Obituaries

Healy, Maurice

May 21st, 2011

Maurice John Healy , age 76, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Spring Lake, New Jersey, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Maurice was born on May 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the cherished son of the late Jeremiah and Margaret (Deignan) Healy.

Maurice received his BA from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana and his MA from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

Maurice was a high school history teacher in the Brothers of the Holy Cross Schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and California for twenty years, at this time he was a member of the Brothers of the Holy Cross.

Upon leaving the Brothers of the Holy Cross, Maurice worked for Exxon Company for twenty years as an operator in the Exxon Refinery in Linden, New Jersey.

Maurice was very active in the Democratic Party in Spring Lake Heights and Wall Township, New Jersey.

Maurice was also a Boy Scout Leader in St. Catharine’s Church in Spring Lake, New Jersey. He also served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Catharine’s Church for many years. Maurice was an avid reader of history and political books, he also continually educated himself about Jesus and the Catholic Church.

Maurice lived in New Jersey for many years before moving to Wilmington, Massachusetts to be closer to family.

Maurice’s greatest love was his family, he was a very devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Beloved husband of Marylou (Gillard) Healy, devoted father of John Maurice Healy and his wife Michele (Semonelli) all of Wilmington and James Jeremiah Healy and his wife Cathie (Sweetman) of Dublin, Ireland, loving grandfather of Kaelin and Courtney Healy of Wilmington and Orlaith Healy of Dublin Ireland, dear brother of the late Sister Margaret Healy of the Trinitarian Order of Sisters of the Catholic Church.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Tuesday, May 24th at 12:00 noon. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.,187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA

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Marshall, Alvan

May 19th, 2011

Alvan W. Marshall, age 82, of Wilmington, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford following a lengthy illness.

Alvan was born on May 2, 1929, in Gloucester, MA, he was the dear son of the late Alfred and Amy (Spurling) Marshall, he grew up in Gloucester and was a graduate of Gloucester High School. Upon his completion of High School, Alvan enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18 and that’s where an impressive career began. Alvan made the most of his years in the Air Force, he served during Korea and Vietnam. Alvan educated himself, taking advantage of every course he could handle. Alvan was trained in Air Proving Management, Ground Safety, Advanced Vocational Training, Air Training Command, Airplane Electrical Mechanic Repair Man, Air Proving Management, ACFT-MSL Electrical Mechanic, just to name a few. He also attended Officer Candidate School and was awarded the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the 4050th Field Maintenance Squadron in 1960.

Some of Alvan’s missions included being part of the Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis and he was sent overseas as an Advisor for the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked on the B-52 Bombers and was part of Operation Ranch Hand which dealt with Agent Orange. He was instrumental in the Aero Space Systems, dealing with the heavy construction. Alvan was well regarded and respected for his service to the country, he earned the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in September of 1960 and he was awarded many commendations over the years. Alvan retired after 22 years of Honorable Service in 1969.

During the Korean War, Alvan was stationed in Germany and that’s where he met his future bride Berta Kampfl, Alvan and Berta married on July 12, 1953, celebrating nearly 58 years of marriage and raising two children.

After Alvan retired the family moved to Wilmington in 1970 and Alvan went to work as an electrician. Alvan was a hard worker, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or fix, he knew about electronics as well as mechanics, a “Jack of all Trades”.

Alvan worked at David W. Marshall Electrical Service along side his son David for over twenty years, until he was well into his late 70’s, he just loved to be busy whether it was at worked or puttering around the house Alvan was always doing something.

Alvan was also very devoted to his family, he loved them with all his heart, and he will be greatly missed by them.

Alvan was the beloved husband of Berta (Kampfl) Marshall, devoted father of Linda Whelton of Latham, NY and David Marshall & his wife Lynne of Wilmington, loving “Grampy” of Amy Whelton & her husband Peter Lasaga of Hoboken, NJ, Hannah Marshall and Shawn Marshall both of Wilmington, “Two Grampy” to Charlotte and Ethan Lasaga, dear son of the late Alfred W. & Amy (Spurling) Marshall, brother of Philip Marshall & his wife Madeline of East Kingston, NH.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Alvan’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Kaplan, Morton

May 18th, 2011

Morton Kaplan, age 71, of Wilmington, formerly of Lowell, died May 18, 2011.

