Heim, Theresa

October 31st, 2010

Theresa M. (Denoncourt) Heim, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at the Daniels House in Reading.

Theresa was born in Cambridge, MA, on November 9, 1922, she was the cherished daughter of the late Louis J. And Marie (Tremblay) Denoncourt. Theresa grew up in Cambridge and was educated there, she enlisted in the United States Navy on January 22, 1943. Theresa was a communications specialist for the Navy and was stationed in Washington DC. She supervised six communications operators and was instrumental in breaking a Japanese code which contributed to the end of World War II. Theresa received several commendations for her service and was honorably discharged on November 13, 1945.

Theresa married Bruce C. Heim on December 15, 1945, they moved to Wilmington in 1957, together they raised five children and celebrated almost 60 years of marriage before his passing in November of 2005.

Theresa was a hard worker, she was the front desk manager at the Holiday Inn, also worked as a receptionist at the Wilmington Health Center.

Theresa was very devoted to her family, her faith, and was very much a “people person”. She ran her house with an “open door” policy and referred to her home as “God’s House”. She never turned anyone away who was in need of a safe place to stay and a hot meal. She took in exchange students from Sweden, students from her daughter’s Bible College, and the many teenagers that were in need of her help. Theresa welcomed anyone and everyone into her home, she was very charitable and giving of herself for others. Theresa also volunteered and ran a drug treatment center in Lawrence to help many teenagers get back on the right path.

Theresa was a person of faith, she was dedicated to her Christian Service and was never afraid to speak out about her faith in God and her beliefs in religion. It was with this faith that she was able to have the strength to help those in need even when it was a tough road, Theresa continued to do God’s work.

Theresa will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a true friend. She loved her family with all her heart, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t or couldn’t do for them. She had strength and courage that most of us only wish we had. She was a hard worker, a good Christian, and a proud American. She will be greatly missed by all.

Theresa was the beloved wife of the late Bruce C. Heim, devoted mother of Kenneth Heim of Greenfield, MA, Linda Cassidy & her husband William of Florida, Alan Heim & his wife Theresa of Vista, CA, Karen Surette & her husband Robert of Wakefield, and Elaine Gilson & her husband Mark of Wilmington, loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, mother-in-law of Valerie Heim, dear sister of Rosemarie Audette of Watertown, Theresa is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington from 11: a.m. – 1: 00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Theresa’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Heim, Theresa”

  1. Bonnie Hebsch and Ed Leary says:

    We were so grateful to have her all these years and she will be sadly missed. She was a strong woman and very much loved by her family. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  2. Betsy (Palmer) Feeley says:

    Lanie and family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Mary (Lyman) Gray and Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Your mom was a great lady and as one of those teens that she took under her wing I am forever thankful and grateful.

  4. Joan O'Neill says:

    Terry was an amazing woman of God, she was loved by many. I have many memories of her when I lived in MA, I’m sure she will be greatly missed. Love to the family,
    Dan & Joan O’Neill

  5. April Bruce says:

    Elaine as you know your mother was a special part of my life. She was often in my thoughts.My thoughts are with you in your time of loss.

  6. Paula (Jones) and Tapani Laine says:

    We were sorry to learn of your mother’s death, Elaine.

    There’s magic in a Mother’s touch, and sunshine in her smile.
    There’s love in everything she does to make our lives worthwhile.
    We can find both hope and courage, Just by looking in her eyes.
    Her laughter is a source of joy, her works are warm and wise.
    There is a kindness and compassion to be found in her embrace,
    and we see the light of heavenshining from a Mother’s face.

    No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you and your family, Elaine, as you grieve.

    Warmest regards,

  7. Lyndsay Heim says:

    Gramyy R.I.P I love you <33

  8. E.C. Heim says:

    God Bless

    With Warmest Regards , E.C. Heim From Indiana

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