Obituaries

Casey, Michelle

December 14th, 2009

Casey, michelle Michelle Casey, age 38, of Billerica, passed away on December 14, 2009, peacefully at home with her family at her side, following a courageous battle with kidney disease.

Born on July 31, 1971, in Lowell, MA, Michelle was the beloved daughter of Rosanne DiMonte of Billerica and John Casey of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Michelle grew up in Billerica, MA. She was diagnosed with kidney disease as a young girl and received a kidney transplant from her mom when she was 12 years old. The transplant was a success allowing Michelle to live her life to the best of her ability and fulfill some of her dreams. She was able to graduate with her friends from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1989, pursue a career in Pharmacy, and get certified as a Pharmacy Technician. Michelle worked in various pharmacies, most recently at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.

In her free time, Michelle enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also joined a gym purely for the use of the pool and became a very skilled swimmer.

When Michelle’s transplant started to fail, she once again started dialysis treatments which took up more than 14 years of her life, but again Michelle faced her illness head on. As her body started to break down over the years her interests became more home-based. She spent countless hours on Facebook connecting and re-connecting with old and new friends or in front of the t.v. watching her favorite crime dramas and movies.

Michelle will be fondly remembered as very loving, kind, and caring. She had an endearing personality and a smile that would light up the room. She handled her illness with courage, style, and grace, setting an example for all of us to live by.

Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by her brother Shawn Casey of Nashua, NH, her grandparents Carmella and Pasquale DiMonte of Seabrook, NH, her aunt Margie Ochoa of Key West, FL, half-sister Carolyn Casey of Brooklyn, NY, her many friends, and her faithful Abyssinian cats, Zahra and Minkah who provided her with great comfort no matter what her health condition was.

Michelle’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Memorial Service celebrating Michelle’s Life at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers donations in Michelle’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation online at www.kidney.org and click on “Make a Gift”.

For online condolences and directions please visit www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Michelle and her family would also like to send a big thank you to each and every one of her friends who have always been there for her. A special thanks to all the dialysis nurses at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for all the special care and love they gave to Michelle as well.

Michelle Casey, age 38, of Billerica passed away on December 14, 2009, peacefully at home with her family at her side, following a courageous battle with kidney disease. Born on July 31, 1971, in Lowell, MA, Michelle was the beloved daughter of Rosanne DiMonte of Billerica and John Casey of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Michelle grew up in Billerica, MA, she was diagnosed with kidney disease as a young girl and received a kidney transplant from her mom when she was 12 years old. The transplant was a success allowing Michelle to live her life to the best of her ability and fulfill some of her dreams. She was able to graduate with her friends from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1989, pursue a career in Pharmacy, and get certified as a Pharmacy Technician. Michelle worked in various pharmacies, lastly at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.
In her free time, Michelle enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also joined a gym purely for the use of the pool and became a very skilled swimmer.
When Michelle’s transplant started to fail, she once again started dialysis treatments which took up more than 14 years of her life, but again Michelle faced her illness head on. As her body started to break down over the years her interests became more home based. She spent countless hours on facebook connecting and re-connecting with old and new friends or in front of the t.v. watching her favorite crime dramas and movies.
Michelle will be fondly remembered as very loving, kind, and caring, she had an endearing personality and a smile that would light up the room.  She handled her illness with courage, style, and grace, setting an example for all of us to live by.
Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by her brother Shawn Casey of Nashua, NH, her grandparents Carmella and Pasquale DiMonte of Seabrook, NH, her aunt Margie Ochoa of Key West, FL, half-sister Carolyn Casey of Brooklyn, NY, her many friends, and her faithful Abyssinian cats, Zahra and Minkah who provided her with great comfort no matter what her health condition was.
Michelle’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Memorial Service celebrating Michelle’s Life at 12:00 noon.  In lieu of flowers donations in Michelle’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation online at www.kidney.org and click on “Donate”.

For online condolences and directions please visit www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

Michelle and her family would also like to send a big thank you to each and every one of her friends who have always been there for her.  A special thanks to all the dialysis nurses at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for all the special care and love they gave to Michelle as well.