Beloved husband of Bernice A. (Cieslik) Kaplan, father of Jill Brown of Tyngsboro, Steven Kaplan of Brighton, the late David Kaplan and Craig Kaplan, son of the late Myer and Elizabeth (Bantick) Kaplan, brother of Ruth Cohen of Keene, NH, step-father of Kimball Wamboldt of Sandown, NH and Steven Wamboldt of Wilmington, grandfather of Lea Brown, Steven Wamboldt, Jr., Meghan Wamboldt, Leland Wamboldt, and Andrew Wamboldt.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, May 19th at 2:30 p.m. in the Montefiore Synagogue Cemetery, Pulpit Rock Road, Pelham, NH.

Lento, Martha

May 15th, 2011

Martha P. (LoBuono) Lento, age 70, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 15, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

Martha was born on July 21, 1940, in Boston and grew up in its’ “North End”. She graduated from Julie Billiart High School in 1958.

Martha married the love of her life Joseph P. Lento on June 10, 1961 and the couple moved to Somerville where they lived for 42 years, Martha and Joe had a wonderful life together and raised two beautiful children, they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this coming June 10th. Martha was also a very active parishioner of St. Polycarps Parish in Somerville for many years.

Martha worked for the City of Somerville as a special education teachers assistant at Somerville High School for 16 years. Martha’s kindness and patience towards her students made her a favorite among the kids.

Martha’s favorite pastime was being with family and friends. She was a wonderful hostess and always made sure her family and friends felt at home. Her outgoing personality and unwavering devotion to those she loved was always evident and the holidays around the Lento household were filled with much love and laughter.

Martha enjoyed traveling and was blessed to have traveled with her husband, family, and friends to many wonderful destinations both home and abroad before her illness limited her later in life.

Martha will be fondly remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and true friend. Martha and Joe moved to Wilmington in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

Martha was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Lento, devoted mother of Joseph V. Lento & his wife Rosemarie of Methuen and Claudia A. Gillis & her husband Timothy of North Reading, loving grandmother of Amanda Flowers and fiance Ronnie Aborn, Marisa Lento, Stephanie Lento, Danielle Gillis, Jessica Gillis, and great-grandsons Joseph and Anthony, cherished daughter of the late Vincent & Lillian (Dimino) LoBuono, dear sister of Joseph G. LoBuono & his wife Diane of Pepperell, sister-in-law of Elizabeth & Frank Tiso of Quincy, Emily & Charles Piccolo of Boston, and Angela & Kenneth Forte of Wilmington, Martha is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, Wilmington at 11:30 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, May 18th from 3-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Martha’s name may be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Cardiac Unit, c/o Development Office, 170 Governors Ave., Medford, MA 02155.

Donnelly, Dorothea

May 12th, 2011

Dorothea K. Donnelly (Mullin), “Dot”, age 76, of Wilmington, died May 12, 2011.

Beloved wife of Lawrence M. Donnelly, devoted mother of Mark Donnelly and Matthew Donnelly both of Groveland, Timothy Donnelly and his wife Jane of Rockport, Megan Donnelly of Philadelphia, PA, and the late Moira (Donnelly) Williams and her husband Bo of Rutherfordton, NC, loving “Nana” of Elizabeth, Linnea, and Laura, cherished daughter of the late Philip and Dorothea (Kelley) Mullin, dear sister Martha Mullin and Mary Mullin both of Natick, and the late Joseph Mullin, Dot is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, May 16th 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 Sunday, May 15th from 4-8 p.m.

Nelson, Keith

May 12th, 2011

Keith C. Nelson, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of Newton, died peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2011, following a lengthy illness.

