Obituaries

Diane J. Sawyer

August 21st, 2012

Diane J. (Rossi) Sawyer, age 69, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on August 18, 2012.
Diane was born on August 21, 1942; the dear daughter of the late Arthur and Eleanor Rossi.  Diane was raised and educated in Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge High School.  Diane continued her education through an internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston and earned her Nursing Degree.

Diane worked as a nurse at Children’s Hospital where she was extremely dedicated and kind to her patients and a faithful employee for many years.  Prior to retiring, Diane worked as a private care nurse at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford for eight years.

Diane married Victor Sawyer on December 16, 1962, they celebrated nearly 50 years of marriage raised a beautiful family, and created wonderful memories to last for years to come.
Family was very important to Diane, they did everything together; she especially enjoyed family vacations, trips to Rockport and the ocean, fishing, camping, spending time with her furgrandchild Calvin and going “out to dinner”, that was her favorite.

Diane was also a woman of great faith and strength, she was a devoted member of the Grace Community in her earlier years, the Wilmington Baptist Church, and most recently the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church.  Diane was very religious and was a strong member of her Bible Class every Wednesday night with her friends at the Abundant Life Christian Church.  It was with this great faith that she was able to continue living and giving of herself when she endured life’s adversities.

Diane will be fondly remembered as a kind, caring, generous, and let’s not forget feisty.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and a true friend to many.  She will be greatly missed.

Diane was the beloved wife of Victor G. Sawyer, devoted mother of Jimmy Sawyer and his wife Sarah of Wilmington, the late Linda, Lisa, and Laurie Sawyer, loving “Nana” of Ryan Webster Sawyer, dear daughter of the late Arthur and Eleanor Rossi, sister of the late Elaine Hamilton.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, August 24th 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 will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 5-9 p.m.  Memorial donations in Diane’s name may be made to the Children’s Hospital, c/o Children’s Hospital Trust, 1 Autumn St. #731, Boston, MA 02215-5301.

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Minnie (Butt) Kirby

August 19th, 2012

Minnie Butt Kirby, 97, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 17 in DeSoto, Kan., with her family by her side. Beloved by all who knew her for her cheerful disposition, she enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her friends and family and serving them a nice cup of tea and a homemade bun.

She was born in Flat Rock, Newfoundland, on Aug. 5, 1915 to William James Butt and Evelyn Moores Butt. In 1939, she married E. Cecil Kirby, and in 1948, after losing one child, they moved with their infant son to Massachusetts. After her husband died in 1970, she continued to live in the home he built in Wilmington, working at Avco for several years and serving as an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church. She lived there independently until 2002, when she moved to Kansas to be near her son.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Cecil Kirby, her son Donald Edward Kirby, and her siblings, George Edward Butt, Cicely Butt Wareham, Ethel May Butt Legrow, Winifred Butt Taylor, her twin sister, Druscilla Butt Day, Louise Butt, Florence Butt, and eight half-siblings.

She is survived by her son William Bruce Kirby and daughter-in-law, Judith Kirby, of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter Nicole Kirby of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter Adrienne Kirby Egger and her husband, Alex Egger, and two sons, Lukas and Alexander Maier, of Salzburg, Austria; granddaughter Lauren Kirby of Hyderabad, India; sister-in-law Marjorie Kelloway Kirby of Carbonear, Newfoundland; brother-in-law Don Kirby and his wife, Minnie Kirby, of Wilmington, Mass.; and nieces and nephews in the US and Canada.

Those from this area include nephew Paul Butt and his wife; great niece Karen Butt; great niece Kristen Butt May and her husband and children; great nephew John Butt and his wife and children; niece Joan Tuxbury; great niece Carolyn Tuxbury Pensavelli and her husband and children; great nephew Scott Tuxbury and his wife and children; niece Donna Kirby Milley; great nephews Ross, Brad and Kevin Milley; nephew Wayne Kirby and his wife; and great nieces Cassandra and Julianne Kirby.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 22nd for Visitation from 9-10 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Elliott B. Blaisdell

August 16th, 2012

Elliott B. Blaisdell, age 101, of North Chelmsford, formerly of Wilmington and Tewksbury, died peacefully on August 15, 2012.  Elliott was the beloved father of Roy Blaisdell of Nashua, NH and Laurel Blaisdell-Greeley of Lithica, MD formerly of Tewksbury, dear son of the late Charles and Arabell (Clossen) Blaisdell and the last of seven siblings.
Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Monday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. in Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood St., Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Elliott’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  Elliott was a U. S. Navy Veteran during WWII and the former owner of Blaisdell Transportation and Blaisdell Oil Companies.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Beverly A. (Barry) Snow

August 10th, 2012

Beverly A. (Barry) Snow, age 73, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury, died peacefully on August 10, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Beverly was born in Malden, MA, on March 1, 1939, she was the cherished daughter of the late Leonard and Catherine (Dwyer) Barry.  She was raised in Medford, attended Girl’s Catholic Schools, and graduated from Medford High School with the Class of 1957.

