Obituaries

Robert E. Hanley, Jr.

December 10th, 2012

Robert E. “Bobby,” Hanley Jr., age 58, of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 10, 2012 at the Wilmington Health Care Center, following a lengthy illness.  Bobby was born on March 6, 1954 and was the son of the late Irene R. (Lord) DelRossi.  Bobby grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington High School.

Prior to his illness forcing his retirement,  Bob worked as a truck driver for the Libby Company and Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Store.  Bob also worked in the office for Hill Fence Company for several years.

Bobby was considered to be a “Homebody”; while at home, he enjoyed mastering crossword puzzles and watching movies.  His family and friends considered him to be a movie buff, he could tell you all the stats on movie stars young and old as well as the information about the movies.  Some of Bob’s favorite shows included “The Honeymooners” and the “Three Stooges” and his all time favorite movie was “Arthur”.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed riding the open road on his Harley, spending time with his beloved family, and his many friends.

Bobby will be remembered as a loving and compassionate person, he absolutely adored his late daughter Lorna Jean and his mother Irene, who he dearly missed.  He was a great guy to many people and he will be missed.

Bobby was the beloved father of the late Lorna Jean, cherished son of the late Irene (Lord) DelRossi, grandfather of Jazz Rhiana Jordan, dear brother of Blanche Morgan and her husband Richard of Hudson, NH, Mary “Mae” O’Neil and her husband Russell of Lawrence, MA, and Thomas Hanley and his wife Karen of North Conway, NH, loving uncle of Michele, Kim, Jamie, Kelly, and Shannon, great-uncle of Jarrod, Alexis, Mikayla, and Tristan, Bob is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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William L. “Bill” Fougere

December 5th, 2012

William L. “Bill” Fougere, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley.  Born in on January 3, 1944, Bill was the son of the late Freeman and Marie (Perry) Fougere.  He grew up in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.
Prior to retiring, Bill was employed as a machinist at the Diamond Crystal Company in Wilmington for many years.
Bill moved to Wilmington where he resided for more than 35 years.

In his spare time, Bill loved to go to car shows, follow NASCAR races, and tinker with model trains.  He enjoyed gathering with his “group” of friends outside Dunkin Donuts by Lucci’s Market to socialize, talk about current events, town politics, and to feed the birds.

Bill will be fondly remembered as a gentle man, quiet in nature, he loved his family and friends unconditionally and will be greatly missed.

Bill was the loving father of Lisa Murphy of Billerica and Cheryl Sabato of Pelham, NH.  He was the  cherished “Grandpa” of Crystal, Tiffany, Brian, Ashley and the late James Cunneen, Heather Moore, and Adam and Courtney Sabato, great-grandfather of Desiree McCreary and Kaylee Mansfield.  Bill was the dear brother of Patricia DeWolf of Billerica. He is also survived by his former wife and dear friend Ellen (Marr) Dukett and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Friday December 7th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38) Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.  Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 6th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Bill’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

Juliette V. (Bahia) Badiali

December 4th, 2012

Juliette V. (Bahia) Badiali, age 88, of Englewood, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died Monday, December 3, 2012, at the Venice Medical Center in Venice, Florida, following a lengthy illness.
Juliette was born on July 14, 1924, in Cambridge, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Virginia (Almeida) Bahia.  Julie, as she was fondly known to family and friends, was raised in Somerville, and was a graduate of Somerville High School.

Julie married the love of her life Anthony “Fred” Badiali in 1945, sharing more than 38 years of marriage before his untimely death in 1984. Fred and Julie raised two wonderful sons while living in Cambridge for many years before they moved to Wilmington in 1967.  Julie resided in Wilmington following Fred’s death and moved to Middleboro several years later where she spent her summers, and Englewood, Florida where she wintered.

Prior to retiring, Julie worked as an Administrative Assistant.  She retired from the Central Mutual Insurance Company following many several years of faithful and dedicated service.

In her spare time, Julie loved to play games, especially shuffle board and she was an avid bowler until recently when her illness forced her to “retire” from bowling.  Julie also loved to spend as much time with her grandchildren as she could, whether is was out to dinner, fishing, or enjoying family holidays and celebrations, Julie treasured the time spent with family.

