Obituaries

John F. Ingalls

December 23rd, 2015

John F. Ingalls, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on October 30, 2015 after a brief illness at the age of 82.

He was predeceased by his parents Milo and Mabel (Saunders) of Wilmington. He leaves behind a son Mark and his wife Vicki and five granddaughters Alexxa, Cana, Toria, Mia and Serena and his daughter Margo and her husband Don and their children Daniel and Brianna. He also leaves his special sister Irene (Baker) Meleschuk of Tewksbury and many nieces and nephews whom he adored. He was also predeceased by his brothers Delbert Ingalls (Ruth), Charles Ingalls (Rita) and Milo Ingalls (Dorothy), brother in law Robert Baker and his nephew David Ingalls.

John worked for Continental Can Company in Londonderry, NH up until his retirement in 1997. He adored his Red Sox through thick and thin and so wished his Father lived to see them win a World Series. He was an avid runner and participated in almost 100 marathons throughout the US, Canada and Australia. He was a famous runner along route 102 in Derry, NH as he ran the same route for over 30 years. He was an avid reader and spent many hours tutoring students on how to read. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School class of 1950 and a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota class of 1962.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Wilmington Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA at 11 am. Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, where he will be buried with his parents. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home in Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory and his love of the Red Sox to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 or by calling 617-632-2903.

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Mary Rose Lunetta

December 16th, 2015

Mary Rose Lunetta (Cavaretta), age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 16, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Revere, MA, on June 25, 1929; she was the cherished daughter of the late Leonard and Rose (Amata) Cavaretta. Mary was raised and educated in Revere and a member of a large and loving Italian family.

Mary married her “sweetheart” Joseph Lunetta on September 6, 1948; the couple lived in Medford for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1960 where they raised three wonderful children; Linda, Joe, and Ricky. Mary and Joe spent over 67 years together, they were the best of friends who loved to travel, spend time with their family and friends, or enjoy their home; whatever they were doing they did it together.

Mary loved being a wife and mother, family always came first; she made a nice home for her family as they grew and she took pride in everything they did. When Mary’s children married she welcomed her new in-law’s into her family with open arms and made them feel as if they were her own.

Mary cherished her role as “Grandma” to Kristina, Sally, Richard, Joseph, Ryan, and Jesse; she was always there for every accomplishment in their life and she treasured every moment spent with them. Mary’s grandchildren were such a bright spot in her world.

Mary was a wonderful cook, baker, and hostess; she enjoyed getting the family together as often as possible and spent countless hours preparing the family gatherings and holidays; Mary just loved to make everyone around her happy.

Mary spent many years working in the accounting department at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington. Mary was dependable, hardworking, courteous and very pleasant to her co-workers; Mary made many friends at the company throughout her years at work.

Mary will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor and her endearing personality. Mary was always willing to do for others, she was so easy to get along with and she made everyone feel welcomed. Mary was truly a “one of a kind” lady and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary was the beloved wife of Joseph E. Lunetta, devoted mother of Linda Bandoni & her husband Jack of Gloucester, Joseph Lunetta & his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, and Richard Lunetta & his wife Shirley of Burlington. Loving “Grandma” of Kristina Bandoni, Sally Lunetta, Richard Lunetta, Joseph Lunetta, Ryan Menize, and Jesse Menize. Cherished daughter of the late Leonard and Rose (Amata) Cavaretta, dear sister of the late Frank Cavaretta and Antonina Karedes. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours were held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 18th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Erin Margaret Beal

December 12th, 2015

Erin Margaret Beal, age 39, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2015.

Erin was born on October 10, 1976 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished only child of Albert Ronald “Ron” and Patricia A. (Haskell) Beal. Erin was raised and educated in Wilmington.

Erin will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter, niece and friend. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Erin was the devoted mother of Christina Aileena Powell and Robert Albert Powell, both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Albert Ronald and Patricia A. (Haskell) Beal of Wilmington, dear niece of Ann Smith of Sharon, Mary Mahoney-Keenan of Raynham and David Edmonds of Naples, FL. Erin is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours were held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 15th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Erin’s name may be made to Children’s Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Ann (Branscombe) Spring

December 12th, 2015

Ann Spring (Branscombe), age 82, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2015.

Ann was born on September 24, 1933; she was the cherished daughter of the late Elmer and Irene (Sumner) Branscombe. Ann was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1951. Ann was proud of having a perfect attendance record throughout her school years and being a National Honor Society Member upon graduation .

Ann married her beloved husband Walker in 1955; the couple shared 60 wonderful years together and raised three terrific sons David, Douglas, and Dana. Ann’s love and support for her family was unconditional; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grammy; cherishing each role. Ann made a beautiful home for her family, she always had an open door policy and made everyone feel welcomed.

Ann was a woman of unending talents; she could create crafts of any kind, knit, crochet, paint, she made beautiful needlepoints, and was an incredibly talented seamstress who could whip up curtains or a new outfit in no time. Ann was also known to have a “green thumb” and was an avid gardener; she loved flowers of all kinds and had beautiful little gardens throughout her yard.

