Obituaries

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

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Nathan A. Regan

August 6th, 2013

Nathan A. Regan, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on Monday, August 5, 2013, he was 30 years old.

Nathan was the cherished son of Martin J. and Denise M. (Reinbolt) Regan of Wilmington and part of a large and loving family and extended family.  Nate attended Wilmington Public Schools as a youngster and went on to High School at Shawsheen Valley Regional Tech in Billerica.

Nate was a “naturally talented” artist and his drawing ability was amazing.

Nate will be remembered as an avid Patriots fan and for the love he had for his family and friends; he will be greatly missed.

Nate was the loving father of the late Logan Michael Regan, beloved fiancé of Meaghan Gallant, dear brother of Jason and his wife Jennifer, Eric, Matthew, Meghan, Melissa, and Ryan, all of Wilmington, loving uncle of Jaden, Alex, Rylie and Kiara, grandson of Charles and Jeanne Reinbolt and Jean and the late John Regan. Nathan is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, August 8th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62) Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Nathan’s name can be made to the Nathan Regan Memorial Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

John L. Quinn, Jr. “Jay”

August 5th, 2013

John L. Quinn, Jr., fondly known as “Jay”, a life-long resident of Wilmington,  passed away unexpectedly on August 5, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Jay was born on September 12, 1957, in Winchester, MA, he was the cherished son of the late John L., Sr. & Lorraine E. (Clark) Quinn.  Jay was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1976.

Jay was a hard worker, at the time of his death he was the proprietor of a Waste Water Management Company.

Jay loved to learn, he was an avid “history buff” and watched lots of shows and movies about this subject.

In his spare time, Jay enjoyed golfing, visiting Cape Cod, his many vacations to Florida, and following sports.

Jay will be remembered as a quiet guy who loved to keep busy and hang out with family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Jay was the dear brother of Kathleen Powers & her husband Peter of Winchester, Maureen Quinn of Lowell, Barbara Savell & her husband Mark of Hudson, Timothy Quinn & his wife Kerri of West Roxbury, and Jeffrey Quinn & his wife Carroll of Tewksbury, loving uncle of Michaela & Kyle Savell, Jack & Josie Quinn, and Megan & Timothy Quinn.  Jay is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 9th, for Visitation from 2-4 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

Palma T. (D’Agostino) Cronin

August 5th, 2013

Palma T. (D’Agostino) Cronin, age 80, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Medford, passed away on August 4, 2013 at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Palma was the beloved wife of the late John J. Cronin, loving mother of Rhonda Killilea and her husband James and Kim Ritarossi and her husband James all of Wilmington, cherished grandmother of Raymond Derderian, Michael and Shannon Killilea, great-grandmother of Tyla and Owen, daughter of the late Charles and Sarah (Narducci) D’Agostino, dear sister of Elaine Mullo of Hawaii and the late Anthina Cristi.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Thursday, August 8th , at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, from 5-9 p.m.  Memorial donations in Palma’s name can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY  10018.

Michael P. Kaszynski

August 2nd, 2013

Michael P. Kaszynski, age 66, of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on August 1st, 2013, at his home. Beloved son of the late Frank and Mary (Rawinski) Kaszynski, dear brother Frank Kaszynski and his wife Nancy of Belmont, Robert Kaszynski and his wife Yvette of Kittery, ME, Richard Kaszynski and his wife Terry of Lynnfield and Maureen Kaszynski of Watertown, loving uncle of Erik Kaszynski, Kyra Kaszynski, Sabre Kaszynski, Jill Kaszynski, and Brian Kaszynski and his wife Gail, great-uncle of Julia, Colby and Lindsey. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Monday, August 5th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Michael’s name can be made to the Frank and Mary Kaszynski Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund, Attn: Cynthia Tsoukalas, 159 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Richard Feeney

July 31st, 2013

Richard “Rich” Feeney, age 41, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died tragically on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Born on July 23, 1972, Rich was the cherished son of Antoinetta (D’Errico) Feeney of Wilmington and the late Robert Feeney, Sr.  Rich was raised in Wilmington and graduated with the class of 1992.

