Obituaries

Kenneth R. Soderholm, Sr.

November 4th, 2014

Kenneth R. Soderholm, Sr., age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Woburn on August 11, 1930, Ken was the son of Robert and Margaret (Norwood) Soderholm. He was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1948.

Ken worked hard to support his family. He owned his own construction company. After many years of working alone, he joined his son, Ken, at the Soderholm Custom Builders, and together they built homes throughout Massachusetts.

Ken was a life-long motorcycle enthusiast. He began riding at 16 years old and never looked back. He would ride all over Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Even after having a serious surgery, Ken got right back on the bike and rode. Ken was also a huge sports fan. He loved Boston sports teams, especially Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins.

Ken was proud of his membership in many organizations. He was a Mason, a member of the Rainbo Fish and Game in New Hampshire and a Shriner. Ken traveled with his wife, Ruthann and the Shriners. His favorite stops were to Hawaii, Florida, Toronto and especially Vancouver. His proudest membership however, would be his Eagle Scout Membership, an honor he cherished. This was so important to him that four of his grandsons followed in his footsteps, earning their Eagle Scout, Ken being in attendance for all of their ceremonies.

Family was paramount to Ken, he considered everyone family. Whether you were blood related or an in-law, you were treated as family. Ken would travel to wherever he needed to be to attend weddings, graduations, ceremonies, sporting events or anything else that the children or grandchildren wanted him to attend.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife Ruthann (Spaulding) Soderholm of Wilmington, his children; Ken Soderholm, Jr., Linda Picard, Robert Soderholm, Wayne Soderholm, Sharon Burzyk, Cindy Drover, Laurie Taronto & Melody Conner, AnneMarie Webber, Denise DeLucia and Michael, Anthony, Christopher & Richard DeLucia. He was the grandfather of 41 and great grandfather of 27. He was the dear brother of Marjorie Millea. Ken is also survived by many friends including the Lemelin family of Tewksbury.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington for visiting hours on Saturday, November 8th, from 1-3 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801 or the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036.

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Norman E. Nary

November 3rd, 2014

Norman E. Nary, age 92, a long-time resident of Northwood, NH, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2014 in Kittery, ME.

Norman was born in Wilmington, MA on June 26, 1922; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer and Myrtle G. (White) Nary. Norman was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1941.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 21, 1942 in Boston, MA. Norman served his country during WWII on board the USS John Rodgers. After more than three years, Norman was honorably discharged from the Navy on December 21, 1945.

Norman married his “sweetheart,” Ann L. (Dayton) Nary on December 2, 1945. The couple shared more than 60 years of marriage before Ann’s passing in 2006. Norman and Ann lived in Kingston, NH for twenty-seven years, where they raised their three children; Norman “Ed”, Timothy and Gail. The couple then resided in Northwood, NH for over thirty years.

Norman was dedicated to his job; he worked for B & M Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer for many years before his retirement.

Norman enjoyed being outdoors; he spent a lot of time camping and fishing with his family and friends. He and Ann took many trips all over the place. They had wonderful memories and stories of all the places they visited. Norman also loved racecars; he was fascinated with how they worked and enjoyed watching a good race.

Norman was a loving husband, Dad, Grampa, Brother, Uncle and friend to many. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Norman was the beloved husband of the late Ann L. (Dayton) Nary, devoted father of Norman E. Nary of Quanah, TX, Timothy J. Nary of Swainsboro, GA and Gail A. Nary-Miles of Pittsford, NY, loving grandfather of 8 grandchildren and great-grandfather of many, cherished son of the late Elmer and Myrtle G. (White) Nary, dear brother of the late Elmer Nary, Lindsey Nary, Marjorie Kendall, Avis Galka and Violet Duggan. Norman is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Norman’s name may be made to the Trinity Anglican Church, P.O. Box 1078, Rochester, NH 03866.

Ervyl H. Stewart

November 1st, 2014

Ervyl Harry “Turk” Stewart, age 89, of Estero, FL & Harwich Port, MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Saturday November 1, 2014.

Ervyl was born on January 9, 1925. He was the son of the late Harry T. Stewart and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. He was raised in the Silver Lake section of Wilmington and graduated with the Wilmington High School class of 1942.

