Obituaries

Warren H. Cormier, Jr.

August 28th, 2013
Warren H. Cormier, Jr., age 52, of Andover, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on August 27, 2013, at the Lawrence General Hospital.

Warren was born on September 19, 1960, in Lowell, MA, he was the dear son of the late Warren H., Sr. and Lorraine A. (Cabana) Cormier and part of a large and loving family.

Warren was raised and educated in Andover, MA, and was a graduated of Andover High School, Class of 1978.

Warren married his “sweetheart” Sharon L. Hutchins in June of 1983 and just celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary.  Warren and Sharon moved to Wilmington where they lived for 16 years and raised four great kids before moving back to Andover in 2009.

Warren loved being a dad, he was always there to support his children, whether it was coaching boys basketball, girls basketball, traveling basketball, AAU teams; Warren was there for his children.  When Warren wasn’t coaching the teams he was always there for moral support, he was their biggest fan, and was known as being a “bench coach” at heart.

Warren was very proud of his family and his love for them was unconditional.  Warren took on the role of “Papa” to Wesley and Sierra, he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with them; they always put a smile on his face.

Warren worked hard to provide for his family, he was self-employed for many years at the Town Car Shuttle Company, which he owned and operated with family.

In his spare time, Warren enjoyed watching old movies, reading, especially mystery novels, playing cards; he always loved a great hand of poker, or taking in a Patriots, Red Sox, or Bruins game with his family or friends.

Warren will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, dependable, friendly and fun to be around.  He was a wonderful husband, father, Papa, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.  Warren will be dearly missed by all.

Warren was the beloved husband of Sharon L. (Hutchins) Cormier, devoted father of Warren Cormier III of Medford, Danielle Cormier & her significant other Wesley O’Connor of Waltham, Trevor Cormier and Rachael Cormier both of Andover, loving “Papa” of Wesley and Sierra O’Connor, dear brother of Kim Tourigny & her husband Ken of York, ME, Cathy Downs & her husband Glenn, Christopher Cormier, Lori Penney & her husband Tim all of Wilmington, and Scott Cormier & his wife Sam of Windham, NH, son-in-law of Shirley and the late George Hutchins of Andover, brother-in-law of Paul & Cathy Hutchins of North Andover, Scott & Linda Hutchins of Grafton, Sue Young & Steve Boutot of Haverhill, Shirley & Bill Loui of Danville, NH, and Mark Hutchins of Andover.  Warren is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 31st at 11:00 a.m.  Following the Service all are welcome to join the family at the Knights of Columbus Hall, School Street, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 30th, from 4 -9 p.m.   In lieu of flowers, donations in Warren’s memory may be made to Shooting Stars, 7 A Street, Derry, NH 03038.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

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Marsha E. (Harkins) Balestrieri

August 27th, 2013

Marsha E. (Harkins) Balestrieri, age 52, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 27, 2013, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Marsha was born on October 6, 1960, at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, she was the cherished daughter of John J. and Sylvia S. (Rosen) Harkins.  Following her dad’s discharge from the Navy, Marsha moved with her family to Cambridge and Somerville as a youngster before settling in Wilmington, where she was raised and educated.

Marsha continued her education at North Shore Community College and earned her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA).  She worked as a COTA at the On Broadway Nursing Center in Chelsea where her dedication and compassion for her patients was unwavering.  Marsha’s kindness and caring ways made her a great success in her field.

Always a “go-getter”, Marsha loved to be active and fit so she turned her athletic ability into a second profession and opened and operated her own aerobics center.  Marsha was talented as an instructor she was often sought out by private corporations.

Marsha’s love for children also led to another career as a certificated daycare provider

Marsha married her love, Gary Balestrieri on May 26, 1979 celebrating more than 34 years together. It was a love story, a fairly tale marriage. Marsha and Gary soon had two great kids Tamie and Gregory, she loved being a mother, always there to support her children, watch them grow, and was very proud of the adults they had become.  When Marsha became a “mother-in-law” to Jessica and David, she treated them as her own and they loved her dearly.  Marsha cherished her role as a “Mimi”. Whenever Alessandra and Tyler were around, she gathered the strength and courage to get down on the ground and play, especially dress up. They brought so much joy to her life.  Marsha was anxiously awaiting the birth of her grandson Cole Joseph, to give love and hugs to another grandchild.