Keith was born April 23, 1927 in Newport, ME, he was the cherished son of Raleigh P. Nelson and Hilda (Peva) Nelson.

Keith grew up in Newport Maine on the shores of Lake Sebasticook, he loved canoeing with his brother in their red Old Town canoe. He also lived in Presque Isle, ME where he helped with his family’s potato farm. The family moved to Wilmington, MA in 1943 when his father was recruited as a precision machinist at the Boston Navy Yard.

A graduate of Wilmington High School in 1945 and then from the Wentworth Institute and the Boston Architectural Center. Immediately after graduation he worked for H. E. Davidson Architectural Office in Boston. Later he became a partner in the Kreider and Nelson office in Newtonville. He continued his career with his own office and also worked with PACE International and Gilbert Small and Co. He designed several buildings in the Wilmington area and worked on the Church of the Advent steeple renovation in preparation for the Bicentennial celebrations, the old Boston Public Library, in addition to office buildings, vacation homes, and industrial projects throughout New England and several international projects. He was also called on by the National Fire Protection Association as an expert witness on code violation cases.

He was involved in his community as an officer in the junior Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International in Newton, MA where he lived with his family for many decades. He was also a Deacon at Central Congregational Church and an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 301 of the Norumbega Boy Scout Council.

Keith enjoyed time in the garden, camping, canoeing, and stereo photography.

Keith is survived by his wife of 56 years, Christine S. Nelson, their children K. C. Nelson and David Nelson of Wilmington, Elisa Nelson and her husband R. Paul Smith of Burlington VT, his brother Gerald S. Nelson and wife Mary of Lovell ME. His Sister-in-law Ruth R Swenson of Wilmington, brother-in-law E. Alfred Swenson and wife Nancy of Holden, Ma, and sister-in-law Pamela Solomon and husband Barry of Wilmington. Many nieces and nephews include Terry Lee Nelson and wife Poppy of Massachusetts, Karen Nelson of Colorado, Kristin Izes and husband Robert of Maryland, Mark Nelson and wife Clair of Maine and grand nephews John Nelson and family, and Matthew Nelson and family, niece Karen Habegger and family of CT, and nephew James Swenson and son Nicholas of Holden, MA

Close friends include Jimmy and Helen Durkee of Wilmington and Bill and Alice Bergquist of Newton.

Private Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Keith’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Office, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, or to the Wilmington Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Gibbs, Evelyn

May 11th, 2011

Evelyn M. (Choate) Gibbs, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in North Billerica following a lengthy illness.

Evelyn was born on October 26, 1928, in Medford, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Rolland and Hannah (Hyldburg) Choate, Evelyn grew up in Melrose and Malden, she was a graduate of Malden High School.

Prior to retiring, Evelyn was a book keeper at the H. P. Hood Company in Charlestown for many years.

Evelyn married the love of her life William L. Gibbs over 20 years ago, she and Bill had a wonderful life together, they loved to travel, go dancing, and to dinner, they truly enjoyed each others company.

In her spare time Evelyn enjoyed gardening, she loved flowers. She had a talent for knitting and made many beautiful Afghans and she was also an amateur artist who loved to draw.

Evelyn was also fond of animals, especially her dog Happy who she loved dearly.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of William L. Gibbs of Wilmington and is also survived by several cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Evelyn’s name may be made to Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley, 80 Boston Road, Billerica, MA 01862.

Bielecki, Rosemary

May 9th, 2011

Rosemary C. (Shannon) Bielecki “Irish”, age 87, a long term resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rosemary was born on January 23, 1924, in Charlestown, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late James H. and Rose (Bovean) Shannon. Rosemary grew up in Charlestown and Somerville, graduating from Somerville High School. Rosemary continued her education in Accounting and became a bookkeeper working at John Hancock, The Boston Globe, Fox and Ginn, Simons, and Burlington Beverage during her business career.

