Obituaries

Rita M. (Lundy) Voner

July 20th, 2012

Rita M. (Lundy) Voner, age 71, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Woburn, died unexpectedly July 20, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital.

Rita was born in Boston, MA, on September 1, 1940, she was the cherished only daughter of the late Martin and Bridgette (Kelley) Lundy.  Rita was raised in Brighton and was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School.

Rita moved to  Somerville in the early 1960’s where she lived for over 25 years and raised her family with her late husband Joseph F. Voner.  Rita loved being a mother and a grandmother; family was the most important thing in her life. Rita’s devotion to her children was unwavering; she was a great caretaker, a wonderful cook, her love for them was unconditional.

Rita worked for many years at  John Hancock and Partners Insurance company. When Rita became a “Grandma” the world became that much better, they were the light of her life.  Rita and her family enjoyed many family celebrations, holidays where she cooked up a feast, trips to the beach and their annual trip to Salem Willows, and let’s not forget the “Friday night” card games of Rummy 500 that she looked forward to.

Rita will be fondly remembered for her great sense of humor, she loved to laugh and spread happiness to those around her.  Rita was a women of great strength and faith, she battled cancer more than once, gave it her all, and in the face of adversity she always fought to come out on top never giving up; Rita was a survivor.

Rita was a giver, always doing for others, family, friend, or stranger, everyone could count on Rita. Rita was dearly loved by all who knew her, she will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered.

Rita was the devoted mother of Joseph Voner and Thomas Voner both of Wilmington, Janet Lee Voner and her husband Richard Dell’olio of North Reading, Deborah M. Collins and her husband Dan of Stoneham, loving “Grandma” of Brittney Lee Voner, Daniel and Nicole Collins, dear sister of Martin Lundy and his wife Patrice of Woburn, the late James and Thomas Lundy, sister-in-law of Patricia Lundy of Brighton and Mary Jane Lundy of Stoneham, Rita was also the beloved companion of the late Mike DeLellis and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, July 24th 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 on Monday, July 23rd from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at the Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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William M. “Billy” Ausiello

July 17th, 2012

William M. Ausiello, “Billy”, age 61, of Malden, died unexpectedly on July 17, 2012, at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Billy was born on June 25, 1951 in Chelsea, MA, he was the beloved son of the late Alfred and Eleanor (Higgins) Ausiello.  Billy was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of  Chelsea High School.

Billy was employed in the Maintenance Department of the Winchester Hospital for the past 15 years; he was dedicated, friendly, and well-liked by his fellow employees and staff at the hospital.

Billy loved animals and also sports and would be considered an avid Red Sox fan, never missing a game.

Billy will be fondly remembered as a good natured, easy going person always willing to help someone in need.  He loved his family and enjoyed getting together for their family holidays and celebrations.  He will be truly missed.

Billy was the dear brother of Alfred Ausiello and his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, Eleanor Buckley and her husband James of Wilmington, and John Ausiello and his companion Elaine Sun of St. Petersburg, FL, loving uncle of Laura Piscatelli and her husband John, Andrea Manning and her husband Stephen, Alfred Ausiello and his wife Maria, Jennifer Ausiello, Patrice Elia and her husband Michael, Deborah Rasmussen and her husband Mark, and great-uncle of Jaclyn, Jessica, Brian, Sean, Christopher, Nicholas, Matthew, Nicole, Erik, and Kirsten.  Billy is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte.62), Wilmington on Friday, July 20th for Visitation from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.  In lieu of flowers donations in Billy’s memory may be made to the New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451-1106.