In her spare time, Marsha loved to read, especially celebrity magazines. She would frequent craft fairs and shows dragging anyone along who would be willing to go.  For everyone who knew Marsha, let’s not forget about the daily trip or trips to Dunkin Donuts for her hot tea in the winter and her coffee coolata’s in the summer, it was all about the cup.

Marsha will be fondly remembered for her dedication to her family and friends, her love of children, and love of animals, especially her sheltie dogs.  She was kind, caring, and a pillar of strength, Marsha fought a long, hard battle with cancer beating the odds and making the most of her life.  Marsha showed so much courage, never giving up, and leaving a wonderful legacy, her family who will miss her forever.

Marsha was the beloved wife of Gary E. Balestrieri, devoted mother of Tamie Harris & her husband David of Tewksbury and Gregory Balestrieri & his wife Jessica of North Andover, loving “Mimi” of Alessandra and Tyler Harris and was looking forward to the birth of her grandson Cole Joseph Balestrieri, cherished daughter of John J. and Sylvia S. (Rosen) Harkins of Maine, dear sister of Debra Harkins & her husband William Balint of Newton, sister-in-law of Joseph and Dorothy Balestrieri, aunt of Joseph Melville, Glen Balestrieri and Wendi Balkan.  Marsha is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 30th at 10:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 from 4 -7 p.m.   Memorial donations in Marsha’s name can be made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Needham, MA 02494.

Charles I. Reinbolt

August 26th, 2013

Charles I. Reinbolt, age 75, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with his family at his side on August 26, 2013.
Born in Moline, Illinois on October 24, 1937, Charles was the dear son of the Charles and Flora (Harrington) Reinbolt.  He was raised in Southern Illinois and attended school there.  Charles enlisted in the United States Navy on January 12, 1955, while on active duty he was stationed aboard the USS Wadleigh and served our country proudly during the Korean War.  Following his honorable discharge, Charles was assigned to the Commandant First Naval District in Boston as a reservist it was here that he met his “future bride” Jeanne and the couple hit it off right away.

Charles and Jeanne were married in 1958 in Wilmington, where they lived and raised four wonderful daughters. Charles loved his family unconditionally and worked hard to care and provide for them and in turn his family thought he was the BEST dad and grandfather that anyone could ask for.  Charles enjoyed every minute he spent with his family and friends, special occasions, holidays, or just “hanging out”, Charles was always there with his great sense of humor making everyone laugh.

Charles was an avid outdoorsman, he loved camping, fishing, hunting, and for many years he and Jeanne spent time living and being the caretakers of Sandy Beach Camp Ground in Contoocook, NH.   Charles took his job most seriously, he kept the camp ground well maintained but he always made sure that all the yearly campers had a great time.

Charles will be fondly remembered as a very kind and caring man, he was gentle, loving, and generous. Charles was special not only to his family but to their friends and was lovingly known as “Grandpa” to many. Charles was a “character” at heart and will be greatly missed.
Charles was the beloved husband of Jeanne A. (Gagnon),devoted father of Denise Regan & her husband Martin of Wilmington, Bonnie Houle & her husband Ernie of Dracut, Sharon Pellerin & her husband Steve of Wilmington, and Kelly Reinbolt of Keene, NH, loving “Grandpa” of Jason Regan, Eric Regan, the late Nathan Regan, Matthew Regan, Meghan Regan, Melissa Regan, Ryan Brower, Nicholas Gray, Kymberli Trecartin, Ashley Currie, Brendan Houle, Steven Pellerin, Shayne Pellerin, and great-grandchildren Alex, Jaden, Kiara, Rylie, Sienna, Carley, and the late Logan. Dear brother of Henri Smith, Ron Smith, and the late Cathy Cates all of Illinois and Patsy Madden of Indiana. Charles 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, August 29th for Visiting Hours from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be made to the Nathan Regan Memorial Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave.,Wilmington, MA 01887.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Josephine M. Woodard

August 25th, 2013

Josephine M. (Forester) Woodard, age 92, of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 25, 2013, at Woobriar Nursing Center in Wilmington.

