Obituaries

Sullivan, Patricia

June 24th, 2011

Patricia R. (Harris) Sullivan, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic with her family by her side.

Patricia was born in Somerville, MA, on April 29, 1935, she was the cherished daughter of the late Frederick and Mary (Bevins) Harris.

Patricia married James Sullivan in September of 1957, they were just shy of celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary. Pat and James moved to Wilmington in 1963, where they raised five great children, they were very devoted to their family. Over the years, the family enjoyed spending time together, taking many day trips and spending weekends in Maine.

Prior to retiring, Pat was employed as an Administrative Assistant for Sucur Securities Company in Wilmington.

Pat had a great personality and was well liked. She was always willing to do for others and was a great friend to many. She will be missed.

Patricia was the beloved wife of James R. Sullivan of Wilmington, loving mother of Kevin Sullivan and his wife Nadine, and Tracy Love all of North Carolina, Leigh Sullivan and Dennis Sullivan and his wife Barbara all of Wilmington and Christopher Sullivan and his wife Dawn of Billerica, cherished grandmother of several grandchildren, dear sister of Paul Harris and his wife Carmella of New Hampshire.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, June 27, at 11 a.m. for a funeral home service. Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Patricia’s name can be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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McKenzie, Patricia

June 23rd, 2011

Patricia S. (Miller) McKenzie, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away June 23, 2011, at the Wilmington Health Care Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Patricia grew up in Oklahoma and moved with her husband Okie to Wilmington, MA in 1968, when they joined St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church. Pat became very active in the church and their ministries, she belonged to many different bible study groups and was an unsung volunteer for various charities. Pat was a woman of great faith and wasn’t afraid to share it, she always took the time to do for others, and made the time to listen to them. Pat was very devoted to her family, she couldn’t get enough of her grandchildren, she loved spending time with them. Pat also had a large extended family and group of friends, she cherished their relationships. Pat was truly a remarkable woman, so kind and caring to others, her presence in their lives will be missed.

Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Billy Frank “Okie” McKenzie, loving mother of John McKenzie and his wife Patricia of Auburn, NH, Scott McKenzie and his wife Susan of Nashua, NH and David “Mickey” McKenzie and his wife Roseanna of Gloucester, cherished grandmother of Daniel, Sarah, Courtney, Alexander and Caroline, great-grandmother of Colby, Ysabelle and Julieanne, daughter of the late Frederick D. and Susanna (Chipman) Miller, dear sister of Arthur Miller of Falmouth, Mary Lou Powers of Nashua and Margaret Bell of Belmont.

Family and friends gathered for a graveside service on Saturday, June 25, at the family lot in Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington. Visiting hours were held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Friday, June 24, from 5-9 p.m.

Memorial donations in Patricia’s name can be made to St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage, c/o St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 4 Forest St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Edmonds, Nancy

June 23rd, 2011

Nancy M. (Sabella) Edmonds, age 64, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Cambridge.

Nancy was born on December 6 1946, in Cambridge, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Gaetano and Dorothy (Cruickshank) Sabella.

Nancy moved to Wilmington over 35 years ago and was the proprietor of Jewelry Imports.

Nancy loved animals, especially her dogs.

Nancy was very devoted to her children and loved her grandchildren, they brightened her day.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Edmonds, devoted mother of Stephen Edmonds, Jr. & his wife Kim of Belmont, Jill Edmonds of Boston, and the late Christopher Edmonds, loving grandmother of Nicholas, Christian, and Katherine Edmonds, dear sister Joseph Sabella and his wife Katherine Harlow of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Family and friends gathered for a Funeral Home Service on Monday, June 27th at 12:30 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment followed in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name made be made the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02215.

DeGrazia, Sandra

June 19th, 2011

Sandra M. (Schier) DeGrazia, “Sandy”, age 68, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2011, at home with her family by her side.

Born in Lynn on June 17, 1943, Sandy was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Espinola) Schier. She was raised in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1962. Growing up, Sandy was lovingly called “Mike” by her father because she was more like a son to him than a daughter. Sandy was always interested in what he was doing, whether it be working in the basement at the tool bench, or working outside, she loved to be with her dad.

