OBITUARY

Teresa Ann Welcher

December 11, 1950January 20, 2021

On January 20, 2021, Teresa passed away unexpectedly.

She will be missed by all who loved and knew her, but she leaves behind wonderful memories and lessons of how to live a good life in tough times. Teresa was one of six kids and her parents taught her to have a strong connection to family and to work hard, despite any obstacles. She faced the passing of her husband Jeff and son Nick with grace and courage. Prior to her retirement in 2010, Teresa spent her career working for FedEx as a courier. She was physically and mentally strong, spending her free time exercising and tending to her beloved garden, where she produced the “best tomatoes ever” and making banana bread that she loved to share with her family and friends.

Teresa brought her sense of humor to all she did and she loved to laugh. At monthly family Sunday dinners, she brought humor to the table along with her famous broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole. For years, she vacationed annually in Jamaica, took trips to Niagara Falls, Canada, and often took her family on vacation to Florida when her children were young. Teresa loved her grandkids, Alyssa and JJ and her dog Lola with all her heart. She was a stubborn, strong-minded woman and did things her way. Her intensity could sometimes be seen when she looked at you and bit her lower lip. She liked to laugh and accept teasing for this unique Teresa feature. For the past 14 years, Teresa shared her life with her boyfriend Mike and his family whom she loved like hers.

Teresa is survived by her daughter, Laurie Hoffman, son-in-law Josh Hoffman, grandchildren Alyssa and JJ Hoffman, brothers Edward, James, and Thomas Kostrzewski, sisters Mary Ellen Klewicki and Julie Zarka, boyfriend Mike Sandborn, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. We know Teresa is now at peace being reunited with Jeff and Nick in Heaven.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  • Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

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Darlene Smith

January 24, 2021

I knew Teresa from the DeWitt VFW and she was so much fun. I spent many hours chatting with her and laughing and enjoying life - she was just a hoot to be with. She invited me to go to Jamaica with her and we had an absolutely wonderful time. I was completely stunned to see she had passed. It took my breath away. Just know she was truly loved by her friends. She will be so missed.

Bob & Debbie Hess

January 24, 2021

Bob and I would see your mom when we did our morning walks around the neighborhood. We would always stop and talk. We had just seen your mom a little over a week ago and was saddened to hear of her passing. Prayers for comfort and strength during this time. 🙏🏻

Pat Sandborn Smith

January 23, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss, we thought the world of Teresa. She was such a joy to talk to, I am remembering my last conversation with her, she was sharing family stories about the monthly gatherings with her brothers and sisters, .. I’m so glad that she was surrounded by all that love...
May your hearts be at peace knowing she is resting in Gods loving arms.

Kristin kostrzewski

January 23, 2021

Sending light and love to immediate family, extended family & friends of Aunt Teresa. She was truly one of a kind, I can still hear her voice and laughing and will never forget the time she had my Dad pinned on the ground trying to pry a spoon from his grip during a "friendly" game of Christmas spoons. I know that those closest to her will feel this loss deep in their hearts. You are in my prayers. We will miss you Auntie.

David Borzenski

January 23, 2021

My wife Kathy and I remember Teresa faithfully sitting in the back pew at St. Therese Church at the Saturday 4:30 pm Mass - pre-COVID.
We will miss the gift she was to us (back there) and to our St. Therese Parish, knowing that she remains in our community of saints praying for us who remain.
Thank you, Teresa!
Deacon Dave Borzenski

Kori Ammon

January 22, 2021

Laurie and Family,

We loved Teresa dearly. She had a smile that lit up the room, and a sense of humor that kept us laughing, especially when we picked on my dad😀 Teresa was a generous soul, always welcoming with hugs, her wonderful Banana Bread, and a bounty of tomatoes in the summers. I enjoyed our talks, hearing about her girls trips to Jamaica and stories about Alyssa and JJ.
We were so blessed to have had her in our lives and part of our family.
May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Much Love,
Ryan, Kori, Jackson and Reagan Ammon

Sue Cheatham

January 22, 2021

I first met Teresa at our nephew’s wedding. She was one of those people who grabbed your heart the first time you met her. She was fun, genuine, and vey kind. When we celebrated our mom’s 90th. birthday with a huge weekend gathering in northern Michigan, Teresa worked tirelessly, helping out with every task on the list. She was a sweetheart, and everyone in our family was very fond of her. May she Rest In Peace, knowing that her life touched many people in many wonderful ways. 🙏❤️🙏

Pam Mileski(Sandborn)

January 22, 2021


I’m so sorry for your loss. Teresa was truly one of a kind. I first met her at my Mom’s 90th birthday. She fit right in. She never stopped lending a helping hand. Over the years I would look forward to catching up with her at family gatherings. I felt so comfortable around her. I loved how she would excitably talk about her family. She loved you all so much.
I consider it a privilege that I knew and loved your Teresa. May she Rest In Peace.
Pam Mileski. Mike’s sister.

Cindy Fabiano

January 22, 2021

Such a tragic loss for all who knew and loved Teresa. Our entire family loved her. She fit in with all of us so well and she will be missed at each of our family gatherings. We know she is at peace now. Give mom a hug for us Teresa!

Shelby Richardson

January 22, 2021

We were the blessed ones to have Teresa in our lives. She took the best care my family and dad, never a visit without banana bread, brownies & casserole. Teresa spent many hours painting nails, watching teenage girl movies, sharing jokes, cheering on the Maize & Blue (w/Chad🤨) and keeping dad in line. Grant, Jenna, Marlie and Reese loved her so and considered her their “bonus” grandma. She left a forever imprint in our lives and we will cherish the memories.
Thinking of her family at this most difficult time and pray for comfort in the days ahead.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

On January 20, 2021, Teresa passed away unexpectedly.

She will be missed by all who loved and knew her, but she leaves behind wonderful memories and lessons of how to live a good life in tough times.

Teresa was one of six kids and her parents taught her to have a strong connection to family and to work hard, despite any obstacles. She faced the passing of her husband Jeff and son Nick with grace and courage.

Prior to her retirement in 2010, Teresa spent her career working for FedEx as a courier. She was physically and mentally strong, spending her free time exercising and tending to her beloved garden, where she produced the “best tomatoes ever” and making banana bread that she loved to share with her family and friends.

Teresa brought her sense of humor to all she did and she loved to laugh. At monthly family Sunday dinners, she brought humor to the table along with her famous broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole.

For years, she vacationed annually in Jamaica, took trips to Niagara Falls, Canada, and often took her family on vacation to Florida when her children were young.

Teresa loved her grandkids, Alyssa and JJ and her dog Lola with all her heart.

She was a stubborn, strong-minded woman and did things her way. Her intensity could sometimes be seen when she looked at you and bit her lower lip. She liked to laugh and accept teasing for this unique Teresa feature.

For the past 14 years, Teresa shared her life with her boyfriend Mike and his family whom she loved like hers.

Teresa is survived by her daughter, Laurie Hoffman, son-in-law Josh Hoffman, grandchildren Alyssa and JJ Hoffman, brothers Edward, James, and Thomas Kostrzewski, sisters Mary Ellen Klewicki and Julie Zarka, boyfriend Mike Sandborn, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. We know Teresa is now at peace being reunited with Jeff and Nick in Heaven.