In her spare time, Ann loved to read especially mystery novels and she enjoyed square dancing with Walker as members of the “Skirts and Flirts” square dancing club in Wilmington and the Jekyll Island Squares in Georgia during winter vacations.

Ann was a woman of great faith and a very active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Ann enjoyed helping out at church whenever needed and loved to participate in the Women’s Circle.

Ann helped a great deal with community projects and was one of the longest serving members of the Wilmington Women’s Club; recently earning her 50 year membership.

Ann was a very sweet lady who will be fondly remembered for her kindness towards others. Ann will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ann was the beloved wife of Walker C. Spring, devoted mother of David Spring of Plaistow, NH, Douglas Spring & his wife Diane of Phillipston, MA, and Dana Spring of North Andover. Loving “Grammy” of Britni, Brandon, Jessica, and Justin Spring. Cherished daughter of the late Elmer and Irene (Sumner) Branscombe, dear sister of Robert Branscombe & his wife Nora of Wilmington. Ann is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours on Monday, December 14th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Ann’s Funeral Service was held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

Ellen J. (Pilcher) Peterson

December 12th, 2015

Ellen J. (Pilcher) Peterson, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington on December 11, 2015.

Ellen was the devoted mother of Mark Peterson, Tracey MacNeill and Eric Peterson all of Wilmington, loving “Grammy” of Lucas and Zachary MacNeill, cherished daughter of the late Stephen J. and Jennie (Day) Pilcher, dear sister of Lois South of Beauford, S.C., Patricia Barbaro of Winchester and the late Stephen, C. Robert, Richard Pilcher and Carolyn McKenna. Ellen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 17th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

At the family’s request, no flowers please, instead, please consider making a donation in Ellen’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of your choice.

William E. Moakley

December 11th, 2015

William E. Moakley, age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on December 11, 2015.

Bill was born on October 9, 1935 in Lexington, MA; he was the dear son of the late Robert P. and Mary E. (Peake) Moakley. Bill lived with his family in Keene, NH for several years before moving to Billerica where he was raised and educated.

Bill enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserves, serving with the Sea Bees before being called up for active service on November 29, 1955. Bill served overseas during his tour of duty before being honorably discharged on November 8, 1957.

Following his return from the Navy, Bill was out an about Wilmington when he met the “love of his life” Theresa Malloy at Rocco’s Restaurant. Bill and Terry were soon inseparable; the couple married in 1958 and settled in Wilmington in 1962 to raise their family. Bill was a wonderful husband, dad, and grampa; his love and support for his family was always unconditional. Bill and Terry shared many great times with family and friends throughout their 57 years together; these will be memories that will be treasured for years to come.

Bill worked hard to provide for his family; he was employed as an electronics engineer supervisor for the Polaroid Company for many years. He was an excellent employee and made many friends within the company.

In his spare time, Bill enjoyed reading and gardening; he enjoyed working in his yard and was known to have a “green thumb” when it came to his gardens.

Bill was an avid Boston Sports fan, who loved to follow all of his favorite teams throughout the year.

Bill will be remembered as a quiet guy, hardworking, and loyal; he loved his family and friends with all his heart and he will be greatly missed.

Bill was the beloved husband of Theresa J. (Malloy) Moakley, devoted father of John Moakley & his wife Varsha of Florida, William Moakley, Richard Moakley, and the late Kathleen Moakley all of Wilmington. Loving “Grampa” of Mark, Rachel, Ryan, and Aliyana. Dear son of the late Robert P. and Mary E. (Peake) Moakley. Brother of Fred, Robert, James, Miriam, Mary Jane, Margaret, the late Patrick, Rena, Joseph, and Julia. William is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 14th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment with Military Honors followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Jean Edner Francois

December 8th, 2015

Jean Edner Francois, age 62, of Wilmington, passed away on December 7, 2015, at Mass General Hospital in Boston, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Jean was born on May 5, 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; he was the cherished son of the late Antenor Francois and Venicia Etheart. Jean was educated and raised in Haiti as part of a large family of thirteen siblings.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in 1982. Jean initially worked as a Regional Director Agriculturist for the southeastern regions of Haiti. He went to Paris, France and earned a postgraduate diploma in agricultural economy.

Jean came to the United States in 1990. He attended Cambridge College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education. While studying, he worked as a substitute teacher for the Boston Public School System.

In his spare time, Jean enjoyed cheering for his favorite basketball and soccer teams.

Jean was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle.

Jean was the beloved husband of Jocelyne (Beauzile) Francois, devoted father of Nedy Francois and Jeff Francois all of Wilmington, cherished son of the late Antenor Francois and Venicia Etheart, dear brother of Raymond Dorsainville & his wife Axionne, Serge Francois, Marie Josette Francois, Leonce Francois & his wife Suzette, Daniel Francois & his wife Gladys, Antenor Francois & his wife Mirlene, Jean Louis Auguste Francois, Luckner Francois & his wife Monette, Isna Francois, Yvette Francois, Marielle Francois and, son-in-law of Marie Carmelie Villefrenche Bauzile, brother-in-law of Jean Robert Beauzile & his wife Edmonde. Jean is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and was very special to the Francois family, the Beauzile family, the Villefranche family, the Desir family, the Guerrier family, the Supplice family, the Dorsainville family, the Phanor family, the Benjamin family, the Tibule family, the Darbuze family, the Kedo family, the Jeudi family, the Raymond family and the Simon family.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, December 18th from5:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 70 Concord Road, Billerica, MA on Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Jean’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Joseph M. Caizzi

December 2nd, 2015

Joseph M. Caizzi, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 29, 2015.