After graduation, Sandy attended Essex Aggie Institute for hairdressing and graduated from there in 1963. Sandy went on to be a hairdresser for over 40 years, Sandy worked at Penthouse Boutique Hairdressing Salon which was located in Wilmington for many years and is currently located in Tewksbury, there she befriended her co-workers as well as many clients, she made relationships that lasted a life-time, and they will miss her.

Sandy was married to her husband Don in 1965 and they moved to Woburn. Shortly after that, the family relocated to Billerica where they raised their three children. Sandy enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her two granddaughters. She was a courageous woman and dealt with much adversity in her life. She was truly a fighter and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Sandy was the beloved wife of Donald M. DeGrazia of Chelmsford, loving mother of Jill May and her husband Gerald of Bryan, TX, Jack DeGrazia of Tewksbury, and Arian DeGrazia of Chelmsford, devoted “Nana” of Alycia DeGrazia and Brianna May, dear sister of Sally Nicosia and her husband William of Lynn, Elaine Cutler of Londonderry, NH and Stephen Schier of Salem, MA.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 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. Interment to follow in the family lot at Rowley Cemetery, Rowley, MA. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 24, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sandy’s name can be made to VNA Care Network and Hospice, 333 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, MA 01772.

Lipp, Albert W.

June 16th, 2011

Albert W. Lipp, age 91, of Tewksbury, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Born on October 6, 1919, in Boston, Albert was the beloved son of William and Veronica (Dukas) Lipp. The family moved to Wilmington in 1930 from South Boston. Albert spent many years working on the family farm where they raised cattle, pigs and chickens. In 1947, Albert bought a house in Tewksbury where he raised his two children and remained until his passing. He worked for Harriman’s Tannery as well as Friend’s “Beans” Farm.

Albert was a quiet man who enjoyed spending time outside. He loved to tend to his garden and to his animals, goats and pigs especially. Most of all, he loved his family. His children and grandchildren where the most important things to Albert. He would enjoy all of their gatherings and celebrations. He will truly be missed.

Albert was the beloved father of Carol Roane and her husband John of Sarasota, FL and William A. Lipp and his long-time companion Lisa Nocco of Tewksbury, loving “Grandpa” of Christopher Roane of Tampa, FL, Timothy Roane of Venice, FL, William Lipp of Tewksbury, Dawn (Lipp) Vosbury and her husband Mark of Dracut, and great-grandchildren Dylan Roane, Dawson and Carter Vosburg, cherished son of the late William and Veronica (Dukas) Lipp, dear brother of Paul Lipp of East Ryegate, VT, the late Benny Lipp, Joseph, Lipp, and Edward Lipp, Albert was a special cousin of the late Wally Cibulski of Billerica and the late John “Curly” Dukas of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, June 22nd from 4-8 p.m. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, June 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Albert’s name may be made to Merrimack Valley VNA and Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building #9, Lawrence, MA 01843-1740.

Sullivan, Daniel

June 16th, 2011

Daniel Joseph Sullivan, “Dann”, age 59 of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Thursday, June 16, 2011, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dann came into this world on Mothers Day Weekend in 1952, he was born in Lowell on May 9, 1952, and was the cherished son of Alice F. (Rooney) and the late Andrew F. Sullivan of Wilmington. Dann grew up in Wilmington, he was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1970, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree at North Adams State College in 1974, and his Masters Degree at Leslie College.

Dann was a hard worker and very accomplished, at the time of his death, he was employed as the Project Facilities Manager at Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, MA. Dann loved his job at Textron and the people he worked with, they were his extended family. He belonged to a group of co-workers that were dedicated and diligent in their efforts to raise money for in curing cancer, they participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk for many years. Dann’s last Jimmy Fund walk was last September, six weeks after surgery, he walked the last two miles because he strongly believed in their cause.

Dann was also very athletic, he was a great organizer and enjoyed all the softball games with the guys at the Textron Field. His softball team to him was like having another group of brothers and their relationships lasted far beyond the field.

