Obituaries

Alyce E. Elworthy

April 25th, 2013

Alyce E. (Reid) Elworthy, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 24, 2013, at the Meadow View Rehabilitation Center in North Reading.

Alyce was born on November 24, 1924, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Felix and Alice (Kennedy) Reid.  Alyce was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Alyce married Robert J. Elworthy in the Mission Church in Boston in 1947; the couple lived in Boston for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1954 where they raised three sons Robert, Richard, and Stephen.  Family was first and foremost in Alyce’s life, she loved being a wife and mother always taking care of “her boys”.   Alyce loved holidays, celebrations, vacations, and just spending time with her family.  When Alyce’s grandchildren were born she took on a new role as “Nana” and she cherished every moment spent with Brian, Craig, and Kelly, they were the light of her life.

Prior to retiring, Alyce worked as a type photo technician at Compugraphic in Wilmington for many years where she was a dedicated and hardworking employee.  Alyce had a great personality and made many friends throughout the company.

In her spare time, Alyce enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, dancing, and traveling with her family and friends.

Alyce was also very active at the Wilmington Senior Center, where she had lots of friends and enjoyed partaking in their many activities and trips.

Alyce will be fondly remembered as kind, caring, devoted to her family and friends, and most of all fiercely independent; Alyce will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Alyce was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Elworthy, devoted mother of Robert R. Elworthy and his wife Tawnya, Richard J. Elworthy and his wife Bonnie all of North Reading, and Stephen A. Elworthy and his wife Denise of Merrimacport, MA, loving Nana of Brian Elworthy and his wife Alison, Craig Elworthy and his wife Kristen, Kelly Elworthy, and great-granddaughter Sienna Elworthy, dear sister of Charles Reid of Revere, James Reid of California, and the late William Reid.  Alyce is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

At Alyce’s request her Funeral Services will be private.  Donations in Alyce’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,  PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or an organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Catherine M. “Kay” Ciampa

April 21st, 2013

Catherine M. (Parziale) Ciampa, fondly known as “Kay” to her family and friends, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly a long time resident of Reading, died peacefully on April 20, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Kay was born on September 11, 1928, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Carmine and Louise (Demars) Parziale.  Kay was raised and educated in East Boston and Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.

Kay met her “sweetheart” Ralph A. Ciampa at the Oceanview Ballroom in Revere shortly after Ralph returned home from World War II. Ralph had an identical twin brother Fred, which truly meant double trouble for Kay. Ralph mercilessly teased her as they dated, often telling her that it was actually Fred who took her out on many occasions because he didn’t feel like going out those nights. Luckily for Ralph, Kay knew how to take a joke, and the pair were married in 1954.

The couple lived in Somerville and Malden before settling in Reading in 1957. Kay and Ralph had a great life together  They raised three wonderful sons, Ralphie, Michael, and David. The couple traveled the world together, and were always the life of every party.  Kay and Ralph both thoroughly enjoyed family parties, or any party for that matter. Both of them could hardly wait for the next party, holiday, or special celebration. They were truly a “FUN” couple. They would spend 35 wonderful years together before Ralph’s untimely death in 1989.

After settling in Reading, Kay immediately became very active in the community. She was very involved in Reading Little League for many years, was an active communicant of St. Agnes Parish, as well a PTA member of St. Agnes School. She also worked in the kitchen at Austin Prep School in Reading. Because of her Community involvement it seemed as though everyone in Reading knew Mrs. Ciampa.

Kay was always very giving of herself, and for many years also volunteered at the Winchester Hospital as a  Candy Striper .. She also worked for many years as a waitress at the Pewter Pot in Reading, and then as a cashier for Aramark Food Services at Textron in Wilmington. The patrons just loved her. She was always adding “an extra something” to their plates. She always preached that a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.

Kay’s family was her life, she was a devoted wife and mother, always supporting her “boys” with school and sporting activities. You would always find her at every sporting event in which they played. She rarely, if ever, missed one of her boy’s games.  She was also like a second mother to all the neighborhood kids. No kid ever went over to the Ciampa’s house without Mrs. Ciampa making sure they had something to eat. And EVERY KID in the neighborhood loved Mrs. Ciampa’s meatballs

Kay absolutely loved Bingo  She always played more than once a week for as long as anyone can remember, right up until her last days. She was also a great card player, especially blackjack. Having a sports fanatic husband and three sports fanatic sons in her house, it was no wonder she had to plan every Sunday dinner around some kind of game. She had no choice BUT to be a big sports fan herself, and in fact she still watched practically every one of her beloved Red Sox games right up until her last day.

