Obituaries

Ruth (Callahan) DeLuca

August 21st, 2015

Ruth Ann DeLuca (Callahan), age 90, of Lunenburg, formerly of Wilmington and East Boston, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2015.

Ruth was born in Boston, MA on June 25, 1925 to the late James J. and Margaret (McDonald) Callahan where she was one of 9 children. Ruth was a vivacious and curious young girl, who grew up in Dorchester in St. Gregory’s Parish.

As a young woman, Ruth worked as a secretary at Keystone Camera in Boston, where she met her future husband, Amedeo B. (Babe) DeLuca. After marrying in 1950, the couple moved to East Boston where they raised their four children, Karen, Joseph, Christopher and Keley. In 1972 the family moved to Wilmington where they enjoyed hosting family cook-outs and wiffle ball games. After retirement, Ruth and Babe enjoyed their frequent trips to Martha’s Vineyard and their active involvement in a small craft business, attending local fall craft fairs. Ruth was a cherished and devoted wife for 46 years of marriage and, after Babe’s passing, enjoyed her daily mass attendance, where she developed long-lasting friendships in the St. Thomas church community.

In her spare time, Ruth was known to be an avid reader and cook (especially her famous eggplant parmigiana), who enjoyed watching movies, Red Sox and Patriots games.

Ruth will be remembered as a thoughtful, caring and generous wife and mother, a loving grandmother, and devoted and faithful friend, who will be missed by all.

Ruth was the devoted mother and grandmother of Karen Stephens & her husband Louis of New York and their children Phoebe, Luis Jose, Dustin, Caitlin and Thomas, Joseph DeLuca & his wife Carolyn of Westford and their children Kevin, Keri and her husband Phil Polmonari, Christopher DeLuca & his wife Julie of Harwich and their children Matthew, Kyle and the late Taylor, and Keley Russo & her husband Timothy of Lunenburg and their children Isabella and Joseph, dear sister of the late Margaret Coveney, Dorothy Madden, Jane Mullaney, Mary Havey, Richard, Michael, James and Annie Callahan. Ruth is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Internment will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In memory of Ruth’s life, donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/www.alz.org), Dana-Farber Cancer Institue (www.dana-farber.org), and American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

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Teresa M. Brady

August 12th, 2015

Teresa M. Brady (Murphy), age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on August 12, 2015. Teresa was the beloved wife of Paul J. Brady; devoted mother of Mary Ellen Hayes & her husband John of Walpole and Paul J. Brady, Jr. of Derry, NH. Loving “Nana” of Matthew Brady of Wilmington, Elizabeth Hayes of Walpole, and Sean Brady of Tewksbury. Cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Celia (Boyle) Murphy; dear sister of Marguerite Ferguson of Wilmington, NC, Gertrude O’Handley of North Andover, the late Mary Maloney, John “Sonny” Murphy, Barbara Danforth, and Agnes Murphy; sister-in-law of Mary and Ann Brady. Teresa is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 17th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, August 16th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Teresa’s memory may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010.

Ruth J. (Jones) Bedell

August 11th, 2015

Ruth J. (Jones) Bedell, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 10th, 2015, at the Winchester Hospital, with her sons and daughters by her side. Ruth was the beloved wife of the late LeRoy Bennett Bedell, Jr. She was the loving mother of Bruce F. Bedell, Kenneth Bedell & his wife Ana, Priscilla Paxson & her husband Richard, and Cynthia Brennan & her husband James. Cherished “Grammie” of Jennifer Yuan, Shawn Bedell, Michael Bedell, Bennett Gerardo Bedell, Vanessa Paxson, David Paxson & his wife Katie and Lindsey Paxson, great “Grammie” of Abigail Yuan, Aiden Kenney and Reese Paxson. Ruth was the daughter of the late Frank and Doris (Fletcher) Jones, dear sister of the late Doris Murphy & Mary Esther Kaknes. Ruth is also survived by her sister & brother-in-laws and their families.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, at 12 noon. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 14th, from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ruth’s name can be made to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or Framingham University Alumni House, 42 Adams Road, Framingham, MA 01702-2456.

Marie F. Woodland

August 10th, 2015

Marie F. Woodland (Dilworth), age 86, of Chocorua, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and Lake Wales, FL, died peacefully surround by her loving family on August 9, 2015.

Marie was born on April 29, 1929, in Cambridge, MA; she was the daughter of the late William and Mildred Dilworth. Marie was raised and educated in Cambridge.