Beverly married “the love of her life” Richard Snow on May 9, 1964, the couple lived in Cambridge for a few years before moving to Tewksbury, where they resided for over 24 years.  Beverly and Richard shared over 47 years of marriage, they were inseparable, the couple raised a beautiful daughter, enjoyed being grandparents, wintered in Florida, and traveled all over before Richard’s sudden death in December of 2011.  Everyone who knew Beverly, knew she missed Richard terribly

Before her health declined, Beverly was a very active communicant of St. William’s Parish for many years and she was one of the first female members of the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. 2070 in Tewksbury.

Beverly and Richard moved to Wilmington 24 years ago, settling in a great neighborhood where they met countless friends over the years and enjoyed the many neighborhood celebrations and block parties.

In her spare time, Beverly loved to shop at the local malls and was pretty talented at arts and crafts.

Beverly will fondly remembered at a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and a good friend; she will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Beverly was the beloved wife of 47 years to the late Richard L. Snow, devoted mother of Linda A. Boutoures and her husband Greg of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Nicholas, Matthew, and Allison Boutoures, dear sister of Paul Barry and his wife Joanne of Danvers, Joan Blaine and her late husband Morris of Wakefield, the late Margaret Wall and her husband Phillip, the late Leonard Barry and his wife Dorothy, sister-in-law of Beverly and Joseph Milligan and Patricia and Borden Beek all of Brockton.  Beverly is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St. (Rte. 38), Tewksbury at 10:00 a.m.  Interment took place Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Beverly’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Richard T. “Rick” Steenbruggen

August 8th, 2012

Richard T. Steenbruggen, “Rick”, age 51, of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 8, 2012.

Rick was born in Winchester, MA, on March 24, 1961, he was the cherished son of the late Gerrit and Lorraine (Murray) Steenbruggen.  Rick was raised in Reading and was a graduate of North East Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical High School with the Class of 1979.

Rick married his “high school sweetheart” Martha Gale on August 30, 1985, celebrating nearly 27 years of marriage.  They raised two beautiful children and making lots of memories for generations to come.  Rick and Martha moved to Wilmington in 1988 and soon became very involved in the community.

Family was most important to Rick, he loved being a husband and was an extremely devoted father.   Rick enjoyed attending school and sporting events and was the #1 fan on the sidelines of anything that Ashley and Dana were involved in.  Rick’s most cherished memories are those spent with family; whether they were out to eat, vacationing, or heading up the kids home re-model project.  Rick supported his children with every venture- from taking Dana dirtbike racing, to coaching youth hockey, and being their #1 fan.

Rick had an un-matched work ethic, in 1988 he co-founded First Electric Motor Company in Woburn.  His mentorship and dedication to his business will allow his legacy to live on in the hearts of co-workers, family and friends forever.

Rick loved to be out on the open road, riding his Harley with the “BDB gang”.  This was his biggest passion outside of his family.

Rick faced life’s challenges with strength and courage and he will be greatly missed by all.

Rick was the beloved husband of Martha Steenbruggen, devoted father of Ashley B. (Steenbruggen) Staab and her husband Jordan of Wakefield and Dana G. Steenbruggen of Wilmington, dear brother of Nancy Thresher and her husband Clem of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, Kenny Steenbruggen and his wife Nancy of Norwell, James Steenbruggen and his wife Kristin, Patricia Neary and her husband Chuck all of Reading, John Steenbruggen and his wife Carol of Wilmington, Ronald Steenbruggen and his wife Dianne of North Reading, and the late Gary Steenbruggen.  Rick was the son-in-law of Arthur and Thelma Gale of Tewksbury, brother-in-law of Brad and Mindi Gale of Andover, Kimberly and Vinny Terenzi of Tewksbury, Heather and Jeff Bowen of Cary, NC, and the late Dana Gale of Reading.  Rick was also the “much loved” uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and is also survived by countless friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Rick’s life on Saturday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.   Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 10th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rick’s favorite charity: Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, 13351 Progress Blvd., Alachua, FL  32615.   www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Darrell W. O’Malley

August 3rd, 2012

Darrell W. O’Malley, age 53, of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 3, 2012, at the Kaplan House in Danvers following a lengthy illness.

