Obituaries

Joseph W. Stone

March 5th, 2013

Joseph W. Stone of Wilmington, age 90, passed away peacefully on March5, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center following a brief illness.

Joe was born on June 24, 1922, in Saugus, MA. He was the dear son of the late Clarence H. and Helen (Hammond) Stone. Joe grew up in Marblehead and then moved with his family to Lynnfield.  He went to school as a youngster in Lynnfield, but due to the fact that Lynnfield did not have a high school, Joe graduated from Wakefield High in 1940.

Joe enlisted in the U. S. Army on September 23, 1942, during World War II.  He was part of the Service Unit 1585 where he was a Control Station Operator, known for his expert marksmanship and sharp shooting.  Joe was honorably discharged in November of 1944 andreturned home to his family.

Joe married the love of his life, Rita C. Muse, on February 28, 1950.  They just celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary last week. Joe and
Rita had a wonderful life together. They raised a beautiful family, and remained the best of friends throughout the years.

Joe and Rita lived in Wakefield before moving to Wilmington in 1959 where Joe quickly became involved in the community, always giving of
his time to help others. Joe was a charter member and third President of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club and a member of the Friendship Lodge of
Masons. He was very involved with the Shriners Aleppo Temple Motor Patrol where he appeared in countless parades and celebrations to
raise money for various hospitals and bring great joy to children. Joe was a man of great faith and an active member of the Wilmington
United Methodist Church, always giving of himself and his time whenever and wherever needed.

Joe also had a great work ethic and an endearing personality which helped him to become a successful salesman throughout the years and
provide for his family.  Joe met countless people throughout the years as a salesman and made many friends where ever he went.

Joe will be remembered as an avid golfer. He took up the sport and the mere age of 14, cultivated his skills throughout the years. He golfed whenever he could, and played the sport right through to the age of 90, finishing his season last fall.

Joe and Rita enjoyed 52 summers with their family at the Hedding Methodist Camp Grounds where everyone had a great time and made life-long friends who became extended family throughout the years.

Joe’s devotion to his family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional. He cherished every moment as a husband, dad, grampa,
and great-grampa.  Joe enjoyed many family holidays and celebrations, as well as everyday events in their lives. Joe taught his family to
always be there for one another and to help others whenever they could. He set a wonderful example not only for his own family but for
everyone that he knew.  Joe was kind, caring, and helpful. He was a wonderful family man and a true friend to many who will miss him.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Rita C. (Muse) Stone, loving father of Jeanne E. Gricci and her husband James of Northfield, VT, Joseph W.
Stone, Jr. and his wife Betsy of Springfield, VA, David Stone and his wife Kristine of Wilmington, Cynthia H. Eddy and her husband Harry of
Limington, ME, Sally I. Stone of Berkeley, CA, Roger W. Stone of Woburn, Norma L. Biggins and her husband Michael of Wilmington and
Richard Stone and his wife Kim of Beverly.  Cherished grandfather of Cynthia Huppert, Christopher Stone, Matthew Stone, Eric Stone, Alexa
Stone, Jami Stoll, Jason Blackburn, Aaron Eddy, Dara Crawford, Lana Eddy, Cassidy, Ashley Biggins, Mallory Biggins and Zachary Stone.
Great grandfather of Lily Stone, MacKenzie Huppert, Charlotte Stoll, and Zoe Blackburn, dear brother of the late Phyllis Paige, C. Hammond
“Rocky”  Stone and Donald Stone.  Joseph is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, March 8th, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St.,
Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.   Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex
Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to Supportive Living Inc., 17 Warren Ave.,
Woburn, MA  01801.

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James A. “Jimmy” Pacheco

March 1st, 2013

Pacheco, James A. “Jimmy”, age 69, of Nashua, NH, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on Thursday, February 28. He is survived by his three loving daughters; Darleen Leroux of Tewksbury, Linda McEwen and her husband Charles of Wilmington, and Michelle Catena and her husband Scott of Haverhill, and their mother, Eileen Pacheco of Haverhill. Cherished “Gramps” of David M. Leroux, III, Benjamin C. McEwen and Trina-Marie Catena. Son of the late Charles and Helen (Gavin) Pacheco. Dear brother of Robert Pacheco of Chelmsford, Stephen Pacheco of Cape Cod, Lorraine Lamb of East Bridgewater and the late Charles Pacheco. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 5th, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, March 4th, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Jimmy was a long time member of the Teamsters Local #25.

