Obituaries

Joseph K. Sampson

November 16th, 2015

Joseph K. Sampson, also fondly known as “Sam” or “Uncle Sam” to his family and friends, age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 16, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

Sam enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1959; he was in the Military Police and served tour of duty overseas in Germany from 1960-1962, during the Vietnam Era.

Following his return from Military duty, Sam married his “sweetheart” Ruth Strob, in October of 1962. The couple settled in Wilmington and went on to have a family of five wonderful children.

Sam worked for Wilmington Ford for over 30 years before he opened his own body shop with his long-time friend Guy Angiuoni. Sam had a wonderful personality and a great way with people, he ran his successful body shop until he retired.

Sam was an avid fan of fishing, yard work, and helping out all his neighbors. He loved all animals but was mostly fond of his “grand dogs”. Sam also loved taking care of his “Red Ranger” and NEVER wants his .45 sold.

Sam will be missed by all who knew him.

Sam was the beloved husband of Ruth A. (Strob) Sampson, devoted father of Timothy Sampson & his wife Patricia of Methuen, Deanna Marzolini & her husband Joseph and Edward Sampson all of Tewksbury, Linda Bonney & her husband Todd of Wilmington, and Virginia Paiva & her husband Jeff of Chelmsford. Loving “Grampie” of Michael, Carl, Amy, T.J., Eric, Larissa, Tony, Chris, Tabitha, and great-grandchildren Hunter, Jayden, and Emma Lee. Dear son of the late Louis E. and Delta (Thibeau) Sampson, brother of Marilyn Paolucci of Maryland, Carol Young of Stoneham, the late Gloria McKenna, Bernadette Comeau, Vincent Sr., Charles, Edward, Richard, and Harold Sampson. He is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friend will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington, on Thursday, November 19th 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, November 18th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Woodbriar of Wilmington, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Verna D. (Eaton) Richard

November 14th, 2015

Verna D. Richard (Eaton), age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 14, 2015.

Verna was born along with her twin sister Verlie in North Reading, MA on August 11, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of the late Bernard and Elsie Eaton. Verna moved to the Silver Lake Area of Wilmington in 1938 at the age of three where she was raised and educated and resided until her passing.

Verna was a hard worker, for many years she was employed at the Goodwill Industries in various positions.

In her spare time, Verna loved to go 10 pin bowling, do ceramics, and bunker embroidery at the Senior Citizens Centers in Wilmington and Tewksbury. Verna was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center, A.I.M. group of Wilmington, and the Ione Rebekah Lodge # 129 of the Independent order of Odd Fellows for over 50 years.

Verna will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Verna was always upbeat and had a great smile, she was always a pleasure to be with and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Verna was the devoted mother of Lewis Richard & his wife Amy of New Hampshire and Earl Richard of Saugus, loving “Grandma” of Rachel, Arianna, and Louis Richard, cherished daughter of the late Bernard H. N. and Elsie A. (Anderson) Eaton. Dear sister of Everard Eaton of New Jersey, Bernard Eaton of Maine, Joyce Dalton & her husband Walter of Wilmington, Verlie Quinan of Centerville, Wayne Eaton & his wife Barbara of Cape Cod, and the late Evangeline Brown, Forrest Eaton, and Navy Ensign Ronald Eaton MIA. Verna is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 18th for Visitation from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Verna’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887

Alfred G. “Freddy” Gaudet

November 13th, 2015

Alfred G. “Freddy” Gaudet, age 62, of Salisbury, formerly of Cambridge, passed away suddenly on November 9, 2015.

Freddy was the father of Erica Gaudet, cherished son of the late Alfred J. and Mary (Costa) Gaudet, dear brother of Susan Marks of Woburn, Helen Reyna of Harvard, Janis Sweeney & her husband Paul of Billerica and Allen Gaudet & his wife Linda of Winchester. Freddy is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Monday, November 16th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Freddy’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Thelma M. (Aalerud) Moore

November 13th, 2015

Thelma M. (Aalerud) Moore, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully and is now dancing in heaven with her beloved husband Eric, on November 12, 2015, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Thelma was born on September 11, 1928 in Malden, MA. She was the cherished daughter of the late Siguard and Hannah (Johnson) Aalerud. Thelma was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School.

Thelma met Eric E. Moore while ballroom dancing; the two shared a passion for dance. The couple married in the early 1950’s; they lived in Medford for a short time before settling in Wilmington, where they raised their three daughters, Karen, Sandra and Laurie. The couple shared many wonderful memories with their girls before Eric’s passing in 1982.

Thelma was a very dedicated worker. She worked as an Office Manager for Dr. Mobb’s office in Wilmington for many years. After Dr. Mobb’s retirement, Thelma went on to work for Dr. Kenneth Leavitt until her retirement.

