Rock Funeral Home


Therese E. Gauthier

6 February, 192819 February, 2021

Therese E. Gauthier, 93, passed away Friday, February 19, after a brief period of declining health. Her granddaughters, Chelsea and Meaghan, were by her side during her final hours, watching one final game of Wheel of Fortune together.

She was the widow of the late Alfred L. Gauthier (dec.1990), her soulmate, with whom she shared forty all-too-brief years of marriage. Daughter of the late Antoine J. and Emelia (Pelletier) Bertrand, she was a lifelong resident of New Bedford.

A graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, Therese worked for a number of years at the Acushnet Company, but her work life did not define her. Her main career was caring for and expressing love towards all those she held dear.

Therese was born into a large family and throughout her life, her greatest pleasure was to be surrounded by family. Her warm smile and hospitality extended to friends, neighbors and anyone who would pass through the doors of her loving home.

During her ninety-three years, she endured much adversity, illness and loss, and faced each with grace and an indomitable spirit. She also knew great joy, and for the past sixteen months the light of her life was her great-grandson, Mason (AKA “Little Guy”).

Therese was always open to new experiences and learning new skills. She learned sign language in order to communicate with her foster daughter, obtained her driver’s license at the age of sixty, and participated in numerous classes to learn new hobbies. Along with impressive needlework skills, through these classes she also gained a number of lasting friendships.

A lifelong communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church, she found great strength and solace through her faith. Therese was proud to support her parish as a Bingo worker, Eucharistic Minister, bake sale contributor and maker and seller of crafts, especially during the annual bazaar. She was a recipient of the Marian Award and enjoyed being a part of the St. Anthony’s Seniors group.

Therese looked forward to weekly lunch outings with her dear sisters-in law, Laura Bertrand, Claire Cyr and Gerri Bertrand, as well as her recently deceased sister, Rita St. Laurent, and recently deceased sister-in-law, Jackie Bertrand. While their luncheons took them to various local restaurants, she was happiest at her best-loved spot, Pa Raffa’s.

Therese was predeceased by her treasured daughter Elaine G. Motta, cherished grandson Owen J. Motta, brothers Roland, Roger, Robert, Raymond, Antoine and Louis Bertrand, and her sister Rita St. Laurent.

She is survived by her sisters, Sr. Lucille Bertrand SSJ. of Framingham, and Pauline Clark of New Hartford, NY, her son, Alfred M. Gauthier and his wife Sheila M. Dorgan of Mattapoisett, her daughter Suzanne T. Gauthier of Quincy, her daughter Celeste C. Gauthier and her husband David P. Touchette of Mendon, her foster daughter Irene Mescall of Pembroke, her son-in-law David W. Motta of New Bedford, her beloved granddaughters Chelsea Fonseca and her husband Zachary Fonseca of New Bedford, Meaghan E. Doucette and her husband Gregory T. Doucette of Woburn and her great-grandson Mason P. Doucette. Harry and Dorothy Touchette also held a special place in her heart. She also leaves behind her sisters-in-law, Irene Bertrand of CT and Joan Bertrand of IA.

The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the doctors, nurses and other St. Luke’s staff who were entrusted with Therese’s care for their exceptional kindness and accommodations shown to the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider performing an act of kindness for a neighbor.

You may also honor her memory by making a donation to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02746.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. You must wear a mask and please practice social distancing.

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Marianne DeSouza

7 March 2021

Gauthier Family,
Sorry for the loss of your very special Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister & loved one. Therese was an inspiration to those who knew & loved her. Elaine often spoke about how her Mom inspired her to devote time, energy, and actions to live and share her Catholic faith. It is time to celebrate a life that was lived well. Remember & cherish joyful memories. Love is eternal. God bless & comfort you as you continue her legacy of loving one another.
Marianne & Randall DeSouza

Linda Aguiar

2 March 2021

I met Theresa by chance as my roommate for a short hospital stay. We stayed in touch occasionally through phone calls. Theresa was a sweet, smart, genuine person whose positive attitude and grace will remain in my memory of her. I consider myself very fortunate to have made her acquaintance. My deepest condolences to her dear family.

Jerry and Gayle Cormier

24 February 2021

Al & Family,
Our condolences and prayers for your family . (Weird that we just spoke on the phone a week ago, after near 40 or 50 years.) Be strong and be well. Jerry & Gayle Cormier

Bob and Maria Costa

23 February 2021

Dear Gauthier family. We were sad to hear of the loss of Theresa. She was certainly a wonderful lady. We were very fond of your Mom and Dad. I enjoyed playing in the band with your Dad and we remember socializing with your Mom and Dad at your home on Tallman Street when you were young children. Those days bring back found memories to us very often. May your life be sustained by the found memories of them that you carry with you.

Nancy Beaumont

23 February 2021

I was Mrs. Gauthier's Dental Hygienist for many years. She was a quiet and sweet person who I always looked forward to seeing. We had many meaningful conversations. I'm sure she will be sorely missed. My sympathy to her family and friends.

Nancy Beaumont

Raymond Ferreira

22 February 2021

Al, please accept our deepest sympathies and Prayers. I was very sad to hear of the death of your Mom. May all of your fond memories help you thru the days ahead. To you, your Mom's family and friends, God's Peace.

Ray and Claire Ferreira
Green Valley, Arizona

Steve & Madeline Paiva

21 February 2021

With heavy hearts, Maddie and I convey our deepest condolences to “ Mrs. G’s” family and friends. Mrs. G’s was a life well lived in concert with a devotion to her Catholic beliefs which surely will have gained her a place at The Gracious Lord’s table in Heaven! Rest easy Mrs. G and may you enjoy peaceful eternal rest in the company of The Saints and all those you loved that preceded you home.

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