Lorraine Theresa Georgens, or Theresa, as she was known to friends and family, passed from this world on November 24, 2019 at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA. She recently celebrated her 95th birthday with her older brother, Joseph Chevalier, who passed away on November 12, 2019, and was predeceased by eldest brother Bernard and youngest, Victor. Born in Chicopee, MA to Vincent P. and Mary Louise Chevalier (nee Chartier) of Montgomery Street, Theresa described a carefree childhood, enjoying the protection of her brothers and the comforts of a happy home. After graduating from Cathedral High School in Springfield, she chose to become an RN and entered training at the Mercy Hospital in Springfield. A few years later she would there meet her future husband as her patient. While all three of her brothers were WWII Paratroopers, Andrew Georgens was a Veteran in the Army Corp of Engineers and a Bronx native. After the war, his family relocated to the Lee area to build recreational cabins on Laurel Lake and open a restaurant. Married at St. George’s Church in Chicopee, September 25, 1948, Andy and Tess initially settled in Pittsfield where their first two children, Andrew and Andrea (Vadnais) were born. A trained crane operator, Andy moved his young family to Springfield where there were abundant construction opportunities, and the family grew to include Aisia (de’Anthony) and Matthew. Theresa was widowed after only 12 years and never remarried, but maintained her vocation at the Springfield Hospital, where she made many life-long friends as a post-surgical nurse. Her home was always brimming with gifts, cards and even food given by grateful patients appreciative of Theresa’s particular brand of TLC. “Unforgettable” was the word most heard in describing her, as she invested herself in both family and profession wholeheartedly. She made an unforgettable impression on everyone--patients, family and friends--for her generosity and joyful spirit, as a mother, sister, friend and nurse. Theresa was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, where she was also a member of the choir and Women’s Club. Besides her four children, Theresa is survived by daughters-in-law Glenda and Robin, seven grandchildren, Andrew, Tiffany, Travis, Tahnee, Matthew, Jonathan and Erica and 5 great grandchildren, Liam, Harrison, Lucas, James and Michael, as well as several nieces and nephews. For the last 4 years, Theresa has been a resident of the Kaplan Estates who have shown her tremendous generosity and mirrored her joyful spirit in their care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Harriet & Ralph Kaplan Estates, 240 Lynnfield St, Peabody, MA 01960. Family and friends will gather and remember Theresa on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 9a.m. – 10a.m at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, Springfield, MA, Followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 11a.m. Burial will conclude in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield. For additional information please visit www.byronkeenan.com
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