July 29, 1925 ~ April 23, 2021

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

Theresa’s Funeral mass will be lived streamed on St. Patrick’s Website

Theresa (Giordano) DeGaetano passed away at age 95.
Beloved wife of Salvatore for 61 years.
Loving mother of Angela,Gerald (Lynne), Patty Tyler (Cliff).
Adored grandmother of Jessica (predeceased), Jeff and Alex.
Survived by sisters Frances and Margaret.
She will be missed by friends and family.


Mass: April 30, 2021 9:45 am

St. Patrick's R C Church Smithtown
280 E Main St


St. Patrick's Cemetery Smithtown
Mount Pleasant Road

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Theresa DeGaetano 's name.

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk

643 Middle Country Road
Middle Island , NY

National Federation of the Blind Att: Outreach

200 East Wells Street @ Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD

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  1. So very sorry for the passing of my dear cousin, Terry. My heartfelt condolences to all the family.
    I wish I could be with all of you for the services. I will miss my last goodbye, but I will be with you in spirit at my Mass here in NJ. Much love and prayer for all.

  2. candleAunt Terry, the last of that generation of aunts and uncles in my family. As in the prayer I wrote for Barbara: Heavenly Father, in your Divine Mercy, welcome Your servant, Theresa, into heaven to join all her relatives and friends and all the angels and
    saints. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirt, one God forever and ever. Amen.

    • I just remembered that when Barbara was very sick, how Aunt Terry told me she prayed that she be taken instead.
      Here’s a text she sent me on Barbara’s 70th Birthday: “ Hi Gaspar. It is a beautiful day for Barbara’s 70th Birthday. She is looking down on everyone enjoying her birthday. You will feel her presence. Love Aunt Terry”

  3. candleI always looked forward to all the wonderful conversations Aunt Terry and I had together. It was a joy to hear from her.
    Aunt Terry was always so uplifting and positive. She will be in my heart and prayers forever.
    My prayers go out to the family.

  4. I will miss our talks and texts……as the last of that generation, it’s hard to believe she was texting at her age. She was a smart, sharp lady. Her last text to me was the day before she passed. I’m glad for the texts I have from her, I could re-read and remember. Love and prayers to Angela, Gerald and Patty.

  5. Terry will always hold a special place in my heart. She was and always will be a fantastic, loving and kind individual. I have fond memories of her growing up at our annual 4th of July family where she always welcomed my family (and extended family) with open arms.

    She was a great friend and Aunt to the family and will be missed.

  6. We are so saddened by Aunt Terry’s passing. She was a wonderful, compassionate, and loving person. We would stop by and she always made us feel welcomed. We will miss our visits, but the memories of Aunt Terry will always be in our hearts.
    Our Deepest sympathy & Love to Angela, Gerald, Patty & Family

  7. Aunt Terry, was of the last generation and held it up proudly. She was smart, funny and caring lady. Aunt Terry was one of my favorite Aunts in the family. She was the first to extend open arms to me. When there was a family gathering, she was always one to be there.
    Aunt Terry will be sorely missed and our prayers go out to Angela, Gerald and Patty.

  8. candleAunt terry will be loved for the kind woman she was. She will be missed Dearly

  9. I was very sorry to learn of Mrs. DeGaetano’s passing. She was such a sweet, kind and loving person… always welcoming to her children’s friends… so much so she made you feel like an actual member of the family. I know God has a special place in heaven for people like her… and I’m sure there was much celebration, vino, great food and happiness among all the loved ones who passed before her when she arrived in heaven. (Godspeed Mrs. Deg… And please say “Hi” to my Mom when you see her.)

  10. Aunt Terry was the “cool” aunt, everyone’s favorite. She was loving, caring, compassionate, funny and a gracious host that always made you feel welcome. We are so saddened by her passing, but will cherish all of our memories of her. We send our prayers to Angela, Gerald, Patty, and family. Aunt Terry will be missed, but always remembered in our hearts.

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