Obituaries

Hilda C. Mugford

April 8th, 2015

Hilda C. Mugford, age 75, of Marcus Road in Wilmington, died peacefully on April 7, 2015.

Hilda is survived by her husband, Frank, her daughter Pam, and her sons, Scott and Jim. She was the proud grandmother of five: Leah, Andrew, Aiden, Nathan, and Samantha, and a loving mother-in-law to Michelle and Lesley.

Born in Chelsea, MA and a native of Malden, she moved to Wilmington with her husband in 1960. Living initially on Main Street near Silver Lake, they moved to Marcus Road in 1970 where they have lived ever since.

Hilda worked in the human resources department at the former SweetHeart Plastics plant in Wilmington before moving on to similar positions with Indian Head Bank in New Hampshire. She transitioned to Executive Secretary for the President of Fleet Bank in Boston, a position from which she retired in 2002.

Hilda loved the beach, vacationing yearly in Wells and/or York, Maine with her husband and family for decades. She was quite fond of horses, she loved her Persian cats, and she enjoyed cultivating her rose garden. She will be sorely missed.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 14th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, April 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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John H. Crooker

April 7th, 2015

John H. Crooker, age 90, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Reading, passed away on April 1, 2015.

John was born on July 2, 1924 in Winchester; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer Percy and Ethel M. (Howe) Crooker. John was raised in Reading and graduated from Reading High School with the Class of 1942.

Following his graduation from high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. on July 27, 1942 in Boston. He proudly served his country in the South Pacific with the 1st Marine Division during WWII. After more than two years, John was honorably discharged on December 14, 1945 in Bainbridge, MD.

John returned home to marry his high school “sweetheart,” Elizabeth D. (Burpee) Crooker. John and Elizabeth were voted class couple in Reading in 1942. The couple settled in Reading where they raised their three children; Ronald, Diane and Joan.

John had a great work ethic; he was the district manager for Commercial Union Insurance Company for many years. He was well-respected within his industry and following many dedicated years of work; John retired.

In his spare time, John was a talented craftsman. He was able to repair or create many pieces of furniture in his lifetime.

John was very involved in his community. He served on the Reading Municipal Light Board for several years. John’s intelligence and insight proved to be a strong asset to the company. John was also a life-long Mason. He belonged to the Friendship Lodge in Portland, Maine.

John was a man of great faith; he was a member of the Old South Methodist Church in Reading. He attended Services there regularly and was well liked by his fellow parishioners.

John was an honest and caring husband, father and grandfather. He was a wonderful provider and teacher. His family was most important to him and he will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth D. (Burpee) Crooker, devoted father of Ronald H. Crooker & his wife Suzanne of Wilmington, Diane C. Neill & her husband John C. of Southampton, NY and Joan E. Crooker & her partner John A. Redding of Carlisle, loving “Grandpa” of Laura Jane Neill and Elizabeth Joan Neill, cherished son of the late Elmer P. and Ethel M. (Howe) Crooker. John is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his long-time friend Margie Batchelder.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon and will be concluded with Military Honors. Interment will be private. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Old South Methodist Church, 6 Salem St, Reading, MA 01867.

Stephen F. Valletta

April 6th, 2015

Stephen F. Valletta, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on April 5, 2015.

Stephen was born on June 10, 1965, in Saugus, MA; he was the cherished son of Marie T. and the late Frank S. Valletta. Stephen was raised in Wilmington, he attended Wilmington Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1983. While in High School, Stephen played varsity basketball for the Wilmington Wildcats.

Stephen went on to further his education at Merrimack College in Andover where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1988.

For more than 20 years, Stephen was employed as a Financial Manager for the AutoServ Company in Tilton, New Hampshire.

Stephen was known to be an avid New England sports fan; he enjoyed taking in countless Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics games with his family and friends throughout the years. Stephen was also a huge WWF wrestling fan and loved to watch Monday Night Raw with his nephews.

Stephen not only followed sports but he spent many years volunteering with the youth of Wilmington; Stephen coached Wilmington Little League as well as Wilmington Rec. Basketball.

Stephen’s family was always first and foremost in his life; he showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Stephen was a wonderful son, father, brother, and most of all an “awesome” uncle. Stephen was a “big kid” at heart, he spent many hours babysitting his nieces and nephews, taking them on great adventures, and attending many of their sporting events. Stephen loved going to the beach and enjoyed spending time with the family poolside. Holidays and family traditions were of great importance to Stephen; Christmas was one of his favorites and he carried on the annual reading of the Christmas stories to his children and nieces and nephews following the death of his dad.

