Obituaries

Kenneth D. De Young

January 1st, 2015

Kenneth Daniel De Young, age 48, of Dorchester, formerly of Wilmington, left this world peacefully on December 31, 2014, surrounded by his loving family following a defiant fearless battle with sinus cancer. Within the hour he announced his joyous arrival into the next in typical Ken fashion by lighting up the Boston skyline with fireworks. Right next to the Corita natural gas tank strung with the lights Ken had placed. Just like Ken… Go big, or go home!

Kenneth was born in Dorchester, MA, on January 19, 1966; he was the cherished son of Robert and Eleanor De Young. As a young boy, he collected friends along the way with antics of fun and more than enough mischief. Wilmington, where he was raised and educated had a large part of his life story. He graduated WHS in 1985 and was a Wildcat football captain.

Kenny was completely devoted to his family. Especially his grandmother, Ellie Albanese. He moved back to Dorchester, to take care of her, where she cooked “her son” dinner every night! He was an avid golfer, and a very talented cook. Kenny favorite place to be was at his family homestead on Foxley River, Prince Edward Island. His enormous gregarious family all adored him.

Kenny was a proud 25 year Union Electrician for IBEW Local #103 in Boston.

Kenny married the “love of his life and his true companion” Kristin Batts on June 30, 2006; Kenny and Kristin were a perfect match. Kenny really had two birthdays: the day he was born and the day he met the love of his life, Kristin. Kenny adored his Kristin, and Kristin adored her Kenny. It was a true love story. Made even more perfect by the addition of their Shih-tzu puppy, Ellie. Of coursed named after Nana, to her great delight!

Kenny will be continuously remembered for his unselfishness and generosity; he always gave. Whether it be a constant laugh, money, time, or a bit of mischief, Kenny freely gave. Kenny’s compassion and kindness towards others was unwavering, as was his humble nature. Everyone loved to be around Kenny. Kenny will be remembered as a fighter who never gave up in times of adversity, he never once complained, and always worried more about others than himself. Throughout his treatment, he wore a bracelet “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil. 4-13. Kenny lived by example and was someone who was truly admired and will be greatly missed by all.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Kristin (Batts) De Young, cherished son of Eleanor (Conley) and the late Robert De Young of Wilmington, dear brother of Kellie Donlon & her husband John of Hathorne, MA, Jill Medeiros & her husband Aaron of Hudson, NH and Stacy De Young of Wilmington, Grandson of the late Eleanor Albanese, loving uncle of Samantha, Michaela, Matthew, Alexandra, Oliver, Geddes, Pierce, Avalon, Robert, and Ronan, son-in-law of Richard and Barbara Batts of Marshfield, brother-in-law of Carolyn & Mike Devine of Marshfield, Richard & Kara Batts of CT, nephew of Jeanne & David Bolduc of Mattapan. Kenneth is also survived by his constant companion his dog Ellie as well as many dear friends.

Kenny’s beautiful services were held at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. His Funeral Mass was held at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment was at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kenneth’s memory may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place 201, Boston, MA 02114.

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Columbus “Chris” Russo

December 28th, 2014

Columbus “Chris” Russo, age 85, of Sarasota, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Billerica died peacefully on December 25, 2014.  Chris was the beloved husband of Helen F. (Cahill) Russo, devoted father of the late David Russo, cherished son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Romando) Russo, dear brother of Catherine Riga of Pepperell, Anna Lisacki of Woburn, the late Anthony, Frederick, Charles, Rudolph “Rudy”, and  Angelo “Rico” Russo, and Mary Wingert.  Chris was the dear brother-in-law of Kathleen Light , Ronald Cahill, the late James, John, Hubert, and Thomas Cahill, Anne Meuse, and Margaret Webster and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, January 2nd from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and will be followed by a Graveside Service at the Fox Hill Cemetery, 130 Andover Road, Billerica.  Memorial donations in Chris’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue #2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Norma L. (Harris) Powers

December 27th, 2014

Norma L. (Harris) Powers, age 78, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2014.

Norma was the beloved wife of the late Frank C. Powers, Sr., devoted mother of Debra Okolo & her husband Roger of Fremont, NH, Michael Manuel & his wife Joanne of Dracut, Catherine Sheehan of Wilmington, the late Steven Manuel, Anne Powers of North Andover, Frank C. Powers, Jr. of Bakersfield, CA and Christina Chalifour & her husband Lou of Salem, NH, loving “Nana” of Kim Crespo, Jenn Lopez, Heather Gilman, Steven Powers, Amanda Powers, Bryan Sheehan, Felicia LaBonte, Diana Powers, Crystal Powers, Frankie Powers, Matthew Powers, Celina Chalifour and 11 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Richard and Hazel (Taylor) Harris, dear sister of Nancy Saulnier of Epsom, NH and Ellen MacDonald of West Jordan, UT. Norma is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as her beloved dog, Coco.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on December 31st from 3:00-6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norma’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue #2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Carl J. Capobianco

December 27th, 2014

Carl J. Capobianco, formerly of Billerica, Wilmington, Andover, North Andover, and Vero Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

Carl was born in Boston, MA; he was the beloved son of  the late Ralph and Antoinette(Chicariello) Capobianco.