Eleanor M. (Gallagher) Jones

March 1st, 2013

Eleanor M. (Gallagher) Jones, age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 1, 2013, following a brief illness.

Eleanor was born in Boston, MA, on January 16, 1933, she was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph L. and Jennie (Deveau) Gallagher.  Eleanor was raised and educated in East Boston.

Eleanor married the “love of her life” Edmund Jones on August 3, 1952, while he was serving in the U. S. Air Force; Eleanor and Ed, along with their children, lived all over including McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey while Ed was finishing his tour of duty.  Following Ed’s honorable discharge the couple moved their family to Wilmington in 1965 where they remained residents until their passing.  Eleanor and Ed shared more than 54 years of marriage, raised a beautiful family, and made many memories for generations to come before Ed’s untimely passing in November of 2006.

Eleanor will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and hard work ethic; prior to retiring, Eleanor worked as a recreational therapist at the Tewksbury State Hospital for more than 25 years.  Eleanor’s dedication to her patients was unconditional and she had a great rapore with her co-workers.

In her spare time, Eleanor enjoyed crocheting, she was an avid reader, and an excellent cook. She also had a fondness for animals and loved her dogs.

Eleanor treasured the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, her love for them was evident in everything she did.  Eleanor loved cooking for family holidays and make them special, she enjoyed sharing in every family celebration, and was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.  Eleanor will be remembered as quite a “lady” and will be greatly missed by all.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late Edmund D. Jones, devoted mother of Caren Jones Wood and her husband Edmund Wood of Wilmington, William Jones of Waltham, and the late Ruth Chase and her husband William Chase, loving “Grammie” of Tanika Beauchemin and her husband Arthur, Jennifer Chase, Eric Chase, Wendy McLure, Jessica Wood, Michael Wood, Edward Jones, Lindsey Stewart, Michaela Parker, and “Grammie Jones” to Alice Grace, Jesse, Michael, Justin, Lauren, Joshua, and Dana, Jr.  Dear daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie (DeVeau) Gallagher, sister of Joseph Gallagher and his wife Tina of Tewksbury, and the late Jennie Hancock.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 3rd from 3-6 p.m.

Carmen A. Stanchi

March 1st, 2013

Carmen A. Stanchi, at 70 years, in Wilmington, formerly of Revere & Boston’s North End, Feb. 27, following a 35 yr. struggle resulting from an industrial accident. Beloved & devoted husband of 46 years to Rachel E. (Carrozza). Cherished father of Michelle M. Stanchi of Wilmington, & Michael R. Stanchi & his wife Kathryn “Kate” of Winthrop. Dear brother of Robert R. Stanchi Jr. of Chelsea, & the late Richard R. Stanchi & his late wife Erna. Also lovingly survived by his nieces, Susan M. Carrozza of Malden, Christine A. Carrozza of Billerica, several other nieces & nephews & several faithful cousins. Son of the late Robert R. Stanchi Sr. & Mary (Sicurello) Stanchi. Family & friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, March 2nd, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) WILMINGTON, followed by the Funeral Mass in St. Dorothys Church, Main St., Wilmington, at 12 noon. Interment will be private. Retiree of Brockway-Smith Inc. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the National Spinal Cord Injury Assoc., 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11370. Visit: www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Richard J. “Dick” Amber

February 28th, 2013

Richard J. Amber, “Dick”, age 73, of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington and Somerville, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on February 23, 2013.  Dick was the beloved husband of Marion A. (Whitney) Amber, dear son of the late Joseph and Helen (Lewis) Amber, step-father of Lorie Scafiddi & Rob Toppi of Billerica, and U. S. Army Sgt. Frank & Sommer Scafiddi of Moberly, MO, grandfather of Ronnan, Katelyn, Madyson, and Emmalee, brother of Olive & Gerry Katz of New Ipswich, NH, Pauline & Bob MacDonald  of Malden, MA, Carol Ann & Robert Heinzman of Ocean Shores, WA, and Kenneth Amber of NH.  Dick is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.
Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Dick’s life on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Dick’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.  Dick was a U. S. Army Veteran, Retired Captain of the Somerville Auxillary Fire Dept., and Retired employee of the Belmont Hill School.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington

Thomas J. Galka

February 24th, 2013

Thomas J. Galka, age 91, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 23, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.  Tom was born at home in Wilmington on December 20, 1921, he was the cherished son of the late Anthony and Julia (Pulkowska) Galka.

