Obituaries

Wandell, Daniel C. Sr.

December 17th, 2010

Retired Wilmington Fire Department Chief Daniel C., Wandell, Sr., of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 17, 2010, at the age of 82.

Dan was born on February 29, 1928, in East Boston, MA, he was the cherished son of the late John W. “Jack” and Charlotte M. (Clague) Wandell. Dan grew up in Winthrop, he spent many summers at Silver Lake in Wilmington, before his family moved to Wilmington permanently 1943. Dan graduated Wilmington High School Class of 1946.

Forever a proud American, Dan enlisted in the United States Navy on August 30, 1950, to serve his country during the Korean War. Dan served overseas and received several commendations for his service, he was honorably discharged on June 18, 1954.

Dan returned to his family in Wilmington and to the love of his life Catherine E. “Betty” Hennessy whom he met during the many years his family summered at Silver Lake. He and Betty married on July 18, 1954, spending 53 wonderful years of marriage and raising seven great children together before her passing in November of 2007.

Dan always had a passion for serving his community and doing for others, his career at the Wilmington Fire Department began on February 12, 1957, when he was the first Firefighter in Wilmington to be appointed by Civil Service. Dan worked hard for the town and the Fire Department, he moved up as Deputy Chief on February 23, 1971, serving in that capacity until January 31, 1980. Dan was appointed Chief on February 1, 1980, working tirelessly to fill his position and oversee the many changes that took place over the years until he retired on February 26, 1993.

Dan also served his community well outside the Fire Department he was a member of the Finance Committee, a Selectman for two terms where he served as Chairman of the Board, and a Wilmington Youth Hockey Coach, bringing his team to win a championship.

Everyone who came in contact with Dan knew he loved the town of Wilmington and the Wilmington Fire Department, but what he loved most was his family, they were the center of his world. Dan was very involved in his children’s school activities and their sporting events. He seldom missed a play or a game, always there to support and encourage his kids. He and Betty vacationed on the Cape with the children where they swam and fished along the Bass River, the family had a great time making many memories to last throughout generations to come.

As the years passed and the grandchildren came along, Dan cherished every moment with them he enjoyed babysitting, taking them to school, watching their sports, showing them how to fish, taking them to the movies, and attending the many special events in their lives. He was always encouraging them to do their best and relished in their accomplishments. He was an awesome grandfather according to them.

In his spare time, Dan enjoyed traveling with family and friends, watching the Patriots, Bruins, and of course the Red Sox with Betty. Dan followed boxing, a sport that he dabbled in as a youngster and did pretty well at.

He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a loving and devoted family man, a hard worker, and a true friend to many, they will miss him dearly but are comforted to know that he is reunited with his beloved Betty.

Dan was the beloved husband of the late Catherine E. “Betty” (Hennessy) Wandell, devoted father of Kim McDonough-Gawron and her husband Chris of Hollis, ME, Daniel C. Wandell, Jr. of Wilmington, Joan Wandell of Lowell, Susan Landry and her husband William of Billerica, Nancy Brothers and her husband Patrick of Tewksbury, Kathy Mireault and her husband Erik of Lowell, and Michael Wandell and his wife Bridget of Dracut, loving grandfather of Erin, Patrick, Jack, Kevin, Meaghan, Allyson, Curt, Victoria, Danielle, Danny, Keith, Brandon, Billy, Sean, Tommy, Patrick, Kiley, Megan, Mikey, Kaleigh, and great-grandchildren Devin, Cori, Cayden, Bryelle, and Colin, he was the dear brother of Josephine “Sis” Bell of South Carolina and John W. “Jack” Wandell, Jr. of Connecticut, Dan is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, December 22nd 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 Tuesday, December 21st from 2-4 & 5-9 p.m.

Memorial donations in Daniel’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Headquarters, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718.

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Valente, Ashley

December 11th, 2010

Ashley M. Valente, age 20, a resident of Wilmington, died Saturday, December 11, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Winchester, MA, on August 2, 1990, Ashley was the cherished daughter of Charles “Chuck” and Michele L. (Ruggiero) Valente of Wilmington.

