Obituaries

Steven G. Ritchie

May 13th, 2014

Steven G. Ritchie, age 51, of Lawrence, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on May 12, 2014, at the Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth, NH.

Steven was born on April 4, 1963, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Charles and Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie.  Steven was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1981.

At the time of his death, Steven was employed at the Northern Business Machines Company.

Steven married his high school sweetheart Patricia Barysky on August 31, 1985 and together they raised three wonderful sons.  Steven loved being a dad; he enjoyed hanging out with “his boys”, working on projects together, fixing cars, and following every Boston sport.  Steven was an avid Red Sox fan but he loved to collect sports memorabilia from all of his favorite Boston teams.

Steven cherished the time he spent with his family and friends; whether it was a trip to the beach, kayaking, fishing, or going to a club dancing, everyone was in for a good time with Steven there.

Steven was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Steven was the beloved husband of Patricia M. (Barysky) Ritchie, devoted father of Peter, Patrick, and Philip Ritchie all of Lawrence, cherished son of the late Charles and Phyllis (Martell) Ritchie, dear brother of Paul Ritchie & his wife Susan of Wilmington, NC, Janice Taylor & her husband Barry of Lowell, and Beth Pidgeon & her husband Colonel Robert  Pidgeon of Leland, NC, son-in-law of Mary and the late Peter Barysky of Wilmington, grandson-in-law of Josephine Castronovo of North Reading, brother-in-law of Marie & Bill Mason of Wilmington, Deborah& Charlie Moussalem of Methuen.  Steven is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 15th from 5-8 p.m.

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Carolyn May (Connors) Luken

May 3rd, 2014

Carolyn May (Connors) Luken, age 89, passed away on April 3, 2014, in Maryland. Carolyn was a resident of Wilmington for 35 years, having raised her two daughters, Patricia and Christine and taken care of 17 foster children there with her husband Willard. She was born in Portland Maine, the daughter of Carroll and Mary Connors. She worked at Raytheon for 25 years before retiring and moving to Texas with her daughter’s family.

Carolyn is survived by one daughter, Christine Barnard and her husband Robert Barnard Jr., grandchildren, Michelle Toto, Joseph and Susan Toto (children of her late daughter Patricia), Bobby and Holly Barnard, Jessica Barnard, and Amanda and Clark Buffam along with five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Virginia’s children, niece Terriann Reilly Cosham and husband Clive, and nephews Vincent Reilly and wife Nancy and Jefferson Reilly and wife Maureen.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Doris V. Reitchel

May 2nd, 2014

Doris V. (Skeffington) Reitchel, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 2, 2014.

Doris was born in Boston, MA, on September 30, 1926; she was the cherished daughter of the late Richard and Doris (Johnson) Skeffington.  Doris was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1943.

Doris married and moved to Wilmington in 1950, where she raised a large and loving family.  Doris was a “stay at home mom” for many years, she was truly devoted to raising her family of nine with unconditional love, endless support, and lots of guidance; they were absolutely her pride and joy.  Doris was delighted when she became a grandmother and then a great-grandmother; all the more family to love and cherish.

As her family grew, Doris went to work at the Wilmington Town Hall for many years and then started a career in Real Estate.  Doris worked at Fenton Real Estate Company in Wilmington where she had a great rapport with her customers as well as her co-workers. Doris always had a “keen eye” and a fascination for Real Estate which made her successful throughout the years.

In her spare time Doris enjoyed sewing, dancing, going to bingo, and playing cards with her family and friends.

Doris will be fondly remembered as a woman of great faith, strength, and for her kindness to others.  Doris touched countless lives throughout the years with her helpfulness and generosity; she was truly an amazing lady who will be sorely missed by all.

