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Theresa J. (Casella) Stepp

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“To all the Stepp family, So very sorry to hear about Terry. I have such fond memories of your mother and your family. Precious in the sight of the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Anna Maria Hanson - SC

“To the Stepp familyI'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special lady. I'll never ever forget how kind she was to my mom Phyllis Cormier...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy (Cormier) Twombly

“Dear Grammy, I'm so sorry it took me so long to write and post this. It's hard to put grief into words and make yourself vulnerable to those who...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Melanie Allwood - Nashua, NH

“So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. She was such a good friend to my mother when she fell I'll with Altzheimers. She went out of her way to help her...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Peter Cormier - Waltham, MA

“Mrs. Stepp was one of the GREAT ones ! How she sacrificed for her family and friends. I will never forget her. Rest In Peace "Terry" ! ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Robyn Dipietro - Hull, MA


6 of 14 | Posted by: Robyn Dipietro - Hull, MA

“My heart breaks for the entire family. I have so many wonderful memories at the Stepp home in Waltham and on the Cape. Tootz was an amazing, vibrant,...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gail DellaCamera-Wessell - MA

“Carol, Ken, and Theresa's family,This is a beautiful obituary of a wonderfully full life, for a woman who was obviously beautiful outside and inside...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Randy Huber Huber - Melrose, MA

“Maryellen and family I am sincerely sorry to see your mom has passed. My thoughts are with you. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA

“Carol, Janet and the entire Stepp, Lituri, Casella Family,My heart goes out to you. Your Mom, Aunt Grandmother, Great Grandmother will be missed by...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Rest easy Mrs.Stepp. You have brought alot of smiles and laughter to many. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Marie Alden (White) - Sarasota, FL

“We were so sorry to hear this sad news but she is pain free and with her sisters Rose met her at the gates and gave her big hugs we hope that you and...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Ann Burke - Waltham, MA - Family

“Remembering Theresa as the sweetest mother to her loving family.Sorry for your loss.Sincerely Mary Pavone ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Pavone - Naples, FL - Friend

“I've known Terry for 48 years now and, she is without a doubt the most lovely lady, her grace, knowledge, and carding personality made her a well...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Wayne Larkin - Sandwich, MA


Waltham – Mrs. Theresa J. (Casella) Stepp, of Waltham, died Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln. She was 95.

Terry was born in Waltham on April 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Rosario and Carmela (Sardi) Casella and was a lifelong resident. After graduating from Waltham High School she earned her nursing degree from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing.

She went to work as a registered nurse and enlisted in the United States Air Force where she met her husband, Tyrus Stepp, while both were serving at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas during the Korean War. Terry, a lieutenant, and Tyrus, a sergeant, married in 1952 and the couple made Waltham their lifelong home.

Terry met tragedy head on when she was widowed at the age of forty following Tyrus's sudden death on January 14, 1969. By then she'd been working for sixteen years as a nurse at Waltham Hospital and with grit, grace and determination raised their five children. Terry's faith sustained her and she saw her family grow to include thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren . . . all the greatest joys of her life.

Her nursing career at the hospital culminated with her appointment as admissions director in February of 1980, a position she held until retirement. It was at the hospital where Terry made many lifelong friends and whose warm smile and talent for the job earned her respect among the medical staff.

Terry was a longtime parishioner at Our Lady's Church on Trapelo Road where she served as a Eucharistic minister. Life, love, faith, family and friends were her lifelong companions.

Some of the family's happiest memories came when Terry hosted the clan at her summer place in Hyannis where many relaxing summer days were spent at the beach. Terry was accomplished at knitting, sewing and crocheting . . . talents that produced beautiful warm blankets for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Tyrus D. Stepp, awaiting her arrival in heaven were her grandson, Tyrus Stepp and her siblings, Constance Lituri, Rose Collura and Vincent, Anthony, Carmella, Joseph and Grace Casella.

She leaves her children, Carol S. Morgan (Ken) of Westford, David L. Stepp (Terri Lawson) of Thousand Oaks, California, Christopher J. Stepp of Gardner, Janet S. Dellorso (Michael) of Westford and Maryellen Henning (Doug) of Wakefield; her grandchildren, Melanie Allwood, Kevin Morgan, Kerianne Pereira, Jenna Stepp, Theresa Stepp, Kyle Stepp, Scott, Matthew and Julianne Dellorso, Katie Moss and Jonathan and Jason Henning; her great-grandchildren, Nathan and Dylan Allwood, Mia and Sam Pereira, Miles Russell, Avalon and Emma Stepp and Jack Moss and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Terry's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, May 23rd from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday 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 9 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.