Ashley grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools through the 8th grade, she then went on to graduate in 2009 from Shawsheen Tech High School where she was a business major and was involved in many activities. She was a football cheerleader for the Shawsheen Rams and was very competitive in their track program. Ashley was also very involved in the Wilmington Pop Warner Cheerleading Program, competing for many cheerleading titles over the years.

Following High School, Ashley attended Johnson & Wales University in Miami were she majored in criminal justice.

At the time of her death, Ashley was currently employed as a receptionist at the Touch of Elegance Salon in Tewksbury, while trying to pursue her passion for the Air Force. Ashley’s dream was to become a Pilot.

Ashley was very much a “people person,” always vivacious, friendly, and energetic, it was no wonder that people were drawn to her.

Ashley’s favorite saying was “Live, Laugh, and Love,” traits she lived by. Ashley’s life was short but she lived it to the fullest, laughed as often as she could, and truly loved those around her, especially her family.

Ashley was a giver, she was dependable and enjoyed helping others, no matter what the situation was. Like most girls her age, Ashley loved to spend time with her friends and to shop; pocketbooks and shoes were among her favorite necessities. She loved sports, the Celtics and Patriots being her two favorite teams to watch. Ashley will be fondly remembered for her endearing personality and a smile that would light up a room. She was a beloved daughter, sister, auntie, godmother, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and a true friend. She was loved by so many people and will be missed more than words can say.

Besides her parents, who survive her, Ashley was the loving sister of Krystle L. Valente and Tony Valente of Wilmington, devoted aunt and godmother of Alexia Valente, beloved granddaughter of Frank and Jeanette Valente and the late John and Leita Ruggiero all of Wilmington, dear niece of Frank, Jr. & Cheryl Valente of Salem, NH, Alexander & Gemma Valente of North Reading, Linda & Steve Catalano of Goffstown, NH, Daniel & Susan Valente of Tewksbury, Pamela Valente of Kensington, NH, Michael Valente of Derry, NH, Carolyn Reynolds-Poore & Lewis Poore of Edgewater, FL, Carmela & Michael Liggiero of Freemont, NH, her godparents Sandra & Mike Dion of Derry, NH, James & Janice Ruggiero of Wilmington, and Joseph & Lori Ruggiero of Sterling, MA, Ashley is also survived by many cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 15th from 1-4 & 5-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Thursday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Ashley was so devoted to her beautiful goddaughter Alexia who meant the world to her, it has been requested that in lieu of flowers memorial donations in Ashley’s name may be made to the Alexia Valente Scholarship Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave.,Wilmington, MA 01887.

Holloway, John

December 6th, 2010

John C. “Jack” Holloway, age 81, of Wolfeboro, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on Monday, December 6, 2010, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, NH.

Born in Everett, MA on August 22, 1929, Jack was the cherished son of the late John T. and Tena (Batten) Holloway. Jack was raised in Melrose, MA and was a graduate of Melrose High School. He joined the National Guard during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in May of 1956 as a First Sergeant.

Jack married Mary Ann Grace on November 18, 1950, and celebrated over 53 years of marriage before her passing in November of 2003. The couple moved to Wilmington in September of 1955 to raise their five children, Jack became very involved with his children’s sports programs. He was very instrumental in running the Wilmington Pop Warner Program and was a coach for many years, volunteering countless hours for the youth of Wilmington. As his children got older Jack moved up to the high school level of football, he could be found on the side lines volunteering to do the chains and rooting on the Wilmington Wildcats. Jack was very involved with the Wilmington Boosters Club, again volunteering for many hours to raise money for Wilmington youth sports programs. Jack not only enjoyed watching his own children, but was also there to encourage and teach the many children that played on his teams or in the programs that he was involved in.

Prior to retiring, Jack was a credit manager for several local companies such as Avco, Sweetheart Plastics and Photon before retiring from Textron in the mid 1990’s. Jack and Mary were owners of the Stop & Go Shop in North Wilmington which they enjoyed running during the 70’s.

