Obituaries

Ellen E. Fillio

March 11th, 2015

Ellen E. Fillio, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 9th, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Winchester on December 21st, 1965, Ellen was the fourth out of five children of David and Louise Fillio.  Ellen attended and graduated from the Merrimack Special Education Colaborative.

Ellen loved to be entertained; she enjoyed watching television and loved music.  She loved the sound of rhythmic tapping and loved her drum, “boom boom”.  Ellen didn’t miss a trick, she was always aware of her surroundings.  She enjoyed spending time with children, especially babies and liked to watch them play around.

Ellen was always well taken care of by her family.  The loving care that she received from all of them was astounding, especially by her Mother, who devoted 49 years taking care of her daughter at home.

Ellen was the cherished daughter of Louise (Supranowicz) Fillio of Wilmington and the late David Fillio.  She was the beloved sister of Carol Fillio of Tewksbury, Paul Fillio and his wife Gina of Salem, NH, Thomas Fillio and his wife Kathleen of Newton, NH and Nancy Fillio of Reading.  Ellen was the dear aunt of Jessica Fillio, David Fillio, RaeAnna Hughes and the late Allison Fillio.  Ellen is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

All services will be held privately.  Memorial donations in Ellen’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.

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Sharon A. (Duvall) White

March 10th, 2015

Sharon A. (Duvall) White, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 8, 2015.

Sharon was the beloved wife of Robert V. White, devoted mother of Bob White & his wife Denise of Lowell, Scott White & his wife Kim of Salem, NH, Sean White & his wife Sukhun of Gerald, TX and Michelle White of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Ashley White, Brittany White, Shane White, Tyler White, Nolan White, Jade White, Maria White, Noel White and Kylie White, great-grandmother of Destiny and Alli, cherished daughter of the late James & Maureen (McCormick) Duvall, dear sister of Barbara DeTucci of Saugus and the late Patty Woodman.  Sharon is also survived by her dear friend Jack Mangiasi, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Sharon’s name may be made to the VNA Care Network & Hospice, 199 Rosewood Drive, Ste. 180, Danvers, MA  01923.

Robert H. Tillotson

March 5th, 2015

Robert H. Tillotson, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015 at The Oxford in Haverhill.

Bob was born on March 28, 1927 in Johnson, VT; he was the cherished son of the late Harold and Bernice (Paronto) Tillotson. Bob was raised and educated in Vermont.

Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. on April 1, 1946 in Kearns, Utah. He worked as an Engineer while serving overseas for more than a year. Bob was honorably discharged on September 7, 1947 at Camp Stoneman, California. He always maintained his love for his country throughout his life.

After returning home, Bob married “the love of his life,” Helen (Sheehan) Tillotson on July 23, 1954. The couple shared more than 55 years of marriage before her passing in 2009. Bob and Helen moved to Wilmington, where they raised their four sons; Bob, Jr., George, Harold and Thomas.

Bob worked at Tewksbury State Hospital for more than thirty years. He started his career at the hospital as an orderly. Bob was a great asset to the hospital and with many years of dedicated and loyal service; Bob retired as the Director of Maintenance.

Bob will be remembered for his love of family, they were his greatest joy. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren. In his spare time, Bob took pride in his garden; he especially loved his roses. He will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Sheehan) Tillotson, devoted father of Robert H. Tillotson & his wife Mary Ann, George A. Tillotson & his wife Cathy of Ft. Wayne, IN, Harold H. Tillotson & his wife Heather of Wilmington and Thomas J. Tillotson & his wife Gretchen of Brownsburg, IN, loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Harold and Bernice (Paronto) Tillotson, dear brother of Audrey Bishop of Holden, Jane Dansereau of Vernon, VT, Howard & his wife Marsha Tillotson of Spencer and the late Lloyd Tillotson. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, March 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Bob’s name can be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

Eleanor M. Covello

March 2nd, 2015

Eleanor M. (Ferreira) Covello, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 1, 2015.

Eleanor was born on June 14, 1924 in Somerville, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Aristides and Mary (Marshall) Ferreira.  Eleanor was raised in Somerville as part of a large, loving Portugese family.

Eleanor moved to Wilmington in 1961, where she raised her three daughters; Deborah, Carolyn and Linda.  Eleanor was a devoted mother who worked tirelessly to make a nice life for her girls.

Aside from being a full-time mother, Eleanor also went to work for Analog Devices in Wilmington.  She was a dedicated worker and after many years with the company, Eleanor retired.

