Obituaries

Marilyn J. Chalifour

June 19th, 2016

Marilyn J. Chalifour (McPhee), age 78, of Wilmington, passed away at home after illness surrounded by love and family.

Marilyn was born in Haverhill, MA on September 30, 1937.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Angus B. and Mary E. (DeMatteo) McPhee.  Marilyn was raised in Stoneham, MA, where she attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Malden.  Marilyn continued her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from Merrimack College in Andover (1959) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College (1981).

Marilyn married her beloved husband and best friend Leon Chalifour on May 12, 1962; the couple also settled in Wilmington in 1962 where they raised their four children.  Marilyn loved being a mother, and her unconditional love and support for her family was evident in everything she did.

Marilyn was a medical technologist in Reading, MA before becoming a teacher.  She taught Medical Technology at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica for 23 years before retiring in 2000.  She was passionate about teaching, inspiring and connecting with her students.  She used to say “you can never care too much.”  Marilyn’s dedication to her students as well as to her profession made her a favorite amongst the staff and the student body.

Marilyn was an avid reader, and when healthy, enjoyed horseback riding at the Iron Stone Farm in North Andover where she also volunteered and helped with their Special Olympics equestrian events.  Marilyn was very giving of her time and talents to help others, and believed in and supported many philanthropic efforts that dealt with education, women, children and the poor: she was sponsoring the education of two girls in Haiti and supported Haiti’s Free the Kids, St. Mary’s Center for Women & Children, Rosie’s Place and Kiva.  She also had a soft spot for animals and supported several New England rescues and shelters: Lowell Humane Society, Northeast Animal Shelter, the Merrimack Feline Rescue and the MSPCA of Boston.

Marilyn loved traveling with Leon every chance she could; whether it was a day trip along the coast or through the back roads, or their many trips to California, or their “trip of a lifetime” across the country, they enjoyed seeing landmarks and discovering the history of the places they visited.  In later years, they loved their time together in their Wells, ME cottage.

Marilyn was an active communicant at St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington where she taught CCD for many years, and after she retired, she taught CCD for adults in her home.  Marilyn was also one of the first female Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for her parish and helped with countless funerals throughout the years until her declining health.

Marilyn is strongly known and will be remembered as a wonderful woman, helpful, caring, and kind, who cherished the time she spent with family and friends, but whom, throughout her life, had a devotion to helping others.  She knew her purpose in life was to make a difference and she spent her life doing just that.  She made everyone around her feel special and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Leon G. Chalifour, devoted mother of Paul Chalifour & wife Deborah of Wilmington, William Chalifour of Lowell, Dianne Chalifour of Portsmouth, NH, and the late Margaret Chalifour.  Cherished daughter of the late Angus B. and Mary E. (DeMatteo) McPhee, dear sister of Karen McNaughton & husband Robert of Tewksbury and the late Michael McPhee.  Special niece of Edna DeMatteo of Haverhill, aunt of Heather & Dan Bogonis and their sons Justin, Samuel, and George and Robbie & Debbie McNaughton and their son Brennan.  Marilyn is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St (Rte. 38) in Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th at 10:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, June 23rd from 3:00-7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Center for Women & Children, 90 Cushing Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125, or any of the other charities listed above, or to a charity of your choice.

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Frances M. Martin

June 10th, 2016

Frances Mary (Machiesky) Martin, age 90, of Wilmington, died peacefully at Care One at Wilmington on June 9, 2016, with her family by her side.

Frances was born in Eynon, Pennsylvania to Frank and Mary (Valulek) Machiesky on March 6, 1926; she had two brothers, Alex and John, who are both deceased.

Frances graduated from Archbald High School in 1944 and moved to Washington, D.C.  She worked for the FBI from 1944 to 1948.  Handling fingerprints from many famous criminals were some of the anecdotes she loved to tell.  She loved Washington, D.C. and lived there during the war, making many friends that lasted a lifetime.