Darrell was born on December 11, 1958, in Niagara Falls, New York, He was the cherished son of Beverly J. (McLean) and the late Donald J. O’ Malley of Wilmington. Because he was from a military family, Darrell traveled all over the United States as a youngster and, following his dad’s retirement from the Air Force, the family settled in Wilmington in 1970.

Darrell was very intelligent and a great student; he commuted to Newman Preparatory School in the Back Bay of Boston from which he graduated early with the Class of 1975. Darrell was self-employed for many years in the Construction Business. While  he spent most of his career in the trades as a contractor, those that knew him best will remember his artistry as a finish carpenter. His illness forced his retirement at a young age.

Darrell will be remembered as a very kind, generous and caring man who would do anything for anyone.  Darrell loved his family and his friends unconditionally and in return felt the love they had for him.  Darrell will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many. One of his strongest attributes was his great sense of humor;  he was quick witted and always good with puns and  “one liners”.

Darrell is survived by his mother Beverly O’Malley of Wilmington and his sister, Branden O’Malley Singh of Concord, NH. He was the beloved uncle of Jocelyn Colby and her husband Edward and Katherine O’Malley  Martell and her husband Johnny McKinnon, and great-uncle of Johnny McKinnon III, Rebecca, Gabrielle, and Juliette Simard, and Cameron Colby. He was the loving companion of Nicole Johnson of Chelmsford.  Darrell is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and family pets Quincy and Austin.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington for Visiting Hours on Sunday, August 5, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Darrell’s memory may be made to the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave, Suite 302, Miami, FL, 33133.

Patrick J. Lee

July 31st, 2012

Patrick J. Lee, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully on July 30, 2012, at Woodbriar of Wilmington.

Patrick was born and raised in South Boston, MA and was the dear son of the late Patrick and Mary (Connolly) Lee, both of whom emigrated from Ireland.

Patrick was a graduate of South Boston High School and went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in law. Thereafter, Attorney Lee served as Clerk of Courts in the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. Following several decades of dedicated service, Patrick retired in December, 1987.

Patrick married the love of his life, Esther Rounds, in the fall of 1961, and the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October, 2011. In the early 1960s, Esther’s father, builder and realtor A.P. Rounds, constructed a home in Wilmington for his daughter and her new husband. The couple lived in this house until two years ago, when they moved to Windsor Place of Wilmington.

In his spare time, Patrick was a sports fan. A lifelong follower of the Boston Red Sox, he was thrilled with the team’s victories in 2004 and 2007 and bedeviled by the team’s disappointing performance in his last days.

Patrick will be fondly remembered for his outgoing nature and friendliness to those he met. His endearing personality drew people to him wherever he went, and he was loved by many.

Patrick is survived by his beloved wife Esther F. (Rounds) Lee as well as many loving nieces and nephews, and dear friends and acquaintances.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Saturday, August 4th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to the Lahey Clinic, c/o Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

Rita R. (Ritrovato) Steed

July 31st, 2012

Rita R. (Ritrovato) Steed, age 68, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on July 31, 2012.

Rita was born on April 5, 1944, in Boston, MA, she was the dear daughter of the late Nicholas A. Sr. and Rose L. (Macario) Ritrovato.

Rita was a hard worker, she worked for the Epsilon Company for many years and in 1992 was recognized with the William L. White Award for the caring of all employed including customers and clients, for going above and beyond for the success of all concerned.  This was first of many attributes that Rita received over the years but the most special one.
Prior to retiring, Rita also worked for 13 years at Quest Diagnostic Medical Labs as a customer service representative, she was a dedicated and faithful employee and a friend to many within the company.

In her spare time, Rita enjoyed dancing, gardening, walking, shopping for clothes, watching her favorite television programs, and traveling.  She took countless trips and cruises with her family and friends enjoyed each as if it was her first.  Rita was also a member of the Burlington Scarlet O’Hatters; a chapter of the Red Hat Society; enjoying the many outings and social events that she participated in.

Rita was a wonderful friend, her kindness and caring were an example to others.  Rita had countless friends that she considered special, each unique, kind, and loving; she always had a great time with her many friends.

