Theresa was born August 15, 1928 in Neufutok, Yugoslavia to Stephen and Katrina Aladitsch. She immigrated to Canada in 1953 and became a Canadian citizen in 1966. She passed away peacefully on July 7, 2023 at Hogarth Riverview Manor, just shy of her 95th birthday.
She married Oct. 28, 1950 and was the mother of 4 children, twin girls that passed away shortly after birth in Germany, and 2 sons that she was very proud of.
Theresa was an amazing woman. She loved to garden and not only had a huge vegetable garden but also had beautiful flower beds as well. She cleaned homes for many years and took great pride in her work. Many of her employers became lifelong friends. She was a member of the German Canadian Cultural Association for many years. She loved the Folklore Festival and used to take the grandchildren to it every year when they were young. She loved music and would often sing German songs to her grandchildren.
She loved to travel and always said Hawaii was her favourite place to go. She took many bus tours and travelled all over the United States, Europe and Canada. She loved family trips to Duluth and Grand Marais. She always said although she could no longer travel, she had made so many memories to look back upon and that made her extremely happy.
Theresa was affectionately known by many as “Grandma Grau” and “Tante Resi”. To some she was the only Grandmother they had ever known. She will be greatly missed.
Theresa is survived by her 2 sons Frank (Donna) and Ronald (Sherri). Her grandchildren, Ryan (Jamie), David (Helen), Julia (Will), Laura (Thomas) and Steven. Her great grandchildren Sadie, Charlotte, Bradley, Halley, Kayley and Chloe. Her special friends Karilyn Fedyk, Peter Summers and Audra Kavanaugh. And her many “adopted” nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass in memory of Theresa will be held on Tuesday, August 8th at 11 am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 211 Archibald St. Thunder Bay, Ont. Guests are welcome to park in the Blake Funeral Chapel parking lot. Interment to follow at 2:30 pm at St. Andrew’s R. C. Cemetery 690 Oliver Rd.
“Grief is the price we pay for love” – Queen Elizabeth II