Obituaries

DeStefano, Michael

March 2nd, 2010

DeStefano, MichaelMichael A. DeStefano, Jr., age 84, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, surrounded by his family at the Winchester Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on December 4, 1925 in Chelsea, MA, Michael was the dear son of the late Michael A. Sr. & Lucia (Ciarlone) DeStefano. Michael grew up in Chelsea, MA and was educated there, he joined the United States Navy on October 14, 1942. Michael was an Aviation Machinist and was responsible for maintaining many fighter jets. Michael served all over Europe, the Middle East, and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, receiving many commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged on January 27, 1946. Michael returned to Chelsea and married his sweetheart Yvette T. Labbe on April 29, 1950; they were just shy of celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1951.

Prior to retiring, Michael was employed as a Foundry Worker for Union Metal in Chelsea and Ferris Technology in Lawrence for many years.

Michael was considered a very “earthy person” he loved to plant tomatoes, flowers, and work in his yard, which he kept in pristine condition. He also loved to golf, fish, owning his own tuna boat at one time, and do wood working. Michael will be fondly remembered as a talented carpenter, a good friend and neighbor, devoted family man, and wonderful “Grandpa” who loved spending time with his grandchildren and help them with their many projects. He will be greatly missed.

Michael was the beloved husband of Yvette T. (Labbe) DeStefano, devoted father of Mary Ann Chamberland & her husband Warren of Westford, loving grandfather of Kelly Ann Belt & her husband Jeffrey and Justin Mark Chamberland, dear brother of Edward DeStefano & his wife Joan of Revere, and the late Ann Petit, Rosemarie Thompson, and Irene Ely, brother-in-law of Evelyn Longo of Chelsea and Joseph Labbe of Winthrop, also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, March 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday, March 5th from 4-9 p.m.

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

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DeLucia, Mary Anne

March 2nd, 2010

Mary Anne (Connors) DeLucia, age 62, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Boston, MA on August 4, 1947, Mary Anne was the cherished only child of Victor and Josephine (DiGregorio) Connors. Mary Anne grew up in Revere until the age of 13 and moved to Wilmington in 1960, she was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1965. She went on to continue her education at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mary Anne married Richard DeLucia on June 9, 1968, celebrating over 41 years of marriage.

Together Mary Anne and Richard had two sons Richard and Matthew and they were the world to their mother.

Prior to her illness, Mary Anne worked at T. J. Maxx in Wilmington for several years.

Mary Anne will be fondly remembered by family and friends as an avid reader, doll collector, for her sense of humor, friendliness, devotion to her family and friends, she loved to travel with her husband Richard especially to Wells, ME, and most notably her special bond with her grandchildren who she idolized and cherished every moment spent with them. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Mary Anne was the beloved wife of Richard DeLucia of Wilmington, devoted mother of Richard A. DeLucia & his wife Denise M. of Walpole, Matthew P. DeLucia & his wife Jamie B. of Fayetteville, NC, loving “Nana” of Brooke, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Tyler, Isabel, Thomas, and Joshuah, dear sister-in-law of Michael A. DeLucia & his wife Gail of Billerica and Patti DeLucia of Wilmington, Mary Anne is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, her dear friend Ruthann Soderholm of Wilmington as well as many other close friends.

Family and Friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, March 7th for visitation from 2-6 p.m. with a time of sharing at 6:00 p.m.

Her Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Mary Anne’s name may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 4 Forest St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02215.

Wiberg, Dorothy

February 27th, 2010

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Loving mother, grandmother, friend to all, gardener, bibliophile, antique-lover, entrepreneur, former Wilmington Memorial Library employee

Dorothy Wiberg, 75, of Wilmington, born Dorothy Ellen Jackson in Cambridge, MA, died of heart failure on Saturday, February 27th at Lahey Clinic.

Dorothy was active in several town organizations in Wilmington where she lived for 48 years. She was one of the very first “Welcome Wagon Ladies” in the 1970’s. These women would put together gift baskets and deliver them to new residents in town. She was also very active in the Wilmington Garden Club, as well as being a member of the Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library, Friends of Harnden Tavern, and the Wilmington Women’s Club. She had been an active member of two singing groups, the Sweet Adalines and the North Regional Theatre Workshop, for several years.

