Obituaries

Thomas J. “Sonny” Riley

November 7th, 2013

Thomas J. “Sonny” Riley, age 81, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, passed away November 6, 2013 at the Lahey Hospital.  Beloved husband of the late Rosalie M. (Strout) Riley, loving father of Thomas Riley & his wife Frances of Wareham, Deborah Pisari & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Michael Riley & his wife Joannie of Medford and Nancy Kew & her husband Dana of East Orleans, cherished “Papa” of Jennifer Williams, Sean, Amy & Steven Riley, Joseph, Daniel & Edward Pisari, Michael & Kenneth Riley and Christopher & Dennis Hall, great-grandfather of Connor, Viera & Molly Riley and Abigail Williams, son of the late Joseph & Filomena (Bevere) Riley, dear brother of Anna Blake of Florida, Joan Collyer of Pocasset, Rose Kenneally of Quincy & the late John Riley.  Thomas is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 12th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Thomas’ name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Sidney R. Kaizer

November 3rd, 2013

Sidney R. Kaizer, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Wilmington Health Care Center on November 1st, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Medford on May 10, 1924, Sidney was the beloved son of Charles and Jessie (Corkum) Kaizer.  When Sidney was nine he contracted polio and was hospitalized. After leaving the hospital and continuing his recovery, his parents moved the family to Wilmington.  Sidney attended Wilmington Public Schools and attended Wilmington High School. 

Sidney left Wilmington High to enlist in the United States Army and proudly served our country during World War II.  He spent time in the Aleutian Islands as well as India and Burma.  Following his Honorable Discharge from the Army, Sidney spent several years in the Navy Reserves.  Upon his return from the service, Sidney finished high school and received his High School Diploma. 

Sidney married the love of his life, Anne Whitehouse, in 1965, and together raised their family in Wilmington.  Sidney worked hard to support his family, spending 37 years working at the Wilmington Post Office.  Family was very important to Sidney.  He enjoyed watching his children grow up and get married and recently, enjoyed the company of two grandchildren, they were the light of his life. 

Sidney enjoyed spending time working on the house, he was a clever handyman, he also loved spending time outdoors and in his garden; raising his own chickens, ducks and turkeys. Among his many interests, he also had a love for painting and avidly followed the Red Sox.

Sidney was very involved in the community.  He was the treasurer of the Redevelopment Committee for the Town of Wilmington.  He was involved in many organizations, the Elks, the Shriners, the VFW and was a member of the Masons organization for over 50 years. 

Sidney was the beloved husband of Anne (Whitehouse) Kaizer of Wilmington.  He was the loving father of Edward Kaizer and his wife Mary of Wilmington, Annemarie Clark and her husband Ron, Cathleen Brown and her husband Jaythomas, all of North Andover, and the late Daniel Kaizer. Sidney leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Samuel and Charlotte Kaizer. He was the dear brother of Beatrice Chapman of Waterville, ME and the late Eleanor Young and Charles Kaizer. Sidney is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow with military honors in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, November 5th from 4 to 8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Sidney’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or Global Polio Eradication Initiative, 20 Avenue Appia, Geneva 27, 1211 Switzerland.

Richard D. “Dick” Elliott

November 3rd, 2013

Richard D. “Dick” Elliott, age 71, of Wilmington passed away on November 3, 2013.  Dick was born in Medford on August 4, 1942.  He was the second son of John and Helen Elliott’s five children.  He was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School. 

Dick was married to Nancy Cutter for 53 years and together they raised three children; Scott, Gayle and David. Dick was employed as a truck driver for Charles River Labs for 23 years.  He supported his children and grandchildren in whatever sport they participated, whether it be coaching or just being there as a    proud dad and grandparent. He was an avid sports fan following all New England teams; especially the Bruins and Red Sox. 

Fishing was another one of Dick’s passions; whether it was deep sea, lakes or rivers you could count him in.  Often he would be found at Plum Island and Cape Cod, anywhere with water, Dick would be looking to cast a reel.  When he wasn’t fishing, Dick could be found playing games on his computer.