Doris was the beloved and devoted mother of Paul Reitchel & his wife Ellen of Augusta, ME, Kevin Reitchel & his wife Barbara and Richard Reitchel & his wife Debra all of China, ME, Marilyn Reitchel-Gambale of Augusta, ME, John “Bing” Reitchel & Joanne Centrella of Tewksbury, MA, Gene Reitchel of Naples, ME, William Reitchel & his wife Pamela Landry of Bradford, MA, Dorice Reitchel & her husband Bob Falco of Manchester, NH, and the late James Reitchel, loving “Nana” of Eddie, Dorice, Allison, Kimberly, Paul, Tiffany, Stacey, Dick Jr., Katey, Andrea, John, Tracy, Peter, Robert, William, Christopher, Gabriella, Julia, and the late Kristyn, “Big Nana” of Lincoln, Easton, Emmett, Ryan, Tyler, Casey, Brooke, Paige, Reid, Riley, Alexander, Layla, Arianna, Liliana, Michael, Violet, and Paige.  Cherished daughter of the late Richard and Doris (Johnson) Skeffington, dear sister of Linda Furrua of Novato, CA, the late Grace Preaux, Jean Griffiths, and Richard Skeffington.  Doris is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, May 5th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, May 4th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Doris’ name may be made to the Prescott House, Attn:  Activities Department, 140 Prescott Street, No. Andover, MA  01845.

Mary T. “Mimi” (Smith) Foley

April 26th, 2014

Mary T. “Mimi” (Smith) Foley, age 85, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.  Beloved wife of the late George A. “Sonny” Foley, lovi ng mother of Sharon Tildsley & her husband Sid of Wilmington, Mark Foley of Wilmington, Dennis Foley & his wife Dee of Merrimack, NH and Donna Reardon of Wilmington, cherished “Mimi” of Brian Tildsley & hi s wife Erica, Kevin Tildsley & his wife Maureen all of Billerica, Ja son Tildsley & his wife Leah, Kellee Tildsley al l of Andover, Matthew, Megan & Brittani Foley all of New Hampshire, and Jessica, Jacqueline, Jennifer, Julia Rose, Joshua & Jonathan Foley all of California, Great “Mimi” of Tayla , Sidney, James, Brian “Sonny” & Giana Mary Tildsley and Jaxon Foley, daughter of the late Harold and Flora (Brabant) Smith, dear s ister of the late Paul Smith & Evangeline Murray.  Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt . 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Tues day, April 29 th , 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 Wildwood Cemetery .   Visiting hours will be held Mon day, April 28 th , from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Mary ’s name can be made to the Catholic Charities , 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA  02210.

Barbara N. Dyer-Cullen

April 23rd, 2014

Barbara N. Dyer-Cullen, “Mama Midget”, age 67, of Reading, died peacefully, Easter morning to rise with the Lord, surrounded by her family and friends at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Barbara was born and raised in South Boston and Weymouth.  Over the years she lived in several communities including Wilmington.

For many years Barbara worked as a bus driver for Commonwealth Coach in Medford and when the bus company moved to Woburn and became Safety Transportation, Barbara stayed on as a dispatcher and then moved up to supervisor.   Barbara loved her job, she drove the bus for children as well as adults with medical issues and handicaps; Barbara was very compassionate and caring, she always had a way with people and they formed a strong bond with each other.

Barbara was an avid follower of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, and race cars; she was so “into” car racing.  Barbara was part of the team that built the midget race car “00” and was a fan of its driver Brian Cleveland.  Barbara also worked with Star Speedway as part of the first response recovery team.

In her spare time, Barbara loved to go to bingo and spent time with her family and friends, especially the time spent with her grandchildren whom she adored.  Barbara enjoyed camping at her camp in Rochester, NH, where she could relax, leave her troubles behind, and always feel “at home”.

Barbara was a lovely lady who would do anything for anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Barbara was the beloved better half of more than 30 years of Cris Cullen, devoted mother of Crystal Lee Matthews of Reading, Lissamarie White of Lowell, and Kelly A. Dyer of Woburn, loving grandmother of the late Lee Matthews, Katlin MacPherson, Demetrios Galiatsatos, Amanda Poirier, Bobby Poirier, and Charles Joseph Dyer, loving great-grandmother of Chance MacPherson.  Barbara is also survived by two sisters Donna Brady and Kathy MacPherson.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Saturday, April 26th from  1:00-4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701.

