Obituaries

Maxine M. (Mills) Masse

October 16th, 2012

Maxine M. (Mills) Masse, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 12, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Maxine was born on March 31, 1922, in Marquette, Michigan, she was the dear daughter of the late Max A. and Winogene (Osborn) Mills.  Maxine was raised and educated in Michigan and part of a large extended family in the Mid West.

Maxine married Gilbert Masse in 1945, together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2004.  Maxine and Gil moved to Wilmington in 1951, where they raised their two sons, Maxine quickly became involved in the Community.

Maxine was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church where she cooked for the church suppers, volunteered for many fund raisers over the years, and was very involved in the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization).

Maxine was also a active in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, she was a den mother, and a member of the Boosters Club at Wilmington High School.  Maxine could often be found in the “Snack Shack” at the Wilmington High School Football Field where she volunteered her time on countless Saturday’s during football season.

Maxine loved children, and her community, she was active in the Wilmington Senior Center, she looked forward to the Fourth of July Celebrations on the town common every year, she enjoyed volunteering throughout many community events especially if they involved helping the Children, she was extremely generous with her time.

Maxine will be fondly remembered as an avid gardener always sharing her flowers and vegetables, a talented seamstress, and for her love of the outdoors, she just loved being out and about with family and friends.

Maxine’s greatest joy was her family, her unwavering devotion and unconditional love for them was always evident.  Maxine loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was extremely proud of all of her families accomplishments, she enjoyed their many celebrations, and relished the time spent with them.  She was quite a lady and will be greatly missed by all.

Maxine was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert J. Masse, devoted mother of Dr. Michael Masse and his wife Pam of Lynnfield, Joseph Masse and his wife Mary of Wilmington, loving “Gram” of Jonathan Masse, Melissa Rosenblatt, Michelle Masse, Corey Masse, and Benjamin Masse, “Great-Gram” of Graziella, Jake, Mason, Jack, Dean, and Sean, daughter of the late Max and Winogene (Osborn) Mills, dear sister of Donna Ebner of Michigan, Pauline Sawatske of Wisconsin, and the late Virginia, Gertrude, Nina, Max Jr. “Buddy”, and Dorothy.  Maxine is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 27th  for Visitation from 10-11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

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Wallace F. “Wally” Sweeney

October 15th, 2012

Wallace F. Sweeney, fondly known as “Wally” to his family and friends, of Lowell, died peacefully on October 14, 2012, following a brave battle with cancer.  He was 80 years old.

Wally was born on February 10, 1932, he was the dear son of the late Carl and Alva (Johnson) Sweeney.  Wally was raised in Chelsea, MA, and attended Chelsea Public Schools.

Wally enlisted in the United States Army on September 29, 1950, during the Korean War to serve his country; he received several commendations during his time in the Service including a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation, just to name a few.  He was honorably discharged on October 1, 1953, following years of dedicated service to the Country and he returned home to Chelsea.

Wally married his “sweetheart” Marion Forrest in 1976, and they moved to Lowell.  Wally and Marion shared more than 36 years of marriage and raised a beautiful daughter who he cherished.

Prior to retiring, Wally was self-employed as a painter for many years, he was known for being a dedicated worker, dependable, meticulous, and talented.  Wally worked hard for many years before his illness forced him to retire.

Wally will be remembered for his love of Old Western Movies, his quiet, gentle nature, and for his unwavering love for his two grandsons, they were his pride and joy.  Wally was dedicated to his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Wally was the beloved husband of Marion (Forrest) Sweeney of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington, devoted father of Victoria Sweeney-McMahon and her husband Ed McMahon, Sr. of Lowell, loving “Papa” of Eddie McMahon, Jr. and Colby McMahon, dear son of the late Carl and Alva (Johnson) Sweeney, brother of the late Claire White, Dorothy Lynch, and Vernon Sweeney, brother-in-law of Daniel and Helen Forrest of Townsend, Edwin and Elizabeth Forrest of North Carolina, John and Roberta Forrest and Paul and Gail Forrest all of Wilmington.  Wally is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Friday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Thursday, October 18th from 4-8 p.m.

Elizabeth A. (Iula) Maher

October 13th, 2012

Elizabeth A. (Iula) Maher, age 89, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her loving family at her side on October 12, 2012.

Elizabeth was born on January 7, 1923, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Vito and Margaret (Pennachio) Iula.  Elizabeth was raised and educated in Charlestown and a graduate of Charlestown High School.

Elizabeth married “her sweetheart” William Francis Maher in 1946, they lived in Charlestown for several years before moving to Quincy in 1955 where they raised three wonderful children.
Family was first and foremost to Elizabeth, she was a devoted wife, mother, a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.  Elizabeth enjoyed knitting for her family and friends and she was well known as an excellent cook, everyone looked forward to eating in the Maher household.

Elizabeth loved to travel with her family and friends, especially the long rides that she and Bill took not knowing where the road would take them; but just enjoying the time they spent together.

