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Theresa Rickwalder

07/17/1924 - 12/18/2021
Service Date: 12/29/2021
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: All Saints Catholic Church - 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205
Interment: Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery

Theresa Rickwalder, 97, of Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Hospice of the Valley Friendship Village in Tempe Arizona.  Known to friends and family as “Terry” she led a very happy, active life filled with family, friends, laughter and love.  During WWII she worked in an Army Air Corp Armory and was proud of her contribution to the war effort.  She married her true love, Joseph (Ricky) in 1945 and they were blessed to share 72 wonderful years together.  Theresa worked for Gibson Associates as a Quality Control Inspector. but the job she was most proud of was being a wife and mother.  Retiring in 1980, she and Ricky relocated to Citrus Gardens in Mesa, Arizona, where she was able to pursue new passions.  Over the years she coordinated the bingo, led morning exercises, played on pool and bowling leagues, assisted with Saturday morning coffee klatch and took up golf.  She could be seen daily riding her bicycle around the complex waving to friends.  Her friends and family describe her as an independent, strong woman who was a fantastic mother to her beloved children.  Her feisty and quick wit, along with her tenacity and strength, will be remembered by all.  

Preceding Theresa in death were her parents and siblings, as well as her beloved husband Ricky and her children Richard, Jean Marie, Theresa, Marian, and Elizabeth Ann; Grandson, Paul Joseph and great grandson Hayden.   

Surviving are her children Diane Occimio (Donald), Joseph Rickwalder (Susan), and Regina Duffy (Philip); grandchildren Bernie, Dawn, Darlene, Kimberly, Christopher and Glenn; Great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Cincere, Taylor, Morgan, Caitlin, Allyson, Natalie, and great-great granddaughters Addison and Paisley. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 29, at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Road, Mesa Az. Internment will take place at 12:30 am at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona. In honoring her great love of children, in lieu of flowers donations to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee would be appreciated. 



Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Andrew Bess and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like an incredible person. We send our love and prayers.

  • Natalie Gutierrez and Family

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray for comfort and peace over you and your love ones through this hard time especially around the holidays. Your mother has such a beautiful smile and glow about her.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Your mom was an amazing women. Glad I had the chance to meet her and enjoy her spunk. Hugs! 💕

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and role model. I will keep your family in my thoughts during your difficult time.

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