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Therese Iris Vrtis

August 8, 1951June 16, 2020

Therese Iris Vrtis, nee Marcisz, age 68, of Evergreen Park, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. She was the treasure of her parents, the late George and Marie Marcisz, and her step-mother Lila Marcisz. Married for over 45 years to her loving husband, Michael Vrtis, Terry had many miles of adventures with him. She was the beloved mother to Jeremy (Alison) Vrtis, the late Jennifer Steinhaus, and Joy (Phil) Yniguez, along with most of all of their childhood friends. She opened her home to all of her children’s friends and welcomed them as if they were her own. As Grandma T, she adored her grandchildren, Andrew (Joy & Phil), Avi and Sasha (Jenny & Andy), Grace and Lizzie (Jeremy & Alison). She was unique, truly one of a kind. She enjoyed going “out and about “ on Saturdays running errands, stopping by thrift stores and then lunch. Terry enjoyed singing Motown and oldies together with her children and grandchildren. Terry had a quick wit, with some of the best one liners. She was so compassionate and understanding to those less fortunate. She endured many trials of both physical and mental illness without complaint. Despite becoming blind in her final years, she chose not to stare at her difficulties, but to look upon her blessings with gratitude. She remains a part of our Unbroken Circle of family and friends. We have been blessed to have her as part of our lives. Services for Therese will be private at this time, with a Memorial Service being planned for the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NAMI, http://namidupage.org/


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Maureen Laude

June 27, 2020

Having Therese in your lives was a real treasure. She is loved and missed by many close and even not so close friends. May she rest in peace.

Richard Litak

June 23, 2020

To Therese’s family,

I am sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

Alice Dabrowski

June 23, 2020

Terry and I met in high school and were friends for 50 years.
She was a special person and I will miss her.
Many good memories.
Such a nice tribute and wonderful photo of Terry, showing her smile and warmth.

Mike, Jeremy, and Joy
Thinking of you and your family.

Love and prayers,
Alice Dabrowski

Jimmy Vrtis

June 23, 2020

Vrtis Family,
Aunt Terry always did have a kind and gentle soul, and she will always be remembered for that. What a wonderful photo of her. I'm fortunate to have had her as my Aunt and to have had so many visits with each of you.
Love, Jimmy

Judy Rehor

June 21, 2020

Dear Vrtis family
My sincere sympathy to you on the loss of Terri. All too soon and always hard when we lose a loved one. My prayers are with you.
Judy Rehor

Matt Vrtis

June 20, 2020

I remember her quiet, knowing grin. Like something funny or clever occurred that might have been sometimes too subtle for me to pick up but was there, nonetheless. She will be missed.

Kelly Wigent-Ruffino

June 20, 2020

I didn't get my induction into the Vrtis Family until Andrew was born. What I found was a home with laughter, love and quirkiness that drew you in. Mrs. V. had this way of whipping out a quick one liner then laughing with you in a way that drew you into the joke. I would always giggle as she would say "oh Joy" as she shook her head and smiled at her youngest's anticts. The Vrtis family has been dealt some hard losses this year. My prayers go out to all of you as you try to heal. May all the amazing memories you have made thru the years keep you smiling and warm your heart. You all are so strong and so loved. <3 Kelly, Kaelyn, Bren & Lucas

Mauro Battistella

June 20, 2020

I am sad to know about your Passing! I Will always remember you because you were part of my memorable year of 1977! Thank you for your patience with my poor english when I’ve got in USA!
Sad but at the same time happy because I’m sure today you rest in God’s arms, together with Jenny!

Joy Yniguez

June 19, 2020

I will miss you so much Momma and your beautiful, bright, caring ways! We had so many good times over the years and most of my favorite memories are with you (trips to the cottage, taking care of Baby Andrew, family picnics, going to musicals, celebrating birthdays and many ordinary days). God has called you home to Heaven to be with Jenny. My heart aches from these enormous losses – I love you both so much and that’s probably why it hurts so much. I will try my best to let your light (which still shines) help heal my pain. Rest in peace sweet Momma, by God’s grace I know that I will see you again someday.

Terri Grieshaber

June 19, 2020

I have many memories growing up with The Vrtis’. Anytime you were in their house you felt part of their family. Many days growing up I was there more then my own house. Mrs Vrtis always had an extra plate in case you wanted to stay for dinner. Spaghetti day was my favorite because she added hamburger to her sauce. Joy and I would perform many dance routines for her. She would sit on her couch and just shake her head and laugh at us. But she always watched our debuts. Joy and I also loved raiding her closet for her “groovy hippie clothes” and we would have fashion shows. But one memory that sticks in my head is one night Joy and I decided to rent “The Exorcist” because neither of us never saw it. We sat there in their Living room lights off sitting on the floor. We watched the whole thing. Never has a movie scared me so much. To the point I didn’t want to walk the whole block home alone. Mrs Vrtis put on her shoes at 10pm and walked me to the corner of 88th street and watched me run the block to my house. I looked back and there she was watching me and waving to me.
She was everyone one of her children’s friends second mother. I’m honored to say I knew her and loved her
Rest In Peace Mrs V. I know you and Jenny are up there together and loving every minute of it.
Until we meet again.... Terri Baudo-Grieshaber