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Theresa (Gelinas) Bessette

August 31, 1927 ~ June 12, 2022 (age 94)


WATERTOWN - Theresa (Gelinas) Bessette, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 12, 2022. She was the beloved wife to the late Robert Bessette for 74 years.

Theresa was born in Quebec, Canada on August 31, 1927 to the late Lucien and Diana (Langlois) Gelinas. 

Theresa held a variety of factory positions at The Princeton Knitting Mills (Waterbury) , Uniroyal (Naugatuck), and Scovils in (Watertown) 

Theresa will be missed by her daughter: Diana (Bessette) Kenney and her husband Timothy Kenney; her two sons David Bessette and his wife Lisa (Sciortino) Bessette and Dennis Bessette. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Lori (Kenney) Kooger and her husband Albert Kooger, Timothy Kenney Jr, Kristi (Bessette) D'Andrea and her husband Douglas D'Andrea, Ryan Bessette and his wife Kristin (Sirois) Bessette, Collin Bessette and his wife Tania (Eicoff) Bessette, and Stephen Bessette and his wife Cait (DiBona) Bessette. Seven Great-Grand Children: Brooklyn D'Andrea, Paige Kenney, Haley Kooger, Emily Kooger, Ryan T Bessette, Brayden Bessette and Ashton Bessette; a predeceased sister, Rita Rousseau Sciortino and many other extended family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Theresa at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 20, 2022, at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South in Southbury. A visitation will be held immediately prior to the mass in the Daily Chapel of the church from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM. Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.

Donations may be made in Theresa's memory to Brass City Rescue, 2 Service Road, Middlebury, CT. For directions, or to leave a message of remembrance, please visit


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June 20, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Sacred Heart Church
910 Main St. South
Southbury, CT 06488

Mass of Christian Burial
June 20, 2022

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
910 Main St. South
Southbury, CT 06488

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June 20, 2022

12:30 PM
Mount Olivet Cemetery
669 Platt Rd.
Watertown, CT 06795


Brass City Rescue
2 Service Road, Middlebury CT 06762
Tel: 1-203-560-5056

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