Used love and determination to overcome challenges

Published September 5, 2019

NORTH ANDOVER — Thelma Shapiro, 85, of North Andover, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2019. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and later of Old Bridge, N.J., Thelma moved to Massachusetts 20 years ago to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Thelma was predeceased by her beloved husband of 40 years, Kenneth Shapiro, and her parents, Celia and Nathan Goldstein. Thelma was a strong woman who loved her family fiercely. Time and again, Thelma used that love and determination to push through illnesses and challenges that seemed insurmountable.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Marci Bailey, and her husband, Paul, of North Reading, and her daughter, Jacqueline Robbins, and her husband, Robert, of Rochester, N.Y. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Nicholas, Claire, Jessica and Max, as well as her niece, Lynne Shapiro.

Thelma’s family expresses special appreciation to the many caregivers who supported her with love and compassion in recent years, especially Debbie Schmitt, the staff at The Meadows/Edgewood, and the staff and members of the Point After Club in Lawrence.

A memorial remembrance will be held in the fall. Donations in Thelma’s memory may be made to the Point After Club, 15 Union St., Suite #70, Lawrence, MA 01840 or the Employee Education Assistance Fund of the Edgewood Retirement Community. Checks payable to Edgewood Retirement Community (note to Employee Education Assistance Fund in memory of Thelma Shapiro), 575 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845.