Theresa Rose (Vigliante) Shelzi

April 27, 2018

CHANGE IN MASS LOCATION


Theresa Rose (Vigliante) Shelzi

Please note change in Mass location. Funeral Mass will now be celebrated in St. Barbara Parish, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m.

 in Florida, April 27th. Beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Shelzi. Loving mother of Antonia Shelzi of Belmont, MA, Joseph Shelzi, his wife Julianne of Boston, MA, Peter Shelzi of Pelham, NH, John Shelzi of Lawrence, MA, Maria Del Rio Shelzi of Madison, WI, Vincent Shelzi of Portland, ME, Dominic Shelzi, his wife Donna of North Kingstown, RI, Clare Thompson, her husband Kenneth of Westford, MA, and Damien Shelzi of Tewksbury, MA. Cherished grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 4. Dear sister of the late Ralph Vigliante, his late wife Connie and the late Gina Crea, her husband Joseph, of Brooklyn, NY, as well as survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Parish, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m. Interment is private. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday evening, May 4th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Theresa’s honor to Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Theresa Rose (Vigliante) Shelzi, 90, a longtime resident of Ipswich, died peacefully and suddenly, at her home in Florida, on Friday, April 27th. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Shelzi. 

Born in Brooklyn, Theresa was a daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (D’Amato) Vigliante. She graduated with a B.A. from St. John’s University in New York City and received Master’s Degrees from Salem State College in Early Childhood Education and Fitchburg State University in Counseling.

For many years she worked as an ESL teacher and Counselor at Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School in Tyngsborough, MA. 

Theresa enjoyed many great and lifelong friendships, her cottage in Ipswich, her Church parish families, her family, gardening, playing bridge and traveling.

She was the loving mother of Antonia Shelzi of Belmont, MA, Joseph Shelzi, his wife Julianne of Boston, MA, Peter Shelzi of Pelham, NH, John Shelzi of Lawrence, MA, Maria Del Rio Shelzi of Madison, WI, Vincent Shelzi of Portland, ME, Dominic Shelzi, his wife Donna of North Kingstown, RI, Clare Thompson, her husband Kenneth of Westford, MA, and Damien Shelzi of Tewksbury, MA. Cherished grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 5. Dear sister of the late Ralph Vigliante, his late wife Connie, of Elmira, NY, and the late Gina Crea, her husband Joseph, of Brooklyn, NY, as well as survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Parish, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Saturday, May 5th at 10. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, May 4th from 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Theresa’s honor to Catholic Charities. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

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  1. Susan (Daigle) Maxwell

    My heart breaks for the entire Shelzi family. Terri was an amazing strong, fun , loving supportive woman, who always made everyone in her life feel safe and loved. I’m so grateful to have had her in my life. She will be greatly missed by many.

  2. Kaitlin Ricketts

    I have the fondest memories of your Mom and Grandmother. She was always so enjoyable to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Kaitlin (McDevitt) Ricketts

  3. Joanne Ragwar

    Terri worked in the office next to me at Greater Lowell Tech for many years. I loved her dearly. I often told her that I wanted to be like her when I grew up. My condolences to her family.

  4. David Samatis

    I are deeply saddened of the passing of our dear close family friend.She brought so much love and joy into our lives throughout the years.I will always remember her and my mom as they traveled through life sharing their stories of life to each and all who would listen.She was always available when needed. Her devotion to her family was always top priority. My sincere condolences to The Shelzi family for your loss.May she rest in peace.

  5. JAMES MILLER

    Terri
    Thank you for the times we had through Gloria. From flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, to driving through the frozen state of New York on your way to Virginia Beach in January. Driving the 101 exploring the Missions down the California coast. You were always able to bring sunshine to any situation. And we were blessed to have you in our lives.
    As you will always be in our hearts. You will be missed.

  6. Gloria Miller

    With a heavy heart, my soul cries for the loss of a friend, and a Foster Mother. A special person, who taught me to love and enjoy life.
    Living with Terri and Joe, brought into me the light of life, family love, and how to let happiness into my life. Making me the person I am today.
    Thank you Terri, I will miss you so much.

  7. Amantha Tsaros

    We all have always thought of Theresa as part of our family. She was a wonderful and kind woman. She was Mom’s best friend and was a very special and treasured person in our lives for many many years. I am so very sorry for your terrible loss and grieve with you and wish you peace. with Love, Amantha

  8. Patti Crooks, Fred Parsons and Cullen Burns

    To my dear Saint Theresa and family:
    Fred, Cullen and myself are very saddened by the passing of our dear Terri. She was truely a great woman and one who we will never forget. As a life long family friend Terri, Joe and every Shelzi always welcomed and embraced fellowship and friendship, a smile, a hug a giggle and more often a good laugh. Joy and love was what Terri and Joe exuded and generously passed on to others. I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure of an extended stay with Terri and Toni last Summer. Terri and I enjoyed coffee, chats and pondered the incredible draft of her memoirs making it to a book. She was so proud, and with her amazing memory she cited every detail of her life… as a her and Joe’s courtship, her life as a young bride, her deadication as missionary in Mexico, her incredible family unit that she was so proud of. Terri was and will always be amazing lady, one who I just idealized and adored. I will miss our catchup and her sage wisdom and advice, but most of all her abounding love. Our hearts ache for loss, but know if ever there was a teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend and Saint… it was our dear Theresa. Rest in peace Terri till be meet again and are off on a new adventure. You will be missed and you are so loved.

  9. Jain Ruvidich-Higgins

    Theresa was more than a friend to me and I will always remember her generosity, her natural kindness and her friendship and support — they have meant the world to me. I know there are many people who will feel her loss, friends and family alike, and my heart goes out to all. Jain Ruvidich-Higgins and Dan Higgins

  10. She was one of the most wonderful people I knew. She was very dear to me and I loved her like a second mother. She will always be in my heart. Sharon Cushing

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