Obituaries

Rhodes, Betty

August 3rd, 2010

Betty J. (Bragg) Rhodes, age 66, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, following a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Betty was born in Clarkesburg, West Virginia on January 23, 1944; she was the cherished daughter of the late Grady and Della (Kirk) Bragg. Betty grew up in West Virginia, she married Donald Rhodes in 1962 and moved to Lynn, MA. Betty and Donald lived in Lynn for 12 years until they moved to Wilmington over 36 years ago.

Prior to her illness forcing her retirement, Betty worked at General Electric for 35 years.

Betty was well known for always being busy, she never stopped whether is was helping someone in need, a friend, neighbor, family member, she was always doing for others and there was nothing she wouldn’t try to fix.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and loved her animals.

Betty will be fondly remembered for her love of her family, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Betty was kind, considerate, helpful, always giving of herself and her time. She will be greatly missed by all.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years Donald V. Rhodes, she was the devoted mother of Priscilla Nicolo, loving grandmother of Ricky Williams and his wife Stephanie, Brianna Nicolo, and great-granddaughter Angelina Williams all of Wilmington, she is also survived by four brothers, 2 sisters, many nieces and nephews, her dog “Lady”, and her special niece Cheryl Williams.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 6th from 5-8 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to a Children’s Charity of your choice.

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Weed, John

July 31st, 2010

John E. “Jack” Weed, age 66, of Wilmington, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody, following a courageous battle with muscular dystrophy.

Born in Watertown, MA, on April 2, 1944, Jack was the cherished son of the late John E. and Alice (Munsell)Weed. Jack was a life-long Wilmington resident and a graduate of Wilmington High School class of 1962. Jack loved his roots in Wilmington and enjoyed being part of the “Silver Lake” crowd.

Prior to retiring, Jack was a dedicated employee for over 32 years with Delta Airlines in Boston.

While on the job, Jack met and fell in love with fellow employee Janice Ramoska, they married on April 4, 1971, celebrating over 39 years of marriage and together raising their three children.

Jack was a devoted family man and a true friend, never judging those around him but always there to help. He will be remembered as a wonderful person and a courageous man. He always put others needs ahead of his own, he was the kind of “neighbor” and “co-worker” that everyone wishes to have, he could do just about anything, always with a kind gesture and a smile on his face.

Jack never let his illness get the best of him, handling his challenges with strength, courage, and dignity. He lived his life to the fullest with a positive attitude, great sense of humor, and did what ever it took to take care of those he loved. Jack had an endearing personality and a gentle way about him that made others attracted to him, he was “fun” to be around.

Jack loved his family unconditionally and they adored him, he was an incredible dad and grandfather, his family was the center of his universe and they will miss him dearly.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife Janice L. (Ramoska) Weed, he was the devoted father of Christine S. Davis of Goshen, MA, John J. Weed & his wife Gina of Thorndike, ME, and Jill E. Pendleton &her husband Lance of Newark, TX, loving grandfather of Ricky & Jeff Sparks and Savanna & Colby Pendleton, dear brother of Donald Weed & his wife Irene of Wilmington and Richard Weed & his wife Dottie of Barrington, NH, son-in-law of Vincy Ramoska of Stoughton, brother-in-law of Janet & Ron Roode of Stoughton, Jack is also survived by many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 3rd from 3-7 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association – USA, National Headquarters, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718.

Longland, Elizabeth

July 28th, 2010

Arrangements are private.

Phillips, Matthew

July 27th, 2010

Matthew M. Phillips, age 35, of Wilmington, passed away by accident on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Born on April 8, 1975, in Winchester, MA, Matthew was the son of Jeanne B. (Spencer) and the late Zora A. Phillips of Wilmington.

Matthew was the husband of Melissa J. (Lyons) Phillips, father of Candice Phillips and Courtney Phillips, brother of Lon Phillips & his wife Debbie of Billerica, Don Phillips & his wife Terri of Tennessee, Tiffeny Rygiel of Wilmington, and the late Celeste Miller, brother-in-law of Brian Miller of New Hampshire and the late David Rygiel, son-in-law of Pamela Lyons of Malden, grandson-in-law of Jean Lyons of Malden, Matthew is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, August 1st from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Funeral Home Service on Monday, August 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Howe, Martha

July 19th, 2010

Mrs. Martha Lydia (Field) Howe, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2010, at the age of 90.

Martha Field was born in her family home on Lake Street on March 2, 1920, she was the dear daughter of the late Frederick A. and Lydia E. (Younie) Field.

She lived in the Silver Lake area of Wilmington her entire life and attended Wilmington Public Schools.

