Ms. Theresa A. Monaco

  • Born: August 25, 1939
  • Died: April 2, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Theresa A. Monaco of Stoneham, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Life Care Center of Stoneham. She was 77 years of age.

Theresa confronted her long battle with kidney disease with optimistic determination and courage. She was a deeply spiritual person. She retained an informed interest in current affairs and a remarkable sense of humor in the face of adversity. Family was a very important part of Theresa's life. All gatherings and conversation was a happy point in her life.

Theresa attended Stoneham High School before entering Emmanuel College. She earned her BA in Studio Art in 1962 and BFA in Painting in 1965 at Emmanuel and her MFA in printmaking and drawing at Syracuse University. Emmanuel College remained the focus of her professional life first as a student and later as a faculty member, retiring as Professor Emeritus of Arts after thirty-seven years in 2004. Before returning to Emmanuel as a faculty member, she taught at several elementary and high schools including Bishop Fenwick in Peabody and Bishop Stang in North Dartmouth. At Emmanuel, her courses included printmaking, drawing, pottery, and photography.

In 1992, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Her students appreciated that she not only was very artistically skillful but had high expectations of them. As chair of the Emmanuel Art Department, she encouraged the use of technology in art courses and vigorously promoted programs to fulfill student needs. In addition to her departmental responsibilities, she worked collaboratively with faculty in other departments and held leadership roles in the Faculty Senate. Her work has been exhibited in the Boston Printmakers annual shows, Naga Gallery, Immig Gallery, and most recently at the DeCordova Museum.

In addition to her prints and drawings, two notable contributions are the "Stations of the Cross" in a chapel at Notre Dame du Lac in Worcester and the bronze doors to the chapel at the Notre Dame Convent in Ipswich which she designed with one of her teachers, Sr. Vincent de Paul. Professor Monaco was a Sister of Notre Dame for eighteen years, leaving the community shortly before Vatican II.

Professor Monaco served on the Executive Board of the Boston Printmakers for over twenty years and on the Board of Directors of the Indochina Arts Partnership for thirty years. She was a member of the Saturday Morning Club of Boston for twenty-four years. As a colleague stated, she was "a great woman, teacher, sister, daughter, and friend who dedicated her life to others."

Theresa was the loving daughter of the late Michael Monaco and Flora (Merenda) Monaco. She was the dear sister of Ann Mitchell and Maria Bettencourt and her husband David. Theresa was the caring aunt of Lisa Surabian and her husband George, Brian Mitchell and his wife Jackie, Kara Fuller and her husband Mark, Laura Norton and her husband Paul, Jeffrey Mitchell and his wife Stephanie and Dina Armstrong and her husband Michael. She was also lovingly survived by many great nieces and great nephews.

A Funeral Mass Celebrating Theresa's Eternal Life will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 10am in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St. STONEHAM. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in memory of Theresa to the National Kidney Foundation, or to PKD Foundation,

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Did Ms. Monaco teach classes in Houston, Texas circa 1975-1988? That Theresa Monaco had some biographical history in common with the Boston lady. But Texas is not mentioned. I know our Theresa M. was also deeply spiritual and very kind.

Posted by Ione Moran - Houston, TX   January 20, 2018

Theresa was a founding member of Gallery NAGA, helping to establish the foundation on which she and a great many artists have exhibited their work. Her sensitive and evocative portraits and landscapes communicated her appreciation of and affection for moments of grace. The gallery's staff sends condolences to her family and friends, with gratitude for Terry and her work.

Posted by Arthur Dion - Boston, MA   April 18, 2017

Dear Ann, Maria and family,
I am very sorry to hear about Terry's passing. She was a wonderful person, beloved by all, and she loved her family very much. I know she will be missed very much by each of you. I send my deepest sympathies to each of you. May you find peace in your wonderful memories of better and happier times spent together.
Barbara Accetta

Posted by Barbara Accetta - Walpole, MA - Friend   April 07, 2017

Dear Ann and Maria and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Terry's passing. I will always remember her for her kind and gentle spirit with a pleasant sense of humor. She always made me feel so welcome. She was so modest and humble; I had no idea that she was so accomplished. It is a sad time for all of you, and I am saddened too. Her spirit will live in your hearts forever. Take care and and may the love and support you have for each other carry you through this sad time. Diane

Posted by Diane Merenda - Glastonbury, CT   April 05, 2017

Although as a new member of the Saturday Morning Club I only knew Theresa for a few months, but her recent heartfelt paper before the group made a big impression on me. I am sorry that I will never get to know her better.

Posted by Susan Ashbrook - Boston, MA   April 05, 2017

A good friend, a great heart, and a wonderful writer. We will deeply miss Theresa at the Saturday Morning Club.

Posted by Carolyn Newberger - Lenox, MA   April 05, 2017

So saddened to hear the news of Terry's passing. Terry always greeted me with a warm smile and was always so fun to talk to at family gatherings. She went out of her way to talk to me when I was a kid and was so thoughtful. I didn't realize what an accomplished artist she was, but it is no surprise. I wish my kids were able to meet her. My thoughts are with Maria, Ann and family during this time. A tremendous loss. Much Love. Kara (Merenda) Colletti and family (Kevin, Cameron and Olivia)

Posted by Kara Colletti - South Glastonbury, CT - Family   April 05, 2017

Terry was a remarkable person who was loved by all who knew her.
She will always be in my prayers, and I'm sure, on her way to heaven, she will be praying for each of us, too.
Uncle Al

Posted by Albert Monaco - Scituate, MA - Acquaintance   April 05, 2017

The loss of Terry, my dear cousin is so difficult. and sad for me to take.

I loved her all my life as a cousin, and dear friend. My family and i will miss her. Toni Faria, Burlington

Posted by Toni Faria - Burlington, MA - Family   April 05, 2017

Theresa was my dearest cousin and a best friend. How fortunate I was all these years to have had her as a friend and confidant.
I have loved and admired her all my life.
My heart is aching thinking of life without her.
She was an exceptional woman who was modest and unassuming about her incredible accomplishments . She had a great sense of humor, and was a delight to be with!

Our lives were very different. I was a married and had a large family, and she was a well educated and accomplished woman. Which gave us many opportunities to discuss our differences with much laughter!
She visited often and my children loved her.

She and her family were an important part of my life.I am so saddened by her death. Toni Faria

Posted by Toni Faria - Burlington, MA - Family   April 05, 2017

I got to know Theresa over the past eight years when she came in to my pharmacy to get her prescriptions. She would never complain about her health. She always asked about my children and everyone at work knew she was my favorite customer. I will miss her smile, her advice, and all her kind words. Rest in peace Theresa. Judi Corbishley

Posted by A friend   April 04, 2017

Theresa was an amazing woman! We are all lucky to have known such a kind soul. She will be missed by many.

Posted by Mandy Thomas    April 04, 2017

I shall miss Theresa for her friendship, ideas, and stubborn courage.

Posted by Lily Owyang - Cambridge, MA - Friend   April 04, 2017