Obituaries

Caleb C. Hanson

March 13th, 2015

Caleb C. Hanson, age 59, died peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Wilmington, MA.

Caleb was the much loved husband of Carol (Kane) Hanson, beloved and loving father of David Hanson and Bethany Hanson of Wilmington, devoted son of Dorothea (Reynolds) and the late Harlan “Harpo” Hanson of Williamstown, MA, he is also survived by his brother John Hanson and his wife Elizabeth of Cambridge, MA, his brother Charles Hanson and his wife Katherine of Redwood City, CA, his sister Dorothea Hanson of The Hague, Netherlands, his sister-in-law Susan Kane-Ashworth of Richmond, VA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in Boston, Caleb grew up in Williamstown and was graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Scandinavian languages and literature from Harvard and a graduate degree in library science from Simmons.

Caleb worked as a librarian at Wellesley College and as a writer, copy editor, and general editor at Lotus Development/IBM in Cambridge and North Reading, at Curriculum Associates in Billerica, and at Tufts Health Plan – Network Health in Medford.

Caleb was always interested in the history of this and other countries and enjoyed a variety of travel opportunities. His family had spent a year in Alsace when he was a boy and he was fluent in French. During his high school years, they took another year abroad to England where he attended Magdalen College School at Oxford. His study and appreciation of Icelandic sagas led to more than one journey to that far land. He was also active for many years in a medieval recreation society where he was well known for his scholarship, for his story-telling, and for his performances in early and Shakespearean theater. He loved books, maps, games, and the company of friends.

In all things, Caleb cared strongly for the power of words to transmit knowledge and enjoyment, and his greatest pleasure was where the two could be combined. His was a generous, cheerful, and gentle spirit, and he will be much missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Please send requests for notice to memorialservice@dragonbear.com. The information will also be posted when known at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com, where condolences and remembrances can also be left.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org) or to the Unitarian Universalist Association (www.uua.org).

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George D. “Swede” McGondel, Sr.

March 11th, 2015

George D. “Swede” McGondel, Sr., age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on March 10, 2015, at the Winchester Hospital.

George was born on February 9, 1930, in Woburn; he was the cherished son of the late Charles E. and Sarah J. (Connolly) McGondel of Woburn, MA. George was raised in Woburn; he attended the St. Charles School and went on to attend Woburn High School from which he graduated in 1947.

After graduation and with the permission from his parents, George joined the US Army Air Force at the age of seventeen. George enlisted on July 22, 1947 in Winthrop. During his service, he worked as an aircraft mechanic. After several years of faithful service, George was discharged on July 21, 1950 at McChord AFB in Washington.

After being honorably discharged from the military, George met and later married his wife, Grace C. (Lascelles) McGondel. The couple went on to settle in Wilmington in 1953 where they raised their six children; George, Carol, Deborah, Grace, Susan and Lorraine.

George was a hard worker; he owned his own business, George McGondel Plumbing and Heating. George was dedicated to his job and earned the respect of all the customers he served. Prior to retiring, George also worked as a hospital engineer for the EN Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.

George loved sports; in high school, George was the Cross Country Team captain. He was a huge Red Sox fan and loved to sit and watch countless games on T.V. In his spare time, George enjoyed spending time outdoors; he was an avid gardener.

