Obituaries

Elizabeth M. Siracusa

March 4th, 2017

Elizabeth M. Siracusa, age 62, of Wilmington, passed away on March 3, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

Bett (Betty) is the beloved wife of Thomas W. Siracusa, devoted mother of Thomas W. Siracusa, Jr. & wife Lauren of Hudson, NH, Jennifer E. Greenwood & husband David of Dunstable, Daniel P. Siracusa & fiancée Courtney Conlin of Chelmsford and Elizabeth M. Siracusa & fiancée Shawn Coates of Groton, loving grandmother “Mamo” of Alexandria Greenwood, Emilie Greenwood, Hannah Siracusa, Adrianna Greenwood and Noah Coates, cherished daughter of the late Francis J. and Elizabeth M. (Cunningham) Busby, dear sister of Francis J. Busby & his wife Wendy Finsterwalder of Janesville, MN, sister-in-law of Anthony Siracusa & his wife Donna of Tewksbury. Bett is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Bett was raised in West Peabody, Massachusetts. She attended Bishop Fenwick High School and graduated in 1973.

Bett and Tom met in West Peabody when she was 15 years old. They wed on June 15, 1974 and were married for 42 years. In 1983, they moved to Wilmington, Massachusetts where they raised 4 children.

Anyone who crossed paths with Bett could easily describe her as kind hearted, selfless, loyal, generous, and fun-loving, just to name a few. These qualities shined through her sentiment of the quote, “Live, Laugh, Love”.

Bett was a devout Catholic. In her early years, she began her volunteer services with the elderly and disabled as a candy striper. From there, she continued her volunteer work through her later years as a religious education teacher, as well as a Eucharistic Minister.

Bett followed her calling to support and care for people, practicing as an LPN and later becoming an RN. She worked as an RN with so many who were very fortunate to have her in their lives, including her focuses on the elderly, the disabled, and hospice care. Bett was also able to utilize her nursing skills at American Red Cross and American Training.

Bett had a passion for music and the theater. She had many performances with Pentucket Players, with some of her all-time favorites being Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, and The Sound of Music.

Bett also loved to spend time with her family, including time at the family’s vacation home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loved her family with all her heart and was unconditionally devoted to their happiness and well-being.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bett’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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23 Entries in Guest Book for “Elizabeth M. Siracusa”

  1. Donna Guilmette says:

    Dear Jen and family. My hear felt sorrow goes out to you and your loved ones. The article was a beautiful tribute to the woman she was and had always been. I am sure that all of you will celebrate the wonderful life she lived. Prayers and love go out to all.

  2. Ralph and Jeanette De Rosa says:

    Dear Tom and family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Bett’s passing. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of you. May our Lord give all of you the strength you need for the coming days. Love and Hugs…

  3. Pam and Fred Wright says:

    Tom and family – we are so very sad that Bett’s life journey has ended. She was a very special lady, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Even though we did not see her very often, she was never far from our thoughts and prayers especially during these last couple of years. We have so many wonderful memories. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

  4. Judson Miller says:

    Tom and family…

    My heartfelt condolences and sympathy on your loss.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

    Rest in Peace Bett

    Judson Miller

  5. John & Robert says:

    Such a wonderful woman; she was always a pleasure to have on our stage! We shall miss her very much! I remember at the start of every “tech week”, before a show opened; Bett would present me and Robert with a home cooked meal in a bag; everything from “appetizers to wine”! Bett had a gift for friendship and warmth and a wonderful sense of humor! God bless all of you during this difficult time!

  6. Linda and Artie says:

    Dear Tom and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bett, our hearts are broken. We prayed so hard daily that God would heal Betty and we know how hard she fought to live. We are so thankful to have been a part of her life and will cherish all the memories. Betty was a wonderful and special women who touched the hearts of so many, she will always have a special place in our hearts, she will be dearly missed.
    May God give you all the strength you need in the coming days and years ahead. With our Deepest Symapthy and Love, Linda and Artie

  7. Roland and Susan Bates says:

    Susan and I send our deepest sympathies to all of the friends and family of Bett Siracusa. It’s hard to find words that make sense at a time like this, but please know that all of you are in our thoughts. We do find some small comfort in the knowledge that she’s not suffering anymore. Sue and I wish you the faith and strength to carry you through this most difficult time.

