Theresa M. Serio


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Gloucester - Living with multiple illnesses for over 15 years, and meeting each new challenge with an unmatched fighting spirit, Theresa Serio completed her life's final chapter on March 2nd, 2019 at the age of 76. Supported by the loving care of friends, family and caregivers, her wish to remain in her childhood home was realized. The resolution to her story was a joyful one. Theresa is now at peace, reunited with her beloved sister Natalie, who she tearfully missed since her passing.
Born into a family of five siblings, Theresa was the daughter of the late Captain Sebastian Serio and Mary Serio. She was predeceased by her oldest sister, Natalie and her brother-in-law, Ambrose Lovasco, both of whom brought her much love and joy, as she often said, her happiest times were spent with them. She was also predeceased by her brother-in-law, Calvin Alden, who she loved and enjoyed teasing as a sibling. Theresa is survived by her older sister, Angelina Alden, who was devoted to her throughout all of her illnesses, her younger brother, Joseph and wife Joanne Serio of Colorado, her youngest brother, Pasquale and Robin Serio of Vermont, two special nieces, Marie Lovasco Kendall and husband Leslie, and Donna Lovasco Cross and husband, George, as well as their children and grandchildren who she treated as her own.
She is survived by many other nieces and nephews, including her "nieces-by-choice" Amy, Jennifer and Charlotte. There were also "angels" in her life, by way of deeply enduring friendships, as she leaves behind Ginny Moceri and Nat Medici, both of whom worked selflessly and tirelessly to lovingly care for her with unparalleled compassion, wanting nothing more than to bring her comfort and happiness in her final days. The entire family is deeply indebted to them. Also left behind are her caregivers and friends, without whom, remaining at home would have been impossible. A special thank you to Grace, Claire, Diane, Jean, Rhonda, Schella, Mari, and Tonna, and anyone else we may have inadvertently forgotten to mention.
Theresa had a very strong work ethic even as a child. She often would do odd jobs in her neighborhood when she was young to enable her to buy an ice cream or candy at her local corner store. Eventually, she was old enough to work in that very candy store. As time progressed, she was found working at one of the city's banks. It was here that a former teacher inspired her to go to college to pursue what would become her life's career, teaching.
She attended the University of Maine working summers on the waterfront, and then waitressing at various restaurants, with her longest tenure at the Gloucester House Restaurant, where many friendships were formed. Theresa became a popular teacher mostly due to her ability to make learning fun. She used her talents of song, dance and athleticism to direct plays at school or organize softball games. She was beloved by her students and taught in Gloucester for over 40 years. Often times she was stopped by former parents and students to reminisce. Some even surprised her with a visit when she was confined at home, which truly brightened her spirits.
The motto she lived by was to do all that you can do when you're able to do it, otherwise you will regret the things you didn't accomplish. To that end, she traveled extensively throughout the United States, South America, Mexico, and Europe. She advanced her education, she enjoyed boating, skiing and golf. Theresa loved to be out and about, touching lives, helping family, friends and even paying for a strangers groceries when she saw they were short on cash; acts of kindness well before "pay it forward" became a thing.
She helped so many to grow in ways they didn't think possible. Theresa knew life wasn't about material possessions, but by the people you choose to surround yourself with, what you did to bring them joy and make the world a better place, even if it is only a kind word.
In her final days she reflected upon her life, with no regrets, and shared her stories with a full heart.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Ann's Church, Holy Family Parish on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
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Published on March 15, 2019
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