Theresa H. Bekeritis
Theresa H. ( Leclerc) Bekeritis, 96, of Salem, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2022 at Hawthorne Hill in Danvers following a brief illness. The daughter of Elzear and Helen Leclerc, Theresa was born, raised, and deeply rooted in Salem. A student within the Salem school system, she attended Saltonstall Elementary and graduated from Salem High School in 1943. After completing her secretarial degree, Theresa worked at Pequot Mills where she climbed to become secretary to one of the executives and was proud to be one of the last employees to leave when the mill permanently shut down in 1953.
Theresa and her late husband Stanley’s love story began when they first met while walking along Lafayette Street with a mutual friend. Soon after their relationship began, Stan was drafted to WWII and upon departure, asked for Theresa’s promise to wait for his return so they could begin their life together. Married on June 27th, 1948 at St. Theresa Chapel, Stan and Theresa began their family when Rick and Rob entered their lives in May of 1960, followed by Mary in December of 1964.
A devoted spouse to her husband, she served their community through many Kiwanis events alongside Stan as he fulfilled his duties as Kiwanis President. A committed daughter, Theresa cared for her mother as she aged. A loving mother, she raised her three children with a sense of love and understanding, prioritizing her family first on everything. Theresa dedicated most of her life to caring for others and was truly the glue of her family.
Retirement days were filled with travel, BINGO, the occasional day trip to local casinos, and the joy of grandchildren. In more recent years, Theresa enjoyed playing cards with friends at the senior center, monthly dinners with her group of friends, conversing with her penpal, and even in her nineties, mastering her iPad to connect with loved ones including her friends, cousin, caretakers, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Whether through in-person card games, playing Words With Friends with her on-line acquaintances as far away as England, or social media, text, and video chat, Theresa always kept her friends, family, and social circle close.
Until her recent hospitalization, Theresa resided in the home in Salem that she and Stanley built in 1958 and would often share her cherished memories of her family.
Theresa is survived by her sons, Robert P. Beck of Salem, Richard P. Beck and wife Sheila of Auburn, NH, Mary T. Prindle of Miami, FL, grandchildren, Brianna L. Prindle of Durham, NC, Haleigh T. Prindle of Boston, Hunter A. Prindle of Miami, step-grandchildren, Cassandra Moreau and husband Jeremy and their daughter Amari of Lynn, Mackenzie Murphy and husband Brendan and their son Carter of Salem as well as dear cousin, Denise Cloutier of Beverly and nieces, Janet Loach, Elaine Rae and nephew, Jeffrey Michaels. She also leaves several devoted friends.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Hawthorne Hill of Danvers for the outstanding and compassionate care given to their mother in her final days.
Private services were held for Theresa. In lieu of flowers kindly consider a memorial contribution to My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St Lynn, MA 01901. For Guestbook and to send a message of support to her family please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.