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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.

Born 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.

In 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 Katherine Shea.

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.

In 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.

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