Mary Theresa (Buote) Sweeney

  • Born: September 14, 1929
  • Died: June 6, 2020
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

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Stoughton, MA 02072

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Message From The Family

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Mary Theresa Sweeney, 90, of Stoughton, MA succumbed to the ravages of the Coronavirus in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester. She fought valiantly to the end.

Theresa was born on September 14, 1929 in Watertown, MA, to (the late) Mary Hughes and James Buote. Her parents who immigrated from Prince Edward Island Canada, worked one to two jobs apiece and kept the house on School Street in Stoughton filled with the sounds of Irish step music and the smell of homemade bread, rolls and pies.

In the environment in which Theresa was raised, you worked hard, you pressed on, you didn't complain and you were thankful for what you had. She attended St. Mary Elementary School across the street from their School Street home, and St. John's High School in Canton when it was a secretarial school. She was an avid dancer, specialty the Jitterbug, and was known for getting creative in her capers to sneak out for an evening of dancing with the girls. When Theresa found her first secretarial job, she really began to find her voice.

Theresa enjoyed a long fulfilling career as a purchasing agent at Brookfield Engineering before her retirement. Not one to sit still for long, Theresa volunteered at the Good Samaritan where she achieved her 100 hour pin. She was a regular at the Stoughton Council on Aging where she made so many wonderful friends. She went on cruises and other adventures, she took college courses in Creative Writing, learned to cross country ski, play tennis and golf. You only had to mention the word "Golf" and you were treated to her Hole-In-One story. She had the trophy to prove it. She was an avid reader and, as technology advanced so did she. She taught herself how to use Facebook and then passed that knowledge to her friends. You knew that she was up and started her day by a quick check on Facebook.

Theresa loved to travel, loved spontaneous events and planning surprises … and you better not ruin the surprise or you were on her list for life. She enjoyed friendships from those forged in high school that lasted a lifetime, to her quirky fun-loving group from "The Chapel" in Brockton, there was her Donut Sunday Group at the Immaculate Conception Church and, most recently, her compatriots from Rose Forte Housing on Capen Street in Stoughton where the lightning strike of July 17, 2019 forever changed the trajectory of her final year with us.

She was predeceased by her parents as well as her siblings, Rita Lucy (Buote) Costello, James "Sonny" Buote, Louis Lawrence Buote, and Lena Ann (Buote) Leard.

Theresa leaves behind her two daughters, Kathy Sweeney (Eddie Lee) of Charleston, SC and Patricia Shevchik of Franklin NH. When Theresa found herself a single mother raising two daughters she pushed them and herself to follow their dreams and to do and be all they could be. "Dream Big", she would shout. She lived for her girls and they knew it. The three of them had a deep and special bond. In addition to her daughters, Theresa leaves behind her four grandchildren Michael Beach, Rebecca Beach, Katie Williams (Dee) and Tyler Shevchik and five great-grandchildren Sarah, Caleb, Molleigh Jane, Max and Zane Thomas. She will always be their Gramma, Gramma Cho Cho and Teesa. She will also be missed by dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews both by blood and by lifelong friendships

Theresa is survived by her brother Raymond and wife Lillian Buote of Middleboro MA, who were always there to help her with errands and include her in all their activities, as was their daughter Jackie Gottwold, husband Kevin and their children and son Jeffrey Buote and his family. Her brother Louis' children Cynthia Buote Dolan (Mark), Kevin Buote (Gayle), and Sharon Falcone visited and checked in on her often. Her sister Rita's children, Maryann, Sheila and Michael made a point of calling her and bringing her the blueberry pancakes she loved so much. What a comfort it always was to Patty and Kathy for their Mom to be surrounded by such caring relatives both Buote and Sweeney and so many thoughtful friends.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will take place when restrictions have eased to permit for full participation by family and friends near and far. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton St., Stoughton, MA 02072 or the Stoughton Council On Aging, PO Box 582, Stoughton, MA 02072.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I was lucky enough to work with Theresa at Brookfield for several years in the 1990’s. She was a funny, caring , lovely lady. I remember her always being dressed as a professional and carrying herself with poise.

Posted by Barbara DiCorpo-Bunszell - Coworker   November 03, 2020

Mary Theresa Sweeney was a wonderful friend and neighbor and a Very Lovely lady who was very pretty and very nice and always very kind and a very good person. I always tried to help her with her errands every time she called I always said yes when she would call for me to go and do errands and I was happy I could help her. She enjoyed reading books and she would ask me to go pick up books for her in the Stoughton Library and go to the Stoughton cleaners for leaving her clothes to be cleaned or going to pick up her clothes and go to the supermarkets and do some grocery shopping for some items she needed. I don't know if she knew how very much I cared. I miss her very much and will always remember her with Love and I am a better person for knowing her. I am happy I knew her and she was my friend and neighbor. She was a very special and important person and everyone who knew her Loved her and was blessed to know her.

