OBITUARY: Silverius J. Blonigen, Ret. Wilmington Fire Lt., 86

WILMINGTON, MA — Silverius John Blonigen ,”Sil”, Retired Wilmington Fire Department Lieutenant, of Wilmington, passed away on May 1, 2020; he was 86 years of age.

Sil was born February 23, 1934, in St. Martin, Minnesota; he was the dear son of the late Mathias and Veronica (Mayers) Blonigen. Sil grew up in a small farming community in central Minnesota and was one of seven siblings.

Sil enlisted in the Army in 1956; while serving overseas, he began exchanging letters with a young woman from Wilmington, MA, Margaret (Penny) McCabe. Those letters turned into a love story that would last over 60 years; Sil and Penny celebrated their 61st anniversary one month ago on April 4th.

After they were married, Sil and Penny moved out to Minnesota on one of the Blonigen family farms. After a few years, they moved back to the east coast and settled in Wilmington. There they built a home and raised six children. Family was the most important thing to Sil, he loved and cherished his children, then his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Outside of his family, Sil’s greatest pride was becoming a lieutenant in the Wilmington Fire Department. Sil will always be remembered as a man who could fix anything with nothing. He was constantly at one of his children’s homes, working on some type of home improvement project.

Sil and Penny loved to travel. Summers were spent driving out to Minnesota in their station wagon with all 6 kids. Later on, they took trips to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Hawaii. They went on several cruises; a favorite was Alaska.

Sil was the beloved husband of Margaret “Penny” (McCabe) Blonigen; devoted father of Marlene Moran and her late husband Jack of Wilmington, Robert Blonigen and his wife Brenda of Newington, NH, Veronica (Bonnie) DiOrio and her husband Chris of Wilmington, Diane Consigli and her husband David of Medway, Elaine MacKinnon and her husband Dan of Wilmington, and Gary Blonigen and his wife Melanie of Wilmington. Sil was the loving grandfather of Matt Blonigen and his wife Rachel, Jaclyn McGowan and her husband James, Dean Moran, Daniel and Justin MacKinnon, Lisamarie and CJ DiOrio, David Consigli and his wife Carly, Brianna, Nicole and Anthony Consigli, Marissa, Kayla and Zachary Blonigen, the late Michael and Ashley Blonigen and his great-grandsons Mathias and David Blonigen and Declan McGowan (due June 2020). He was the dear brother of Clarence Blonigen and his wife Annella, Dolores Pundsack, Tillie Bussman and her husband Bernard, the late Raymond Blonigen, Leander Blonigen and Bernadine Jacobson. Sil was the brother-in-law of Darleen Blonigen, Annette Blonigen, Will Murphy, Patricia McCabe and Nancy Murphy. Sil is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Blonigen family will hold private services at this time. A celebration of Sil’s life will be held at a later date; please follow our website for updated information at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sil’s memory may be made to the Town of Wilmington, please put in the memo line Wilmington Fire Dept. and mail to Wilmington Fire Department, Attn: Chief Cavanaugh, 1 Adelaide St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Silverius J. Blonigen, Ret. Wilmington Fire Lt.
Silverius J. Blonigen, Ret. Wilmington Fire Lt.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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