Thelma (Wilson) Perry
  • In lieu of flowers, donations in Thelma's name to The Salvation Army ATTN: Development, 25 Shawmut Rd. Canton, MA 02021 would be appreciated

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“Don and Family, Thelma was a beautiful woman. My realationship with her, although way too short, was filled with smiles, laughter, and love. I...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Penta - Waltham, MA

“Mrs. Mazmanian was my 5th grade teacher at 5th Ave. School in Woonsocket RI. That was many, many years ago. However, I've never forgotten and in fact...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Randy Bishop - Woonsocket, RI

“I will always remember Mrs. Perry for being that one teacher who you could go to for anything. She was not only welcoming of her own students, but...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Stefanie Cavender - Beaufort, SC

“May you be comforted by the words of many who loved Thelma Perry. We wer graced with her kind, loving, bubbly personality. Thelma always knew...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Virginia DiMaria - NJ

“Mrs. Perry was by far the best teacher that has ever taught me. I am thankful to have had her as a mentor and my friend. Its amazing that a person...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Peter Cannon (Canonico) - CA

“To the Family of Thelma Perry: May the repose of your beloved Mother's soul be eternal. My children attended the O'Brien School in Rockaway, New...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Christine Nikolis - NJ

“I was a student at DBO in Rockaway during my childhood. By the second grade I started to fall behind in math and reading. By third grade I had...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Nickey - Medford, MA

“Mrs. Perry you were such an amazing and wonderful person! You were patient, kind and always a cheerleader for so many children. You touch my life and...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Patricia (Singley) Halter - NJ

“Mrs. Perry and her wonderful puppet Marty the Martian and forever in my heart! She taught me how to read and write. She spent countless hours helping...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Tracey Wolfson

“I will never forget Mrs. Perry! She was my inspiration and that is why I became a teacher:) I wish I had the chance to tell her that. Rest in peace...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mitzi Goldberg

“Mrs. Perry was and always will be my favorite teacher. She is the reason I became a teacher. I have often thought of her and wondered what she was...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Nicole Barchetto - Rockaway, NJ

“Mrs. Perry you were a life changer for me growing up in Rockaway NJ ... Your patience, warm smile, and energetic personality will nver be forgotton....Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: George Nikolis - Rockaway NJ, NJ

“Bless you Mrs. Perry, you were my school teacher 1971-1976 D.B.O School, I was 6-11 years old and I still remember how nice you were to everyone, you...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Richard Gauthier - Wharton, NJ

“Mrs. Perry was a special soul. To know her, was to love her. As an educator she was a friend, mentor, and guiding force to her students. I truly am...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Heidi (Evans) McDonnell - NJ

“The best educator ever to walk the halls of DBO school in Rockaway Township, She was full of energy and much more than just a teacher to the...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Nikolis - Holmdel, NJ


Thelma (Wilson) Perry of Newton Centre formerly of Waltham and Woonsocket RI died on Feb 16, 2013. She was 88. She was a warm and caring person who was loved by all who knew her.
Thelma was born in Northern Ireland and finished her mandatory studies at 16 years old and went to Queen College to study music. However she was drawn to the excitement of London in wartime and moved there during the Blitz.
She worked for a Major in the US Army and there met Martin Mazmanian and married him in 1945. They moved back to his home in Woonsocket, R.I. where she gave birth to Brian and Pamela. She was a devoted and loving mother who taught them the importance of generosity and trust and who led by example.
She was also fun-loving and 'involved in community affairs. She loved music and sang with Brian and Pamela in their church choir. She presided over a group that welcomed war brides to the states gave her time to read to the blind and have less fortunate neighbors share our Sunday dinner table with her family.
A second marriage to Don Perry was a source of happiness and fulfillment to her. .She then lived in New Jersey and followed her earlier degree from Barrington College in R.I. with a Masters from William Patterson College in N.J. and became a remedial reading specialist in Dover, NewJersey. She loved teaching more than anything in the world and she regaled her family with stories about her wonderful students whenever she had a chance. She was also active in community theatre , the New Jersey Ballet and sang with the"Sweet Adeline's."
When she and Don retired they longed to be more involved in the lives of their three grandchildren Daniel, Erik, and Andrew and moved to Waltham, MA. In 1994. They then attended every sporting, musical, academic and vacation event they could as they embraced their new chapter in life. They joined St. Peter's Church in Weston and again found ways to serve the needy.
Thelma was the beloved wife of Donald E. Perry and the late Martin H. Mazmanian, the loving mother of Brian J. Mazmanian and his wife Carol Greenwald Mazmanian of West Newton and Pamela J. Esten and her husband Winsor Esten of Cranston RI. Adored grandmother of Daniel G. Mazmanian and his wife Melissa Tooley, Erik S. Mazmanian and Winsor Andrew Esten. Sister of Anna Andrasko of Orange CA.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Sat Feb 23 at 11:30 AM in St. John's Episcopal Church 297 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville followed by a reception in the parish hall. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Thelma's name to The Salvation Army ATTN: Development, 25 Shawmut Rd. Canton, MA 02021 would be appreciated