Dorothy had a variety of interesting jobs over the years including working as a marketing aide for a company, handing out free samples of products– from dog food to deodorant! She and a friend later started a balloon business, delivering balloon bouquets to people throughout the Greater Boston area. They would tie helium balloons to a wicker basket containing either a small teddy bear or some chocolates, then deliver then to hospital patients or to new moms. They also did a booming business on Valentine’s Day. It brought her joy to see the surprised looks and smiles on the recipients’ faces.

Always an avid reader, Dorothy enthusiastically accepted a job as a Technical Services Aide at the Wilmington Memorial Library in the late 1980’s. She very much enjoyed working there until 1999, retiring at age 65.

After retirement, Dorothy enjoyed travelling and helping to care for her grandchildren. She had a fearless, adventurous spirit, as seen by her activities such as white water rafting and parasailing. She even went hot air ballooning at the annual festival in Albuquerque, NM. Her trips with her family & friends took her to England, where her parents came from, Italy, Hawaii, Disney World, and cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean. She also enjoyed going on some of the Wilmington Senior Center trips. Dorothy lived her life undaunted by her significant physical challenges, determined to do her best to live every day to the fullest.

Dorothy felt very blessed to be close to all three of her children who live in North Reading. She also was extremely grateful for her many wonderful friends and neighbors that she had throughout the years in Wilmington.

She is survived by her children, son Hugo W. Wiberg III and wife Mary, daughters Wendy Wiberg and her husband Robert Capozzi and Heidi Hastings and husband Gary; six grandchildren, Hugo W. Wiberg IV, Maxwell and Alexis Capozzi, Kyle, Jackson and Allison Hastings; sister Gladys Brown of Weymouth, brothers George Jackson of Ohio, Bob Jackson of Colorado and many nieces and nephews. Her sister Jean Jackson passed away in November.

Dorothy’s wake will be at the Nichols Funeral Home,187 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington, from 2-4 and 6-8 on Friday, March 5th. Her Memorial Service will be at Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill Street in North Reading, on Saturday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilmington Memorial Library in Dorothy’s memory, or Heifer Project International (www.heifer.org), a nonprofit organization that provides income-producing animals to developing countries–two of Dorothy’s favorite organizations.

Appley, Gardner

February 26th, 2010

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Gardner H. “Unkie” Appley, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Somerville, MA on August 30, 1919, Gardner was the son of the late Josiah and Ella (Perkins) Appley.

Gardner joined the United States Navy, entering into active service on January 3, 1944. He served on the U.S.S. Wilmarth in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and the Philippines as a Torpedoman’s Mate. Gardner received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 4-stars, and the Philippine Liberation with 1-star for his service and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1946.

He was a mechanic for the Ford Motor Company for many years and always loved working on old cars and tractors. Gardner was very active and loved to hike Mount Washington in New Hampshire sometimes hiking it twice in one day. He also had a great love and respect for animals. His most beloved pets were our Golden Retriever, Molly and Siamese cat, Griffy.

Unkie most enjoyed being with his family and the memories they made, which they will cherish forever. He will be fondly remembered as a man of great wisdom, quick wit, who loved to recite poetry and share words of encouragement. He was a most kind, compassionate man of great character and generosity, always doing for others, and he always had a song to whistle and a kind word for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Gardner was the dear brother of the late Myrtle Zubel and her husband John, he was the special “Unkie” of Cheryl & Jim Diorio of Wilmington, and their daughters Robin & Steven Dyer and Brittany Diorio, Sandra & Scott McKeen of Ashland and their children Kimberly Bilawchuk and Brian McKeen.

Private funeral services were held with military honors.

Memorial donations in Gardner’s name may be made to the MSPCA, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Martin, Peter

February 24th, 2010

Martin, peterPeter George Martin, age 86, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, with his family at his side after an extended illness.

Born June 6, 1923, in Canton, Massachusetts to Leon and Margaret (McGuire) Martin. Peter left Canton High School at the age of 16 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1941 Peter joined the United States Maritime Service and served aboard the Joseph Conrad. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942. Peter participated in the Pacific Theater during WWII, serving in Samoa, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Guam. Peter attained the rank of Corporal before leaving the service in 1946.

