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Theresa Mary Cloyd, 85, formerly of Salem, succumbed to a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was the wife and longtime girlfriend of Albert Cloyd of Beverly, sharing over 63 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Gleichowska) Szczechowicz of Salem.
Born in Salem in 1931, Theresa was a graduate of Saint John the Baptist Grammar School and a National Honor Society graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1949.
Theresa first met her husband, Al, when he was a senior at Beverly High School, and they each have their own version of how they met. Dating consisted largely of taking the bus to attend Beverly High basketball and hockey games. After several months they each went their own way. A little after a year later, while on active duty with the U.S. Marines, Al wrote the classic letter that led to the wonderful life and family they so enjoyed. Al asked his sister to look up a last name of a girl in the phone book, the name started with S ended with Z, with a couple of other Zs near the front, and she lived in a low number house on Essex Street, Salem. Armed with correct spelling, Al wrote “If you are married, engaged or going steady, don't read the rest of the letter.” Timing was great and the rest is history, represented by five children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Theresa and Al enjoyed going to auctions and church sales, focusing primarily on children and young adult books. In 2008, while on a weekend trip to attend a Highland Game, they attended an auction purchasing a box of books for $100. In the box was a Nancy Drew book with a dust jacket which was from 1930 and in good condition. Not sure of value they listed it on Ebay for $300. They next morning the bidding was up to over $1000, and they were receiving email offers directly, with collectors calling the book the Holy Grail of Nancy Drew. Friends became excited, shared with their friends and eventually 100s were following the bidding. “The Secret of the Old Clock” closed at $11,700, the highest recorded price for a Nancy Drew book, still stands.
Theresa lived a very active life right up to the time of her diagnosis. She could be seen in the front yard, affectionately known as Cloyd field, pitching the ball to her two oldest great-grandsons.
Through the years Theresa was best identified by the motto “Nana Can Do It,” often called upon by the grandchildren to help with a school project, make a costume, hem trousers or sew on an athletic patch on a team/game shirt. The request usually came the night before the item was required, and Nana did it.
Theresa was active in school activities as her children attended Saint John the Baptist School and Bishop Fenwick. She also served two terms as secretary of the Beverly Cove Improvement Society.
Theresa was appreciative of the love and support extended to her by her friends, known as “The Cinnamon Crunch Girls,” 10 friends who would gather Fridays at Panera's. Some of the friendships go back over 60 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her five children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, son, John S. Cloyd and his wife, Elizabeth of Newfields, N.H., and their children, Tyler and Delaney; daughter, Katharine M. Haselton and her husband, Eugene of Goffstown, N.H., and their son, Michael; son, David D.Cloyd and his wife, Mary of Magnolia, Mass., and their son, David Jr. and his wife, Alison of Danvers, Mass., and their sons, David III and Connor; son, Mathew and his wife, Grace of Pepperell, Mass., and their daughter, Eloise; daughter, Caroline Berg and her husband, Justin of Peabody, Mass., and their children, Jonathan and Annabelle; daughter, Paula J. LeClair and husband, Dennis of Sutton, Mass., and their sons, Gregory, Brett, and Andrew and his fiancee, Nicole Bundy of Somerville, Mass.; son, Michael J. and his wife, Carlie of Camden, Maine and their children, Samuel and Emma.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Steven Barrett of Family Medicine Associates, Sherry Curtin of Partners Visiting Nurses and the staff of Care Dimensions and Kaplan Family Hospice House for the love, care and support given.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church, 672 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in the Central Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  February 20, 2017
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