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TETREAU, Teresa Kathleen

October 7, 1952 — May 7, 2013

Teresa Kathleen Tetreau (nee Parker) passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the age of 60. She went peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital with her husband of almost 39 years by her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Roli and Macci Parker, and two brothers, Vincent and Patrick Parker. She will be forever loved and missed by her husband Dennis, daughter Jennifer (Nick) Moffatt, son Kyle Tetreau, and precious 5-month old granddaughter Ellie Rose Moffatt; sister Barbara (Dave) Howell; brothers Mike (Chris Broatch) Parker, Brian Parker, and Gary (Michelle Smits) Parker; sister-in-law Jeanie Parker; Uncle Ted Parker of Bridport, England; brother-in-law Ward (Anita) Tetreau; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews; and a multitude of friends.

Teresa was born October 7, 1952 in Victoria, BC, and grew up in logging camps on the BC coast. She was an outstanding student, attending school in Vancouver, graduating from Point Grey High School in 1970 and then the University of British Columbia in 1974. She was also an exceptional athlete, holding BC high school track and field records, and competing on provincial and national field hockey teams. She met Dennis in Burnaby and they were married one year minus a day later on August 24, 1974. Jennifer was born in Vancouver in 1980 before they moved to Kelowna, BC, where Kyle was born in 1983. The family spent six years in Golden, BC, before moving back to Kelowna for good in 1989. Teresa was a voracious reader, a love she passed on to her daughter, and worked in public and school libraries until she and Dennis retired in 2009. Teresa was a woman of many, many talents, including sketching, painting, soapstone carving, scrapbooking, photography, and cooking. She was also an accomplished seamstress, making her sister Barbara’s wedding dress, her own, her daughter’s, and her niece Christy’s. She loved reading in the Okanagan sunshine, with her favourite music playing and a glass of wine in hand. Together with Dennis, Teresa enjoyed golfing, watching Jennifer play volleyball, going for walks with Kyle, playing cards, cheering for the Vancouver Canucks, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Teresa was known for her intelligence, energy, warmth, generosity, tenacity, sense of adventure, passion for life, and meticulous grammar. She was so proud of her daughter and son, and especially her new granddaughter, and she positively lit up when she spoke of them. Teresa was a brilliant, patient, and endlessly loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be remembered always.

The family would like to thank the staff at KGH for helping make Teresa’s last days so comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society, or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure team “Teece’s Troopers”.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, at 10:00 am on Monday, May 20, 2013. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.springfieldfuneralhome.com , where the memorial service may also be viewed for those not able to attend.

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

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The service for TETREAU, Teresa Kathleen is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Anne Coster says:

    Dear Dennis and Family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Teresa’s early passing. As the library aid, I always enjoyed her wisdom and wit.
    May your wonderful memories keep her in your hearts and minds forever.

  • Dirk and candy Van Hees says:

    Dear Dennis and Family. We are very saddened by the news of Teresa,s passing.. We always had such wonderful chats when we would cross paths. She was a sincere, caring person who always had a smile on her face… Please know how much we care. Candy and Dirk

  • Carol Romanchuk (nee Hoffman) says:

    Dear Dennis and family. I had the utmost pleasure to meet you and Teresa back in 2009 and become your travel agent. I am at a loss of words, but want you to know that my heart aches for you. Teresa was a lovely woman and the world is all the better place for having her. My deepest sympathies, Carol Romanchuk-Capri Travel

  • Gene Cadman says:

    Dennis and family I am so sorry for your loss. May all your warm memories ease the sorrow you feel right now.
    Gene Cadman

  • jessie couch says:

    Dear Dennis, I was browsing the obituaries due to another friend passing and I read about your wife. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Lots of love, Jessie Couch and family.

  • Peter, Couleen, Sarah and Katie Maryschuk says:

    Dear Dennis and Family,
    We are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Teresa was such a fountain of wisdom at Glenmore and always had time for everyone. You will all be in our prayers.