In 1994 a short time after the sudden death of her beloved oldest son Ralphie, Kay moved to Wilmington with son Mike, his wife Ginny, and their family. She now had a new lease on life, and  lived” for her grandchildren. Kim, Mikey, and Stevie became the light of her life  Nana became the biggest cheerleader for her grandchildren. Once again, just like with her own kids, she rarely if ever missed a game.  She would check the calendar daily, and would give each grandchild 2 dollars before every one of their practices and games, for a snack or a drink. This took place from the time each began playing sports in Kindergarten and continued right through High School. Her son Mike often comments that the kids must be rich thanks to Nana, because they’d always bring their own drinks from home and just pocket the 2 bucks.

In her later years Kay looked forward to her Saturdays with son David and would love to tease him about how bad his “old men” softball team looked at times. So many times she told him the whole team should retire. It was only recently that she couldn’t attend his softball games anymore, which was too bad since she was his team’s only fan.

Kay was known as a social butterfly even on the  Senior Circuit . She loved to attend the Senior centers not only in Wilmington but the surrounding towns as well.  She never missed a bingo game, card game, casino trip, luncheon, or a special event at the senior center.  Kay loved people and they loved her, she was a lot of fun and had countless number of friends throughout the years.

Kay was also a beloved sister, aunt, and sister in-law. Auntie Kay was special to each and every one of her nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She will be fondly remembered as kind, caring, and helpful to everyone. Her family, extended family, and longtime friends with whom she had many great trips and parties, and those at the many Senior Centers she frequented will miss her dearly

Kay was the beloved wife of the late Ralph A. Ciampa, devoted mother of Michael J. Ciampa and his wife Ginny of Wilmington, David Ciampa and his wife Mary of Tewksbury, and the late Ralph C. Ciampa, loving grandmother of Kim, Mike, and Steve Ciampa all of Wilmington, and Andrew Bottari of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Carmine and Louise (Demars) Parziale, dear sister of Evelyn Belmonte of Stoneham, Dr. Michele DeAngelis of Woburn, Marie Ferrari and her husband Bob of Reading, the late Connie Restani, James Parziale, and Carmen Parziale. Kay is also survived by many nieces, nephews, sister inlaws, brother inlaws, and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 24th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St., Reading, at 10:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Charles Lawn Cemetery, Reading.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 23rd from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA  02451.

Louis P. Tsihlis

April 15th, 2013

Louis P. Tsihlis, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 13, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.  Louis was born on September 13, 1925, in Cambridge, MA, he was the dear son of the late Philip and Athanasia (Haritos) Tsihlis.  Lou was raised and educated in Cambridge and was a graduate of Rindge Technical High School.

Following High School, Lou enlisted in the United States Navy on September 10, 1943, during World War II.  While serving overseas, Lou served aboard the USS LSM 203 and the USS LSM 474, as a Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class.  Lou was awarded several commendations including the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon 1 -Star, and the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon 2-Stars.  Lou was honorably discharged on April 6, 1946 and returned home to his family in Cambridge.

Lou was very proud to be a Veteran, he was a member of the VFW Post 2458 in Wilmington, a life member of the National LSM Association in Boston, he enjoyed traveling to his many Navy reunions over the years and he even hosted a reunion for his Navy buddies where everyone had a great time.

When Lou returned from the Navy he took a job at J. W. Greer Manufacturing Company and that is where he met the “love of his life” Effie Bayiates, a co-worker.  Lou was very smitten with Effie and the couple married on November 23, 1952 and settled in Cambridge.  When J. W. Greer re-located to Wilmington, Lou and Effie stayed with the company and also moved to Wilmington in 1954.  Lou worked for the J.W. Greer Manufacturing Company until it closed in 1975.  Lou later found work at the Varian Extrion Companies, in Woburn and Gloucester, from which he reluctantly retired in 1990.

