Theresa J. “Terry” (Buscherfeld) Gale-Stella, age 79, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, went home to the Lord unexpectedly on Friday, July 22, 2016.
Terry was born in Rodman, Iowa, on Jan. 13, 1937, to the late Anthony and Anna (Elbert) Buscherfeld, She was raised in Whittemore, Iowa, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 27, 1956. She was a Vietnam Era veteran and served as an HM/3 at the U.S. Naval Hospital Chelsea.
She later became a licensed practical nurse and worked for 27 years at the former Quincy Medical Center. She also worked at various local nursing facilities. She had lived in Braintree since 1996 and previously in Quincy for 34 years.
Terry was a woman of faith and a longtime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy. She was an active volunteer participating as a senior altar server, altar decorator, making baptismal bibs and assisting with countless other duties. She enjoyed attending adoration on Fridays. Terry also enjoyed sewing and reading and was devoted to her family.
Beloved wife of the late Francis A. “Frank” Stella. Devoted mother of Russell R. Gale and his wife Debbie of South Berwick, Maine, Jeffrey A. Gale and his wife Pamela of Bridgewater. Stepmother of Robert F. Stella of Weymouth, Susan Stella-Meili of Shreveport, LA, and Elizabeth Stella-Ford and her husband Christopher of Plymouth. Cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
One of nine siblings, Terry was sister of Kathryn Spurgeon of Otho, Iowa, Imelda Goman of Carlsbad, NM, John Buscherfeld of Quincy and pre-deceased by Margaret Lewis, Evelyn Donner, Edward and James Buscherfeld and infant Mary Magdalene. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Monday, July 25th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.
For those who wish, donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Saint John the Baptist Parish, c/o 21 Gay Street, Quincy, MA 02169.
You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.