Theresa Marie Petrill

March 1, 1959April 15, 2021

Theresa Marie Petrill, age 62, passed away while surrounded by loving family on April 15th 2021, from a hard fought battle with breast cancer. She was born March 1st, 1959 in Chesapeake, Virginia to Hamilton Russell Dwyer and Margaret Mary (Lindars) Dwyer both preceding her in death. Theresa grew up surrounded by a loving, busy family full of laughter, kindness, and many family pets. Her passion for caring for others was demonstrated through her obtaining her BSN from Old Dominion University in 1987 after being a lab technician. She worked diligently as an ICU nurse for many years.

Theresa met the love of her life, Paul J Petrill, in Norfolk, VA and married in December of 1987. Her love of caring for others extended into devoting herself to motherhood to raise her two children, Alex and Kathryn. Being a mom was her greatest joy in life, never missing a single event or milestone.

She volunteered in her community to help those in need, sorting food at the warehouse for the Fredericksburg Food Bank, office work for Catholic Charities, helping underprivileged children with homework at the after school program; Brain Builders, as well as numerous other causes. Wherever she was needed, Theresa was there.

Always full of life it wouldn’t have been the same without her family around her. Her sister Margaret Dwyer Bradley preceded her in death. Survived by her husband, Paul Joseph Petrill; her son Michael Alexander Petrill; her daughter Kathryn Lynne Petrill. Brothers Hamilton Russell Dwyer and Arthur Lindars Dwyer; and sister Patricia Anne Dwyer; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces/nephews.

A devout Catholic, a Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave, Fredericksburg, VA. Interment will be 10:30AM Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Quantico National Cemetery, 18242 Joplin Road, Triangle, VA.

The family would like to thank a couple angles who worked tirelessly to help Theresa’s last few weeks; Patricia Dwyer and Mary Bradley Tjepkes.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Catholic Charities, Local Food Bank, American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Interment

    Thursday, April 22, 2021


Theresa Marie Petrill

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Eileen Keates (Habib)

April 20, 2021

I met Theresa when our boys attended grade school together at Holy Cross. We were two moms who were very like minded with raising our kids, and I enjoyed our conversations when the boys got together to hang out. Our boys are grown now (still good friends) and although I haven't seen her in quite a few years, she was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. I'm so very sorry for your loss Paul, Alex and Kathryn. Our deepest condolences from all of the Habib-Keates family. Eileen, Peter, Colleen, Matthew and Carolyn

Sylvia Bibby

April 20, 2021

Theresa became a much loved friend and sister in faith. I met her first at a class at St Mary's, and other events at the church. We went on to meet regularly to talk, share, discuss our faith and families, and more importantly to pray together. Theresa was an inspiration to me, she was spirit filled and a joy to be with. She put her faith into action in so many ways. She had so much courage as she dealt with all that came. I send my condolences to her family who she loved so much. May God bless and comfort you all. My heart is full and words are hard to find, Theresa, was a treasure when she was with us, and will be remembered with love.

Annie Dwyer

April 19, 2021

Theresa was my 1st cousin. I met her in 2013 at the home of her brother, Hamilton Dwyer. I stopped at her house when I continued my trip North. Theresa was so nice and friendly, and I often wished I lived closer so I could spend more time with her. She will be missed. Prayers for Paul, Alex, Kathryn and her entire family.

Linda Tague

April 18, 2021

Paul, Alex, and Kathryn, so very sorry for your loss. Theresa was a good and kind neighbor. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tommy and Linda Tague