Obituaries

Rosanne M. Dombrowski

August 2nd, 2014

Rosanne Marie Dombrowski, age 54, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 31, 2014. Rosanne was the beloved daughter of the late Mary T. (Maurer) Dombrowski and Edward Dombrowski, cherished twin sister of Edward Dombrowski of Dracut, loving aunt of Jessica Brouillard, and great-aunt of Carson and Hunter Wilkins all of Lowell, dear niece of Patricia Archfield of Chelmsford, Timothy and Joanne Archfield of Mechanicsburg, PA, the late Emery Maurer, Charles Maurer, and Jacob Maurer, special cousin of Stacey Archfield & her husband Steve Sharobem of Reston, VA, Thomas Archfield of Waltham and Marcy Archfield of Belmont. Rosanne is also survived by many dear friends and her beloved dogs Buffy and Jody.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 6th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 5th from 6-8 p.m. Donations in Rosanne’s memory may be the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 www.northeastanimalshelter.org/donate or the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 www.cancer.org/donate. Rosanne was a graduate of Wilmington High School and Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Rosanne was also an employed as a Tax Advocate for the IRS for more than 33 years.

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Grace T. (Fasciano) Block

July 31st, 2014

Grace T. (Fasciano) Block, age 95, of Stoneham, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham.

Grace was born on April 8, 1919 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Damiana (Englislia) Fasciano. Grace was raised in East Boston as part of a large Italian family.

Grace married the love of her life, Ralph E. Block, on October 29, 1940 and the couple shared 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2000. Grace and Ralph spent their first couple of years in the city before moving their growing family to Wilmington in 1946. They settled on North Street, where they raised their four children; Lorraine, John, Esther and Ralph.

Grace went to work for Transitron in Wakefield and Compugraphic in Wilmington. She worked diligently at assembling circuit boards during the time when the assembly was done manually. Grace worked for many years before leaving to take care of her home and family full-time.

Grace was an excellent cook; she could make a dynamite Italian sauce and was still making her delicious recipe until the age of 94. Grace also loved to prepare for the holidays; each year she made her Italian cookies and her cinnamon apple bread. Grace also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint and ceramics. Throughout the years, Grace made special ceramic pieces for her family and friends to enjoy.

Grace will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by those that knew and loved her.

Grace was the beloved wife of the late Ralph E. Block, loving mother of Lorrraine Block Bousfield and her husband Robert of Oakland, FL, Esther Block and George Dobson of Woburn, Ralph Block and his wife Lisa Saunders of No. Chelmsford and John Block of NJ, cherished “Ma” of Diana Bousfield, Carl Bousfield, Brian Bousfield, Sheryl Elliott, Peter Cyrus, Christopher Block, David Block, Anthony Block and Joseph Block, great-grandmother of Michael, Christopher, Joshua, Auston, Allie, Eddie, Jana, Jillian and Christopher cherished daughter of the late John and Damiana (Englislia) Fasciano, dear sister of the late Catherine Mori, Rose Hedeen, Santo Fasciano, Bridget Marrotta, Josephine Caputo and Alfonso Fasciano, close and dear friend of Sister Mildred Rothwell. Grace is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 5th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, August 4th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Grace’s name can be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Joyce F. (Sokolowski) Duffy

July 30th, 2014

Joyce F. (Sokolowski) Duffy, age 74, of Stoughton, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 29, 2014, at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Joyce was born in Chelsea, MA, on April 2, 1940; she was the cherished daughter of the late Stanley “Ziggy” and Julia (Sokol) Sokolowski. Joyce was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Joyce worked for many years as a customer service agent for Arnold Freedman Insurance Company in Randolph and Bob Cain Insurance Company in Wilmington. Joyce was very dedicated to her job and with her personality; she was able to make many friends in the insurance industry.

Joyce loved flowers and spent a lot of time out in her yard creating beautiful gardens. Joyce was known to be very crafty and artistic; she could take something simple and make it beautiful. Joyce also enjoyed her outings to the beach, shopping expeditions; everyone knew she loved her bargains, and going out to lunch or dinner with her family and friends. Holidays were very special at Joyce’s house, she went all out to decorate for each and every holiday, she loved getting her family together for these special occasions.