Carl is lovingly survived by his children Carlene Capobianco of Georgia and Ralph (Chip) Capobianco & his wife Nancy of South Carolina, his Grandchildren Carl Mitcheson, Taryn Doak, Nick Kania, Travis Andrews & her husband Deacon, and his Great-Grandchild Maddix Andrews. Carl was the dear brother of John, Ralph, and Romolo Capobianco, and Anna Tucci and is further survived by his former wife and dear friend Margaret (Denton) Capobianco as well as several nieces and nephews.

Carl was a Navy veteran of WW II and served on the USS Topeka. Carl was the owner of Windkist  Arabians in North Andover, MA, where he successfully raised and showed Arabian Horses for over 30 years.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 31st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington 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 Tuesday December 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472

Jason R. Hoover

December 27th, 2014

Jason R. Hoover, age 27, of Winchester, passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2014.

Jason was born in Winchester, MA, on August 21, 1987; he was the beloved son of Diane M. (Shukis) Hoover of Winchester and William R. Hoover of Waynesboro, PA. Jason was raised and educated in Winchester and was a graduate of Winchester High School with the class of 2005.

At the time of his death; Jason worked as a Pipe Fitter for Union Local #537 in Boston.

Jason was a talented musician; he enjoyed playing his guitar and composing his own music.

Jason will be fondly remembered for his “one of a kind” sense of humor; he loved to tell jokes and pull pranks on his family and friends just to make everyone laugh.

Jason was truly a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and a true friend to many; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jason was the beloved son of Diane M. (Shukis) Hoover of Winchester and William R. Hoover & his wife Laurie of Waynesboro, PA, loving brother of William Hoover of North Reading, Nicole Hoover of Medford, and Melissa Hoover of Wilmington, cherished grandson of Francis & Joanne Shukis of Wilmington and the late William & Claire Hoover of Burlington. Jason is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 29th from 4-8 p.m.

Anthony J. Dango

December 26th, 2014

Anthony J. Dango, age 100, a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away on December 24, 2014 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Anthony was born on December 23, 1914 in Woburn, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Anthony and Jennie (Gentile) Dango. Anthony was raised in Woburn and aside for a few short years spent in Tewksbury, Anthony lived most of his life in Woburn.

Anthony worked at Towers Motor Parts in Lowell for over fifty years. He was a machinist who worked on automotive parts. Anthony was a talented and dedicated employee who retired in his 70’s.

Anthony married Helen (Galka) Dango and the couple shared more than 60 years of marriage before her passing in 2002. Anthony and Helen lived in Tewksbury for a few short years, where they raised their five children: Carol Ann, James, Jean, Norma and Linda. In 1958, Anthony built his own home in Woburn, where he and his family shared many beautiful memories.

Anthony was a devoted family man; there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family and friends. He was a “Mr. Fix-It,” who could fix anything including a car, emergency plumbing and electrical problems.

Anthony was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper who used his talents to subsidize his family’s income in the early 1950’s. He loved tuna fishing, especially with his son and grandsons. The men sometimes ended up catching 600-800 pound tunas.

Anthony was a very independent man; he continued to care for himself, often going to the gym and driving until he was 98 years old.

Anthony was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Galka) Dango, devoted father of Carol Ann Pullo of Hinsdale, MA, James E. Dango & his wife Denise Brennan of Stoneham, Jean M. Dango of Tewksbury, Norma M. Johnson & her husband Charles of Dracut and Linda D. Lucken & her husband Dennis of Woburn, loving grandfather to David Pullo, Patrice Pullo, Tracy McDevitt, Christine Downey, Pamela Dango, Deborah Dango, Jennifer Iritano, Mark Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Eric Lucken, Isaac Lucken and 8 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Anthony and Jennie (Gentile) Dango, dear brother of Rose Kirk, Betty Garbino and Jean McDonald all of Woburn, the late Dominic Dango, Charles Dango, Mike Dango, Frank Dango, Lena McSweeney and Anna Callahan. Anthony is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, December 28th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

David M. Janeiro

December 18th, 2014

David M. Janeiro, age 54, of Lowell, passed away on December 17, 2014. Loving father of Jacquelyn Hudson & her husband Phillip of Haverhill and the late Jimmy Janeiro, grandfather of Ella and Brian Hudson, cherished son of Marjorie (Cravo) Janeiro of Lowell and the late Jose Janeiro, dear brother of Joanne Macedo & her husband Marc of Chelmsford, Lisa DiRusso & her husband Rich of Bellingham and Joe Janeiro & his wife Karen of Melrose, uncle of Marc, Scott & Lisa Macedo, Richie & Shanna DiRusso and Joey & Jarrett Janeiro. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Monday, December 22nd, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in David’s name can be made to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, Attn: Sandra Wong, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

Mary E. (Knight) Doucette

December 15th, 2014

Mary E. (Knight) Doucette, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 14, 2014 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Mary was born on December 18, 1925 in Reading, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight. Mary grew up and was educated in Reading.

