OBITUARY

Therese Ann Perry

November 25, 1913October 15, 2020

On Thursday October 15th, 2020, Therese Ann Perry, passed from this life at the age of 106, in Phoenix, AZ.

Teresina Anna Catarina was born on November 25th, 1913, in Boston, MA, to Italian immigrant parents Fiorentino and Maria Ciampa, the 4th of 10 children. Known as “Teddy” to her brother George and many close family members, and “Terri” to friends and family. She grew up in Boston and often told stories of trying on her older sister’s beautiful dresses while they were out dancing, and later going to dances herself. She loved dancing her whole life! She moved with her family to Southern California in her early 20’s; she would call California home for most of her life. She got her cosmetology license in California in 1935, she married Gene Oehlman in 1939. They had 2 children, Linda and Greg. Her marriage to Gene ended in 1951. In 1939 she owned and operated Ritz Beauty Salon in Inglewood, CA, until 1943 when she moved to AZ while Gene was in Cadet School and then moving to various States while he was stationed many different places until he went overseas during WWII. She moved back to CA to be close to family and raise her children and continued mostly working as a hairdresser until the late 1970’s. She was a natural artist. She did her first piece at age 13, of her grandfather. She later took oil painting classes and loved to paint and sketch. She met Bill Perry in 1976 at a dance studio in Redondo Beach, CA. They married in 1978. She loved to learn! In 1980 she went to Real Estate School and got her Real Estate License. She and Bill started W.T. Perry Realty together in the 1980’s and kept their licenses active until 1998. They both shared a love for their blended family, music, being active in St. Clare’s (their local church), traveling together, visiting family, and having guests come to stay in their home in Santa Clarita, CA. After almost 25 years of marriage, Bill passed away and a few years after Therese moved to Arizona in 2010, so she could be close to her granddaughter Kameron Shelsta and her family. She spent the last 10 years in Arizona. She lived independently until after her 99th birthday and then moved to assisted living where she was known for her love of singing and music.

Therese loved to tell stories of family memories and share advice with her grandchildren, greatgrandchildren,nieces and nephews and was always happy to meet new people and make new friends. She was a loving sister, aunt, mother, step-mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as friend to many!

Therese was preceded in death by her parents Maria & Fiorentino Ciampa, her ex-husband Gene Oehlman, 2nd husband Bill Perry, step-son Glen Perry, her brothers and sisters, James Ciampa, Gene Ciampa, Fred Ciampa, Caroline Sardella, Sally Smith & Marie Martin. She is survived by her 2 children Linda Stroffe and Greg Oehlman, step-son Tom Perry, her sisters and brother Eleanor Taff, Alice Andrews & George Ciampa, 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many other friends and relatives.

She will certainly always live on in our hearts through our unforgettable memories of her. Funeral services will be held outdoors at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary 23287 North Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321 on October 29th, 2020 at 10:00AM with graveside service to follow at 11:00AM

Services

29 October

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary

23287 North Sierra Hwy
Newhall, CA 91321

29 October

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary

23287 North Sierra Hwy
Newhall, CA 91321

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Lisa Ciampa

October 21, 2020

As the wife of Aunt Terri’s nephew, Richard Ciampa, I always felt included by her and cared for every time we interacted. What a sweet, kind, caring soul of a woman she was who I feel so very grateful to have known. Her smile always made me smile and I will always remember her with love.

Alison Pivonka

October 21, 2020

A beautiful picture of a beautiful lady. Here is a classic one for you! Always gentle of voice, kind or heart, and generous of spirit. Such a privilege to have known her.

Deepest condolences to you,
Alison, Ted, Justin, and Hayley

Fred Ciampa

October 20, 2020

My memories of aunt Terry began in the early 1940's at my grandparents home on Tamerack Street in Inglewood, CA. CHRISTMAS was always a festive occasion at my grandparents home and aunt Terry always seemed to be present. Probably wasn't until I was age 4 or 5 that I realized the girl that my dad called 'Teddy' was actually his sister and she was supposed to be there too. Always kind to me and with a smile when she spoke with me.
I am so glad that I had the occasion to see her again at her 106th birthday in Glendale, Arizona.
My most sincere condolences must also go out to aunt Terri's granddaughter, Kameron as well as uncle George Ciampa.
I know that aunt Terry will live on in the heart of many.
Riposa in Pace zia Terri, I know you are in good company in Heaven.
Always your nephew, Fred Richard (Dick) Ciampa

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