On February 1, 1947, Frances married Peter George Martin and the couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri, so that her husband could complete schooling to work for the railroad.  They permanently settled in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Frances and Peter were married for sixty-three years and they had six children.

After staying home to raise her children, Frances went back to work for the Wilmington Public School System, first as a cook, then as a manager.  Frances was well-known for her cooking and baking skills, including canning, making her own bread, and homemade fudge.

After retiring, Frances and Peter traveled extensively across the United States and Canada.

Frances was a woman of faith, who was heavily involved in the Charismatic Movement and the Saint Agnes Prayer group.  God and family were the priorities in her life.  She gave to many charities her entire life and volunteered at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

Frances was the devoted wife of the late Peter G. Martin, who passed away on February 24, 2010.

Frances is survived by her six children: Diane F. Martin of Lowell, Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis of the Philippines, Mary Ann Marks and her husband, Walter of North Reading, Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Londonderry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride and her husband Thomas of Lowell and Katherine M. Martin of Wilmington.  Frances is also survived by seven grandchildren: Anthony Marks, Michael P. Martin, Thomas Marks, Jessica Diebold, Elizabeth Gilbride, Peter Martin and Michael A. Martin, as well as two great-grandchildren: Evey Marks and Simon Diebold.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Monday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Frances’ favorite charity, Food For the Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005.

Celia Lee Hutchinson

June 7th, 2016

Celia Lee (Williamson) Hutchinson, “Nana”, age 72, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of North Reading, passed away on June 6th, surrounded by her loving family.

Nana was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was a seamstress who could sew wedding dresses, feety pajamas and mend broken hearts. Nana was never too busy to listen, to lend a hand, to help a friend in need – never asking for anything in return. She treated everyone like gold and when she spoke with someone, she made them feel as if they were the only person in the world. She loved to laugh and more often than not, made us all laugh. Nana loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family. She was a fighter – perhaps the greatest fighter the world has ever known – as she overcame challenges when most would have given up. Through all the pain, she never once complained. Instead she cherished every moment on this earth, so that she could spend just one more minute with her loved ones. She was our miracle and we were hers.

Celia was the beloved wife of Walter “Hutch” Hutchinson. She was the devoted mother of Walter Hutchinson & his wife Marilyn of Pelham, NH, Michelle MacInnis of Tewksbury, Robert MacInnis Jr of Lowell and Lisa Sullivan & her husband Greg of Wilmington. She leaves her grandchildren Robert MacInnis III and his wife Shannon, Alyssa and Dillon MacInnis, Ashley and Venessa Hutchinson, Charlene and Glenn Sullivan. Loving great grandmother of Jacob and Joseph MacInnis. Celia was the cherished daughter of the late Ernest & Elizabeth (Dupe) Williamson. She was the sister of Frank Williamson of Peabody and the late Harold Williamson and Joan Kadlec. Celia was the daughter-in-law of Clarice Hutchinson of Somerville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 10th, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 9th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Celia’s name can be made to Mass General Hospital for the benefit of the Stem Transplant and Discovery Fund, Attn: Tyrone Latin, Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, checks made payable to “Massachusetts General Hospital”.

Kelly E. Lauziere

June 2nd, 2016

Kelly E. Lauziere, age 39, of Reading, passed away unexpectedly on May 29, 2016.

Kelly was born on March 1, 1977 in Winchester, MA; she was the precious daughter of Karen (Guarino) Lauziere of Derry, NH, formerly of Reading, and the late Scott Lauziere, Sr.

Kelly is the dear sister of Scott Lauziere, Jr. & his wife Allyson of North Reading, Julia & Charlie Bacon of Moultonboro, NH, Charlie Lauziere & Cheyenne of Ossippee, NH, Jessie & the late Bryce Converse of Wolfeboro, NH, loving granddaughter of Mary and the late David Guarino of Reading and the late Charles and Pauline Lauziere of Wilmington, special aunt of Mark Lauziere of North Reading. Kelly is also survived by her step-mother, Sheila Lauziere, her former spouse, Wendi Brenner, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, June 4th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. In lieu of donations, Kelly’s family has requested that you hug your loved ones tightly.

