Galka, Avis M.

September 19th, 2011
Avis M. (Nary) Galka, age 91, wife of the late Peter B. Galka, died Monday, September 19, 2011 in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

She was born in Wilmington, Massachusetts on January 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Elmer and Myrtle (White) Nary. She was the fourth of six children. Avis resided in Wilmington for more than 79 years before moving to Lancaster, New Hampshire with her husband in 1999.

Avis was a homemaker all her life. She loved the beach and the great outdoors. She also loved cooking, baking, swimming, camping, and driving. Most of all she loved her husband, her family and her dogs. She will always be remembered as a courageous woman; a loving wife, mother and grandmother; a great friend; a wonderful care giver and a shining example for all.
Avis is survived by her brother Norman Nary of Northwood, New Hampshire; her daughters, Avis Constantine and her husband Guy “Sonny” of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts; Donna Rooney and her husband John Silas “Si” Hopkins of Lancaster, New Hampshire; Dawne Marie Micalizzi and her husband Michael of Wilmington, Massachusetts and her grandson Sean Brennan of Methuen –whom she raised as a son– and his wife Karen of Methuen, Massachusetts. Avis was also mother to the late Marlene Brennan of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Avis is also survived by seven other grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great great grandchild , many nieces, nephews, and her faithful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ladybug. Avis was also the sister of the late Elmer Nary, Frederick Nary, Violet Duggan, and Marjorie Kendall,
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m.

Clark, Mildred I.

September 19th, 2011

Mildred I. (Bennett) Clark, age 82, formerly a long-time resident of Tewksbury, died peacefully with her family at her side on September 19, 2011.
Mildred was born in Amesbury, MA on March 8, 1929, she was the cherished daughter of the late Fred and Edythe (Dearborn) Bennett.
Mildred married the “love of her life” Melvin V. Clark on May 4, 1947, together they raised their three children and celebrated 20 years of marriage before his sudden passing in 1967, leaving Mildred with the task of raising a young family on her own.
Mildred was a hard worker and a very active woman, she was devoted to her children and took on various jobs to provide for them. Mildred did a little of everything, she waitressed for several years, worked for the Mass Teachers Association, MCI in Norfolk and she even owned her own coffee shop at one time. Her most recent position as Administrative Assistant for the Winchester Seniors Association at the Jenks Senior Center was her favorite. Her devotion, competency, efficiency and gracious help along with other staff members kept things running smoothly and she was well loved by her colleges and seniors alike.
In her spare time, Mildred enjoyed taking walks, playing bingo, and was known to buy a scratch ticket or two, just for the excitement of winning.
Mildred was very devoted to her family and was proud of all of their accomplishments. She enjoyed many family holidays and special celebrations that were shared with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her most favorite annual event was “Christmas Cookie Day” with her great-grandchildren. She was well known to her family for her endless energy, she never sat home, she was always out and about doing for others.
Mildred will be remembered for her endearing personality, her kindness and compassion, and for her ability to make friends wherever she went.
Mildred was the beloved wife of the late Melvin V. Clark, devoted mother of Carole Tourtellotte of Winchester, William Clark and his wife Barbara of Foxboro, and Debra Lawton and her husband David of Litchfield, NH, loving grandmother of Michael O’Leary and his wife Carey of Billerica, Shaun O’Leary of Malden, Michelle Dress Clark and her husband Jon Dress of Woburn, Paul Lawton and his wife Karen of Londonderry, NH, Peter Lawton and his fiance Denise VanDalm of Brooklyn, NY, and great-grandchildren Kayla O’Leary, Meghan O’Leary, David Lawton and Darren Lawton, dear sister of Herbert Bennett of Goshen, NH, Caroline Moody of Louisville, KY, Beatrice Lund and Fred Bennett both of Quincy and the late Estelle Favor of Randolph. Mildred is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 23rd from 3-6 p.m. If desired, donations in Mildred’s memory may be made to the Winchester Seniors Association, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

Shemkus, Josephine R.

