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Thelma A. DeCotis, 83

Retired business co-ownerNEWTON, N.H. – Thelma A. (Vaczy) DeCotis, 83, of Newton, N.H., formerly of Lawrence, died Friday at the Hannah Dustin Nursing Home in Haverhill.The daughter of the late Oscar W. and Alice (Gallipeau) Vaczy, Thelma was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to Lynn as a child with her parents. She was educated in Lynn schools and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School.She was employed at General Electric in Lynn.After her marriage, she moved to Dorchester where she and her husband owned and operated a variety store. Later, she moved to Saugus and they owned a delicatessen in Wakefield. In 1960 she and her husband moved to Lawrence, where they owned and operated the Jackson Bowlodrome on Jackson Street, Lawrence, until their retirement. In 1992 she moved to Hampstead, N.H. and in 2000 she moved to Newton, N.H. While residing in Lawrence, she attended the former St. Laurence O’Toole Church until its closing and then attended St. Lucy’s Church in Methuen. In New Hampshire she attended Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Newton. She was a longtime member of ALANON and was a group leader at meetings held at St. Lucy’s in Methuen and at St. Augustine’s on Tower Hill in Lawrence. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling throughout the world.She was the wife of the late Michael C. DeCotis and the mother of the late Michael DeCotis. She is survived by a son, Richard DeCotis of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers, Delbert P. Vaczy of Sangorville, Maine and Gerald L. Vaczy of Middleborough; two daughters-in-law, Mary G. St. John of Derry, N.H. and Suzanne DeCotis of Lawrence; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Kenneth G. Vaczy, the late Oscar William Vaczy Jr., the late Donald L. Vaczy and the late Anna E. Peterson.Service information: A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy’s Church, 254 Merrimack St., Route 110 Methuen. Private burial will take place in the Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the BOLES Memorial-BARON-MCAULIFFE-YAMEEN Funeral Home, 184 Jackson St. (Route 110 North), Lawrence.

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