Marie married her beloved husband Robert Woodland on March 16, 1947; sharing more than 66 years together and creating many memories to be shared for generations to come. Marie and Bob moved to Wilmington in 1960 where they raised their 11 children. Family was most important to Marie; she was a very devoted mother, a wonderful homemaker, a loving “Nana”, and a great baker. Marie loved her family unconditionally and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

Following her husband’s retirement, Marie and Bob, became “snow birds” and spent many winters in Lake Wales, Florida, before moving there year round in 1996. Marie and Bob had a great time in Florida and made many friends there throughout the years.

As their health declined, Marie and Bob, moved back to be closer to their family and settled with their daughter Marie in Chocorua, New Hampshire, a few years ago.

Marie will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman, kind, sweet, and friendly. She had a wonderful smile and a kind word for all; Marie was dearly loved and will forever be missed.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Woodland, Sr.; devoted mother of Robert D. Woodland, Jr. (Sue) and Elizabeth M. Fournier (Mike) all of Wilmington, MA, Donna Megan of Londonderry, NH, Catherine A. Schultze (Bob) of Clinton, MA, Robin J. Woodland of Derry, NH, Patricia L. Jasilewicz (Peter) of Dunbarton, NH, Marie F. Thompson (Butch) of Chocorua, NH, Kerry J. Gibson (Chris) of Tewksbury, Michele L. Borovich of Derry, NH, Donald R. Woodland (Leanne) of Wilmington, and Paul J. Woodland (Barbie) of Derry, NH. Loving Grandmother of 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late William H. and Mildred R (Villemaire) Dilworth; dear sister of Carolyn Hagan of Billerica, the late Mildred Davis and Bill Dillworth. Marie is also survived by her special cousin Sheila Meehan of Huntington Beach, CA, her dear friend Sylvia Mendall of Lake Wales, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 12th from 5-8 p.m. Marie’s Funeral Service will be held at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church St., Wilmington on Thursday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Marie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Margaret A. (Anderson) Wagstaff

August 10th, 2015

Margaret A. (Anderson) Wagstaff, age 86, of Canton, GA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on July 30, 2015.

Margaret was born on September 22, 1928 in Salisbury, MA. She was the cherished daughter of the late Minot and Ruth (Kempton) Anderson and dear sister of the late Robert Anderson. Margaret’s family moved frequently and ultimately settled in Wilmington, MA, where she graduated from Wilmington High School.

Margaret worked for the Town of Wilmington for many years, most recently as the Executive Secretary to the Town Manager. After 26 loyal years of service to the town, Margaret retired in 1990.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Wagstaff; devoted mother of Richard Wagstaff of Canton, GA; Mark Wagstaff and his wife, Laurel, of Methuen, MA; Lynne Wagstaff of Canton, GA; and the late Robert A. Wagstaff of Salem, MA. She was the loving grandmother of Kristyn Mohrmann and her husband Richard Mohrmann, Matthew Waring and Lauren Waring. Margaret is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 15th at 10 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Casual attire is encouraged. Memorial donations in Margaret’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Todd S. Huebner

August 9th, 2015

Todd S. Huebner, age 45, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on August 7, 2015 at the Winchester Hospital.

Todd was born on April 30, 1970 in Winchester, MA: he was the cherished son of Russell W. and the late Judith A. (Behenna) Huebner. Todd grew up in Wilmington, played Wilmington youth sports, and attended Wilmington Public Schools. Todd graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1988.

At the time of his death, Todd was employed in the construction business where he was involved in commercial and residential remodeling.

In his spare time, Todd, enjoyed fishing with his son Tyler and friends; spending time with his dog Bo, and his “family time” up at their home in Limerick, Maine. He loved following the Boston sports; football, baseball, hockey; Pats, Sox, or Bruins it didn’t matter who was playing, Todd was an avid fan of all.

Todd loved spending time with his family and friends at countless cookouts, parties, and holidays; he always had a good time.

Todd was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

Todd was the devoted father of Tyler J. Huebner of Wilmington; Cherished son of Russell W. and the late Judith A. (Behenna) Huebner of Wilmington; dear brother of Paul C. Huebner of Dracut, Jill A. Kehoe of Saco, ME, and Kim A. McNeil & her husband Chris of Groton; Loving Uncle of Jonathan, Nicole, & Kelsey Kehoe, and Joshua & Janelle McNeil. Todd is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 14th 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 will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Todd’s name may be made to a Charity of your choice.

