Obituaries

Lane, Louise

April 26th, 2011

Louise E. Lane, age 87, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Louise was born in Everett, MA on September 23, 1923, she was the cherished daughter of the late Arthur B. and Louise (Crowley) Lane. Louise grew up in Melrose and was educated there, she went on to attend North Shore Music Academy where she studied the Piano, Organ, and Violin. Louise also went to Essex Agricultural School where she got her certificate in Floral Design.

Louise lived with her sister Pauline in Malden for 40 years, she worked in the School Department for the City of Malden as a Girls Matron for many years.

Louise’s passion for music led her teach many youngsters in Malden to play the Piano, Organ, and her favorite the Violin, which she played throughout her entire life.

Louise moved with her sister to Wilmington over 25 years ago and she quickly became involved in the community. Louise was a member of the Wilmington Senior Center and an active communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church where she worshiped and made many friends.

Louise would often be seen around town driving relatives and friends to various appointments or do their shopping, she was always willing to help others. In her spare time she enjoyed being outdoors gardening and spending time with her animals.

Louise also came from a close knit family who loved to vacation together and share many family holidays and celebrations.

Louise will be fondly remembered as a woman of great faith, a wonderful lady with a great smile, who will be missed.

Louise was the dear sister of Pauline N. Lane of Wilmington and the late Irene Fryou, she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, April 28th from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial donations in Louise’s name may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 4 Forest St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Fisher, Robert

April 25th, 2011

Robert L. Fisher, age 66, a resident of Wilmington for over 40 years died unexpectedly at home on Monday, April 25, 2011.

Robert was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, on September 16, 1944, he was the cherished son of the late Lester W. and Mary Evelyn (Roche) Fisher.

Robert was the beloved husband of Joanne M. (Fiumara) Fisher, together they shared over 44 years of marriage, raised a beautiful family, and were very dedicated to each other.

Robert was the devoted father of Robert L. Fisher II and his wife Angela of Manchester, NH, Mary Frances Fisher of North Andover and her companion Timothy O’Brien of Salem, NH, Deborah Ann Eason and her husband Joseph of Pelham, NH, Colleen Marie McVey and her husband Steve of Parker AZ, and the late Joanne Evelyn Fisher, loving “Granddad” of Maya and Grace Fisher, Ryan, Kelci, and Michael Eason. Robert was very devoted to his family and he will be greatly missed. Robert is now at peace and is reunited with his Angel in heaven.

Robert was also a very proud American, he served in the United States Army in Korea, during the Vietnam War. Robert put himself in harms way for the safety of his fellow comrades, he continually swept mine fields and saved many soldiers lives. Robert was awarded many commendations for his service including the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Soldiers Medal which is given for the highest honor of Heroism and Valor.

Robert was a dedicated employee for the United States Postal Service for over 35 years.

At the family’s request Funeral Services will be private.

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

Anderson, Ellen

April 24th, 2011

Ellen F. (Coughlin) Anderson, age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Ellen was born and raised in Chelsea, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Frank and Alice E. (Rourke) Coughlin.

Ellen was the beloved wife of Robert D. Anderson for over 51 years, she is also survived by her dear sister Maureen Trunfio of Florida, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends gathered for a Graveside Service on Wednesday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m. in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, MA.

Memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.

McNevin, Alice

April 24th, 2011

Alice B. (Doyle) McNevin, age 72, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, died peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the Winchester Hospital. Alice was born on February 7, 1939, in Woburn, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late John J. and Catherine E. (Duran) Doyle. Alice was raised and educated in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Alice married the love of her life Edward T. “Ned” McNevin on April 23, 1960. Alice and Ned purchased their first home in Wilmington where they resided for over 40 years, but they never forgot their roots in Woburn and still maintained close ties with their family and friends. Alice and Ned had a great life, together they raised two wonderful daughters, enjoyed five granddaughters, and shared over 42 years of marriage before Ned’s passing in August of 2002.

Alice was very ambitious, she started her career working for the Phone Company, she also worked at MIT/Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, for several years she was a switchboard operator at Winchester Hospital, and finished her career as an Operations Specialist for Clarke and Reid Moving Company.

In her spare time Alice enjoyed knitting and was an amateur scrap booker, but her real passion was bowling. Alice was a professional candlepin bowler, she bowled in many leagues in Woburn and Stoneham. Alice also taught others to bowl and was in charge of the children’s bowling league in Stoneham.

Alice will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family, they were the light of her life, and she enjoyed being a wife, mother, and especially a grandmother. Although she missed her husband terribly, she filled her life spending as much time with “her girls” as possible, together they made many special memories to last for years to come.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. “Ned” McNevin, devoted mother of Diane A. (McNevin) Parsons and her husband Mark of Derry, NH and Christine M. (McNevin) DeSesa and her husband John of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Jennifer L. Harinandan and her husband Randy, Melissa A. Parsons, Dianne A., Jacqueline M., and Katherine P. DeSesa, dear sister of Robert Doyle and his wife Barbara of Hampstead, NH, the late Kathryn Carpenter, James Doyle, John Doyle, and Evelyn Flynn, Alice 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 Thursday, April 28th 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, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 27th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Alice’s name may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Voner, Rita

April 19th, 2011

Rita M. (Murphy) Voner, age 90, a long-time Wilmington resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Wingate of Andover following a brief illness.