After his wedding to Frances Mary Machiesky on February 1, 1947, Peter went back to school and earned his high school diploma from Veterans High School in Washington D.C. He and Frances moved to Kansas City, Missouri so Peter could train to become a railroad station agent. After finishing his schooling, he worked for the Reading Railroad in Pennsylvania and the Boston and Maine Railroad in Massachusetts. After retiring from the railroad, Peter was employed by RCA, First Security Services Corp., and RPS Security Services, working continuously until the age of 83.

He and Frances traveled extensively across the United States and Canada. Peter was also an avid runner, jogging daily well into his late seventies. He was an all-around handyman and was not afraid go get his hands dirty. He loved coffee and had a notorious sweet tooth.

Peter is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances (Machiesky) Martin, and their six children Diane F. Martin of Lowell, Robert P. Martin & his wife Ondis of the Phillippines, Mary Ann Marks & her husband Walter of North Reading, Thomas A. Martin & his wife Marylee of Londonderry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride & her husband Thomas of Lowell, and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell, Peter is also survived by six grandchildren Anthony Marks, Michael Martin, Thomas Marks, Jessica Diebold, Elizabeth Gilbride, Peter Martin, and has a great-granddaughter due in May.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery.

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

Guzinski, Thomas

February 23rd, 2010
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Thomas A. Guzinski, age 49, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Amesbury, MA, on December 23, 1960, Thomas was the dear son of Jeannine (St. Germain) and the late Thomas S. Guzinski of Florida formerly of Hampton, New Hampshire. Thomas grew up in Hampton, New Hampshire and was a graduate of Winnacunnet Regional High School, he continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Hampshire.

Tom married Lynne S. Smith on September 3, 1983 and moved to Wilmington, MA.

Tom was a self-employed contractor and the founder of JJ Thomas Construction Company. Tom was a very talented builder and well respected around his profession.

Tom was also very involved with Wilmington Youth Sports, he coached basketball and girls soccer, as well as serving on several of the boards. Tom especially enjoyed the girls soccer teams, bringing them to several championships. Tom was very well respected by his girls on and off the field and he was a mentor to many of them.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, and most recently he took up golfing, but nothing compared to how much Tom loved spending time with his family, extended family, and friends. He was loving and supportive of everything his children were involved in and he cherished all his nieces and nephews.

Tom will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband and father, a terrific coach, and a true friend. He loved to make people laugh and feel good about themselves, he was dependable and was always doing for others. Tom touched the hearts of many people around him and he will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Tom was the beloved husband of Lynne S. (Smith), devoted father of Joel and Jillian Guzinski all of Wilmington, dear brother of Steven Guzinski & his wife Kim of Ventura, CA, Michael Guzinski & his wife Patricia of Blackstone, MA, Diane Potvin & her husband Gary of Raymond, ME, and Suzanne Ikeno & her husband Don of London, Ontario, Canada, cherished uncle of Riye & Michael Ikeno, Patrick & Brittany Schofield, Jacqueline Potvin, Jason & Dean Smith, Ian & Eric Worden, Nicole & Katarina Guzinski, and great-nephew Lucas Rosen, loving son-in-law of Bette J. and the late Arthur R. Smith, Jr. of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Mark & Patricia Smith of Andover, Lisa Smith of Westbrook, ME, Leane Schofield and Lauren Smith both of Wilmington, and Gregg Smith of LaJolla, CA. Tom is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and newest family member Maxine, his English bull dog.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. His Funeral Service will take place on Monday, March 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to Hallmark Health Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176.

Goulding, James

February 17th, 2010

Goulding, James C. “Skip”, age 56, of Wilmington, formerly of Auburndale,  died unexpectedly February 17, 2010.

Beloved son of June M. (Devlin) Colantuono of Wilmington formerly of Newton, dear brother of Ralph Goulding of Westwood and the late Kenneth R. Goulding.

Funeral services were private.

Woods, Sheila

February 2nd, 2010

woods, shielaSheila A. (McKinney) Woods, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at the Winchester Hospital.

Born on January 7, 1938, in Somerville, MA, Sheila was the dear daughter of the late William A. and Alice G. (McCullough) McKinney, she grew up in Somerville and moved to Wilmington during her high school years. Sheila graduated in the Class of 1956. When Sheila arrived in Wilmington it was evident that she was very sociable and had a charismatic personality that attracted people, she made many friendships that have lasted throughout her life and that she held very dear.