Jack and Mary enjoyed their retirement, they liked to travel and spent much time between Florida and Wolfeboro, NH. They enjoyed their home on Oakdale Road where they hosted many family & friends gatherings over the years and everyone was welcome. Jack loved his family, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather they made many memories together as a family that will be cherished for years to come.

Jack was the beloved husband of the late Mary A. (Grace) Holloway, devoted father of Steven Holloway & his wife Terri, Jack Holloway & his wife Gail all of Wilmington, Cindy Calligandes of Wolfeboro, NH, Mark Holloway of Portsmouth, NH, and the late Scott Holloway. Loving grandfather of Lauren & Dan Bennett, Brent & Mariesa Holloway, Janel & Mort Smith, Jacqueline & Dan Bento, Billy & Danielle Holloway, Katie Holloway, Jeff Calligandes, Jon Calligandes, Danielle Calligandes & her fiancé Austin Maher, Dave Holloway, Carlene Holloway, Tom Holloway, Katherine Holloway, John Holloway, the late Melissa Holloway and great grandchildren Audrey Bennett, Nadia & Braden Smith, Brooklyn, Will, & Hunter Holloway, and Jack Holloway, dear brother of the late Martha Nelson, Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral service on Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, December 10th from 3-8 p.m.

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

Fama, Scott

December 1st, 2010

Scott C. Fama, age 42, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died suddenly on December 1, 2010.

Born in Woburn, MA, on May 9, 1968, Scott was the beloved son of Paul J. and Mary Jane (Goodwin) Fama of Wilmington. Scott grew up in Wilmington and was a 1986 graduate of Shawsheen Tech High School in Billerica. Following High School, Scott enlisted in the United States Air Force on September 23, 1986, he served the country proudly and received many commendations for his efforts, he was honorably discharged on April 9, 1993.

Scott is fondly remembered by his family and friends as a “good” guy, who loved to cook and do for others, he will be dearly missed.

Besides his parents, Scott is survived by his two brothers Jeffrey P. Fama of Methuen and Dana J. Fama of Reading, Scott is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. At the family’s request services and interment were private. In lieu of flowers donations in Scott’s memory may be made to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

Russo, Grace

November 25th, 2010

Grace Marie (Horton) Russo, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 25, 2010, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Wilmington, MA on December 22, 1929, Grace was the cherished daughter of the late Carroll and Theresa (Dulong) Horton. She was raised in Woburn and attended Woburn Schools.

Grace married Rudolph B. “Rudy” Russo on June 15, 1947, together they shared over 61 wonderful years of marriage prior to his passing in June of 2008. Grace and Rudy moved to Wilmington on Thanksgiving Day in 1955 and raised their children. Family was her number one priority.

Prior to retiring, Grace worked for T. J. Maxx in Wilmington for over 23, years.

In her spare time, Grace loved to read, work on crossword puzzles, and to play pinochle where her goal was to beat her husband and brother-in-law Rico.

Grace will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring nature, devotion to family and friends, her endless amount of energy, and for her spunkiness. She was definitely one of a kind and will be missed by all.

Grace was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph B. “Rudy” Russo, devoted mother of James P. Russo of Methuen, Michael L. Russo & his wife Theresa of Wilmington, Carol A. Baldwin of Greenfield, NH, Richard Russo & his wife Marlene of Dracut, Gary Russo of California, and Tracy A. Knickle & her husband Mark of Billerica, loving “Nana” of Michelle, Eric, Danielle, Sheena, Tyler, Amanda, Alicia, Rebecca, Stephanie, Jake, Justin & Brendan, cherished “Gigi” to great-grandchildren Isabella , Benjamin, Cole Rudy, Rosalie, and Julian,dear daughter of the late Carroll & Theresa DuLong, sister of Dorothy Phelan of Groton, Rita Conlon & her husband Buddy of Woburn, Eddie Horton & his wife Rosa of California, the late Tech Sergeant Paul Horton, Elinor Cahill, and Robert Horton, mother-in-law of Jennifer Piantedosi of Leominister and Harvey Baldwin of North Conway, NH, Grace is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, November 28th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Grace’s memory may be to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Roche, Robert

November 23rd, 2010

Robert F. Roche, age 74, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, November 23, 2010.

