 where he resided for nearly 40 years. Stephen was a homebody who enjoyed spending time with his family, following Boston sports, playing cards, and attending and following horse racing.

Prior to retiring, Stephen worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Logan Airport from 1963 to 1997; throughout the years he witnessed first-hand the many transitions in the both the field of aviation and air-traffic control technology. He was routinely commended for the quality and cool-headedness of his work as well as for his involvement in the training of new controllers.

Stephen will be fondly remembered as friendly, funny, and hardworking. He was dedicated to providing for his family, and loved them and his friends unconditionally. He will be greatly missed by all.

Stephen was the beloved husband of the late Barbara J. (Alexander) Gerakines, devoted father of Cheryl Moulaison & her husband Kenneth of Tewksbury, Stephen Gerakines, Jr. & his wife Jeanne of Pelham, NH, Perry Gerakines & his wife Suzanne of Crofton, MD, Timothy Gerakines & his wife Pamela of Raymond, NH, Keri Gerakines of Merrimack, NH, Joseph Gerakines of Arlington and the late North Reading Police Officer James Gerakines, loving “Grampy” of 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Kyriakos and Lemonia (Petropoulos) Gerakines. Stephen was the oldest of 12 siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 18th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Stephen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Eric D. Steeves, Sr.

September 15th, 2015

Eric D. Steeves, Sr., age 46, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on September 14, 2015, at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Eric was born in Boston, MA on August 12, 1969; he was the dear son of Shirley (Junkins) and the late David Steeves. Eric was raised and educated in Reading, MA and was a graduate of Reading High School with the Class of 1989.

In 1995, Eric met his “best friend and soul mate” Tammy Oliveira; the couple married and lived in Lowell for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 2003 to make a “new home”. Eric and Tammy had three great kids Eric Jr., Zachary, and Megan; family was everything to Eric, they were his “whole world” and he always showered them with unconditional love.

Eric was so proud of his children, he cherished the countless hours he spent watching them play sports and attending their school functions. Eric was at every soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball game that his kids played; he was always there to root on all the kids on the team; he was their #1 fan.

Eric was a hard worker; for many years he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the American Sweeping Company; spending more than 13 of those years in Boston and Dorchester. Eric liked his job and his fellow workers; he made many friends throughout the years.

Eric was also a “jack of all trades” who was always helping someone build a deck, paint a room or house, make countless repairs, or fix anything that was in need of fixing; everyone knew they could count on Eric for help no matter what.

Eric will be fondly remembered for his nicknames “Big Juicy” or “Big E”, his love of classic rock, his bright blue eyes, and a killer smile. Eric was truly a caring man, very family oriented and friendly; he was kind to all he met. Eric was truly “one of a kind” who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Eric was the beloved husband of Tammy M. (Oliveira) Steeves, devoted father of Eric D. Jr., Zachary D., and Megan A. Steeves all of Wilmington. Dear son of Shirley Slack of Reading and the late David Steeves, brother of Leslie Bailey & her husband Graham of North Reading, Amy Sweeney & her husband Daniel Faucon of Reading, and Patrick Sweeney & his wife Dominique of Cleveland, OH. Loving Uncle of Justin, Tyler, Kate, Vincent, and Michaela. Son-in-law of Patricia and the late Tom Ciampa of Andover and George Oliveira Jr. of East Boston. Brother-in-law of George Oliveira III of Everett. Eric is also survived by a large extended family and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 18th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 17th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Eric’s memory may be made to the Steeves’ Children Educational Fund at Citizens Bank, c/o Tammy Steeves, 14A Hobson Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.