Stephen was proud to be a “townie” and was always willing to give back to the community he loved. Stephen will be fondly remembered for his big heart and for his willingness to do for others. Stephen was kind, caring, and most of all loving; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends whom he loved so much.

Stephen was the dear husband of Cheryl A. (Burt) Valletta, devoted father of Kelly Marie Valletta and Hank Schneckloth both of Wilmington, beloved son of Marie T. (Sullivan) and the late Frank S. Valletta of Wilmington, cherished brother of Susan Moorer of Peabody, Kristen Thornton of Tewksbury, and Carrie Gentili and her husband Keith of New Boston, NH, special uncle of Katie, Carolyn, Domenic, Chance, Austin, Julia, and Sarah. Stephen is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 9th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 8th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Stephen’s name may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540.

Joshua D. Romanski

April 4th, 2015

Joshua D. Romanski, age 31, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on April 3, 2015.

Joshua was the beloved son of David Romanski of Wilmington and Helen (Brewster) Ryba & her husband Paul of Auburn, NH, dear brother of Zachary Romanski of Wilmington, Matthew Ryba and Nick Ryba both of Auburn, NH, cherished grandson of Edmund and Dee Romanski of Wilmington and Arlene Brewster of Auburn, NH, loving nephew of Deborah Romanski and her husband Judge Robert Mellon of Richboro, PA and Kathy Caristi of Cohoes, NY. Joshua is also survived by many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 9th from 5-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Joshua’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887. Joshua proudly served in the United States Air Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Robert P. Heigham

April 4th, 2015

Robert P. Heigham, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2015.

Bob was born on September 23, 1946 in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Walter P. and Evelyn M. (Rees) Heigham. Bob was raised and educated in Burlington.

Following his graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 31, 1966 in Boston. He proudly served during Vietnam, earning several medals for his bravery. After more than three years, Bob was honorably discharged on June 8, 1969 in Oakland, CA.

Bob returned home from the military and settled in Wilmington, where he and Ellen raised their two sons, Paul and Tom. Bob loved the Wilmington community; he volunteered as a soccer coach and was an integral part of the construction of the Shawsheen Field Clubhouse.

Bob’s family was most important to him. He was a loving Dad and proud of his sons and their accomplishments. He was happy to hear of the recent announcement that Tom was getting married. He adored being “Grampy” to Anthony and Lucca. He cherished the holidays spent with the Donovans, as well as the reunions with his brothers and sisters.

Many of his fondest memories came from spending time with his ‘Buds Up’ friends, the Wilmington ‘Fun Club’, and boating at Sebago Lake in ME.

Bob was an extremely hard worker. Through his dedication to his job and his intelligence, Bob worked as a project manager in the construction industry for many years, at Guiterrez, Spaulding & Slye and Iron Mountain.

Robert was the devoted father of Paul J. Heigham & his wife Melissa of Wilmington and Thomas R. Heigham & his fiancé Nicole Pichette of Dorchester, loving “Grampy” of Anthony and Lucca Heigham, cherished son of the late Walter P. and Evelyn M. (Rees) Heigham, dear brother of Richard Heigham of Florida, Evelyn Vautour of Webster and Judith Woodbury of Shrewsbury, brother-in-law of Larry and Janice Donovan of Tewksbury. Robert is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as his former wife and dear friend, Ellen Heigham.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial Donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Bedford VAMC Patient Programs, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

Jennie Siracusa

April 2nd, 2015

Jennie Siracusa, (Guerreri), age 91, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Clearwater, FL and North Reading, MA, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends, on April 1, 2015, at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester.

She was born on February 7, 1924 in Boston, MA; was the cherished daughter of the late Phillip and Assunta (Salamone) Guerreri. Jennie was raised and educated in East Boston and was part of a close knit and very loving family.

Jennie married the “love of her life” and her best friend Frank Siracusa on September 16, 1945 and they shared 63 memorable years together before his passing in 2008. In 1955 they moved to North Reading where they raised their two children Annette and Frank. Family was of utmost importance to Jennie; throughout her life she was a very devoted wife, mother, Grannie, Great nana, daughter, aunt, and especially a devoted sister. Jennie and her sisters remained close throughout the years and were always there for each other.

Jennie was quite a homemaker, she loved to entertain, and had many memorable parties in her North Reading home throughout the years. Jennie, with Frank at her side, always cooked up a storm, sang while she prepared everything, and always made everyone feel at home; no one was ever a stranger to her.

Jennie was a woman of great faith and an active communicant at St. Theresa’s Parish in North Reading for many years. Jennie was a member of the parish prayer group. She was always willing to lend a hand where ever she could.