Beloved husband of Carol (Schweinefus) Roche, devoted father of June Frechette and her husband Armand of Hudson, NH, Joseph Roche of Colorado Springs, CO, Maureen Lake and her husband Scott of Milford, NH, and Steven Roche of Kalispell, MT, loving “Papa” of Amanda and Ava Scott, Josiah Roche, Kristen and Sharon Lake, cherished son of the late Frederick and June (Dickinson) Roche, Robert is also survived by his life-long friend Charlie DiChiappari of Somerville as well as many other dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 27th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, November 26th from 2-4 p.m.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. U. S. Army Veteran, Korea. Member of Teamsters Local #25.

Allard, Doris

November 22nd, 2010

Doris E. (Bibeau) Allard, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, November 22, 2010, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born in Cambridge, MA, on February 10, 1922, Doris was the dear daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Livernois) Bibeau. Doris grew up in Southbridge, MA and attended Southbridge High School.

Doris was a “war bride” marrying her sweetheart Albert L. Allard on May 19, 1945, the couple spent over 50 great years together prior to Albert’s passing. The couple lived in Southbridge for the first 15 years of marriage, moving to Wilmington in 1959, where they raised their two children.

Doris became an active communicant of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington where she was involved in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and also volunteered countless hours working at the annual church bazaars.

Prior to retiring, Doris worked in the Executive Dining Room at AVCO/TEXTRON Company in Wilmington and later could be found working at the lunch counter in the North Wilmington Pharmacy, always with a smile as she welcomed the customers.

Doris loved life and even more so the people that touched her life, her endearing personality and generous nature made those around her very comforted. She had an open door policy and her house was “home” to many where they were always welcomed with open arms and a hot meal or snack no matter what time of day or night.

Doris enjoyed spending as much time with her family and friends as she could, whether that was enjoying card games, shopping or casino trips, theater shows, or luncheons with her friends, she was always glad to be included. Her many trips to the ocean with her family, her favorite beach being Old Orchard in Maine, where she “dipped” her toes into the water and enjoyed playing in the sand with the grandkids, and let’s not forget the holidays, they were always full of laughter and fun, making memories to cherish for a life-time.

Doris will be remembered for her avid dancing ability and could perform a “mean” jitter bug as well as an elegant waltz!.

Doris was a wonderful woman, always upbeat and optimistic, she had a great smile and a contagious laugh. She loved being surrounded by people and was always willing to help others, Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and a true friend to many, she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Doris was the beloved wife of the late Albert L. Allard, devoted mother of Judith A. Gross of Wilmington and Russell A. Allard & his wife Audra of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, cherished mother-in-law of Roberta Allard of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Amy Logue Norton, Andrea Carney & her fiancé Robert Thompson, Jacquelyn Pilla & her husband Steven, Russell A. Allard, Jr. & his fiancé Michelle Mannion, Timothy Allard & his wife Jacqui, and great-grandchildren Ashley Logue, Alex, Nicole, Matthew, and Zoe Norton, Maya Carney, Cameron and Sydney Pilla, Colin, Emma, and Jakobie Allard, dear sister of George Bibeau of Dudley, the late Edgar Bibeau and Roland Bibeau, Doris is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 27th 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 Friday, November 26th from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Doris’s name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Steen, Joseph

November 19th, 2010

Joseph M. Steen, age 76, along-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, with his family at his side on Friday, November 19, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Born on March 19, 1934, in Quincy, MA, Joe was the cherished son of the late Raymond and Catherine (Foley) Steen, he grew up in the Hough’s Neck section of Quincy, and attended Boston Latin High School. Right out of High School, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 10, 1951,during the Korean Conflict. Joe proudly served his country, earning several commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1955 at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.