Julie will remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, mother-in-law and friend.  She was a woman of great unwavering Catholic faith and an active communicant at her church.  Julie was kind, caring, and full of love for others; she will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to being the beloved wife of the Fred. Julie was the devoted mother of John A. Badiali and his wife Cheryl of Englewood, FL, formerly of Middleborough, MA and William M. Badiali and his wife Robin of Raynham, MA; loving “Nana” of Amy Lyn Badiali, Matthew Badiali and his wife Julia, Joseph Badiali, James Badiali, Nicole Badiali, and great-grandson Logan Robinson;  sister of Edward Bahia and his wife Pauline of Atkinson, NH, and the late Walter Bahia,, and his wife, life-long friend and sister-in-law of Minnie Bahia of Englewood, FL.  Julie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Friday, December 7th from 3-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Juliette’s memory may be made for the Research of Progressive Aphasia and sent to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Attn: Neurology Dept. 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

Elizabeth S. “Bette” Cohen

November 29th, 2012

Elizabeth S. “Bette” Cohen, age 83, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on November 29, 2012, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Bette was born on June 5, 1929, in Lowell, MA, she was the dear daughter of the late William and Lucy (Maguire) Birtwell.  Bette was raised in Nahant as a child and moved to Lynn where she graduated from Lynn English High School with the Class of 1947.  Bette continued her education at the Lynn School of Nursing and received her RN degree in 1950.

Bette married Edward Cohen on December 31, 1952, the couple lived and traveled all over Europe and South America before returning to the United States.  Bette and Ed lived in New York for several years and then moved to New Jersey where they continued to raise a wonderful family.

While Bette traveled all over she continued to be a caring and dedicated nurse, she had the utmost respect and professionalism for her patients and the willingness to continue learning new and different nursing techniques.  She used her knowledge to be the best nurse she could be and the best care giver to others.  When Bette returned to Massachusetts more than 30 years ago she worked at Mass. General Hospital in Boston for 13 years and retired from nursing more than 20 years ago to spend more time with her family.

Bette will be fondly remembered as being very creative and artistic; she was a talented seamstress who often made beautiful one of a kind outfits. She enjoyed rug hooking, creating beautiful gardens, and made unique stained glass projects.  Bette shared many of her creations with her family and friends who will forever cherish them.

Bette had an insatiable appetite for learning, she was an avid reader who studied history and archeology.  Following her retirement, Bette continued to travel the world to learn about other countries and cultures.  Bette always had an open mind and an open heart to learn of others struggles and triumphs, she was truly one in a million.

Bette’s family and friends will remember her for her devotion to them, her family was first and foremost in her life; she was loving, caring, dependable, had a wicked sense of humor, and  truly proud of her family and of their accomplishments.  As a friend, Bette was true to a fault, she was there to lend a hand or an ear, everyone could always count on her.  Bette was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed, especially for those many hours of shared conversation and laughter.

Bette was the devoted mother of John Cohen and his wife Jacquie Hughes-Cohen of Newark, DE, Kathie Cohen and her husband Shelly Friedman of Hopewell, NJ, Susan Mathewson of Irvine, CA, Alicia D’Arcy and her husband Pete of Doylestown, PA, and Pamela Cohen and her companion Bruce Bongiorni of Ann Arbor, MI, loving “Grandma” of Sam Friedman, Steven and Julia Mathewson, Tim, Michael, and Elizabeth D’Arcy, dear sister of Bill Birtwell of Virginia, Mary Hartley and Ruth Birtwell both of Massachusetts, and the late Jane Birtwell.  Bette is further survived by her former husband Edward Cohen, her dear friends Leslie Dietrich and Jan Ellis, her beloved cats Sasha and Alex, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Bette’s name may be made to the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Attn: Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

Joan C. (Adams) Jensen

November 15th, 2012

Joan Carol (Adams) Jensen, age 65, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 12, 2012, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a lengthy illness.

Joan came into the world on Christmas Day, December 25, 1946, in Lowell, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Barbara (Gates) Adams.  Joan was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1964.

Prior to retiring in 2005, Joan was employed as a Claims Officer for the U. S. Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.  Joan was a dedicated, responsible, and faithful employee, for over 40 years and a wonderful co-worker.

Joan was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Wilmington for a number of years and was always there to lend a hand.

In her spare time, Joan enjoyed shopping, playing with her dogs, and taking trips to Atlantic City with her family and friends.

Joan was the beloved wife of Arthur W. Jensen and devoted mother of Andy Jensen both of Wilmington, she is also survived by her beloved dogs Poncho and Matto.

Graveside services will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m.   In lieu of flowers donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Methuen Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA  01844-2052.  Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Edward W. Morgan

November 13th, 2012

Edward W. Morgan, age 58, of Wilmington, formerly of Beverly and Amesbury, passed away on November 13, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.  Ed stubbornly fought as hard and as long as he could.