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Russo, Frederick A. Jr.

December 5th, 2009

russo-frederickFrederick A. Russo, Jr., age 72, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, December 5, 2009.

Born on February 26, 1937, in Malden, MA, Fred was the son of the late Frederick A., Sr. & Annie (Simione) Russo. Fred was raised in Malden and was educated there. He married Ruth M. Silva in 1958, they lived in Malden for several years prior to moving to Wilmington in 1969 to raise their family.

Fred was self-employed for many years as a welder, he was the founder of Dan-Ru Steel Erectors as well as the Winter Construction Companies both located in Wilmington. Fred was very talented and well respected in his profession. Fred also worked for Amtrak for many years, retiring in the mid 1990’s.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood carving, and working with stained glass, but nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his beloved grandchildren Nicholas, Caitlin, Emily, and Anthony. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his summer home in New Hampshire. Fred was an active member of both the Wilmington and Tewksbury Senior Centers.

Fred, also fondly known as “Papa” to everyone will be remembered as a hard worker, devoted family man, a loving grandfather, and a good friend. He will be greatly missed.

Fred was the beloved husband of 51 years to Ruth M. (Silva) Russo, devoted father of Lynda A. Walker & her husband Bernard of Hillsborough, NH, Frederick A. Russo III & his wife Nancy of Salem, NH and the late Lisa Russo, loving grandfather of Nicholas, Caitlin, Emily, and Anthony, Fred was one of 19 siblings and is survived by his brothers and sisters Rose Elliott, Mary Beaulieu , Josie Tieri, Frank Russo, Adeline Rasmussen, Albert Russo, Caroline Santolucito, and Amato Russo, also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington for visiting hours on Thursday, December 10th from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, Wilmington at 1:00 p.m.

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

Malone, Ingrid

December 5th, 2009

malone-ingridIngrid G. (Oehlschlager), age 68, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Brockton, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 5, 2009, with her husband at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ingrid was born on July 7, 1941, in Mannheim, Germany, she was the dear daughter of the late Adam & Else (Greiss) Oehlschlager. Ingrid grew up in Germany and was educated there, she was employed as a hairdresser for many years in Germany. She met her husband David in Germany in October of 1978 while he was stationed there, after a whirlwind courtship the couple married in Manhattan, Kansas on December 26, 1978, and remained devoted to each other for over 30 years.

With her husband a career soldier, Ingrid travelled with him all over Europe and the United States, they were stationed on various Army bases and it was Ingrid who insisted that her husband include the men and women to join them for wonderful holiday meals that she would prepare so that they wouldn’t celebrate alone. Ingrid was also introduced to her husband’s home town of Wilmington, where she fell in love with the town and her new family. Ingrid always cherished the roots she made in Wilmington.

Upon returning to the States for good, Ingrid and Dave lived in Wilmington, and when Dave’s job transferred him to the South Shore they moved to Brockton for several years, where they made many friends. When Ingrid was diagnosed with cancer, they moved back to the Wilmington and Tewksbury areas to be closer to family and enjoy their family and friends. Ingrid will be fondly remembered as a warm and loving woman who was always helping others, she loved to garden and was a great cook. Ingrid touched many lives and she will be greatly missed.

Ingrid is survived by her beloved husband David A. Malone, her brother and sister Joachim Messengarb and Hildegard Bonig both of Germany, her mother-in-law of Marie Malone and brother-in-law Joseph Deegan both of Wilmington, and many dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, December 11th from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ingrid’s name may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517 or to the Jimmy Fund, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115

Naimo, Joseph

December 3rd, 2009

Naimo, Joseph D. “Billy”, of Wilmington, December 3, 2009. He leaves a wife, his children, Charles McCarthy Naimo & his wife Lisa of Lunenburg, Ronald McCarthy Naimo & his wife Kelly of Pepperell, Tracy-Lee McCarthy Hamilton & her husband Tom of Ipswich, and Michel McCarthy Naimo & his wife Dawn of Methuen, his grandchildren Shelby, Harrison, Keira, Benjamin, Nicholas, Jonathan, Joseph, Anthony, and Dominic, son of the late Joseph D. & Elizabeth (DeSantis) Naimo, brother of Victor Naimo of Woburn and Rita Sedita of Somerville.

