Obituaries

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.

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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.

Patrick J. “Jim” Meyers, Sr.

February 5th, 2013

Patrick James Meyers, Sr., better known as simply “Jim” to his family and friends, age 78, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Everett, passed away on February 4, 2013, at the Mass. General Hospital.

Jim was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on August 18, 1934 and was the cherished only son of Peter and Helen (Uitto) Meyers.  Jim grew up and worked as a young boy on the family farm in Wisconsin.  He and his twin sister Patsy also loved to spend time on Madeline Island with their aunt and uncle.  In his early teens, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois where Jim graduated from Chicago High School in 1952.

Jim enlisted into the U. S. Navy in August of 1952, during the Korean War and served aboard the USS Wilkinson.  While on leave Jim met the love of his life Monica King through mutual friends.  The couple married on January 20, 1956, while he was still on active duty.  Jim was honorably discharged on July 19, 1956 and returned home to his beautiful wife.

Jim and Monica embarked on a great life together, they lived in Chicago for a short time before returning to Everett, MA in the late 1950’s.  Jim and Monica lived in Everett for most of their married life and where they raised a  large and loving family.  Jim and Monica shared more than 57 years together before her passing just a couple of weeks ago.  During their marriage they enjoyed going dancing with friends every Saturday night.  They both loved the holidays shared with family and friends, and they both made family their priority.

Jim’s favorite holiday was Christmas.  He would often be seen outside their Everett home the day after Thanksgiving decorating the house and yard making it his own colorful masterpiece.  When the outside was done, he went right in to start the Christmas tree.  He always wanted to make the most of the holiday season and make it as special as he could for his children and grandchildren.

Jim will be remembered for his love of sports – high school, college, or professional sports, he loved them all.  In his early years he played basketball and baseball and later on he coached football for his boys.  In his later years he loved to follow his grandchildren’s sporting events, always there to show support and root them on.  And although he loved watching sporting events on television, his passion was to listen to the Red Sox Games or the Boston College Football games on the radio.

Prior to retiring, Jim worked as a truck driver for Concord Steel and Turner Trucking and was also a member of the Teamsters Union Local #25 in Charlestown.  Jim was a dedicated employee and hard worker; he sometimes drove for long hours but he was never too tired to spend time with his family, they were the light of his life.

Jim’s devotion for is family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional.  He loved his wife dearly and truly missed being with her over these last few weeks.  As a father, he was second to none, always making sure his children had what they needed and showing the love and support only a parent can do.  When Jim became a grandfather the world changed for him.  His love grew even more for those kids.  He cherished the time spent at school activities, dance recitals, sporting events, and every milestone and celebration in their lives.  Jim’s pride for his family was as evident as their love for him.  He was truly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed by all.

Jim was the beloved husband of the late Monica M. (King) Meyers, devoted father of Donna M. Meyers of Wilmington, Jim Meyers and his wife Marybeth of Middleton, Stephen M. Meyers and his wife Aeri of North Reading, and Raymond K. Meyers and his wife Gayle of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Daniel Meyers and his fiancé Carolina, Andrea Meyers, Evan Meyers, Jarod Meyers, Julianne Meyers, and Olivia Meyers, cherished only son of the late Peter and Helen (Uitto) Meyers, dear brother of Eleanor Rosone of Illinois, Connie McDonald of Minnesota, the late Virginia Meyers, Helen Filetti, and his twin Patricia Jarosz.  Jim 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 Friday, February 8th 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 Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation,  85 Astor Ave. Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.

Maria “Jean” Smith

February 5th, 2013

Maria Jean (Devlin) Smith, of Wilmington, fondly known as Jean to her family and friends, died peacefully on February 4, 2013, she was 86 years old.

Jean was born in Brighton, MA, on December 20, 1926, she was the dear daughter of the late John T. and Mary Elizabeth (Cummings) Devlin. She was raised in the Auburndale section of Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School.

Jean married Gilbert Smith on March 24, 1945, sharing more than 62 years of marriage and raising five children before his passing in 2007.  Jean and Gilbert moved to Hancock, New Hampshire where they enjoyed living on a non-working farm for 18 years.

