Theresa F. (Schiavone) Higgins, 89, of Medway, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017, at Cornerstone/Compass of Milford Assisted Living. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Higgins, Jr. who passed away in 2013. Born on November 13, 1927 in Framingham, MA she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Jane (Ianiro) Schiavone. Theresa grew up in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High School where she was valedictorian. Theresa and Paul were married in 1948 and together they made their home in Medway, where they raised their seven children. They were married for 65 years. In addition to raising her seven children, Mrs. Higgins worked for many years at the former Medway Savings Bank and also as a cafeteria monitor at the Medway Elementary School. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and making crafts. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and loved playing cards at the Medway Senior Center.
She is survived by her seven children, Paula Higgins and her husband Richard Lawless of Needham; Timothy Higgins and his wife Kyra Ritter of Virginia; Kathleen Bucchianeri and her husband Richard of Westford; Paul J. Higgins, III and his wife Jenna of Danvers; Joyce Dacier and her husband Bill of Medway; Theresa Tkowski and her husband Bill of Medway; and Michael Higgins and his wife Linda of Medway. Theresa is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Peter Schiavone, Rev. Jeldo Schiavone, and Robert Schiavone. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Mass on Wednesday, August 16, at 10AM at St. Joseph Church, 151 Village St., in Medway. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Medway. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 PM in the Ginley-Crowley Funeral Home (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com), 3 Barber Street, Medway. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to Alzheimers Disease Research, a Bright Focus Foundation Program, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.