Obituaries

Longland, Elizabeth

July 28th, 2010

Arrangements are private.

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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.

Landers, David

June 17th, 2010

David T. Landers, Sr., a long-time Wilmington resident, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the age of 78.

Dave was born on March 12, 1932, in Chelsea, MA, he was the son of the late James L. & Mary L. (Metcalf) Landers. Dave’s family moved to Wilmington when he was three years old, he matriculated through the Wilmington School System, being the last class to graduate from Wilmington High School, what is now called the Swain School.

Dave held 3 jobs after graduation, the last one lasted for more than 48 years. Dave retired in 1995 from the Hastings-Tapley Insurance Agency in Cambridge, where he held the position of manager of the automation systems. His fascination with automation led him to become a self-taught computer nerd and he has set up computer classes for the Wilmington Seniors at the Buzzell Senior Center.

Dave met Nancy Devitt when they were just 14 years old. Nancy lived in Michigan, but spent summer vacations with her aunt in Wilmington. They married in 1951 at the age of 19, and about 13 months later became proud parents for the first time. Dave and Nancy went on to add 7 more children to the family. Dave often said, “There was always room for one more”. Dave and Nancy lived in a couple of different locations in Wilmington, before they finally bought the old family homestead from Dave’s mother following the death of his father. It was like going home after 20 years. He lost his home in a tragic fire in 1969, but re-built on the same location where he was currently residing.

David was a member of the Commission of Elder Services, where he holds the position of Chair. He was very active at the Buzzell Senior Center in Wilmington, where he enjoyed their many trips and activities. He could be found at the Senior Center just about every day and welcomed questions and comments of the Center as well as the computer. He also produced the Buzzell Buzz and was involved in their yearly Talent Shows.

Dave will be fondly remembered for being kind and compassionate, always helping others, for handling life’s adversities with strength, courage, and grace, and for his devotion to his family, who meant everything to him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dave was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Devitt) Landers, devoted father of Harry J. Landers & his wife Janis Jaquith of Free Union, VA, Michael D. Landers & his wife Debbie of No. Chelmsford, Susan M. Landers-McNamara of Wilmington, and the late David T., Jr., William E., Kevin P., Lisa J., and Kathleen C. Landers, loving grandfather of David, Jackson, Jill, Tara, Kelly, Marci, Kaitlyn, Patrick, and great-grandchildren Ida, Harry, Madison, Ryan, and Michael, dear son of the late James L. & Mary L. (Metcalf) Landers, brother of the late James Landers, brother-in-law of Gloria Landers of Holbrook.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 21st 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, June 20th from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

Drew, Christine

June 2nd, 2010

Christine M. (McLaughlin) Drew, a former Wilmington resident and twin sister of the late Rachel Palmer, passed away June 2nd at the age of 79 of complications from congestive heart failure.

Chris was born on August 6, 1930 and raised in Woburn. She later moved to New Jersey and, ultimately, to Oregon in 1990. In high school, pre-Title 9, she was a member of the St. Charles girls’ basketball team for four years and won the Division Championship in 1948. Her most recent basketball focus had been the Portland Trailblazers as her family and friends can attest, but she was rooting for the Celtics going into the NBA finals.

Chris had many lives and touched many lives. After raising two sons and being a supportive wife to her husband’s career, she embarked on a new path. After studying at Rutgers, she became a counselor and ultimately, Co-director of Honesty House in Stirling, NJ and continuing on to become Director of the Somerset County New Jersey Council on Alcoholism. Her next role was an amazing “granny/nanny” to her two granddaughters, a job that brought her to Oregon. Once there she became an active member of the Lake Oswego Adult Center, Church of the Resurrection Quilters, and later the Mary’s Woods Community, where she volunteered regularly and most recently served as a Brain Fitness Coach.

Chris cherished her family and is survived by her sons, Walter Drew of Middletown, CT, Greg Drew and his wife Jane of Lake Oswego, OR, loving grandmother of Christine Drew of Auburn, WA, Alex Drew of New York City, Katherine Drew and her husband Jeremy Cogdill of Portland, OR and the late Danny Drew, dear sister of Jane McLaughlin of Woods Hole, MA,. She is predeceased by her parents James and Christine McLaughlin, former husband Walter Drew Sr., brother James McLaughlin, sister Lillian Hooban and twin sister Rachel Palmer. Christine was a long-time friend of Bill Wilson and is survived by countless friends and was grateful for each one of them.

A Resurrection Mass was celebrated on June 8th in the Mary’s Woods Provincial House Chapel in Lake Oswego, OR.

Christine’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 26th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Christine’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.