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Obituary - Theresa M. Nelson

Theresa M. Nelson

Date of Passing: January 15th, 2011

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In lieu of flowers, please consider the Oriskany Falls Volunteer Ambulance or the memorial fund at St. Bernardís Church.

With her family by her side, Theresa M. Nelson was lifted up by Angels to her eternal rest on Saturday, January 15, 2011, reuniting with her husband Dick, and her mother and father. Mom saw that you were tired and gave you the loving gift of celebrating her 89th birthday in Heaven with her. Cousin Basil welcomed you playing his guitar and singing Irish/Newfie songs. Theresa was born in Utica, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Connolly McNamara on May 10, 1953. She was raised in Waterville and graduated from Waterville Central School in 1972. She was united in love with Richard D. (Dick) Nelson on July 28, 1973 in St. Bernard Church, Waterville. Dick and Theresa settled in West Winfield where they enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, entertaining family and friends, and raising their beautiful daughter, Sandy. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard (Dick), who passed away September 7, 2002; three infant siblings, Patrick, and twins Charlene and Nelson; and her brother-in-law, Robert Moore. Our Theresa was blessed with the gift of creativity, whether it was, painting, knitting, crocheting, decorating cakes or teaching herself to play the guitar. Proud of her Irish/Newfoundland [Newfie] roots, it was reflected in her home, music and gifts to her family and friends. Cooking and baking were a source of great joy and comfort to her especially when shared with her loved ones. She had such an ability to view the world with child-like wonder. Stories and laughter would fill the room. Theresa loved her prayer cards, and she lovingly had one to share at a moment's notice with family, friends and strangers. Theresa is survived by her daughter Sandy Stelzer, son-in-law Edward, and cherished grandson Jack Morris of Clark Mills. Survivors also include her siblings, Loretta (Alan) Hiscock of Newfoundland, June Moore of Houston, TX, Thomas (Kathleen) McNamara of Waterville, Bruce McNamara of New York Mills, Kevin (Janet) McNamara of St. Petersburg, FL, Robert (Barbara) McNamara of Waterville, Christopher (Maribel) McNamara of San Antonio, TX, Gloria (Steven) Lollman of Waterville, Eleanor (Dr. David) Petrie of Waterville, and Barbara Jean (Frank) Manno of Ilion; many nieces,nephews and cousins; and special friends, Gayle Ladd, Rose Puglese, Charles Barrett, and "Mom" Betty Palaka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. Spring Interment will be at Sauquoit Valley Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the St. Luke's ICU for their compassionate care of Theresa, and to the crew of the Oriskany Falls Volunteer Ambulance for all of their care and outstanding service.






Therese always brought a smile and laughter to a room. She was never afraid to be herself, something we all struggle to find. Much love to her family in this difficult time.
Jen and Woods Gebbia

We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to all of the family.
Lou and Shirlee Langone

A big part of my life was taken with the passing of Dick and an even bigger part has been taken with theresa's passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Ed and Sandy and the entire McNamara family. May she rest in peace.
Charlie Barrett

Gloria, Sending you our love and know that your family will find strength in each other to help you through this difficult time. Love, Tom & Janie
Tom & Janie Waag

I was one of Theresa most recent health care providers at home. She was a special special lady... I believe strongly that I now have a very direct contact with heaven. Theresa was heaven sent. It was an honor to have met her.

Our heartfelt sympathies on Theresa's passing. It is at times like this, with the passing of someone special, that one realizes the significance of family. Her courage and strong fortitude and contagious smile will be always be remembered. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.
Bernadette McNulty-Helmer & James Helmer

Our sincere wishes of love and sympathy to Theresa's family. May you remember and cherish the happy times and blessing she enriched your life with.
KeithaKelly, Linda Kelly and family

We are so sorry for your loss. Theresa will be sadly missed.
Bob&Rose Moore

I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Theresa's passing and would like to express my heartfelt condolences to her family.
Joseph Peter Drennan