  8. Carolyn Kenney says:

    Dear Tom and Family,
    I am so sorry over the loss of Bett. I came to know Tom and Bett during our trip to Rome, Germany and Venice. We all had such a wonderful time and I learned a lot about your pet bird! What a dear and caring person Bett was. I will remember her fondly.
    Carolyn Kenney

  9. pam and wayne bell says:

    bett was a beautiful laughing person who always made you feel welcomed and part of the family she will be greatly missed by all who new her rip betty fly high with the angels

  10. Jane Barry says:

    Dear The Siracusa Family,

    My heart breaks for you, and all of us who were so fortunate to have known Bett. She was the most generous and kind hearted nurse I have ever known. Her joyful spirit was contagious. She was truly blessed with many wonderful qualities. Godspeed, dearest Bett.
    Jane Barry

  11. Jane Barry says:

    Dear Siracusa Family,
    Bett was one of the most generous and kindhearted nurses I have ever known. It was an honor to have had her touch my life. My sympathy to all the family in this sad loss. Godspeed dearest Bett.
    Jane Barry

  12. Lyle & Kathleen Swanson says:

    Tom and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. We are sure
    that Bett will be sorely missed by all those that knew and loved her.
    May the Lord bless her soul.

  13. Tim Barry says:

    I grew up with Bett and she spent as much time at our house as well as her house. She was like a second sister for me. My sister and Bett were close and she was always around. She would do anything for anyone. I regret that I have not seen her in a few years but you can see the person she was in one picture when she she hugging her daughter at her wedding. God Bless you Bett- the world is definitely had a big loss but it is heaven’s gain. Love you – Tim Barry

  14. Rita Barry says:

    Bett was like a second daughter to me- I loved you very much- Godspeed- Love Aunt Rita

  15. Mike Donahue says:

    My wife Kathy and I worked with Bett at the Red Cross. She was a wonderful work partner. I will miss her. We are both very sorry for your loss.

  16. Linda Kosinski says:

    Thinking of you Jenn, and all of your family on the loss of someone so special and precious! Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead. May all of your wonderful memories guide you through the difficult times.
    Love your friends at Groton Community School.

  17. Theresa & Billy Drury says:

    Tom and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

  18. Natina Perrotti says:

    Dear Jenn and family,

    Many thoughts and prayers are being sent your way during this difficult time. Know that you are loved and appreciated by so many that wish you comfort in these dark days. May you find solace in your family and knowing you have many happy days ahead.

    May the blessings be.

    GDEF Board of Directors

  19. Sarah Busby says:

    Dear Siracusa Family,
    I have so many great memories as a child at your house. Aunt Bett was always kind to everybody. I really loved her and I’m lucky to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family, I’m sorry I can’t be there for the funeral. Love all of you, Sarah and family

  20. Carole Moured says:

    To the family of the late Bett Siracusa, I offer my sincere sympathy over your loss of a wife, mother and grandmother. She’s was a comfort to me when I lost my spouse during our time we spent together at American Red Cross and I will never forget her kindness during that time. My condolences to all.

  21. Christine Adams says:

    Tom and family, so sorry for your loss. In my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Priscilla Ireson says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Bett’s passing – I had the privilege of sharing the stage with her in many Pentucket performances – her tender soul and unconditional friendship to all was a gift – I’m honored to have known her – she was a very special (and fun) person – my condolences to her family – I’m sure she will be so missed by her kids and grandbabies ??

  23. Frank West says:

    Tom and family- sorry to hear of your loss. Karen and I will keep you in our prayers! Karen and Frank West

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