Beverly Farms — Teresa D. Patch, of Beverly Farms, died on February 21, 2014, at age 86. She was born on July 29, 1927, to the late Peter and Mary Cacciola of Beverly. In 1943, when the family was living in Hamilton, Teresa graduated from St. Mary’s Girls’ High School. For the next year, she worked as a typist at the Columbian National Life Insurance Co. in Boston. She then worked at Sylvania in Ipswich, where she took on several roles: first as a typist, then in the accounting department, and finally as secretary to the plant manager, until her marriage to Richard J. Patch of Wenham in 1952, who passed in 1991. They had three children, David of Delaware, Jeffrey of Ipswich, and Raymond of Pennsylvania.
At age 16, at the behest of a Sister she visited at St. Mary’s Convent, she formed, directed, and accompanied as organist a young girls’ choir (grades 4 to 8) at St. Paul’s Church in Hamilton. However, when her family moved to Beverly Farms, she was unable to continue due to lack of transportation. Not long after that move, she formed and directed a children’s choir that sang at the Saturday afternoon Mass at St. Margaret Church. There too in 1973 is where she formed and directed a choir for adults that continued until June 1991. During this time, she composed choir and organ arrangements for Easter and Christmas Masses. She also had been the pro-life representative for St. Margaret Parish for several years. After retiring from the choir, she served as Lector and then as keyboard player at Saturday Masses until health problems confined her to her home.
While volunteering at St. Margaret School in 1968, Teresa was asked by a cafeteria worker to give her daughter piano lessons because her teacher was moving. Teresa agreed, word spread, and for the next 46 years she enjoyed a new profession teaching a countless number of students throughout those years.