In 1964, Jean and Gilbert moved to Wilmington where they resided for over 40 years. Family was first and foremost to Jean, she was a devoted wife and mother, kind, caring, and supportive, and her love for her family was unconditional. Jean cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, They were the light of her life.

In her spare time, Jean enjoyed going for long walks with her best friend, Charlotte Stewart, spending time in her garden and going to the Wilmington Senior Center. She was also a member of the Wilmington Garden Club, a voracious reader, a talented seamstress, and loved quilting, knitting and many other arts and crafts, creating many gifts or donations for craft fairs.

Jean was truly quite a lady who had a great sense of humor and a big heart. She will be greatly missed.

Jean was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert Smith, devoted mother of David Smith of Wakefield, Deborah Whitworth & her husband Jon of Pelham, NH, Pamela Smith & Ed Belekewicz of North Providence, RI, Gary Smith & his wife Marie of Chelmsford, and Kristine Smith of Billerica, loving “Nana” of Christopher Smith & his wife Jennifer, Alexa Baker & her husband Johnathan, Kerry Smith, Tracie Hatt & her husband Christopher, Tania Whitworth & her fiance Tim Poplar, Kelly Smith, Leanne Smith, and great-grandchildren Quinn Smith, Sean Baker, Jacob and Alissa Hatt, and Trista Poplar, dear sister of the late June Colantuono, Leonard Devlin, and Thomas Devlin. Jean is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Sunday, February 10th from 12-2 p.m. Followed followed by a Funeral Service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

Gunvor M. “Gunnie” Davis

February 4th, 2013

Gunvor M. (Dahlin) Davis, a long-time resident of Wilmington, who was fondly and famously known as “Gunnie” around town, died peacefully on February 3, 2013 at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell. She was 92 years old.

Gunnie was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 18, 1920.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Emil and Anna (Benson) Dahlin.  Gunnie traveled to the United States by boat before she was a year old and the family settled in Wilmington.  The oldest of seven siblings, Gunnie was raised in a large and loving family.  She attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School in the Class of 1938.

Following graduation, Gunnie went to work as bookeeper for Wilmington Builders Supply on Main Street in Wilmington when it was just a one room building.  Through the years the company grew, and Gunnie was a great part of that growth.  She was responsible, dependable, great with the customers, and had quite a work ethic,  often  working on Sundays just to catch up on the paperwork following a busy week.  Gunnie loved working at Wilmington Builders where she had a great rapport with the contractors, truck drivers, and her co-workers. She became the “go to” person and her name became synonymous with Wilmington Builders.  Gunnie was dearly loved by the owners of the company and she became part of their extended family.  Gunnie retired after more than 60 years of dedication to Wilmington Builders. She was well respected in the construction industry, and her wonderful reputation followed her long after she retired.

In her younger years, Gunnie loved to travel. She always got a window seat and marveled at seeing other places and cultures; in her later years she loved to go on long rides with her family and friends, again taking the window seat and taking in everything nature had to offer.

Gunnie had a fondness for birds and had feeders out all over her yard. She just loved to watch them interact and listen to them chirp and sing.

In 1977, Gunnie married the love of her life, William J. Davis, fondly known to her as Will.  They were great companions and enjoyed their time spent with family, extended family, and friends.  Will was a talented musician and Gunnie enjoyed listening to his music.  Gunnie and Will celebrated more than twenty years together before his passing in 1998.

Gunnie will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady, kind, caring, helpful, and hard working.  She had an endearing personality that drew many people to her.  She was devoted not only to her family but to a large extended family and became known  as  “Auntie” to many.  Gunnie’s legacy will live on in many generations to come, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Gunnie was the beloved wife of the late William J. “Will” Davis, cherished daughter of the late Emil A. and Anna M. (Benson) Dahlin, dear sister of Dorothy Jurgens of Middleboro, Helen Gustavsen of Billerica, the late Norma Sylvia, Martha Lynch, Marjorie Dahlin, and Carl Dahlin.  Gunnie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Gunvor’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Alice M. (Crowley) Rochford

January 30th, 2013

Alice M. (Crowley) Rochford, age 84, of Wilmington and formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully on January 30, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Alice was born in Dorchester, MA on March 19, 1928, she was the dear daughter of the late Joseph F. and Mary (Fisher) Crowley.  Alice was raised and educated in Dorchester before moving to Charlestown where she raised her children.

