Obituaries

Phyllis A. Amaro

July 16th, 2021

Phyllis Ann (Ryan) Amaro, age 81, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2021.

Phyllis loved growing up on Silver Lake, where she spent summers swimming and lifeguarding, and skating in the winter. She attended Wilmington Public Schools and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1958. While in school, Phyllis met her best friend, boyfriend, and the love of her life, John R. Amaro. Phyllis and John were married at St. Dorothy’s Church on October 15, 1960. Phyllis and John had three beautiful daughters: Robin, Denise, and Cherylann. Phyllis was thrilled when she became a grandmother and truly cherished the time spent with her family. She deeply loved her “grandbabies”. She treasured spending time at the cottage in New Hampshire, skiing at Pat’s Peak, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing in her tea house.

Phyllis worked in education and loved every moment of it. She always said that she never went to work; she went to school. Phyllis had a lifelong love for learning. After she retired from teaching, she returned to school to study esthetics and became a licensed esthetician. Phyllis was an avid reader and was genuinely interested in all topics. She could regularly be found with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other.

She was a talented seamstress and created beautiful wedding veils, christening gowns, countless ballet costumes, prom dresses, and outfits for her girls. She had so much fun making Halloween costumes for her beloved grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and spent her leisure time creating beautiful hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets. Many of her knitting projects were donated to churches, shelters, and military organizations. Phyllis truly had a heart of gold and a sense of humor to match. She filled a room with love and the world was a brighter place because of Phyllis.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of John R. Amaro, devoted mother of Robin Gearty & her husband Bob of Wilmington, the late Denise Amaro and Cherylann Arvanitis & her husband Peter of Epsom, NH. Loving “Grammy” of Lea Gearty, Johnny Gearty, the late Elise Gearty, Mariel Gearty & her husband Chris Colosimo, Katherine Arvanitis and Christopher Arvanitis. Cherished daughter of the late Paul T. and Alice T. (O’Brien) Ryan, dear sister of the late Paul Ryan. Phyllis was a special sister-in-law to the late Rosa Sadowski & her husband Edward and Dolores Silva & her late husband George, all of Wilmington. Phyllis was a loving aunt to Rosann (Sadowski) Guarino & her husband Mark, Leeann Sadowski, and the late Rick Silva. She also leaves behind beloved cousins and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 21 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38) Wilmington followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Phyllis’ memory to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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4 Entries in Guest Book for “Phyllis A. Amaro”

  1. Linda Novello says:

    Dear Amaro family,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was one of the nicest person, that I knew growing up in Wilmington. My prayers are with you all during this time.

    Linda Novello

  2. Beverly Berrigan says:

    So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. My son had her at the Shaween School. She was a wonderful human being. May she rest in peace.

    Beverly Berrigan

  3. tom osullivan says:

    To all of the Amaro family:

    So sorry for your loss. She was the best teacher I ever met. God Bless her soul. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Tom O’Sullivan

  4. Mary Downe says:

    Robin and Bob our deepest condolences we just now heard. Our prayers go out to you all!
    Mary and Jim Downs

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