Althea L. (Stewart) Fratus

March 9, 2016

Althea L. (Stewart) Fratus

FRATUS, Althea L. (Stewart), 90, of Burlington, Mass., and Fort Myers, Fla., left us peacefully March 9 from Danvers to rejoin her beloved “fella” and husband Ralph J. Fratus Sr. on a dance floor for two made in heaven. Amazing mother, who “loved us more”, to Lorraine and her husband Bob Sheehan of North Fort Myers, Fla.; Janice Fratus and her husband Stephen Kallock of North Andover; Ralph Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Peabody; and Ken and his wife Donna of Naugatuck, Conn. Admired and oh-so-loved Grammy to Donna and her husband Scott Vezina of Plaistow, N.H.; Rob Sheehan of Baton Rouge, La.; Michael and his wife Gwendolyn of Baton Rouge, La.; Karen and her husband Dave McCrillis of Newburyport; Kimberly Althea and her husband Kevin Dashley of Winter Park, Fla.; Kyle and his wife Margaret of Beverly; and Devin and his girlfriend Lindsey of Medford; as well as 10 step-grandchildren. Greatest of Grammies to Cameron, Austin, Alex, Andrew, Hunter, and Mone’ Sheehan; Tyler and Nicole Vezina; Althea (Lea) and Logan McCrillis; Gwenivere Dashley; and Baby Fratus (due to arrive on or near Althea’s birthday next month); as well as 10 step-great grandchildren. Cherished sister of Dorothy and her late husband Howard Deshler of Danvers; the late William Stewart and his wife Gloria of Mashpee; Ralph Stewart and his wife Rose of Watertown. Althea also leaves a treasure trove of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was raised in Cambridge by her parents Beatrice (Parrow) and Percival Stewart. Althea and Ralph lovingly brought up their own family in Somerville and then Burlington, and summered with all their loved ones at Seabrook Beach, N.H., and then Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, N.H. Althea enjoyed her final years cared for in Andover, Haverhill, and Danvers. Althea, known to many as “Peach”, will be remembered as an extraordinary banana-bread baker and candle decorator; greeting-card facilitator and dance-floor innovator; creative painter and interior designer; green-thumbed gardener and WWII munitions producer; seascape creator and impeccable homemaker; but, most of all, as a person of great will, devotion, passion for all the good in life, and enough love to make all those noted above and anyone else whose path she crossed feel blessed to have had her in their lives. Calling hours are Sunday 3-6:30 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. A Funeral Mass will be said Monday at 11 a.m. by Msgr. Roger Brady at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, followed by burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington. Her giving and caring spirit can be most honored with a donation in her name to a charity that holds a special place in your heart.


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  1. Ralph and Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace. May you find peace in knowing she is now your Shining Star who will be with you and watching over you forever.
    Cathy Burns, Somersworth, NH

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