WILMINGTON, MA — Norma J. “Jean” (Andrews) Wiberg, age 85, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018 at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading.
Jean was born on March 28, 1932 in Somerville, MA. She was raised and educated in Cambridge where she graduated from the then Cambridge High & Latin School in 1949.
Jean met Sven Joseph Wiberg at the Salvation Army in Cambridge as band mates. The first time she saw him she knew he was the one. They married in 1953. In 1960 they settled in Wilmington where they raised their four children in the historic Silas Buck House. They cared for the house and tended a beautiful landscape with fruit trees and a large vegetable garden. They built a treehouse and a tire swing on one of the old apple trees. Birds and animals, from squirrels to foxes, still love their yard!
Jean loved food and cooking. She had a long career in food service, beginning at Big Joe’s in Wilmington Center and then as a “cafeteria lady” at the Wilmington Regional Health Center. There she made lifelong friends who shared her love of food. After retiring, her passion for cooking expanded to include studying and collecting cookbooks from the likes of Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Lidia Bastianich to enhance her already well-recognized culinary expertise. Jean’s talents didn’t stop there. She crocheted, knitted, and quilted by hand. Jean made many beautiful quilts – the birth of each grandchild was welcomed with a unique handmade quilt.
Jean and Sven enjoyed travel; some of their favorite trips included those to Italy and France. They joined their children and grandchildren many times in Aruba, soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm Caribbean waters. She loved her large extended family; it was the most important thing to her. Her home was the gathering place for many family get-togethers. Jean will be missed by all who sat at her table.
Jean was the beloved wife of the late Sven J. Wiberg, devoted mother of Linnea W. Garcia & her husband Raul of Wellesley, MA, Sven D. Wiberg & his wife Patricia of North Hampton, NH, Leslie A. Wiberg of Newmarket, NH, and Karen E. Wiberg of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Nana” of Andrew, Elizabeth, Sven Michael, Michaela, Liam, Grace, Richard, Abigail, and great-grandchildren Eli, Wolfgang, Opal, and Zebulon. Cherished daughter of the late Leslie and Emma (Babcock) Andrews, dear sister of the late Warren Andrews. Sister-in-law of Joan Andrews of Tewksbury, Mary Long of Washington, Margaret “Peg” Reid of Connecticut, and Peter Wiberg of Maine. Jean is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Friday, February 23rd from 3-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to the Sawtelle Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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