George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

George was the beloved husband of 63 years of Grace C. (Lascelles) McGondel, devoted father of George D. McGondel, Jr. & his wife Jean of Haverhill, Carol A. Doucette & her husband Ronald of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Deborah M. Anderson & her husband Roy of Wilmington, Grace Pilvelatis & her husband John of Billerica, Susan Schultz of Amesbury and Lorraine M. Dalton & her husband Donald of Granger, IN, loving grandfather of Kerry (Anderson) Meisinger & her husband Kevin of Roslindale, Kurt Anderson of Wilmington, Elizabeth (McGondel) Arlen & her husband Darrell of Henniker, NH, Stephanie Anderson and her fiance Jason Becotte of Methuen, Gregory McGondel & his wife Elise of Hampton, NH, Matthew Doucette & his wife Kristin of Goffstown, NH, Michael Doucette of Waltham, Stephen Natoli & his wife Kathleen of Groton, CT, Christopher Doucette of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Nicholas Doucette & his fiance Amy Sturgeon of South Portland, ME, David Pilvelatis of Billerica, Rebecca Schultz of Wilmington and the late Justin Anderson, great-grandfather of Joshua, Lucas and Zachary Arlen, Cora Grace McGondel, Zachary, Cole and Liam Natoli and the late Susannah Grace Arlen, cherished son of the late Charles E. and Sarah J. (Connolly) McGondel, Sr., dear brother of Margaret Flannigan & her late husband Francis of Wilmington and the late Charles E. McGondel, Jr. & his wife Rita, Bartholomew J. McGondel & his wife Mary, John F. McGondel & his wife Kathleen, William H. McGondel and Lawrence R. McGondel. George is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Elsie McGondel of Reading and Janet Manuel of Wilmington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 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 with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 13th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Georgeâ??s name can be made to St. Jude Children’??s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Shriner’??s Hospital for Children, c/o Office of Development, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Maureen S. Minichiello

March 11th, 2015

Maureen S. (Marshall) Minichiello, age 60, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2015 at the Winchester Hospital.

Maureen was born on December 2, 1954 in Melrose, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Martin and Betty Ann (Roberts) Marshall. Maureen grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School.

Maureen met her husband and best friend, Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., in her early teens and they married in the 1970′??s. Maureen and Paul lived in Malden for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1976, where they raised their two children Paul, Jr. and Nicole. Maureen and Paul returned to Malden for 10 years and returned to Wilmington in the mid 1990’s.

Maureen loved to spend time with her family; she was a devoted wife and mother. Maureen was always there to support her family; they were her priority. She cared about everyone around her and would help anyone; always putting others needs before her own.

In her spare time, Maureen enjoyed her many trips to the beach with her family and friends.

Maureen was a devoted wife, mother, “Mimi”,? sister and friend to everyone. Maureen was very kind and loving and will be greatly missed.

Maureen was the beloved wife of Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., devoted mother of Paul J. Minichiello, Jr. & his fiance Nicole Augusta of Billerica and Nicole Brown & her husband Paul of Methuen, loving “Mimi” of Jordyn Brown, Joseph Brown and Adrianna Minichiello, cherished daughter of the late Martin and Betty Ann (Roberts) Marshall, dear sister of Elaine Rafuse of Wilmington, Michael Marshall of Colorado and John Collins of New Hampshire. Maureen is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 17th from 10:30 a.m. â?? 12:00 noon. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial Donations in Maureen’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Arthur W. Myslinski

March 11th, 2015

Arthur W. Myslinski, of Wilmington, fondly known as “Arty” or “Slinky” to his family and friends, formerly a long-time resident of Haverhill, died unexpectadely on March 8th, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 25.

Arty was born on March 22, 1989, in Worcester, MA; he was the beloved son of Zofia (Jasek) Myslinski and Tomasz Myslinski. Arty was raised in Haverhill, MA and was a graduate of Haverhill High School with the Class of 2007.

Following graduation from High School, Arty enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2009 and served the Country during Operation Enduring Freedom. Arty was deployed to Afghanistan and was part of a battalion that swept for EOD’s. Arty received many commendations for his fine service including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal just to name a few but he was most proud of earning the Combat Infantry Badge. Arty was honorably discharged from Afghanistan deployment on July 25, 2011 and returned home to his family.

Arty chose to continue his education at the Porter & Chester Institute in Woburn, MA which he graduated as a HVAC technician.

In his spare time, Arty loved to hang out with his friends, listen to all kinds of music, play video games, and follow sports. Arty was an avid skater also loved to follow the New England Patriots.

Arty will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family, his friends, and his country; and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Arty is survived by his parents Zofia Myslinski and Tomasz Myslinski, his brother Michael Myslinski of Haverhill, his family in Poland, his step-father and step-sister Andrew and Lia Holowenczak of Wilmington, his many friends and his beloved dog Kelly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 16th 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 with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 15th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Ellen E. Fillio

March 11th, 2015

Ellen E. Fillio, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 9th, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Winchester on December 21st, 1965, Ellen was the fourth out of five children of David and Louise Fillio.  Ellen attended and graduated from the Merrimack Special Education Colaborative.

