Theresa M. Surette

June 22nd, 2020

Theresa M. Surette (Pagliarulo), age 99, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2020.

Theresa was born on November 27, 1920, in Boston, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Euplio and Filomena (Staffero) Pagliarulo. Theresa was raised and educated in East Boston, MA and a graduate of East Boston High School. Theresa enjoyed being part of a large and loving Italian family and the last of her 11 siblings to pass.

On June 1, 1941, Theresa married “the love of her life and best friend” Walter Surette; the couple raised three wonderful daughters, Jean, Theresa and Nancy. They resided in Revere and Chelsea for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1958. Theresa was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she along with her husband Walter shared many wonderful times together with their family and friends throughout the years. Theresa and Walter had a wonderful 50th anniversary celebration before his passing in November of 1991.

Theresa was a hard worker and incredibly talented; she was a seamstress in Boston and East Boston for many years before taking a position at Diamond Crystal in Wilmington where she worked for 10 years. Theresa had an endearing personality; she was very well liked by her co-workers.

Theresa’s talents didn’t end there, she was known for the beautiful pieces that she embroidered, crocheted, quilted and the many crafts that she made. Theresa made countless gifts for her family and friends; all pieces to be treasured for generations to come.

In her later years, Theresa became very active at the Wilmington Senior Center; she took part in their many activities, fairs, trips and enjoyed spending time with her friends and socializing.

Theresa will be fondly remembered as a lovely lady; she was talented, kind and caring towards others. Theresa’s strength was incredible; she was unwavering in her optimism as a two time cancer survivor and a true example for others to strive for. Theresa will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.

Theresa was the beloved wife of the late Walter W. Surette, devoted mother of M. Jean Cole and her late husband Richard formerly of Wilmington, Theresa A. Morin and her late husband Donald of Windham, NH, formerly of Tewksbury and Nancy M. Boutwell and her late husband Earle of Tewksbury. Loving Nana of Jean Marie Cole, Richard Cole, Robert Cole, Karen Kwiatkowski, Laurie Chadbourne, Michael Morin, Lisa Park, Michelle Johnson, Scott Boutwell and Kelly Boutwell. She is further survived by her 24 Great-Grandchildren and 8 Great-Great-Grandchildren as well as her many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, June 25th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA at 12;30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. All guests attending Visiting Hours and Mass are required to wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Ste. 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

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2 Entries in Guest Book for “Theresa M. Surette”

  1. Arlene A Tallberg says:

    Jean, Theresa and Nancy; I am so sorry for the loss of your Dear Mother! She has outlived all her siblings and almost all of her siblings in law. Such large and fun Gatherings! Many photographed by my Dad! I think she must have taught my Mom the Secrets to meatballs and gravy! Not bad for a Frenchwoman, my mom! She was a very dignified woman. God Bless her Big Heart!
    Your Cousin Arlene Tallberg

  2. Terri Bowen Miner says:

    Dear Jean, Terry and Nancy,
    Was never a time that your beloved Mom and Dad did not make me feel as if I was part of your family…….Always welcomed with laughs and smiles………she and your Dad were very special people…….May she Rest in Peace…….. .

    With sincere sympathy,
    Terri Bowen Miner

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