Alfred E. Wilder
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"Decorated WWII Veteran, serving
with the Air Corps in the South Pacific"
LOWELL -- Alfred E. "Al" Wilder, 92, of Lowell, formerly of South Boston and Cambridge, died, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Willow Manor Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of Barbara Ann (Flynn) Wilder, to whom he had been married for 61 years before she passed away in September of 2012.
Born in South Boston, he was a son of the late George MacAuley Wilder and his wife, the late Sarah C. (Gill) Wilder. He was the proud and grateful father of 4 wonderful children; Sara Ellen (Wilder) Blanch of Londonderry, NH; Thomas Christopher Wilder of Lowell; Sheila Elizabeth Wilder of Billerica; and Regina Frances Wilder of Tewksbury. He is also survived by 2 loving granddaughters, Jennifer (Blanch) Carcich and her husband, Eric, of Washington, DC and Nicole (Blanch) Oliveira and her husband, Steve, of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by many loving and caring nieces and nephews.
Al was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Southwest Pacific, New Guinea and the adjacent islands and in the Philippines. He was a radio operator in the 58th squadron of the 375th Troop Carrier Group. He flew in 132 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Besides his beloved wife, he has been predeceased by his brother, Charles H. Wilder and his wife, Helen; his sister, Dorothy Donovan and her husband, John; his sister Frances Baxter and her husband, Russell; his brother, Roger J. Wilder; and his brother, Edward Wilder and his wife, Rita.
WILDER -- YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS FROM 3 UNTIL 7 P.M. ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5. ON WEDNESDAY HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. FROM THE MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 NESMITH STREET, LOWELL 978-452-6361. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, (LOWER CHURCH) 144 EAST MERRIMACK ST., LOWELL AT 10 A.M. A PROCESSION WILL FOLLOW FOR HIS BURIAL AT ST. MARY CEMETERY. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS IN HIS MEMORY MAY BE MADE TO THE PINE STREET INN, 444 HARRISON AVENUE, BOSTON, MA 02118.
Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 4, 2013