Mickey was born on December 5, 1934, in Boston, MA, he was the dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna. Mickey lived with his family in Winchester, MA, before they moved to Wilmington when he was a young boy. Mickey was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1953.
In December of 1953, Mickey enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mickey served with the Company E Special Training Regiment during his time in the service and he was honorably discharged on March 38, 1958, returning home to Wilmington.
Mickey always had a love for the ocean, following his return from active duty he took a job with the Woods Hole Ocean Graphics on Cape Cod where he learned a lot about the ocean and its inhabitants.
In May of 1969, Mickey was appointed as a Patrolman for the Wilmington Police Department and started a long career in Police Enforcement. Mickey worked his way up to Detective, a job he loved for many years. Mickey retired in December of 1996 following nearly 30 years of dedicated service to the community.
Mickey will be remembered as an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan, he took in countless games at Fenway Park over the years with his kids, brothers, and friends. He was also thrilled to see the Red Sox win the Pennant and the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in his lifetime.
In his spare time, Mickey loved to play cards, cribbage, and board games; especially chess and checkers with the grandchildren. He also liked to go to the ocean, walk the beach, and visit his daughter and her family in Colorado where he could discover the “West” and be a “cowboy”.
Mickey will be remembered for his quiet demeanor and for his love of family, he truly enjoyed being a “Grumpy” and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Mickeyl was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Murray), devoted father of Colleen Hennessey and her husband Thomas of Dover, Michael J. McKenna, Jr. and his wife Kristen of Wilmington, and Erin Hastedt and her husband David of Highland Ranch, CO, loving “Grumpy” of Sam and Katie Hennessey, Kaitlynne and Jason McKenna, Mason and Sofia Hastedt, dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna, brother of Maureen McHugh and her husband Bozo and Terry McKenna all of Wilmington, Richard McKenna and his wife Carolyn of Andover, Susan Gauthier of Boston, and Robert McKenna of Florida. Mickey is also survived by many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington on Saturday, December 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, December 28th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edythe was born on July 9, 1921, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Albert and Joanna (Sacchi) Zanoni. Edythe grew up in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. Edythe also summered in Wilmington during her childhood before moving permanently to Wilmington in the early 1940’s.
Edythe married the love of her life Gene Frezza and the couple settled in Medford where they lived for more than 50 years. Edythe was a wonderful wife and an exceptional house keeper, she was an excellent cook and loved to entertain for her family and friends.
Prior to retiring, Edythe worked at a bridal shoppe in Boston for several years; Edythe loved her work and she mostly enjoyed helping brides to look beautiful on their special day.
Edythe returned to Wilmington eight years ago to care for her sister Elizabeth who’s health was failing. Edythe and Elizabeth share a special bond as sisters and Edythe was heartbroken at her passing in January of 2011.
Edythe will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, daughter, sister, and especially a wonderful and loving aunt, and a true friend. Edythe was always there to lend a hand, share her knowledge, she was dependable, kind, and be exceptionally helpful to everyone. Edythe will be dearly missed.
Edythe was the beloved wife of the late Gene Frezza, cherished daughter of the late Albert and Joanna (Sacchi) Zanoni, dear sister of the late Elizabeth Zanoni, Louise Thompson, Joseph Zanoni, Albert Zanoni, and Henry Zanoni, Edythe is survived by her great-nephew William L. Thompson and his children Jessica and Billy all of Wilmington as well as many other great-nieces and great-nephews.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.,187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for visitation on Wednesday, December 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in Edythe’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.
Lawrence R. McGondel, Sr., age 73, of Andover, MA. formerly of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully on December 19th 2012, at the Mary Immaculate Nursing Center in Lawrence following a brief battle with cancer.
Larry was born on May 16, 1939 in Woburn, MA. He was the beloved seventh child of Charles Edward and Sarah Jannette (Connolly) McGondel. Larry grew up in Wilmington and moved to Woburn where he graduated from Woburn High School in 1958. Prior to retiring Larry was a master plumber by trade. He worked many years in his own plumbing business. He was also a member of the National Guard for seven years. After retiring Larry played an active role in helping to raise his grandchildren. They will never forget all the fond memories they had with him during those years.
Larry married Janet Manuel on June 3, 1961, together they shared 26 years of marriage, raised four beautiful children and each shared the joy of being grandparents to six grandchildren.
Larry will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family. He loved his wife and children dearly and was an extremely “Proud Papa” to his grandchildren who will miss him dearly.
Larry loved attending the kids and grandkids dance recitals, baton competitions, baseball games and other important events throughout their childhood.
