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December 18, 1922 - December 27, 2010
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Teotima Zamoras Barcinas Bolandrina “Tima”,88 passed away Monday Dec. 27,
2010, surrounded by family. Tima was being treated at Mass General
Hospital, battling the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage. She is survived
by her three sons Bob and his partner Sue Brinkley; Dan and his wife
Pennisue; Joe and his wife Grethel; two brothers Gorgonio Jr and Gaspar,
two sisters Sr. Mary Carmen and Brigida; six grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Born in Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines, Tima was the third oldest of
thirteen children. She entered nursing school in the early 40’s and
completed her training during Japanese Occupation helping treat the
wounded resistance fighters as a member of the Philippine Commonwealth
Army, in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States.
In 1953, Tima was among the first wave of Filipino nurses to immigrate to
the US, and her first assignment was at Boston’s Mass General Hospital.
After a few years, she transferred to Chicago. There she met her (late)
beloved husband Ambrosio, and they were married in 1958. They were
happily married for 42 years, until Ambrosio passed in 2000.
After their three sons were born in Chicago, Tima and her family moved to
New Jersey when her husband was transferred to New York City. There, she
continued working as a nurse.
In 1969, Ambrosio was transferred to Waltham and Tima’s family moved to
their home in Holliston MA. She served as an OR Nurse at Framingham Union
Hospital as an In-Service Operating Room Nurse and trained many of young
nurses during their OR rotation. Tima retired in 2006 (after suffering a
heart attack at work).
Tima was also a long time member of Saint Mary’s Holliston Adult Choir.
She was blessed with the opportunity to join the choir when they traveled
to Rome to sing for Pope John Paul II, and also sang with the choir for
Cardinal O’Malley in Boston.
Tima may best be remember for the way she opened her home and her heart to
everyone: hosting several gatherings at their Holliston home to support
local politicians, and social events for St Mary’s Choir, as well as fund
raising events for the local Filipino school Iskwelahang Pilipino. Tima
also helped several members of her extended family get established here in
the US. Many folks who grew up in Holliston got their first taste of
Filipino food in her kitchen, during one of the many lechons (pig roasts)
Visitation will be held on Thursday Dec. 30 from 4pm to 7pm at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.
ChesmoreFueneralHome.com. A funeral service will be held on Friday Dec.
31 at 10:30am at St Mary’s Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in the
parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brain Aneurysm Foundations charitable donation www.bafound.org/make-difference