Obituaries

Leo J. McVicker

September 12th, 2013

Leo J. McVicker, of Juno, Florida, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died August 12, 2013 at the Waterford Health Center in Juno Beach, Florida after a long illness.  He was 84 years old.

Born in Malden, MA on March 17, 1929 was a long time resident of Wilmington, MA, where he was a successful insurance agent and active member of Rotary International and St. Dorothy’s Church.

Mr. McVicker is predeceased by his mother, Marie, his brother Robert and his daughter Marie Jeanne. He is survived by his wife Ernestine “Bidou” McVicker, his son, Robert L. McVicker, Roberts wife, Kathleen, of Amesbury, his daughter Katherine McVicker Hoffmann of Reading son-in-law Gregory M. Mundie of North Palm Beach, FL, husband of Marie Jeanne, grandchildren are Zachary William McVicker, Marisa Ruth McVicker, Rachel Marie Hoffmann, Julia Christina Hoffmann, Colin Gregory Mundie, and Evan Andrew Mundie.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Saturday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be sent to St. Paul of the Cross OR, Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell

September 11th, 2013

Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell, age 64, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 10, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Donna was born in Somerville, MA, on October 30, 1948, she was the cherished daughter of the late Bernard and Arline (Murray) Avey.  She was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School.

Donna married the “love of her life” Thomas D. Gosnell in 1968, following his return from active duty in the Navy.  The couple lived in Somerville for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1973, where they raised their wonderful children.  Donna loved her family unconditionally; she was a devoted wife for more than 40 years and an “awesome mother”.  Donna enjoyed family holidays, celebrations, and just “hanging out” at home.  When Donna became a “Nana” she cherished that role, she treasured the time spent with her grandchildren, and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her new granddaughter due this December.

Donna was a hard worker, she spent many years as the Assistant Manager for the Lowell Five Bank and more recently she was employed at Lahey Clinic.  Donna’s pleasant and friendly personality always made her customers feel welcomed.

In her spare time, Donna loved to read, go to bingo and Foxwoods, go shopping, and she enjoyed dinner out with family and friends.  Donna was well known for her “sweet tooth”, always sharing her treats.

Donna will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and friends, she was sweet, caring, loving, and will be greatly missed by all.

Donna was the beloved wife of the late Thomas D. Gosnell, Sr., devoted mother of Thomas D. Gosnell, Jr. and his wife Betty of Columbus, NC, Laura J. Holmes and her husband Robert E. III, of Wilmington, and David M. Gosnell of North Reading.  Loving “Nana” of Samantha, Angela, and Thomas D. Gosnell III, Kendra Scott, and Kassandra Walsh, “Great Nana” of Dylan Gosnell, dear sister of Bernard Avey, Jr. and his wife Janice of Burlington, Donna is also survived survived by many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 13th for Visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Attn:  Development Office, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA  02215.

William Kennedy

September 9th, 2013

William Frederick Kennedy, 70, of East Palatka FL and Billerica, MA, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away September 8, 2013 peacefully at his home overlooking the St. John river. Bill graduated from Wilmington High School and apprenticed at Boston Naval Shipyard as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.  He studied at Wentworth Institute of Design and Northeastern. Bill was employed by the Polaroid Corporation for thirty years and proudly worked his way up to Principal Engineer. He was a technical specialist for all Polaroid sites and taught the HVAC Technical Specialist Program and later the apprentices at the Naval Shipyard. He also taught at Wentworth Institute.He received awards for innovative design and Best Manufacturing Practices for refrigeration. Bill retired in 1999. An avid mechanic, his hobbies included fishing, motorcycles, cars, tinkering, sailing and boating. Bill was generous and always willing to lend a hand. He spent time helping friends repair cars and all things mechanical and was known to stop and help individuals with car or boat trouble. Bill had a sharp wit, strong opinions and enjoyed debating politics – he was always right. He was supported by and supported many as a friend of Bill W. Bill is survived by loving companion, Barbara Avery of East Palatka, FL and daughters Amy L. Kennedy of Sudbury, MA and Jennifer A. Kennedy of Napa, CA. He leaves his son-in-law David Sette-Ducati, and grandsons Owen William Sette-Ducati and Jack Dominic Sette-Ducati of Sudbury, MA and Jennifer’s longtime companion Carlos Barreda of Napa, CA. He leaves a sister Judith West of Colee Cove, FL and several nieces and a nephew. He is preceded in death by sister Rhonda Jacobs; mother Lillian Dorothea Kelly and father Ronald Kennedy. He is also survived by his sweet dog, Onyx. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.,187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 14th for Visitation from 10-11 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02115 or the ASPCA Gift Processing Center, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC  20077-7127. www.nicholsfunerlhome.com