Thelma loved to spend time with her family, especially “her girls.” Whether it was a shopping trip or a special holiday, she just enjoyed being around her children. Some special memories included much time spent at Kennebunk Beach, ME.

In her spare time, Thelma enjoyed crocheting and watching sporting events. She was an avid sports fan, which included all four Boston sports teams.

Thelma will be remembered for her wonderful and caring personality. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Thelma was the beloved wife of the late Eric E. Moore, devoted mother of Karen Herland of Hudson, NH, Sandra Carpenter of Hudson, NH and Laurie Allen & her husband John of Billerica, loving grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, dear sister of Robert Aalerud of Wilmington and Elna Bent & her husband Fred of Wilmington. Thelma is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, (Rte. 62), Wilmington on November 16th at 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Thelma’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Brianna M. Doherty

November 12th, 2015

Brianna M. Doherty, age 24, of Malden, passed away unexpectedly on November 6, 2015.

Brianna was the cherished only child of Dana L. Doherty of Malden, loving granddaughter of Gloria J. (Mercier) Doherty and the late Daniel of Stoneham, dear niece of Deborah Strong & her husband David of Haverhill, Diane Mondello of Haverhill, Donna Carriker & her husband Thomas of North Reading, and Daniel J. Doherty III & his wife Kelly of Barrington, NH. Briana is also survived by many loving great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Brianna’s life will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887, (Directly behind St. Thomas Church), on November 22nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Christopher S. Corby

November 8th, 2015

Christopher S. Corby, “Chris”, age 39, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 7, 2015, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Following a successful battle against Leukemia as a toddler, he fought long and hard against the after effects of the treatment, which resulted in significant damage to his heart.

Chris was born on February 10, 1976, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Robert A. and Janice M. (Ryder) Corby. Chris was raised and educated in Wilmington, attended Cub Scouts, played youth soccer, baseball and basketball. A graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1994, Chris went on to further his education at Middlesex Community College where he studied accounting and business and earned his Associates Degree.

Although Chris had many medical challenges throughout his life it did not stop him from being very active; for several years he worked at Star Market in North Reading, he also worked at McDonald’s in North Reading and Brothers Pizza in Wilmington, he volunteered for the Chamber of Commerce in Burlington, and worked for the FAA as an administrative assistant and went on to be involved in working for the Freedom of Information Act.

Chris was also an active member of the East Coast Camaro Club; a wonderful organization that sponsored various car shows and fund raisers that supported many charities including the Make A Wish Foundation and the New Hampshire Hospice. These events were always done on a volunteer basis and Chris shared freely his time and talents for others.

Chris was a “car fanatic”, he was always looking to make cars better and faster; he had great auto mechanic skills and spent many hours with his brother and other friends working on cars. Chris’ 2010 Aqua Blue Metallic Camaro was his “baby” and before that he treasured his Maxima. Chris loved to spend countless hours on his cars and drag race with his friends at New England Drag Way.

In his spare time, Chris enjoyed going to Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Las Vegas and Disney World with his family and friends. He looked forward to watching wrestling, golfing, and attending baseball games with his brothers. Chris had a special bond with his family and extended family but most of all with his parents who never wavered in their love and support for him. Chris always faced adversity with courage, strength, and a great smile. He was truly a pleasure to be around. Chris was always very sweet, kind, and generous of his time with others and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Chris was the cherished son of Robert A. and Janice M. (Ryder) Corby of Wilmington, beloved brother of William J. Petersen, Jr. & his wife Renee of Wakefield and Steven F. Corby & his wife Patricia of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of William J. III & his wife Kelly, Samantha R., & Nicholas S. Petersen, and Jennifer N. & Katherine P. Corby. Chris is also survived by his aunt whom he considered a “second mother” Carol Lamattina, as well as many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 12th 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 Wednesday, November 11th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Christopher’s name may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

Theresa N. “Chickie” (Marszalek) Palmer

November 5th, 2015

Theresa N. “Chickie” (Marszalek) Palmer, age 74, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on November 4, 2015.

Chickie was the beloved wife of the late James T. Palmer, devoted mother of James C. “Jay” Palmer of Tewksbury, Stacey M. Moda & her husband John of North Reading and Eric T. Palmer of Methuen, loving “Grammy” of Jamie Moda, cherished daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Lunetta) Marszalek, dear sister of Michelle Spinney of Lowell. Chickie is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 10th 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 Monday, November 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Chickie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Kathleen A. (Shirley) Castronovo

November 3rd, 2015

Kathleen A. (Shirley) Castronovo, age 70, of North Reading, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 2, 2015.