Walter A. Keough

April 23rd, 2014

Walter A. Keough, age 83, of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20th, at home with his loving wife by his side.

Walter Allen Keough was born on October 6, 1930 to James and Emily Keough at119 Sturgis St, Medford Mass. Walter graduated from Medford Vocational School in 1948. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corp from 1951 to 1953 attaining the rank of Lance Corporal and serving in the Korean Conflict Theatre of operations.

On March 31, 1953 Walter married his high school sweetheart, Gertrude DiCristoforo at St. Joseph Church in Medford Ma. He built their family’s home, which was named house of the year for 1957, in Wilmington, Mass.

Walter was a lifelong member of Carpenter’s Local 218, joining in 1949. He worked as a superintendent for several large New England based construction companies.

Walter was always known for his amiable and kind personality.

Walter was the beloved husband of Gertrude E. (DiCristoforo) Keough, devoted father of Leslie Dow of Hampstead, NH, Bradley Keough & his wife Jacqui of Frankfort, KY, Alison Buendia of Salem, NH, and Jay Keough & his wife Rene of Derry, NH, loving grandfather of Rachel, Courtney, Lucy, James, Audrey, Tyler, Todd, Haley, Chad, Kial, and Taitum, great-grandfather Peyton, Piper, Parker, Harper, Sawyer and Kaelyn, cherished son of the late James A. and Emily (Trask) Keough, dear brother of Earl Keough of Andover, the late James Keough, Warren Keough and Phyllis Brown.  Walter is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington for Visitation on Friday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Walter’s name may be made to Sarah’s Adult Day Care, 201 New Hampshire 111, Hampstead, NH 03841.

Rose Mary (Lindquist) Murphy

April 19th, 2014

Rose Mary (Lindquist) Murphy, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 18, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rose Mary was born on March 15, 1942, in Malden, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Gunnar “Wally” and Mary (Adamo) Lindquist.  Rose Mary was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.

Rose Mary married her “best friend” James J. Murphy in June of 1967, sharing nearly 47 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family.  Rose Mary and James lived in Revere for many years before moving to Wilmington in October of 1994.  Rose Mary loved her home and was dedicated to raising her family; they always came first in her life.  As a mother, Rose Mary was second to none; she was always there to support her children throughout school and at their sporting events, she was their biggest fan.

When Rose Mary became “Nana” to Christopher and Maria, her life became more enriched, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and spoil them; they were the light of her life.

Prior to retiring, Rose Mary worked at TD Bank North Bank for many years, her kindness to her co-workers and customers earned her many friendships throughout the years.

In her spare time, Rose Mary enjoyed shopping, going out to coffee or lunch with her girlfriends, and reading a good book.  She cherished the time spent with family and good friends, holiday celebrations, and many vacations over the years.

Rose Mary will be remembered for her caring nature, her unconditional love, her strength during adversity and illness, and for her big heart.  She was truly an amazing lady who will be dearly missed.

Rose Mary was the beloved wife James J. Murphy, devoted mother of Patricia Palladino and her husband Anthony of Litchfield, NH, Laura Murphy of Wilmington, and Paul Murphy and his wife Shari Ann of Rochdale, MA, loving “Nana” of Christopher and Maria Palladino, cherished daughter of the late Gunnar “Wally” and Mary (Adamo) Lindquist, dear sister of Shirley Svenson of Malden, Paul Lindquist of Salem, and Francis Lindquist and his wife Diane of Ipswich, sister-in-law of Harold and Louise Murphy of Revere.  Rose Mary was also very special to Anthony Palladino of Everett and is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Rose Mary’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

Shirley (Lohnes) Quandt

April 17th, 2014

Shirley (Lohnes) Quandt, age 79, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on April 16th, 2014.

Shirley liked to play cards, go to Foxwoods and the racetrack with friends.  She loved to dance, the 99 restaurant and Dunkin Donuts.

