Maria Teresa Vert
Mar 11, 1931 – Dec 6, 2015
11 Mar 1931 – 6 Dec 2015
Even though she called herself Teresa Trouble, we just knew her as Mom. Teresa Vert was a character by anyone’s assessment. Friendly to a fault, talented, creative, she was relentlessly happy and anxious to know all about every new person she met. She was born 11 Mar 1931 in Seattle to John and Antonetta Strano Rechichi. She attended Immaculate High School and quickly made friends with other enthusiastic young women who became life long friends. In 1951 she married Jim Vert, an Air Force serviceman she met roller skating. They settled in Beverly Park and raised 6 children and a couple of dogs.
Mom devoted herself to her family, her church, and her community. She led Brownie and Girl Scout Troops, was a precinct committeewoman during elections, volunteered for hot lunch programs and every fund raiser at her children’s schools. When the youngest girls were in school, she began a new career at Seattle Trust, later Key Bank, where she rose through the ranks, retiring as a vault teller at 72. In later years, she and Dad donated hams and made 325 sandwiches every month for the St. Martin de Porres Shelter. She volunteered as a reader at St. Bernadette’s grade school, did filing for the police department and was a greeter and guide at Highline Medical Center. She also crocheted baby blankets for a women’s shelter. She was so well known that we would take bets when we went to Fred Meyer to see how many people we would run into who knew her from the bank, the school, the police department, the church. Her world was filled with friends and she seemed to know everyone!
Mom was an accomplished ceramicist and a very gifted china painter. When one of her daughters balked at making a stained glass window for her, she did it herself, becoming a talented stained glass designer and creator. She sewed, tailored, crocheted, taught crocheting, and made beautiful counted cross stitch pictures for each of us. A trip to JoAnn’s for embroidery thread became a lesson in color discrimination and theory.
Alzheimer’s stole her away bit by bit, but she never gave up. “I just have to keep trying. I’m going to give that another try. I just have to do it.” That was her mantra.
Teresa was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her parents; her brother, Tony; and her doxie, Luigi. She is survived by her six children: Chris, Kathleen (Dave), Jeff (Tina), Cheryl (Rick), Lisa (Tim) and Patti, and Mike whom she loved as a son. She leaves 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to Providence Mt. St. Vincent Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
To honor our mother, take a moment to make your corner of the world a better place: smile at a child, hold a door, donate your time or money, make a silly face, and let “I love you” always be the last words you say to your parents, your child, your friends.
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