Obituaries

Lois M. McGrath

July 29th, 2016

Lois M. McGrath (Langley), age 83, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 28, 2016.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence A. McGrath, devoted mother of Paul McGrath & wife Donna of Bradford, Maureen Ross & husband Bob of Walpole, John McGrath of Wilmington, and the late Lawrence “Larry” McGrath. Loving Grandmother of Paul, Brian, Kevin, Bobby, Owen, Callie, John, Nolan, and Riley. Cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Florence (Keohane) Langley, dear “Sister” of Marilyn Robinson of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Harris & Marge McGrath of Seabrook, NH. Lois was the beloved “Aunties” of many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 1st for Visitation from 10:00-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

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

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Edna (Day) Phillips

July 28th, 2016

Edna Grace Phillips (Day), age 95, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 28, 2016, at the Winchester Nursing Center.

Edna was born in Kingston, MA, on July 13, 1921; she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Day. Edna was raised in Medford, MA, and was a graduate of Medford High School. While growing up in Medford, Edna was an active member of the Community Baptist Church.

Edna married the “love of her life” George Phillips on February 10, 1946; the couple lived in Medford for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1957, where they raised their family. Edna made a wonderful home for her family; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Edna cherished the time they spent together, she truly enjoyed all the family gatherings, celebrations, and her many visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were the light of her life.

For many years, Edna worked at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington; she was known to have a strong work ethic and a great personality. Edna made many friends at Sweethearts throughout the years and she was a pleasure to work with.

In her spare time, Edna enjoyed taking car rides with her family and watching a good Red Sox or Patriots game; she was truly a fan.

Edna will be remembered for her unconditional love and support for her family and friends; she will be greatly missed by all.

Edna was the beloved wife of the late George Phillips, devoted mother of George Phillips & wife Joan, Susan Keating & husband Jack, and Brian Phillips all of Wilmington, Barry Phillips & wife Beverly of Derry, NH. Loving Grandmother of George Phillips Jr., Maryanna Larrabee, Gregory Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Katie Keating, Dan Keating, Ryan Phillips, Alicia Phillips, and Great-Grandchildren Ariana, Evan, Ayla, Grant, Landon, Olivia, and Evie. Cherished daughter of the late William and Mary (McDonald) Day, dear sister of Leona King of Maine, the late Gordon Day and Dottie Fleischer. Edna is also survived by her beloved cat Charlie.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, August 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Edna’s Funeral Service will be held at the Community Baptist Church, 470 Fulton St., Medford on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Memorial donations in Edna’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Jo Ann McNeil

July 27th, 2016

Jo Ann McNeil (Carroll), a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 26, 2016, following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.  She was 52 years old.

Jo Ann was born on October 17, 1963 in Lowell, MA. She was the cherished daughter of Grace (Duggan) and the late Kenneth Carroll.  Jo Ann was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981.

Jo Ann married her best friend, Lance McNeil, on December 3, 1988 and together they raised three beautiful children: Debra, Ryan, and Kathryn.  She loved being a mother and was very proud of her children and their many accomplishments.  Jo Ann looked forward to spending time with her family and their dogs. She enjoyed taking pictures, hiking, and skiing in North Conway.  Jo Ann, Lance, and their three children loved to travel. They took trips across the United States and internationally, and loved every experience.

Jo Ann was very close with both her parents. She enjoyed car rides with her dad, especially the one in which they picked up her wedding dress in her cherished corvette.  She could always count on her mom to be there for her whenever she needed, even in college when they took night classes together.  Jo Ann loved to entertain at her home, for family and friends alike.  She was the ultimate hostess and made everyone feel welcomed.  Jo Ann will be fondly remembered as a wonderful person. She was loving, giving, and kind, and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jo Ann was the beloved wife of Lance McNeil, devoted mother of Debra, Ryan, and Kathryn McNeil all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Grace (Duggan) Carroll and the late Kenneth Carroll of Wilmington.  Dear sister of Cheryl Carroll of New Hampshire and Kenneth Carroll and his wife Kathleen of Wilmington. Loving Aunt of Annemarie, Matt, Jim, Pat, Maggie, Amanda, Chris, Stephen, Taylor, and great-niece Sierra. Daughter-in-law of Harvey and Doreen McNeil of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Paul & Sheila McNeil, Cheryl Briere, and Mark & Susan McNeil.  Jo Ann is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jo Ann’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P. O. Box 414238, Boston, MA  02241-4238.

Gerald S. White, Sr.

July 24th, 2016

Gerald S. White, Sr., age 81, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 24, 2016.