Ellen loved to be entertained; she enjoyed watching television and loved music.  She loved the sound of rhythmic tapping and loved her drum, “boom boom”.  Ellen didn’t miss a trick, she was always aware of her surroundings.  She enjoyed spending time with children, especially babies and liked to watch them play around.

Ellen was always well taken care of by her family.  The loving care that she received from all of them was astounding, especially by her Mother, who devoted 49 years taking care of her daughter at home.

Ellen was the cherished daughter of Louise (Supranowicz) Fillio of Wilmington and the late David Fillio.  She was the beloved sister of Carol Fillio of Tewksbury, Paul Fillio and his wife Gina of Salem, NH, Thomas Fillio and his wife Kathleen of Newton, NH and Nancy Fillio of Reading.  Ellen was the dear aunt of Jessica Fillio, David Fillio, RaeAnna Hughes and the late Allison Fillio.  Ellen is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

All services will be held privately.  Memorial donations in Ellen’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.

Sharon A. (Duvall) White

March 10th, 2015

Sharon A. (Duvall) White, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 8, 2015.

Sharon was the beloved wife of Robert V. White, devoted mother of Bob White & his wife Denise of Lowell, Scott White & his wife Kim of Salem, NH, Sean White & his wife Sukhun of Gerald, TX and Michelle White of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Ashley White, Brittany White, Shane White, Tyler White, Nolan White, Jade White, Maria White, Noel White and Kylie White, great-grandmother of Destiny and Alli, cherished daughter of the late James & Maureen (McCormick) Duvall, dear sister of Barbara DeTucci of Saugus and the late Patty Woodman.  Sharon is also survived by her dear friend Jack Mangiasi, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Sharon’s name may be made to the VNA Care Network & Hospice, 199 Rosewood Drive, Ste. 180, Danvers, MA  01923.

Robert H. Tillotson

March 5th, 2015

Robert H. Tillotson, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015 at The Oxford in Haverhill.

Bob was born on March 28, 1927 in Johnson, VT; he was the cherished son of the late Harold and Bernice (Paronto) Tillotson. Bob was raised and educated in Vermont.

Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. on April 1, 1946 in Kearns, Utah. He worked as an Engineer while serving overseas for more than a year. Bob was honorably discharged on September 7, 1947 at Camp Stoneman, California. He always maintained his love for his country throughout his life.

After returning home, Bob married “the love of his life,” Helen (Sheehan) Tillotson on July 23, 1954. The couple shared more than 55 years of marriage before her passing in 2009. Bob and Helen moved to Wilmington, where they raised their four sons; Bob, Jr., George, Harold and Thomas.

Bob worked at Tewksbury State Hospital for more than thirty years. He started his career at the hospital as an orderly. Bob was a great asset to the hospital and with many years of dedicated and loyal service; Bob retired as the Director of Maintenance.

Bob will be remembered for his love of family, they were his greatest joy. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren. In his spare time, Bob took pride in his garden; he especially loved his roses. He will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Sheehan) Tillotson, devoted father of Robert H. Tillotson & his wife Mary Ann, George A. Tillotson & his wife Cathy of Ft. Wayne, IN, Harold H. Tillotson & his wife Heather of Wilmington and Thomas J. Tillotson & his wife Gretchen of Brownsburg, IN, loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Harold and Bernice (Paronto) Tillotson, dear brother of Audrey Bishop of Holden, Jane Dansereau of Vernon, VT, Howard & his wife Marsha Tillotson of Spencer and the late Lloyd Tillotson. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, March 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Bob’s name can be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

Eleanor M. Covello

March 2nd, 2015

Eleanor M. (Ferreira) Covello, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 1, 2015.

Eleanor was born on June 14, 1924 in Somerville, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Aristides and Mary (Marshall) Ferreira.  Eleanor was raised in Somerville as part of a large, loving Portugese family.

Eleanor moved to Wilmington in 1961, where she raised her three daughters; Deborah, Carolyn and Linda.  Eleanor was a devoted mother who worked tirelessly to make a nice life for her girls.

