OBITUARY

Theresa Rose (Berezowski) Guenther

Passed away on July 1, 2019
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Guenther (Berezowski), Theresa Rose

Theresa Rose passed away peacefully on July 1, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Misericordia Hospital at the age of 67 years. Theresa was born in 1951 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At the age of 19 Theresa moved to Edmonton, raised three children and had a long career at Sears and Sobeys. Theresa had a passion for collecting angels and crystals. Theresa loved to sit around the table drinking coffee, talking for hours with friends and performing readings. Theresa also had a passion for sewing and baking. Holidays were always filled with fresh baked goods right out of the oven, a full crock pot of cabbage rolls and a freshly rolled batch of perogies.

Theresa was loved by many lifelong friends including Louise Artic from Saskatoon and Diane Stone from Toronto, as well close friends Andrea and Wayne in Edmonton. Theresa is survived by her children: Bobbi (Dave) Engler, Jeanni (Peter) Guenther and Ryan Guenther; her five grandchildren: Alyssa, William, Ty, Ashton and Cole; godson Mathew Dobler. Her siblings: MaryAnn Karlenzig, Ron (Debbie) Berezowski, Wesley (Rhonda) Berezowski, Diane Berezowski and Pat (Larry) Balzer; her uncle Johnny Esakin as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Theresa was predeceased by her mother Anne Berezowski, father John (Tato) Berezowski, brother in law Rod Karlenzig, brother Ken Berezowski, nephew Spencer Berezowski, niece Bernadette Doerksen and close friend Ed Artic.

Celebration of Theresa's life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday July 12, 2019 at Parkland Funeral Services, 3502 - 44 Ave Stony Plain reception to follow. All is welcome

  • FAMILY

  • Bobbi Engler, Daughter
  • Jeanni Guenther, Daughter
  • Ryan Guenther, Son
  • Alyssa Engler, Granddaughter
  • William Hatt, Grandson
  • Ty Hatt, Grandson
  • Ashton Engler, Granddaughter
  • Cole Engler, Grandson
  • MaryAnn Karlenzig, Sister
  • Ron Berezowski, Brother
  • Wesley Berezowski, Brother
  • Diane Berezowski, Sister
  • Pat Balzer, Sister

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 12, 2019

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elizabeth wardrope

July 12, 2019

Jeanni, heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother from both Frank and I. If you need us, we are here; even just to sit and talk over coffee.

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Theresa Rose Guenther (Berezowski)

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Theresa dreamed of being a nursing assistant and joining the armed forces

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Family get together

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Theresa and Pat Camping

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Bowling time...

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Theresa loved to bake.

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Family portrait

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Auntie time with Carrie

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Theresa Rose Guenther (Berezowski)

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Theresa dreamed of being a nursing assistant and joining the armed forces

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Family get together

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Theresa and Pat Camping

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Bowling time...

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Theresa loved to bake.

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Family portrait

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Auntie time with Carrie

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Family trip to BC

Biography

When Theresa Rose GUENTHER walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Theresa was and how she impacted those around her. Theresa was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Theresa wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Theresa was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of John and Annie Berezowski. Theresa was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Theresa might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Theresa was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Theresa was raised with 3 Sisters and 3 Brothers. She had 3 sisters, Maryann, Diane and Pat. 3 Brothers Wesley, Ron and Kenny. Theresa was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Theresa was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Theresa well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Theresa was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Theresa was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Theresa took part in swimming, which included sneaking into the public pool with sister Diane. In her spare time she liked to sew clothing for her siblings. Theresa's memorable achievements included. Theresa had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Theresa responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate in 1969. Theresa was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Theresa absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Theresa, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Theresa a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was Home Economics.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Theresa was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Theresa was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Diane Stone and Louise Arctic. Later in life, she became friends with Andrea and Wayne.

      Theresa was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Theresa, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the GUENTHER home. Theresa's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Theresa was blessed with three children: two daughters Bobbi and Jeanni, and one son, Ryan. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Alyssa , William, Ty , Ashton and Cole.

      Theresa was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was retail clerk. She was employed for many years with both Sears and then Sobey's and received many awards for her dedicated service. Theresa was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Theresa had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Theresa's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Theresa loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were visiting with close friends, doing reading and collecting spiritual rocks. Theresa also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. Theresa had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Theresa's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Theresa derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included Bowling at the local bowling ally with a group of friends. Theresa was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Hockey.

      Throughout her life, Theresa was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Theresa seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Theresa usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Theresa was a volunteer at the hospital as a candy striper .

      Theresa's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Theresa took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included a trip to visit Bobbi, Dave and Alyssa in Texas as well as the many road trips with sister Diane in the old station wagon.

      When Theresa's retirement finally came in 2012, Theresa handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Theresa to master. In retirement, she found new pleasure in watching Hockey. She even invested in the extra sports package with her cable package. Even in retirement, Theresa continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Theresa GUENTHER passed away on July 1, 2019 at Misericordia hospital. She is survived by her children Bobbi, Jeanni and Ryan; her grandchildren Aylssa, William, Ty, Ashton and Cole; her brothers Wesley and Ron; her sister Maryann, Diane and Pat. Services were held at Parkland Funeral Services.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Theresa. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Theresa GUENTHER for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Theresa was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.