  • Robyn Cassan says:

    Mr Tetreau, Jennifer & family, I am saddened to hear news of Mrs. Tetreau’s passing. My most sincere & heartfelt condolences as you navigate this difficult time. With warm hugs and happy memories, Robyn (McAuley) Cassan

  • Jennifer Sanderson Reece says:

    Dear Dennis & family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Teresa’s passing as were all the old Glenrosa staff. Your beautiful write-up really honored her life and the effect she had on people around her with her beautiful smile and quick wit. She was so young and so vibrant and I know you will miss her forever.
    With hugs, Jennifer

  • Dave and Kathy Currier says:

    Dear Dennis, Jen, and Kyle
    We were unaware of Teresa’s illness so were shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. Our most recent memory of her was a conversation we had on the Greenway when she was out for a walk with Kyle. She was happy and smiling then. We hope you have many memories of her like that to will carry you through the days ahead. Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time.
    Dave and Kathy Currier

  • Rod Belinski says:

    Dennis and Jen, I am so sorry for you and your families.

  • Heather Brenneman says:

    Dear Dennis & Family: I was so terribly saddened to hear the news of Teresa. It came as a shock as we had just spoken at the gym and though I knew she was ill, I never expected this so soon.

    Teresa and I had many fun, strenuous squash games in the past and it was sad for me when she had to give up the game. She was always a delight to be with and I have missed seeing her.

    My thoughts are with you & your family, Dennis. I know how much she meant to all of you.


    Heather Brenneman

  • Jane Clements says:

    Dear Dennis, Kyle and Jen.

    I loved going to the library at Glenmore Elementary and seeing Teresa. She was a wealth of knowledge and was loved by all. She had a kind heart and a gentle way with the children. To this day I am still wading through the list of books she recommended that I read. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Jane Clements

  • Chris says:

    Dennis and family, We are all thinking of you and sending you warm hugs. Treasure those memories — Chris, Karli and Shaylee

  • Heather Cooper says:

    I was so sad to hear about Teresa’s passing. I loved her enthusiasm for life and talking with her both at Webber Road when my kids attended there and with you at Glenrosa Elementary. She will be sadly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  • Laurie and David Paynter says:

    we were so sad to hear of Teresa’s passing, it has been a long time since we have seen the two of you but remember what a wonderful person she was and what a great attitude she had. you are in our thoughts.

  • Taneda's says:

    To Dennis, Jennifer and Kyle

    So sorry and shocked about Teresa’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family. She was a wonderfully lady. Hugs from Kari, Phil and Tori

  • Mark Lee says:

    Dennis and family. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Teresa’s passing. I will always remember the fun we shared playing volleyball. She was such a gamer who made plays none of the rest of could, and always with a smile. My thoughts are with your family.

  • Thomas Burd says:

    Dennis, Jennifer and Kyle,
    On behalf of the entire staff and community at Pathways Abilities Society (formerly KDSCL). Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear Teresa, wife, Mother, friend and genuine human being. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Teresa will be remembered by all as a woman of love and devotion. We looked forward to seeing her as she came to our services with Kyle, whom she loved and was devoted to. She will be dearly missed by all. Please accept our deepest sympathathy.

  • Brenda Burroughs (Lawson) says:

    My memories of Teresa on the field hockey pitch are ones of laughter, teamwork and excellence. I will always remember Teresa’s optimism and brilliant smile. My sincerest sympathies and love to Teresa’s friends and family. Too young, too soon.

  • Mary Smith says:

    Dennis, Kyle, Jennifer, Nick and baby Ellie……My heart aches for your terrible loss. I have enjoyed countless hours playing Scrabble online with Teresa. She has been my fiercest competitor, always coming up with unbelievably good words! Her many years in the Library and her voracious appetite for reading gave her a huge vocabulary and knowledge for words. I will miss her every single day as I play……Our chats throughout our games were always entertaining and enjoyable. She was a great lady and will be terribly missed by so many…..