Joe was born on April 17, 1943 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Attilio and Antonetta Caizzi. Joe was raised in East Boston in a close, loving family.

Joe married Letteria “Lee” Venezia in 1964; the couple lived in East Boston for several years before moving to Wilmington in January of 1973 where they raised four wonderful children and extended their home to family and friends through the years. Joe’s love and devotion for his family was unconditional; he treasured the time he spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. Joe and Lee had 52 great years together, they enjoyed traveling, family, friends, and making memories to be shared for generations to come.

Joe was fondly known as “Joe the Barber” for over 50 years and ended his career at the Clubhouse Barber Shop in Tewksbury. Joe was a “people person” who enjoyed his job and his customers.

Joe was a simple man, he didn’t need much to make him happy; family, friends, food, his couch, clicker, and his beloved dog. Joe’s keen sense of humor was with him right to the end. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of 52 years to Letteria “Lee” (Venezia) Caizzi, devoted father of Joseph M. Caizzi, Jr. & his wife Patricia of Vista, CA, Steven Caizzi & his companion Jacquie Higgins of Wilmington, Michelle Dudley & her husband Jim of Lincolnton, NC, Kristen Caizzi of Wilmington, and extended family member Lisa Grady of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brodie Caizzi, Danielle and Jimmy Dudley. Cherished son of the late Attilio and Antonetta (Dente) Caizzi, dear bother of Lawrence Caizzi & his wife Jean of Tewksbury and Marie Hutchinson & her husband Danny of East Boston. Special Uncle of Lisa Hayward, Lawrence Caizzi, Jr., Paul Caizzi, Linda O’Donnell, Jeannine Strom, Toni Marie Hutchinson, Billy Jesse, Craig Jesse, and their families.

Joe’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, December 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to The ALS Association Mass. Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South – 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062.

Catherine “Kay” Gillis

December 2nd, 2015

Catherine T. Gillis (Dunn), “Kay”, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on December 2, 2015.

Kay was born and raised in Charlestown, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Dunn. Kay, along with her family enjoyed their summers spent at their cottage in the “Federal Garden” section of Wilmington and swimming in Jinx Pond. It was at Jenks pond that she met her future husband Edward Gillis and the couple married on November 25, 1951.

Kay and Ed settled in Wilmington where they shared 64 years of marriage and raised their five children; Ed, Kathy, John, Tom, and Ann. Kay was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, but she especially loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Kay cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she attended countless school events, sports, dance recitals, birthday parties or any other special occasion. Kay rarely went away because she was afraid she would miss something for the kids and she always found them most entertaining.

Throughout the years, Kay enjoyed dancing, bowling every Friday night, camping in her Pink Trailer, and baking her delicious fudge and custard.

Kay will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady who loved her family and friends unconditionally. Kay was kind, sweet, and would help anyone in need; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kay was the beloved wife of 64 years to Edward J. Gillis, devoted mother of Edward Gillis & his wife Nancy of Ipswich, Kathy Warford & her husband Jack, John Gillis & his wife Maryann, Tom Gillis & his wife Maureen all of Wilmington, and Ann Chleapas & her husband Jim of North Andover. Loving grandmother of Jack, Shane, Mike, Rory, Ann, Brendan, Tommy, Eileen, and Shana Warford, Katie Ware, John, Matthew, Kelly, and Kerry Gillis, Samantha, Laura, and Benjamin Gillis, John, Kathryn, and Bill Chleapas, and great-grandchildren Jake, Anna, Ava, Keira, Meghann, Landon, Logan, Brayden, Finn, Brooke, John, MacKenzie, and Michael. Dear daughter of the late Thomas and Helen “Nellie” (McCarthy) Dunn, sister of the late Mary Kelley, Helen Lyons, and John Dunn. Kay 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. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Memorial donations in Catherine’s name may be made to the Wilmington American Legion, 5 Bay Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

William S. “Bill” Diehl

November 29th, 2015

William S. “Bill” Diehl, age 83, of Wilmington, passed away on November 28, 2015 at the Care One at Wilmington.

Bill was the beloved husband of Gloria L. (Licona) Diehl, devoted father of Richard Diehl & his wife Melanie of Swansea, NH and Robert Diehl & his companion Julie of Rowley, loving “Grampy” of Jessica Diehl and Spc. Patrick Flynn, cherished son of the late Stanley and Thelma (Gross) Diehl, dear brother of Philip Diehl and his wife Joan of PA and the late Robert and James Diehl. Bill is also survived by 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 Wednesday, December 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to The Congregational Church in Wilmington, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.