Mary married her husband, Paul R. Doucette, Sr. on April 12, 1944. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1953, where they raised their four children; Peggy, Ginny, Butch and Tom for many years, before settling in Woburn. The couple lived in Woburn for over forty years. Mary and Paul became active in the community and joined the DAV auxiliary of Woburn.

Mary stayed home to raise her children for many years before she went to work for Marshalls. She worked as a marketing technician at the Marshalls warehouse in Woburn for many years before she retired.

Mary always put her family and friends first; her warm and welcoming personality earned her the name “Gram” to everyone around her. Mary would never complain if she went without; she was a simple, classy lady who was happy just to be around those she loved. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family or those around her. Mary was overly generous, often donating to the DAV, the MSPCA, or the Christian Children’s Fund. Mary had a huge heart and was extremely selfless.

In her spare time, Mary loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, especially during the holidays. She had an “open-door” policy; the more the merrier! Mary would cook up a storm and prepare a huge table filled with various goodies. No one could ever leave her home empty-handed because Mary loved to make sure everyone took something, whether it was candy, cookies or decorations, she wanted to make sure everyone felt special.

Mary also loved to read. She would read anything that crossed her path, but her favorites included the Hardy Boys or the Harlequin novels. Mary collected many books and when she was finished reading them, she often donated the books to the Salvation Army or others in need.

Mary was a devout Catholic; she often attended Mass at St. Anthony’s parish. Throughout Mary’s life, she encountered difficult circumstances, but she always kept her faith in God. It was her faith that carried her through difficult times.

Mary will be remembered as a loving, gentle mother, “Gram,” sister, aunt and friend to many. Her warm personality and her ability to care for others will never be forgotten. It was her final wish to be with her beloved husband for her birthday, so for her 89th birthday, Mary’s wish will be granted and she will be laid to rest with Paul, Sr. on her special day. This wish was very special to her family and they are proud to make their Mom’s final wish come true.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Paul R. Doucette, Sr., devoted mother of Peggy Butler & her husband Phillip of North Reading, Ginnie Grammer & her husband Dickie of Woburn, Thomas Doucette & his wife Karen of Andover and the late Butch Doucette, mother-in-law of Joanne Doucette of Woburn, loving “Gram” of Paula Taylor, Stacey Sarchione, Kirk Butler, Kevin Butler, Keith Butler, the late Kenneth Sachione, Tanya Frazier, Tracey Barends, Mike Doucette, Jason Doucette, Tommy Doucette and Jeanette Doucette, great-grandmother of Brian, Joey, Josh, Kayla, Keith, Will, Kennedy, Quinn, Connor, Emmie, Brooke, Kevin and was anxiously awaiting the birth of two new great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Margaret Knight, dear sister of John “Butch” Norden of Norway, ME, the late Marjorie Brogna and Joan Dickie. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 18th at 8:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Church, 351 Main Street, (Rt. 38), Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Paul L. Sevigny

December 14th, 2014

Paul L. Sevigny, age 81, of Tewksbury and Hyannis, formerly of Woburn and Kittery, ME, died peacefully on December 13, 2014, at the Lowell General Hospital.

Paul was born in Waltham, MA on March 30, 1933; he was the dear son of the late Anthony and Alice (DeLaurier) Sevigny. Paul was raised and educated in Belmont and Watertown and was a graduate of Watertown High School.

Paul enlisted in the United States Army on February 3, 1953, during the Korean War. He served overseas as a Sergeant with the 851st CRD for more than two years. Paul received several medals and commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on January 31, 1961; returning home to his family.

Paul was a bachelor for years when he met and fell in love with Jean Conroy; a beautiful young widow and the mother of five small children. Paul was up for the challenge; the couple married in 1965 and Paul became an instant “dad” to Maureen, Brian, Mark, Jacqueline, and Barbara. Paul and Jean decided to round out the family with the birth of their son Paul and life was complete. Paul and Jean lived in Winchester for a short time before moving to Woburn where they raised their family. As his boys got older, Paul became very involved in Woburn Youth Hockey where he coached for many years and was Past President of the Youth Hockey Association.