Eleanor was a devout Catholic; she attended Mass regularly at St. Thomas Church in Wilmington.  Eleanor was a strong, independent woman and always kept her faith in God.

Eleanor will be remembered as a loving mother and “Gram.”  She always put her family first and loved making a “home” for her family.  Eleanor will truly be missed by her daughters and grandsons.

Eleanor was the devoted mother of Deborah Phillips and her husband Lon of Billerica, Carolyn Witham of Wilmington, and Linda Covello of South Carolina, loving “Gram” of Dale Vaillancourt, Brian Witham, and Lonny Phillips, beloved daughter of the late Aristides and Mary (Marshall) Ferreira, dear sister of the late John, Edward, Gilbert, Albert, and Ethel Ferreira. Eleanor is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Carolyn J. McKenna

March 2nd, 2015

Carolyn J. (Pilcher) McKenna, age 73, a long-time resident of Andover and Tewksbury, died peacefully on February 28, 2015. Carolyn was the beloved wife of Richard “Dick” McKenna, devoted mother of Scott McKenna & his wife Donna of Tewksbury, Gail Richards & her husband Todd of So. Carolina, and Gregg McKenna & his wife Kim of Wilmington, loving “Gram” of Fr. Stephen McKenna, William McKenna, Todd Richards Jr., 1st Lt. Courtney Richards, 1st Lt. Kelsey Richards, Julianne McKenna, and Matthew McKenna, daughter of the late Stephen and Jen (Day) Pilcher, dear sister of Lois South of So. Carolina, Pat Barbaro of Winchester, Ellen Pilcher of Wilmington, the late Stephen “Sonny” Pilcher, Robert Pilcher, and Richard “Buddy” Pilcher . Carolyn is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. for a Funeral Mass which will be celebrated in Latin by Carolyn’s grandson Fr. Stephen McKenna. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

George W. Keddie, Jr.

February 24th, 2015

George W. Keddie Jr., age 72, of Windham, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 23, 2015, following a courageous with cancer.

George was born in Boston, MA on July 15, 1942; he was the cherished only son of George W. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie. George was raised in Dorchester and a graduate of Boston Latin High School.

Following graduation, George was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and started active duty on May 21, 1964. George’s education included Sharpshooting and Medical Corpsman; he used his skills while serving overseas. George was honorably discharged on May 14, 1966, after proudly serving his country and returned home to his family.

A couple of years after returning home from active duty, George met the “love of his life” Geraldine Adams; the couple married on October 7, 1972 and made their home in Quincy, MA. While working hard for his family, George decided to go back to school to continue his education; George enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis.

George took a position as a Systems Analyst for the Gillette Company in South Boston; George’s work ethic and extensive knowledge made him a great asset to the company. George finally retired following many years of dedicated service.

George and Geraldine made their home in Wilmington for more than 15 years where they raised two wonderful children, Matthew and Bridget. George was very devoted to his family, his love was unconditional; he enjoyed every moment spent with them, and always beamed with pride when he spoke of them. Following his retirement, George and Geraldine moved to New Hampshire where they could be closer to their children and grandchildren Jeffrey and Ashley,whom they adored.

George was known to be a man of great faith; while living in Wilmington, George was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and when he moved to Windham, NH he became very involved at St. Matthew’s Church. George’s love of God, Country, and family sustained him through many difficult times and taught him to reach out and help others in need.

In his spare time, George enjoyed golfing, reading, especially science fiction novels, and volunteering his time and talents to help others.

George will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, helpful, generous, and most of all loving. George was always there lending a hand or an ear for his family, friends, or anyone in need; he was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all.

George was the beloved husband of Geraldine F. (Adams) Keddie, devoted father of Matthew Keddie of Windham, NH and Bridget Gray & her husband James of Derry, NH, loving “Grandpa” of Jeffrey and Ashley Gray, cherished son of the late George W. Sr. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie, dear brother of Barbara McManus of Plymouth, MA and Mary Louise Hainsworth of Florida. George is also survived by several brother and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte.62), Wilmington on Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Helen K. Giordano

February 23rd, 2015

Helen K. (Malek) Giordano, age 82, a resident of Wilmington for more than thirty-five years and formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on February 22, 2015, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Helen was born on June 6, 1932 in Chelsea, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Zgrzebniak) Malek. Helen grew up in Chelsea with her three brothers and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

After graduating, Helen went to work for Cool Ray Sunglass Company in Chelsea where she was a dedicated and loyal employee for more than twenty-five years. Helen loved her job and her co-workers; she made many life-long friends throughout the years. Following her retirement from Cool Ray, Helen worked for J. C. Penney Company and Bradley’s Department Store; Helen’s wonderful personality made her a natural with the customers.