Posted by Bernard - Stoughton, MA - Friend   July 04, 2020

Theresa enjoyed a lovely lively life. Martha Empey. BEL

Posted by Martha Empey - Coworker   June 25, 2020

Gramma Theresa that's what I called her. I didn't meet her in person but I sure felt her presence on Facebook. She always had a sweet comment on my posts. My grand daughter Molleigh would always remind me to say God Bless Gramma Theresa in our prayers before bed. RIP! You will be sorely missed.

Posted by Diana Williams - Largo, FL - Family   June 13, 2020

Gramma Theresa is what I called her! I never met her in person, but I sure felt her presence on Facebook. She always had a comment for my posts. When ever my grand daughter Molleigh and I prayed before bed, she would always remind me to say God Bless Gramma Theresa RIP, you will be missed .

Posted by Diana Williams - Largo, FL - Family   June 13, 2020


Kathy and Patty, your mother was lovely and so well loved by everyone that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your beautiful families. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Judith Howard - Port Orchard, WA - Friend   June 12, 2020

Theresa touched lives in so many ways. She was always that lovely lady at Mass dressed so stylishly and with impeccable taste. She had a way of connecting with you, even before she knew I went to St Mary's with Patty.
I was a Facebook friend with her - and she outwardly lived her faith and reminded us all that this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

I am sure there was rejoicing at heaven's gate welcoming you to your heavenly home.

The rest of us in our community will miss you.

Thank you Patty and Kathy for sharing your Mom with all of us. It was a joy to know her.

Posted by Linda Pane - Stoughton, MA - Friend   June 12, 2020

Mom Sweeney you were one of the most beautiful person that we had the pleasure of meeting in our lives. Dave and I had allot of good times with you visiting in Vermont at Patty's. Your all one special family and we thank god for having the pleasure of meeting you and loving you all. It's that beautiful smile that will shine on in your family to help them deal with the hard times ahead. Please no we truly missed you and talking about the Red Sox's and the Pats Rest In Peace. Love Dave Sandy sand family.

Posted by Sandra Peters - Colchester, VT - Friend   June 10, 2020

Theresa I know we just met last october, when we moved into capen. But we shared a lot of laughs and we shared some good times. They were short but sweet and I'm sure gonna miss them. I know you asked me to make you a chocolate cake for your 90th birthday when we moved back into capen. I'm still gonna do it to celebrate your life with God because he'll take care of you. You're friend from apt 303 we'll miss you very much, Gloria marco.

Posted by Gloria Marco - Stoughton, MA - Friend   June 09, 2020

My deepest sympathy for the loss of Theresa. She will always be remembered fondly. She touched everyone with her kindness, love, and positivity. Rest In Peace Theresa

Posted by Diane Donohue - Londonderry, NH - Friend   June 09, 2020

What a lovely tribute! Although I never met Theresa, I know her daughter and that relationship has showed me clearly who she was. Hugs to all of her family.

Posted by Anne Cranshaw - Cape Elizabeth, ME   June 09, 2020

She was loved by all and she will sadly missed. RIP Theresa!

Posted by Lee Atherton - Stoughton, MA - Friend   June 09, 2020

Posted by Katie Williams - Largo - Grandchild   June 08, 2020

Theresa was always a lovely lady with a smile on her face, so put together all of the time! I remember her from my days in Stoughton. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Vivian Bissett - Mansfield, MA - Acquaintance   June 08, 2020

Rest in Peace Mrs. S. You were amazing in every aspect!

Posted by Maureen McCray - Bayside, NY   June 08, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived, written by two devoted daughters! May God bless you and guide you through this difficult time. Dianne Lee Capone, Ocala, Florida

Posted by Dianne Lee Capone - Ocala, FL - Friend   June 08, 2020

My deepest condolences go out to Kathy, Patty, and the grandchildren and great grandchildren. I love you all, and I love her.

Posted by Dorothy Rogers - Center Conway, NH - Family Friend   June 08, 2020

My sweet little Gramma.... I love you and miss you so very very much. I wish I couldnhave one more last story where I couldnt understand your accent....even just one more day with you. Life will never be quite the same. I can still clothes my eyes and smell your skin products. Lol! My heart hurts....and I want you back. :'( Momma is so were her hero. Thank you for being such an amazing woman and mother....who led by example and who gave Michael and me such a beautiful and amazing mother who loves without condition and has such a genuin heart.. she most definitely got that from you. I love you past the very last number Gramma! DREAM BIG!!!.....AND SUCK YOUR OWN LEMONS!!! (Please give Mae Mae and Beachie a giant hug from me....and tell them all about my kids.) Rest in eternal peace Gramma. I love you.

Posted by REBECCA BEACH - Charleston, SC - Family   June 08, 2020

Kathy and Patty
So sorry to hear the passing of mom.I will miss seeing and talking to her on Facebook.I enjoyed seeing her post every day

Posted by Peggy Toomey - Franklin, MA - Friend   June 08, 2020

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