Josephine was born in Woburn, MA, on October 3, 1920; she was the cherished daughter of the late Carl and Catherine (Celia) Forester.  Josephine was raised and educated in Woburn and a graduate of Woburn High School.  Josephine furthered her education at Burdett Business School in Boston.

Prior to retirement, Josephine, was employed as the executive secretary for the President of the Raytheon Company in Wayland.  Josephine was very conscientious and devoted to her work, she loved her job and over the years she made countless friends throughout the company.

Josephine lived in Woburn for many years where she raised her “boys”; Josephine loved being a mother, her family always came first.  Josephine always enjoyed family outings and special occasions; her dedication to her children, especially her son Billy, and grandchildren was always evident.

In her spare time, Josephine liked listening to music, she loved to dance, and she enjoyed following her son Jake’s band, where she always had a great time.

Josephine loved to travel and take cruises with her family and friends, she was always up for an adventure and was lots of fun to be with.

Josephine will be remembered as quite a “lady”, she loved to shop and always looked “just so”.  Josephine was a hard worker and a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Josephine was the beloved wife of the late Roger Woodard, devoted mother of Jake Townsend and his wife Punckin of Wilmington, Steve Townsend and his wife Nancy of Shrewsbury, the late William and Francis Townsend, mother in law of Dorothy Bickford of Derry, NH, loving “Nana” of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cherished daughter of the late Carl and Catherine Forester, dear sister of Anthony Forester and his wife Sheila, Angelo Forester and his wife Rose, the late Leo Forester and his wife Helen all of Woburn.  Josephine 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, August 27th, for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Derry, NH.  Memorial donations in Josephine’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Florence V. Kotowski

August 22nd, 2013

Florence V. (Clinton) Kotowski, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of Stoneham and Cambridge, died peacefully on August 22, 2013.

Florence was born in Cambridge, MA, on August 24, 1921, she was the dear daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (McGuire) Clinton. Florence was raised and educated in Cambridge and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School.

Florence married the love of her life Stanley Kotowski, they shared many years together and raised a beautiful and caring family of seven children.  Family was very important to Florence and she  is remembered as a wonderful mother, kind, caring, and very loving.  Florence and Stanley lived in Cambridge for many years before moving to Florida and then to Wilmington over 10 years ago.  While residing in Florida for many years, Florence became very active in her community and made countless friends.  She was always willing to help anyone in need.

Florence will be fondly remembered for her beautiful singing voice, her pleasant disposition, and most of all for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.  She will be missed.

Florence was the beloved wife of the late Stanley T. Kotowski, devoted mother of Virginia Pectol & her husband Clarence of Hurricane, UT, Stanley Kotowski & his companion Maureen Ford of Wilmington, Robert Kotowski & his wife Chris of Medford, Steven Kotowski& his wife Susan of Cape Cod, Thomas Kotowski & his wife Edna of Stoneham, Maryann Kotowski & her husband Brian Ganley of Thetford, VT, and John Kotowski & his wife Catherine of Saugus, loving “Grandma” of many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, dear daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (McGuire) Clinton.  Florence was one of thirteen siblings and is survived by two sisters Mildred Noone of New Hampshire and Ruth Murnane of Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 27th 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 took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Shirley A. (Temple) Gaffney

August 21st, 2013

Shirley A. (Temple) Gaffney, age 77, of Tewksbury, passed away on August 19, 2013 at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Shirley was born on September 9, 1935 in Somerville, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth (Hillson) Temple.  As a young girl, Shirley moved with her family to Wilmington, where she was raised.

Shirley married her husband, the late Joseph J. Gaffney, Sr. in Wilmington and the couple moved to Stoneham for a few years before settling in Tewksbury in 1978.  The couple raised their three children, Joseph, Jr., Debra and David, who were their pride and joy.