September 13th, 2011
Josephine Regina Shemkus, a proud mother, doting grandmother, and all-around sassy lady, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. She was 91.
Born in Chelsea in 1920 to Polish immigrants, Josephine Cusky was raised in Medford, the youngest of 11 children. In the stories she told of her childhood, she was a mischievous girl, prone to sneaking cigarettes and going on long, adventurous walks with her sister.
Josephine met future husband John Shemkus when they both worked for the Worcester Paper Box Co. in Medford and he insisted on helping Josephine with her work. They were married in 1940; John passed away in 1970.
A resident of Wilmington for more than 60 years, Josephine was actively involved in the Wilmington Senior Center.
Josephine will be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness, her sense of humor and her independence.
She loved to crochet and took delight in creating blankets, hats and sweaters for family, charitable causes, and even the children of her caretakers. Her grandchildren were very important to her and she never missed an opportunity to brag about their achievements. Wherever she went, Josephine was described by those who met her as “cute.”
Josephine laughed with ease, happy to tease her loved ones and take her share of ribbing in return. She was not above telling an off-color joke or throwing a Lady Gaga reference into her repartee.
Proud of her independence, Josephine lived alone until well after her 91st birthday.
She is survived by daughter Jacqueline Fitzgerald and her husband David, of Haverhill; son John Shemkus and his wife Fran, of Reading; grandson Jason Fitzgerald, of St. Charles, Mo.; granddaughter Sarah Shemkus and her fiancé Patrick Good, of West Harwich; granddaughter Rachel Long, her husband Scott, of Woburn, and their soon-to-be-born child, who Josephine was eager to meet; granddaughter Megan Fitzgerald, of Haverhill; grandson John Fitzgerald, of Haverhill; and four great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, September 18th from 3-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Earle, David A.

September 5th, 2011
David A. Earle, age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved one’s, on September 5, 2011.
David was born on August 27, 1940 in Wolfeboro, NH, he was the dear son of the late Charles and Eunice (Starkie) Earle. As a youngster growing up in New Hampshire, David was especially close to his younger brother Ralph, they would often do many things together, special projects, have friendly competitions and sibling rivalries, but never allowed anything to come between them and they had a special bond that lasted throughout their lives.
As a teenager David developed many leadership skills and in High School he excelled at Math. It was from listening to a speaker during Math Club that David became aware of the Actuarial profession, at that point he started to head on a path that would lead to his life-long career.
David graduated from Keene High School in Keene, NH and went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston. David was quickly accepted to their cooperative program and was a member of the ROTC.
During David’s co-op employment time, he worked with New England Life Insurance Company. Following graduation he continued on in the Actuarial Department. Being in ROTC during his time in college, David took a military leave of absence from his civilian employment to fulfill his two year military Active Duty commitment. After receiving training, he assumed responsibilities supporting the Army Material Command which was stateside. During his second year, he served as a supply officer in Vietnam, at that time there were on about 50,000 U. S. Troops in Vietnam but that number continued to grow during his tour of duty. During this time serving the country David earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Upon completion of his active duty commitment, David returned to work at New England Life in the Actuary Department. He started taking a series of 10 Actuarial exams, passing every one on the first try, an amazing feat. At the time he was trying to complete his exams he was also completing his 4 year Army Reserve requirement. Late in 1968, David went to a second tour in Vietnam, this time as a staff supply officer for the 513 Maintenance Battalion, by this time the war was much more intense. David did not talk of Vietnam much but his accomplishments were many, his decorations and awards included Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 3 Overseas Service Bars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. David was honorably discharged from the United States Army in July of 1969.
After he returned home, David continued to take the remaining Actuarial tests to advance within New England Life and became a Member of the Society of Actuaries. David always had a giving nature, not only did he pass his tests, but he assisted others in preparing for the tests, he taught courses, and worked with other insurance companies to help their employees as well. David faithfully worked for New England Life Insurance Company for his entire working career of over 40 years.
David was a person of great faith, he loved God and he loved his Country, and he served both of them very well. David was a very active member of the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church, he served as a member of the Standing Committee, as Church Treasurer, and in many other ways remaining faithful to this local congregation’s part of God’s Church. It was at church that David met and fell in love with Susan Baker, they married in 2002 and their bond was unwavering in sickness and in health. The love David and Susan shared was evident to everyone around them and they felt blessed to have each other.
David was a private and humble person who did not parade his accomplishments, one accomplishment that he was proud of was visiting all 50 States and keeping careful records of each visit. Aside from traveling, David also enjoyed taking long walks and he was very devoted to caring for his father following the death of his mom.
David will be fondly remembered as kind and generous, he was soft spoken and always willing to help others. The way David lived his life represented all that is good in the world and he made it a better place for others. David was well loved by his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.
David is survived by his beloved wife Susan (Baker) Earle and his brother Ralph Earle both of Wilmington, as well as many relatives and friends who adored him.
Family and friends gathered for a Service in the Martins Pond Union Baptist Church and David was laid to rest in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home in Wilmington.
Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to the North Reading Food Pantry, P. O. Box 626, North Reading, MA 01864 or to the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 4 Cogswell Road, North Reading, MA 01864

