OBITUARY

Teresa Lynn Lewis

November 9, 1960September 29, 2021

Teresa Lynn Lewis, 60, of Westfield, Indiana departed this life Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at her home. Teresa was born November 9, 1960 in Indianapolis to the late Delbert and Martha (Bannister) Dean. She was proud to have worked as a manager for the City of Carmel Utilities for over 39 years. She had also managed Household Hazardous Waste, and held a Class IV Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators Certification License while working at the City of Carmel Waste Water Treatment Plant. Teresa was instrumental in managing Carmel’s “Feed the Frontlines” program.

To know Teresa, is to know that she was dedicated to any endeavor she would undertake. She was an inspiration to others with her work ethic and great attitude. She was a true busy body and appreciated the little things in life.

She loved the outdoors and was an advocate for protecting our natural world. Teresa was an accomplished gardener too and former president of the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association. She enjoyed Zumba and bicycling with the Carmel Pedals on Thursday’s and ice skating and snowmobiling in the winter. Teresa loved traveling. Some of Teresa and Jordan’s recent trips were to Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and her main love was Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She loved sitting by the beach and looking out into the ocean. Teresa was also an excellent homemaker and decorator of her Westfield home. She loved hands on projects around the house. Teresa also adored her chocolate lab “Sirius”. She was also a member of The Well Armed Women and the Indiana Water Environment Association.

Teresa was also known to be pretty crafty and creative. She enjoyed knitting with the Westfield Knitting Club, quilting, stained glass and baking and decorating incredible cakes. Teresa was happiest though making memories with her loving family and friends and never missed a special moment with her grandchildren enjoying fun weekends playing games and having sleepovers.

She is survived by her loving son, Daniel (Kara) Lewis and grandchildren Jaxson and Kennedy; her devoted partner, Jordan Kleinsmith; aunt Ruth Bannister, whom Teresa was a devoted caregiver, and a host of dear friends and grateful Carmelites. Visitation for Teresa will begin at 12:00 pm noon on Saturday, October 23rd at Leppert Mortuary – Smith Carmel Chapel and conclude at time of her memorial service at 3:00 pm.

Memorial contributions in Teresa’s name are suggested to: Humane Society of Hamilton County or to The American Cancer Society. Online condolences for Teresa may be shared at: www.leppertmortuary.com

Services

23 October

Memorial Visitation

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Leppert Mortuaries – Carmel

900 N. Rangeline Rd.
Carmel, Indiana 46032

23 October

A Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Leppert Mortuaries – Carmel

900 N. Rangeline Rd.
Carmel, Indiana 46032

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Ed Wolfe

October 17, 2021

This is a photo of Teresa Dean with some of her colleagues when she and I were young, and Carmel as a City was just getting started. Teresa and I worked together for decades. People who work together for so long become family, necessarily sharing good times and bad.

Teresa was driven. She was passionate about her work, her family, her cars, her gardening, and her hobbies. Her organizational skills and attention to detail were remarkable. Terri seemed to always have a smile and was always quick to laugh.

I am shocked and extremely saddened by her sudden and premature passing, and extend my sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

Sue Maki

October 12, 2021

I am in shock and deeply sad about Teresa's passing. Teresa and I were co-workers for many years. She was always a reliable source of information and expertise. She helped me whenever she could. I admired her energy and dedication. But her dedication to her career only paled in comparison to her dedication to her family. The love she had for her family, especially her grandchildren was enviable. I am sad that I will be out of town the day of her memorial service. I pray that the words spoken that day will give some level of peace to her family. God Bless.

Brenda Cook

October 11, 2021

Teri and I attended a Morel Mushroom class together a few years back and also mushroom-hunted with a group of fellow outdoorsy people! I loved meeting up with her at HHW and having lunch while "catching up" on everything. She often got me tickets to Seed Saver and Master Gardener plant sale events. We would meet up and talk plants and home projects, new homes, family - just about anything. I am still in shock about her passing, she will be missed by so many people! Hugs to Jordan, I will see you the 23rd.

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