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“So sorry to hear your loss Ray. Wish I had met your mom but I know she takes pride in how you conduct yourself. Thoughts and prayers up for the...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Corey Johnson - Philadelphia, PA

“Theresa was beautiful woman inside and out. My thoughts and prayers to Sandy and her family.Sincerely,Jeannetteu ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA, MA

“Hello Sandy.I just found out about this earlier this morning. I'm very sorry for your loss. I remember Theresa from our days at FM Global together ...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: RAY TAHMOSH - READING, MA

“Our sincere condolences to you Sandy and your family for the loss of Theresa.She was a very special friend and neighbor and will be surely missed. We...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Joseph and Kathleen Fratto - MA

“Raymond,So sorry to read of your Mom's passing. May all the good memories help you in the days ahead.With condolences,Patty Famosi Bertrand ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Raymond,So sorry to read of your Mom's passing. May all the good memories help you in the days ahead.With condolences,Patty Famosi Bertrand ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Theresa was such a good friend for nearly forty years. We first met in 1980 having fun working on the US census and the laughter continued for years....Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy Murphy - Waltham, MA

“so sorry to hear this . Sorry for your loss ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: enith blodgett - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Mrs. Theresa A. (Mandile) Fanara, of Waltham, died on Friday, December 6, 2019 in Lahey Hospital, Burlington. She was 87.

Theresa was born and raised in Brighton, a daughter of the late John and Assunta (DeMambro) Mandile and was a graduate of Brighton High School. After that she attended secretarial school where she learned accounting skills that landed her a job with Sears, Roebuck & Company.

On February 11, 1956 she married Waltham native Santo G. 'Sandy' Fanara in Our Lady of the Presentation Church and the pair soon made Waltham their lifelong home. After staying at home to raise her family Theresa took an accounting position with FM Global in Waltham, retiring when she was 75.

She leaves her beloved husband, Santo G. 'Sandy' Fanara; her son, Raymond P. Fanara (Julia) of Brookeville, Maryland; her grandchildren, Marcel and Raymond Fanara; her sister, Mary Ann Zagurski of Northport, Florida and many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was also the sister of the late Arthur DeMambro.

Family and friends will honor and remember Theresa's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, December 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.