Charles W. “Dewey” Doucette

July 10th, 2012

Charles W. Doucette

“Dewey”

December 20, 1935 – July 8, 2012

Charles W. Doucette, age 76, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2012after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Woburn on December 20, 1935, Charles was the cherished son of Wilfred and Lucy (Greco) Doucette. He grew up in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

His lifelong interest in automobiles and “working with his hands” led him to establish Charlie’s Auto Body. For many years, Charlie and his wife Ruth operated the family business on Main Street in Wilmington and recently celebrated fifty years in business. He will be remembered fondly as a kind and fair businessman and friend who inspired many young people to work hard, pursue a passion and never give up. Charlie was admired for his creativity and ability to think outside the box. He truly touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Charlie enjoyed watching the Red Sox and spending time on Cape Cod.He was also a passionate golfer who “had an early tee time with the angels” on Sunday morning, July 8th. Charlie was a longtime member of the Wilmington Rotary Club. He was a past president of the club and enjoyed the weekly softball games for many years.

Charlie was the beloved husband of 57 years to Ruth (McKeon) Doucette, devoted father of Susan Camillieri and her husband Charles of Wilmington, MA, Karen Doucette of Newton, MA, Thomas Doucette and his wife Kelly of Wilmington, MA and Lisa Doucette-Bond and her husband James of Wilmington, MA. He was the loving Grampy of Lauren and Andrew Camillieri and Kaileigh and Michelle Doucette.He was the brother of John, of FL, the late Ronald, of NH and Patricia of NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, July 13th at 9:00 AM followed by a Funeral mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., at 10:00 AM. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 12th from 4-8 PM. Memorial donations in Charlie’s name may be made to “Prostate Cancer Research at DFCI”, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA  02215.On behalf of the family, we extend a special thanks to Dr. Maryellen Taplin of Dana Farber Cancer Institute for her kindness and compassion in caring for Charlie.

David C. Ingram

July 1st, 2012

David C. Ingram, age 56, of Wilmington, passed away on  June 30, 2012, from complications following a lengthy illness.  Dave was born on October 4, 1955, in Arlington, MA, son of the late Robert F. and Thelma C. (Larson) Ingram.  Dave was raised and educated in Burlington, MA, graduating from Burlington High School with the class of 1973.

Dave married the Love of his life Elaine Kent on October 9, 1976, together they shared almost 36 years of marriage and moved to Wilmington where they created a loving home for their children, Dennis and Jaclyn.  Dave cherished his role as a father, he was extremely devoted to his children, he was always there to support their decisions, coach their sports, attend school functions, and teach them how to be good people, he was their rock and he loved them unconditionally.

Dave enjoyed traveling with his family and friends, they were always doing something fun during their trips  like snowmobiling, boating, bicycling, or just relaxing at their cottage on Little Sebago Lake in Maine, Dave created many memories for his family to cherish for years to come.

Dave had an incredible work ethic as an Operations Manager for Hubbard Hall Company for many years; he was a dedicated employee and earned several commendations for his efforts including an award for Outstanding Excellence in his field.  Dave was also very helpful to his fellow employees, he was well thought of, well respected, and made many friendships that lasted throughout the years.

Dave was a wonderful friend and neighbor, he was the “Mr. Fix It”, who could fix anything and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone.

He was kind and generous not only to his family but to his friends, his children’s friends, neighbors, or even a stranger, Dave was just the type of guy who would help anyone in need, you could always count on Dave.

Dave will be fondly remembered as a “gentle giant”, quiet in nature with a heart of gold, he will be truly missed and forever be loved by all who knew him.

Dave was the beloved husband of Elaine M. (Kent) Ingram, devoted and loving  father of Dennis C. Ingram and Jaclyn P. Souza & her husband Fran all of Wilmington, cherished son of the late Robert F. & Thelma C. (Larson) Ingram, dear brother of Louise Marion & her husband Frank and Dorothy Ingram all of Burlington, Robert Ingram & his late wife Eileen of Lowell, William Ingram & his wife Charlene of Madison, NH, son-in-law of Patricia & the late John Kent of Burlington, brother-in-law of Patricia Kent & John Ahern, Barbara & Barry Idarolla, Susan & Michael Nicosia, John & Paula Kent, Michael & Robin Kent, Paul & Claire Kent, Phillip & Lisa Kent.  Dave is also survived by many nieces & nephews and his beloved dog Brittany.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 6th at 10:00 a.m. for a Celebration of Dave’s life .  Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donation in Dave’s memory may be made to Lyme Research Alliance Inc., 2001 West Main Street Suite 280, Stamford CT 06902.

