Theresa A. (Wonderly) Kirk
Theresa A. (Wonderly) Kirk, 91, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Birchaven Village. She was surrounded by her loving family and left this world gracefully, much like how she lived her life.
She was born in Tiffin, Jan. 12, 1926, to the late Sarah and Albert Wonderly. Theresa spent her childhood years in Risingsun, along with her seven siblings.
Theresa is survived by a sister, Kathleen (Alvin) Faeth; five children, James (Rebecca) Kirk, Joseph (Diana) Kirk, Rebecca Sue (Dirk) Ewing, Richard (Sabrina) Kirk and Catherine (Dennis) Smith; 23 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
A son, William Kirk, preceded her in death, as did her husband, Robert “Bob” Kirk; a granddaughter, Kimberly Kirk; and six siblings, Mary Alice Wonderly, Albert Wonderly, Thomas Wonderly, Rose Gabel, Paul Wonderly and John Wonderly.
As with many of that generation, Theresa endured the hardships of World War II, which included the loss of her beloved brother, Thomas, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge. Happier years followed. She would go on to fall in love with Robert W. Kirk, a World War II veteran, and they would have six children together. Throughout their 67 years of marriage, Theresa and Bob enjoyed residency in Perrysburg, Findlay and Sanibel Island, Florida.
Those who knew Theresa would attest for her passion for faith, family, community and sport. She was a dedicated member of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish and in her younger years, gave selflessly to a number of charitable and civic endeavors, including the St. Michael Parish Council, City Mission, Marlesta Nursing Home, Blanchard Valley Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and St. Anthony Orphanage in Toledo.
A diabetic, Theresa also helped found the Northwest Ohio Diabetic Children Trust, which, among other things, funds a camp for children battling diabetes. Family gatherings and, the inevitable group photos, were cherished moments for Theresa. Whether dispensing advice to her grandchildren or a chocolate to a great-grandchild, Theresa had the power of making you feel valued and important. A competitor at heart, Theresa also saw the benefit of sport to the human condition. She enjoyed the game of golf and, on any given Saturday, few would dare challenge her dedication to Notre Dame football.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay.
A Mass of Christian burial, to be officiated by dear friend, Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay. Burial will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Theresa’s name be donated to either St. Michael the Archangel Parish Fund or Northwest Ohio Diabetic Children’s Trust in care of Old Fort Bank, 15030 Flag City Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.coldrencrates.com.