Prior to retiring, Alice was a waitress for many years and in her spare time she was always volunteering for good causes and helping others.

Alice moved with her daughter and family to Wilmington 23 years ago and she quickly became very active in the community.  Alice was very involved in the Wilmington Senior Center for over 20 years, she was part of the meals on wheels program, she loved to play a good game of cards, and socialize with her many friends at the Senior Center.

On Tuesday’s she could be found at the Knights of Columbus Hall helping out at A.I.M.; Alice was an active volunteer and she loved helping others, her kindness and caring ways always attracted people to Alice.

Alice was an avid gardener with a green thumb, she had beautiful gardens and roses were always her favorite flowers.  Alice also had a soft spot for animals and she just loved being around them.

Alice will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and true friend.  She always found the time to help others and always made them feel special.  Alice was truly a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Rochford, devoted mother of Ellen “Dede” (Cosgrove) Sullivan and her husband Stephen of Wilmington and the late Richard Cosgrove, loving grandmother of Colleen McCauley-Coughlan of Lancaster, MA, Amanda Rose Cosgrove of East Boston, mother in law of Rose Cosgrove of East Boston, and great-grandchildren Jacob Sinkus and Erin Coughlan both of Lancaster, MA, dear , sister of Irene Manning and her husband Jim of Rockland, Josephine Spencer of Dorchester, the late Jack Crowley and Justine “Chris” Richards.  Alice is also survived by her dear friend Bob Simmler as well as many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Association, 185 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110.

William J. “Bill” Doyle

January 30th, 2013

William “Bill” Doyle age 85, of Wilmington formerly of Everett passed peacefully on January 30, 2013 listening to his favorite Irish tune. Bill was born March 10, 1927 in Everett, MA, he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Alice (McMurrer) Doyle.  Bill led a full life with a passion for People.
He was the beloved husband of Eleanor “Ellie “Cuoco Doyle, father of William ‘Billy” Doyle of Pt Charlotte, FL and Robert “Bobby” Doyle and his wife Patty and his two cherished grandchildren..Terrance William and Jill all of Red Bank NJ, he is also survived by his sister Eleanor Hall of Malden along with many nieces and nephews all across the country. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Alice and his brother John all of Everett.
His road was well traveled serving in the US Navy during World War II;  he returned home for a long business career working in Boston during which time he was a Grand Knight and 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus.  But in midlife his real true love came when he became the owner of Church Street  Hardware and Liquor;  known to many as the Mayor of the Square with his legendary Doyle’s Softball team.
Bill was also a very active Rotarian and past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club.  For many years bill also volunteered with the Wilmington Little league and St Thomas CCD program.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd 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 with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 1st from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please make all donations in Bill’s name to the Wilmington Rotary Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 73, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Patrick R. Abruzzio

January 29th, 2013

Patrick R. Abruzzio, “Pat”, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 27th, his 69th birthday.

Patrick was born in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, he was the beloved son of the late Patrick and Carmella (Massiello) Abruzzio.  Pat was raised in the North End of Boston before moving with his family to Somerville.

He married the “love of his life” Doreen M. H. Haggart on April 25, 1965 and the couple moved to Wilmington in 1965 where they raised their son.

Pat started his career in the construction industry as a welder but his ambitions led him to become a salesman for the meat and seafood industry and he quickly became the proprietor of A & A Supply.  Pat’s personality and business sense made his company a success until his illness forced his retirement several years ago.

Pat will be fondly remembered for his fondness of Harley Davidson Motorcycles, he loved his bike and he especially enjoyed long rides with his wife Doreen.

Pat was a huge Boston Bruins Fan, he took in many games with family and friends and was ecstatic when they won the Stanley Cup.

Pat loved his family and friends unconditionally and he also had a great fondness and soft spot for all animals.  Pat was very kind, caring, and generous and he will be dearly missed by all.