Kathleen was the beloved wife of the late Carlo J. Castronovo, Sr., devoted mother of Salvatore Castronovo of Malden, Michael Castronovo of Quincy, Lisa Castronovo of Everett and Carlo Castronovo, Jr. of North Reading, loving “Nana” of Melissa Castronovo, Allyson Castronovo, Alex Sampson, Jr., Michael J. Castronovo, Jr. and Loriann M. Kellar.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 9th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading, at 10:30 a.m. Interment St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale, MA. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, November 8th from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kathleen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Stanley J. Gorski

October 30th, 2015

Stanley J. Gorski, age 82, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Malden, MA, died peacefully on October 25, 2015.

Stanley was born in Stoneham, MA on May 13, 1933; he was the dear son of the late Stephen J. and Mabel (Fournier) Gorski. Stanley was raised and educated in Malden, MA; in his late teenage years he moved to Wilmington. Stanley was self-employed in the construction field in Massachusetts for many years before moving to Florida.

Stanley is survived by his daughter Karen Gorski of Jacksonville, FL, his granddaughter Kerry Creech and her husband Jaime and three great-grandchildren, Kendall, Riley and Skyler. Stanley is further survived by his siblings Donald Gorski and his wife Arlene of Wilmington, Shirley McGurn and her husband Edward of Tewksbury, and Helen Sampson of Wilmington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Route 38), Wilmington, on Monday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Stanley’s memory may be made to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, c/o Development Office, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

John J. Neville

October 21st, 2015

John J. Neville, age 91, of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 21, 2015, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. John was the beloved husband of Eileen (Quirke) Neville and the late Eleanor (Karish) Neville, devoted father of J. Christopher Neville & his wife Carol of Wilmington, Mark Neville & his wife Deb of Mashpee, Lauren Desforge & her husband Peter of Westford, Brian Neville & his wife Donna of Haverhill, Keith Neville & his wife Tina of Pittsfield, Gary Neville & his wife Lynn of Wilmington, and Jeanne Mieszczanski & her husband Chris of Chelmsford. Loving “Grandpa” of Shaun & Mary Beth Neville, Scott & Alex Neville, Katie Neville, Kevin & Jenn Neville, Eric & Kate Neville, Ryan & Carla Neville, Juliane Desforge, Mathew Desforge, Nicole Neville, Alex Neville, Elena Mieszczanski, John Mieszczanski, and James Mieszczanski, and great-grandchildren Liam, Owen, Benjamin, Bradley, Michael, Andrew, and Nora. Cherished son of the late Francis A. and Mary (Garde) Neville and the last of 12 siblings. John was the brother-in-law of Edward Karish, Robert & Clare Karish, and Mary Remmert and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

John was a simple person who always found a way to stay busy in the yard, the garage or the “furnace room”. Even as his health declined, he continued to do much more around the house than a typical 90-year old. His work ethic was a product of his upbringing in Saugus where everyone was expected to carry their share of the responsibilities around the house.

After High School, he enlisted in the US ARMY where he was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II. Following the war he went to work at the General Electric Plant in Lynn as a tool and die maker. Soon thereafter, he went to a dance where he met his first wife Eleanor and they married and lived in Winthrop where they began to raise their first two sons. The small family moved to Wilmington in 1954 where they settled for many years, raising seven children in a small ranch house prior to Eleanor’s passing in 1975.

In 1952, John and Eleanor bought a small piece of Lakefront property on Bow Lake in Strafford NH. Using recycled wooden packing crates from the GE, used doors and windows and rolls of tarpaper, they began constructing what was to become the summer vacation spot that is now providing relaxation and enjoyment for its fourth generation of Neville’s. It was his second proudest accomplishment

In 1977, John went to another dance and met Eileen, a single Lexington school teacher who had a similar love of dancing. They were married barely a year later and Eileen became a nurturing stepmother and role model for the six children still living at home.

Upon his retirement in 1986, John and Eileen began vacationing across the country exploring places that he had never had an opportunity to experience. By the 1990’s they began spending parts of the winter in Longboat Key, FL, and then soon purchased a home at Bay Indies in Venice, FL where they spent many enjoyable winters together. He loved to jokingly “brag” about his three properties in Wilmington, Florida, and Bow Lake.

Regardless of where they were, John and Eileen always took advantage of the opportunity to dance, either with the Wilmington Dance Club, at the Venice VFW, or any dance floor within 30 miles of where they were staying. He loved weddings and the opportunity to enjoy his formal waltzes, fox trots and swing dances, taking up the entire dance floor with extravagant precision.

John’s humble demeanor, left leaning political philosophy, and notoriously frugal spending habits could never overshadow the pride he felt in his family of seven children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, for all of whom he had a special memory or connection. He never played favorites and engaged each child, grandchild or great-grandchild as their own individual. They were undoubtedly his proudest accomplishment. His genuine love and warmth for his family will be truly missed.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the Cath Lab Research Fund at Mass General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or to the Bow Lake Camp Owners Association, P. O. Box 227, Strafford, NH 03884.