James M. Rooney

May 30th, 2016

James Matthew Rooney, age 12, of Wilmington, died accidentally, on May 27, 2016.

James was born on June 18, 2003 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of Dennis P. and Jacqueline (O’Hara) Rooney. James was raised in Wilmington and was a 7th grade student at the Wilmington Middle School.

James was a very bright kid; he was a wonderful math student and had a special interest in History, especially Military History. James was always willing to help others in the classroom, he was very friendly and funny according to his classmates.

James was very patriotic and loved to wear his camouflage uniform; he was very proud of his father Dennis and brother Steven’s service to our Country and the Marine Corps.

James loved to go to the Reading YMCA on Friday nights where he would meet his friends to swim, play basketball or to workout. James also enjoyed Fencing.

James will be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. James always lit up a room with his great smile; he was a wonderful boy who will forever be missed by his family and friends.

James was the cherished son of Dennis P. and Jacqueline (O’Hara) Rooney, beloved brother of Dennis P. Rooney III, Cullen S. Rooney, and the late Lance Cpl. Steven M. West all of Wilmington. Loving grandson of Dennis and Yvette Rooney of Wilmington and Patricia O’Hara of Billerica. Dear nephew of James and Caroline O’Hara of Boston and John O’Hara of Billerica. Cousin of Jack O’Hara of Haverhill. James is also survived by a large extended family of great aunts and uncles, cousins, as well as many friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 3rd 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that Memorial Contributions be made to Gina Johnson at Operation Home Ties, 350 Massachusetts Avenue #194, Arlington, MA 02474. Visit the website at www.OperationHomeTies.com

Robert W. MacKenzie

May 19th, 2016

Robert W. MacKenzie “Bob”, age 67, of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 18, 2016, in Wingate at Belvidere. Bob was born in Lowell on November 18, 1948; he was the dear son of the late Gordon & Harriet (Brown) MacKenzie.

Bob was raised and educated in Wilmington and he worked in the Wilmington Schools for several years. Bob also worked at the Caswell Motel in Tewksbury for more than 30 years.

Bob will be remembered as a quiet guy who kept to himself but he loved sports, horse racing, and going to Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Bob was the brother of Thomas and George MacKenzie both of Wilmington, Ted MacKenzie of Salem, NH, Betty Hogan and Jeanie MacKenzie both of California, the late Gordon MacKenzie, Roy MacKenzie, Dotty Paggi and Barbara Ahern. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, May 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

A special thank you goes out to the staff at Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell for your kindness, compassion, and the care that you gave to our brother Bob.

Timothy M. Brady

May 16th, 2016

Timothy M. Brady, 28, a life-long resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away at his house on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 after a long battle with drug addiction.

Tim was born in Melrose, MA; on April 25, 1988; he was the cherished son of Mark and Patricia (Lomatire) Brady. Tim was raised and educated in Wilmington and involved in youth sports throughout his childhood. Tim loved playing Little League Baseball, Wilmington Pop Warner, and Wildcat Football at Wilmington High School.

Tim was a die-hard Boston sports fan who will always be remembered for his sense of humor and strong love for his family and friends.

Tim is survived by his parents, Mark and Patricia Brady, of Wilmington, MA and his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Stephanie Brady of Asbury Park, NJ. He is also lucky enough to be survived by a strong and loving family of many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and members of the fellowship.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 20th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Tim’s family requests that donations can be made to The Hurley House, Inc., P. O. Box 540662, in Waltham, MA, 02454-0662, where Tim was working on his recovery.

