Zelta ‘Sally’ G. Correa
DRACUT Zelta ‘Sally’ G. (Francisco) Correa, 87, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Lawrence General Hospital. She was the wife of Manuel Correa, whom she married at the age of eighteen on July 15, 1939, at St. Anthony’s Church in Lowell.
Sally was born in Lowell on June 29, 1921, to the late Jose and the late Rosa (Picanso) Francisco, who immigrated to America from the Azores. She attended local schools and furthered her education by attending Lowell Commercial College, Bryant and Stratton of Boston, as well as General Motors Accounting in Framingham where she received a certificate in Financial Management.
She began her employment in 1937 working for Wannalancit Textile Company as a Cloth Inspector and then worked for Lowell Lingerie Company as a payroll clerk. During World War II, while her husband was in basic training in Waynesville, Missouri, she worked at the U.S.O. as a volunteer and then in South Carolina as a clerk in the cafeteria. In July of 1953, she worked for Porter Chevrolet Inc. as Office and Business Manager and for Porter Leasing Corp. as President and Treasurer for over the next forty years. During this time, she was also a Notary Public for more than twenty five years.
She resided in the Back Central Street area of Lowell moving to Tewksbury where she lived for many years. More recently, she lived in Dracut.
Due to her religious devotion and as a faithful member of her community, she devoted over fifty years in volunteer work to St. Anthony’s Church and the Holy Ghost Society. At St. Anthony’s Church she attended Religious Education, including Bible Classes, receiving all her sacraments. She was a Religious Education Teacher, sang in the English Choir, participated in Church plays, served as Conselheira of the youth group, Juventude Em Marcha, under the direction of Fr. Eusebio, as well as working on many Church committees such as anniversary celebrations. She was Financial Secretary of the St. Anthony’s Building Fund, Treasurer of the Holy Rosary Sodality, and League of Catholic Women, and was Assistant Chairperson and Treasurer of St. Anthony’s Feast and Our Lady of Loreto Feast. She was also Treasurer of the Holy Ghost Society and chaired many committees.
Proud of her Portuguese heritage, she assisted many Portuguese immigrants in becoming American citizens as well as assisting the nurse and interpreting at the V & A Clinic at St. Anthony’s Church for over a decade.
For fun, she enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, and traveling having visited Madeira, Portugal, Aruba, California, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
She also assisted at the V & H Clinic at St. Anthony’s Parish on Tuesdays, served as Eucharistic Minister, ran monthly bus trips for the Portuguese seniors and worked at the Lowell Council on Aging. She had also been very much involved with the Chelmsford and Dracut Senior Centers.
In addition to her husband, Manuel, she is survived by her only sibling, her younger sister, Laurentine ‘Laura’ D. Caselle of Dracut; her nephew, Dr. Paul F. Caselle and his wife, Adrienne of Andover; and great nieces, Alexis Bancroft and her husband, Philip, of Norwalk, CT, and Christina Caselle of Brooklyn, NY; as well as many friends.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HER CALLING HOURS 2 UNTIL 4 P.M. AND 5 UNTIL 7 P.M. ON FRIDAY.
ON SATURDAY, HER FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816.
HER FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH AT 10 A.M..
Church address for directions 893 Central Street Lowell MA 01852
BURIAL IN ST. PATRICK CEMETERY.