Aside from being a full-time mother, Eleanor also went to work for Analog Devices in Wilmington.  She was a dedicated worker and after many years with the company, Eleanor retired.

Eleanor was a devout Catholic; she attended Mass regularly at St. Thomas Church in Wilmington.  Eleanor was a strong, independent woman and always kept her faith in God.

Eleanor will be remembered as a loving mother and “Gram.”  She always put her family first and loved making a “home” for her family.  Eleanor will truly be missed by her daughters and grandsons.

Eleanor was the devoted mother of Deborah Phillips and her husband Lon of Billerica, Carolyn Witham of Wilmington, and Linda Covello of South Carolina, loving “Gram” of Dale Vaillancourt, Brian Witham, and Lonny Phillips, beloved daughter of the late Aristides and Mary (Marshall) Ferreira, dear sister of the late John, Edward, Gilbert, Albert, and Ethel Ferreira. Eleanor is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Carolyn J. McKenna

March 2nd, 2015

Carolyn J. (Pilcher) McKenna, age 73, a long-time resident of Andover and Tewksbury, died peacefully on February 28, 2015. Carolyn was the beloved wife of Richard “Dick” McKenna, devoted mother of Scott McKenna & his wife Donna of Tewksbury, Gail Richards & her husband Todd of So. Carolina, and Gregg McKenna & his wife Kim of Wilmington, loving “Gram” of Fr. Stephen McKenna, William McKenna, Todd Richards Jr., 1st Lt. Courtney Richards, 1st Lt. Kelsey Richards, Julianne McKenna, and Matthew McKenna, daughter of the late Stephen and Jen (Day) Pilcher, dear sister of Lois South of So. Carolina, Pat Barbaro of Winchester, Ellen Pilcher of Wilmington, the late Stephen “Sonny” Pilcher, Robert Pilcher, and Richard “Buddy” Pilcher . Carolyn is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. for a Funeral Mass which will be celebrated in Latin by Carolyn’s grandson Fr. Stephen McKenna. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

George W. Keddie, Jr.

February 24th, 2015

George W. Keddie Jr., age 72, of Windham, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 23, 2015, following a courageous with cancer.

George was born in Boston, MA on July 15, 1942; he was the cherished only son of George W. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie. George was raised in Dorchester and a graduate of Boston Latin High School.

Following graduation, George was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and started active duty on May 21, 1964. George’s education included Sharpshooting and Medical Corpsman; he used his skills while serving overseas. George was honorably discharged on May 14, 1966, after proudly serving his country and returned home to his family.

A couple of years after returning home from active duty, George met the “love of his life” Geraldine Adams; the couple married on October 7, 1972 and made their home in Quincy, MA. While working hard for his family, George decided to go back to school to continue his education; George enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis.

George took a position as a Systems Analyst for the Gillette Company in South Boston; George’s work ethic and extensive knowledge made him a great asset to the company. George finally retired following many years of dedicated service.

George and Geraldine made their home in Wilmington for more than 15 years where they raised two wonderful children, Matthew and Bridget. George was very devoted to his family, his love was unconditional; he enjoyed every moment spent with them, and always beamed with pride when he spoke of them. Following his retirement, George and Geraldine moved to New Hampshire where they could be closer to their children and grandchildren Jeffrey and Ashley,whom they adored.

George was known to be a man of great faith; while living in Wilmington, George was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and when he moved to Windham, NH he became very involved at St. Matthew’s Church. George’s love of God, Country, and family sustained him through many difficult times and taught him to reach out and help others in need.

In his spare time, George enjoyed golfing, reading, especially science fiction novels, and volunteering his time and talents to help others.

George will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, helpful, generous, and most of all loving. George was always there lending a hand or an ear for his family, friends, or anyone in need; he was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all.

George was the beloved husband of Geraldine F. (Adams) Keddie, devoted father of Matthew Keddie of Windham, NH and Bridget Gray & her husband James of Derry, NH, loving “Grandpa” of Jeffrey and Ashley Gray, cherished son of the late George W. Sr. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie, dear brother of Barbara McManus of Plymouth, MA and Mary Louise Hainsworth of Florida. George is also survived by several brother and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte.62), Wilmington on Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.