Lou and Effie had a wonderful life together, they settled into a great neighborhood in Wilmington, raised three beautiful children and always made family their priority.  Lou loved his home, he was always “puttering” around and doing small construction jobs.  Lou was a “jack of all trades”, if you needed something fixed, Lou was there to lend a hand.  Lou was also a good friend and neighbor, he and Effie made many friendships that lasted throughout the years.
Lou and Effie shared nearly 26 years of marriage before her untimely passing in 1978 which left Lou with a broken heart and a young family to raise.  Lou stood up to the task and enjoyed many years as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Lou will be remembered as an avid Boston sports fan, taking in many games with family and friends.  Lou was quiet, kind, and very friendly, he would often be sitting out on his front stairs waving to the neighbors or just someone passing by.  As a Mason, Lou also gave of himself and his time to the community, again lending a hand where needed.  Lou was a dedicated family man and a true friend to many, he will be greatly missed.

Lou was the beloved husband of the late Effie (Bayiates) Tsihlis, dear father of Stephen L. Tsihlis and his wife Roberta of West Brookfield, MA, Elaine M. Stultz and her husband John of Ft. Myers, FL, and Katherine G. Higgins and her husband David of Tewksbury, loving “Papou” of Matthew, Nicole and her fiancé Joseph, Benjamin, David, Rachel, Erin, and great-grandchildren Jacob and Blake, brother of James Tsihlis and his wife Maria of Arlington, and the late Georgia Chockrek, brother-in-law of Mary Stamatouras of Portsmouth, NH, Agnes and Robert Murphy of Somerville, father-in-law of Mary Ellen Tsihlis of North Brookfield, Lou is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 17th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Louis’ name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box, 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.

Gertrude A. (Fennell) Bassett

April 11th, 2013

Gertrude A. (Fennell) Bassett, age 82, of Burlington, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Hospice House on April 9, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Cambridge on July 17, 1930, Gertrude was the beloved daughter of the late William and Rose (Lambert) Fennell.  She was raised in Cambridge and graduated from the Rindge and Latin High School.

Gertrude was married to the love of her life, Frederick Bassett, upon his discharge from the service in 1947.  The couple settled in Somerville and raised their two daughters there.  She always considered Somerville home even though she and Frederick moved to Burlington in 1980.  If she was not with her family, Gertrude could be found shopping at Macy’s. She was a devoted wife to Frederick until his passing in 2004.  Family was the most important thing to Gertrude.  She loved being around her four grandchildren, Eric, Keith, Dawn and Kimberley, they were her everything.  Then along came five great grandchildren, Hailey, Max, Jamie, Emma Rose and Kylie, Gertrude could not be happier.

Gertrude was the beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Bassett.  She was the loving mother of Ellen M. Pearlstein and her husband Harvey and Carol A. Redmond and her husband Kenneth, all of Wilmington.  Gertrude was the cherished “Nanny” of Eric Pearlstein and his wife Christine, Keith Pearlstein, Dawn Kourafalos and her husband Peter, and Kimberley Devlin and her husband Shawn.  She was the “GG” of Hailey, Max, Jamie, Emma Rose and Kylie.  Gertrude was the dear sister of Dorothy Lukasiuk of Florida, William Fennell of Salem, NH, and the late Edith McLaughlin and Marie Kuechler.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Monday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington.  Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 3-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gertrude’s name can be made to the V.A. Medical Hospital, c/o Voluntary Service, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA  01730.

Doris G. Peterson

April 4th, 2013

Doris G. Peterson, age 92, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Reading, died peacefully on April 4, 2013, following a brief illness.

Doris was born in Boston, MA, on June 30, 1920, she was the cherished daughter of the late Evart and Persis (Ainsley) Peterson.  Doris was raised in New Hampshire before moving with her family to Reading, MA and she was a graduate of Reading High School.  Doris, together with her sisters moved to Wilmington in 1996 to be closer to other family members.

Doris was fiercely independent; as a young child she was diagnosed with polio which impaired her ability to walk and get around, but that didn’t stop Doris; her fiery personality and strong will kept her going as the “matriarch” of her family following the passing of her mother.

In her spare time, Doris enjoyed collecting dolls and raising Persian cats with her sisters and she was a member of the Boston Cat Club.