Ervyl earned a degree in Engineering from Tufts University in 1946. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII as an Ensign on board the destroyer USS Harry F. Bauer until being honorably discharged in 1947. In 1951, he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering from MIT.

Ervyl was a Civil Engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers until retiring in 1978. He then focused his career on his own company, Stewart Engineering of MA & NH until retiring to Estero, FL in 2001.

Voted best athlete in high school, Ervyl was dubbed the “Terrible Turk” for his prowess on the football field. He was later inducted into the Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of The Cranberry Valley Golf Course of Cape Cod & Country Creek Golf Course of Florida.

Ervyl was known for his humble demeanor & was a true gentleman in every way. He was a wonderful man with an amazing sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Ervyl is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Ann (Palmer) Stewart. Proud father of three sons and two daughters, Daniel & his wife Christina, Douglas & his wife Lori, James & his wife Mary all of Wilmington, Dottie of Dedham, MA and Diane of Wilmington. Cherished “Grampy” of Mark, Matthew, Michael, Gregory, Stephen and Jennifer. Dear brother of Dr. Pearl Pitt & her husband the late Dr. Leldon Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, Dorothy Stewart of North Reading, MA, Hank & Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington and Norman & Stevie Stewart of Arlington, TX. Brother-in-law of the late Douglas Palmer & his wife the late Faith, Richard “Dick” Palmer & his wife the late Rachel, Robert “Bob” Palmer & his wife Jane & The late James “Jay” Palmer & his wife Theresa “Chickie”. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends as well as his devoted support dog, Winston.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 7th at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 6th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ervyl’s name may be made to the E.H. Stewart W.H.S. Scholarship Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Robert E. Towers

October 30th, 2014

Robert E. Towers, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 30, 2014.

Robert was the beloved husband of Cheryl A. (Chisholm) Towers, devoted father of Matthew Towers & his wife Kristine of Walpole and Michael Towers & his wife Wendi of Woburn, loving “Papa” of Jack and Ryan Towers, cherished son of the late John and Phyllis (Jordan) Towers, dear brother of Arthur Towers & his wife Debbie of Moultonborough, NH and the late Barbara Gallant of Saugus. Robert is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Robert “Bob” was a man of integrity, honesty and loyalty. Bob loved life and cherished his family and friends. He proudly and honorably served his country in the Army’s 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, during the Vietnam War. He received two Bronze Stars with V Device, a Purple Heart and an Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. His dedication to protecting the values of his Country were known to all.

Bob attended Saugus High, Salem State and Northeast Technical Institute. Bob started his career as a Mechanical Draftsman with Raytheon and retired after 36 years at General Electric in Lynn. Though his retirement wasn’t long, Bob and his wife, Cheryl, spent these years traveling and enjoying summers in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island. Bob spent a lot of time making memories with his sons, Matt and Mike, and enjoying his grandsons, Jack and Ryan, of whom he was extremely proud. Bob’s family will hold dear the memories of the “Towers Christmas” that included overflowing baskets made with care for each by Papa and never-ending gifts and family fun. His thoughtfulness and generosity are the foundation of his family.

We miss you immensely, Bob, Dad, Papa and friend. We love you!

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, November 2nd from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to Naomi Bagdon Believe in A Cure Foundation Inc., 111 Centre Street, Quincy MA 02169 or Vietnam Veterans of Massachusetts, Inc., 27 Beacon St., State House, Rm 546-2, Boston, MA 02133.

John E. TenDyke

October 28th, 2014

John E. TenDyke, age 91, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital following a brief illness. 
 
John was born on October 15, 1923, in Manchester, Vermont; he was the son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke.  As a young boy, John moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was raised and educated.  John was a graduate of Minneapolis West High School.
 
In July of 1943, John was inducted in the United States Army where he served his country during World War II.  Following his discharge, John returned home to Minneapolis and enrolled at the Dunwoody Industrial Institute where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.  John went on to make a career in electrical engineering and was instrumental in the design work for the Mitchell B-24 Bomber.
 
John married his “sweetheart” Arlene L. Moses on July 6, 1946 sharing many wonderful years together before her passing in 2003.  John and Arlene moved to Wilmington in 1950 where they raised their beloved son Keith.  John loved his family dearly; becoming a grandfather and great-grandfather only added to his happiness.
 
John was known to have an impeccable work ethic; he was not only self-employed as an electrical engineer but for many years he worked in the security department of the YMCA in Cambridge.   
 
