Theresa (Gelineau) Compagna

August 7, 1929 ~ December 13, 2019 (age 90)


Theresa Gelineau Compagna, entered into eternal rest on Dec 13, 2019 surrounded by love. She is survived by her children, Cecile Schaer husband Ray of New Hartford, Lorraine (Lori) Compagna, Monique Compagna, Paul (Michael) Compagna,  wife Anne of Torrington.  Grandsons Jason A Schaer, wife Rebecca, Great Granddaughter’s Mariah, Nora, Savanna, Torrington, Matthew R. Schaer, wife Carrie, Great Grandchildren Jordan, Rosco, Ava, Kylie, Goshen.  Benjamin and Nicholas Compagna, Torrington.
Theresa is also survived by her Sister in law Germaine Compagna, Sisters of Mercy, Burlington Vermont and many nieces and nephews.
Theresa was born in West Charleston Vermont on Aug 7, 1929. She grew up on a working dairy farm in Hardwick Vermont Theresa helped with daily chores, haying, as well as delivering the milk cans to the Cabot Co Op. This is where she met her husband Paul who she was married to for 64 years. Theresa played basketball at the Hardwick Academy where she graduated in 1948.
   Theresa and her late husband Paul (Shorty ) Compagna moved to Ct in the early 50's making their family home on Migeon Ave. Theresa was devoted to her family, her family was her life. She was proud to be a stay at home Mom and enjoyed sewing clothes for the girls. She was known for baking banana breads, cookies, and donuts on a snowy day. Theresa was a musician’s wife for 64 years, always looking forward to the weekend when his band played. Theresa was one of the original members of the American Folk Music Association in Torrington. Band practice and music could be heard from the family home where all were welcome. Theresa was happy to know that her lifelong love of music has passed on to her Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Theresa learned to play piano by ear as a young girl, admitting that got her out of doing the supper dishes. In her early years she shared her gift of singing and playing piano for residents at various nursing homes in the area. For the last 10 years, she made her home at Valerie Manor continuing to entertain the many residents, visitors and staff. Theresa was a devout Catholic, listening to Mass, attending rosary group and giving her blessing daily to everyone. A special thank you to all the residents and their families, over the years, you have become our extended family and offered us endless support.
In lieu of flowers Donations can be made to The Valerie Manor Residents Trust fund which brings live music and programs to the residents. 
We would like to thank the entire Valerie Manor family for your loving care and understanding. She loved you all . On behalf of our family we ask that you remember her with a smile and song in your heart this Christmas Season.          
Arrangements will be private at the convenience of the family,  burial will be at Hillside Cemetery. A Mass will be held at the Lourdes Shrine, Litchfield in the spring. Condolences may be expressed online at


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