Theresa (Viera) Dufresne

Theresa (Viera) Dufresne, 78 of New Bedford passed away peacefully May 12, 2020 at Tremont Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

            Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Ernest and Justina (Santos) Viera, she lived in New Bedford all of her life.

            She loved painting, knitting, dancing, and celebrating with family and friends.

            Terry is survived by her two sons, David Dufresne and his wife Sharon of Fairhaven and Donald Dufresne and his wife Brenda of Mattapoisett; a daughter Pamela Dufresne of New Bedford; grandchildren Lauren, Matthew, Meaghan, Madison, and Peyton; nieces Jody Viera-Jacques and Shannon Loreman and several cousins including Lorraine Moniz of Rochester.

            She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Ronald Viera, and her longtime companion Harry Hamer.

            Terry’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Tremont Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for their loving care and compassion.

            Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, her Funeral Service and burial at St. John’s Cemetery will be private for immediate family. Arrangments are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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