Shirley loved to help people.  As a young girl, Shirley put aside her own personal interests to care for her mother, who was ill.  She learned that caring for people was her passion.  Shirley took part in helping to raise her two granddaughters, who lived next door.  She would check in on them before school every morning and if she wasn’t home after school, Shirley would make sure the girls had an afternoon snack waiting at the door.  Shirley loved to cook and feed her family and friends.  In her later years, she took great pride in caring for the elderly; cleaning their homes and helping them with errands.

Shirley was an avid sports fan; she especially loved the Red Sox.  She was also a great shopper and could be found at Market Basket in Tewksbury at 7:00 every morning.

Shirley will be remembered as a caring and compassionate person.  Her family was the most important part of her life, especially her grandchildren and she will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Gaffney, Sr., loving mother of Joseph J. Gaffney, Jr. of Methuen, Debra Andrews & her husband Richard of Palm Bay, FL, and David Gaffney of Tewksbury, “Grandma” to Richard Andrews, Jr. & his wife Colleen, Kevin Andrews & his wife Sarah, Alyssa Gaffney, April Gaffney, Melissa Gaffney and Miranda Gaffney, “Great Grandma” of Cristiano, Dominick and Carter, cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth (Hillson) Temple, dear sister of Lillian LaCrosse of Danville, NH, Ruth Lembo of Ayer and the late Robert and Albert Temple.  Shirley 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 Saturday, August 24th for Visiting Hours from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th FL., Brookline, MA  02445.

Diane N. (Hurd) Ryan

August 19th, 2013

Diane N. (Hurd) Ryan, age 74, a resident of  Wilmington for over 50 years, died peacefully surrounded by her family on August 18, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital following a long and courageous battle with Scleroderma.

Diane was born on July 2, 1939, in Boston, MA, she was the dear daughter of the late Naomi (Dayton) and Donald Hurd.  As a young girl, Diane, lived in Maine for several years before moving with her family to Provincetown, MA where she was raised.  Diane was an extremely intelligent student; she graduated  from Provincetown High School and went on to further her education at Merrimack College in North Andover receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Secretarial Science.

It was at Merrimack College that Diane met the “love of her life” Frederick C. Ryan.  Diane and Fred married on May 12, 1962, sharing more than 51 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family.  Diane always made her family her priority, as a mother, Diane  was very always very supportive and active in her children’s school, their extra activities, and at their sporting events.

Diane was very athletic, she played tennis with her husband and their friends every weekend.  Diane shared her extensive talent and knowledge of tennis by running the Wilmington Recreation Tennis Program for many years.  Diane was also active in the tennis program at Wilmington High School and a member of the Wilmington High School Booster’s Club.

Figure skating was another passion that Diane was actively involved in; as Past President of the Wilmington Figure Skating Club for many years, Diane coordinated and ran countless figure skating shows throughout the years, always helping children whenever she could.

Diane was a natural when it came to bookkeeping and multi-tasking , she was the office manager for Connaughton Construction Company in Waltham, for many years where she was a dedicated employee and took great pride in her work.  More recently, Diane was the bookkeeper for the Yoga Loft in Wilmington, until her illness forced her to retire.

In her spare time, Diane enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, she loved to travel with family and friends, but most of all cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.  Diane relished  her role as “Nana” to Alexandra, Zachary, Dylan, Dayna, Shane, Kyle, Ava, Conor, Donovan, Julia, and Levi, they were the light of her life.

Diane will be fondly remembered as quiet, gentle, and humble, although her illness was debilitating at times she always handles it with strength and courage, never complaining and always putting others first.  Diane spent countless hours volunteering and helping others, especially the children of the community.

Diane’s devotion and love that she gave to her  family and friends was unconditional, she truly enjoyed  spending time with each and every one of them and they will truly miss her.

