Betty Decareau

December 15, 1926March 5, 2021

Betty Decareau, of Thornton NH, (formerly of Beverly MA), passed away on Friday March 5th, 2021 after a strong battle with COPD. She was the much beloved wife of the late Captain John E. Decareau Sr. of the Lynn Fire Department. She was married for 32 years. She passed away on their anniversary.

Betty was born in Everett, MA and raised in Lynn, MA to her parents, Lester and Margaret Hennessey. She was a graduate of Lynn English High School, where she met the love of her life.

She had many jobs through the years, but she was most proud of her work as the secretary to the surgeon Dr. Donald Pearlman.

She was delighted by her late son Captain John Decareau Jr.’s work on the Lynn Arson Squad, and enjoyed traveling the U.S.A. to see her son Dick perform in many shows. Some of Betty’s favorite memories are all the fun times she and Jack had with their friends in Wolfboro NH and her new friends at Beverly Commons.

She was also predeceased by her brother Jack Hennessey and her granddaughter Dawn Decareau. She is survived by her son Dick Decareau and his partner Bob Mitchell. Three daughter in laws, Marge, Cathy, and Donna Decareau, and her brother Frank Hennessey and his wife Carol and many nieces and nephews.

In addition, Betty is survived by her grandchildren Susan Decareau and her partner Rick Thieme, Jeff Decareau, John E. Decareau III, Dylan Lederer, Aiden Decareau, Jacqueyln Decareau, Cassandra Decareau, Shayla Blydell; and her great-grandchildren Felicity Decareau, Rowan Lederer, and Teagan Stappen.

As she requested there will be no visiting hours however, her funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn where she will be laid to rest in the Fire Fighter’s Section with her beloved husband Jack.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, May 8, 2021


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Kathy Vincent Harris

March 15, 2021

My heart is heavy this morning as I find this news. Betty was so very special to me but more importantly a very dear friend to my mom, Joan Vincent. Her pride in her two sons oozed from her.... and I loved her laugh. My sincere condolences and love. I will remember her for always.

Camille Leto

March 11, 2021

She was a wonderful lady who loved the theater, especially when she was watching Dick perform. I will always remember our weekend trips to the theater with Bob as well as dinners at my house.
May she rest in eternal peace.

Bob Mitchell

March 11, 2021

She was a great lady that I had the pleasure to know for 39 years. She was always full of fun and laughter. I will miss her very much

Dick Decareau

March 9, 2021

She was the best. Supportive, kind with a terrific sense of humor. I loved her very much.