Helen married her husband, Paul L. Giordano, Sr. on December 9, 1960; sharing more than 54 years together and making many memories throughout the years. Helen and Paul lived in Chelsea for many years with their family and near their large and loving extended family. Helen was all about family; she was a wonderful wife, mother and a very devoted “Nana”. Helen’s unconditional love and devotion to her family was always evident and she beamed with such pride as she spoke of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Helen’s world revolved around being a “Nana”. Helen had a special relationship with each grandchild, she looked forward to the many trips they took together, always making every moment special for them.

Helen loved to travel; some of her favorite trips included Prince Edward Island, Virginia Beach and Old Orchard Beach in Maine; Helen just loved the beach. Helen’s more adventurous side came through at the many amusement parks she enjoyed with her grandchildren; Disney World and Hershey Park were among the favorite parks and a great time was had by all.

Helen and Paul were considered “snowbirds.” when the New England Winter settled in they headed south where they sought the sun and fun at their home in River View, Florida. Helen and Paul made a great group of friends in Florida but when the spring rolled around, Helen was anxious to return home to her beloved family.

In her spare time, Helen liked to crochet and throughout the years she made beautiful Afghans for her family and friends. Helen also had a competitive side and loved a good game of Bingo.

Helen will be fondly remembered for her thoughtfulness towards others; she was kind, caring, and would do anything for anyone. Helen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen was the beloved wife of Paul L. Giordano, Sr., devoted mother of Linda A. Brown & her husband Norman of Milford, NH, Michael Geer of Florida and Paul L. Giordano, Jr. of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Kristina Pelczarski & her husband Robert of Paxton, Norman Brown IV & his wife Keri of Medford, Matthew Brown & his wife Jessica of Ayer, Joseph Giordano of Wilmington, Karissa Skotedis & her husband Tom of PA, Kristoffer Geer of UT and 10 great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Zgrzebniak) Malek, dear sister of John Carroll of Orlando, FL, Richard Carroll of FL and the late Robert Carroll.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 25th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Helen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Carl R. Petzold

February 19th, 2015

Carl R. Petzold, age 61, of Haverhill, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness.

Carl was born in Lowell, MA on August 9, 1953; he was the cherished only son of the late Herbert and Doris J. (Croteau) Petzold. Carl was raised and educated in Chelmsford, MA and a graduate of Chelmsford High School with the Class of 1971.

Following graduation, Carl lived in North Carolina then North Chelmsford, where he met his good friend Dom. He then made his home with Karen in Tewksbury for several years until they recently moved to Haverhill with family. Carl loved to see new places and experience new things and no matter where he traveled or lived Carl always made countless friends.

Prior to his health forcing his retirement, Carl work as a Field Service Technician for the Lanar Company for many years. Carl’s work ethic, charming personality, and sense of humor made him a favorite amongst his peers.

Carl loved many things in life; family, friends, motorcycles, NASCAR, margarita’s, Jimmy Buffett because it is always 5 o’clock somewhere, and of course cigars. Carl was considered a “Cigar aficionado” amongst his family and friends; he would often spend time at “Mo’s Place” where he enjoyed Carl’s Cigar Bar and a good Margarita. Carl also looked forward to riding his Harley on the open road with friends and was a member of the Merrimack Valley Harley Davidson Club.

Carl had a vast knowledge of guns and he was very adamant about gun safety; he was a proud member of the National Rifle Association of America.

Carl looked forward to traveling; he was always up for a good time and he was a lot of fun; Carl along with his family and friends made memories wherever they went. Some of Carl’s more memorable trips were to North Carolina, Key West, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and the Dominican Republic, just to name a few but the most fun was had at Sandy Beach in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Carl spent many summers with the family at Sandy Beach; they were great times that will be remembered for years to come.

