Theresa Ferrara, 96, of Marlborough

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Marlborough – Theresa (Pavento) Ferrara, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Sterling.? Her husband of 36 years, Vincent V. Ferrara, died in 1982.

She leaves two children, Vincent A. Ferrara of Framingham and Christine Ferrara Mason and her husband James Mason of Sterling; three grandchildren, Jacob Mason, Vincent J. Ferrara, and Kristina Ferrara, and their mother, Pamela Ferrara; and many beloved? nephews, nieces, and cousins here and in Italy. She was one of five siblings, Josephine Masciarelli, Celia Masciarelli, Antonio Pavento, and Gus Pavento. She is survived by her brother, Gus Pavento and wife Vickie of Naples, Fla.

Theresa was born March 3, 1918, in Milford, the daughter of Michael and Louisa Andreola Pavento, who emigrated from Italy in early 1900s. She attended Milford schools, where she was proud to be president of the Sewing Club. This influenced her continued interest in many stitching crafts and employment.

She was employed at Peerless Shoe in Milford for many years. On Oct. 12, 1946, she married Vincent Ferrara and settled in Marlborough. When her children entered high school, she worked at Frye Boots in Marlborough as a fancy stitcher. She was first and foremost, a devoted mother and homemaker.

A deeply religious woman, Theresa loved and believed in Jesus Christ as her savior and looked forward to a life in heaven with him for eternity. She was a member of the former St. Ann's Church in Marlborough for over 50 years.? There, she was a member of the Holy Rosary Sodality. For the past several years, she attended Hope Chapel in Sterling with her daughter Chris and family. There she found a loving and caring community to share in her Christian journey.

She participated as a member at the Marlborough Senior Center. She was also a member of Friends of the Marlborough Seniors, where she enjoyed trips, events, exercise class, yoga, and modeling for fashion shows. In the Marlborough school system, she enjoyed reading to young children through the Senior Citizens Reading Program. With a passion for crochet, she made many baby blankets for family and friends. She also frequently donated her blankets to the Compassion Pregnancy Center in Clinton.

Theresa's family would like to extend special heartfelt thanks to her friends at Manor On The Hill, Sterling Village, and Montachusett Home Care. In addition, the family would like to thank and recognize Judy, Joan, Jill, Holly, Diane, and Linda, and the many family and friends who spent quality time with her creating lasting memories in her later years.

Theresa will be remembered for her living example of compassion and kindness to others, her quick wit, and her beautiful smile.

All are invited to attend calling hours Friday, Sept. 19, from 4-7 p.m., at William Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., Marlborough. The funeral for Theresa will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, with a 10 a.m. Christian Service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 472 Lincoln St., Marlborough. Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Marlborough.?In addition, a Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., at Hope Chapel, 35 Chocksett Rd., Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hope Chapel Benevolence Fund, PO Box 125, Sterling, MA 01564.