Terri Ellen McNiel
October 29, 1960 – January 15, 2021
Terri Ellen McNiel, 60, of Papillion, NE, passed peacefully, January 15, 2021 after a 5-year battle with breast cancer. She was born October 29, 1960 at Sartori Hospital, Cedar Falls, IA, firstborn of William and Judith (Terry) McNiel. Her pre-school years were in Harlan, IA and Wayne, NE. She finished her schooling at Jefferson H.S. where she was a J-Hawk Mat Maid. She was married to John Thomas Zehr in August, 1987. They later divorced. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1989 with a BS in elementary education. She spent the next 25 years with OPS, teaching at Saratoga and Prairie Wind. She was devoted to teaching and loved her students. Teaching was her life. Terri enjoyed gardening and decorating her home. She never passed up a garage sale, thrift shop, or an interesting rock. She was supported and loved by longtime partner, Sherrard Wiese. She is survived by Parents, William and Judith; Sister, Kelly Ann (Heath Ayers); Nephew, William Ellis; Uncle, Robert (JoAnn) McNiel, all of Cedar Rapids; Uncle, Phil (Patty) Terry, Underwood, IA; Cousins, Molly (Michael), Stephanie (Chris), Jessica, Rachel (Chris), Joel. Partner, Sherrard Wiese and his family Tom (Marcy), Miranda, Caitlin; Michelle Bauer, Jennifer Margheim, and William Wiese. She was preceded by Grandparents, Harold and Laura May (Miller) Terry, Mickey and Nora (Snodgrass) McNiel; Uncle, Harlyn A. Terry. Terri loved life and teaching. She moved through life listening to her own drummer with her own song. In her memory, think kind thoughts, plant a flower, or rescue a lost animal. VISITATION with the family at the Mortuary Friday, January 22 from 4-7 pm.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Terri Ellen McNiel
January 22, 2021
I met Terri when we were 7 years old. She was my matron-of-honor, my kindred spirit, my “sister” and my best friend forever. I always admired her kindness, strength and independence. One of my favorite memories is when we initiated her sister Kelly into the “BIG DOGS” club. My life has been blessed to have known her and her family. My deepest sympathy to her parents, Bill and Judy , sister Kelly and son Will and her forever partner, Sherrard. Love to all of you.
January 21, 2021
Terri has been part of our family for the past twenty years. She will always hold a special place in our heart. Our trip to the Grand Canyon will never be forgotten as it was taking care of something from her bucket list. She was a confidante to Miranda and Caitlin, a big supporter, and co-conspirator when they needed a partner in crime. I am proud to call her my friend and even prouder to call her my "sister-in-law" for the past 20 years. We will miss her forever. My condolences to her parents Bill and Judy, her sister Kelli and her son Will, and all of Terri's other family.
The Wiese Family-Caitlin, Miranda, Tom and Marcy Wiese
January 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of Terri's passing. Will always remember the slumber parties and sneaking off to Ellis Park in the middle of the night to climb over the pools fence to swim. My prayers and love to Bill and Judy...Kelly Gibson Vore
January 19, 2021
So sorry to hear this news about Terri's passing. Please accept my condolences, as well my thoughts and prayers. She now is free of pain and can soar through the gates to heaven! God bless her and all of you!
January 18, 2021
I worked with Terri at Prairie Wind. She was a wonderful teacher! I always teased her about being our own Ms. Frizzle. She was so kind and caring with her students. That is a wonderful picture of Terri . She looks so happy. This is how I will remember her , and when I do it brings a smile to my heart. My sincerest sympathies to her family. May your memories soon bring smiles rather than tears.
Jayne (Hogan) Knott
January 17, 2021
I met Terri in grade school at Cleveland elementary in Cedar Rapids, Ia. She was the girl everyone loved. She was pretty and kind to everyone, so of course we all wanted to be her friend. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She made the world a better place.