In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge
Throughout the month on March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Therese’s Story (Resident of Autumn Glen at Dartmouth)
What is your name?
Therese “Terry” Ghilardi
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My father was George and my mother was Marianne. My siblings names are, Suzanne, Georgette, Germaine, Ivette, Jeanine, Donald, Robert, Richard, Roger and Paul.
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
My nickname is Terry
When and where were you born?
I was born in New Bedford in 1926
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
We went to church and played games
What did you love to do with your friends?
We went to the beach in the Summer and ice skating in the Winter.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I attended St. Joseph School in New Bedford, St. Anthony High School and Secretarial School at Campbell School. I loved all subjects!
If married, what is/was your husbands name? How did he propose?
I can’t remember how he proposed but his name was Louis.
What are your children’s names?
Charlene and Christine.
What are some special memories you have about your children?
My children were always good and wonderful kids.
Where have you lived?
New Bedford and East Freetown.
Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I worked in civil service and for a travel agency. I always wanted to be a nurse but my parents couldn’t afford it. There was 11 of us growing up.
What are your hidden talents?
I love to help people when I can!
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
I always did whatever I had to do to deal with anything and everything
What are some of your favorite things?
Flower- I’m allergic to flowers so I’ve never had a favorite
Books- James Patterson books
Songs- “Can I have the last dance”
Foods- Scollops and any seafood
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
I have lots of experiences that have touched my heart!
What are your favorite things to do now?
Walk-I do as much as possible and I like participating in all programming.
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at your community?
I like everything!
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
A good life!
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Sum up your personality in one word...