John “Jack” Martyn

September 9th, 2013

John A. (Jack) Martyn, September 8, 2013, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Galway, Ireland. Cherished husband of Mary (Mannion) Martyn. Beloved father of Douglas and his wife Elisa of North Andover, Rory and his wife Christine of North Andover, Rosemarie Turner and her husband Stephen of Wayland, and Jill and her husband Dean Foulis of Cambridge. Treasured grandfather of Katrina and Deirdre Martyn, Rory Sean and Keely Martyn, Bryce and Margot Turner. Brother of Christopher,Terence, and the late Patrick, Brian, James, Joan, and Myra, all of Galway. Loved by numerous friends and family members in Germany, England, Ireland, Canada, and the Boston area. Jack was a family man, a dear friend to many, an avid reader, and a history buff. He loved to travel and had recently returned from a trip to his hometown of Galway with all his family. Jack was proprietor of M & M Continental Auto Service in Brookline.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 12th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Jack’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org,P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Patricia A. Walatt

September 4th, 2013

Patricia A. Walatt, age 72, a Wilmington resident of 31 years, passed away on September 4, 2013 at the Wilmington Health Care Center following a brief illness. Born on April 7, 1941, Patricia was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph F. and Esther L. (Doherty) Walatt. Patricia was raised in Malden and moved to Melrose for several years. Patricia graduated from Melrose High School, following graduation the family returned to Malden.

Patricia along with her business partner Monica owned the Countryside Shoppe in Wilmington for many years; they were very pleasant to their customers and made many friends throughout the years.

In more recent years, Patricia worked as a home health aide coordinator for Best Home Care Company in Wakefield, where she always put her patient’s needs first.

In her spare time, Patricia loved to paint and was known for her beautiful art work.

Patricia will be fondly remembered as very kind, caring, and loving and most of all devoted to her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Patricia was the dear sister of Carol Simonelli, loving aunt of Brian J. Simonelli and his wife Rachel, great aunt of Aislinn, Collin and Kirsten, all of Wilmington, she is further survived by her best friend Monica Downing as well as many special cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 6th, for Visitation from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Teresa Pintrich

September 1st, 2013

Teresa Pintrich, Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Teresa (Terry), age 83, died peacefully in her home on August 31, 2013.  Loving mother of Patricia Sugrue and husband Michael of Hampstead, NH, Dianne Herther and husband Jay of Merrimack, NH, Lynda Pintrich and husband, Keith Martin of Nashua, NH and Kathleen Grover of Tewksbury, MA. Pre-deceased by her son, Paul R. Pintrich.   Mother-in-law of Liz Degroot of Ann Arbor, MI. Devoted grandmother of Mike and Lyndsay Sugrue, Jamie Herther, and Jack and Patrick Martin.

Terry was born in Somerville, MA on October 31, 1929.  She was the oldest of 4 children.  She is survived by her sisters Virginia Nelson of Bridgewater, MA and Mary (Pat) Donovan of Hanson, MA.  Pre-deceased by her brother, Charles Prescott.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

She had many dear friends and her devoted and loving neighbors of over 40 years, Alan and Ruth Hunter, made it possible for her to live alone in her home later in her life.

Terry worked for Olin Chemical Company in Wilmington for 25 years.  Her passions were her children and grandchildren, reading, and the beach. She loved being with family and friends in Moody Beach Maine. She was a Patriots and University of Michigan football fan and an avid fan of the Red Sox.  She was a kind and gracious woman with magnificent courage and conviction.  Although she was physically petite, she was a very strong and independent woman.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 4th from 4-7 p.m. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Teresa’s memory may be made to The Friends of the Wilmington Public Library, Attn: Friends, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887, (www.wilmlibrary.org/friends), where Terry pursued her passion for reading.

Joan F. (Green) O’Beirne

August 29th, 2013

Joan F. (Green) O’Beirne, “Joanie”, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on August 29, 2013 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. Beloved wife of the late Sean O’Beirne, loving mother of Sean O’Beirne and his wife JoAnne of Hopkinton, Maura O’Beirne-Stanko and her husband Jim of Chardon, OH and Clare Brady and her husband John of Wilmington, cherished grandmother of Delaney O’Beirne, Christine and Justin Stanko, and Rosie and Sean Brady, daughter of the late Thomas and Clare (Dinneen) Green, dear sister of Sister Katherine Green of Dorchester, niece of Muriel Dinneen Cosgrove of Malden and cousin of Christine Higdon and her husband Gerald and Thomas Cosgrove and his wife Gwendolyn.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Monday, September 2nd, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, September 1st, from 3-6 p.m. Memorial donations in Joanie’s name can be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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.

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