Theresa O. Campbell, 92, of Maple Park, passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 2009, at the DeKalb County Nursing Center, where she has resided since 2007.
She was born April 21, 1917, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Bergthal) Oesterreicher in Chicago.
Theresa grew up in Chicago and attended local schools. She graduated with the class of 1935 and afterward went to work at Sloan Valve Company as a bookkeeper.
She met her husband in the shipping department, where Burdette kept making â€œmistakesâ€ just so that Theresa would come back to see him. Theresa caught on quickly, and although she thought he was a â€œsly fox,â€ a friendship turned into love. Though the war intervened in 1943, the love between the farm boy and the city girl never wavered. They were married on Oct. 18, 1947, in Chicago, at St. Benedictâ€™s Catholic Church.
They began their life together on the Hughes Farm on Route 38 in Maple Park. In 1956, they moved into town and had since made Maple Park their home.
In the late 1950s, Theresa began working for the First State Bank of Maple Park. Later in 1966, she worked at the Wurlitzer Piano Factory in DeKalb before her retirement in the mid-1970s.
She was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park.
Theresaâ€™s father ran a music store for many years as she was growing up, and as a result, Theresa learned to play many instruments. In addition to piano and organ, Theresa played the violin in the high school orchestra. As the years went by, she would continue to play only the piano and organ. She would later become an organist for St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park for more than 30 years.
After her retirement, Theresa began oil painting, which later led her to paint picturesque scenes that became keepsakes for family and friends. Her creative nature also was seen through the many afghans and doilies she crocheted.
Theresa also loved to travel and made many family camping trips across the country and into Canada. She and Burdette also made oneâ€“of-a-kind memories on vacations to Europe and later on annual trips to spring training in Sarasota, Fla., to support Burdetteâ€™s favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. Over the years, Theresa made special places in her heart and home for her dachshunds, Tina, Holly and Heidi.
She now leaves two sons, Dave (Rita) Campbell of Maple Park and Ed (Marilyn) Campbell of Maple Park; six grandchildren, Shawn (Julie) Campbell and their children, Christian and Aaron, of Webster City, Iowa, Sheri (George) Baumann and their children, Christina, George, and Elizabeth, of Hinckley, Sarah (Chris) McGreer and their son, Aiden, of Cortland, Kate Campbell of Maple Park, Kelly (Brian) Eigenberger of Dubuque, Iowa, and Steve Campbell of Maple Park; one brother-in-law, Jack Turk of Hampshire, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.
She now joins her parents; husband, Burdette; two brothers, Frank and Claude Oesterreicher; and one sister, Catherine Demski, who preceded her in death.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. wake service at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.
A mass to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park. Fr. Joachim Tyrtania, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, a live web-cast will be available by following a link at www.conleycare.com. The service will also be available the following day by going to the same website and accessing the service in an on-demand form to watch at any time.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the â€œTheresa Campbell Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.