Kevin Paul Backman

June 26th, 2012

Kevin Paul Backman, age 46, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, formerly of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on June 17, 2012.  He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on April 22, 1966.  Kevin is survived by his mother, Anita Backman of Wilmington; his father Carl A. Backman and his wife Elinor of Middletown, Connecticut.  He is also survived by his brother Carl A. Backman, his wife Donna and nieces, Laurie, Caralyn and Elyse, all of North Andover; his sister Janet Backman and his niece Jessica of Wilmington.  Kevin is also survived by his extended family and many friends.  Kevin graduated from Shawsheen Technical High School in 1984 and received an Associates Degree from Brandeis University in 1993.  He worked in the Hospitality Industry.  Kevin’s activities revolved around his church both in Bedford and Haverhill.
Family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 29th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, 15 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01820; the First Parish of Bedford Ma Universalist Unitarian, 75 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730; or Angel Flight, Northeast, 492 Sutton Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Marguerite H. (Gargano) O’Leary

June 11th, 2012

Marguerite H. (Gargano) O’Leary, age 79, of Wilmington, a former long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on June 11, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in East Boston on August 11, 1932, Marguerite was the cherished daughter of Peter and Jenny (Colarusso) Gargano.  She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School  then went on to Fisher Junior College. Marguerite got married and moved to Woburn, where she was the proud mother of four daughters. 

Marguerite was employed as a probation clerk for the Middlesex District Court in Woburn.  She worked at the court for many years, making many friends over the years.

After her retirement from the courthouse, Marguerite moved to Port Charlotte, FL.  She loved her time in Florida.  Marguerite was a real social butterfly and would spend a lot of time with friends, traveling, walking, swimming and dancing.

The most important thing in Marguerite’s life was her family.  She was a real inspiration to people who knew her, especially her four daughters and her best friend and sister, Rose.  She fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 10 years.  Her strength and determination throughout those years really left a mark on those who loved her.   She was a wonderful woman.  She taught her daughters how to be strong and independent women.  She really was the “World’s Best Mother”.  The light of her life was her grandson, DJ.  She loved spending time with him.  Marguerite and her sister, Rose, would take DJ into Boston and passed along their love of Boston and traveling to DJ.  Marguerite enjoyed all the years spent living in the same house as DJ.   Marguerite will be loved and forever missed by all who knew her.

Marguerite was the beloved mother of the late Lorna White, survived by her husband Bill of Hebron, NH, Maureen Landry and her husband Paul, Susan Morse and her husband Donald all of Wilmington, and Jeannie O’Leary of Tewksbury.  She was the devoted grandmother of DJ Morse of Wilmington.  Marguerite was the former wife of the late John D. O’Leary.  She was the dear sister of Rose Stygles and her late husband John of Woburn.  Marguerite is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.  Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Saturday, June 16, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be held in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Local Heroes Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

Anthony J. Ferrara

June 10th, 2012

Mr. Anthony J. Ferrara, 85, of Wilmington, died at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill on Sunday, June 10th.  Born in Boston, the son of the late Angelina (D’Amore) Ferrara who came to Boston from Monte Fredane, Avelino, Italy, and Vincent A. Ferrara of East Boston, he had lived most of his life in Wilmington.

Mr. Ferrara worked as a cabinet maker, furniture finisher, swimming pool installer, and long shore man before returning to school later in life to earn his GED and then a Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Univeristy, working full time while earning his degree over a period of eight years.