Diane was the beloved wife of 51 years to Frederick C. Ryan, devoted mother of Catherine Copp &  her husband Steve of Wilmington, Tricia Ryan & her husband Russ of Dracut, Anne MacEachern & her husband Joe of Londonderry, NH, Fred Ryan & his wife Kate of Wilmington, and Jennifer Ryan & her husband Bill Engstrom of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Alexandra, Zachary, Dylan, Dayna, Shane, Kyle, Ava, Conor, Donovan, Julia, and Levi, dear  sister of William Costa of Provincetown, the late Donna Wilbur, John  Hurd, and Robert Hurd, sister-in-law of Marie Crouse of Wakefield.  Diane 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, August 22nd 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 in the Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Diane’s name may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

John D. Laffin

August 14th, 2013

John D. Laffin, age 61, of Shirley, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on August 10, 2013. Born in Boston on January 19, 1952, John was the beloved son of the late Lloyd and Florence (Dawson) Laffin. He was raised in Wilmington near Silver Lake. John enjoyed growing up near the lake. If John was not in the lake swimming or fishing, he could be found inside Tattersall’s just hanging out. Following elementary school in Wilmington, John attended and graduated from the John T. Berry School.

John was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was ten. John never let this hold him back in life. He was a member of the Wilmington Handicapped Commission and worked very hard to obtain rights for the handicapped. John began working as a custodian at the General Services Administration Internal Revenue Service in Andover. He worked there for thirteen years before accepting a job at the Fort Devens Commissary. His job was to operate a machine that crushed the cardboard boxes and discarded them, this was a two person job. After the first day, John adapted the machine so that he could run it all by himself. John was a very dependable employee at Ft. Devens. If he was done with his work, he would look around to see if anyone else needed help, stocking groceries, cleaning, unloading trucks or even helping the cashiers. John was recognized for all his hard work in 1986, when he was named the Fort Devens Handicapped Employee of the Year.

John did not consider himself handicapped and just wanted to be treated like everyone else. He was very independent. John loved to read, was an avid Red Sox fan, and loved riding his bike. He would ride from Wilmington all the way to Shirley some days.

John is survived by his sister, Jean Smith and her husband Stuart of Cape Charles, Virginia, and his brother, Fred Laffin and his wife Elaine of Lowell. He was the loving uncle of 8 and great-uncle of 8. John is also survived by his sister-in-law, Harriet Rocheleau of Chelmsford, as well as many cousins and friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 21st, from 4-8 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 22nd, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to A.I.M., c/o Elizabeth Peters, 16 Fairmeadow Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Ivone D. Pinho

August 11th, 2013

Ivone D. Pinho, age 92, of Reading, died peacefully on August 10, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Ivone was born in Beirut , Lebanon, on May 7, 1921, she was the cherished daughter of the late Naif and Manuela (Curry) Diabes and the newest member of a large, close knit family.  As a toddler, Ivone immigrated with her family to  Brazil, where she was raised and educated.

Following her graduation from High School, Ivone, entered the convent of the Carmelite nuns and studied to become a cloistered Nun.  Ivone was in the convent for two years when she met Jose Pinho, who was a delivery man for the convent, it was love at first sight and it led Ivone to leave the convent and follow a different path in life.

Ivone married her love Jose in 1946, sharing more than 37 years of marriage before Jose’s untimely passing in June of 1983.  While expecting a baby, Ivone accompanied her husband on a business trip to the United States where her only child Joseph made an early appearance.  Ivone and Jose returned to Brazil with a new addition to their family.

In 1955 the family moved to the United States permanently and settled in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  Ivone and Jose loved living in the United States and with lots of hard work they made their “American Dream” come true and became U. S. Citizens in 1959.

Ivone was well known for her hard work ethic, her compassion, and her care for others; for many years she was a nursing assistant in the Oncology Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Ivone’s dedication to her patients and the level of care that she gave them did not go unnoticed and Ivone received several commendations including one for volunteering  more than 5000 hours throughout the years.

When Ivone and her family moved to the Worcester area, Ivone took a similar position at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, again dedicating her life and free time to others.