Alyce M. (Field) Sullivan

August 7th, 2015

Alyce Mae (Field) Sullivan, age 89, of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 6, 2015. Alyce was the beloved wife of George C. Sullivan, cherished daughter of the late Edward J. and Helen (Coleman) Field, dear sister of Kevin Field & his wife Gayle of Wilmington, the late Claire Mulcahy of Arlington, the late Edward (Sonny) Field of Manchester, and the late Paul Field of Malden. Loving Aunt of Heidi and Patrick Ellsworth of Northboro and Kevin and Sheri Field of California, Great-Aunt of Owen, Oliver, Stella, and Layla. Dear Step-mother of Rob Sullivan, Meriem Pages, Bronia Sullivan and Carl Zukroff, Sue Sullivan, and Nancy and Phil Peterlin.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 10th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Alyce’s name may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Alyce was an employee of Standard Register, Textron (Avco), and Lahey Clinic. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Gerald “Jerry” Mace

August 6th, 2015

Gerald P. Mace “Jerry”, age 78, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on August 6, 2015, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Jerry was born on September 8, 1936, in Dorchester, MA; he was the cherished son of the late James and Margaret (Woods) Mace. Jerry was raised and educated in Woburn, MA and a graduate of Woburn High School.

Jerry enlisted in the United State Air Force on September 8, 1955, in Boston, MA. He was stationed at the Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado and was trained as a weapons mechanic. Jerry proudly served the Country for four years and was honorably discharged from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on April 24, 1959; returning home to his family in Woburn.

Jerry married “the love of his life” Maureen Hayes on May 14, 1961 and the couple settled in Woburn for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1967 where they raised five wonderful children. Family was everything to Jerry; they had so many great times together over the years. Jerry was a wonderful husband, devoted “dad” and a loving grandfather.

Jerry worked hard to provide for his family, he was an excellent truck driver, and was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Boston; he retired following 30 years on the road.

In his spare time Jerry enjoyed golfing, tinkering with cars, going to car shows, and of course washing his truck daily. He was an avid gardener who was always working around the yard. Jerry loved to travel anywhere with family and friends; Las Vegas, Alaska, or across the country for months at a time, everyone always had a great time when they were with Jerry.

Jerry will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who would do anything for anyone, he was a wonderful family man, a good neighbor, and a true friend. Jerry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jerry was the beloved husband of Maureen J. (Hayes) Mace, devoted father of Jerry Mace & his wife Jeanne of Sanford, ME, Kevin Mace & his wife Dawn of Chelmsford, Sherry Lowney & her husband Bob of Chelmsford, Jackie Theriault & her husband Chris of Dracut, Danielle Coffey & her husband Sean of Billerica. Loving Grandfather of Matthew Mace, Lauren Steeves, Peter Thomas, Cory McKenna, Kara, Jon, and Jimmy Mace, Kristen, Patrick, and Ryan Lowney, Jocelyn, Derek, and Aiden Theriault, Sienna and Sean Paul Coffey, the late Jackson Mace and Dakota Thomas. Great-grandfather of Sophia Lynn Mace and Ava Lowney. Cherished son of the late James and Margaret (Woods) Mace, dear brother of Lorraine Lynch & her husband Richard of Woburn, Arlene Flanders & her husband Malcolm of Chelmsford, the late Mary Mace, James Mace, Carol Claflin, and Kathy Demko, brother-in- law of Nancy Mace Claflin of Woburn. Jerry is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 10th 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 with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, August 9th from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Sophia Lynn Mace Educational Fund, c/o Gerald & Jeanne Mace, Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union, P. O. Box 1961, Biddeford, ME 04005.

Ray Noel

August 5th, 2015

Ray Noel, age 60, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on August 4, 2015 , at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ray was born in Everett, MA on February 10, 1955; he was the cherished son of Dorothy E. (Stowe) Noel and the late Larry Noel of Wilmington. Ray was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1974.

At the time of his death, Ray was employed as a Water Department Foreman for the town of Wilmington. Ray always had a pleasant disposition and a great work ethic; he made countless friends with his co-workers throughout the years.

Ray married his “sweetheart and best friend” Gail M. Rogowicz on August 26, 1995; celebrating nearly twenty years together. Ray and Gail always had a great time together, they loved to travel especially to Las Vegas and their trips to Foxwoods; Ray loved to gamble.

In his spare time, Ray enjoyed going fishing, he was an avid hunter, and never missed a chance to play cards with family and friends. Back in the day he would frequent Wilmington Town Park playing softball with the gang.

Ray’s love and devotion to his family was always unconditional; you could count on him anytime day or night, whatever needed to be done Ray was always right there. Ray was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and a true friend to many; he was their “Rock”.