Dann was the second oldest of ten siblings, he grew up in a large Irish Catholic Family, where he learned sharing, patience, caring, thoughtfulness, never getting too full of yourself, helping others, and most of all Love. That is what family is about and that was what Dann was about. Dann was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and a true friend. He was always interested in what was going on with his family and friends, he took the time to listen and made the time to help out. Dann loved the family celebrations and holidays, he was always there to help organize and chip in, he was very proud of everyone’s accomplishments. Dann’s family always made him smile.

Dann was also very Patriotic and would jump at the chance to help out with any project to do with the Veterans. He had the utmost respect for our men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces and the ones that had served before them, they were his heroes. Dann was involved with the Veterans Project last year replacing the monuments in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, he was there the day the new monuments were delivered and you could just see the pride written all over his face because he could help in some way. He was also a volunteer at Local Heroes.

In his spare time, Dann enjoyed traveling, Salisbury beach, cutting wood, and deep sea fishing. He loved to go to his children’s school and sporting events, coaching many teams and volunteering at school events, his dedication to his children was unwavering. Dann was a wonderful and loving husband, he and his wife Lorraine were there to support each other unconditionally, even in the face of adversity, they truly had a special bond.

Dann will be fondly remembered as a man who made a huge impression on the people he knew intimately or a stranger he just met, he was compassionate, thoughtful, and caring. He gave of himself time and time again, never expecting anything in return, always making things easier on those he cared about. Dann loved people and will be missed more than words can say.

Dann was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Joubert), devoted father of Lisa M. Sullivan of Tewksbury, Colin J. Sullivan & his wife Shannon of Billerica, and Loren D. Sullivan of Tewksbury, loving “Grandpa” of Aria Sullivan, dear brother of Andrew Sullivan & his wife Susan of Newton, NH, Steven Sullivan & his wife Judy, Dennis Sullivan & his wife Donna, Kathleen Campbell & her late husband Leo, Mary Ann Sullivan, Margaret McKenna, Maureen Parsons & her husband Wayne, Alice Batchelder, and Gerald Sullivan & his wife Nancy all of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Christina Robinson, Pastor Joubert & his wife Gina, Carmen Joubert, Antonia Ramos, Manuel Joubert all of Lowell, and Juliet (Joubert) Sylvia & her husband Dave of Peabody, Joaquin Melendez of Floriday, Lena Melendez of Puerto Rico and Marguerita Santiago of Holyoke, MA. Dann was also a wonderful uncle to countless nieces and nephews and a true friend to many, he is further survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends gathered for a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 21st, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Interment followed in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Donations in Dann’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Tom Tam Medical Associates, 85 Essex St., Haverhill, MA 01832. Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Viegas, Custodia “Connie”

June 14th, 2011

Viegas, Custodia “Connie”, age 84, of Hialeah, FL, formerly of Somerville, died June 14, 2011.

Cherished daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose (Tomeo) Viegas, beloved godmother of Arthur F. Bent, Jr. of Wilmington, Connie is also survived by her dear friends Rhonda Sylvia and Frances Bent both of Wilmington, Mary R. Fallica of Methuen, Jennifer Gledhill, Jaclyn Bent, and Joelle Bent.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Saturday, July 2nd from 11 a.m.- 12 noon at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Funeral Service to follow at 12:00 noon.

Memorial donations in Connie’s name may be made to Worldwide Children’s Charity Organization, Operation Smile, www.operationsmile.org.

Newcomb, Beatrice

June 12th, 2011

Beatrice A. (Love) Newcomb, age 81, of Wilmington, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at home on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Beatrice was the beloved wife of the late Donald F. Newcomb, devoted mother of Donna Newcomb of Plaistow, NH, Gail Crowley of Center Barnstead, NH, Thomas Newcomb of Greenfield, MA, and Karen Giaquinta of Bow, NH, loving grandmother of Michelle Maffei, Melissa Crowley, Nicole Pinto, Joseph Giaquinta, Donald Giaquinta, Danielle Newcomb, Rachel Newcomb, Kurt Newcomb , and 4 great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late James and Mary (Diaz) Love.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, June 14th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 13th from 2-6 p.m.

