Edith L. (Staples) Ward Narduzzo, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013. Born in Medford on September 12, 1927, she was the cherished daughter of the late Edwin F. and Margaret Staples. Edith grew up in Billerica and was a graduate of Billerica’s Howe High School.
After high school, Edith married Kenneth Ward and moved to Wilmington where they built their home and raised their daughter, Janette. Edith then married Vincent “Jimmy” Narduzzo in 1976 and enjoyed twenty years of marriage until his passing. Edith and Kenneth reunited a few years ago and greatly enjoyed spending time together.
Edith worked for many years in the Wilmington Police Department. She started out as a crossing guard in 1956. In 1960, she became a part time clerk, which turned into full time in 1965. Edith retired 1985 after nearly 30 years in the department.
Edith loved dogs, spending many years breeding German Shepherds. Edith enjoyed going deep sea fishing, loved to go to horse races to see her brother’s horse, liked to travel and took flying lessons. Edith was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and Angels in Motion (AIM) and she enjoyed going to activities at the Wilmington Senior Center.
Edith was all about her family and friends. She loved having her family and friends over for cookouts and celebrations throughout the year, especially her summer parties and Christmas Eve celebrations. Edith will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew and loved her.
Edith was the beloved companion of Kenneth Ward of Tewksbury, and wife of the late Vincent Narduzzo. She was the loving mother of the late Janette L. Powers and her late husband Richard and step-mother of Joseph Narduzzo and his wife Eileen of Boston. Edith was the cherished grandmother of Laurie Finne and her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Joseph Narduzzo and his wife Camille of Boston, and Katie Narduzzo of Boston and great grandmother to Ayden Narduzzo. Dear sister of Lewis Staples and his wife Phyllis of Dunstable, George Staples and Nancy Parker, both of Billerica and the late Robert Staples. Edith is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.