Ray will be fondly remembered as a kind, caring, generous, forgiving, hardworking, and fiercely loyal. He had a great sense of humor and was always upbeat even in the worst of times. Ray had a huge heart and he cherished every moment he spent with his family and friends; he was “one of a kind” who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ray was the beloved husband of Gail M. (Rogowicz) Noel of Billerica, cherished son of Dorothy and the late Larry Noel of Wilmington, devoted brother of Bob Noel of Tewksbury and the late Karen Noel, loving uncle of Bonnie and Rich Mounsey of Wilmington, Nicholas Noel of Tewksbury, Kristina and Daniel Murphy of East Boston, and great-nephew Benjamin Mounsey. Dear son-in-law of James and the late Esther Rogowicz of Winthrop, brother-in-law of James Rogowicz, Jr. of Billerica, and Christine and Luigi Pizzannella of Winthrop. Ray is also survived by many cousins and dear friends who he considered family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 7th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Ray’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Esophageal Cancer Research, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

Dr. Ernest M. Wallent

August 3rd, 2015

Dr. Ernest M. Wallent, age 80, a long-time resident and family Dentist in Wilmington, died peacefully on August 3, 2015, at the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, cared for by the exceptionally compassionate staff of the GRECC (Alzheimer’s Care Unit).

Ernie was born on April 24, 1935 in Brockton, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Mathias and Rose J. (Moncevicz) Wallent. Ernie grew up in the Lithuanian “village” section of Brockton and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Following high school, Ernie went on to further his education at Tufts College and earned an early acceptance at Tufts Dental School where he completed his Doctorate in Dentistry.

Ernie met the “love of his life” a beautiful nurse named Louise McDevitt when he crashed her apartment party on Harrison Ave. in Boston. Ernie and Louise soon became inseparable and the couple married in September of 1956; settling in her home town of Wilmington and sharing many great times throughout the years.

In July of 1959, Ernie was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era. He was stationed at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Charlestown where he performed his dentistry on many sailors.

Following his release from active duty, Ernie opened his own Dental Office in North Wilmington in 1961. Ernie started his business from scratch but with his great work ethic, charming personality, and most of all his brilliant dental skills it didn’t take long for his business to become a success. “Doc” was more than a dentist to many clients; he truly cared about people, and treated everyone more like “family”. Ernie was Wilmington’s “home town dentist” for 40 years before he retired following a brilliant career.

Family was everything to Ernie; he was a devoted husband for over 50 years, a wonderful father, son, brother, uncle, and a “Grampy” who adored his grandsons, Cam and Jake. Ernie loved to spend time with his family whether it was boating and fishing on Cape Cod, spending countless vacation days at their summer home in East Dennis, skiing in New Hampshire, traveling with family and friends to Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean Islands, Dude Ranches out west, or just sharing many special moments at their home in Wilmington; any reason to spend time together was always most important to Ernie.

Ernie also loved being involved in his community; he was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where he enjoyed participating in their many activities. He loved supporting the campaigns of his favorite local politicians. As a teenager, Ernie’s social group was The Knights of Lithuania, a source of his passion of polka dance parties. He was renowned for dancing from start to finish at every polka dance. In recent years, he especially loved going to the Polish Clubs in Lowell or the “German Club” in Pawtucket, RI where the polka crowds were lively and his dance partners plenty. Ernie was also a communicant at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus, and let’s not forget the countless Memorial Day Parades that he proudly marched so sharply dressed in his Naval uniform and taking part in the many Veterans dedications throughout the years.

In his spare time, Ernie, enjoyed duck hunting, pitching horse shoes, feeding the birds, mowing his field and yard on Middlesex Ave. on his “ride on mower”, and tending to the beautiful gardens throughout his yard where is favorite cat, “Blackie” loved to follow him around.

After he retired Ernie spent many years working for several funeral homes as an attendant; his kindness and compassion was always evident and he was a wonderful addition to every staff.

As Ernie’s health declined and his Alzheimer’s disease progressed he never gave in; with the help of his family and friends he lived life to the fullest even in the toughest of times. Ernie loved to make people laugh right up until his passing. He will be fondly remembered for his kindness towards others, his great sense of humor, and his dazzling smile. Ernie will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ernie was the beloved husband of the late Louise (McDevitt) Wallent, devoted father of Dr. Cathleen E. Wallent of North Andover, Rose M. Wallent of Wilmington, and the late Ernest M. “Matt” Wallent, Jr., loving “Grampy” of Cameron and Jake Manning of North Andover. Cherished son of the late Mathias and Rose J. (Moncevicz) Wallent, dear brother of Marilyn Janunas of Marlborough, special uncle of Cristina Janunas of Marlborough, Marilyn Gentilotti of Wayland, Sheryl Whitney of Billerica, Elizabeth Sheldon of Smyrna Mills, ME, Edward J. McDevitt III of Kingston, NH, Louise Hartnett of New Market, NH, and Christopher McDevitt of Houlton, ME. Ernie is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 7th 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 Thursday, August 6th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ernie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Bedford VA Research Corp. (BRCI), c/o GRECC, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.