Rosemary had quite an interesting life, as a young woman during World War II, she volunteered as a spotter on Castle Island in Boston Harbor, watching for enemy planes. As an adult, Rosemary welcomed numerous children into her home where she cared for them and gave them the stability of a loving home. She was truly an amazing woman always willing to help others.

Rosemary married the love of her life Michael J. Bielecki on July 4, 1946, together they shared over 64 years of marriage before his passing in August of 2009. Rosemary and Michael moved to Wilmington in 1946 where they raised their family and became involved in their community. Rosemary was an active member of St. Dorothy’s Parish as well as a Den Mother for the Wilmington Boy Scouts for many years. She worked in Patient Registration at the Wilmington Regional Health Center for many years, always with a welcoming attitude and a pleasant nature.

In her spare time, Rosemary loved to go to Maine especially Booth Bay Harbor with her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano and loved a good polka.

The center of Rosemary’s world was her family, she just loved having them around all the time. They enjoyed family holidays, special celebrations, vacations, and cook outs, making memories to last a life time. Rosemary was very devoted and loving to her family and friends, she will be greatly missed by all.

Rosemary was the beloved wife of the late Michael J. Bielecki, devoted mother of Paul M. Bielecki & his wife Phyllis of Danville, NH and James K. Bielecki of Wilmington, loving Nana of Kristine, Bryan, Kimberly, Stephanie, Christopher, and great-grandchildren Kathryn, Nicole, Devon, and Emily, dear sister of Gertrude O’Rourke of Hingham. Rosemary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family & Friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, May 12th, 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 Wednesday, May 11th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Rosemary’s name may be made to St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harnden St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Ryan, Timothy

May 7th, 2011

Lance Corporal Timothy F. Ryan III, age 23, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Born in Stoneham on July 23, 1987, Tim was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools, graduating Wilmington High School in 2005.

Shortly after graduating, Tim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a proud Marine and served his country faithfully, serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He was honorably discharged in December of 2010.

Tim was a real “guys guy”. He loved sports, including football, soccer, and baseball, he was a huge Red Sox fan. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, and outdoor activities at his house in Maine.

Tim was a hard worker and had a never quit attitude. He was a true friend, he was kind and loyal, his sense of loyalty was unquestionable. He would go out of his way to help anyone. Tim was a man of integrity and his word was worth more than any contract. He was truly a special person, and people were drawn to Tim.

His love for his family was the most important thing to Tim. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them, especially the younger kids, he loved kids and they loved him.

Tim was a wonderful son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, a Proud Marine, and a true American, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Tim was the beloved son of Anne Marie (Hanson) and Anthony James Lees of Wilmington and Timothy F. Ryan of Malden, cherished brother of Jessica and Kristina Lees of Wilmington, dear grandson of Rose Hanson and Patricia DiDonato both of Malden, loving uncle of Jocelyn, Jaelyn, James, and Jonathan DeFeo, Tim is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and fellow Marines.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 13th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, May 12th from 3-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Timothy’s name may be made to www.homebaseprogram.org or to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Welch, Kelly

April 30th, 2011

Kelly Ann Welch, age 40, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly April 30.

Born in Winchester on December 24, 1970, Kelly was the beloved daughter of Maureen E. (Hamilton) and Paul R. Welch, Sr.

She was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1989. Kelly was employed as a waitress for many years. Kelly loved to be around children and in 2003, she began to start a family of her own, marrying Robert Dickey. Although they did not have children together, she still found joy in being around her nieces and nephews. She will be truly missed by her family and friends.

Kelly was the loving wife of Robert Dickey. Cherished daughter of Maureen E. (Hamilton) and Paul R. Welch, Sr. of Wilmington. Biological mother of Ryan Gecks of California. She was the dear sister of Paul R. Welch, Jr. and his girlfriend Jennifer Marsi of Wilmington, Sandra Silvestri and her husband Paul of Billerica and Leslie Welch, also of Billerica. Kelly is also survived by her nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Family and friends are invited to visit and share rememberances at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 7, from 2-6 p.m. immediately followed by a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.