Tom was one of eleven siblings that were raised and educated in Wilmington.  Tom graduated from Wilmington High School and went right to work .  Tom worked at Camp Devens, Harrimans Tannery and Wilmington Coal to help support his family.   He also spent time working for United Construction at a dry dock in the ship yard in Charlestown.

In 1942, Tom went off to serve our country in the US Army during World War II; he spent 2 ½  years in North Africa, Italy, Messina and Sicily.  Tom was assigned to more than 20 Divisions during his time in the service; they included the 442nd Infantry which was a Japanese and American Unit, while in Sicily he was with a Unit under General Patton and was witness to him  slapping a soldier. Tom also drove  Ambulance #11 in the 54th Medical Battalion, 379th Collecting Company.  Tom was a well decorated Veteran, he received many commendations including the European Theatre Medal, Asiatic-European Medal, Arrowhead Lapel Pin for Invasion, Good Conduct Medal, and American Victory Medal, as well as 2 Silver Stars for major battles, the Combat Medic Badge, 1st Edition, and a Bronze Star.  Following his honorable discharge, Tom returned home to Wilmington and his family.

Tom had a great work ethic, he went to work as a long haul truck driver for Warren A. McCarty, transporting trucks throughout New England, New York and Pennsylvania.  Tom became a member of the Teamsters Local # 42 out of Lynn.  He also drove for Allstate Sand and Gravel and Red E Mix for 31 years.  Tom retired from truck driving on January 1, 1983 at the age of 62, following many years of dedicated service to each company.

After retiring, Tom did a lot of traveling, especially in Maine and New Hampshire.  He loved the outdoors and the woods in Northern Maine and NH, always exploring new territory to hunt and fish.   Tom spent much of his time hunting, trapping and fishing in up North and due to his extensive knowledge he was even asked to be a Maine Guide.  One of his more memorable trips was when he guided Ted Williams on a trout fishing trip.  Tom had several hunting dogs that he loved, they enjoyed hunting bear and deer, he also trapped muskrats, foxes, and raccoons.  Tom was also an avid ice fisherman and enjoyed deep sea fishing.  Tom had his own spot in Lancaster, NH that his family referred to as “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; he just loved spending time there.

Tom’s other love was racing.  He worked with his brother Pete on racing cars.  They would take them all over New England and New York and entered them in many championship races.

In his spare time, Tom enjoyed gardening; he grew his own vegetables and flowers, that he shared with family and friends.  Tom also liked to make “homemade” Christmas Trees that he would carefully decorate and give away to family and friends, he also made a tree for each family member that had passed and would go out to the cemetery and decorate their graves.

Tom will be fondly remembered as a kind and generous man, he was a hard worker, thoughtful, very Patriotic, dedicated to his family, and  he was a true friend to many.  He will be greatly missed.

Tom was the beloved son of the late Anthony and Julia (Pulkowska) Galka, dear brother of Francis Galka of Winchester, Betty Chisholm of Littleton, NH, the late Sophie Stachelek, Helen Dango, Gladys Puchowski, Alice, Joseph, Waclaw “Vut”, Peter, and Adam Galka. Tom was also the loving uncle of four generations of nieces and nephews and is survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 1st 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 Thursday, February 28th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Mary M. “Betty” Krasinski

February 20th, 2013

Mary M. (Lane) Krasinski, fondly known as “Betty”, age 96, of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 19, 2013.  Betty was the beloved wife of the late Edmund Krasinski.  At Betty’s request, Funeral Services will be private.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

John J. Cronin

February 17th, 2013

John J. Cronin, age 83, of Wilmington, formerly a long time resident of Medford, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital. John was the beloved husband of Palma (D’Agostino) Cronin of Wilmington, loving father of Rhonda Killilea and her husband James and Kim Ritarossi and her husband James all of Wilmington, cherished grandfather of Raymond Derderian, Michael and Shannon Killilea, great-grandfather of Tyla and Owen, son of the late Corneilius and Margaret (Lordan) Cronin, dear brother of William Cronin of Medford, the late Corneilius and Dennis Cronin, Josephine Moriarty, Genevieve Brawley and Margaret Carlin. John 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 Thursday February 21, at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 20, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215

Kenneth D. Morse

February 10th, 2013

Kenneth D., age 74, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington, died unexpectedly on February 9, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Ken was born on July 31, 1938, in Boston, MA, he was the cherished son of the late William and Italia (Rita) (Manduca) Morse.  Ken was raised and educated in Burlington, MA and went on to earn his High School Diploma from Somerville Trade School in Somerville, MA.