Dick and Nancy loved to travel; cruises, Ireland, and one of their favorites vacation spots, Las Vegas.  They loved traveling with their sisters and brother-in-law, Roy and Carol Sarica and Priscilla Conroy.  Those trips meant so much to Dick and Nancy and as well as the memories they made on them.       

Dick was the beloved husband of Nancy L. (Cutter) Elliott of Wilmington. He was the devoted father of Scott Elliott & his wife Sheryl of Wilmington, Gayle Mulligan & her husband James of Westford and David Elliott & his wife Donna of Londonderry, NH.  Dick was the loving “Gramp” of Christopher Elliott, Allie and Edward Silva, James, Richard and Michael Mulligan and David and Raymond Elliott.  Dick leaves behind 2 brothers and 2 sisters he was the special brother-in-law of Roy & Carol Sarica of Tewksbury and Priscilla Conroy of Plaistow, NH.  Dick 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 Thursday, November 7th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass 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, November 6th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Dick’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241-7005.

Bessie I. (Colver) Trach

October 30th, 2013

 

Bessie I. (Colver) Trach, 87, passed away on October 30, 2013 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Bessie was born in Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania to Robert L. Colver and Mary J. Colver on June 20, 1926.  She was a graduate of Nazareth High School, PA.  Bessie was also a lifelong member of the Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth.

On August 21, 1956, she married her beloved husband Ray Trach in Nazareth and the couple enjoyed 49 years of marriage.

In 2004, Bessie and her husband Ray relocated to the New England area to be with their son and family.

Bessie is survived by her son, Scott and his wife Sandra; beloved grandchildren Katherine and William; sister Grace Rheinhart; and close family relatives.  Bessie was preceded in death by her husband Ray, who passed away in 2005; parents; and multiple siblings.

Family and friends will gather at the Schmidt Funeral Home, 407 Belvidere Street, Nazareth, PA 18064(www.schmidtfuneralhomepc.com) on Saturday, November 9th for Visitation at 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at  Belfast Union Cemetery, Nazareth, PA. Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA (http://www.nicholsfuneralhome.com) and the Schmidt Funeral Home in Pennsylvania. 

 Memorial donations in Bessie’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse's Association (VNA) of Middlesex - East, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 (www.vnaofme.org/common/donations.php).

The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the VNA and Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA for their devoted care of Bessie.

Nancy G. (Silvia) Cormier

October 30th, 2013

Nancy G. (Silvia) Cormier, age 79, of Estero, FL, formerly a resident of Wilmington for 40 years, passed away on October 15, 2013 in Florida.  

Nancy was born on September 17, 1934 in North Dighton, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frank P. and Mary Silvia. 

Nancy was introduced to her husband, the late Joseph Cormier of Woburn, at a dance party and together, the couple shared over 51 years of marriage.  The couple settled in Wilmington for many years, before moving to Estero, FL in 2000.  Nancy and Joe loved to travel and they took many trips in the beginning of their marriage. 

Nancy was an intelligent woman and worked extremely hard at her career.  She attended Woburn Business School and upon graduating, she took a position at Kel’s as an engineer assistant.  Nancy worked there for years before accepting another position at AGFA, where she worked until she retired. 

Nancy enjoyed everything about the changing of the seasons at Ossippee Lake, NH, where she and Joe would spend six months at their “summer home.”  She was content with her home and it was in NH that her love of family, friends and the outdoors was quite evident.  She leaves all her cherished and loving memories with her husband at the lake.

Nancy had a great love of family and she especially took great pride in her three grandchildren, Jerry, Amanda and Jessica.  Nancy always had a special relationship and loved her large extended family, all from Woburn.  She was the strength within the family and she will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

“As long as we live, she too will live, for she is and will always be a part of us.”

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Cormier, devoted mother of Michelle (Cormier) Holbrook of Hampstead, NH, loving grandmother of Jerry Gagne, Amanda Gagne, and Jessica Holbrook, cherished daughter of the late Frank P. and Mary Silvia, dear sister of George P. Silvia and Richard P. Silvia, both of North Dighton, MA, Frank P. Silvia of Brockton, MA, sister-in-law of Kathy Cavagnaro and Barbara Rose, both of Woburn, special godmother of Rev. Marlene Gil of Taunton and Kristi Cavagnaro of Woburn.  Nancy 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, MA on Saturday, November 2nd from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a celebration of Nancy’s life.

Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the National Breast and Bone Cancer Society, c/o American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Mary “Jackie” McDougall

October 29th, 2013

Mary “Jackie” McDougall, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 28, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center.  Jackie was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 23, 1926, and was the beloved daughter of the late Vincent and Felicitas (McVarish) McInnis.

Jackie married Stephen J. McDougall in 1947 and the couple moved to the United States in 1951. They settled in Medford, MA, where they raised their two sons.  Jackie and Steve moved to Wilmington, MA in 1966, but she never forgot her roots in Canada and would make several trips “down home” over the years.

Jackie was very family oriented; she was a devoted mother and a loving grandmother.  Jackie loved to clean, cook and bake for her family and her house was always meticulous.  Jackie cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren, whether it was taking long walks, attending school or sporting events, or following her grandson Scott’s hockey team; Jackie was always there with a smile to root them on. 

Jackie was a hard worker, for many years she worked in the various cafeterias for the Wilmington School Department and was always helping out the kids by giving them “little extras” or covering the cost of their school lunch if they couldn’t afford it.  She just loved the kids.

Jackie was an avid sports fan; she enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Bruins with her family.

Jackie will be fondly remembered as kind, caring, and most of all giving of herself to others.  She was wonderful to her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Jackie was the beloved wife of the late Stephen J. McDougall, devoted mother of Gary McDougall of Wilmington and Blaise McDougall and his wife Theresa of New Hampshire, the loving “Nam” of Scott McDougall, Shannon McDougall, Meghan McDougall, Darby Ranger and her husband Michael, “Great-Nam” of Mia and Alaina McDougall and Kadence Ranger.  Dear sister of Jo McInnis of Canada, the late Inez Hollohan, Phyllis McDonald, Ursula McInnis, Michael McInnis, Ted McInnis, and Vincent McInnis, sister-in-law of Don Hollohan and Donald McDonald.  Jackie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Jackie’s request her services will be private.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Francis M. “Frank” Kane

October 29th, 2013

Francis M. “Frank” Kane, age 68, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on October 29, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital.

Frank was born on August 25, 1945, in Somerville; he was the cherished son of the late Thomas J. and Catherine J. (Madden) Kane.  Frank was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Clements School where he played football.

After graduating from high school, Frank attended Bentley College in Boston for a few years before enlisting in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Frank was very proud of his military career and even after being honorably discharged from the service, he always had a special interest in the well-being of soldiers returning home from active duty.

Frank married Margaret M. (Dunne) “Marge” Kane and together they shared 44 years of marriage. Frank and Marge moved to Wilmington shortly after they were married and they settled into a beautiful home where they raised their three children; Jim, Julie and Michael .  The couple enjoyed a good marriage, and they enjoyed traveling, love, laughter and making memories. Frank was a loyal husband who admired his one true love – Marge.

Frank worked as a manager at Verizon for many years before retiring.  He was also was very active in the Masons at Friendship Lodge.  Frank looked forward to attending the monthly dinner meetings and saw it as a chance to keep in touch with “the guys.”  He was also a member of the DAV.

Frank’s devotion for his family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional.   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.  Frank’s pride for his family was as evident as their love for him. One of Frank’s proudest moments was becoming a grandfather and whether the grandchildren called him “Grandpa,” “GP,” or “Papa,” he didn’t seem to mind, as long as he got to spend time with them.  Frank was passionate about his role as grandfather and created a special bond with each one of them.  Makayla, Cameron, Hannah, Paige and Harrison were the world to Frank.  Whether it was a sporting event, birthday or holiday, Frank was there to show his support for both his children and grandchildren; after all, he was their number one fan!

In his spare time, Frank was an avid sports enthusiast; he especially loved his Boston sports teams.  Frank enjoyed taking many Recreation Town Trips and loved the friends and memories he created while on these adventures.  Frank and Marge’s latest trip was to the Beaches of Normandy, which Frank described as the most spiritual trip of his lifetime.