Martha was very proud of her heritage and she researched her family history. She found out that her family background consisted of miners and clock makers from Cornwall, England during the 19th Century and farmers in Maine.

She married Chester C. Howe on March 9, 1939, they celebrated 54 years of marriage before his passing in November of 1993. Together Martha and Chester raised their seven children, Martha always had an “open door” policy for family and friends, everyone was always welcome. Martha loved to cook and there was always a dinner table set and ready as well as a refrigerator full of leftovers to be shared with who ever dropped in.

In her spare time, Martha was an avid reader, finishing a book or two a week all her life. She enjoyed romance novels, mysteries, spy books, and biographies.

Martha was also a very generous person, she continuously gave to charities like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the various Veterans Organizations, even when she didn’t have much to spare she always made sure she contributed. As her family grew and came upon difficulties she expanded her charities to include organizations that had helped family members such as Cancer Society, Heart and Lung Associations, and Cystic Fibrosis. She never forgot to donate and was grateful to those who helped her family in the past.

Martha will be fondly remembered for her generosity, her kind and caring ways, and for her devotion to her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and surrogate to many. She will be greatly missed.

Martha was the beloved wife of the late Chester C. Howe, devoted mother of Chester C. Howe & his wife Carol of Andover, Robert A. Howe & his wife Barbara Ann of Wilmington, Nancy E. Wheeler of Merrimack, NH, Donald W. Howe & his wife Susan of High Springs, FL, Richard T. Howe & his wife Donna of Billerica, Lawrence F. Howe of Wilmington, and Sandra McFeeters & her husband Michael of Wilmington, loving grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, dear sister of the late Roger S. Field, Frederick J. Field, James W. Field, and Madge Sabre, Martha is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 24th at 10:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday, July 23rd from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Martha’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 214 North Main St., Suite 202, Natick, MA 01760.

Toto, Patricia

July 8th, 2010

Patricia A. (Luken) Toto, age 63, of Gloucester, formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness.

Born in Stoneham, MA, on August 24, 1946, Pat was the cherished daughter of Carolyn (Connors) and the late Willard Luken of Ellicot City, MD formerly of Wilmington.

Pat grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1964.

Pat was a long time resident of Wilmington before moving to Gloucester 17 years ago.

At the time of her death, Pat was employed as an Administrator in the Building Department for the city of Gloucester.

Pat loved living in Gloucester, she enjoyed being by the ocean and the beaches, she made many close friends there who became her second family.

Pat will be fondly remembered for her wonderful personality, beautiful smile, as a talented artist, but mostly for her devotion to her family and friends. Pat was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and true friend, she will be greatly missed by all.

Besides her mother, Pat is survived by her beloved children Michelle M. Toto of Nashua, NH and Joseph M. Toto, Jr. and his wife Susan of South Yarmouth, MA, she was the loving grandmother of Katie and Domenic Toto, dear sister of Christine M. Barnard and her husband Robert of Ellicott City, MD, special aunt of Robert A. Barnard III, Jessica L. Barnard, and Amanda E. Barnard, cousin of Terrianne Reilly, Vincent Reilly, and Jefferson Reilly, Pat is also survived by many close friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Saturday, July 17th from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Guglielmi, Pierino “Perry”

July 3rd, 2010

Pierino D. “Perry” Guglielmi, age 69, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 3, 2010, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Perry was born in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy, on January 12, 1941, he was the cherished son of Yolanda (DeAcetis) and the late Arturo Guglielmi of Malden. Perry moved with his family to America at the age of 14 and was raised in the North End of Boston. Following High School, Perry joined the Army National Guard during the Vietnam era.

Perry founded Circle Auto Body in Everett many years ago, he worked hard an built a successful business, Perry was still the proprietor at the time of his death.

Perry was dearly loved by his family and friends, he will be fondly remembered for his love of animals, his talent at country western dancing, his work ethic, and his devotion to his family. He was kind, compassionate, helpful, and very proud to be an American.

Perry is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years Julie A. (Morgan) Guglielmi of Wilmington, he was the devoted father of Jason Guglielmi of Everett and Jamie Bowman & her husband Stephen of Winchester, dear brother of Nino Guglielmi of Saugus, Evo Guglielmi, and Lidia Marcella & her husband Tony all of Malden, uncle of Joseph Marcella, Paula Marcella, Michael Guglielmi, and Larena (Guglielmi) Cotter, step-grandfather of Jordan Bowman, son-in-law of Leon and Rosalie Auger of Medford, brother-in-law of James and Dianna Morgan of Ohio, Perry is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends will gathered for a Funeral Service which was celebrated by Fr. Phillip Early at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 7th at 10:00 a.m. Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Perry’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Warner, Gloria

June 27th, 2010

Gloria (Litchford) Warner, age 81, a long-time Wilmington resident, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the Winchester Hospital.