Mercuri, Michael J.

September 4th, 2011

Michael J. Mercuri, age 40, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 4, 2011.
Michael was born on February 18, 1971, in Melrose, MA, he was the cherished son of Raymond J. and Lena M. (Fontana) Mercuri of Wilmington. Michael grew up and was educated in Wilmington, in his earlier years he was an avid hockey player for Wilmington youth hockey and the goalie for the Wilmington Wildcats. Michael was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1989. In later years he was a competitive bowler and enjoyed playing softball with the guys.
Michael was a talented handyman and was known as “Mr. Fix It” to his family and friends. He was also self employed as a glass contractor.
Michael enjoyed hanging out and watching sports, he took in many Patriots Games, was a Red Sox Fan, and loved to follow the Bruins.
Michael was very kind to others and he loved his family. They will truly miss him.
Besides his parents, Michael is survived by his sons Shane M. and Cody J. Mercuri, and their mother Carolyn all of Tewksbury, his brothers Raymond Mercuri of Chelmsford and Mark Mercuri of Wilmington, Michael is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, September 9th from 3-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Charity of your Choice.

Neary, Joseph P.

September 1st, 2011
Joseph P. Neary, age 87, of Ocala, FL, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on August 23, 2011. Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Murphy) Neary and the late Doris Rochford-Neary, devoted father of Joseph P. Neary, Jr. of Londonderry, NH, Robert J. Neary of Tewksbury, MA, and Ellen Hooper and her husband Thomas of Windham, NH, loving grandfather of Julie Mejia, Lisa Neary, Thomas Hooper, Brian Hooper, Mary Buckley, Christine Boucher, and great-grandchildren Sean, Sarah, Maura, Erin, Rebecca, Zachary, William, Johnathan, Thomas, Joseph, and Marisa.
Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington on Saturday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to St. Dorothy’s Church.

McMullin, Patricia J.

September 1st, 2011

Patricia J. (Heise) McMullin, of Dennis, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at the age of 88.
Patricia was born on October 18, 1922, in East St. Louis, Illinois, she raised and educated in Illinois and was the cherished only daughter of the late Alvin and Lietta (Williams) Heise.
Patricia married the “love of her life” Ralph D. McMullin in 1939, together they shared over 63 years of marriage and raised two beautiful daughters before his passing in 2002. Patricia and Ralph, along with their girls, lived in California, Ohio, and Indiana, before they settled in Dennis, Massachusetts over 25 years ago. Patricia was very active in her community in Dennis, she was a volunteer at the Public Library and spent many years volunteering with the local Hospice, Patricia had a passion for giving to others and she loved her patients.
In her spare time, Patricia enjoyed stenciling, she had a knack for interior decorating, and was an avid gardener, but that didn’t compare to spending every free moment she could with her grandchildren. Patricia undoubtedly loved being a grandmother.
Patricia will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring ways, for her ability to give of herself to others, and most notably for her devotion to her family and friends, she will be greatly missed by all.
Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Ralph D. McMullin, loving mother of Kathleen A. “Kate” Leduc and her husband Dan of Wilmington, and Susan Gentry of Virginia, cherished grandmother of James Gentry, Lian Leduc and the late Johnathan Gentry, dear sister of the late James and Robert Heise.
Family and friends will gather for visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 2, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne, MA at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Life Choice Care and Comfort, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 390, Waltham, MA 02451.