Shirley is survived by her two daughters; Lee Stowell and Cindy Johnstone, and her late daughter; Donna Quandt, her four grandchildren; Samantha Stowell, Sean Stowell, Brad Johnstone and Daniel Johnstone, as well as her former husband; Alexander Quandt.  She was the daughter of the late Roy and Gladys (Fancy) Lohnes and sister of the late Doris Curtis, Donald Lohnes, Vernon Lohnes and Carl Lohnes.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for visitation on Saturday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Robert E. Allen, Jr.

April 13th, 2014

Robert E. Allen, Jr., “Bob”, age 73, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2014, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Lowell, MA, on June 8, 1940; he was the dear son of the late Robert E., Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen.  Bob was raised in Tewksbury in his earlier years before moving to Wilmington as a young man.  Bob was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1957.

Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and began active duty on December 12, 1957. Bob served overseas during the Vietnam War and was assigned to the USAO Trois Fontaines Ammunition Depot; following early release from his overseas duty, Bob was honorably discharged on November 28, 1960, returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Bob married the ‘love of his life” Dorothy St. Hilaire in September 1961 and the couple settled in Woburn.  Bob and Dorothy shared more than 52 years together, raised a beautiful family, worked hard, and had a lot of fun together.

Prior to retiring, Bob worked for the town of Wilmington in the tree department for over 40 years.  Bob had a great work ethic; he worked six days a week but always kept Sunday’s for family.  Bob loved his family unconditionally and looked forward to spending time with them.

In his spare time, Bob loved to go deer hunting, fishing, camping, riding his snow mobile, and horseback riding which he enjoyed doing with his daughters and granddaughters.  Bob was definitely an “out doors man” and quite a traveler.  Following his retirement, Bob became an avid golfer and a “snow bird”; spending his winters on the Palm Coast of Florida.

Bob will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to “tease” others and get away with it; if you were the recipient of Bob’s teasing then you knew he liked you. Bob was also very caring and generous of his time helping others; everyone knew they could count on Bob.

Bob was a devoted family man and a true friend to many; he will be sorely missed by all.

Bob was the beloved husband of Dorothy (St. Hilaire) Allen of Woburn, loving father of Scott M. Allen of Virginia, Kim (Allen) Nye and her husband Timothy of Billerica and Lorrie (Allen) Flaherty and her husband Daniel of Wilmington, “Papa Bob” of Jennifer, Benjamin and Adam Nye and Danielle Flaherty, son of the late Robert, Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen, dear brother of Virginia Allen of Florida, the late Helen Drover, Thomas Allen and Jackie Allen, brother-in-law of Mary Ann Giordani and Paul St. Hilaire, Bob is also survived by many 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, April 17th at 12:30 p.m.  Interment with military honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 16th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY  10016.

Stephen J. Marranzini

April 13th, 2014

Stephen J. Marranzini, age 47, of Pepperell, passed away on April 12th, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Cory (Noonan) Marranzini of Pepperell, loving father of Joseph and Allyson Marranzini of Pepperell, step-father of Katelyn Dunlay & her husband, Chris of Huntington Beach, CA, Sean Redwood & his wife, Emily of Hollis, NH, and Meghan Redwood of Albuquerque, NM, devoted grandfather of Mitchell Redwood and Jackson Dunlay, son of the late Rudolph and Ruth (Havey) Marranzini, dear brother of David Marranzini & his wife, Diane of Wilmington, and Mark Marranzini of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Stephen is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Stephen was born May 3, 1966 in Boston and lived in Wilmington, Groton, and Pepperell, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Boston University and worked for Lockheed Martin in Chelmsford. Stephen served as Treasurer for the Groton Lakes Association. He enjoyed many years at his cottage on Lost Lake waterskiing, boating, and snowmobiling. All were welcome at a moments notice for a cookout. He was a dedicated fan of the Boston Bruins. His hobbies included restoring cars and home remodeling.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, for a funeral on Friday, April 18th, at 9:00 am. followed by a Funeral Service at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave. Wilmington, at 10:00 am. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, April 17th, from 4-8 pm. Memorial donations in Stephen’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Groton Lakes Association, 8 Weymisset Rd. Groton, MA 01450.