Wiberg, Dorothy

February 27th, 2010

wiberg, dorothy

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 (, a nonprofit organization that provides income-producing animals to developing countries–two of Dorothy’s favorite organizations.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Wiberg, Dorothy”

  1. Denis and Paul Webster-Greene says:

    Dorothy will be fondly remembered for her zest for life. The many things that were important to her revolved around family, friends, music and books. Her passion in these areas were what made her such a joy to be around…she will be missed…it is our hope that heaven will be a HUGE library for Dorothy…with LOTS of music…

  2. Doreen (Cunningham) Goyette says:

    Rest in peace “Aunt Dot”. I have many happy memories of you from my childhood. My condolences to Hugo, Wendy and Heidi.

  3. Laura (Gerhartz) McCormack says:

    Wendy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and feel your pain. Our Dad also passed yesterday afternoon. We can only hope they are in a better place, happy and healthy again.

    May God Always be with them and keep them safe.

    God Bless
    The Gerhartz Family

  4. John Gerhartz says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, she was a wonderful neighbor to my Dad, cherish the memorys of her and the good times spent with family. God Bless You All. Johnny Gerhartz

  5. Laurel Toole says:

    I worked with Dot at the Wilmington Library. She was a joy to work with–such a wonderful sense of humor! I know how important her children and grandchildren were to her. I hope your memories of her give you solace. I am sorry for your loss.
    Laurel Toole

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