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Theresa L. Pecotte Cummings


IRONWOOD, Mich. - Theresa L. Pecotte Cummings, 72, formerly of Hurley, Wis., died peacefully Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Community in Ironwood, with her family by her side.

The former Theresa Chiapuzio was born July 12, 1941, in Bessemer Township, daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Walczak) Chiapuzio, and attended Bessemer schools and A.D. Johnston High School. She was employed as a certified nurse's aide at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center and Sky View Nursing Center in Hurley and Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Community in Ironwood, retiring in 2002.

Her interests included oil painting, baking and sewing. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She was married to Fred Pecotte on Jan. 13, 1962, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ramsay, by the late Msgr. Louis Cappo. Fred preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1999.

She then married Ernest Cummings on Nov. 14, 2001, in Hurley. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2008.

Surviving are a son, Brian Pecotte, Ironwood; two daughters, Charisse (Jim) Aldridge, Bessemer, and Caroline (Jason) Delich, Ironwood; nine grandchildren, Zachary Smith, Amber and Heather Aldridge, Gavin and Bree Delich, and Selena, William, Isiah and Victoria Pecotte; stepson, Lee (Gina) Cummings, Ironwood Township; brother, Donald (Julie) Chiapuzio, Bessemer; sister, Diane (Pat) Ryan, Pico Rivera, Calif .; brother-in-law, Joe Pecotte, Hurley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy; son, Gregory Allan Pecotte, Dec. 15, 2006; granddaughter, Melissa Lee Aldridge, May 1, 2000; brother, William Chiapuzio II; and sister-in-law, Roberta "Bobbie" Pecotte, April 22, 2009.

Per Theresa's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell St., in Ironwood, with the Rev. Michael Hayden officiating.

Private interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley, in the spring.

Condolences may be offered to Theresa's family online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.


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