Joyce’s family was very important to her; they were the light of her life. Joyce was the devoted mother of four wonderful children; Cheryl, Cynthia, Valerie and Daniel, and the adoring “Nonnie” of Taylor, Brendan, Amanda, and Nicole, she especially cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.

Joyce will be remembered as a loving mother, Nonnie, daughter, sister and friend. Joyce had great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Joyce had a warm and loving heart and she will be missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Joyce was the beloved mother of Cheryl (Duffy) Robinson of Stoughton, Cynthia (Duffy) Litwinsky and her husband Jim of Brooksville, FL, Valerie Duffy, and Daniel Duffy both of Stoughton, loving “Nonnie” of Taylor, Brendan, and Amanda Litwinsky and Nicole Duffy, dear sister of Stanley Sokolowski of Wilmington and Cynthia DePatto of Revere. Joyce is also survived by Kim Duffy, her many nieces, nephews, and friends who were all very special to her.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 2nd from 10:00 -11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Norinne M. Markey

July 29th, 2014

Norinne M. (Joyce) Markey, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 27, 2014.

As a young girl, Norinne lived in Medford before moving with her family to Wilmington in the early 1930’s. Norinne was raised and educated in Wilmington.

Norinne married the “love of her life” John L. Markey, better known as Leo to his family and friends. Norinne and Leo had a great life together. They raised a beautiful family and enjoyed the simple things in life.

Norinne was always very giving of her time to others. For many years she volunteered at the Voting Poles and at countless town meetings for the town of Wilmington. Norinne was an active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club where she was involved in many fundraisers over the years and she was also an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where she volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels to other senior citizens who were house bound.

In her spare time, Norinne enjoyed bowling, working out in the yard with her husband Leo, going out for breakfast or lunch with her friends and of course baking her countless treats that she shared with everyone.

Norinne will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch” of her close knit family. Norinne was very devoted to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. There wasn’t anything Norinne wouldn’t do for her family. Norinne loved getting everyone together for holidays and family celebrations. She was very proud of her family and her love for them was unconditional.

Norinne was quite a lady. She was very generous with her time and talents. She was very kind and considerate of others and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Norinne was the beloved wife of the late Wilmington Police Officer John “Leo”
Markey, devoted mother of John L. Markey, Jr. of Hampstead, NH, Maggie Lewis and her husband Bill of North Reading and Mary Levey and her husband Charlie of Rochester, NY. Loving “Gran” of Christopher, Cynthia, and Melissa Markey, Meghan Waldron and her husband Shane, Brian Lewis and his wife Colleen and
great-granddaughter Lainey Waldron. Dear sister of the late Kathleen Burns, John Joyce, Jr., Rita Motyl and Cornelius “Neil” Joyce. Norinne is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Norinne’s memory may be made to Winchester Home Care, Attn: Karen Kearney, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

Jean Ann (Lehr) Little

July 28th, 2014

Jean Ann (Lehr) Little, age 79, of Deming Way, Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on July 28, 2014, at the Baker Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA.

Jean was born in Lowell, MA; she was the daughter of the late Philipp and Martha (Warren) Lehr of Wilmington, MA.

Jean is survived by her four children; Terry A. Bielecki of Wilmington, MA, Julie A. Dinnigan of Peterborough, NH, Don R. Little and his wife Lisa of Carefree, AZ, and Phillip C. Little and his wife Nichole of Andover, MA. Jean is survived by six grandchildren; Stephanie, Chis, Broc, Tyler, Brian, and Breanna, and her two great-grandchildren; Devon and Emily. Jean leaves two siblings; Fred Lehr and his wife Arlene of Oregon and Patricia Jacquard and her husband Leonard of Tewksbury, MA.

Jean dedicated her life and her heart to God first, then family, and lastly to herself. She enjoyed the simple things in life; always putting others before herself. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to a Hospice of your choice.

Lois M. Lautz

July 26th, 2014

Lois M. (Hamilton) Lautz, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Worcester on January 24, 1924, Lois was the beloved only child of Robert and Ruth (Putnam) Hamilton. Lois was raised and educated in Worcester; she was a graduate of Worcester High School.