Following High School, Sheila went to work for the Avco Company in Lawrence, the company soon moved to Wilmington, and Avco became Textron, Sheila moved with them, she was the first “Wilmington Girl” to work at the company, retiring after 27 years of faithful service.

Sheila married William H. “Billy” Woods on June 17, 1961, together they had four children Mary Alice, Eileen, William, Jr., and Danny. Sheila was very devoted to her family, she was always involved in school and sporting activities. Sheila soon became a “hockey, football, softball, and basketball Mom” always supporting her children in whatever they were involved in.

Then came the grandchildren Megan, Erin, Casey, and Patrick, Sheila loved to spoil her grandchildren and she enjoyed every moment spent with the kids. Sheila made every holiday special for her family, especially the grandchildren and her friends. Together they made many memories that will last a life time.

Sheila loved to travel to Florida and on family vacations, she loved to dance, shop, follow the Boston sports teams, play in the annual “Cushing” bocce tournament, and she enjoyed getting together with her long time friends. Sheila will be fondly remembered for her great smile, bubbly personality, and her devotion to her family. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Sheila was the beloved wife of William H. Woods, devoted mother of Mary Alice Cavens of Andover, Eileen Marie Woods of Tewksbury, William H. Woods, Jr. & his wife Eileen of Lowell, and Daniel E. Woods of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Megan Cathryn Cavens of Andover, Erin Colleen Cavens-Samets-Thomas of Litchfield Park, AZ, Casey and Patrick Woods of Lowell, cherished sister of Alice Murphy & her husband John of Clearwater, FL, Bernice Horne of Florida, and the late Evelyn Carpenter, Mary Crossley, Russell McKinney and William McKinney, Sheila is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 5th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Sheila’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Rydberg, George

January 31st, 2010

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George E. H. Rydberg, age 90, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully at his home in Dracut on Sunday, January 31, 2010, in the care of his family and hospice.

Born in Leominster, MA on March 17, 1919, George was the dear son of the late George F. and Minnie (Barkhouse) Rydberg. George grew up in Charlestown and was educated there.

George married Bessie Bassett on September 12, 1944 and they celebrated over 57years of marriage before her passing in 2002. George and Bessie moved to Wilmington in 1961 and in 2003 George moved to Dracut to be closer to his family.

George was a member of the Wilmington and Dracut Senior Centers and an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

He worked at Revere Sugar in Charlestown for many years prior to retiring. Following his retirement, George worked at NAPA Auto Parts in Wilmington, where he enjoyed his fellow staff members and customers.

George had a very active lifestyle, he was involved in Civil Defense, he worked delivering ice and coal, running a pet store, an egg farm, and was very talented at constructing and selling wooden lawn furniture. He loved to “putter” around the house and work on his many projects. George enjoyed ham radios, woodworking, animals, birds, and camping at Old Stage Campground.

George was a devoted family man and loved his family unconditionally. He and his wife Bessie were “Mom & Dad” to 27 foster children throughout the years and received an award from the State of Massachusetts for the devotion, love, and care they unselfishly gave.

George was the beloved husband of the late Bessie (Bassett) Rydberg, loving father of Susan Danskin & her husband Mark of Dracut, Christine Waite & her husband David of Des Moines, Iowa, and Patricia Ordway of Methuen, devoted grandfather of Mark Danskin of Salem, Matthew Danskin of Dracut, Alexander Waite of Iowa, Courtney & Justin Ordway of Methuen, and dear brother of the late Connie Nelson.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, February 4th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

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

Murray, Michael

January 28th, 2010

Murray, michaelMichael E. Murray, age 53, of Wakefield, formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Born in on March 23, 1956, in Somerville, MA, he was the beloved son of Irene M. (Hawkes) Murray and the late Frederick Murray of Wilmington. Michael is survived by his brother and sisters Frederick Murray & his wife Katherine of Woburn, Irene Moge & her husband Francis of Tewksbury, and Theresa Secher of Derry, NH, he was the uncle of Tommy Murray & his wife Megan, Amy Johnson & her husband Brian, Erika, Meaghan, & Patrick Moge, John McIver & his wife Abby, Justin, Dana, & Cassandra Secher, and great uncle of Morgan, Ryan, & Logan Murray, and Lilly Secher. Michael also leaves many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd from 4-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.