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.