Gerald was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Boylen) White and Roberta (Plourde) Hare White, devoted father of Gerald S. White, Jr. and Mary L. Crossley & her husband Wayne Pedersen, loving “Grampe” of Morgan Cleary and Corrie Doe & her husband Michael, Great-Grampe of Brayden Doe, cherished son of the late William F. and Marjory F. (Merlin) White, dear brother of Franklin White, Marjory Delory, Suzanne Mackey, the late Cynthia Lloyd, Robert, James, Donald and William White. Gerald is also survived by Melvin Hare and James Hare, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Albert G. Berian

July 22nd, 2016

Albert G. Berian, age 96, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Reading, passed away on July 16, 2016. Albert was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy T. (Pineau) Berian, devoted father of Gail Boutiette of Tewksbury, Gary Berian of Fox Run, Vermont, Gerry Berian of Marblehead, Paul Berian of Tewksbury, Sharon Sullivan of Wilmington, and the late George Berberian of Middleton. Loving grandfather of 12 great grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, July 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a remembrance service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Albert’s memory may be made to the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.

Norine (Kendall) Melander

July 20th, 2016

Norine (Kendall) Melander, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 19, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers; she was 76 year old.

Norine was born on May 7, 1940, in Winchester, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Joseph and Marjorie Kendall. Norine was raised in Wilmington and enjoyed many summers at Silver Lake with her family and friends. Norine attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1958.

Norine lived in Tewksbury for a few years before moving to Woburn more than 43 years ago where she raised her family. Norine was always a hard worker; for many years she worked at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington and when she moved to Woburn she went to work for the Woburn School Department in the Cafeteria. Norine loved to cook for the kids and was always watching out for them; whether they had food allergies or not enough lunch money she always took care of their needs.

During the summers, Norine took her family to “The Cottage”" in Manomet where they enjoyed the beach and had many great times together throughout the years. Norine also worked during her summers as a chamber maid at the Blue Spruce Motel and the Pilgrim Sands Motel; always taking pride in everything she did.

Norine’s family always came first in her life; she was a very devoted companion to her “Sal” for over 40 years and her unconditional love for her children and grandchildren was evident in everything she did. Norine’s home always had an “open door” policy whether it was entertaining a crowd of people and cooking up a storm or “hanging out” with her family on Friday Pizza Nights, which she handmade every pizza by hand; or had chip and dip out; she made everyone feel welcome. Norine was the type of person who could know you for a day or her whole life and you would become part of her family. Norine loved her children’s friends as her own; she wanted to know what everyone was up to and what was going on in the neighborhood so that she knew everyone was safe.

Norine will be remembered as a great lady; she was boisterous and lively but had a huge heart and would do anything to help anyone. Norine will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Norine was the beloved companion of 40 years to the late Salvatore Constantino, devoted mother of Joseph S.Constantino, Deborah Cammarata & husband Jason all of Woburn, Dorothy Finlay & husband Russell of Manomet, MA, Steven Constantino & wife Ann of Merrimack, MA, Marie Pelton & husband Anthony of Taunton, and Lisa Bell & husband Andrew of Haverhill. Loving Nana/Neena of Joey, Jr., Devon, Olivia, Michelle, Tommy, Joseph, Kylie, Bobby, Doug, Steven, Jr., Caroline, Andrew, Jr. and Nicholas, and 6 Great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Marjorie (Nary) Kendall, dear sister of Deborah Delle Donne of York, ME, Dorothy O’Donnell & husband Paul of Wilmington, the late William (Billy) Kendall, the late Joseph Kendall Jr., and Doris Dunn of Virginia. Norine is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and was very special to Cameron Sickles and her many friends that she thought of as family.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte.38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Norine’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Carolyn R. (Evans) Peters

July 18th, 2016


Carolyn R. Peters (Evans), age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 17, 2016.

Carolyn was born on April 1, 1940 in Lebanon, New Hampshire; she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Evans. As a young girl, Carolyn, moved with her family to Lynnfield, Massachusetts, where she was raised and educated. Carolyn was a graduate of Wakefield High School with the Class of 1959.

On October 31, 1959, Carolyn married her “sweetheart” and best friend Gerald Peters; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1960 where they raised their family. Carolyn was known to be a “homebody” who enjoyed making a nice home for her family. She was also a very devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. Carolyn and Gerry along with their family shared many great years together before his passing in June of 2002.

In her spare time, Carolyn loved to take care of her plants, do puzzles, and play cards; especially cribbage and uno.

