A Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend- Remembering Theresa

Theresa Simok McDonald. 

She is going to be sorely missed.  Wednesday and Thursday the family gathered in at Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s house.  One neighbor next door brought over nut horns and apricot and cherry cookies, and the neighbor on the other side brought a Jell-o salad.   There was ham and bean soup and a tray of baked stuffed shells, haluski, a chicken, hoagies from the Triangle Bar and lots of salad and fruit.  There was laughter and tears and stories and sifting through the pictures of growing up.  A round of hugs and kisses and fresh tears at every greeting and farewell.   The family drove in from Ohio this afternoon.  Doing schoolwork at the kitchen table, the little ones watching a dinosaur movie in the family room.  Aunt Linda making everyone welcome with food and drink and hospitality.

A wonderful woman Allison at the Waterfront COSTCO printed an 8×10 memorial portrait just before closing time.

Friday the family will gather together at the  Memorial Service.

Family and friends will be received from 10- 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Blessing Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 a.m.
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Theresa,  the sister of my daughter-in-law Erika’s mother, Marlene.

Theresa had a great sense of humor and a beautiful spirit. She adored her granddaughter.  And one thing about Theresa,  she spoke her mind!

Didn’t mind if you didn’t agree with her point of view.  She’d present strong arguments for her stance.

Love and sympathy to all who loved her – dear daughters Shannon and Jaclyn and to her dear granddaughter Parker Rose.

And to her sweet sisters Linda, Marlene and Georgeann.  Rest in Peace, Theresa.


Ready to go to the wedding. Mother of the Bride Theresa


The Four Sisters Picture   L to R  Georgeann, Linda, Marlene and Theresa

at Jaclyn and Mike’s wedding


I love this photograph.  Don’t know who took it.    Left to Right-  Theresa, The Four Sisters’Mother Marion, Linda the Bride, Marlene and Georgeann


Growing Up-   Mother Marion with Linda in the middle and Theresa on the left and Marlene on the right


I took this one at Erika and Mark’s home


Theresa with her daughters, Jaclyn and Shannon293433_1947228325903_3142736_n

With Granddaughter Parker Rose at her baptism.



21 thoughts on “A Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend- Remembering Theresa

  1. Sorry to hear of your family’s loss, Ruth. You’ve written a wonderful tribute for a family member who was also a friend. My condolences to you, the rest of Theresa’s family, and all whose lives she touched.

  2. So sorry for everyone’s loss. Your words were lovely but the photos fantastic! I am sad for all of you.

  3. I am sad for all of the family, such a painful loss. A beautiful tribute to a life well lived.

  4. Wonderful happy photos, Ruth. So sorry for your family’s loss. I’m sure that Theresa will always be fondly remembered by the whole family and her friends too.

  5. Sorry for your the loss of your friend and family member. A wonderful tribute to Theresa. I know the family are glad for the happy memories and tribute to her. May she rest in peace. She will live forever in the minds and hearts of those she has left behind.


  6. So sorry for your loss! You memorialized her in a beuatiful way.. May your memories of her serve as a blessing for her whole family.

  7. I was very saddened to hear of Theresa’s passing. I remember her sense of humor and hearty laugh from our high school days. My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends. This is a great tribute to her spirit and I loved seeing all of the photos.

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  9. It sounds like much love was shared remembering Theresa. She seems like a SPUNKY lady – even “just” on film.

  10. Jackie, Shannon and the entire family,
    I worked with your mom at Central Medical when it was there, we bowled together and I watched you two grow up. Your mom was a wonderful woman with a great spirit. I am so sorry for your loss. I saw this blog and I just found out about the tragedy your family has been through. You are in my thoughts and prayers as is your entire family. Know that she is at peace and she will forever be in your herts. You now have a true Guardian Angel.

    Laura Kovacic

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