Prior to retiring, Ken worked as a machinist for the General Electric Company for nearly 30 years; he had a great work ethic as well as a great personality; Ken was well liked and respected among his co-workers.

Ken married his “sweetheart” Esther L. Angiuoni in 1958, the couple moved to Wilmington in 1965, where they raised four wonderful children.  Ken and Esther would have shared 55 great years together this coming September, traveled all over Canada, Europe, and saw all 50 United States.  They enjoyed camping as a family and had a great time aboard a schooner traveling up the coast of Maine, Ken knew how to show his family a good time and made memories last a life time.

Ken loved the “out doors”, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, dog sled racing, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, photography, you name it, Ken enjoyed taking in every activity with his family and friends.

Ken will be fondly remembered for his love of music, Big Bands were among some of his favorites.

Ken was a “social guy” and loved to tell stories and he made friends where ever he went.  Ken will be remembered for his big personality and a bigger heart.  Ken was the type of friend and neighbor that would do anything for anyone, always there to lend a hand.  Ken loved to have a good time, he was fun, friendly.

Ken will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and a wonderful “Papa”, his love for his family was unconditional and he will be greatly missed by all.

Ken was the beloved husband of Esther L. (Angiuoni) Morse, devoted father of Kenneth D. Morse, Jr. and his wife Claire of Methuen, Guy W. Morse of Boston, Scott B. Morse and his fiancé Barbara MacEachern of Wilmington, and Renee Y. Boucher and her husband Anthony of Dracut, loving “Papa” of Benjamin and Jessica Morse, Harrison and Russell Boucher, cherished son of the late William and Italia (Rita) (Manduca) Morse, dear brother of Germaine Downer of Reading and the late William S. Morse, Jr., brother-in-law of Mary Doucette of Reading, Helen and Alfred Contreas of Malden, Elizabeth and Dana Delorey of Haverhill.  Ken is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, February 12th  at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 11th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to Winchester Hospital, Development Office, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890.

Helen A. DelTorto

February 7th, 2013

Helen A. DelTorto, 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and of Lincoln, ME, wife of the late Joseph DelTorto, died peacefully Feb. 6, 2013, at her home.
Helen was born December 7, 1920, in Boston, the daughter of the late William and Katherine (Mateiunas) Witkum.  Helen was raised and schooled in Wilmington, Mass. After graduating high school, she moved to New York, where she married Joseph DelTorto, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. For the next few years Helen lived in such places as Cape Cod, Mass., and Wildwood, N.J.

While her husband continued to serve our country overseas, she established a home for her family in Wilmington, Mass. She then became a civilian employee for the U.S. Coast Guard, and served in such a capacity for 29 years. Helen and her husband Joseph were the owner/operators of General Knox Hotel and Restaurant, in Thomaston.for more than 20 years.

Helen dedicated her time to volunteering and teaching CCD at St. Thomas Church, Wilmington, Mass. In late 1980, Helen accepted the position of executive secretary of Boston Marine Society. Helen went above and beyond her role as executive secretary, and quickly became known as the “go-to” person. Seemingly, every desk in the maritime industry from the Coast Guard, maritime academies to shipping companies, had Helen’s number and knew her as the one to call to get things done. Helen remained a loyal employee for more than 27 years. Helen retired from the Marine Society in 2008 and moved to Lincoln, to be close and cared for by her granddaughter, Elizabeth.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Elizabeth DelTorto Lujan of Lincoln, ME,  Joseph A. DelTorto of Wilmington, Mass., and Katherine H. DelTorto of Cape Cod, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren, Haylea Lujan, Theresa Clifford, Courtney Lujan, Devan Lujan, Brayden Lujan, Michael Ravech and Joseph Pyle. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; and her son, Anthony DelTorto.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 14th 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 take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 13th from 5-8 p.m.