Theresa M. Brown, 91

STONEHAM, MASS. — Theresa M. Brown, 91, of Stoneham, Mass. and Harrison, Maine, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Theresa was the beloved wife of Robert E. Brown and was married to the love of her life for over 60 years before Robert’s death in 2007. Theresa was the loving mother of Pamela Brown Griffin and her husband Joseph of Middleton, Robin Ann Brown Seymour and her husband Emile of Fitchburg. Theresa was “Nana” to her grandchildren Joseph and Geneva Griffin whom she adored; sister of Robert E. Dionne of Fresno, Calif. She was predeceased by her parents Adellard and Stella Dionne; in-laws Henry and Geneva Brown; brothers William Hines and Roland Dionne; and brother-in-law Harry Violette. Without Theresa’s dedicated friend of four years, Mary Santoro, it would have been impossible to keep Theresa at home to let her live out her days surrounded by her family — Mary was Theresa’s best friend.

Theresa’s life was like a modern day fairy tale. She married her sweetheart Robert when she was 17 and he was 16. They built a life together in Stoneham, where they raised their family. She spent summers in Maine for many years, helping her husband build their cottage on the shores of Long Lake, where they coveted time spent with family and tending a huge vegetable garden. Theresa was a consummate homemaker and was well-known as an avid reader, chef, seamstress, crafter, power walker, snow-skier, water-skier, and square dancer. She was a baker extraordinaire, who loved to whip up homemade desserts and chocolate chip cookies for her family. Theresa lived to love and care for her family. Her kindness and innocence will be her legacy. Smooth sailing mom and “do-si-do,” till we meet again, you will remain in our thoughts and hearts everyday of our lives.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (Rt. 28), Stoneham on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Northumberland Cemetery, Groveton, N.H.

Please consider making donations in Theresa’s memory to VNA Hospice, 100 Trade Center G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

For directions, information and online condolences please visit www.barilefuneral.com. For further information, please visit www.facebook.com/BarileFamilyFuneralHome

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