Joe returned to Quincy and attended Wentworth College in Boston to earn his Electrician’s License. He was first employed as an Elevator Mechanic for the Elevator Construction Union Local #4 in Boston for over 32 years and for 15 years was an Elevator Inspector for the Department of Public Safety State of Massachusetts, Joe retired in the late 1990’s.

Joe met the love of his life Nancy J. Wrenn, a Charlestown girl, the couple married on June 30, 1957, they moved to Wilmington in August of 1962, where they raised their seven children.

Joe and Nancy had a great life together, they were a “couple” in every sense of the word and truly loved each other, that love radiated to their family and extended family, and their “home” was always open to those in need.

Joe was very involved with his children and in many Wilmington Youth Sports Programs, he coached Wilmington Little League as well as Wilmington Youth Hockey. He was always supportive of the programs his children were involved in and was there to cheer them on.

Joe took great pride in being involved with various Veterans Organizations, where he tirelessly gave of himself to help many Veterans and was very devoted to their causes. Joe loved helping Veterans. He was currently the Commander of the American Legion Post #136 in Wilmington, Past Commander of the Middlesex County, Department of Massachusetts, and National Sergeant at Arms. Joe was also a member of the AmVets Association, V.F.W., and Local Heroes in Wilmington. He could be found many a Wednesday evening packing boxes for the Veterans overseas or helping out local families that had their loved one’s on active duty overseas.

Joe took great pride in the American Flag and what it stood for, he was a member of the Citizens Flag Alliance which fought for the protection of burning the American Flag. Joe wouldn’t stand for such nonsense and truly understood the sacrifice so many men and women had made for the Flag and the American Freedom. Joe would be front and center walking in the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade and when his health was failing he would still attend every Parade, at times in his automobile but everyone knew that Joe was there to honor every Veteran.

Joe was also a Fourth Degree Member and Past Grand Knight of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks.

In his spare time, which wasn’t much, Joe loved to travel, he vacationed with his family and friends and made many memories that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, playing darts, pool, and cards his favorite being cribbage.

He was an avid sports fan who loved to follow the New England Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. Joe enjoyed watching the many games with his children and in later years his grandchildren. They all loved being with “Papa”.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a hard worker, practical joker, proud American, and most of all a devoted family man and true friend. There wasn’t anything Joe wouldn’t do for those he loved.

Joe will be greatly missed by his family, friends, fellow Veterans, and by his community to which he gave so much.

Joe was the beloved husband of 53 years to Nancy J. (Wrenn) Steen, devoted father of Deborah A. Stygles & her husband Joseph, Joseph P. Steen, Richard R. Steen, Nancy J. Steen & her partner Tony Carvalho, Robert C. Steen & his wife Terry, Mary Ellen Deschenes & her husband Daniel all of Wilmington, and Karen M. Lucier & her husband Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Lucier of Nebraska, loving “Papa” of John Shirley & his fiancé Jamie Eknaian, Danielle Shirley, Leanne Shirley, Joleen Stygles, Michelle Steen & her fiancé Daryl Cote, Debbie Steen, Maryanne Steen, Bailey Steen, Alivia Steen, Lynda McDermott & her husband Eric, Robert Deering, Brian Deering, Daniel Lucier & his wife Cristy, Alexander Lucier, Samuel Lucier, Elizabeth Steen, Joseph M. Steen II, Michael Steen, Owen Steen, Derek Steen, Christopher Deschenes, and great-grandchildren Haley, Philip, & Jacob Natale, Arianna Kaplan, and Payton & Jocelyn Cote, dear brother of Rev. Raymond A. Steen O.M.I. and Patricia Steen both of Abington, Russell Steen & his wife Ann of Weymouth, Jackie Surrette of Texas, and Ruth Norton & her husband Larry of Quincy, son-in-law of the late Daniel & Mary Wrenn, brother-in-law of Mary Ellen Howell, Barbara Marsden, Johnny & Linda Wrenn all of Charlestown, Danny & Cindy Wrenn of Medford, and the late Carol Wrenn, Joe & Jane Wrenn, Don Howell, Jack Marsden, and Terry Wrenn, Joe is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 24th at 8:45 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 Tuesday, November 23rd from 2-8 p.m.

