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Teresa M. (Opila) Dumas

Teresa M. (Opila) Dumas
  • February 10, 1941 - December 11, 2016
  • Arlington, Massachusetts

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“To the Dumas Family,I can still remember running next door to play in Wayland. We are very sorry for your loss.Lee Harris, and the Harris Family. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Lee Harris - Chester, NY - Friend

“Caroline and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love Cheryl Buscemi (Lucas) ...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Cheryl Buscemi - Waltham, MA

“Dear Tom and Family: We wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Teresa. Gerry and Don Rininger ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: GERRY AND DON RININGER - WALTHAM, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Teresa was a lovely lady with a wonderful smile. I enjoyed our conversations over the years. My deepest sympathy. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Susanne McIvor - Wells, ME

“Tom and family;Sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you at this time. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Stephen Hawko - Quincy, MA

“So sorry for your loss, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dave Mullen - Silver Spring, MD

“Tom, Craig, Robin, Caroline,I'm very sorry to hear of Theresa's passing. I have many fond memories of the days on Lexington St. in your kitchen and...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Clare Connolly-Welch - Waltham, MA

“Tom, Craig, Robin, Caroline, I'm very sorry to hear of Theresa's passing. I have many fond memories of the days on Lexington St. in your kitchen and...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Clare Connolly-Welch - Waltham, MA

“Robin and family-My sincere condolences for your loss... ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Glenn Gallo - Watertown, MA


Arlington - Mrs. Teresa M. (Opila) Dumas, of Arlington, formerly of Waltham, died at home on Sunday, December 11, 2016, after a long illness. She was 75.

Teresa was born February 10, 1941 in Lublin, Poland, the youngest daughter of the late Bartholomew and Leonia (Wiater) Opila. Following the end of WWII and the death of her mother, Teresa and her family immigrated to the United States, where she was raised by her sister, Aleksandra, and their father.

The family eventually settled in Dorchester after first living in Arkansas. Teresa attended and graduated from the former Cardinal Cushing High School in Boston.

Teresa married Thomas G. Dumas in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Boston. Teresa and Tom lived in Medford, then Wayland, until they eventually moved to Waltham. Most recently, Tom and Teresa lived in Arlington. Teresa was a longtime employee of the Nielsen Marketing Research Company before retiring in 2006.

A mother first and foremost, Teresa was dedicated to her family. She spent summers in western Massachusetts, where she enjoyed attending concerts at Tanglewood and long walks. Teresa was an avid reader, history buff, and gifted cook.

In addition to her sister Aleksandra, Teresa leaves her husband of 54 years, Tom; their children, Craig T. Dumas of Franklin, Robin A. Dumas of Watertown and Caroline T. Dumas of Belmont; her granddaughter, Julia T. Fontana of Belmont; her brother, Lester Opila of Braintree; her sister-in- law, Carol Ann Bartoli of Andover and many nieces and nephews.

Teresa was predeceased by her five older siblings Loda, Michael, Stefanie Dacko, Lucien, and Anthony.

Family and friends will honor and remember Teresa's life by gathering on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham where her Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Burial is private in Highland Meadows Cemetery, Belmont. There are no calling hours.

Memorials in her name may be made to Partners In Health, PO Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705- 9942 (www.pih.org).