Carl will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends, for his Patriotism towards the country and its Veterans, and for his unselfish nature, he was always there to lend a hand whenever needed. Carl had a quirky sense of humor, he loved a good joke or prank, and always had a great “one liner”, his favorite being “I was better but I got over it”. Carl was a very sincere and loving person who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Carl was the beloved husband of Karen M. (Gagnon) Petzold, devoted father of Christopher M. Petzold & his wife Pam of Culpeper, VA, Carl R. Petzold, Jr. & his companion Brandy of Marshall, NC, and Timothy R. Palmer & his wife Jessica of Haverhill, MA, loving “Grandaddy” of F. Victor & William R. Petzold and Evelyn S. & Scarlett E. Palmer, cherished son of the late Herbert and Doris J. (Croteau) Petzold, dear brother of Karen A. Petzold of Chelmsford. Carl is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, and all of whom meant so much to him.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 21st from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Alan A. Landry

February 17th, 2015

Alan A. Landry, age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital on February 15, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

Alan was born on May 29, 1943 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Alban and Marie (Shaw) Landry. Alan grew up in Stoneham and was a graduate of Medford Trade School with a wealth of knowledge in mechanics.

Alan married “his sweetheart and best friend” Rebecca Lampesis on April 11, 1970; sharing more than 45 great years together. The couple lived in Melrose for many years where they raised their wonderful daughter Heather; she was definitely the apple of her father’s eye. Alan and Becky moved to Wilmington in 1988; Alan quickly became involved in the community and made countless new friends.

Alan’s family was always his first priority; he showered them with unconditional love and affection. Alan was always “very special” to his family, he was known to be very smart and strong on the outside while being tender and loving on the inside; he was definitely a “big teddy bear” at heart. When Alan became “Grampy” to Madelyn and Grace his world took on new meaning; Alan was like a big kid where they were concerned, he was always very playful and they fondly called him the “tickle monster”, he just adored those girls.

Prior to retiring, Alan worked as a mechanic for the United States Postal Service – South Postal Annex in South Boston for more than 38 years. Alan’s work ethic and unending knowledge in his field made him a great asset to the company; there wasn’t an engine that he couldn’t take apart and make better. Alan’s efforts did not go unnoticed and he was awarded the Superior Achievement Award for his tireless work throughout the years.

Alan was known to be very health conscious throughout his entire life; he was a member of the Boston Sports Club and was an avid weight lifter. Alan held a brown belt in Karate and enjoyed practicing Krav Maga to strengthen his mind as well as his body; he was known to be a huge fan of Bruce Lee.

In his spare time, Alan enjoyed racing his Honda motorcycle, tinkering with cars and engines, listening to some favorite music, Eric Clapton, the doors, and jazz to name a few, frequenting his favorite restaurants with family and friends, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Alan spent countless hours at the Wilmington Public Library, reading, researching, teaching lawn mower classes, and helping out wherever he was needed. Alan and Becky also loved to travel; over the years they took many memorable trips to Italy, Greece, and Canada, they always had a great time wherever they went.

Alan will be fondly remembered as a very “spiritual person”, very Zen and peaceful. He was always a giver of his time and talents to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. Alan was truly loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Alan was the beloved husband of Rebecca (Lampesis) Landry, devoted father of Heather Spinetti & her husband William of Ipswich, loving “Grampy” of Madelyn and Grace Spinetti, cherished son of the late Alban and Marie (Shaw) Landry, dear brother of Drew Landry & his wife Carol of Keene, NH and Ann Petersen & her late husband Jack of Bedford, NH, brother-in-law Melinda Lampesis of Dover, NH, special uncle of Christiane Landry, Corinne & Mark Santos and their children Emma & Jack, John & Maryellen Petersen, Karen & Mike Taylor and their children David & Danielle, Chris & Jane Petersen and their children Benjamin & Madelyn, and Laura & Jeff Rogers. Alan is also survived by many wonderful cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 19th from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing and a eulogy to be read by Alan’s brother Drew at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Alan’s memory may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.

Keegan S. Farnham

February 11th, 2015

Keegan S. Farnham, age 23, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on February 10, 2015.

Keegan was the cherished son of Scott F. and Kathleen M. (Patch) Farnham, loving brother of Connor P. Farnham all of Wilmington, beloved grandson of Margaret M. & the late Lou Patch of Wakefield and the late Ralph & Barbara Farnham, dear nephew of Ralph Farnham of West Orange, NJ, Ken & Diana Farnham of Billerica, Barbara Jean Ventola of Dover, MA, Tom & Barbara Patch of North Reading, Marji & Blaise Zambrano of Granville, NY and Kevin & Christine Patch of Wakefield. Keegan is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 13th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations in Keegan’s name may be made to NCADD, 217 Broadway, Suite 712, New York, NY 10007.