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

Vieira, Miriam

November 17th, 2010

Miriam A. Vieira, fondly known as “Mim”, age 90, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died peacefully Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Born on November 3, 1920, in Chelsea, MA, Miriam was the cherished daughter of the late Athol and Dora (Lovell) MacFarlane, she grew up in Chelsea and Everett, graduating from Everett High School.

Miriam married Charles Vieira on September 10, 1944, soon after the couple moved to Malden where they lived for many years and were active communicants of St. Joseph’s Parish in Malden.

Miriam and Charles shared over 40 years of marriage before his passing in 1984.

Miriam was a woman of strong faith, she was very involved in the Catholic Daughters Court Maplewood Chapter. She was a former Grand Regent of the Organization and devoted much of her time volunteering on every level. She along with other volunteers also traveled all over the United States helping out and giving of themselves.

Miriam was very devoted to her family and friends, she was a wonderful homemaker, wife, mother, and especially a grandmother and great-grandmother. She also had a large extended family to whom she was known as “Mim”. In her spare time, Miriam loved to bake and she also loved the camera and wanted lots of photo’s taken to share and reminisce about.

She cherished the many summers at Angle Pond in New Hampshire with family and friends where many memories were made and will be shared for generations to come.

Miriam will be fondly remembered for her endearing nature and her devotion to those around her, she will be greatly missed.

Miriam was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Vieira, devoted mother of Kathleen Savosik and her husband Dennis, loving “Nana”of Patricia Meehan & her husband Mark and Brenda McConologue & her husband Daniel all of Wilmington, cherished “Nana” of Rebecca Russo, Helen Meehan, Katie, Danny, and Dennis McConologue, dear sister of Ruth Nickerson of Malden, Barbara Lowenstein of Arlington, and the late James MacFarlane, Dot McCauley, and Jean McCarthy, Miriam is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 20th 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 at Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be held Friday, November 19th from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Miriam’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the Catholic Daughters of America, National Office, 10 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023.

Tildsley, James

November 15th, 2010

James A. Tildsley, age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died Monday, November 15, 2010, at the Lowell General Hospital.

Born on November 25, 1928, in Medford, MA, James was the dear son of the late Sidney A. and Louise (Minchello) Tildsley. He grew up in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School. James enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in November of 1947.

He married Claire O’Neil on June 10, 1950, together they enjoyed over 56 years of marriage before her passing in April of 2007. The couple moved to Wilmington in the 1955 where they raised their three sons.

James got very involved in Wilmington Little League, serving as the President for 10 years. He, as well as several other fathers were instrumental in breaking ground for the Rotary Park and they built the first dugouts themselves. James enjoyed supporting kids sports and never wanted a child to be left out.

James and Claire loved to travel, they took many trips to Las Vegas, wintered in Florida and then lived there full time for several years, he loved to go to Lake Ossippee with his family and friends, and enjoyed the ocean in Wells, Maine, where he lived for 10 years before returning to Wilmington to be closer to his family.

James loved his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their sporting events and rooting them on. They will miss him dearly.

James was the beloved husband of the late Claire C. (O’Neil), devoted father of James A. Tildsley, Jr., & his wife Kathryn of Andover, Sidney A. Tildsley & his wife Sharon and Martin F. Tildsley & his wife Carol all of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Kaylan, Kyle, Brian & his wife Erica, Kevin, Jason & his wife Leah, Kellee, Marty & his wife Marlene, Ryan, and great-grandchildren Tayla, Sidney, & James George, brother of Joan Jack of Worcester, brother-in-law of Francis O’Kane of Brighton, also survived by many nieces, nephews & good friends in Florida.

His funeral will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 18th at 9:00 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, November 17th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donation’s in James’ name may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 1 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02146.