Jennie and Frank were snow birds for many years and in 1985 the couple moved permanently to the Bay Oaks Condominiums in Clearwater, Florida, where she could be close to her sisters. They remained there for 30 years. They volunteered at various nursing homes in the Clearwater area where they would visit the seniors and sing all the old songs with them.

Jennie will be fondly remembered for her great personality and kindness towards others. Jennie was a beautiful lady inside and out and her beautiful smile will be missed by all.

Jennie was the beloved wife of 63 years to the late Frank Siracusa, devoted mother of Annette Pellegrini & her husband Peter of Wilmington and the late Frank Siracusa; loving “Grannie” of Jodi & Richard Bobrowski of South Hadley and Peter L. & Diane Pellegrini of Dracut; “Great Nana” of Jenna and Leah Bobrowski and Alanna Pellegrini. Cherished daughter of the late Phillipo and Assunta (Salamone) Guerreri; dear sister of the late Josie Catrone, Caroline Tropea, Lucy Fariole, and Anna Letterie. Jennie is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 8th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held in Clearwater, FL at a later date. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 7th from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, the Aberjona Nursing Center, Attn: Social Activities, 184 Swanton St., Winchester, MA 01890, or to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.

Mabel M. Daley

March 30th, 2015

Mabel M. (Sylvester) Daley, age 83, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 28, 2015, at the Winchester Hospital.

Mabel was born on March 15, 1932, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Warren S. and Annabelle (Stacey) Sylvester. Mabel was raised in Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge Latin High School.

Mabel met and fell in love with John E. Daley at Jordan Marsh Company in Boston where they were both working at the time. The couple married and resided in Somerville for a few years before settling in Wilmington in 1963 where they raised three wonderful children; Theresa Ann, Edward, and Walter. Mabel was a wonderful mother and homemaker; her family was always her first priority and in her later years she enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Mabel took much pride in her home, inside and out; she would often be found tending to her many flower gardens around her yard, it always looked beautiful.

Mabel was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center; for many years where she enjoyed attending their exercise classes and their social activities. Mabel was always willing to give her time to drive other seniors around; whether it was a ride to doctor’s appointment, grocery shopping, or any other errand, she never minded helping.

Mabel’s beliefs and faith were very strong; she was very involved in the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Wilmington for many years. Mabel loved helping others and through her involvement with Kingdom Hall she was able to do just that.

Mabel will be fondly remembered for her acts of kindness and caring towards others; she was quiet, gentle, and full of love. Mabel will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends.

Mabel was the beloved wife of the late John E. Daley, devoted mother of Edward “Ted” Daley & his wife Donna of Wilmington, Walter Daley of Stoneham, and the late Theresa Ann Daley, loving grandmother of Kerri Lyn Russell, Ryan, Corey, and Matthew Daley, and great-grandchildren Riley and Madison, cherished daughter of the late Warren and Annabelle (Stacey) Sylvester, dear sister of Donald Sylvester of Florida, the late John, Walter, and Warren Sylvester, Dorothy Robarts, Marie Pethick, and Marjorie Garrett. Mabel is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A Graveside service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Mabel’s memory may be made to Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, 1 Bridge Lane, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Helen G. Barosky-White

March 30th, 2015

Helen G. Barosky-White, (Letellier), age 92, of Epping, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Rowley, MA, died peacefully on March 27, 2015, at the Country Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Newburyport.

Helen was born on September 28, 1922,in Cambridge, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Letellier. Helen was raised and educated in Wilmington, she was a member of a large and loving family and she enjoyed being from “the country.”

Helen married the “love of her life” Francis Barosky in Fort Benning, GA on November 1, 1942; they were parents to three wonderful children, Geri, Tom, and David. Helen and Francis cherished their short time together as a family until Francis’ untimely death in 1955; this was devastating to everyone. Family was everything toHelen, through lots of hard work, love, and faith, Helen managed to keep things together and continued to raise her children just as they had planned.

Helen and her family lived in Tewksbury for several years before moving to Rowley where they lived for more than 35 years. In her later years, Helen moved to Epping, NH, with her daughter about 15 years ago.

Throughout the years, Helen worked as a retail salesperson in Newburyport but she really loved her job at Kathy Ann’s Bakery where she could interact with the customers; she always had a gentle nature and a big smile.

In her spare time, Helen enjoyed bowling, dancing, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was a “social butterfly” who had a great time at every special event and beamed with pride as she spoke of her family.