At the time of his death, Rich was employed at Straight Line Construction as wood finisher.  He loved his job and the people he worked with.  He will be remembered as a “fun loving” guy who loved to make people laugh.  Rich was also an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the New England sports teams.

Besides his mother, who survives him, Rich is also survived by his daughter, Nicole Marie Feeney of Missouri and her mother, Stephanie Golini of Billerica, his brothers and sister Robert Feeney, Jr. and Nicole of Lowell, Thomas and Brenda Feeney of Tyngsboro, Karen Feeney Lojek and Joe of Methuen, brother-in-law of the late Richard Lojek, grandson of the late Vincent and Anna D’Errico and Arlene Ayer. Rich leaves behind his beloved companion Katrina Ferrari, her children, Chantel Ferrari and Jessica Ferrari and her grandson, Damien Bizarria all of Wilmington.  Rich is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his beloved dog, the late “Lady.”

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 5th, for Visitation from 5:00-9:00 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 9:00 p.m.

Donations in Rich’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

Catherine (Spoletti) Greene

July 29th, 2013

Catherine (Spoletti) Greene, 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully at home on July 25, 2013.  Catherine was the wife of the late Charles Greene, devoted mother of Richard Graham of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Severio and Faustina “Meri” (Valentini) Spoletti, dear sister of the late Vincenzo, Frank, Giovanni, Vincent, Diane, and Ida.

Funeral arrangements for Catherine will be private.

Dr. Robert C. Vanderburg

July 24th, 2013

Dr. Robert Vanderburg, 82, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts died on July 15, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.  Born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, he graduated from West Pittston High School, Scranton University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and practiced dentistry in Succasunna, New Jersey for 30 years.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Lakeland Savings and Loan, a founder of the Roxbury Rotary Club, serving as President and Governor’s Aide, a lifetime member of the Roxbury Library and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Dr. Vanderburg lived in Panther Valley for many years where he was a member of the Panther Valley Golf & Country Club, the Theater Club, and Allamuchy Senior Citizens.  He is survived by his wife, Dee, a son, Dr. Charles Vanderburg, a daughter, Susan Guerrera, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church of Hackettstown at 11 A.M. on August 3, 2013.  Donations in Dr. Vanderburg’s memory can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 Main Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Robert D. Woodland

July 23rd, 2013

Robert D. Woodland, age 87, of Chocorua, N.H., formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Florida, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2013. Bob was the beloved husband of Marie F. (Dillworth) Woodland, loving father of Robert D. Woodland, Jr. & his wife Susan, Elizabeth M. “Betty” Fournier & her husband Mike, Donna Megan, Catherine A. Schultz & her husband Robert, Robin J. Woodland, Patricia L. Jasilewicz & her husband Peter, Marie F. Thompson & her husband Butch, Kerry J. Gibson & her husband Chris, Michele L. Borovich, Donald R. Woodland & his wife Leanne and Paul J. Woodland & his wife Barbie, grandfather of 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Roland William and Jennie L. (Port) Woodland, dear brother of Paul E. Woodland of Ft. Meyers, FL, Mable G. Mason of N. Ft. Meyers, FL and the late Bill Woodland, Stanley Woodland and Jean Woodland.
Bob served in the Navy during WWII. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge in Tewksbury, MA, the Masonic Lodge & the Shriners, both in Wilmington, MA.
At Bob’s request, funeral arrangements will be private.

Judith A. (Tipton) Lee

July 14th, 2013

Judith A. (Tipton) Lee, age 56, of Wilmington passed away on July 13, after a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Born in Charlestown on February 10, 1957, Judy was the beloved daughter of the late Lonia and Dorothy (Bassett) Tipton.

Judy was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, aunt, cousin, in-law, bus driver, caretaker of the thousands of students she transported, #1 WHS Wildcat hockey fan, and cherished friend to an endless number of people whose lives she touched.

Judy and her husband Rich were married for 32 years and shared a wonderful life together. The devotion her husband, Rich, showed Judy was unwavering always. They were soul mates, who truly loved one another unconditionally. Through Judy’s battle with ALS, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends. When family and friends would arrive at their door, they often would find Judy and Rich enjoying a sporting event on TV, especially in the winter watching hockey. The WHS Wildcat boys hockey players, parents and coaches were always her #1 favorite sport team and held a special place in Judy’s heart. The Boston Bruins took second and the New England Patriots took third. In the spring, summer and fall Judy could be found out on their deck enjoying the weather, entertaining friends, working in the yard and waving to all of those she knew driving down Clark Street.

