Theresa Riordan

Theresa Ann Riordan

December 14, 1931 - June 4, 2020
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Theresa A. “Terry” Riordan, R.N., age 88, a longtime resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell.

She was born in Lowell on December 14, 1931 and was a daughter of the late Warren and Mary (Carney) Riordan.

Theresa was raised in Lowell and was a graduate of Keith Hall. She then attended St. John’s School of Nursing, (now LGH Saints Campus), Boston College (BSN), and Boston University (MSN).
She began her nursing career at St. John’s Hospital in Lowell, then worked for many years in the Boston area, including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Mt Auburn Hospital, Bunker Hill Community College and Laboure College.

Theresa was a longtime parishioner of St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell. She treasured her friendships in the DDDB Guild, where she was a longtime member.

Theresa is survived by her nieces and nephews: Elaine and Richard Hajjar of Chelmsford, Mary Riordan and Elinor Murphy of Newton, NH, Barbara and Donald Staffiere of Amherst, NH, Robert and Kathleen Riordan of Falmouth, MA and Patricia and James Miller of Poway, CA, seven grand-nieces and nephews Tara (John) Lydon, Richard (Lauren) Hajjar, Kristen Hajjar, Andrew (Brittany) Riordan, Sean (Anna) Miller, Brendan Riordan and Megan Miller, and six great grand-nieces and nephews; Sarah Ann, Catherine, Alexandra, Rose, John and newborn Emma. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Arleen Riordan of Lowell and many friends, including her incredibly loyal friends, Elaine Wilson and her family of Harvard, MA and Janis Geller of Melrose, MA. Theresa was the sister of the late Anna Riordan, Mary Riordan, Warren Riordan, Louise Riordan, Pauline Webber and Robert Riordan.

Her family would like to thank the incredible staff of A Unit at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell for their professional, caring and compassionate care of Theresa, and the Merrimack Valley Hospice for all of their support and compassion.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.

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Posted at 12:54pm
Sorry for you’re loss she was a lovely lady.
Bob and Maura Therrien

Barbara Staffiere Posted at 09:36pm

Thank you, Maura and Bob

Barbara Staffiere

Posted at 03:46pm
Eulogy to Theresa

We would like to start by thanking the amazing staff at D’Youville for their compassionate care of Auntie Theresa over the duration of her time there. We would also like to give a special thank you to Auntie Mary for all of her help with Auntie Theresa’s medical, insurance and financial needs. Ali also especially loved to visit Theresa after Mary had been there to paint her nails pink. In addition, we thank our mom, Elaine, Auntie Barbara, Auntie Pat and Bobby for their assistance with Auntie Theresa’s care, and for making visits to D’Youville as often as they could.
Our entire family would also like to extend a very sincere thank you to Elaine Wilson and Janis Geller for being here today, and for everything you have` done for Auntie Theresa. Between regular visits and lunch dates from you both, as well as Judy LaRocque, you showed how loyal you were as friends to Theresa, and we all know she was lucky to have such a great group of people in her life.
That being said, as we reflected back on some of our best memories of Auntie Theresa we realized that she had a more impressive social life than any of us. She had so many groups of amazing friends, and every time we spent time with her she would tell us about where she had been, and who she had been out with. When Tara and I were in our early 20’s we had the pleasure of running in to her at the 99 while she was out having drinks with friends. So we pulled up extra chairs and all had drinks together as if it were just your average girls night out, regardless of a 50 year age difference.
In addition to her ventures around town, she was also a great travel companion to Auntie Barbara, making 2 trips to Ireland, and a trip to North Carolina to visit Pat & Jim. They were willing to take us with them on their trips to New Orleans and DC where, which we were all very happy to have been a part of.
Some of our other fond memories of her include:
• Having the coolest apartment in Newton, where we would go in with Auntie Barbara for Marathon Monday and she would take us for ice cream after
• She gave some of the best presents at Christmas
• She (and Auntie Barbara) tried hard to keep us from not turning our heads to look down Bourbon St in New Orleans
• And our favorite…she would hand us an empty wine glass, politely asking for a refill, and would say, “There must have been a hole in the bottom”
Being a nurse, Auntie Theresa took it upon herself to care for her siblings as they aged, showing us what a kind, generous and compassionate person she was. But in addition to that, she was funny, and had such a great sense of humor, and some classic one-liners that we will never forget.
Up until the end, we know she recognized us, and all the kids, each time we came to D’Youville to visit, because her face would light up and she would be so proud to show off her family to the rest of the room. Luckily, while her niece Megan was in NH for college, she was able to make many visits down to see Theresa at D’Youville. She enjoyed Sarah Ann’s fiddle playing, while Catherine and Rose danced, and she enjoyed many performances from Ali and John as well. And even though she may have forgotten our names sometimes, she always remembered that we were her family. Two days before she died, Emma Pauline joined our family as Theresa’s sixth great grandchild. Auntie Barbara was able to tell Theresa that Sean and Anna’s baby had been born, and that newborn Emma was here. We think she was able to hear this great news.
We never thought of Auntie Theresa as our Great Aunt, because she was too young, and cool and hip for that title. But there is no doubt to anyone here that she was, in fact, a great aunt.


Posted at 09:26pm
To Terry’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. My mom, Josie, is a resident of A-wing at D’Youville. I got to know Terry upon her arrival in the A-wing. I would speak with her whenever there was an opportunity. We all spent a lot of time in the community room together where I would spend most of my time visiting my mom. Terry was always so pleasant and really appreciated engaging with me and others. My deepest sympathies.

Ann Marie Shaheen

Posted at 03:36pm
To Terry”s family, I”m very sorry for your loss . Terry was my nursing instructor at Bunker Hill Community College in 1981/1982 . She was an excellent educator. She was so kind , professional and taught me so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. AnnMarie Cotter

Judy Parliman

Posted at 08:58pm
Dearest Terry - My heart breaks that you spent your later years with a such a horrible disease. You were a treasure and took care of your family so selflessly over many years. Our Guild ladies only knew laughter and fun - you were right there with your stories and jokes, constantly making us laugh. You were quite good at winning the games!!! Love you forever. Judy Parliman. DDDB.

Barbara Staffiere Posted at 06:13pm

Thanks, Judy. She loved her DDDB friends. She always talked about the many laughs when you ladies got together. /Barbara

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