Obituaries

Gaetano Salvatore Biondo “Guy”

November 1st, 2012

Gaetano Salvatore Biondo, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died suddenly on November 1, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital. He was 68 years old.

“Guy” as he was known to his family and friends, was born on July 8, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the cherished son of the late Joseph and Vincenza (Tarantino) Biondo. Guy was raised and educated in Somerville. Following High School, Guy proudly served his country in the Army National Guard.

In 1966, Guy married his “sweetheart” Mary L. Rego. The couple raised their family in Somerville before moving to Wilmington 27 years ago, where they shared many great times together. Guy loved his family, he was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a loving “Papa”. Guy cherished the time he spent with his family, traveling, teaching them to play sports, and sharing his passion for playing games.

Prior to retiring, Guy worked as a Machinist for General Electric in Lynn for over 30 years. He was a talented and loyal employee and a great co-worker.

Guy was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he played cards, went on trips, and took part in their many activities. He was also a long-time member of the Tewksbury Lodge of Elks and the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. After retiring, Guy spent his winters in Boynton Beach, Florida where he enjoyed outdoor activities and cruising with friends and family.

Guy will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and a man with a big heart. With a pension to make the ones around him smile and laugh, Guy was a great friend to many. His love for card games brought out his competitive side, but he also loved to sit around the table sharing stories.

Guy was the beloved husband of the late Mary L. (Rego) Biondo, he was the devoted father of Lisa (Biondo) Bova of Montpelier, VT, and Michael Biondo and his wife Maureen of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Brooke, Brandon, & Brett Bova and Jonathan & Michael Biondo, cherished brother of Angela Maraia and her late husband Albert of Saugus, Robert Biondo and his wife Lorraine of Saugus, Janice Nassise and her husband Phil of Easton, Joseph Biondo and his wife Judy of Billerica, Diane Martorano of Everett, and the late Andrew Biondo, brother-in-law of Winifred Keating of Somerville. Guy is also survived by his dear friend Kathy LaVita of Peabody as well as his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 5th 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 Sunday, November 4th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Gaetano’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Edward W. Sheehan

October 31st, 2012

Edward W. Sheehan, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on October 30, 2012.

Edward was born on June 19, 1932, in West Medford, MA, he was the dear son of the late George E. and Virginia L. (Hemmer) Sheehan.  Ed was raised and educated in Boston, MA.  Upon graduating High School he enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 1951.

Edward served overseas during the Korean War, receiving several commendations for his faithful service.  He was honorably discharged on August 13, 1953.

Edward married “the love of his life” Helen Zero in 1955 and moved to Wilmington in 1964. Ed and Helen shared more than 47 years of marriage, raised a wonderful family, and made many memories before her passing in 2002.

Family was everything to Edward, he cherished the time spent with them and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.  Ed loved to vacation with the family, they spent many summers at Hampton Beach, enjoyed many camping trips all over the United States and Canada, and then there were the cruises from Boston to Bermuda, everyone had lots of fun.

Prior to retiring, Ed was a manager for the MBTA in Cambridge for many years, he was a very dedicated employee and made lots of friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime.

Edward will be fondly remembered for his love of Boston Sports Teams, his devotion to his family, and for being a good friend and neighbor.  He will be truly missed.

Edward was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Zero) Sheehan, devoted father of Susan E. Patterson and her companion Doug Baldinelli of Wilmington, Edward W. Sheehan, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Fairfax Station, VA, Kimberly A. Sheehan and her companion Jody McCormack of Billerica, and Robert A. Sheehan and his companion Niamh Brady of Tewksbury, loving “Grampa” of Randy Johnson and his wife Colleen O’Connor, Sarah Sheehan, and Christina Sheehan, “Great-Grampa” of Brynn and Maeve Johnson, dear brother of George Sheehan of Hyde Park.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:30 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Friday, November 2nd from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice , 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Alton L. “Curly” Durost

October 21st, 2012

Alton L. “Curly” Durost, age 86, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 20, 2012.

Alton was born on August 18, 1926 in Caribou, Maine, he was the dear son of the late William and Lillian (Burnett) Durost.  Alton was raised and educated in Maine,  following High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy on October 21, 1943.  Alton served all over the Pacific and Europe, he received several medals for his faithful service including the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Camp Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, and the Philippine Liberty Medal.  Alton was honorably discharged in February of 1946 and returned home to his family in Maine.