Ed was happy to share his life with his wife Beverly Sullivan for over 23 years, and his daughter Amanda Morgan, his pride and joy.  Ed was the cherished son of the late Gardiner and Barbara Morgan.  He was blessed to share his life with his “other kids” Lisa Sullivan, Colin Sullivan and daughter-in-law Shannon Sullivan. He loved being Papa Ed of Aria Sullivan.  Ed was proud to be the brother of Sandra Lefenfeld & her husband Bruce, Beth Shaughnessy & her husband Dan, and Pamela Morgan. Ed also loved his nephews and niece.  Ed also leaves his beloved cat, Beau, who was always attached to him.  Ed is further survived by many dear friends.

Ed loved his family and all his friends that he has grown to cherish these last fifty years.  Anyone who knew Ed knows how important music, trivia, and any and all sports were to him.  He played golf, basketball, and baseball.  For over 25 years, Ed was a member of the Hamilton Men’s Basketball League, the Amesbury Golf Club, and the Polish Club of Amesbury.  He was an enthusiastic fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and he enjoyed watching Seinfeld and Law and Order every chance he got.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, November 16th from 4-8 p.m.

Ed and his family deeply appreciate all the help and support the Winchester Oncology Department has given him over the last four plus years.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Winchester Center for Cancer Care, 620 Washington St., Winchester, MA 01890.

Nicholas J. Carrozza

November 13th, 2012
Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Nicholas J. “Nicky” Carrozza, who died on Sunday, November 11th at Winchester Hospital, Winchester, following a lengthy illness, at 85 years.  His funeral will be conducted from the Nichols Funeral Home on Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Wilmington at 11 a.m., followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Born & raised in East Boston, he was an alumnus of East Boston High School, Class of 1945.  Nicky began a career in dress designing at a very young age.  Never having any formal training in this field, he began working for a local designer, Olga of East Boston, & quickly blossomed to a respected fabric master, landing one of his first jobs at Boston’s prestigious Bonwitt-Teller of Boston.  His fame & recognition soon spread across the area, & he established his first salon, Nickki’s Bridal Salon, on London St., East Boston.  Later, after only five years, he moved his salon to the corner of Chelsea St. & Prescott St., East Boston, where he remained for over 40 years.  It is estimated that Nicky dressed over twenty-two hundred brides and their entire bridal party, “down the aisle” on their wedding day, with his breathtaking creations.  He was a familiar face in the “Boston’s old garment district,” selecting fabric & all the varied sundries needed for the complete execution of his designs.  After “formal retirement” at age 70, he still would accommodate special family & friends.  For over 10 years, he sewed for “Classic Upholstery” of Wilmington, where he made another new & loving extended family.  He is the beloved & adored husband of 55 years to Rose (Lanney) Carrozza.  He is the Cherished Father of: David N. Carrozza & his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” of Stoneham, & Janet F. Engram & her husband, Kevin D. of Wilmington.  He is the Devoted Grandfather to: Stephen W. Carrozza & his fiance, Amanda C. Parry of Plaistow, NH, Lauren E. Carrozza of Stoneham, Nicole R. & Janelle T. Engram both of Wilmington.  He is the dear brother of, Mildred E. Rodriguez & her husband, Diego of Revere, Frances DiPlacidio & her husband, John of West Palm Beach, FL, & the late, Meco, John “Panco,” Enrico “Eastago,” Elio “Leo,” Ralph, & David Carrozza, & the late, Lesandrina “Sandra” Russo, Lena Incerto & Bridget Pisano.  He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & grand-nephews.  He is the faithful brother-in-law of, Jerry Lanney of East Boston, Alfred Lanney & his wife, Phyllis of Saugus, Mary Folsom & her husband, Leroy of East Boston & Josephine Miano & her husband, Richard of Wilmington.  He was the son of the late, David & Frances (Vertuccio) Carrozza.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund at Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890.  The family is overwhelmingly grateful for the extraordinary care & professional devotion given not only to Mr. Carrozza, but to their entire family over the past two years. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund at Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890.

Nola M. (Skillings) Hamlin

November 6th, 2012

Nola M. (Skillings) Hamlin, aged 80, a resident of Wilmington, Massachusetts for 47 years, died on November 4, 2012 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.  She was the wife of the late Robert L. Hamlin, who died in 1991.  She was born in Harrison, Maine on August 5, 1932, a daughter of the late Harry S. and Olive M. Skillings.  She was a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts.   

She had a 12 year career as a teacher of music in elementary schools, as well as being a classroom teacher in the lower grades.  Subsequently, she was a nursery teacher at a cooperative school in Billerica, Massachusetts for a couple of years.  She then opened a cooperative in the Wilmington First Baptist Church.  Mrs. Hamlin was a member of the Wilmington First Baptist Church for many years and served on several church boards.   

