Theresa A. (Hanlon) Buckley of Maynard, 84, passed away on Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2013 with her son Bill and daughter Theresa holding her hands after suffering greatly from protracted and debilitating failing health for the previous six months. Theresa was an extremely pious, holy, and deeply Catholic woman who devoted her entire life to prayer, particularly to praying the Rosary; to attending mass daily; and to serving God by teaching CCD classes for over forty years and by counseling and ministering to countless souls throughout her life and during her 30 years as a Sr. Human Resources Manager at the beloved Digital Equipment Corporation, founded by the late Ken Olsen in Theresas hometown of Maynard, MA. At Digital, Theresas unmatched work ethic and her indomitable spirit and uncanny business sense enabled her to rise quickly from the pool of countless secretaries to receive her Masters in business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute alongside many of Digitals top engineers and to ultimately support Ken Olsen and his senior staff as their Human Resources Manager, a formidable feat for a woman who had a very humble start in life as she grew up in Somerville, MA as one of eight children in a large Italian/Irish family of little means. During her life and her career, Theresa always spoke her mind with brutal honesty and with plain, unambiguous language that was tempered with a humble and devout countenance; suffice it to say that you always knew exactly how she felt regarding any person or any matter she commented on. Theresa was a very innocent yet vivacious and physically active child | characteristics she retained until her death | who grew up with a speech impediment that she ultimately self-corrected, again, through her perseverance and uncanny resourcefulness. As a young woman growing up in the humble, working class environs of Somerville, MA Theresa played with her beloved handmade paper dolls for hours, the only toys she had. A devout parishioner of St. Clements Church in Somerville, where she would later marry her beloved husband Bill, Theresa longed to become a nun and enter the convent, but God had other plans for her. As a young woman, Theresa was very active and athletically-inclined and enjoyed being a cheerleader for Somerville High with her girlfriend Eleanor Crowley; she would also frequently go to dances in Boston | which was popular in the early 1950s -- with her three sisters Mary, Eileen, and Peggy and it was at one such dance that she met her husband, William Buckley from Arlington, MA, with whom she had three children, Marguerite, Theresa, Jr., and Bill, Jr., and to whom she was married from July 5, 1952 until Bills death in October, 2008. Theresas four brothers, Francis, Jr., Jimmy, Johnny, and Eddie lovingly watched over their four sisters and helped provide for their large and impoverished family of ten, even in their younger years. Theresa dearly and deeply loved both her mother Mary (Imbimbo) Hanlon and her beloved father Francis Hanlon; Theresas mother Mary came to America from Avaleno, Italy in 1909 and married Theresas father Francis Hanlon, a very Irish boy. Theresa called to her mumma on her deathbed and by all accounts, it appeared as though she was speaking to her. As is befitting such a holy and decent woman, Theresa was given the last rites of the Catholic Church and was prayed over by several very holy priests as she endured her final agony and passed from this world; among them were Fr. John Prusaitis, Pastor of St. Bridget Church in Maynard, MA, which was Theresas parish since 1964; Fr. Jean-Pierre Aubin, former priest at St. Bridget Church and family friend; Deacon John Pepi of St. Bridget; and particularly, Father James Doran, a very devout Catholic monk from the St. Benedict Abbey in Harvard, MA whose prayers sent Theresa on her way to Heaven on the afternoon of September 19th, as he prayed the Litany of Saints over her dying body and then commended Theresas spirit to God. Theresa is survived by her sisters Mrs. Eileen Boudreau and Mrs. Margaret Roch; by her brother, Mr. Edward Hanlon; by her three children, Ms. Marguerite Vardman, Mrs. Theresa Buckley Garrod, and Mr. William J. Buckley, Jr., and by her granddaughter, Ms. Julie Terlemezian. Visiting hours will be held at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (rt. 111) Acton, MA on both Thursday and Friday evenings, Sept. 26th and 27th, from 6 to 8 PM, (see the website actonfuneral home.com
for directions and details). Funeral Mass is Saturday, Sept. 28th at 10 AM at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard, MA. Interment will follow the funeral Mass at St. Bridget Cemetery, rt. 117, Maynard, MA.