Theresa (Bourgeois) Bekeritis
Theresa (Bourgeois) Bekeritis, 80, wife of John J. Bekeritis, died
Monday, August 27, 2012 with four generations of family spending
extended periods of time with her at the Kaplan Family Hospice House
in Danvers, celebrating her life in the family atmosphere that she
had created and so enjoyed.
in Salem December 13, 1931, “Tootsie” was the daughter of the late
Hector and Exilda (Dupuis) Bourgeois. Married in 1950 she moved to
Ryal Side in Beverly where she and John raised their seven children.
Many July 4th holidays and pool parties filled their
summers with friends and extended family. With her sense of humor
and laughter, Theresa made everyone feel welcomed and a part of her
large family. Tootsie belonged to a crochet club that evolved into a
core group of special Tuesday Friends that lasted for decades.
addition to her husband of sixty-two years, she is survived by her
seven children and spouses, Kristine and Patrick Glennon, Cheryl and
David Clark, all of Ipswich, Steve and Carla Bekeritis of Danvers,
Amy Bonaiuto and Michael Davidson of Ipswich, Julie and David
Sullivan of Peabody, Paul and Julia Bekeritis of Ipswich and John
(Jay) Bekeritis of Gloucester. “Memere” was also blessed with
sixteen grand children, Stephanie and husband Dan, Nicole, Jared and
wife Carly, Mallory and fiancée’ David, Eric and wife Dana, Adelle
and husband George, Anne, Audrey, Jill, Amanda, Mikey, Ben, Sydney,
Jacob, Cole, Kate, and four great-grand children Mya, Hanna,
Adrianne and Jackson. She is also survived by her brothers, Edmond
Bourgeois and his wife Jan of WA, and Leon Bourgeois of FL
and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late
Visiting hours will be Thursday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are
respectfully welcomed. All other arrangements will be private.
lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to
the Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street,
Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 and or to the Foundation Fighting
Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297-0495.