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Theresa 'Terry' Dandrata
September 16, 2022


Theresa "Terry" Dandrata
5/24/1922 - 9/16/2022

Theresa “Terry” Dandrata, aged 100, passed away comfortably at her home on September 16th, surrounded by her family.Terry was born in Brockton on May 24, 1922 to the late Rose (Vescio) Caledonia and Dominic Caledonia. She was predeceased by her four siblings: Samuel Caledonia, Bruno Caledonia, Joan Janaro, and Etta Moses.

Terry was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Dominic J. Dandrata. Terry and Dominic were blessed with 6 daughters: Ellen Etchings and her husband Kevin Campbell of Middleboro, Joan Dandrata-Jackman and her husband Bruce Jackman of Brockton, Linda Dandrata Apostolon of Middleboro, Sylvia Dandrata and her husband Bob Ernst of Needham, Marianne McCarthy and her husband Joseph of Medford, and Theresa Monaghan and her husband Robert of Bridgewater.

She was blessed with 11 wonderful grandchildren: Theodore Etchings and his wife Donna of Westwood, Kimberly Etchings of Pembroke, Derek Jackman and his husband Timothy Deer of Boston, Deanna Apostolon and her husband Antonio Rea of Bridgewater, Brian Apostolon and his wife Danielle of Raynham, Jessica Ernst and her husband Paul Mayer of Roslindale, Bobby Ernst of Boston, Joseph McCarthy and his wife Bridget of South Windsor, CT., Michael McCarthy and his wife Jennifer of Malden, Billy Reardon of Brockton, and Brooke Pagan and her husband Ruben of Brockton.

Also, Terry was the proud great grandmother to 6 great grandchildren: Cameron Etchings, Adriana Rea, Francesca Rea, Niko Apostolon, Joseph McCarthy, and Ann McCarthy.

Terry was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to her family. Of the many enduring gifts she bestowed on her family, the great pride and joy “Nonna” took in cooking and baking for children, grandchildren, and great children will stand the test of time. In that vein, she generously shared her childhood memories of her years living in Reggiana, Calabria.

Terry enthusiastically lived life; she was an avid champion bowler for many happy years in the Westgate Women’s Bowling League. She spent many happy days boating and camping, walking, and biking along the Cape Cod Canal, with her husband, and always with their beloved dog, Prince in tow. Terry valued her time as manager at Kempton’s, a women’s apparel store, for many years.

Above all, Terry was a people person; loved and admired by all who knew her.
We miss her already.

Visitation will be held at the Conley Funeral Home 138 Belmont Street Brockton, MA on Thursday September 22 , 2022 from 4-7pm. The procession will gather at the funeral home of Friday September 23, 2022 at 9:30 for a 10:30 am Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton.

Our family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the wonderful people at Old Colony Elder Services of Brockton, Home Health Resources, and the Brockton VNA Hospice for their dedicated care and support.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Old Colony Elder Services or the Brockton VNA.

Brockton Visiting Nurse Association
500 Belmont Street, Suite 200
Brockton, MA 02301-4985


Old Colony Elder Services
144 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

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Conley Funeral & Cremation Service
138 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301