Doris was also very talented, she knitted and crocheted beautiful sweaters, hats, and blankets that she shared with her family and friends.

Doris was part of a large and loving family, she loved spending time with her mother, her siblings, and her countless nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews and they will miss her dearly.

Doris was the dear sister of Constance Chepulis of North Reading, Charles Peterson and his wife Shirley of Wilmington, the late Ruth Kenson, Edith Peterson, Laverne Peterson, Louise Peterson, June Nickerson, Phyllis Peterson, Raymond Henderson, and Spencer Henderson.  Doris was the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m.  Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Memorial donations in Doris’ name may be made to the Old South United Methodist Church, 6 Salem Street, Reading, MA 01867.

Beatrice A. (Goggin) Halas

April 4th, 2013

Beatrice A. (Goggin) Halas, fondly known as “Bea” to her family and friends, died peacefully on April 3, 2013, in Alexandria, VA, at the age of 87.

Bea was born on June 11, 1925, in Chelsea, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Annie T. (Sheehy) Goggin.  Bea’s parents immigrated here from Ireland and she was always so proud of her Irish Heritage.  Bea was raised and educated in Chelsea; she attended St. Rose Catholic School for 12 years, graduating in 1942.

Prior to retiring, Bea was a long time employee of the AT & T Company where she worked in Administration.  Bea was a dedicated, hard working employee, and she made many friends with her co-workers throughout the years.

Bea married her “sweetheart” Henry F. “Hank” Halas on October 19.1946, sharing more than 59 years together before his passing in November of 2005.  Bea and Hank resided in Chelsea for many years, where they raised two wonderful children, before moving to Wilmington in 1981.  Beatrice was the devoted mother of Barbara Riley and her husband William of Lorton, VA and James Halas and his wife Kathy of Wilmington.  Cherished grandmother of Dr. Kevin Riley of Los Angeles, CA, Brian Riley and his wife Miho of Culver City, CA, Michael Halas of Boston and Katie Halas and her fiancé Michael Jordon of Wilmington, and loving great-grandmother of Keon and Senan Riley.

Beatrice was the sister of Mary Horgan of Groveland, Eileen Kanarkiewicz of Burlington, and the late James Goggin, William Goggin and Nancy (Goggin) Kelley.

Bea was a woman of great faith, she attended Catholic School, she had a great respect for the nuns, she was an active communicant at St. Rose Parish in Chelsea and when she moved to Wilmington she became very active at St. Dorothy’s Parish for many years.  She was also an active member of Wilmington Senior Center for many years.

Family was first and foremost to Bea, as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother her devotion and love was unconditional.  Bea loved spending time with her family, celebrating holidays and sharing all of their special events; Bea was very proud of each and every one of them and their accomplishments.  Following the death of her dear Hank, Bea moved to Virginia to be closer to her daughter.

Bea will be remembered as friendly, kind, and caring, she was a great neighbor and a dear friend to many.  She was always there to lend a hand on countless occasions and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington  at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 7th from 2-6 p.m.   Memorial donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to the Sisters of Providence c/o Office of Congregational Advancement, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 or St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harnden St., Wilmington, MA  01887.

Paul G. Godzyk

March 30th, 2013

Paul G. Godzyk, age 94, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died March 29, 2013, after a lengthy period of declining health.  Paul was the beloved husband of the late Ruth M. (Evans) Godzyk, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage prior to her death in 2005.   Paul was the dear son of the late Harry and Julia (Klebasz) Godzyk of Wilmington.

Paul was born on February 22, 1919, in the family home in which he still resided; he was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School.

In 1942, Paul enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater on a LC 1 (L) – 465 as a machinist in the engine room.  He was very involved in the attack on Guam and received several bronze stars for his service.  In 1944 he was transferred to the USS LST-220 until his honorable discharge in November of 1945.  Paul received many commendations for his service and he returned home to Wilmington.

Paul was a hard worker, he owned and operated Godzyk Trucking in Wilmington until his retirement.