In 1988, Elizabeth and Bill moved to Wilmington and she quickly became involved in the Wilmington Senior Center. Elizabeth loved to take in their many excursions, she was very active in their exercise classes, and spent countless hours volunteering for their programs including the “Meals on Wheels” where she would deliver a warm meal, gentle conversation, and a great smile to cheer up a Senior who couldn’t get out and about.

Elizabeth will be fondly remembered as a beautiful woman inside and out, she was caring, giving, and very devoted to those she loved.  She will be truly missed.

Elizabeth was the beloved wife of the late William F. Maher, devoted mother of William A. Maher and his wife Noreen of Sarasota, FL, Margee Smith and her husband Leo and Michael J. Maher and his wife Catherine all of Wilmington, loving “Grammy”of Kevin Maher of Cambridge, Ann Benson of Kingston, Joshua Smith of Woburn, Jacob Smith of Wilmington, Christopher Maher of Springvale, ME, Douglas Maher of Raymond, ME, and Lee Maher of Casco, ME, dear “Gigi” of great-granchildren, William, Emily, Megan, Gavin, Lauren, Sofia, Andrew, Alba, Nora, and Luc, cherished daughter of the late Vito and Margaret (Pennachio) Iula, sister of Jean Dominico of Revere, Theresa Votruba of So. Dennis, and Victor Iula of Randolph.  Elizabeth is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.   Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

James R. Govoni

October 8th, 2012

James R. Govoni, “Jim”, age 66, of Burlington, died unexpectedly at home on October 7, 2012.  Jim was the husband of Mary Lou (Boutwell) Govoni, father of Sarah Lewis of Burlington, step-father of Jeff Boutwell and his wife Leigh of Billerica, “Grandpa” of Wesley Lewis, son of the late Louis Sr. and Rhoda (Noftle) Govoni, brother of Lorraine McNamara of Burlington, the late Louis Gonvoni, Jr., Marie Finney, and his twin sister Janice Govoni, Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 11th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington.  Visiting hours Wednesday, October 10th from 4-8 p.m.

Lynette L. (Ceaser) Taylor

October 6th, 2012

Lynette L. (Ceaser) Taylor, age 45, of Boxford, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family, after a long, courageous battle with brain cancer. Born on July 6, 1967 in Woburn, Lynette was the cherished daughter of William and Karen (Scott) Ceaser. She grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools. Lynette was a graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 1985.

Lynette was a very outgoing person. She made friends very easily and could get along with anybody. She had a strong faith in God. This faith was evident in recent years, with everything that Lynette had endured, when most people would have given up, she still kept a positive attitude and continued to fight her battle to the very end.

Lynette reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Jim Taylor, several years back and the couple were married on August 9, 2008. The family was very involved in their community of Boxford. Lynette also loved to visit their vacation home on the coast of Maine, it was the place where she could spend the most time with her family.

The most important thing to Lynette were her children. Her three daughters meant everything to Lynette. She was a devoted mother to them and loved to spend time doing whatever activities they were involved in. Her love for her family is incredible and she will forever be greatly missed by them and by all who knew and loved her.

Lynette was the beloved wife of Jim Taylor of Boxford. She was the devoted mother of Makayla, Jacquelyn and Kylie Scalli of Boxford. She is survived by her parents; William and Karen (Scott) Ceaser of Wilmington. Lynette was the dear sister of Deborah MacLellan and her husband William of Bedford. She was the daughter-in-law of Maryellen Taylor of Stoneham, sister-in-law of Kerrin Mazzola and her husband Paul of Londonderry, Ray Taylor and his wife Laura of Braintree. Lynette was the loving aunt of Olivia, Nicole, Jessica and Ryan MacLellan, Gina and Jillian Mazzola, and Lily Taylor. Lynette is also survived by Ann Scott, Bobby and Debbie Scott, Ellen Blackburn and their families, along with many other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Calvary Christian Church, 47 Grove St., Lynnfield, at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62) Wilmington. Memorial donations in Lynette’s name can be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Elizabeth T. “Betty” Dardis

October 3rd, 2012

Elizabeth T. “Betty” Dardis, age 85, of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2012.
Betty was the dear mother of Stephen Dardis of Wilmington, sister of the late Anita Lagomarsino and John “Jackie” Dardis, aunt of Donna Lagomarsino of Wilmington, Phillip Lagomarsino of Chelmsford, the late Peter Lagomarsino, and John “Jackie” Dardis, Jr.
Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Friday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m. in Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood St., Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.  Betty was a LTJG in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War and a retired nurse from the Don Orione Nursing Home following many years of dedicated service.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Gilbert S. Greenberg, Jr.