He began his new career as a Family Therapist volunteering at the Middlesex Guidance center.  His successful efforts at the center led to a position charged with establishing a “Therapeutic Gym” which later became Mr. Ferrara’s lengendary “Mind and Body in Harmony”.  The new program attracted the interest of many school systems, beginning with Melrose and Stoneham.  The successes that he and his colleagues achieved came to the attention of famed Harvard behaviorist B.F. Skinner who visited the program and addressed the staff, noting Mr. Ferrara’s
achievements in his remarks. Later, he was to launch an independent effort, creating his own “Activity Center” to carry on the therapeutic gym concept that he had pioneered..

Mr. Ferrara’s unconventional approach was based on his finding that the two most devastating ways to destroy self-esteem were over-correcting and over-protecting.  His approach is outlined in a book that he published, “Beyond Parenting: When Love Gets In The Way.”

Mr. Ferrara loved to work. And he was passionate about singing, dancing, and body building. For years, he was an active member of the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.  On many occasions, he would break into song with his family and friends.

His love of dancing led him to meeting, and then marrying, Evelyn (Meuse) Ferrara, his wife of 56 years.  Both shared a passion for dancing and they served as dance instructors and organizers of dance groups including the Wilmington Dance Party.

In his early years, growing up in the rough and tumble East Boston neighborhood, Mr. Ferrara became a committed body builder.  He was proud of his physique and he exercised regularly until a few years ago when his health would no longer permit it. For many years, he could be seen daily at the Marriott Burlington, working out in their exercise facility and holding court with his large circle of friends.

Once married, Mr. Ferrara set out to build a house for his family.  Drawing upon his carpentry experience, he built and finished the house that is still the family home in Wilmington.  In some recent writing, he described digging trenches and excavating for the septic system by hand to save money.  He thrived on hard work.

For many years, Mr. Ferrara contributed a regular column to the Town Crier, entitled The Family Therapist.  He was often sought after for advice and many times he would encounter former participants in his program who had been able to move forward and enjoy successful lives as a result of his counseling.

Family, “la famiglia”, was very important to Mr. Ferrara as was his circle of close friends, many of whom accompanied him on his regular visits to Wilmington’s “As Good As It Gets” for his morning breakfast, a habit that lasted until he entered the hospital just a few weeks before his passing.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, Mr. Ferrara leaves a daughter, Rene’ Lake-Gagliardi and her husband Peter A. Gagliardi of South Royalston, MA; a son, Vincent J. Ferrara and his wife, Dianna (Loubier) Ferrara, of Hooksett, NH; a granddaughter, Angelina (Lake) Sutherland and her husband Todd, of Pepperell, MA; a grandson, Anthony V. Lake and his partner, Jeanette Beaudette, of Nashua, NH; and step-grandchildren Tori, Zach, and Gabe Loubier.  In addition, he leaves two great grandsons, Justin Desmarais and Vincent Noah Lake.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, a sister, Rose (Ferrara) Sibelian, and a grandson, Vincent H. Lake, and is survived by a nephew, Kenneth Sibelian and his family of Tigard, Oregon.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, June 13th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to Lahey Clinic Cardiac Unit, Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA  01803.

Robert W. Benson

June 9th, 2012

Robert W. Benson, age 80, of Chelsea, formerly a long-time resident of Malden, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 9, 2012.
Bob was born on July 20, 1931, in Malden, MA, he was the cherished son of the late Carl and Ida (Prescott) Benson.  He was raised in the “Maplewood” section of Malden where he resided for over 50 years.  Bob was educated in Malden and a graduate of Malden High School.

He entered the U. S. Air Force on February 15, 1952, during the Korean War, Bob was a member of the 1100th Air Police Squadron and received several commendations for his service.  He was honorably discharged on February 14, 1956, returning home to Malden and his wife Marie and his family.

Bob was a hard worker, always providing the best for his family; he was a truck driver for many years for Teamsters Local #25 in Charlestown.

Following his retirement, Bob lived in Connecticut for several years where he a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He moved back to the area to be closer to his family settling in Wilmington and then moved to Chelsea seven years ago.