Paul was the father of Paul Godzyk II, Pamela Lecesse, and Elizabeth Godzyk all of Wilmington, Paula Moisan and her husband Paul of Lowell, and the late Arthur Godzyk of Wilmington.  Grandfather of Casey and Nicholas Godzyk, Derek Moisan and his wife Becky, Jennifer Fredette and her husband Dan, Matthew Moisan, Cheryl and Jessica Lecesse, and great-grandfather of Emma, Jack, and Jayden.  Paul was predeceased by his two sisters Amelia Booth and Anna Clinton.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Robert L. Stratton

March 26th, 2013

Robert L. Stratton, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2013. Bob was born on August 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, and never stopped thinking of himself as a Marine.  In the years after the war he worked as a manufacturer’s representative for various companies in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Massachusetts. His retirement career was a merchandiser in food chains.

A loyal Detroit Tigers fan, he eventually switched his allegiance to the Boston Red Sox after he and his family moved to Massachusetts in 1971. Bob had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, working in his yard, and spending time with his family. He loved dogs, Frank Sinatra, and watching old westerns. During their 58 years of marriage, he and his wife Barbara traveled throughout New England, and made trips to California, Las Vegas, Florida, North Carolina, and Great Britain.

Bob leaves behind his loving, close family: wife Barbara, son James Stratton and his wife Roberta of Chelmsford and their son Robert, son Richard Stratton and his wife Cynthia of Hudson, NH and their children Christopher and Courtney, and daughter Robin Stratton of Newton.  Visiting hours will be on Thursday, March 28th from 5-7 p.m. at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.62), Wilmington.  Funeral services will be held privately.

Raymond C. Cole, Jr.

March 25th, 2013

Raymond C. Cole, Jr., age 71, of Athens, Georgia, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Norwalk, CT, died peacefully on March 13, 2013.

Ray was born in Lowell, MA, on September 29, 1941, he was the dear son of the late Raymond Sr. and Dorothy (Surette) Cole.  Ray was raised and educated in Wilmington until the 11th grade when he moved to Delaware with his family; Ray graduated from Dover High School.  Ray then returned to Massachusetts where he got a Bachelor of Science degree from Lowell Tech now known as University of Mass Lowell Campus and furthered his education earning a Master’s Degree from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Ray promptly went to work as an electrical engineer for Norden Systems, a division of United Technologies in Norwalk, CT, which later became part of Northrop Grumman.  Ray was very instrumental in designing and building Radar Systems for the Department of Defense and was known as a very intelligent and dedicated employee.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed summering at the family lake house in Meredith, New Hampshire, bird watching, trying his hand at golf.  He also followed New England sports teams especially the Patriots and the Red Sox, he was known as an avid fan.

Ray, was known for having a keen intelligence; he was a whiz on the computer, loved crossword puzzles, he loved to read maps, and had an avid knowledge of planes, cars, and coins.

Ray’s pride and joy was his family, he thoroughly enjoyed planning family holidays, celebrations, and get togethers.  Ray loved being a husband, father, and especially a “Grampy”; his devotion and love for his family was unconditional and they will truly miss him.

Raymond is survived by his wife Ann Cole of Athens, GA, his daughters Tracy Siles and her husband Rich of Weymouth, MA, Jaime Richardson and her husband Norm of Greenfield, NH, Marcie Bailey and her husband Craig of Hudson, NH, and their mother Deborah Sibley of Londonderry, NH.  Ray was the step-father of Brian Clark of Atlanta, GA, and Tim Clark and his wife Rebecca of Roswell, GA, he was the loving “Grampy” of Dylan, Abigail, and Matthew Stiles, Kaitlyn and Liam Richardson, Olivia Bailey, Noah and Ellie Clark, son of the late Raymond Sr. and Dorothy (Surette) Cole, brother of Virginia Cole and Richard Cole both of Hillsdale, NJ, and Robert Cole and his wife Mickey of River Vale, NJ.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Raymond’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Mariano P. DeGrazia

March 22nd, 2013

Mariano P. DeGrazia, age 93, of Saugus, formerly of Lynn, died peacefully on March 21, 2013.  Mariano was the beloved husband of the late Rosina D. (Rossetti) DeGrazia, devoted father of Donald M. DeGrazia and his late wife Sandy of Chelmsford, loving grandfather of Jill May of Bryan, TX, Jack DeGrazia of Tewksbury, Arian DeGrazia of Burlington, and great-grandchildren Alycia and Brianna May.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, March 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 26th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mariano’s memory may be made to a Charity of your choice.