Nola was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Hamlin, loving mother of the late Therron Hamlin, dear sister of Connie Wayman of Beverly, cherished daughter of the late Harry and Olive Skillings, Nola is also survived by six nephews, three nieces, and several cousins.   

A memorial service for Nola will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Old South United Methodist Church, 6 Salem St., Reading.  Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington.

Kenneth H. Roberts

November 2nd, 2012

Kenneth H. Roberts, age 78, of Salem, N.H., formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Reading, died peacefully surrounded by his family on November 1, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Ken was born in Wakefield, on August 28, 1934, he was the dear son of the late William and Mary Joyce (Quinn) Roberts.  Ken was raised and educated in the West Side of Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School with the Class of 1954.  Following graduation, Ken enlisted in the U. S. Army on December 1, 1954, during the Korean War and served overseas.  He was honorably discharged from active duty on November 5, 1958, and returned home to his family in Reading.  Ken continued to serve the country in the Army Reserves until being honorably discharged on May 31, 1962, following many years of dedicated service.

Ken married “the love of his life” Nita VonKahle on January 24, 1959, sharing more than 53 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family of seven children.  Ken and Nita moved to Wilmington in May of 1961, where they were active in the community and were members of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years. Ken was a member of the Lions Club of Wilmington and served as president for a year.

Prior to retiring, Ken worked as a Quality Control Specialist for Goodall Sanford Tire Company and General Tire Company in Reading for more than 30 years.  Ken was also employed as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington for 10 years.  Ken was a dedicated employee and a good friend to many co-workers over the years.

In his spare time, Ken enjoyed reading, playing cards, puzzles, and watching football.  He also loved to travel all over with his wife, family, and a tight knit group of friends known as the Dirty Dozen. They  had lots of great times dancing at various local clubs such as the Moose Club in North Reading, Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury, and the Billerica Rod and Gun Club. They made wonderful memories together.

Family was first and foremost to Ken, he was a devoted husband, dedicated father, and loving grandfather.  He and Nita brought their children up to love and respect family and family values. Ken shared a close and special bond with his family, he was very proud of them, and showed them unconditional love. He will be truly missed by all.

Ken was the beloved husband of Nita (VonKahle) Roberts, devoted father of Karen Ouellette & her husband Ron of Londonderry, NH, Kenneth Roberts & his wife Karen, Denise Quilty & her husband John, Gregg Roberts & his wife Dawn, & Neil Roberts, all of Wilmington, Linda Wells & her husband David of East Hampstead, NH, Ellen Roane & her husband Ray of Tewksbury,  loving grandfather of Nathan Ouellette & his wife April, Jeremy Ouellette, Heather & Justin Roberts, Ryan Wells & his fiancee Jessica Moore, Adam Wells, Devin & Shayla Kelley, Raychel, Jared, Jackson & Emily Roane, Madison & MacKenzie Roberts, Nicole, Angelina, & the late Allyson Roberts, cherished son of the late William & Mary Joyce (Quinn) Roberts, dear brother of Richard Roberts & his wife Kate of North Reading, the late Donald, William Jr., Neil, and Ronald Roberts, Virginia Nickerson, Marjorie Greenleaf, and Claire Partridge.  Ken is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, November 5th  from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Ralph Carrozza, Jr.

November 2nd, 2012

Ralph Carrozza, Jr. At 61 years, in Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington & Revere, unexpectedly on Oct. 30. Beloved husband of Sheilah M. (Brunelle) Mulcahy-Carrozza. Devoted father of Susan M. Carrozza of Malden, & Christine A. Carrozza of Billerica. Dear brother of Rachel E. Stanchi & husband Carmen A. of Wilmington. Also lovingly survived by Seana Mulcahy & Jason M. Mulcahy both of Andover, & Makenzie B. Mulcahy of Salem, NH, & his adoring grandson Logan K. Mulcahy. Dear uncle of Michelle M. Stanchi of Wilmington, Michael R. Stanchi & his wife Kathryn “Kate” of Winthrop, several aunts, uncles & cousins also survive him.

Family & friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3-7 pm. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) WILMINGTON, followed by the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 7:15 p.m. Interment is private. Member of the Int’l. Union of Brick Layers & Allied Craftsman – Local #3. Until his untimely death, Ralph taught the trade of Master Masonry at Shawsheen Vocational High School in Billerica for the past 15 years. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, 100 Cook St., Billerica, MA 01821, attn. Athletic Dept. Visit www.nicholsfuneralhome.com