Alton married his “sweetheart” Kathleen D. Foster, fondly known as  “Kay” in 1947, celebrating more than 64 years of marriage.  Alton and Kay lived in Maine, moved to Woburn for a couple of years before settling in Wilmington in 1961.  Alton and Kay also enjoyed traveling and being “Snow Birds” in Florida during the New England Winters.  When summer came, Alton was a fixture on the “poop deck” of his Hampton Beach Cottage where he would socialize and manage rental property for more than 30 years.

In his earlier years, Alton was employed by the Government at AVCO Defense Systems in Wilmington and was part of the “heat shielding crew” that helped with the building of the Apollo Space Craft, it was an exciting time in Alton’s life to be part of history.

Prior to retiring, Alton also worked at Leonard Furniture in Woburn for many years.

Alton also served his community well and was a Mason at the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington for many years.

Alton will be fondly remembered for his love of big band music, dancing, his lottery tickets, his outgoing personality, but most of all his devotion to his family and friends, he was a loving husband, supportive father, and was especially close to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss him dearly.

Alton was the beloved husband of Kathleen D. (Foster) “Kay”, devoted father of Robert Durost and his wife Roberta Ferrari of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, William Durost and his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, Alton Durost II and his wife Helen of Lyndeborough, NH, Carl Durost and his wife Jeanne of Wilmington, and Kathleen Roberge and her husband Daniel of Acton, ME, loving “Grampy” of Christopher, Heather, James, Kelly, Alton III, Paul, Stacey, Kerry, Brian, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Melissa,  Great-Grampy  of Blake, Zachary, Garrett, Colin  Bobby , Chase, Ryan, Kyra, Ethan, Dallas, Zandra, Travis, Alexis, Peyton, Carly, and Zander, dear son of the late William and Lillian (Burnett) Durost, Alton is also survived by his dear sister-in-law Cheryl DuPlessis of Greenville, ME, as well as  many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alton’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.

Dorothy J. Pote

October 21st, 2012

Dorothy J. Pote, age 89, of Smyrna, TN, formerly of Wilmington, MA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Mrs. Pote was born in Fredericksburg, VA, on October 1, 1923, she was the only child of the late Laura Meeks Mays and Joseph Patrick Johnson.

Dorothy married “the love of her life” Ira Harry Pote, Jr., on February 14, 1942, together they shared nearly 53 years of marriage, raised a beautiful family, and made many memories for generations to come, before Ira’s passing on February 13, 1995.

Ira and Dorothy lived in Malden for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they resided until 1970 when they retired to Florida.  Returning to Massachusetts in 1990 to be closer to family,Dorothy spent the next decade in Wilmington before moving to Smyrna, TN, where she has lived for the last 12 years.

Dorothy will be most fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family.  In her younger years when her husband was away in the US Coast Guard for months at a time; Dorothy stepped right up to the position of “mother and father” to her three young children, she took care of every household chore inside and out, she was an amazing cook, made sure her family had wonderful holidays and celebrations; crocheting many special gifts, and making countless  Halloween costumes over the years.  Dorothy made sure her children had a good education, as well as plenty of love and support, all of this while she was working full time.

When the next three generations started to arrive, Dorothy cherished her role as “Grammy, Great-Grammy, and Great-Great-Grammy”, showering them with her guidance and love.

Dorothy was a very special lady to many and will be truly missed.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ira Harry Pote Jr, and son in law, Earl J. L’Esperance.  Mrs. Pote is survived by her children Sherrill D. L’Esperance of Dunellen FL, Ira T. Pote and his wife Marie of Wilmington MA and Melinda P. Scarlett and her husband Jon of Smyrna TN. Dorothy was the loving “Grammy” of Julie A. Hamilton, Craig S. L’Esperance, Ira T. Pote Jr., Erik R. Pote, Jamie A. Pote, Nancy M. Cassidy, Eddie Ivey, Sherree Lindemann, and the late Jason Ivey, “Great-Grammy” of Stephanie, Jessica, Kimberly, Samantha, Matthew, Michael, Darrin, Brandon, Hayley, Robbie, Ira Thomas III, Brady, Carley, Collin, Lathan, Logan, Karl, Samuel, and “Great-Great-Grammy” to Ava.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

On behalf of Dorothy Pote’s family a very special thank you goes out to the staff and nurses at the Tennessee State Veterans Home for all of the love and care that you gave to their mom, it was truly appreciated and will never be forgotten.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Gladys M. (Knorr) Whitney

October 17th, 2012

Gladys M. (Knorr) Whitney, age 104, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 13, 2012, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.  Gladys was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Whitney, devoted mother of Laurence Whitney of Billerica, and the dear daughter of the late Frank and Alice (Kingston) Knorr.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m.   Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Glady’s name may be made to the Open Bible Academy, 3 Winn St., Burlington, MA 01803.

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.

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.