Born in Boston, MA, on September 1, 1920, Rita was the cherished daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Jones) Murphy. Rita grew up in East Boston and was educated there, she moved to Wilmington over 53 years ago, where she became a very active member of St. Dorothy’s Parish.

Rita was recognized as one of the first cashiers of DeMoulas Market in Wilmington and also worked for Compugraphic in Wilmington until she retired.

Rita enjoyed traveling to Maine, vacationing with her daughter and family, and traveling with her devoted son Michael on their many excursions to Conway, New Hampshire and all over Germany when he was in the Air Force. Rita was a devoted mother and loving grandmother, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. “Love You Ma Forever”.

Rita was the beloved mother of Mary E. (Torredimare) Hall and her husband Arthur J. Hall of Livermore, ME, formerly of Wilmington, the late Carole J. Cote and her husband Robert Cote of Billerica, and the late Michael E. Voner of Wilmington, loving grandmother Michael J. Hall of Livermore, ME, Trooper Joseph F. Hall and his wife Debra of Lunenburg, Jeffrey Cote of Boston, the late Kimberly Jean Hall of Fayette, ME, and great-grandchildren Jessica Lynn and Michael Anthony Hall of Maine and their mother Cynthia LaMarca, Taylor and Nicholas Hall of Lunenberg, dear sister of the late Dorothy Barry and Helen Huskins, Rita is also survived by her loving friends Dorothy Hall, Jean Gill, and Leslie Forristall, as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 26th 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 to follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, April 25th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to St. Dorothy’s Church.

Butt, Mabel

April 14th, 2011

Mabel Kirby Butt, age 102, of a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 14, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

Mabel was born on October 9, 1908 in Newfoundland, Canada, she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Jane (Evely) Kirby. Mabel grew up in Canada and was educated there, she moved to the United States in 1926, settling in Cambridge with relatives. Mabel, being ahead of her time, attended Fisher Junior College in Boston, graduating with a degree in Business, and at the time of her death was recognized as the oldest living graduate.

Mabel accepted a job at Filenes Department Store in Boston in the high end dress department known as the “French Shoppe”, where her sales skills, personality, and devotion to her clients was remarkable.

Mabel married the love of her life William Fraser Butt in 1935, they had a wonderful life and shared 62 years of marriage before his passing in 1997. Mabel and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1941, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Bill started his own contracting business in Wilmington with Mabel at his side, they worked hard and built great business and had a reputation that was well respected. Mabel and Bill let others in their families know how much they loved Wilmington which resulted in many others family members settling in town.

Upon moving to Wilmington, Mabel joined the Wilmington United Methodist Church, she quickly became involved in her church community. She was very active in coordinating church suppers and was a big part of the annual church fairs, which she made countless gifts to be raffled off or sold. Mabel was also a member of the Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Women’s Circle, the Garden Club, and the Wilmington Women’s Club, she was always doing for others and volunteering at their many fund raisers.

In her spare time, Mabel enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crafts, which she was very talented at, she also was a great cook and baker, making the best bread that her family and friends have ever tasted. She also enjoyed traveling, taking road trips, and boating in Essex and up the East Coast with her husband Bill.

Most important in Mabel’s life was her family, she was a devoted wife, a great mother, and a loving grandmother, there wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for them. She made many holiday’s memorable and was also interested in their everyday lives. Mabel made each member of her family feel special and she loved them unconditionally, they will miss her dearly and feel blessed to have had her in their lives for so many years.

Mabel was the beloved wife of the late William “Frazer” Butt, devoted mother of Paul K. Butt & his wife Donna and Joan L. Tuxbury & her late husband David all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Karen Butt, Kristen May & her husband Andrew, John Butt & his wife Shannon, Carolyn Pensavalli & her husband Domenic, Scott Tuxbury & his wife Jennifer, and great-grandchildren Jack, Lauren, Carson & Nolan Butt, Cooper & Avery May, Sydney & Christopher Pensavalli, and Madeleine & Jack Tuxbury, dear sister of Donald Kirby & his wife Minnie of Wilmington, the late Anne Parsons, Florence Roberts, Max Kirby, Lillian Kirby, Leander Kirby, Cecil Kirby, and Flora Kirby, Mabel is also survived by many nieces & nephews and her sister-in-law Min Kirby of Kansas.

Visiting hours were held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 18th from 6-8 p.m. Mabel’s Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Interment took place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Mabel’s name may be made to the United Methodist Women, c/o Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Smith, Helen

April 13th, 2011

Helen T. (Tobin) Smith, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Helen was the beloved wife of William F. Smith, devoted mother of Colleen McKenzie of Holbrook, Sean Smith & his wife Jeanne of Walpole, and Noreen “Noni” Smith & her husband Jim Surette of Chelmsford, loving grandmother of Mike and Lori McKenzie, Jacquelyn, Kevin, and Andrew Smith, Carly and Nik Surette, and great-granddaughter Scarlett, cherished daughter of the late Daniel and Anne (McCarthy) Tobin, dear sister of Mary and Margaret Tobin both of Hingham, the late Anna Buckley and Richard Tobin.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church at 12:00 noon. Due to allergies, it has been requested to refrain from wearing any perfumes, colognes, or fragrances of any kind. Interment to follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at a later date.

Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Bova, Mary

April 10th, 2011

Mary (DiStasio) Bova, 91 years young, formerly of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, April 10, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at the Steven-Bennett House in Haverhill.

Mary was born in the North End of Boston on June 26, 1919, she was the cherished daughter of the late Vincenzo and Carmela (Catalano) DiStasio.

Mary was a talented seamstress in Boston for many years before moving with her family to Wilmington. She was a sales clerk at Simons in Wilmington and then at Stuarts Department Store in Tewksbury, prior to retiring. Mary was a member of the Tewksbury Council on aging and a long time volunteer for the Tewksbury Senior Center.

Mary was always her happiest surrounded by her family and she enjoyed cooking for all. Her recipes will be forever cherished and enjoyed.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Bova, devoted mother of Diana Hubbard and her husband Donald of Atkinson, NH, and Denise Elworthy and her husband Stephen of Merrimacport, MA, loving grandmother of Donald Hubbard, Jr., Joseph Hubbard, Brian Elworthy, Craig Elworthy, Kelly Elworthy, and six great-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dear sister of the late Ricco DiStasio, Susie Coluccio, Anthony “Kayo” DiStasio, Jennie Trippiedi, Angie Palmisanno-Walsh, Carmela Venezia, and James DiStasio.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 13th 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, April 12th from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Duggan, Francis

April 9th, 2011

Francis M. Duggan, Sr., “PeeWee”, age 73, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a courageous battle with cancer.

PeeWee was born in Lowell, MA, on July 28 1937, he was the dear son of the late John W. And Margaret (Howes) Duggan, he grew up in Wilmington and was educated there. PeeWee enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 18, 1955, he served the country proudly during the Korean War and was discharged from Mitchel Air Force Base in New York in February of 1959. He returned to his roots in Wilmington and he joined the local Veterans Organizations, he remained a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Wilmington for many years.

PeeWee was a hard worker, he worked in construction all his life and was a member of Local 88 Tunnel Worker’s Union in Boston when he retired.

PeeWee enjoyed going with his brothers to the races in Daytona, Florida or to see the “Outlaws” in Pennsylvania. He also loved following sports of any kind, football, baseball, hockey, you name it he watched it.

PeeWee loved the outdoors, he spent lots of time at his camp in Conway, NH, with his family and friends, where they enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. PeeWee’s family and friends have lots of great memories of their times together in New Hampshire that they will cherish.

PeeWee was a devoted family man, he was a wonderful husband of 53 years to Beverly, a devoted dad to Bruce and Frank, Jr., father-in-law to Dawn, and a special “Grampy” to his favorite granddaughter Mindy, she was the light of his life. PeeWee also came from a large family, he enjoyed visiting with his brothers and sisters and reminiscing about old times and making plans for their next trip to the races, he was a good uncle to countless nieces and nephews and a good friend to many, he will be missed dearly.

PeeWee is survived by his beloved wife Beverly A. (Bryant) Duggan, his sons Frank Duggan, Jr. of Hollywood, CA, and Bruce Duggan & his wife Dawn of Wilmington, loving “Grampy” of Mindy Duggan, dear brother of Hank Duggan, Kay Reinold, Mary Bambarito, John Duggan, Tom Duggan, Billy Duggan, Gene Duggan, and Michael Duggan all of New Hampshire, Peggy Melvin of Florida, Joseph Duggan and Grace Carroll of Wilmington, Jimmy Duggan and Charlie Duggan of Tewksbury, PeeWee is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, April 14th at 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 13th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Francis’ name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Lahey Clinic Cancer Research, c/o Philanthropy Dept., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

Burns, Richard

April 9th, 2011

Richard R. Burns Jr. “Coach”, of Billerica, formerly of Reading, age 55, passed away April 9, 2011 at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with malignant melanoma.

Loving husband of Suzanne M. (McGrath) Burns, devoted father and hero to Ian P. Burns, beloved son of Richard R. & Virginia (Hamilton) Burns of Lynnfield, dear brother of Susan Maroni & her husband Tom of North Reading, Michael Burns of Danvers, Judy Turrene & her husband Paul of Reading, and Peter Burns & his wife Kate of Wakefield, brother in-law of John & Patrice McGrath of Walpole, Marianne Howard of Woburn, Bryan McGrath of Agawam, James & Andrea McGrath of Ashburnham, and Paul & Anne McGrath of Ontario, Canada. Rich is also survived by 24 nieces and nephews, one great nephew and his great-niece “his sweetie pie” and will be sorely missed by his constant companion Clancy.

Rich coached the Merrimack Valley River Rats. He was a former hockey coach for Reading Youth Hockey, former director of the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play program with Reading Youth Hockey.

Family and Friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 12th at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Wood End Cemetery, Reading. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 11th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ian Burns Educational Fund, c/o Reading Cooperative Bank, 352 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.