Pat was the beloved husband of Doreen M. (Haggart) Abruzzio, devoted father of Desmond Abruzzio and his companion Brittany Lund all of Wilmington, dear brother-in-law of Desmond and Eileen Haggart, Ronald Haggart, and Dennis and Freida Haggart all of Scotland and he was the dearly loved uncle of many nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 31st at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 30th from 4-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to the.MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway Route 28., Methuen, MA 01844. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Marilyn K. (Damron) McCarthy

January 24th, 2013

Marilyn K. (Damron) McCarthy, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Marilyn was born on May 30, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was the only daughter of William D. and Anna (Rectkenwald) Damron.  The family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, and that is where Marilyn and her brother James were raised.
Marilyn met the love of her life, Joseph McCarthy, when he was stationed in Oklahoma during his time in the service.  The couple was married on May 6, 1944 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this May.  The couple moved back to Massachusetts when Joseph was discharged in 1945.  They spent several years in Somerville with their three children, James, Francis  and Robert, before settling in Wilmington in 1961.  She worked for many years as a switchboard operator.  Marilyn was a very neat and clean person.  She would always be cleaning the house, dusting, doing dishes or anything that she thought needed to be done, never just sitting back and relaxing.  When she wasn’t cleaning, Marilyn would spend time doing arts and crafts.  She loved to do needle point crafting and made many of the decorations throughout the house herself.  Along with arts and crafts, she loved to spend time out in her garden.

Marilyn was very active in the community of Wilmington, especially the Senior Center.  She loved to take part in the activities there, especially the line dancing.  Marilyn served as Commissioner on the Board for the Center and served as a liaison for the town in their dealings with the Minuteman Senior Service.  Marilyn also started and taught a nutrition class and a sewing class at the center.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Joseph F. McCarthy of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of James J. McCarthy and his wife Christine of Billerica, Frances A. “Sissy” Dalton of Wilmington and Robert P. McCarthy and his wife Linda of Ashburnham.  She was the cherished grandmother of William and Angela McCarthy, Christopher Dalton, Robert Jr., Kevin, Brian and Patrick McCarthy and the dear great-grandmother of 13.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 28th, at 9:00 a.m., and celebrated a  funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours were held on Sunday, January 27th, from 2-4 p.m.  Memorial donations in Marilyn’s name can be made to Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Nancy Rice Hale

January 23rd, 2013

Nancy Rice Hale, age 78, formerly a long-time resident of Marion Street in Wilmington, died peacefully on January 22, 2013.

Nancy was born on August 5, 1934, in Bridgewater, MA. She was the cherished only child of David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.  Nancy was raised in Bridgewater and then later moved with her Dad to Waltham.  Nancy completed her education graduating from Waltham High School in 1951 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Nancy always had a passion for the arts, an adventurous spirit, a fondness for other cultures, and a curious nature. As a young woman she traveled to Europe where she particularly enjoyed her time in Italy. The museums and architecture made a life-long impression on her.

Nancy worked for many years for the DC Heath Publishing Company where she was credited for her work as a photo researcher on many publications including a textbook about Martin Luther.  She also had personal contacts with museums all over the world for her research and was very well accomplished and respected.

Nancy loved music. Classical music was her favorite and she was excellent at identifying the composers.

Nancy will be remembered for her love of family as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her love for her family was unconditional and she took pride in all of their accomplishments and milestones in life.

Nancy truly enjoyed her retirement with her husband Charles. They loved to walk the beach and shared a love of the outdoors, bird watching, gardening, and spending Saturday evenings out dancing.

Nancy had a creative personality and an open mind and heart.  She was kind, caring, and most of all loving.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Harold Charles Hale, devoted mother of Mark T. Egleston and his wife Elyse of New York, Tracy L. Egleston of Newburyport, Carolyn E. (Hale) Depoto and her husband Marc of Franklin, MA, and David L.  Hale and his wife Sachiko of Japan, loving grandmother of Brian J. Leudesdorf and his companion Megan Thrift, Laurel E. White, Marina M. and Erika N. Hale, Lily D. and Dante C. Depoto.  She was the cherished daughter of the late David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.

Family and friends  gathered in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472