Theresa Heisler of West Milford departed peacefully from her loving family on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. She was 87 years old.
Theresa is lovingly embraced by husband Joseph, who entered Heaven this past July.
Theresa (Rezi) was born in Bokonypoloske, Hungary, to parents Michael and Anna Resch.
After experiencing tragedies of World War II and deportation to Germany, Theresa enjoyed her youth in Langensteinbach.
Pride would shine when she later shared stories of her hard work at the local inn or the Spiedel watch factory. Theresa’s life journey took her to the states in 1952 where she met and then married Joseph, a soul mate who’s life mirrored her own.
They spend their 68th anniversary dancing in Heaven.
As a wife and as a mother to six spirited children, “Mom” was a dedicated and loving homemaker. The kitchen was her craft. Mom’s potato salad was second to none. Her clam chowder remained a lively debate between her and “Dad” as to who received credit for it’s creation.
Theresa was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church; a resident of Bald Eagle Village; a member of the Golden Age Circle; the Haledon Social Club; and as an avid crocheter, the Camp Hope Crochet Club.
Theresa valued her many friendships, brought her warmth to family gatherings. She enjoyed occasional visits to Riedlbauer’s Resort in the Catskills and bus trips to the Jersey shore casinos.
Theresa is predeased by her parents and brothers Mike and Helmut.
She lives in the hearts of her six children: son Joseph A Heisler and wife Kim; son John Heisler and wife Bettyann; daughter Linda Heisler Testa and husband Wayne; daughter Dona Heisler Richie and husband Walter; son Paul Heisler and wife Linda; and daughter Maryann Heisler Baumohl. “Grandma” will be missed by 13 grandchildren: Steven, Heather, Lisa, Wayne, Eric, Christine, Kevin, Jen, Lisa, Dawn, Jennifer, Joseph and Emma; as well as five great-grandchildren: Ava, Jared, Kiley, Kendall and Hunter.
Visiting hours are Sunday, Nov. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Richard’s Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford.
In lieu of flowers, donations for Azheimer’s and dementia research at Alz.org are appreciated.
There will be a Funeral Mass on Monda, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Hewitt.
Friends are asked to meet directly at church.
Interment will be in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in West Milford.