Lois married the love of her life, William J. Lautz, in 1945 and together they raised their four children. Lois and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1955 where they resided for more than 59 years. Following the untimely death of her husband, Lois went to work for St. Thomas Church as the parish secretary, a position she held and enjoyed for almost 25 years.

Lois was an avid reader of the Boston Globe where she kept up on her current events. In her spare time Lois liked to volunteer at the coffee shop in Winchester Hospital with her best friend, Mrs. Hanlon.

Family was most important to Lois and her love for them was unconditional. Lois loved spending time with her family; she took many trips to see her children as they were spread out throughout the country. Lois looked forward to spending vacations on Cape Cod and in Ogunquit, Maine, any occasion to be around her children and grandchildren, Lois just loved it.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late William J. Lautz, she was the devoted mother of Donna Lautz of Wilmington, Karen Farrell and her husband Thomas, III of Yorktown Heights, NY, Leanne Cummings and her husband Jeffrey of Sterling, VA and Robert Lautz and his wife Suzanne of Jay, ME. Lois was the loving “Grandma” of Kaileen Farrell, Nicole, Amanda and Lauren Cummings, Randy Lautz and Anne Maheux and Jaclyn Lautz and her fiancé Alex Clausen, and “Great-Grandma” of Vivian Lautz.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, July 29th, 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. Visiting hours will be held Monday, July 28th, from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Lois’s name can be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

Lawrence Juergens

July 26th, 2014

Lawrence Juergens, age 84, of Stoneham, formerly of Wilmington and Falmouth passed away on July 24, 2014, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a lengthy illness.

Larry was born on March 31, 1930, in Elkton, Maryland; he was the son of the late Eleanor (Gronkowski) and Maurice Juergens. Larry was raised and educated in New Jersey. Larry married Jean Doucette in January of 1951; the couple settled in Wilmington.

Larry was a proud Veteran who served his country in three different branches of service; the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War, and with the U. S. Coast Guard. Upon discharge from the service Larry contracted Polio in the epidemic of 1955. Through the love and prayers of family and the community he regained his strength and was able to return to his young family.

Larry was a devoted family man, he especially loved to spend time with his son Brian taking him to the playground and teaching him how to swim so he could compete in the Special Olympics.

Prior to retiring, Larry worked for the IRS for many years; he started his career as a statistician and through much hard work and continued education Larry retired as an accountant.

In his spare time Larry enjoyed fishing and gardening. He also loved to take continuing education classes at Shawsheen Tech. Larry was well red and always eager to learn; he earned two different Associates Degrees over the years.

Following retirement, Larry, Jean, and Brian moved to Falmouth where they resided for more than 20 years and made many new friends. Larry enjoyed living on the Cape but as his health declined he decided to move back to the area to be closer to family.

Larry will be fondly remembered as a hard worker and a dedicated family man who will be greatly missed.

Larry was the beloved husband of Jean (Doucette) Juergens, devoted father of Pat Driscoll and her husband Terry of Wilmington, Janice Quandt and her husband Bobby of Tennessee, Diane LePore and her husband Ray of Wilmington, Cathy Crawford and her husband Wayne of North Carolina, Michael Juergens of Wilmington, Eric Juergens and his wife Ling of Wilmington, Brian Juergens of Stoneham, and the late Police Officer Lawrence Juergens WPD. Larry was the loving grandfather of 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, dear son of the late Eleanor (Gronkowski) and Maurice Juergens, and brother of Monica Lake of Nevada.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St., Reading, MA 01867 on Wednesday, July 30th at 9:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Lawrence’s name may be made to St. Agnes Church, Reading. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Peter T. Danas

July 25th, 2014

Peter T. Danas, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Lowell, passed away on July 23, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Peter was born on July 16, 1953 in Lowell, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Charles and Helen (Tsimiklis) Danas. Peter was raised and educated in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1970.

Peter married his “sweetheart” Christine Caton on October 4, 1987. The couple resided in Wilmington for more than 30 years and raised two wonderful sons Nick and Alex. Peter loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them; they loved to travel, camp, go boating, or go for rides on his Harley.

Peter was a hard worker, for many years he and his wife Christine published their own real estate booklets through their company Danas Publications.