Helen was truly a “one of a kind lady” who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Francis Barosky and James White, devoted mother of Geri Fichera of Epping, NH, Tom Barosky & his wife Terri of Canton, MA, and Dave Barosky & his wife Sue of Hampstead, NH, loving “Grammy/Nana” of John Fichera, Jennifer Macaluso, Todd, Luke, and Mark Barosky,Lauren Barosky, Paige Dwire, Jake Barosky, Tori Gingras, Katie Rametta and great-grandchildren Julia, Ryne, Brooke, Jax, and Kaylee. Cherished daughter of the late Albert and Margaret (O’Brien) Letellier, dear sister of Agnes Reid of New Jersey, Barbara Marsh of Tewksbury, Mary McMahon, Nora Branscombe, and Carol Taylor all of Wilmington, John Letellier of Billerica, the late Joe, Eddie, and Bobby Letellier, Margaret McClintic, and Loretta Kenney. Helen is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Helen’s request her Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Helen’s memory may be made to St.
Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or donors@stjude.org. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Kenneth E. Ward

March 29th, 2015

Kenneth E. Ward, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly of Hudson, NH, passed away on March 28, 2015 at Woodbriar of Wilmington.

Ken was born on October 3, 1926 in Boston; he was the cherished son of the late John E. and Beulah (Little) Ward. Ken was raised in Charlestown before moving with his family to Wilmington, where he graduated high school in 1944.

Following his graduation from high school, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 2, 1944 in Boston. He proudly served for two years during WWII before being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946.

Ken worked as an equipment installer for New England Telephone (Verizon) for many years before retiring in 1989. Ken continued his dedication to Verizon after his retirement as an active member of the Retirees for Verizon organization.

Ken liked to be involved and kept active with many organizations. He belonged to the American Legion Post #100 of Pelham, NH, the Elks and the National Rifle Association.

In his spare time, Ken loved to read; he would read anything that would spark his interest. In recent years, Ken was a supporter of the Friends of Wilmington Library. Ken also loved to cook for his family and friends. In his earlier years, Ken was a talented gardener; he loved to spend time out in the yard.

Ken will be remembered for his gentle and caring way. He had a great respect and treated his late wife Virginia very well. Ken was close to his family and they considered him their “rock.” He also enjoyed caring for his cat, Princess.

Ken was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (Kennedy) Ward, devoted father of the late Janette (Kennison) Powers & her husband the late Richard, loving grandfather of Laurie Finne & her husband Ken of Wilmington, cherished son of the late John E. and Beulah (Little) Ward. Ken is survived by his step-children Dale Cormier of Tewksbury, Dean Kennedy of Athens, ME and Dyan Kennedy of Danvers, grandchildren Adam, Eric, Jessica, Ashlee, Katie, Alan and Christine. Ken is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his cat, Princess. He was very special to his former wife, the late Edith (Ward) Narduzzo.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Friends of Wilmington Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Arthur S. Love, Sr.

March 26th, 2015

Arthur S. Love, Sr., age 76, of Haverhill, formerly a resident of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 25, 2015.

Arthur was born on October 5, 1938 in Boston, Mass; son of the late James and Mary (Dias) Love. Arty was one of 9 children. He grew up in Tewksbury, Mass on 102 Brown Street. After school, he went off to the Army Service for several years then returned back to Tewksbury. That is where he met his wife. On October 3, 1959, he married Yvonne A. Gagnon, and they shared 55 Years of marriage together. They resided in Tewksbury until 2008 then moved to Haverhill.

Arty was a devoted father to five children. He lost his second child Albert William when he was 2 years old. Albert’s memory was forever in his heart. To Arty his children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Everyone that surrounded him would hear endless stories about their accomplishments. Up until the end when he was telling everyone he met about them. He was a loyal friend that would help a stranger if they were in need of help. In his house when we were growing up there was always an open door policy. No questioned asked he would just call the parents to tell them they were safe. He lived his life always helping people in need. He will be dearly missed by all.

Arthur is survived by Yvonne A. (Gagnon) Love, father of Arthur S. Love, Jr. & his wife Connie of Hattiesburg, MS, Michael D. Love & his wife Carol of Haverhill, Lisa A. Pisano & her husband Michael of Haverhill, Lora Manning & her husband Thomas of East Hampstead, NH and the late Albert W. Love, loving “Grampie” of David Love, Kara Meads, Amanda Tracy, Kathryn Love, Patrick Love, Jason Love, Sarah Manning and Tommy Manning, cherished son of the late James and Mary (Dias) Love, dear brother of Rita Marsilia, James L. Love, Dorothy Proctor, Patricia Gagnon, William Love, Rita Turner and the late Beatrice Newcomb and Robert Love. Arthur is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Fidelis Hospice, 25 Railroad Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.