Larry enjoyed fishing, following the local sports teams, watching his favorite television shows (especially the soap operas) and playing the lottery. His family and friends will always remember the entertaining conversations he shared with him.
Two of Larry’s favorite trips were when he took his children on their first trip to Disney World in Florida and when he went to Las Vegas for the first time.
Larry’s family will remember him as a generous man who had a heart of gold one who would give you the shirt of his back if you wanted it.
Larry was the devoted father of Pamela Streletsky and her husband Paul of Haverhill, MA, Sandra Pelleriti and Steven Lundin of Billerica, MA, Janet Leblanc and her husband Michael of Tewksbury, MA. and Lawrence and his wife Jessica of Portsmouth, NH. Loving “Papa” to Samantha, Sara, Jenna and Michelle Streletsky and Michael and Brian Pelleriti. He is also survived by his former wife, Janet Manuel of Wilmington, MA as well as several nieces and nephews.
Larry is also survived by his brother George and his wife Grace of Wilmington, MA, sister, Margaret “Peggy” Flannigan of Wilmington, MA, and sister-in-law, Elsie McGondel of Reading, MA. Lawrence is preceded in death by his brothers Charles, Bartholomew, John, and William.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte 62) Wilmington, MA, Saturday, December 22, at 9 am followed by a funeral mass celebrated at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St (Rt 38), Wilmington, MA., at 10am. Services will conclude with burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours at Nichols Funeral Home will be held on Friday December 21st, from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Mary Immaculate Nursing and Restorative Center, 172 Lawrence St. Lawrence, MA. 01841.
The family would also like to express their gratitude to the staff at Mary Immaculate Nursing Center and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the wonderful care that their father received during his last months.
Elpis was born on November 28, 1926, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas. She was raised and educated in Cambridge and Brighton.
Elpis married “the love of her life” John Tsicouleas in 1961 and the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their only child Stephen, he was the light of their lives.
In the early years of their marriage, Elpis and John loved to travel with family and friends.
Elpis was all about family, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, and friend. She loved to gather with family for countless celebrations and feasts; Elpis was very social and she was always so proud of her family. Elpis was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed..
Elpis was the beloved wife of more than 50 years to John Tsicouleas, devoted mother of Stephen Tsicouleas and his wife Susan of Standish, ME, loving “YaYa” of Nicole Tsicouleas, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas, dear sister of George Primpas and his wife Inez of Pompano Beach, FL, the late Desi Salmonte, and Diane Batchelor, special aunt of Lisa, Paul, Ricky, and Charlie.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 21st from 5-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Memorial donations in Elpis’ name may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Walter was born in Arlington, MA, on August 7, 1925, he was the dear son of the late Walter F. Sr. and Beatrice V. (Lowe) Allen. Walter grew up in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School.
Walter enlisted in the United States Navy on May 13, 1943, and began active duty on August 11th of that same year. Walter was an Aviation Specialist and he served as an Aviation Free Gunnery Instructor during World War II. Walter received the World War II Victory Medal as well as the American Theatre Medal and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1946, returning home to his family.
Walter married his “sweetheart” Mary Estelle Smith on November 9, 1952, together they shared more than 35 years of marriage, raised two beautiful daughters, and shared their love of being grandparents, before Mary’s death on March 27, 1988.
Walter was a talented carpenter and built his family a house in Wilmington in 1954, this was a home made with a lot of pride, love, and a place where many special memories were made.
Prior to retiring, Walter worked as an artist in the Advertising Department at the Boston Gas Company for many years. Walter was a dedicated and wonderful employee and a great co-worker.
Walter will be fondly remembered for his love of music and his talent as a musician.
Walter was a devoted family man and a good friend, he will be greatly missed.
Walter was the beloved husband of the late Mary E. (Smith) Allen, loving father of Debra Patricia Carlson and her husband Alan of Plymouth, MA and Cheryl Ann O’Connell of Marshfield, MA, cherished grandfather of Michael O’Connell of Quincy, MA, Heather O’Connell of Pembroke, MA, and Kelly Dumais of Troy, NH, he was also the dear brother of Doris Squib of Andover, MA.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, MA, on Friday, December 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Walter’s memory may be made to All Care Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901.
Eileen was born March 31, 1917 in Hancock, MI to William and Lydia (maiden name) Ryytty. She grew up on a farm in Pelky, MI. During the war she moved to Detroit and worked as a Telephone Operator. There she met her future husband, Kenneth, who was in the Army Air Corps. stationed in the area. After marrying, Eileen and Kenneth moved to Massachusetts.
Eileen worked as a waitress in various restaurants and as a sales clerk in Weinberg’s Department Store in Wilmington.
