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Born:July 25, 1940
Died:January 28, 2011
At Home - in bed while resting - 10 am

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The morning after....and an attempt to say something for the record.  This will stay on the web for months......

Theresia had first severe evidence of fibrillation and an emergency room care on Dec. 3, also followed by a weakness and breathing problem while with family on xmas holiday so we rushed back (12/29)to our hospital (for 5 day care over 1/1/2011). The ongoing attempt to stabilize was not proceeding well with the basic pills so both primary doctor and cardiologist said to do a electric impulse stabilizing method. (called cardioversion)
Scheduled for 1/14, then aborted as the doctor had fear of a blockage, so a Barium test on Tuesday 1/25 (proved no blockage)was followed Wednesday by a T.E.E. to locate the area of fibrillation, and a 'cardioversion' which was extremely successful. Normal breathing, steady heartbeat on monitor, happiness and calm returned that evening and all day Thursday.
Friday (1/28)morning after making eggs and talking about taking new routes for life (with people,personal needs, and maximizing what time left), she rested and dozed at about 9:30 am. My next hour was in different rooms (and heating oil delivery)so at 11:20 when noticing her slightly unusual sleeping position, I entered and tried to nudge, prod,to
awake,but the white-faced,cold hands told me to call 911 at once.
Being nearby they arrived in 4-5 minutes while I was directed to try to revive her, and they had all efforts and machines used for such needs, but all was not successful.
My call to Michael who drove here quickly, and from 11:30 till now, with special remembering of that next hour with her removal have left me unable and too tearful to contend with the need to repeat all this individually to you all.
Lee is flying here from London today, in semi shock and we three are going to have much private handling of the next days. With friends scattered, no big event is planned, but some kind of tribute will be done for the most engaging, personable, family-loving and admired wife that all three of us have ever met anywhere we lived.
I could go on for 10 pages about the unusual life, we and she particularly led, and will do so later to anyone that asks, but for now this method of communication is about all the three of us can manage, and hope it will stimulate you to remember how short life is, and to keep close while we can.
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Ken my deepest condolences to you, Lee and Michael.

I shall remember Theresia for the great love she had for her family, her sense of humour and her funny but true stories. I always left her company with a smile on my face and a few stories to tell...

Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

Roger, Becky & Aleks.

Added by Roger Smolski

Theresia was one of the most generous, loving, thoughtful people I knew. Always there with the advice whether I wanted it or not. I loved her very much and will miss her dearly for the rest of my life. The pain of her loss is indescribable. My thoughts are with you all Ken, Michael and Lee. Love you all,
Debbie, Mike, Cody, Brandon and Grayson

Added by Debbie Hackenberger Comartin

I never knew anyone as passionate about everything as you Theresia from the way you noticed some stray branch on the ground and wanted to make it into something to the way you shopped, cooked, decorated, love your family. You were passionate about everything and you made a day grocery shopping seem like an amusement park. Always experiencing things like it was the first time and sharing in your joy. You made me laugh when you laughed and smile when you smiled and your heart was a mile long. You will never know how deeply you were loved and how profoundly you will be missed.
You're in my heart forever and I'm deeply saddened by you being gone. I know Emily will want to add to this but I wanted to put something here from me alone as I sit and think of you.
Love you always and miss you already.

Added by Terry

We are saddened and shocked to hear of Theresia's sudden passing. She will always be remembered as a loving, fun and generous person who was taken from us way to soon. Her sudden passing serves as a reminder to those of us left behind that life is precious and to love one another everyday. Ken, Michael and Lee, it was clear to all who knew Theresia that you all were deeply loved by her, and that she was very proud of the lives you lead together. Take comfort in knowing that she will be missed by all.

With our most heartful condolences and love, Frank, Danielle, Michelle and Andrew Hackenberger

Added by Anonymous

It’s with deep sadness that we send our heartfelt condolences to you Ken, Lee and Michael.
Theresia was a remarkable unique woman and words simply cannot express what she meant to us all.
She was extremely proud of her family and was motherly to us all.
Theresia was one of the most caring and generous individuals I have ever encountered in my life. She had a way to make each of us feel very special and we always looked forward to her visits. She was very in tune to people’s emotions, feelings and it was so easy to talk to her. Her corky sense of humour will forever live in our hearts. Although it is with regret that we didn’t speak as often as we should have, I’ll miss our long chats about just about everything in life..... Theresia was a wonderful friend and aunt and she will be sorely missed.
We send our love, kisses and hugs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Josée, Frank, Francis and Shanel Hackenberger

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Until I heard the sad news of her passing, I never once considered that she would not be on this earth forever. She will live on in the hearts and minds of anyone that knew her.
Every person in our family has a little bit of Theresia in them. If we look in the mirror we can all see the resemblances. But we would all be lucky to resemble her inside, her intellect, her witt and her passion.
Even though I knew her all my life. I wish I had known her more.

Rest well Theresia

Added by Frank Jr.

Ken, Lee, Michael,
Heard the news and wanted to express my heartfelt condolences. From the far east the thoughts of my family go out to you all. Theresia was as you all well know and hugely loving person and I will remember the fond memories of my time spent with her. Love, Christopher, Bahar, Isabelle and Sebastien

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