Born in Boston, MA, on September 20, 1928, Gloria was the dear daughter of the late Vance and Marion (Cruikshank) Warner.

Gloria was pre-deceased by her husband Milton C. Warner and two sisters Constance Hubbard and Virginia Litchford. She is also survived by several dear friends.

Gloria was a very religious woman, kind and caring, and always doing for others. She had a heart of gold.

Graveside services were held on Friday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington and were officiated by Rev. Ron Grimley.

Memorial donations in Gloria’s name may be made to the Abundant Life Christian Church, 173 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Murray, Kelli

June 25th, 2010

Kelli A. (Agati), Murray, age 40, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, June 25, 2010, at the Winchester Hospital.

Born on December 31, 1969, in Boston, MA, Kelli was the cherished daughter of Patricia A. (Silva) Agati of Wilmington and David J. Agati of Colorado. Kelli lived in Somerville for a few years before moving with her family to Wilmington at the age of 8. Kelli was educated in the Wilmington School System and was a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Class of 1987.

At the time of her death, Kelli was working as a medical coder for MRSI.

Kelli will be fondly remembered for her sweet nature and her devotion to her family and friends. She was always helping others whether it was volunteering at her children’s school and sporting events, teaching CCD at St. Thomas Church, or lending a hand to someone in need, she was always there.

She loved her husband and children with all her heart and was a devoted wife of 15 years and a wonderful mother. Kelli enjoyed watching her children grow and making life special for them. She marveled at their accomplishments, they brought much joy to her life and made many wonderful memories together as a beautiful family.

Kelli enjoyed shopping especially with her mom, she loved running, and baking. Her specialty was her famous chocolate chip cookies.

Kelli was truly loved by all who knew her, she had an endearing personality, and touched so many lives. She will be greatly missed by all.

Kelli is survived by her beloved husband Joseph C. Murray II, she was the devoted and loving mother of Maryssa I., Jamie L., Jenna N., Madisyn P., and Joseph C. Murray III all of Wilmington, cherished granddaughter of Isabel Silva of Wilmington, dear sister of Kim M. Agati, beloved aunt and second mother to Kayla McCluskey both of Wilmington, niece of Janice Silva of Somerville, Janet Silva of Wilmington, cousin of Edward Silva of Wilmington, daughter-in-law of Joseph C. Murray, Sr. of Maine and Carmen Belanger of Tewksbury, sister-in-law of Eric & Denise Murray, Billy & Michele Murray, and Danny & Kara Murray all of Tewksbury, Krysta & Steve O’Neill and Rebekah & Mike Tkachuk all of Wilmington. Kelli is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, June 29th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, June 28th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kelli’s name may be made to the Kelli Murray Scholarship Fund, c/o Enterprise Bank, 1120 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.

Melaragni, Concetta “Connie”

June 20th, 2010

Concetta “Connie” Melaragni, age 74, of Wilmington, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday morning, June 20, 2010

Concetta was born in Cassino, Italy where she witnessed and survived the ferocious battle of Monte Cassino during World War II. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Nascenza Pacitto. At age 11 she came to America where she spent her early life in Medford, Massachusetts. She graduated Medford High School and became a naturalized citizen of the United States shortly thereafter.

Connie met her late husband Remo Melaragni in 1954 and they were married in Cassino, Italy in 1956. Concetta was a doting mother and homemaker. She was also a laboratory technician at Charles River Breeding Laboratories in Wilmington, MA. Later she enjoyed employment at TJX Corporation at the Marshall’s Warehouse in Woburn, MA.

Concetta triumphed over kidney failure and was the successful recipient of a kidney transplant for nearly 18 years. She loved spending time with her children and five grandchildren and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially during the holidays and for traditional Sunday Dinner at her home. She also enjoyed her Friday lunches with dear friends Evelyn Ferarra and the late Gloria Morelli. In her later years, Concetta loved taking trips and spending time with her beloved Remo, her husband of 49 years.

Concetta was the beloved wife of the late Remo Melaragni, devoted mother of Mark Melaragni and his companion Joyce Johnson of Dunstable, MA and Paul Melaragni and his wife Lynne of Wilmington, loving “Nanna” of Alyssa and Maria Melaragni and Gianna, Isabella, and Nicholas Melaragni, dear sister of Rose Delgreco of Medford and the late Carmine Pacitto she was predeceased by her brother in law Mario Delgreco. Connie also leaves many cousins, sisters in law, niece, nephews and dear family friends Debralee Quinn and Beverly Siebert.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, June 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 Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Tuesday, June 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Concetta’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02026.