John was an avid hobbyist and a bee keeper; he was well known in and around Wilmington for making his own organic honey which  could be purchased at various co-ops and at Elia’s Country Store in North Wilmington.  John was also very instrumental in disbanding bee hives from time to time for the Wilmington Police Department and other folks that needed his expertise and help.  John loved to go up to his land in Rochester, New Hampshire with his wife Arlene where he also raised honey bees.  John and Arlene enjoyed the tranquility and peace in New Hampshire.
 
John will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy; he was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He was a man of great faith and an active parishioner at the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years.  John always showed unconditional love for his family and friends who will truly miss him.
 
John was the beloved husband of the late Arlene L. (Moses) TenDyke, loving father of Keith Tendyke and his wife Karen of Wilmington, cherished “Grampy” of Kristen Tendyke and her partner James Clark and Kerri Conole and her husband Aaron, “Grape Numpa” of Oliver Clark and Jennifer & Owen Conole, son of the late John E. and Bernice (Keith) TenDyke, dear brother of the late Edith and Judy, survived by Richard TenDyke and his wife Muriel of New York and several nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  John’s Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church or to a Charity of One’s Choice. 
 

Helen (Ellsworth) Downs

October 25th, 2014

Helen M. (Ellsworth) Downs, age 84, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 25, 2014.

Helen was born on June 25, 1930, in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Helen A. (Taylor) Ellsworth and Walter Ellsworth. Helen was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1947.

Helen married her beloved husband and best friend Forrest G. Downs on June 6, 1951; Helen and Forrest shared more than 63 years together and raised a wonderful family. Helen put her family first; she always showered them with unconditional love and support throughout the years.

Helen spent many years attending her children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events; she was always there to show support and cheer them on. Helen also prepared countless family holidays and special celebrations; she just loved having her family around her.

For many years Helen worked as a traffic supervisor and a crossing guard for the Wilmington Police Department and for more than 20 years she enjoyed her job at Lucci’s Market in Wilmington. Helen’s great work ethic and her wonderful personality always made her a pleasure to be around.

In her spare time Helen enjoyed bowling, doing her word search puzzles, and she never passed up a good game of bingo. Helen also loved to crochet; with her many talents she created beautiful gifts that she shared with her family and friends. Helen also took the time to crochet something special for every grandchild and great-grandchild at Christmas time.

Helen will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a true friend to many. Helen had a wonderful personality, she was very friendly and kind to others and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Helen was the beloved wife of Forrest G. “Brownie” “Ned” Downs, devoted mother of Cynthia Ronan & her husband Kevin of Tewksbury, Clifford Downs & his wife Janice of Derry, NH, Carolynn Morrison & her husband John of Wilmington, Glenn Downs of Wilmington, and Terri Higgins & her husband John of Newbury, NH, loving “Gram” of Kevin Ronan and Kim D’Agostino, Katie and Chris Wright, Kelli and Dennis Estabrook, Keith Ronan, Kurt Ronan, Cliff and Emily Downs, Amy and Brad Huot, Angela and Sean Hyde, Ethan Downs, Nathan Downs, Christina and Mike Day, Joey Downs, Billy Downs, Sean Higgins, and Shannon Higgins, special “Gigi” of Kaliegh, Emily, Jack, Max, Carter, Andrew, Cameron, Logan, Julia, Alivia, Declan, Tyler, Haleigh, Kylie, Brooklyn, Mikayla, Ryan, Arianna, Ryan, and Kaitlin, daughter of the late Helen (Taylor) and Walter Ellsworth, sister of the late Marilyn Lynch, Charles Ellsworth, Walter Ellsworth, and Ruth Lee. Helen 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 Tuesday, October 28th from 4-8 p.m. Helen’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington on Wednesday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to the New England Office of the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 or to a Charity Of Your Choice.

Margaret A. Tully

October 22nd, 2014

Margaret A. Tully, “Peg”, age 89, of Arlington, passed away on October 22, 2014. Peg was the cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Agnes (Clark) Tully, dear sister of Marion Tully of Arlington, the late Francis Tully, James Tully, Daniel Tully and Joseph Tully. Peg was a loving sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 25th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge.

Patricia Sencabaugh

October 20th, 2014

Patricia E. (Powers) Sencabaugh, fondly known as “Patti” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on October 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness; she was 68 years old.