Bob will be fondly remembered for his work ethic and his devotion to his family, they meant everything to him and they will miss him dearly.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Marie F. (Goyetche) Benson, devoted father of Ed Benson and his fiancé Tammy Stoey of Wilmington, Brenda Fitzgerald and her husband John of Windham, ME, and Donna D’Elia and her husband Gerry of Chelsea, loving grandfather of Russell Amirault of Lowell, Allison and Patrick Buckley of Manchester, NH, Victoria and Danielle D’Elia of Chelsea, Jaime, Casey, and Nicholas Benson of Wilmington, Alan and Kana Fitzgerald of Windham, ME, Wendy and Jay Lewis of New Gloucester, ME, as well as seven great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late Carl and Ida (Prescott) Benson, dear brother of the late Helen Davidson, Ida Palmer, Charlie Benson, and Evelyn Smith.  Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews and father-in-law of the late Katy Benson.

Family & friends will gather for a graveside service on Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA  01970.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Gregg A. Barry

June 7th, 2012

Gregg A. Barry, age 36, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Saints Medical Center in Lowell.

Gregg was born in Dorchester, MA, on August 29, 1975, he was the cherished son of Brian and Shirley (Bryson) Barry of Wilmington.  Gregg was raised and educated in Wilmington, he attended Wilmington High School and graduated with the Class of 1994.  Gregg was a natural athlete he played Wilmington Youth Hockey for many years and made the Wildcat Varsity Hockey Team as a freshman, playing in all four years of High School.

Gregg furthered his education at Middlesex Community College and apprenticed in the Iron Workers Union.  At the time of his death, Gregg was employed as an Iron Worker for Union Local #7 in Boston.

On September 17, 2005 he married Jennifer Tarantino and settled in Dracut where they began their lives together with their dog, Dakota.

Gregg loved music, he was a talented guitarist and belonged to a local band with his friends.  When not making music, Gregg enjoyed going to countless concerts with his family and friends, he loved listening to all types of music.

Most of all, Gregg enjoyed spending time with his family, he was a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many.  Gregg enjoyed family holidays, vacations, or just hanging out; he had a lot of fun with his family and friends, making memories to last a life time.  He truly touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Gregg was the beloved husband of Jennifer (Tarantino) Barry of Dracut, cherished son of Brian and Shirley (Bryson) Barry of Wilmington, dear brother of Christopher Barry and his wife Paula, Kim LaRocca, Scott Barry, and Michael Barry, all of Wilmington, son-in-law of Joseph Tarantino and his partner Joann Robinson of Somerville, brother-in-law of Michael Tarantino and his wife Linda of Malden and Jeannine Barry of Wilmington, loving uncle of Nicole, Matthew, Julia, Brian, Emily and Michael, Gregg is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 11th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. Memorial donations in Gregg’s name may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place,  Memphis, TN  38105.

Evelyn M. (King) DiNunzio

June 6th, 2012

Evelyn May (King) DiNunzio, age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington and North Reading, died peacefully surrounded by her family on June 4, 2012, at the Wilmington Healthcare Center, following a lengthy illness.

Evelyn was born in Everett, MA, on July 29, 1927, she was the cherished daughter of the late William W. and Maisie E. (Hudson) King.

Prior to retiring, Evelyn worked for Avco and Compugraphic in Wilmington and for many years she was a waitress for Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading.

In her spare time, Evelyn liked to knit and spend time with her family.  She was a devoted mother and was  instrumental in helping to raise her grandchildren, they were her pride and joy.
Evelyn also loved animals especially her favorite pet “Scooby”.

Evelyn was the devoted mother of Michael DiNunzio and his wife Julie of Wilmington, Mary Ann DiNunzio and her husband Stephen Aylward of Tewksbury, and the late John Walter Doucette, Jr.  Loving “Nana” of 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Dear sister of Albert King of Raymond, NH, Wallace King of North Reading, Betty DeRego and John King both of Valley Springs, CA.  Evelyn is also survived by her former husband Michael DiNunzio as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Saturday, June 16th from 3-5 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.