Paul loved his family unconditionally and enjoyed every moment they spent together whether they were on the Cape for their annual Fourth of July Cookouts, parties on the beach at their home in Hyannis, their family trip to Florida, their many birthday celebrations, or just getting together on a Sunday; whatever the reason he loved to have his family around.

When Paul became “Pa” to his 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren his life became more enriched. Paul attended countless sporting events, school functions, dance recitals, and graduations; he was always there for the kids.

Paul loved sports; he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and was known to be an Avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

In his spare time, Paul loved to cook for his family and friends and spend time making handmade oriental rugs that were quite impressive.

Following his retirement from Silibond Industries where Paul was a salesman for many years he and Jean learned to relax and travel. The couple had a great time traveling abroad especially to Ireland, they enjoyed their many Caribbean Cruises, and they loved to relax at their home in Kittery, Maine.

Paul was a “great guy” who truly loved his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could be quite a character. Paul will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Paul was the beloved husband of Jean F. (Coady-Conroy) Sevigny, devoted father of Maureen DeMango & her husband Sam of Wilmington, Brian Conroy & his wife Mary of Kittery Point, ME, Mark Conroy & his wife Linda of Londonderry, NH, Jacqueline Conroy-Aiesi of Wilmington, the late Barbara Conroy-Yaseem and Paul Sevigny. Loving “Pa” of Christyne & C.J. Anderson, David & Brendan DeMango, Joseph, Patrick, & Kathleen Conroy, Kyle, Lindsay, & Jenna Conroy, Melissa & Austin Aiesi, “Great Pa” of Declan & Aubree Anderson, cherished son of the late Anthony & Alice (DeLaurier) Sevigny, dear brother of the late Donald Sevigny, Bob Sevigny, Jean Steadman, and Dorothy Connors. Paul is survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Home for Little Wanderer’s, 397 Lincoln Road, Walpole, MA 02081

Annmarie (Capodanno) Shepard

December 12th, 2014


Annmarie (Capodanno) Shepard, age 53, of Wilmington, ascended into heaven on December 10, 2014 after enduring a life altering disease, cancer.  Her passing was on her terms, in her home with her family.

Annmarie was born on January 2, 1961 in Everett, MA; she was the cherished and vibrant daughter of Ann Marie (Abbott) Capodanno and the late Raymond Capodanno.

Annmarie graduated from Nazareth Academy in Reading with the Class of 1979.  Annmarie furthered her education at Springfield College earning her Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting.

Annmarie worked as an Accounts Payable Supervisor for a Biotech Company for many years; Annmarie’s work ethic and customer service skills made her quite a success in her field.

Annmarie met “the love of her life” Jon C. Shepard, in 1977; the couple married in 1987, settled in Wilmington, and soon after had two wonderful sons Cameron and Zachary.

Family was first and foremost to Annmarie; she and her husband Jon shared a strong bond and love for each other and a love for family that they both instilled in their boy’s everyday life.  Annmarie’s greatest gift, strength and desire was as a mother and friend!  She had such unconditional love and devotion for her boys and a fierce belief in family first.  Annmarie beamed with pride as she attended countless baseball and basketball games, school functions, and musical concerts; she was their biggest fan.

Annmarie was also a very special auntie; she loved her nieces and nephews like they were her own children.  The kids could always count on Annmarie for anything they needed, especially laughter and fun which is always needed.

In her spare time, Annmarie enjoyed working in her yard, her passion for horticulture was evident by the amazing landscapes and flower gardens throughout her yard that were so beautiful they should have been featured in a magazine.

Annmarie was an avid reader; she had a voracious appetite for knowledge and belonged to various book clubs where she was able to share with others her smile, go to attitude and friendships that will last forever and has touched others lives.

Annmarie’s life will continue to be celebrated knowing that she is a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend,  Annmarie lived her life to the fullest; she showed courage and strength in the face of adversity.  Annmarie always handled herself with grace; she was quite a dynamic woman whose ability to instantly touch others lives by her will to live life will endure and be lasting for all that were fortunate enough to have known her.

Annmarie was the beloved wife of Jon C. Shepard, devoted mother of Cameron and Zachary Shepard all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Ann Marie (Abbott) Capodanno and the late Raymond Capodanno of Marlborough, formerly of Wilmington, dear sister of Ray Capodanno & his wife Manuela of Marlborough, Alan Capodanno & his wife Ewa of Poland and Caramia Capodanno & her husband Jamie Shepard of Marlborough, daughter-in-law of Doris Shepard of Maynard, sister-in-law of Jocelyn Gentile & her husband Tom of Lynnfield and Jennifer Shepard of Ayer, loving aunt of Tristan and Brigitta Shepard, Sophia and Vincent Capodanno and Alex Gentile.  Annmarie was dearly loved by her extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 15th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.Donations in Annmarie’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com