Judy’s two children, Kristin and Richie, gave her the ultimate strength and courage to fight this disease with everything she had. They too provided unwavering support and commitment to Judy each day. Whether it was packing Judy up for a ride to her many doctor appointments, getting bundled up for hockey games, dosing and giving her all her necessary medicine, making meals, keeping her comfortable and on some nights, simply sitting quietly by her bedside while the rest of the family slept, she appreciated every act of love and care they provided to her. She could not have been more proud of her children or loved them more. The hardest part of her journey was in the end, knowing inevitably that she would be leaving her husband, her two children and her grandson in this physical world. She drew strength from her belief that she will still be with them, watching over them, just now from heaven.

What ultimately completed Judy’s life was the health and well-being of her two children and her 3 year old grandson, Aidan. Aidan brought so much love and countless smiles to Judy’s face and warmed her heart every day. Each time Aidan came into her home, he would run to her calling out to “Nannie”. It was a beautiful sound to her ears. She would explain to a new grandparent that a grandchild is the most precious, cherished gift to receive. “Nannie” never stopped Aidan from crawling up onto her lap and being wrapped in Nannies arms. When Aidan knew his behavior was questionable, it would only take a crawl up onto “Nannies” lap, tell her he loves her or say, “Happy Birthday Nannie”, knowing it would bring a smile to her face. Her family’s endless love gave Judy the strength and courage to fight her personal battle with ALS for as long as she was physically able to. Judy loved and cared for her nieces, nephews, in-law relatives, even relatives that weren’t really relatives and her many cherished friends. Judy’s circle of lifetime friends were always there for her and shared in her laughter and tears. These were friendships that only can be compared to the friendships seen in the movie Steel Magnolias. Friends from when she first moved to Wilmington, who played, laughed and sang silly songs, her friends from her Girl Scouts days, fellow bus drivers and the friends she has recently reconnected with, were all so very special to Judy. She appreciated each and every friendship so very much.

Judy will always be remembered for her laughter, positive, optimistic attitude and her amazing personality. She drove a school bus in Wilmington for many years before her diagnosis of ALS. Judy loved her job and was an excellent and respected bus driver and caretaker for the children and student- athletes she transported each day. She had a way about her that touched a countless number of people, whether it was a child she was transporting to school on the bus, a high school hockey player going out onto the ice, or a friend that shared moments of happiness or their troubles with her.

Judy’s absence will leave a huge hole in the hearts of her family, friends and those who knew her in the Wilmington community. Rarely does a person get to see the amount of love and appreciation people have for them before they pass on. Judy did. Judy often shared in her last few months that it was the only beautiful, wonderful thing that came out of her being diagnosed with ALS. She saw it, knew it, felt it. It was her hope that the precious memories that have been shared with her will soon fill that hole and dry those tears and allow smiles and laughter to return into those lives. She also wanted to send a final thank you for the love, kindness and appreciation shown to her and for the ongoing efforts to defeat ALS in the near future. As she was a gift to so many, you were a gift to her.

Two of Judy’s favorite songs that always lifted her spirits, held special memories to her and always made her smile were “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean. Perhaps listening to these songs will do the same for all that may need their spirits lifted during this time.

Judy was the beloved wife of Richard Lee of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of Kristin Lee and Richard Lee, both of Wilmington. She was the cherished “Nannie” of Aiden Almonte. Judy was the dear sister of Janice Moran and her late husband Tony of Somerville and James Tipton and his wife Elizabeth of Arizona. Judy was also the sister-in-law of Mary Goodearl and her husband Rick of Wilmington, Walter Lee and his wife Jan of Colorado and the late Robert Lee. Judy is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends are asked to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Friday, July 19th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 18th, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Judy’s name can be made to the Judith Lee Memorial Scholarship, c/o Janice Gennetti, 18 Burt Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, the ALS Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South, Norwood, MA 02062 or to the VNA Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.