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Peter Andrew Terefenko Jr.

March 22, 1960July 12, 2020
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Peter Andrew Terefenko Jr., 60, of Exeter Township, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020, of natural causes at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia surrounded by his family. Born March 22, 1960 in Reading, PA he was the cherished son to the late Peter Andrew Terefenko Sr. and Marie Francesca Delle Palme Terefenko.

Pete was a member of the St. Catharine of Siena Church parish community.

Pete lived life through his passions. He loved food and worked for several years as a chef at Harrah's Casino, Atlantic City, and at his Aunt Ida’s restaurant, the WhitMar Inn, Reading PA, as well as Deka Battery.

Pete was an outdoorsman with a deep love for animals and reptiles; he was extremely knowledgeable and passionately involved in turtle rescue and conservation and loved educating others on the subject. He especially enjoyed visiting classrooms with various reptiles such as alligators, snakes, salamanders, and turtles to provide a firsthand awareness and appreciation for these great creatures. Turtles were by far his favorite and was indeed THE turtle man.

Pete also loved art and music - you could always find mini sketches and lyrics of his own throughout his home. He was an avid Grateful Dead fan, properly known as a Deadhead. Let’s allow the words of the late Jerry Garcia to close this verse of Pete’s life. “Standing on the moon. With nothing else to do. A lovely view of heaven. But I'd rather be with you"

Pete spent the final days of his life doing what he loved to do, caring for turtles and fishing off a pier at the Jersey shore. Anytime you see a turtle, know that Pete is saying hello and sending love. In the words of Pete’s friends and family; the man, the myth, the legend!

Those close to Pete talk of his loving heart and kind soul, how he cherished his friends and family, how he was especially proud of his 2 sons and 4 grandchildren, and how he loved being called Papa Gator.

Pete’s spirit will be carried on by his 2 sons; Peter Terefenko and his wife Jamie, of Reading, PA; Andrew Terefenko and his wife Gina, of Tabernacle, NJ; and 2 sisters Lisa Terefenko and her husband James Kennedy of Galaway, NJ. Lori Calabrese, of Reading. PA and brother in law Louis Calabrese, of Ventnor, NJ. Pete also leaves behind 4 grandchildren; Paisley Terefenko, Lincoln Terefenko, Milania Terefenko, Rocco Terefenko; nephew David Nolt Jr., 2 nieces, Christina Calabrese and Alyssa Calabrese, Aunt Geraldine Hydock of 101 years, many loving cousins, and lifetime friends to cherish his memory.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading PA. 19606. A Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 12 p.m., with monsignor Domin officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing and face masks are required in the Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Theo C. Auman Inc., Reading.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.TheoCAuman.com for the Terefenko family.


  • Peter Andrew Terefenko Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Marie F. (Delle Palme) Terefenko, Mother (deceased)
  • Geraldine Hydock, Aunt
  • Peter Terefenko, Son
  • Jamie Terefenko, Daughter-in-law
  • Andrew Terefenko, Son
  • Gina Terefenko, Daughter-in-law
  • Lisa Terefenko, Sister
  • James Kennedy, Brother-in-law
  • Lori Calabrese, Sister
  • Louis Calabrese, Brother-in-law
  • Paisley Terefenko, Granddaughter
  • Lincoln Terefenko, Grandson
  • Milania Terefenko, Granddaughter
  • Rocco Terefenko, Grandson
  • David Nolt Jr., Nephew
  • Christina Calabrese, Niece
  • Alyssa Calabrese, Niece

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  • Memorial Gathering

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 24, 2020


Peter Andrew Terefenko Jr.

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John Gross

July 30, 2020

I'm at a loss for words at this time , Pete always seemed to be very happy with life . His love for family and friends is a strong showing of his life . He will be missed but he will be remembered for his compassion and that great loving heart .

