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Theresa "Terry" (Schlaffer) Guay, 91, of Andover, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Prescott House in North Andover.
Terry was raised in Czechoslovakia and was a daughter of the late Thomas Schlaffer and the late Margaret (Rauner) Schlaffer. She was educated in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, where she attended school. As a teenager, she studied at a fashion school in Prague before the outbreak of WWII.
As a young girl, she loved sewing. At the early age of seven, she and her sister, Margaret, would do alterations together. She became an extremely talented seamstress. Her lifelong love of sewing lead her to become a sewing instructor and sales representative for Singer Sewing in Lowell for over 20 years. Until recent years, she maintained a small alterations business out of her home in Lowell for friends and family throughout the city. She also enjoyed gardening.
As a teenager after WWII, she was transported to Germany. That's where she met her husband, Arthur J. Guay. He was serving with the United States Army stationed in Germany to help relocate families back together and to their homes. In 1951 they came to the United States, where they got married in Dracut on November 11, 1951. Shortly after, her husband was assigned to Toolle, Utah to continue his service in the United States Army. In 1956 they relocated permanently to Lowell, where she worked as a stitcher in the Lowell mills for about two years. Arthur passed away in 1993 after 42 years of marriage.
Terry was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her two daughters, Margaret Leavitt and her husband, John Kenneth of Bradford, Mass., and Sylvia Robertson and her husband, James of Bradford; her grandchildren, Erin Leavitt of Bradford, Shawna Amaroso of Methuen, Renee Robertson of New York, Lauren Robertson of Bradford, and Craig Robertson of Bradford. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Annabelle Amoroso and Andrew Cantor.
She was predeceased by her twin sister, Margaret Raissley, and her two brothers, Thomas Schlaffer and Anton Schlaffer.
Theresa's family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude for the loving care and support from the entire staff at The Prescott House in North Andover.
On Friday, May 12, 2017, you are invited to her calling hours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith St., Lowell, 978-452-6361. Her funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery. Please visit www.mahoneyfuneralhome.com to send the family an e-condolence.
Published on May 10, 2017
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