Peter will be fondly remembered for his love of food and family celebrations, he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and an all-around good guy. Peter enjoyed his morning runs to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and conversation; he was always very social. Most of all Peter will be remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Beloved husband of Christine C. (Caton) Danas, loving father of Nicholas P. and Alexander C. Danas all of Wilmington, son of the late Charles and Helen (Tsimiklis) Danas, dear brother of Dorothea Alexander of Topsfield, Virginia Danas Barrelle of Lowell, the late George Danas and Barbara Longtin. Peter is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, July 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, July 28th, from 2-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Peter’s name can be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Mary Theresa (Maurer) Dombrowski

July 24th, 2014

Mary Theresa (Maurer) Dombrowski, age 78, of Chelmsford, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 24, 2014. Mary was the best friend of her beloved sister Patricia Archfield of Chelmsford, devoted mother of Rosanne Dombrowski and Edward Dombrowski both of Dracut, loving “Grammy” of Jessica Brouillard of Lowell, “Great-Grammy” of Carson and Hunter Wilkins of Lowell, cherished daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (Lichtenwalner) Maurer, dear sister of Timothy Archfield & his wife Joanne of Mechanicsburg, PA, the late Emery Maurer, Charles Maurer, and Jacob Maurer, loving aunt of Stacey Archfield & her husband Steve Sharobem of Reston, VA, Thomas Archfield of Waltham and Marcy Archfield of Belmont. Mary is also survived by many dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, July 28th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 27th from 5-8 p.m. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Shapiro Cardiac Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115. Mary was an educator at the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing and a nursing instructor at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She also worked to re-certify RN’s in CPR for Winchester Hospital for many years. Mary was an AVID Red Sox Fan, she loved to play cards, and golf. She was a long time member of Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell. Mary was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington where she gifted her piano that sits on the Altar. Mary was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all.

Carolyn J. (Lloyd) (Whitney) Cuddy

July 23rd, 2014

Carolyn J. (Lloyd) (Whitney) Cuddy, age 64, of New Hampshire, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Woburn, MA, died peacefully on July 21, 2014, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Carolyn was born on May 1, 1950; she was the cherished only daughter of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Anderson) Lloyd. Carolyn was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1968.

Carolyn lived in Woburn for many years where she raised her two wonderful daughters Lisa and Laurie. Carolyn was very devoted to her family and she loved being a mom. Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her girls, whether it was camping, trips to Hampton Beach or other family vacations, they always had a great time together. When Carolyn became a “Grammy” her world got even better and she always beamed with pride when she talked about her grandchildren. Carolyn also had a soft spot for all animals especially cats.

Carolyn worked for many years as an Administrator for Computer Vision where she made countless friends throughout the years. Carolyn was a “go getter” and eager to continue learn so she went back to school later in life and earned a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources as well as Business Management from Valdosta State University in GA.

Carolyn was very talented when it came to painting, sewing, knitting and making all kinds of crafts that she shared with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoyed going to ceramic classes and bowling on several leagues. She also was known to break into a dance if the music moved her no matter where she was. Her love for music brought much joy and comfort throughout her life.

Carolyn will be remembered as a caring and sweet woman who loved her family unconditionally. She handled her illness as best as she could with strength, courage, grace and even humor. She was quite a lady and will be truly missed.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Cuddy, devoted mother of Lisa Whitney Scott and her husband Erik of Westborough, MA and Laurie (Whitney) Tobine and her husband Frank of Concord, NH, loving “Grammy” of Brenden and Zakary Tobine and Emerson Evelyn Whitney-Waite, cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Anderson) Lloyd, dear sister of Arthur Lloyd and his wife Charlotte of Washington and Walter Lloyd and his wife Donna of Dedham, MA, former wife of Peter Whitney of Salem, NH, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Carolyn’s family will be receiving family and friends at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, July 27th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and all are welcome to participate in a Celebration of Life Service at 2:30 p.m. Carolyn’s celebration will continue at the Knights of Columbus Hall, School Street, Wilmington at 3:00 p.m. where everyone is welcome to join the family for light refreshments and an ice cream social in honor of Carolyn. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.