Patti was born on March 3, 1946 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers. Patti was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Patti married her beloved husband and best friend, Donald A. Sencabaugh, on June 3, 1967; together the couple shared 47 years of marriage. Patti and Donald moved to Wilmington in 1973, where they raised their wonderful family.

Patti was extremely devoted to her family, in fact, when asked; she told everyone that her family was her greatest achievement. Patti was a devoted and loving mother who was always there for her children; she attended countless school and sporting events throughout the years, after all she was their number one fan. Patti was very proud of her children, their accomplishments, and most of all she was proud of the adults that they have grown to be.

When Patti became a grandmother her life became more enriched; her grandchildren were the light of her life. Patti loved to be involved with the grandchildren’s activities; she would play piano and share stories about her love of the White Mountains with Kaitlynne, she fondly enjoyed sharing in Jason’s love of art and nature, watching Jeremy and Gregory play soccer and baseball or listening to their many stories about fishing.

Patti’s true passion was wildlife and being outdoors. She spent much of her retirement in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and she wouldn’t pass up a chance to see where that dirt road would take her. Patti was truly adventurous and loved to photograph anything with fur or feathers.

Patti will be remembered as quite a lady who would do anything for her family and friends; she treated others with kindness, care, and unconditional love. Patti will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Patti was the beloved wife of Donald A. Sencabaugh, devoted mother of Stephen Sencabaugh & his wife Denise of Tewksbury, Kristen McKenna & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Scott Sencabaugh & his wife Cheryl, Michael Sencabaugh of Wilmington and the late Michelle Sencabaugh, loving grandmother of Jeremy, Gregory, Kaitlynne and Jason, cherished daughter of the late Francis K. and Beatrice F. (Furtaw) Powers, dear sister of John Powers of Scituate and Judith Golden of Woburn.  Patti is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 24th 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. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Frances R. (Balliro) Bent

October 20th, 2014

Frances R. (Balliro) Bent, age 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington and Somerville, passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Arthur F. Bent, Sr., loving mother of Mary Fallica of Methuen, Arthur F. Bent, Jr. & his partner Rhonda Sylvia of Wilmington and the late Paula Hurynowicz, cherished grandmother of Cheryl & Thomas DiLeo, Sharon Greco, Gregory & Lisa Monteforte, Charles Monteforte, III, Jennifer & Michael Gledhill, Jaclyn & Billy Forbes, Joelle Bent, Anthony Sylvia and Sarah Sylvia, great-grandmother of Danielle & Jolon Chadwick, Jamie DiLeo, Nicole Greco, Ashley & Michael Fronduto, Gabrielle Greco, Tayler Greco, Nicholas Monteforte, Christopher Monteforte, Emily Monteforte, Christa Monteforte, C.J. Monteforte and Jake Charles Gledhill, great-great grandmother of Dylan Chadwick, Austin Chadwick, Rylen Chadwick, Ashlyn Chadwick, Brooklyn Houle, Michael Fronduto, Liliana Fronduto, Mia Fronduto, Nico Fronduto, Julian Ortiz and Malachi Desharnais, daughter of the late Rosario & Angela (Riccardi) Balliro, dear sister of Bruno and “Dee” Balliro of Revere, Mary Tzannos of Saugus, Lucille Winship of Plymouth, the late Joseph Balliro, Frankie Balliro, Rudy Balliro, Anthony Balliro, Billy Balliro, Rocco Balliro, Josephine Novello and Flora Monteforte. Frances is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Thursday, October 23rd, 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. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, October 22nd, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Frances’ name can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly

October 17th, 2014

Barbara V. (Hughes) Connolly, formerly of Bowie, Maryland and Wilmington, Mass., passed away October 13th in Lansing, Kansas after a long illness.  She was 79 years old.  

The cherished daughter of the late William and W. Doris (Nickerson) Hughes, Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Glen E. Connolly, devoted mother of Beth L. Reschke and her husband Michael of Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and loving “Grannie” of Steven F. Dzidek, Jr. of Warner Robins, GA.  She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, Maryland on Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  There will also be calling hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 25th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. and interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Barbara’s name may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA  02135.

Barbara served as past Matron for the Acacia Chapter #80 Order of the Eastern Stars.

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