After living in several towns, the family moved to Wilmington, MA, where she spent the rest of her life.
Eileen was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth J. Lind, devoted mother of Kenneth J. Lind, Jr. and his wife Mirta of Littleton and Bruce F. Lind and his wife Susan of Scarborough, ME, loving grandmother of Kevin Lind and great-grandmother of Matthew and Jessica Lind, cherished daughter of the late William and Lydia (Seppanen) Ryytty, dear sister of Hilia Offord of Michigan and the late Lillian Ryytty. Eileen was also pre-deceased by her niece Gail.
Funeral Services for Eileen will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be made to the Lahey Clinic, Cardiac Unit, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805 or to Windsor Place, 92 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Windsor Place Carlyle 1 for the care they gave our mother during her last days.
Mark B. Godfried, age 77, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2012. Mark was born on August 23, 1935, he was the cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried. Mark grew up in Newton and Brookline and was a graduate of Brookline High School.
Mark continued his education at Bates College; earning his Bachelor’s Degree.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on April 24, 1958 and went right into Officer’s Training School, starting his duties as an Ensign. Mark was commissioned as a Chief Navigation Officer aboard the USS Hank, serving off the coast of Vietnam and was part of history during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following six years of dedicated service, Lieutenant Mark Godfried was honorably discharged on August 8, 1963, returning home to his family.
Upon his return from active duty, Mark went to work for his families restaurant, “Godfried’s Home Bakery,” a local landmark located on Rte. 1 in Saugus. This is where Mark met his present wife Stella “Starr” Michelson and the couple married in 1975. Mark and Starr moved to Magnolia in 1979 where they raised their only son, Andrew, Mark’s pride and joy.
Everyone who knew Mark would agree that Gloucester was the place for Mark to live because even as a youngster he had “fishing” in his blood. after leaving the navy, Mark did his recreational fishing on his boat the Glaucus, and for more than 15 years he Commercially fished on the Stella G. Mark left the ocean Commercially in the early 90’s First working for his dear friend Gerald Abrams at Fresh Water Fish Company in Boston. While working within the entire business, he specialized in the accessing and exporting of bluefin tuna to Japan before working exclusively with Bluefin tuna as Mark and Gerry worked together at FWF Tuna in 1998. With Mark and Gerald’s knowledge of the industry, their company soon expanded to where they were exporting bluefin Tuna all over the world. Mark is one of the few responsible for the development of the Italian Bluefin tuna industry in Sardinia.
In Mark’s “semi-retirement”, he was sought after for his knowledge and dedication to the fishing industry and was a consultant for North Coast Seafood in Boston. Mark’s continued dedication for the Gloucester Fishing Industry and their Fisherman earned him the title as a “Fishing Icon”.
When he was not fishing, Mark was known as and excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for his wife Stella, his family, and friends. His thirst for knowledge led him to be and avid reader, a highly opinionated politician, and a self-proclaimed curmudgeon.
Mark’s family and friends will remember him as a proud father and Papa, a devoted family man and true friend, and a man of great dignity and respect. Mark will always be remembered for his work ethic and for letting his wife Starr know that whenever it ended, he had a great run”.
Mark was the beloved husband of Stella “Starr” (Michelson) Godfried, devoted father of Andrew A. Godfried and his wife Tara (Glynn) of Danvers, loving “Papa Mark” of Molly Joan, Andrew Robert and Courtney Elizabeth, cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried, brother of Arline Land of Gloucester, uncle of Abbe Land and her husband Martin Gantman of West Hollywood, CA, Jon Land and his wife Michelle of Savannah, GA and Lisa Land Maloney of Hull, MA, and best friend of many, specifically Louis Linquata and Pasquale Fronteirio.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mark’s life at the Union Congregational Church, 3 Norman Ave., Gloucester, on Tuesday, December 18th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to the Foundation for Faces of Children, 258 Harvard Street, #367, Brookline, MA 02446-2904. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
Donna was born on November 26, 1953 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Paul N. and Barbara J. (Moore) Carpenter. Donna was a life-long resident of Wilmington, a “Townie” and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1972.
At the time of her death, Donna was employed as a Customer Service Representative for the AGFA Corporation for the past 14 years. Donna was a dedicated and faithful employee, well organized, helpful, and friendly. She was a great asset to her co-workers and created special bonds and friendships that lasted throughout the years.
Donna was very devoted to her family and friends, they always came first, she was extremely dedicated to her daughter Kellie and son Matt, she was a wonderful daughter, special sister, a loving aunt, niece, cousin, and a true friend in every sense of the word. If you were a friend of Donna’s you were a friend for life, she was always there to lend a hand or an ear.
