Obituaries

Kaufman, Laurence

December 21st, 2009

Laurence Donald Kaufman, age 56, of Newton, died unexpectedly, December 21, 2009.

Born in Glencove, New York on August 6, 1953, Laurence was the dear son of the late Stanley L. and Trudy A. (Lapidus) Kaufman.

Larry grew up in Sharon, MA and in Connecticut but for the most part he was a Sharon boy. He graduated from Boston State, now UMass Boston.

Larry was a man of many talents and much ambition. He was a cabby in Boston for many years mostly in the “Southie” area. Larry built and managed a Dial-A-Pizza in Somerville, which is still going strong after 15 years. Larry often talked of the many people he met through the pizza store and the celebrities that would stop in or that he would deliver to, mentioning that he once delivered to Roger Clemens. Larry was very visible in the Somerville Community, he would strike up conversations with people that you would never expect him to from celebrities or powerful politicians to his customers at the pizza shop or the homeless in and around Somerville, they all knew Larry by name.

An entrepreneur at heart, Larry also owned convenience stores in Malden and Somerville, he had a successful restaurant in Provincetown, a college bar in Plymouth, NH, and an Ice Cream Stand in Bristol, NH on Newfound Lake, and property in Medford and the South End of Boston.

He loved politics and worked on different campaigns, he also knew Barney Frank personally and often spoke of their conversations.

Larry also liked to travel spending several months traveling to Israel and Europe.

Larry was good to everyone, it didn’t matter who they were, and he had a personality that was infectious and powerful, you were either infuriated with him or he made you laugh so hard. He was always doing for others and was very kind to those less fortunate. His soul made him unforgettable and unique, he will be greatly missed.

Larry is survived by his husband Jose A. Ortiz of Newton and his brother Stephen Kaufman and his family of Lurey, VA, as well many friends.

Memorial donations in Larry’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, the M.S.P.C.A. , c/o Development Office, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, or to a Charity of One’s Choice.

A Memorial Service will be set for a later date.

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Collins, James

December 18th, 2009

Collins,jamesJames J. Collins of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown passed away on December 18, 2009, at Woodbriar in Wilmington with his family at his side.

Born in Boston, MA, on May 30, 1929, James was the dear son of the late James & Helen Collins.

James was retired from Hoods Milk in Charlestown and also from Market Basket in Wilmington. He was a member of the Armed forces during World War II.

James is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Collins (McInnis) from Wilmington. Also survived by his daughter Kathleen and her husband Michael Griffin of Wilmington. His son James J. Collins of Billerica. His grandchildren, Jessica Korves (Collins) and her husband Mark Korves of Las Vegas. Gregg Griffin and his wife Kimberly of North Andover. Mary-Kate Griffin and Joshua Vaughan of Wilmington. James is also survived by his dear friend David Accardi of Wilmington. He also leaves behind two brothers Bill Collins and his wife Barbara of Billerica and Jack Collins and his wife Debra of Sharon along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers his family is asking that you please make donations payable to Woodbriar of Wilmington Resident Trust, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887, where James had many dear friends.

The Collins and Griffin family would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for all their assistance and support. The Wilmington Fire, EMT and Police departments for their many trips to Oak Street. The staff and our friends at Woodbriar of Wilmington for allowing Jim a home away from Home. Lastly, we would like to thank our neighbors and friends for their love, support and prayers. God Bless.

Lucci, John

December 15th, 2009

lucci-johnWilmington businessman John A. Lucci died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

His career paralleled and propelled a period of incredible growth in Wilmington. In 1955, he and his wife Midge bought a little store at Perry’s Corner in Wilmington. One store at a time, they built a shopping center around Lucci’s Supermarket. Even as the business grew, he personally worked the store for decades, always in a white shirt, tie, and crisp white store jacket.

A hard worker, good businessman, entrepreneur, family man, dog lover, and true gentleman, he was greatly admired for his accomplishments. Quiet and generous, he was, in a sense, way ahead of his time.

Born in Everett in 1931, John was the son of the late John A. & Assunta Lucci. When he was 12, his family moved to Stoneham, where his father opened Lucci’s Store on the corner of North and Main streets. John graduated from Stoneham High School in 1949 and went to work in the family store.

In 1952, during the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served with the 1820 Post Quartermaster Co. in Alaska. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant on November 12, 1954.

John married Marjorie L. Landry in 1955 and together they started their venture of Lucci’s Market. They bought Emma Sargent’s store on the corner of Lowell and Woburn streets. It was heated by a little wood stove. John and Midge set to work, cleaning and painting the store to make it presentable. They installed shelving, refrigeration and plumbing, something the old store never had. They opened their doors on January 9, 1956.

Two years later, they built a new market next door. This store served Wilmington for 10 years and became as an anchor for the Eastgate Shopping Center, which soon had a florist, a pharmacy, a restaurant, hardware store, barber shop and beauty salon. Their reputation for great service and products grew along with their clientele, and within ten years, Lucci’s Market, although doubled in size, outgrew its space. In 1968, Lucci’s opened a new supermarket, which is still going strong today with the same great service and family values that were started by John and Midge.

John had a fascination with building. In the course of developing the shopping center, he secured a state contractor’s license. He went on to build two office buildings and another shopping center.

John is survived by his wife, Marjorie L. “Midge” Lucci, children, Deborah E. Lucci, and John A. Lucci & his wife Susan, all of Andover, Donna M. Lucci of North Reading, Brenda L. Bradley & her husband James of West Newbury, and Kenneth J. Lucci of Belleair, Fla.; grandchildren Frank Perrone and Breanna Lucci, Adriana and Johnnie Lucci, Michael and Madison Castle, Brendan and Tatiana Bradley; his brother Ernest Lucci & his wife Betty of Florida and the late Dominic Lucci, Florence Binda, and Lisa M. Lucci. John is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Lucci of Stoneham, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, December 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18th in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Memorial donations may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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.

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.