September 29th, 2012

Gilbert S. Greenberg, Jr., age 83, a long-time resident of Reading, died peacefully on September 27, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital.  Gilbert was the father of Deborah Greenberg of Melrose, Gilbert S. Greenberg III of Gloucester, the late Linda and Victoria Greenberg.  Son of the late Gilbert S. Sr. and Cora (Porter) Greenberg, brother of Robert C. Greenberg, Sr. and his wife Pat, uncle of Robert C. Greenberg, Jr. and his wife Deanna all of Wilmington, Ronald A. Greenberg and his wife Diane of North Reading, Gilbert is also survived by many great nieces, nephews, and Diane and Evin Tavoras part of Gil’s extended family.
Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Gilbert’s name may be made to EMARC, 20 Gould St., Reading, MA 01867. Gil was a U. S. Air Force Veteran and well renown as a model airplane expert throughout the country

Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy

September 29th, 2012

Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy, age 89, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on September 28, 2012.

Ruth was born, raised, and educated in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Julia (Cochrane) Boitnott.

Ruth married her “sweetheart” John P. McCarthy in 1960, sharing more than 52 years of marriage.  Ruth and John moved to Wilmington in 1965, settling into a wonderful neighborhood and making many friends that lasted throughout the years.

Ruth loved children and was very giving, she volunteered for many years at camps for deaf children and was delighted to help in any way.

Ruth loved to travel with her husband and their many friends, she was always eager to share the information about her many trips.

Ruth will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, she was funny and had a great personality.  She will be greatly missed.

Ruth was the beloved wife of John P. McCarthy, cherished daughter of the late William and Julia (Cochrane) Boitnott, dear sister of the late Lelia Brenner, Grace Reed, Helen Batten, Irene Tirico, Paul Boitnott, William “Bob” Boitnott, and George Boitnott, Ruth is also survived by her niece Virginia Steadman and her husband Vern of Swampscott, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, 1 great-great-nephew, many dear friends and neighbors.

Family and friends  gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to New England Home for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Ruth E. (Havey) Marranzini

September 21st, 2012

Ruth E. (Havey) Marranzini, age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on September 21, 2012.

Ruth was born on May 24, 1926, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Edgar and Ethel (MacGeehan) Havey.  Ruth grew up in Dorchester and after high school worked as a telephone operator.  In her later years, Ruth worked as a health aide.

Ruth married Rudolph Marranzini in 1951sharing 31years of marriage, they moved to Wilmington in 1967 and raised a wonderful family before his passing in 1982.  Ruth loved Wilmington, was an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church, and made countless friends throughout the years.

Prior to retiring, Ruth was a Home Health Aide, she was very dedicated to her patients, always kind, caring, and compassionate.  Ruth treated her patients like her own family and they loved her for it.

In her spare time, Ruth loved to travel with family and friends, some of her favorite spots were the coast of Maine, York, Nubble Light, or just relaxing on the beach.

She was also a talented painter and loved to crochet.

Most of all, Ruth loved spending time with “her boys” and their families, Ruth was a very devoted mother and the best “Noni”, she loved her family unconditionally and enjoyed every holiday, celebration, and milestone, Ruth was very proud of her family and their accomplishments.

Ruth will be remembered for her kindness to others and for her true friendships to many.  She will be truly missed.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Marranzini, devoted mother of Stephen Marranzini and his partner Cory of Groton, David Marranzini and his wife Diane of Wilmington, and Mark Marranzini of Florida, loving “Noni” of Joseph, Allyson, Kristen, Taylor, Andrew, Kate, Cody, Katelyn, Sean, and Meghan, cherished daughter of the late Edgar and Ethel (MacGeehan) Havey, dear sister of William Havey of Georgia, Barbara Nee of South Boston, and Margaret Winter of Lynn.  Ruth is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Tuesday, September 25th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Lorene Marie (Crawford) Agresti

September 20th, 2012

Lorene M. (Crawford) Agresti, age 91, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 20, 2012.

Lorene was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on March 17, 1921, she was the cherished daughter of the late Jess and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Crawford.

Lorene married the love of her life Frank Agresti in 1957, sharing more than 54 years of marriage and having a wonderful life together.  Lorene and Frank moved to Wilmington over 50 years ago, Lorene loved her home in Wilmington, she was an excellent home maker, always making others feel very welcome in her home.  She was an avid gardener, keeping her lawn and shrubs “just so”.  Lorene enjoyed cooking, shopping, and celebrating holidays and special events with her family and friends.

Lorene loved being a mother not only to her own sons but to anyone’s child, she just loved making children happy whether it was with a gift or a hug.  Lorene also loved animals especially her family poodle or her son Frank’s dogs, they were very special to her.

Lorene will be remembered as a beautiful lady inside and out, elegant, classy, and kind, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Lorene was the beloved wife of Francis P. Agresti, devoted mother of Francis M. Agresti and his wife Patty of Billerica and Buddy Harmon of Texas, cherished daughter of the late Jess and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Crawford, dear sister of the late Joanne Wilson, Juanita Ramey, Gerald Crawford, and Jim Crawford.  Lorene is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd from 9-10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Lorene’s name may be made to Care Alternatives Hospice, 181 Cedar Hill Road, Marlborough, MA  01752.