Theresa "Terry" M. (Costa) Leal, 66, of Swansea, Massachusetts, passed away surrounded by loved ones at Charlton Memorial Hospital Friday, March 2, 2018, after a long illness.
She was born in Fall River, MA, to parents John Costa and Florence (Bilodeau) Costa (both deceased) and graduated from Dominican Academy, Class of 1969. She worked in quality control and supervisory positions at Quaker Fabrics and Main Street Textiles and was a manager at McDonald's for many years.
Terry loved to knit. She was very talented and, over the years, had knitted more than a thousand winter hats for people in need. She also knitted lap blankets and shawls for the sick and elderly.
She enjoyed helping others in whatever way she could and regularly assisted her daughter, a teacher, with correcting papers. She also frequently assisted her daughter's school with various fundraising paperwork.
Terry is survived by her daughter, Laurie M. Leal; her brother, John M. Costa and his wife Ruth; and her close companion of 18 years, Edmund R. Souza (all of Swansea), and many nephews, nieces, and friends. She was the former wife of Daniel A. Leal of Poughquag, New York.
Terry was a strong and courageous woman who fought her illness valiantly for almost two decades. She touched the hearts of everyone she met with her kindness, generosity, humor, and determination. She will be greatly missed, but her amazing spirit will remain with all who love her.
A Mass of Christian burial for Terry will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 9:00am, in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea, MA. Burial will be private.
Flowers are omitted and donations in Terry's memory can be made to the Swansea Animal Shelter, 68 Stevens Road, Swansea, MA 02777
MAR 17. 9:00 AM (EDT)
Saint Francis of Assisi Church
530 Gardners Neck Road
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