Fred L. Ingersoll

May 15th, 2016

Fred L. Ingersoll, age 78, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was the devoted father of Michael Ingersoll & wife Brenda of Tewksbury, Robin Enriquez of San Antonio, TX, and Bonnie Kelliher & husband Jimmy of Walpole, Beloved long-time companion of Carol McEleney of Woburn. Loving “Papa” of Caryssa Ingersoll, Derek, Devon, & Liam Kelliher, “Bart” of Jenna & Madison McEleney the grandchildren that grew in his heart. Cherished son of the late Fred and Esther (Wooding) Ingersoll and beloved husband of the late Betty Ann (Lohnes) Ingersoll, dear brother of Judith Milliken & her late husband James of Billerica, Daniel Ingersoll of Tewksbury, and the late James Ingersoll. Fred was also very special to Chris and Kelly McEleney of Woburn and is further survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Kim V. (Engdahl) Griffin

May 15th, 2016

Kim V. Griffin (Engdahl), age 40, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on May 14, 2016.

Kim was born in Stoneham, MA, on November 6, 1975; she was the cherished daughter of John and Helen Engdahl. Kim was raised in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Tech High School with the Class of 1994, where she studied in the health field.

In her early years, Kim, loved to work in the nursing field; she was very caring and comforting to her patients.

Kim married Anthony(Al) Griffin on February 4, 1995. Over the years they became parents to four great kids Kelly, Hannah, Connor, and Daniel. Kim enjoyed being a mom and a homemaker; she was very family oriented and loved being home with her children as well as the many children she took care of throughout the years.

Kim had many talents; she was creative, crafty, and loved to decorate her home. She enjoyed sewing, planting, painting, and was a great cook. Kim took time to look through her many cookbooks to come up with different recipes to make for her family and friends.

Kim will be fondly remembered as a loving mother who was so proud of her children and would do anything for them. Kim’s husband affectionately called her “Momma Love” and that described her perfectly. She was a beloved wife, mom, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and a dear friend who will forever be missed by all.

Kim was the beloved wife of Al Griffin, devoted mother of Kelly V., Hannah H., Connor J. M., and Daniel Q. Griffin all of Wilmington. Cherished daughter of John A. and Helen F. (McCabe) Engdahl of Wilmington, dear sister of Robin R. Smyth & husband Richard of Inverness, FL, Ernie A. Golisano of York, ME, John T. Engdahl of Narragansett, RI, and Erik A. Engdahl & wife Megan of Chandler, AZ. Daughter-in-law of Maureen Duverger of Keene, NH. Kim is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kim’s memory may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.

Marilyn D. (Brown) Deschenes

May 15th, 2016

Marilyn D. Deschenes, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 12, 2016 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Marilyn was born on May 16, 1933, in Andover, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Herbert and Marion (Wormwood) Brown.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Edmund Deschenes with whom she just celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary on April 21, 2016. Marilyn was the beloved mother of Donald Deschenes of Manchester, NH, David Deschenes & wife Carolyn of Wilmington, MA, Diann Anastas & husband Robert of Nashua, NH, Daniel Deschenes of Wilmington, MA, William Deschenes & wife Deborah of Wrentham, MA, and the late Doreen Lazdowski, she was the loving Grandmother of 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Marilyn is also survived by her son-in-law Kenneth Lazdowski of Hudson, NH, her brother-in-law Gene Deschenes and his wife Joyce Rinaldi of Burlington, MA. Marilyn was the dear sister of the late Shirley Brown and Bert Brown, and daughter-in-law of the late Edward and Diana (Ouellette) Deschenes.

Marilyn was a long-time resident of Wilmington where her doors were always open for the many foster children she welcomed into her home. Whether it was a long-term foster child or for many others an emergency situation, Marilyn showered them with love and kindness. Marilyn was also a day care provider for countless families throughout the years.

In her spare time, Marilyn enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlework, and ceramics. She was also known to have a thirst for knowledge and was an AVID reader.

Marilyn was a woman of great faith and a long-time Parishioner of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

At her request Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, the VNA of Middlesex East and Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 607 North Ave., Wakefield, MA 01880, or to a Charity of Your Choice.