Teresa Elizabeth KUNTZ
November 7, 1951 – May 20, 2020
Teresa Kuntz of Snohomish passed away from pancreatic cancer and (non-Covid19 related) complications. Teresa was born and raised in Kent, WA, the second oldest of thirteen children. She is preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Carol Meyers, her oldest brother Kenny, and youngest brother Thomas. After graduation from Kentridge High School (including one year as an exchange student in Deniliquin, Australia), Teresa attended Seattle University for a mathematics degree where she met her future husband, engineer Mike, who was just smart enough to sit next to her in calculus class. Michael and Teresa were married at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Kent, WA, in September 1972. She is survived by Mike and their children: Paul, Joanne (Haines), Diane (Johannes), and Christine (Lackie). Ten grandchildren round out the immediate family. To say that Teresa lived for and would do anything for her husband, children, and grandchildren was so obvious. She was the rock-solid foundation of our family for 47 fabulous years and her children and grandchildren have suffered a grievous loss. Teresa always had the travel bug, and she and Mike found adventure around the world. The only continent they missed was Antarctica, and the many stories relating to her are family legends: the nighttime boat ride to Calais to meet Mike in Paris after the Iceland volcano blowout, securing Paul’s wine in Milan in a rainstorm, guiding Christine in Prague on a frozen New Year’s Eve, watching a petite Joanne drive an enormous tour bus down a slick mountain highway in Alaska, and keeping Diane calm as they looked for lodging in Ireland just as the sun would set each night. Her last trip with Mike this past fall to the Far East, especially the immersion trip in Cambodia with the Maryknoll Society, was everything she wished for. Teresa held to her Catholic faith with a tenacity that allowed her to face her diagnosis with serenity and courage. She was extremely active in St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Snohomish. She served on a wide variety of committees, took part in faith formation groups, taught in religious education, and was a parish council member. She participated in immigration and social justice marches and advocacy. She was a volunteer for the Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter during the winters. She was a past volunteer chore worker for Catholic Community Services. She currently was active in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as not only a client visitor, but also as the local conference and then regional area treasurer. We will have a formal remembrance service later this year after the pandemic gathering restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference of St. Michael’s Church, 1512 Pine Ave., Snohomish, WA, 98290.
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Teresa Elizabeth KUNTZ
May 31, 2020
There are memories that I have that I will always cherish about Teresa. Her smile is the first , and will always be my last memory of her. That smile was always on her face, and she had an easy laugh that she happily shared. Growing up, Teresa was always "so much older" than I was that we were worlds apart, but after she visited my family in Colorado when I was a kid, she was my hero. I wanted to be like her. I wanted to go to college, and I wanted to TRAVEL. I wanted to BE her. She inspired me and when I was 19, my first big move was to head back to the Seattle area to be around my extended family. I have traveled extensively over the USA, to England, and to France, and have more traveling in my plans for the future. I will always think of Teresa when I plan my trips, as she instigated that bug in me.
I didn't see much of Teresa (just off and on at family functions) until my kids were old enough to play soccer. Soccer gave us a mutual interest, and Teresa happened to live where we'd end up every year for tournaments. She opened her home to me, and I took her up on it. I loved getting to know Teresa and Mike, in their own lovely home, in a more intimate way than just "being cousins". I spent some time with her and another cousin a couple of years back when a relative's spouse passed away. Teresa (again) let us into her home, and gave our cousin Jodi a place to settle into for a few days while she helped her brother.
As part of Teresa's larger, extended family, I can attest to her love of her family. When she talked about her kids, in particular, she just shone. Teresa was the kind of woman we can all aspire to be in so many ways, and she will be greatly missed by many. Her legacy, however, shows in those four kids she and Mike raised, and in their grandchildren. She was so proud of all of you.
Joanne and Tom Howell
May 30, 2020
We have known Teresa for many years through St. Michael church and we are greatly saddened by her passing. Her faith is the thing that carried her in everything she did. She was strong and not afraid. We offer our condolences to Mike and her family during this challenging time. God bless you all.
Karisa Harris (Massarelli)
May 30, 2020
I have thought a lot about Teresa since seeing the sad news of her passing. My memories of her revolve around her being my friend Joanne’s mom and probably more significantly, her presence at St. Michael’s. What strikes me now, 20+ years later, is still her commitment to her family and her faith, and remembering her practical nature, it does not surprise me a bit to learn she was a math major. Sending much love to you all.