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Theresa "Terry" Pease

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA~ Theresa “Terry” Vandemore Pease, 61, of rural Rock Valley, died on Friday, July 29th at the Avera Heart Hospital with family and friends by her side.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 3rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rock Valley with Father Doug Klein officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation with the family will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Terry was born on February 8, 1955 to Bodie and Gerry (Nicolai) Vandemore in Hudson, South Dakota. She attended Hudson High School and Mount Marty College, graduating in 1977 with a degree in art.

Terry married the love of her life, John Pease on July 28, 1979 in Vermillion, South Dakota. After their marriage they lived in Sartell, Minnesota returning to live on the Vandemore family farm near Rock Valley, Iowa in 1997. Terry was a woman of many passions-she felt strongly about animal welfare, the environment, her photography, and she was a proud Democrat. Terry was very soft hearted and her home was always filled with rescued creatures.

Terry is survived by her loving husband, John; sister, Renee Vandemore (Lynne Thier) of Duluth, Minnesota; aunt, Mary Nicolai of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Dennis Pease of Garretson, South Dakota; many cousins and lifelong friends, and the numerous dogs and cats who have shared her home.


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ,Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

Prayer Service

7:30 p.m. ,Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 a.m. ,Wednesday, August 3, 2016
St. Mary's Catholic Church
1821 14th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

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Theresa and I were classmates. I remember she always had the best birthday parties when we were kids. We'd go sledding at the farm and of course get all wet and cold. We'd all dry off in the kitchen of their home. I especially remember one time they had a baby lamb they were bottle feeding. That was just amazing for us town kids to get to see and pet that lamb. Of course we all wanted one. She was always such a good person. Wish I would have gotten to see her more after we all grew up. My deepest sympathies to her family.

Sharon (Slaght) Reicks Aug 2 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Terry's passing, John. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers!

Danielle Bandstra Aug 1 2016 12:00 AM

Renee, Lynne and John,

So sorry for your loss. No words can make it better but I want you to know I am thinking of you and that you are in my prayers.

Michelle Hooey Aug 1 2016 12:00 AM

We are sad for your loss, Renee, Lynne & John, It was good that you could be with Terry the past few days, We have been thinking of you all since we first heard that Terry was in the hospital. She was a very talented and unique person, Our thoughts are with you, just don't know what else to say. Love to you all, Ron & Sue.

Ron & Sue Aug 1 2016 12:00 AM

John, Renee & Lynne, We're sorry for your loss. We wish we could be there for the funeral. Know that you're in our thoughts and our hearts.

Paul Eckhardt & Doug Stevens Jul 31 2016 12:00 AM