Ryan, Rita A.

August 27th, 2011
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Rita A. (Murphy) Ryan, age 88, a life-long resident of Lynn, died peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2011.   Rita was born and raised in Lynn, she graduated from Lynn English High School and went on to further her education in business at  Burdett College. Rita was an communicant of St. Joseph’s  Parish and an active member of the Ladies Sodality for many years.  Rita was the devoted mother of six children, three sets of twins and was an active member of the “Mother of Twins” club in Lynn.  Rita was employed as a service representative for New England Telephone Company for many years and was the Unit Secretary in the pediatrics unit at Lynn Hospital prior to retiring.

Rita enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Rita was the devoted mother of Elizabeth McMahon & her husband Joseph, John Ryan & his wife Maureen all of Wilmington, James Ryan & his wife Lorri of Saugus, Joseph Ryan & his wife Margaret, and William Ryan all of Lynn, and Mary Gerling & her husband Brian of Shawnee Mission, KS, loving “Nana” of Colleen & Erin McMahon, Emily & Mary Catherine Gerling, Kaileen Ryan, Meghan & Kerry Ryan, and Billy Ryan, daughter of the late Thomas & Elizabeth (Kane) Murphy, sister of James Murphy of North Andover, and the late Thomas Murphy, Mary Murphy, Margaret Bartel, and Sister Anna Louise Murphy.  Rita 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 Wednesday, August 31st at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Woburn Nursing Center, 18 Francis St., Woburn, MA 01801.  

Sevener, Eloise M.

August 26th, 2011

Eloise M. (Anderson) Sevener, age 83, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on Friday, August 26, 2011. 

Eloise was born and raised in east Tawas, Michigan, she was the cherished daughter of the late Russell and Marie Anderson.  Eloise was educated in Michigan and in her early years did secretarial work for the railroad.  She met the love of her life Walter Sevener, they married in September of 1946, sharing 64 years together and raising their family.  Eloise and Walter moved their family to Massachusetts 55 years ago, settling in Wilmington.

Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Eloise worked in the payroll department for the Transitron Company in Wilmington and Wakefield.  She then went on to work as a Nurses Aide for many years at the Beaconcrest Nursing Home in Lowell, Eloise loved her job and was very kind and caring to her patients.  In later years, before her health declined, Eloise worked at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Woburn Mall, before retiring several years ago.

Eloise will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, a woman of great faith, who was devoted to her family and friends.

Eloise was the beloved wife of Walter J. Sevener, devoted mother of Kenneth Sevener of Wilmington, Dan Sevener and his wife Christine of South Carolina, Karen Byron and her husband Vince of Derry, NH, Sue Ann Sevener of Billerica, and Debbie Mitrano and her husband Jerry of Billerica, loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, dear sister of Sally Hourihan and her husband John of Tewksbury, the late Betty Kauer, the late Leroy Anderson and his wife Margaret, sister-in-law of Dar Kauer of Michigan, Eloise 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 Visiting Hours on Monday, August 29th from 10 – 11 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.   Memorial donations in Eloise’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. 

Gentile, Diane T.

August 24th, 2011
Diane T. (Morgan) Gentile, age 60, of Wilmington formerly of Woburn, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at Saints Hospital in Lowell. Diane was born in Malden, MA on January 23, 1951, she was the beloved daughter of the late John & Ann (DeAvilla) Morgan. Diane was raised in Woburn, MA, and was a graduate of Woburn High School. She lived in Tewksbury before moving in with her family in Wilmington several years ago as her health declined.
Prior to retiring, Diane was a Manager for the Telephone Company for many years in Boston and Andover.
Diane will be fondly remembered for her love of family, she was devoted to her nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending time with them.
She was a true fighter for many years and didn’t let her illness get the best of her. She was very kind and caring and will be greatly missed.
Diane was the dear sister of Ann Deechan & her husband Tom of Wilmington and the late Arthur Morgan & his wife Barbara, loving aunt of Alison (Deechan) Gill, Tommy Deechan, Lisa Murphy, Jimmie Morgan, Timmy Morgan, as well as several great- nieces and nephews. Diane is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, August 29th from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Diane’s name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Mass., 101A First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.