Without a doubt family was most important to Rita, the birth of her son, his wedding to the “daughter” she loved, and the birth of her first granddaughter and twin granddaughters to follow; these were Rita’s most precious memories.  Rita enjoyed all her family holidays, celebrations, milestones, and accomplishments. Rita spent the last years of her life living with her son, daughter in law, and granddaughters, this was a time that she cherished and held dear to her heart.  Rita loved her family unconditionally and received much love in return; she was extremely proud of her family.

Rita will be fondly remembered for her strength, as her health declined she never gave up and handled her diagnosis with grace, courage, and faith.  Rita was going to live each and every minute to the fullest; she was truly an amazing women who was beautiful inside and out and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Rita was the beloved mother of William M. Steed III and his wife Annmarie, who was like a daughter to her, loving “Nanny” of Angela Marie, Talia Rose, and Grace Marie Steed all of Wilmington, dear sister of Maryann Ciavardone of Stoneham, Josephine Perkins of Raynham, and Nicholas A. Ritrovato, Jr. of Somerville.  Rita is also survived by several nieces, nephews, many special friends and her family pet Eddie.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, August 3rd at 8:30 a.m.   In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Joan Marie (Brennick) Lucas

July 30th, 2012

Joan Marie (Brennick) Lucas, age 77, of Waterboro, ME, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on July 30, 2012.

Joan was born on April 17, 1935, in Somerville, MA, she was the dear daughter of the late  Leo V. and Ruth (Cashman) Brennick.  Joan moved to Wilmington as a young girl and attended Wilmington Public Schools, graduating Wilmington High School with the Class of 1953.

Joan married her “sweetheart” Glen Bradley Lucas on April 14, 1955, together they celebrated over 57 years of marriage, raised five children, enjoyed being grandparents, and made many memories for generations to come.

Prior to retiring, Joan was an Administrative Secretary for the Polaroid Company for many years.

Joan was a woman of great faith, she was a communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington for many years and when she moved to Waterboro, Maine sixteen years ago she became involved at St. Matthew’s Parish in Limerick, Maine, where she was a Eucharistic Minister.

Joan was a giver, she volunteered many, many hours for “Habitat for Humanity” and she was a source of great comfort to many patients with her volunteer work for Hospice.

Joan loved spending as much time with her grandchildren as she could, she was the best “Nana” they could ask for.  She will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Joan was the beloved wife of Glen B. Lucas, devoted mother of Glen J. Lucas & his wife Barbara of Bridgewater, NH, Mark S. Lucas of Wateroro, ME, Donna M. Keller & her husband Kirk of Methuen, Bradley J. Lucas & his wife Joanne of Wilmington, and Wayne P. Lucas & his wife Jean of Pelham, NH, loving “Nana” of 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, dear sister of the late Steven, Leo, Lorraine, and Fran.  Joan 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 Friday, August 3rd at 9:00 a..m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Thursday, August 2nd from 4-8 p.m.

Frances G. Olson

July 29th, 2012

Frances G. (O’Hare)  Olson, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on July 28, 2012.

Frances was born in Malden, MA, on September 10, 1931 and was raised in Somerville.

Frances married the love of her life Earle B. Olson on November 8, 1951, sharing more than 60 years together and making many memories with their family for generations to come.  Frances and Earle moved to Wilmington in the early 1960’s, where they raised five wonderful children.

When Frances became a grandmother her life got even better, she was fondly known as “Nanie” or “Nana” to her eight grandchildren.  Frances loved spending time with her grandchildren and she was very proud of all of their accomplishments; they were the light of her life.

Frances will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, wonderful grandmother, and a dear friend and neighbor to many.

Frances was the beloved wife of Earle B. Olson, devoted mother of William Olson and his wife Denise of Kennesaw, GA, Karen Johnson and Edward Olson both of Nashua, NH, Bob Olson and his wife Barbara of Wilmington, and Cheryl Blaisdell and her husband John of Tewskbury, loving grandmother of Christopher Olson, Elizabeth Olson, Emma Olson, Matthew Blaisdell, Meaghan Blaisdell, Jacob Olson, Sara Olson, and Christian Olson, dear daughter of the late Margaret (Frazier) Harris, sister of Elizabeth Goodwin of Malden, the late Helen Farrell and Margaret Najarian, sister-in-law of Shirley Poore of Wollaston, Robert and Hope Olson of Newtown, PA, Richard and Trudy Olson of Westford, Jean and Dave Williamson of Burlington.  Frances is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, August 2nd at 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 1st  from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Frances’ name may be made to  a Charity of your choice.