Frank lived his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one’s fellow man. From the time they were first married, Marge saw him spend countless hours helping others along the way. Frank will be remembered as a warm, welcoming man and he was known for greeting everyone with a hug, a handshake, a smile, or a kiss and everyone was known as “Buddy.”  He was charismatic and good natured, a genuinely “good guy.”  He was truly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed by all.

Frank was the beloved husband of Margaret M. (Dunne) “Marge” Kane of Wilmington, devoted father of Jim Kane and his wife Melissa of Northboro, Julie Boyd and her husband Daniel of Litchfield, NH, Michael Kane and his wife Colleen of Mansfield, loving grandfather of Makayla, Cameron, Hannah, Paige and Harrison, cherished son of the late Thomas J. and Catherine J. (Madden) Kane, dear brother of Thomas J. Kane of Plymouth and the late Kevin J. Kane.  Frank is also survived by many special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA at 12:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, November 1st from 4-8 p.m. 

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Patricia A. (Wodzynski) Bowerman

October 27th, 2013

Patricia A. (Wodzynski) Bowerman, age 67, of Wilmington, formerly a long time resident of Arlington, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Mass General Hospital, on October 26, 2013.

Patricia was born on May 17, 1946, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Drozd) Wodznyski. Patricia was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic Girls School in Somerville with the Class of 1964. 

On June 12, 1965, Patricia married the “true love of her life” and her “best friend” Richard Eugene Bowerman.  Richard and Patricia, or “Trish” as he fondly called her, were a true example of a couple; there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do for each other.  They were always together and truly enjoyed each others company.  Following their wedding, Patricia and Richard lived in Somerville for a few years before making their home in Arlington in 1969 where they lived for over 40 years and raised their four wonderful children. 

Patricia always made her family her number one priority; she worked hard and took a lot of pride in making a wonderful home for them.  Patricia was always cooking, baking, sewing, and tending to her family’s every needs and she showered them with lots of love and affection.  Patricia took pride in making every holiday special and her door was always open to family, extended family, and many friends throughout the years. 

When Patricia became “Nana” to Breyer, Hadley, Matthew, Stephen, and Lindsay, her world became a lot brighter, she loved her grandchildren unconditionally and was so proud of each of them.  Patricia cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren, whether it was a school or sporting event, a dance recital, or just an afternoon “hanging out” with the kids Patricia was definitely their biggest fan. 

Patricia also had countless talents such as embroidering, knitting, crocheting, and did an incredible job at hand quilting, always sharing her creations with family and friends.  

Patricia was also an avid gardener and enjoyed growing plants, flowers, and vegetables throughout her yard. 

In her spare time, Patricia enjoyed reading and traveling with her husband Richard, they took several cruises and trips to Aruba, they always had a great time together.

 Patricia will be forever remembered for her strength and courage during her battle with cancer; she always remained hopeful and never complained; she had an extremely positive attitude and never gave up.  Patricia was always concerned about everyone around her and she was a true inspiration to all. 

Patricia was quite a “lady”, she was kind, caring, loving, and had a smile that would light up a room.  She was devoted to her family and friends who will always hold a special place in their hearts and forever miss her.  

Patricia was the beloved wife and best friend of 48 years to Richard E. Bowerman, devoted mother of Laura Ann Ott & her husband Daniel of Apple Valley, MN, Rebecca Marie Anthony & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Mark Richard Bowerman of Somerville, and the late Eric Charles Bowerman of Gloucester; all formerly of Arlington, loving and adored “Nana” of Breyer and Hadley Ott, Matthew, Stephen, and Lindsay Anthony, cherished daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Drozd) Wodzynski, dear sister of Charlene Weekley & her husband Ronald of Melrose, special “Auntie” of Alison Costello and Justin Weekley. 

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 30th for Visiting Hours from 4-7 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.  In lieu flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Mass General Hospital, The Center for Multiple Myeloma, Yawkey Building 7th Floor, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA   02114.

Joshua R. Giroux

October 25th, 2013

Joshua R. Giroux, age 24, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 24th, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital. 

