Teresa M. Pina of Tewksbury, MA

1941 - 2022

Visitation

March 23, 2022
4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

March 24, 2022
10:00 A.M.
Dolan Funeral Home

Teresa (Terri) (Tamilio) Pina, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2022, with her family at her bedside.   She was 81 years old.

She was born in Woburn, Massachusetts to the late Frank and Josephine Tamilio on March 10, 1941. She graduated Woburn High School in 1958.

She met and married Louis Pina, also of Woburn, on June 30, 1962.  They moved to Gloucester and started a family.  Louis and Joseph were born in Gloucester.  They settled in Woburn and had Andrea and Steven.  They lived happily in Woburn for over 50 years.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Louis Pina, and her children: Louis and his wife, Keri, of Marshfield; Joseph and his wife, Laurie, of Chelmsford; Andrea (Cuggino) and her husband, Joseph, of Westford; and Steven and Tara Hammes of Melrose.

She also has six grandchildren: Vivian Pina, Jessica Pina, Julia Pina, Marissa Cuggino, Téa Cuggino, and Joseph Cuggino IV.

Teresa lived the majority of her life in Woburn, where she and Louis raised their children.  They enjoyed many family activities including sail boating, a backyard ice rink, and trips to Lake Winnipesaukee.  They especially enjoyed entertaining in their backyard.  She and Louis traveled to Italy several times.  She and Louis also went to Portugal.  They explored the National Parks, they especially loved Bryce Canyon.  During retirement, they enjoyed RV life and spent time in many wonderful parks in Florida.  They decided to settle in Florida for the winter months, becoming “snow birds” for several years.  Teresa became very active in the music community there.  She played with a jazz band and was the pianist for all the plays in their community of Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor, Florida.

They finally settled in Tewksbury, although she always insisted she was a “Woburnite”.  She and Louis went on many day -trips and enjoyed visiting all the grandchildren.  They had a beautiful 50th wedding anniversary in Boston with the family.  Every Christmas Eve was a big celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a family tradition started by Terri.

Teresa was an amazing talent at the piano, able to play by ear.  She loved to sit and play for the kids and teach them how to play.  She was an inspiration to all of the musicians in the family.

Family was the most important to Teresa.  She thoughtfully and selflessly gave of herself to all of us, never asking anything in return.  She was an amazing wife, mother, and Nona, who will be missed by her family forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund through Johns Hopkins Myositis Center.

www.hopkinsmyositis.org/gift/peter-frampton-myositis-research-fund

5 Condolences for Teresa M. Pina of Tewksbury, MA

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    Frank Tamilio

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    I will miss my sister so much. So grateful for the time we had together and I look forward to seeing her again in heaven one day. May God comfort and give His peace to you, Louis and all the rest of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences.

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    James (Jim) Tamilio

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    I will always love you and you will always be my big sister. Thanks to you there was never a quiet moment in the house growing up on Chestnut St. When our father and mother died I found comfort in Jesus’s words…….”Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you…..let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid”. I look forward to seeing again in Heaven……your little brother Jim

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    William Tompkins

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    Aunt Terri .. Although over the years we did not see each other much , it does not mean I did not appreciate everything you had done for me .. I remember always in my heart how sweet you are.. as a young child uou were there for me .. Thank you ..
    The world is a much better place with people like you in it and I am sure Heaven will be happy to greet you ..
    W / Love
    Your Nephew
    Billy

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    Laura, Katherine, Abby Walker

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    Being with you was like being in Wizard of Oz at the moment Glinda appears, your magic wand instead fingers on piano keys. You were the first musician I ever met in real life, although I had met many in books and thus romanticized about them greatly, and the only one I could lay claim to as a relative (even if not biologically). That your family living room was mostly occupied by a gorgeous piano cemented my adoration: I would have lived under that piano. I am thankful that my daughters had the chance to hear you play and to feel your joy and warmth.

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    Charles F. P. Sullivan

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    Teresa was a beautiful lady; the prettiest girl in our high school class. Now she is an angel
    in heaven. God bless Teresa –

    Charlie Sullivan
    Lexington, South Carolina

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