Family & friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s name may be made to St. Jude Shrine, 512 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21201, www.stjudeshrine.org or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Jones, Jane

November 28th, 2009

Jane Elizabeth Jones, of Everett, passed away November 28th after a long battle with cancer.

Beloved partner of 16 years to Trish Sauer who was at her side at the time of her death, cherished sister of Cathy Mellor & her husband Edward of Somerville, Lenetta Ruggiero & her husband Richard Wilmington, Norma Jones of Everett, Spencer Jones of Melrose, Neal Jones & his wife Jean of Tewksbury, David Jones & his wife Diane of Westbrook, ME, and Joseph Jones & his wife Jean of Waltham, loving aunt of many nieces & nephews.

Her Memorial Service will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 12th at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or a charity of your choice.

Zawacki, Edwin

November 27th, 2009

zawacki-edwinZawacki, Edwin F., age 86, of Peabody, died November 27, 2009, peacefully at his home.

Beloved husband of the late Vivian (Bragg) Zawacki, devoted father of Edwin F. Zawacki, Jr. & his wife Linda of Gloucester, Paula Whitney & her husband Wayne of Wilmington, Bruce Zawacki & his wife Deborah of Tewksbury, Daniel Zawacki & his wife Dianne of Loudon, NH, Michael Zawacki of Manchester, NH, and Judith Lover & her husband Richard of Milton, NH, loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 17 great-children, son of the late Martin & Margaret (Curri) Zawacki, brother of the late Harold Zawacki, Edwin is also survived by his dear friends Mary Ahern and Frank Ewing as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours Tuesday, December 1st from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers Memorial donations in Edwin’s name may be made to the VNA Care Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 31 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Murphy, Joseph

November 25th, 2009

murphy-josephJoseph E. “Spud” Murphy, 78, of Ogunquit ME, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away at his home on November 24, 2009.

Beloved husband of Marie “Ginger” (Gauthier) and devoted father of Patricia M. Irwin and her husband David of Essex, Joseph E. Murphy and his wife Cathy of State College, PA, John P. Murphy and his wife Linda of Georgetown, loving “Papa” of Craig, Laura, Tom, and Hayley Irwin, Joseph, Brian, and Sam Murphy, Paige and Neil Murphy, also survived by his sister Katherine “Kay” Devlin and loving sister in-law Helen “Marcy” Gauthier; he was preceded by his sister Mary Jane Tucker.

Born and raised in Charlestown, MA, he graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1949. He served his country during the Korean conflict as a sonar operator in the US Coast Guard. He moved and raised his family in Wilmington MA. He retired from New England Telephone and re-located to Ogunquit ME.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, November 29th from 3-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to York Hospital Home Care, 15 Hospital Drive, York , ME 03909.

Ricci, Mary Lou

November 24th, 2009

Mary Lou (Visconti) Ricci, 72, of Reading, peacefully, November 24, 2009, with her family at her side.

Beloved wife of Louis A. Ricci, devoted mother of Donna Crosby & her husband Robert of Wilmington, Linda Conroy & her husband Mark of Londonderry, NH, Louis A.Ricci, Jr. & his wife Laura of Westford, Susan Gray & her husband Charles of Lynnfield, Jeanne Grimes & her husband John of Londonderry, NH, and Michael Ricci & his wife Mary of Tewksbury, loving grandmother of Kelly,Christopher, & Kristin Crosby, Kyle,Lindsay, & Jenna Conroy, Ryan & Matthew Ricci, Mary & Alyssa Gray, Nicholas Ricci, and Madison Grimes, dear daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Lazzara) Visconti, sister of Anna Marie Visconti and Annette & Robert E.Shelley all of Wilmington, Anthony Visconti of Connecticut, and the late Andrew & Joseph Visconti, daughter in law of Mary & the late Anthony Ricci of East Boston, sister-in-law of Ann Albano of Revere, Jennie Visconti of Reading, and the late Joan Visconti, Mary Lou is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family & friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 28th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, November 27th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Mary Lou’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society,Pancreatic Cancer Research, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Carrozza, Ralph

November 22nd, 2009

Ralph Carrozza of Wilmington, formerly of Revere and East Boston, passed away on November 22nd at the age of 90.