Carolyn will be fondly remembered as a sweet lady, very kind and helpful; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Gerald L. Peters, devoted mother of Debbi Hanlon & her husband Michael of Merrimack, NH, Dave Peters and his wife Pam of Dracut, and Scott Peters and his wife Susan of Exeter, RI. Loving “Nana” of Elisha, Michael, and Bryan Hanlon of Merrimack, NH, Rachel, Angela, Joshua, and Jacob Peters of Dracut, and Haylee Peters of Exeter, RI. Dear daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Carter) Evans, sister of Alita Grace of Plainfield, NH, the late William Evans, and Evelyn Joyce. Carolyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 21st 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 Wednesday, July 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

David P. Sweet

July 17th, 2016

David Paul Sweet, age 27, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2016.

Dave was born on July 11, 1989 in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of David J. Sweet of Tewksbury, formerly of Stoneham and Barbara E. Chirone of Billerica.

Dave was raised and educated in the Wilmington Public School System. He was also a recent graduate of the HVAC program at the Porter and Chester Institute in Woburn, MA.

Dave was a huge sports fan; he played hockey for most of his life. He also played soccer and football in his younger years. Dave enjoyed watching all sporting events with his family and friends, especially Nascar.

Dave will be remembered as a loving, caring and generous person. He had a very special bond with his mother, who he placed on a pedestal and could count on for anything. Dave also shared a very special friendship with his sister, Emma.

Dave will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

David is the cherished son of David Sweet and Barbara Chirone and her companion, Bob Young of Billerica, dear brother of Emma Sweet of Billerica, loving grandson of Dorothy Angus of Georgetown, Paul Chirone of Wakefield, Sandra Lawrence of Boston, Kenneth Sweet of Saugus, nephew of Kenneth Sweet of Plaistow, NH, Karl Lawrence of Bedford, NH, Ginger Coupal and Patricia Sweet, cousin of Nick Lawrence, Ashlynn Lawrence, Joe Sweet, Holly Sweet and Ally Sweet. Dave is also survived by his girlfriend, Kristin Brekalis as well as a large, loving extended family and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA on Friday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in Dave’s name may be made to the Phoenix House, 43 Old Colony Ave., Quincy, MA 02170.

Ida L. Pica

July 13th, 2016

Ida L. Pica (Goodwin), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on July 12, 2016, at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

Ida was the beloved wife of Samuel E. Pica, Sr., devoted mother of Samuel E. Pica, Jr., Sandra (Pica) Goodwin, Ann McGaffigan, Marilyn (Pica) Small, and the late Robert Pica. Loving “Nana” of 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Ida was the dear daughter of the late Raymond and Freda (Hammond) Goodwin and the last of 5 siblings.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ida’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave. #2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Michael F. O’Connell

July 11th, 2016

Michael F. O’Connell, age 24, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Michael was born on October 25, 1991; he was the dear son of Kevin and Cindi O’Connell. Michael was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the Class of 2010. Michael went on to continue his education at Middlesex Community College in Bedford where he earned and Associates Degree in Criminal Science.

Throughout his life, Michael was an outstanding athlete; he played baseball, football, swimming, but he excelled in soccer. Michael was a standout soccer player with for Wilmington Youth Soccer as well as Shawsheen Tech High School Soccer Team and earned title as MVP for both programs. Michael returned to help coach the soccer team at Shawsheen Tech for several years following graduation.

At the time of his death, Michael was employed as a Mental Health Specialist for McLean Hospital in Belmont; Michael was a hard worker who always showed kindness and compassion for his patients.

In his spare time, Michael volunteered as a youth counselor at the Northwoods YMCA Camp in New Hampshire; he had such a passion for helping children and would do anything to make even one child’s life better.

Michael was a member of a large and loving family; he was one of nine siblings and he always made his family his number one priority. Michael cherished the time he spent with his family at their lake house in New Hampshire and loved to “hang out” at home in Wilmington with his parents and siblings. Michael enjoyed family holidays and special occasions; he looked forward to any reason to get together with his parents and siblings and they always had a great time no matter what they were doing.

Michael was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. Michael had a large extended family and tons of friends; his endearing personality and willingness to see the good in people made everyone want to be around him. Michael was a special person who always tried to make a difference in the world; he was greatly loved and will forever be missed.

Michael was the cherished son of Kevin and Cindi (Aubert) O’ Connell of Wilmington, beloved brother of Kim Peters & husband Glenn of Billerica, Kevin O’Connell of Lowell, Kelli O’Connell of Burlington, Eric Anderson of Hudson, NH, Shayna O’Connell of Tewksbury, Nick O’Connell, Chris O’Connell, and Matthew O’Connell all of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Alycia, Justin, Cheyenne, Madison, Cameron, Colleen, Emily, Julia, Jamie, Gavin, Ava, and great-niece Riley. Mike is also survived by his girlfriend Melissa Hoover of Wilmington, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to DCF Kids Fund, Inc. and send to Jennifer Kitchenham Executive Director of the DCF Kids Fund, Inc., 600 Washington St, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02111.