Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:
WILMINGTON, MA — Brenda Ellen (Sheldon) Faragi, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by her loving children on May 30, 2022.
Brenda was born on February 9, 1954, in Sherbrooke, Quebec; she was the oldest of 5 children born to her parents, the late Cecil and Miriam (Wiggins) Sheldon. Brenda was raised in Canada before moving with her family to Wilmington in the early 60’s. She attended Wilmington Public Schools and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1971.
Following graduation, Brenda began what would be her forty-three-year career with the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers. She began her work as a typist and retired as a Senior Budget Analyst and was a 2017 recipient of the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. Brenda was a reliable and dedicated civilian employee, rarely missing a day of work. She proved herself to be a valuable asset to the Corps., sound, dependable and had many coworkers as dear friends throughout her decades of work.
Brenda married Rocco Faragi (of Saugus) in 1975; they lived in Woburn for a short time before settling in Tewksbury where they started their family having two children, Jenn and Charlie. After enduring all she could, Brenda set out on her own as a single mother in 1990 raising her children entirely on her own while maintaining a full-time career and navigating the world as a single woman. She took great pride in the empire she created from nothing.
Brenda was born to be a mom; she was a great nurturer and fierce protector. She was reliable and dependable, arriving home every day at 4:08pm to kick teenagers out of her house. Brenda served as a wonderful role model for her children; they learned to appreciate hard work, loyalty to your tribe and above all else, finding humor in our darkest hours.
In times of good health, Brenda enjoyed gardening in her flowerbeds, baking (have you ever had a Ms. Fa brownie?), reading from the New York Times Bestsellers list, and simply minding her own business. She received many, many requests for her brownies – they are truly legendary now. Brenda loved the Red Sox and the Pats but she could never bring herself to give Brady the credit he deserved. She loved all the great power ballad divas; and she enjoyed seeing Celine in Las Vegas and Tina in Chicago, a great regret was never seeing Whitney.
Brenda will be remembered for her gentle demeanor; she was a great listener and confidant. To know her was to love her, but you had to do that from a distance sometimes because she liked to be left alone. Brenda had a peaceful, serene personality, a quick-witted sense of humor and an infectious laugh, especially if she heard you using the 7 dirty words. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Brenda was the devoted mother of Jennifer Faragi of Burlington and Charles Faragi of Wilmington, dear sister of Arnold Sheldon & his wife Cheri, Arthur Sheldon, Paul Sheldon & his husband Paul “Ted” Theodore, and the late Jeffrey Sheldon. Brenda is also survived by one niece, 3 nephews, her surrogate children Tom Serena and Anthony Petrovich and her “GIRLS”.
A Celebration of Brenda’s Life will be held at Tremezzo Restaurant, 2 Lowell Street, Wilmington on Friday, June 10th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Brenda’s name to one of these causes she cared for so dearly: Friends of Animals, 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT 06820, Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Attn: Online Services, P.O. Box 97166, Washington, D.C. 20090-7166.
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