Ralph is the beloved husband of 64 years to Edith D. (Saponaro). He is the devoted father of Rachel E. Stanchi & her husband Carmen A. of Wilmington, and Ralph Carrozza Jr. & his fiance Sheilah Mulcahy of Salem, NH. Cherished grandfather of Michelle M. Stanchi of Arlington, VA, Michael R. Stanchi & his wife Kathryn “Kate” of Jamaica Plain, Susan M. Carrozza of Watertown, and Christine A. Carrozza of Billerica. Dear brother of Mildred E. Rodriguez & her husband Diego of Revere, David Carrozza of East Boston, Nicholas Carozza & his wife Rose of Wilmington, Frances DiPlacido & her husband John of West Palm Beach, FL and the late Meco, John “Panco”, Elio “Leo”, Enrico “Eastago” Carrozza & the late Lesandrina “Sandra” Russo, Lena Incerto, and Bridget Pisano. Father-in-law of the late Frances E. Carrozza. Ralph is also survived by many many nieces & nephews.

Ralph was a retired Longshoreman and a member of the Boston Shipping Assoc. (ILA#805). Ralph was a WWII Army vet and a proud member of General Merrill’s MARAUDERS (5307th Composite Unit).

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday November 27th from 9:30-11:30am, followed by a funeral mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte.38), Wilmington at 12 noon. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, rememberances may be made to the: Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, Ma 01867.

Adams, John

November 21st, 2009

adams-johnJohn L. Adams, 78, of Windham, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully, November 21, 2009, at Grace House in Windham, NH, with family at his side.

John was born on June 4, 1931, in Methuen, MA. He was the dear son of the late Charles and Josephine (King) Adams. John moved with his family to Salem, NH and was raised on the family farm. John joined the United States Air Force on November 26, 1951 during the Korean War. He was a very decorated Combat Veteran receiving many commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross for his brave and honorable service during the war. Upon returning from active service, John continued his education at Keene State College in Keene, NH, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In later years, he earned a Masters degree in Industrial Arts education.

John married Ann Lynch in 1955 and moved to Wilmington in 1960 to raise their two children Edward and Carol. After teaching for five years at Reading High School, John continued his career as a teacher for the town of Lexington, MA, where he retired in 1991 as the Head of the Industrial Arts Department at Lexington High School after many years of dedicated service to the town and to his students. John was named Massachusetts Industrial Arts Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1977.

John and Ann celebrated 42 years of marriage before Ann passed away in September of 1997. John married Helen C. Domigan 12 years ago. Together they have enjoyed traveling, their many friends, and dancing. They moved to Seabrook, NH, for a short time before settling in Windham, NH five years ago and spending their winters in Leesburg, Florida. In his spare time, John also enjoyed camping, golfing and tinkering; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t repair or build. John will be remembered as a devoted family man, dedicated teacher, hard worker, and a good friend.

John was the beloved husband of Helen C. (Domigan) Adams, devoted father of Ed Adams & his wife Fran of (Montrose, Colorado) and Carol Marston (Concord, NH). He was the loving grandfather of seven grandchildren, Chris Adams (San Francisco, CA), Kelly Adams Montoya, (Ganzu, China) Katie Adams (Washington, D.C.), Andrew Marston, Rebecca Marston, Mary Marston, and Adam Marston, all of Concord, N.H. John’s first great- grandchild will be born in January 2010. He was also the step-father of Paul Domigan & his wife Susan (Andover), Susan Aylouche & her husband Mounzer (Swampscott), Ann Domigan & her husband Tom Baillie (Reading), and Tricia Domigan & her husband Don Cooke (Groton).

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Matthew Parish, 2 Searles Road, Windham, NH, on Wednesday, November 25th at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.