Memorial donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Cross, Rosemary

June 9th, 2011

Rosemary K. (Kane) Cross, age 83, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Reading, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Rosemary was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 16, 1928, she was the cherished daughter of the late Thomas F. and Alice B. (Morrison) Kane. Rosemary grew up in Connecticut and was educated there, she moved to Reading, MA in 1966.

Rosemary led a full and wonderful life, she raised six great children, always finding time to be at their school and sporting activities. Rosemary was a Girl Scout Leader for over 15 years, always dedicating herself to children.

Rosemary was a very sharp business woman, she held the position as the Assistant Tax Collector for the Town of Reading, retiring after 30 years of faithful service to the town and was a member of the Professional Business and Women’s Club for many years.

Rosemary moved to Wilmington, MA in 1983. After retiring, Rosemary quickly became involved in the community. She was an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where she was a contributor to the Buzzell “Buzz” Newsletter at the Senior Center as well as participating in all of their activities. Rosemary was a member of the Wilmington Planning Board, Member of the Town of Wilmington Elder Advisory Board, and a faithful communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington.

In her spare time, Rosemary enjoyed writing poetry and was quite talented as a writer, she enjoyed the summers she spent in Bidderford, Maine, but most of all she treasured the time she spent with her family and friends, the many holidays shared, vacations spent together, and every special celebration that gave her family a chance to be together, these are memories that will be shared for generations to come.

Rosemary will be fondly remembered for her strength and willingness to help others, she fought for what was right for other Senior Citizens and her dedication to her family was unwavering. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Rosemary Beloved and devoted mother of Maureen Curry and her husband Philip of Wallingford, CT, Sharon Gill of Salisbury, MA, Beverly Angeski of Exeter, NH, Kathleen Dickenson and her husband Jim of Aberdeen, NC, Mary Anne Lefebvre and her husband Joe of Exeter, RI, and Thomas Cross and his wife Jeannie of North Kingstown, RI, loving grandmother of George Curry and his wife Leslie of Stamford, CT, Seth Curry of London, England, Philip Curry, Jr. of Hull, MA, Megan Puopolo and her husband Brian of Norwood, MA, Emily Gill of Salisbury, MA, Brian Angeski of Exeter, NH, Hannah Cross, Elise Cross, and Tyler Cross all of North Kingstown, RI, and great-grandchildren Zoe Curry and Michael Puopolo, dear sister of the late Alice “Buddy” Crofton, Margaret “Peggy” Russell of Eastham, MA and the late Elizabeth “Betsy” Kane. Rosemary is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 13th 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. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 12th from 2-6 p.m. Graveside Services for Rosemary will be held on Tuesday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. in the family lot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, One Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield, CT.

Memorial donations in Rosemary’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Citizen’s Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Bent, Arthur

June 5th, 2011

Arthur F. Bent, Sr., age 91, of Burlington, June 5, 2011.

Husband of Frances R. (Balliro) Bent, father of Mary R. Fallica of Methuen, Arthur F. Bent, Jr. and his partner Rhonda Sylvia of Wilmington, and the late Paula L. Hurynowicz, “Grampy” of Cheryl and Thomas DiLeo, Sharon Greco, Gregory and Lisa Monteforte, Charles III and Kim Monteforte, Jennifer and Michael Gledhill, Jaclyn Bent, and Joelle Bent, “Great Grampy” of Danielle Chadwick, Jamie DiLeo, Nicole Greco, Ashley Greco, Gabrielle Greco, Tayler Greco, Nicholas Monteforte, Christopher Monteforte, Emily Monteforte, Christa Monteforte, and C.J. Monteforte, “Great-Great-Grampy” of Dylan Chadwick, Austin Chadwick, Rylen Chadwick, Ashlyn Chadwick, Brooklyn Houle, and Michael Fronduto, son of the late John and Mary Bent, Arthur is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Wednesday, June 8th from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Funeral Service on Thursday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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

Arthur was retired from City of Somerville and a United States Army Veteran during World War II, having participated in many battles including Normandy, Arthur received many commendations for his honorable service.