Ivone was a woman of great faith, while living in Worcester she became very involved at St. Joseph’s Parish and was very proud of becoming a Eucharistic Minister.  Ivone enjoyed sharing her belief in God with others and was always practicing what she preached, helping others whenever she could.

When Ivone relocated to the North Shore she settled  with her son in Reading more than 20 years ago.  Ivone quickly became involved with her volunteer work at Beverly Hospital, again receiving several awards for her unselfish work with her patients and for the hospital itself.

In 1988, Ivone’s life took another direction when she prepared to enter the Episcopal Church and was honored to be welcomed by Rev. Mary Glasspool who is currently the Assistant Bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese.  Mary became an important example for Ivone of women’s new leadership in the church.

When Ivone’s son Joseph became the Rector at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington 15 years ago, she became and an active communicant and important member of the Parish community.  Ivone would be front and center every Sunday listening to her son preach, she would also help out at church fairs, holiday events, and was willing do whatever it took to help others in the church community.  Ivone became known as  “mom” to many people throughout the years.

Ivone will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring ways, she had a wonderful personality always making others feel welcome, and  an infectious smile that lit up a room.  Ivone had so much unconditional love for others, she was truly amazing and will be greatly missed by all.

Ivone was the beloved wife of the late Jose Pinho and dear mother of Rev. Joe Pinho the Rector of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Naif and Manuela (Curry) Diabes.  Ivone was one of 11 siblings and is survived by her 5 brothers as well as many nieces and nephews in Brazil.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 14th for Visiting Hours from 4-7 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ivone’s name may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 294, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Norma T. (Belliveau) Busby

August 10th, 2013

Norma T. (Belliveau) Busby, age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on August 9, 2013.

Norma was born on July 22, 1927, in Medford, MA and was the dear daughter of late Edmond L. and Loddie M. (Comeau) Belliveau.  Norma was born into a nurturing family that shared a common love for music.

Norma married the “love of her life” James R. Busby on October 11, 1952 following his return from war.  Norma and Jim truly loved and enjoyed one another and shared close to 61 years of marriage.

Norma and Jim married and bought their first home in Tewksbury where they lived for ten years.  They then settled in Wilmington more than 50 years ago and raised two wonderful children; Karen and James.  Norma adored her children and was always there to encourage and protect them.  She later gained a son and daughter in law, whom she loved as her own.

When Norma became a “Grammy” to Kristen, Jason, Jamie, Katie and Sarah, she was in her glory.  She cherished every moment with her grandchildren, and they with her.  She loved always being there, along with Papa, to teach, encourage, cook, play games, sing, dance and loved every moment.   Norma also loved her family dogs.  As with her grandkids, she always looked after their needs and very much enjoyed their companionship.

Family was first and foremost to Norma.  She enjoyed preparing family holidays, family vacations, and special celebrations.  Norma was known to be the most “unselfish” person to her family and she always showered them with unconditional love, affection and generosity.

Prior to retiring Norma worked at the Gillette Company for many years where she was a hardworking and dedicated employee.  She held various positions throughout the company and with her lovely personality she made countless friends with her fellow employees.

In her spare time, Norma had a passion for dancing.  She and Jim belonged to several dance clubs including square dance, round dance, ballroom dance, tap dance and even clogging.  Norma absolutely loved music and was a talented organist.

Norma will be fondly remembered as a very kind, compassionate and selfless person who always put the needs of others before her own.  Her dedication to her family and friends was unwavering and will never be forgotten.  She will truly be missed.

Norma was the beloved wife of James R. Busby,  devoted mother of Karen Diorio and her husband Jerry of Auburn, NH and James R. Busby Jr. and his wife Susan of Wilmington, loving “Grammy” of Kristen and Jason Diorio, Jamie, Katie, and Sarah Busby.  She was the dear sister of the late Madeline Fougere, Albert Belliveau, Edward Belliveau, Irene Wall, Beatrice Cales, Lydia Rapoza and May Belliveau.  She was a special Aunt of Marie Forgue, June Mitchell, Claire and Edward Iames.  Norma is further survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow in Wildwood  Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 13th from 4-8 p.m.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com