Mary Louise Hydock

July 24, 2020

Dear Peter A. and cousins,
Peter Andrew De Simone-Delle Palme-Terefenko was born March 22, 1960. The day before my birthday, March 23. So we became 3 of us born March 22,23,24. Peter, me and Aunt Florence. Later, came Lori born March 21. I can remember the morning before I went off to school in 1960. We received a phone call that Aunt Marie and Uncle Pete had a new baby boy. I remember sitting in first grade at 7 years old thinking a new baby was born. I used to visit my Aunt Marie to watch her and learn about how she bathed a baby in a bassinet. Then, when he was in a high chair, I liked to watch her feed him Gerber baby foods. I would ask my Mother to buy me Gerber pudding desserts. Later, I babysat Peter, Little Lisa and Lori. When Peter was 7 years old, I was present at 11th & Green Streets when Aunt Marie told mommom that she would be getting a divorce. 7 year old Peter screamed and cried his heart out and climbed up the steps crying to the second floor. My heart ached for his pain. I don’t think he ever recovered from that pain. Later, he lost his father. When he was at Exeter High School, I was a substitute teacher for his classes. Later, when I bought a car and he was a teenager, he begged me to drive him to buy a raccoon at a house along the river at Route 724. I said OK. Driving home the baby raccoon was crying noises behind me in a box. Just keep that raccoon in the box or I can’t drive if he climbs out onto the back of my neck. He won’t, “Peter said”. Don’t worry, he won’t”
Last year, Peter shared with me that one day when he left my grandparents home, he came home and found that poppop chopped off the head of his snake. Peter said, “poppop said, No snakes in my house!” I’m so glad you made it to 60 this past March 22, 2020. You definitely had independent&leadershipcharacteristics of an Aries personality and loved adventures with nature. I know you were praying to St. Anthony. GodBless you cousin
Love ❤️, MaryLou

Geraldine Mary DellePalme-Hydock

July 24, 2020

Dear Nieces Lisa and Lori, Grandnephews Peter, Andy, and David, Grandnieces Christina and Alyssa and family:
My deepest sympathy for this sad loss of our Peter Andrew. He left us too soon! May he Rest In Peace with our family in heaven. I send you all my Love and Blessings Always!
From surfboard Aunt Geri🏄🏼‍♂️🏄🏼‍♂️🏄🏼‍♂️

Linda Texter

July 24, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the entire Terefenko family. I went to school with Pete and was often seated near him alphabetically in homeroom. I'm very saddened to learn of his death and am sure he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Whitey Famous

July 24, 2020

You bro you left the party way to soon! When we were teenagers we didnt think we would make it to 25! Prayers to your family and catch you in the afterlife where the party is eternal

Dottie McAndrew

July 23, 2020

Mary just shared the sad news but you my friend were the best. Sorry I dropped your turtle one night but you forgave me. The folks with tar on their shoes when I was back home was the best! Only Mary and I know those stories but you were the best. I am sure you will be missed by all your friends and I truly will miss the fun I had with you and Mary. RIP Pete, you were a wonderful person, God Bless.

Karl Terefenko

July 23, 2020

To Peter's surviving family:
I am Peter's first cousin, Peter's father was my father's youngest brother.
We never got to see much of your family after Peter Sr. passed - I guess it was a mutual agreement with Marie and Peter Sr.'s siblings, however; I do remember the times my family spent together when Peter Jr. was young [I am 6 years older than him].
Please carry on the Terefenko name in striving to be the best person that you can, help others, work hard and remember your heritage. Pursue knowledge of your namesake relatives to learn what might have been longtime family traditions.

I wish you all well in your lives and am extremely sad for your loss.

Lisa Pacella

July 23, 2020

Looking back, it’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since we first met. And now, I don’t want to believe this chapter in your life is through. We had many good times filled with laughter and craziness and genuine friendship. Through your smile and song lyrics you shared with me, your heart spoke beyond words. Life has taken us in different directions, but our childhood memories have stayed with me all these years. We will see each other again, because friends are friends forever. And that's a lifetime that never ends. My song share for you, Pete. With love, L.

“And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends.”

Marcy Chesser

July 23, 2020

Yr birthday Jammin out on the guitar downstairs to the dead... Even if we werent always or ever really in tune, still had a blast! haha! Finding a new home for the turtles for Carla.... u were one of my dad & aunts bests friends growing up... aka 'THE TURTLEMAN' I will never forget the seafood dinners u cooked... BEST EVER!! Never liked seafood until u cooked it! Let it b known... This man was an awesome cook! U Carla & I going 'turtlein' by the tracks and fishing at Antietam lake with my dad Mark. Yr passion for reptiles was an amazing memorible thing to witness! I'm glad I got to know u a little better this past year Pete... U made some awesome changes that made u an even better person & I'm proud of u and will always admire u for that! Yr gonna b missed dearly friend!! By many!!

'Going home, going home
By the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul' -Greatful dead

Lisa Terefenko

July 21, 2020

Pete - my brother- you have given me a lifetime of memories and have shared so many jokes that I can’t even remember. My heart aches to see you again to hear your voice and to listen to your stories. I trust that you are sitting in the Light, Love and Glory of God and our family. All my love - forever you sister HeHe


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