Josh was born on May 14, 1989, in Lawrence, MA, he was the cherished son of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux of Wilmington.  Josh was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 2007. 

Josh loved growing up in Wilmington and was part of a large and loving family and extended family.  He had lots of friends to “hang out with” and lots of teammates who he was close to.  Josh was very athletic and was involved in many sporting activities; he played Wilmington recreation basketball, Wilmington Pop Warner, and was a Junior Wrestler.  When Josh went to the high school, he played football for the Wilmington Wildcats and was on the Wildcat Wrestling Team.  

In his spare time, Josh enjoyed the outdoors, especially riding on his quad.  He also loved listening to music and relaxing with his friends.  Josh also loved to spend time with his girlfriend, Gianna, whom he just adored.

Josh can be described as a special person; he had a magnetic personality that people wanted to be around.  Josh had a fantastic sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.  He also was a great “protector,” always looking out for his siblings, Devin, Ryan and Nolan.  There wasn’t anything Josh wouldn’t do for the people he loved.  It didn’t matter what time of day it was, if you needed Josh, he was there.  Josh will be fondly remembered as sweet, kind, and considerate, he loved his family unconditionally and he will be greatly missed by all.

Josh was the cherished son of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux, loving brother of Devin, Ryan and Nolan Giroux, all of Wilmington, beloved grandson of Howard T. and Jeanne M. Giroux of Wilmington and William H. and Maureen P. Winnett of Falmouth, formerly of Wilmington, dear nephew of Michele Higgs, Robin Halpin, Lisa Bozzella, John Giroux and the late Kevin Giroux, Chris Briggs, William Winnett, Jr., James Winnett, Peggy Welch, Paul Winnett, Fran Winnett and Beth Lawrenson.   Josh is also survived by his adoring girlfriend, Gianna Tenaglia, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass 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 be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, October 28th from 3-8 p.m. 

Memorial donations in Joshua’s name may be made to the Phoenix House Foundation, Attn:  Development Dept., 164 West 74th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY  10023 or to make a donation over the phone please call 646-505-2080 or fax 212-595-6365, PHDonations@phoenixhouse.org

Gertrude M. (Downing) Boudreau

October 25th, 2013

Gertrude M. (Downing) Boudreau, age 92, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on October 24, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Gert was born at home in Wilmington on December 10, 1920, she was the cherished only child to Ernest H. and Katherine H. (White) Downing.  Gert was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1940. 

Gert married the “love of her life” Arthur J. Boudreau, Sr. on June 15, 1941, the couple shared more than 62 years of marriage, they raised a beautiful family, and created countless memories to share with generations to come before Arthur’s passing nearly 10 years ago.

Gert loved her family unconditionally; she was very devoted and supportive of her husband during his time as Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department.  Gert was a very dedicated mother and a loving grandmother to three generations of grandchildren.  Gert enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends throughout the holidays; she always enjoyed getting everyone together.  Gert was a talented cake decorator who made countless “special” cakes for family and friends throughout the years.

Gert also had a talent for sewing and gardening and she grew beautiful flowers all over her yard.

Gert will be fondly remembered for her love of animals, especially her dogs.

Gert was very kind, caring and loving; she was a woman of great faith and was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years.  Gert was a great presence in the life of her family, extended family, and her many friends who will miss her dearly.

Gertrude was the beloved wife of the late Retired Wilmington Fire Chief Arthur J. Boudreau, Sr., devoted mother of Arthur J. Boudreau, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Vermont and Arlene G. Carfagno and her husband Philip of Tewksbury, loving “Garnie” of Arthur J. Boudreau III, Glenn Boudreau, Matthew Boudreau, James Carfagno, Lisa Gibeault, and Michael Carfagno, “Great-Garnie” of Belit, David, Kristin, Emalee, Erica, Alycia, Cara,  and “Great-Great-Garnie” of 3.  Cherished daughter of the late Ernest H. and Katherine H. (White) Downing, Gert is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, October 28th at 9:00 a.m.  followed by a Funeral Mass 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 be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, October 27th from 2-6 p.m.  Memorial donations in Gertrude’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA  02451 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Attn:  Development Office, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA  02215.