As a mother, Donna was second to none, her children were her world. With the help of her own mother, Donna was able to care for her daughter Kellie at home and Kellie brought much joy and happiness to Donna each and every day.
Donna was very involved in her son Matt’s sporting events from little league to hockey, Donna was always there on the sidelines to root Matt and his teammates on. Donna had a great love for hockey was a supportive “hockey mom”, she organized countless fund raisers for the Warriors Hockey Team and when they took the title of State Champs there was Donna with her famous grin from ear to ear, she was so proud of Matt and the team. As everyone knows, Donna made friends where ever she went and that includes a hockey rink, Donna fit in well with all the hockey moms and dads, everyone loved to be around Donna because her personality was so upbeat.
Donna liked to have fun and she loved to vacation with her family and friends. Whether it was a cruise, trip to Florida, New York, Lake Winnipesaukee, or hanging out at Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Donna made every trip an adventure. One of Donna’s all time favorite trips was to Disney World in Florida where she got to spoil her two nieces, Ashlie and Taylor, and show them the best time on their first adventure to Disney.
Donna will be fondly remembered as kind, compassionate, lovable, and very dependable; if you needed anything done call Donna she was always there no matter what. Donna will be remembered for her sense of humor, her love of yellow roses, her infamous “flip flops”, and her great smile that would light up a room, even in times of adversity Donna never gave up, her courage and strength should be a lesson to us all.
A wonderful lady with a heart of gold Donna will be greatly missed.
Donna was the devoted mother of Kellie David and Matthew David, cherished daughter of Paul N. and Barbara J. (Moore) Carpenter all of Wilmington, beloved sister of Judi Carpenter of Methuen, Paul N. Carpenter, Jr. and his fiance Pam Richards of Meredith, NH, and Susan Jones and her husband Chris of Billerica, loving aunt to Ashlie and Taylor Jones, stepmother of Lisa Perry and her husband Steve and their children Tyler and Madison all of Methuen and Bill David of Dracut, niece of Charlotte and Harry Stewart of Wilmington and Walter and Elaine Carpenter of TX, cousin of Harry and Sue Stewart of Londonderry, NH, David Stewart of Wilmington, Robert and Cheryl Stewart of Trumbull, CT, Thomas and Jo Stewart of Georgetown, Linda Bridges and Candy Bridges both of Wilmington.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Donna’s life at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 16th from 1-5 p.m. Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to the Nu Path Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801
Chuck was born in Lowell, MA, on November 8, 1931, he was the dear son of the late Leonard and Alice (Hamilton) Keough. Chuck was raised in Tewksbury and a graduate of Tewksbury High School, he furthered his education at Boston University and earned a degree in business from Burdett College in Boston.
Chuck was drafted into the United States Army on July 22, 1952, during the Korean War. Chuck served overseas, earning rank as Sergeant, he received several medals and commendations for his faithful service to the country and was honorably discharged on May 18, 1955, returning home to his family.
Chuck married his “sweetheart” Elaine F. O’Connor on June 15, 1957, the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964, where they raised their beautiful family. Chuck and Elaine were proprietor’s for many years of a local landmark “Stop & Go” Sub Shop located in North Wilmington. Chuck was always great to the patrons, especially the High School kids who he employed for many years.
Chuck was a “fun guy” with an amazing sense of humor, he and Elaine had countless parties over the years at their home, they had tons of friends, and they always had an “open door” policy where everyone was welcome.
Chuck and Elaine had a great life together over the years, they loved to travel, play cards, have fun, work hard, and were especially dedicated to their family. Elaine’s passing in November of 1993 left Chuck brokenhearted after sharing more than 36 years as a couple.
Chuck was known to his family and friends as an AVID sports fan, especially when it came to the Patriots and the Red Sox. He was known for his knowledge of sports history and trivia. He watched countless games over the years with his family and friends.
Chuck will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family, he loved his wife and children dearly and was an extremely “Proud Papa” to his grandchildren who will miss him.
Chuck was the beloved husband of the late Elaine F. (O’Connor), devoted father of Paul Keough and his wife Lisa of Woburn, Patricia Druid and her husband David of Reading, Bill Keough and his wife Karen of Wilmington, Frances Keough and Ed Nuttall of Tewksbury, loving “Papa” of Sean, Nolan, Brendan, Erin, Alicia, Elaina, William, John, Patrick, and John, cherished son of the late Leonard and Alice (Hamilton) Keough, brother-in-law of Bob O’Connor and Doris Keough. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was the last survivor of a large extended family of brothers and sisters.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, December 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, December 14th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458 .