    Much love and big hugs to all,
    Mary Smith

  • Trisha Hall (Kane) says:

    Dear Dennis, Kyle, Jennifer, Nick, and Ellie. We are so very sorry to hear about Teresa’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time and we join you in fondly remembering Teresa’s wonderful spirit and energy for everything she did. She will be greatly missed.
    Trish, Pam, Jamie, and Teagan

  • Briana Hokazono says:

    While my heart has been hurting terribly for your family, here are a few happy memories I share of Teresa:
    – letting us host high school dance parties at the house
    – cheering Jenn on at vball games
    – waiting for her to finish reading books so I could borrow them from Jenn
    – her joy and pride at helping plan Jenn’s wedding (and on the big day of course)
    – welcoming me along for family trips and events
    – her chocolate cake
    Love to you all!

    p.s. Jenn, I love that ‘meticulous grammar’ made the notable mentions!

  • Jenny John says:

    How to sad to hear of the passing of such a wonderful person: the obit.and comments personified “T” perfectly. So many memories from coaching her in field hockey and our fun and special times on and off the field.A team player in all she did.I feel blessed to have known her.My sympathies to Dennis and the family.

  • Faye Henderson says:

    Hi Dennis,
    I am so sorry for your heartache, I hope that you can find peace in your heart, knowing that Teresa had her life to spend with you and your family, is knowing she experienced unconditional love and happiness. Take good care and thank you for all the kindness you have shown in your lives. Faye

  • Gerry Gilmore says:

    Dear Dennis and family-I am so sorry for your loss of wonderful Teresa. I taught and coached Teresa for 5 years at Point Grey in Vancouver. She was such a positive student,team player and friend.

    • Gary Parker says:

      Mr. Gilmore

      I believe you had me in PE as well as my sister T and brothers Brian and Mike at Point Grey. I remember as a little kid going to watch T’s field hockey games for Point Grey and as she progressed through the ranks. She was such a tremendous competitor, we talked a few weeks before she passed about how the growth in sporting options for women would have suited her had it occurred in the 60’s and 70’s. She could have been a fantastic ice hockey goalie and a top notch soccer player had those opportunities been available.

      T was an amazing sister, multi-talented like our late mother, dedicated excellence to whatever she was pursuing but also understanding that sometimes the cards were against you but you did the best you could. Thanks for remembering our sister, wife, mum, gran and friend.

      Gary Parker

  • Sally McConnell says:

    Dear Dad Tetreau, Jenn, Kyle and your loving family. Mom T was one of the most kind, loving, and generous people I know and my heart breaks for her loss. She always made sure I felt welcome in your home and that there was always a vegetarian option for me to eat 🙂 So supportive of her children she was that any friend was treated like family. Her kindness will never be forgotten. I will always remember her and the wonderful family she created. I am there today in thought and wish I could hug you all. I hope that one day peace will reside in your hearts and that she will live on in her beautiful children and granddaughter.

    love Sally

  • Pat Kirkey says:

    Dear Dennis, Jennifer & Kyle,
    What a lovely tribute today to a lovely lady. Our thoughts are with you and your extended family.
    The Kirkeys

  • Susan MacNeil says:

    Dear Dennis,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Susan MacNeil

  • Marcia Wallace says:

    Dennis, Jenn & Kyle – I am so sorry so about Teresa. Her smile and positive attitude made everyone around her smile. Teresa was truly a special person and will be missed. Take care of yourselves. Sincerely, Marcia

  • elizabeth says:

    Dear Dennis (and family), am sad to hear of the loss of your dear wife, Teresa. Sending you many warm thoughts.
    Elizabeth and Jamie Sheyev

  • Rachael Fleming says:

    Dear Dennis and family
    Please acceptance our condolences and thoughts at this time. Yours, Rachael, Stephen, Alex and Sam Fleming

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