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Theresa Ann Kurtenbach

July 21, 1947 ~ September 16, 2022 (age 75)


Theresa was born on July 21, 1947, in Manhattan, New York. She was the second child of two children born to first generation Italian Americans Carlo DiDonato (Naples) and Antonina Billera (Sciacca, Sicily). She grew up with her family and slept with her non-English speaking grandmother from the age of one until her grandma died when she was twenty-one years old. The family moved from Little Italy, Manhattan, to Brooklyn when she was five. She met her husband Dan on the NCO dance floor at Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, on July 25, 1969 while he was serving a two year enlistment in the Army. After discharge from the Army, she married Dan on April 17, 1971, in St. Finbar Church, Brooklyn, NY, and worked as an Administrative Assistant for GSA Purchasing and Contracting office at Fort Hamilton while he went to St. John’s University to finish his degree in business. Following the birth of Dan II on September 21, 1973, they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, where Dan worked for the state of Nebraska. She gave birth to Jerome on February 13, 1979. She was the family homemaker while Dan began his 36-year career with Goodwill Industries serving in Grand Island and Lincoln, Nebraska; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Phoenix, Arizona, and Frederick, Maryland.

Theresa volunteered many hours at church and the schools their sons attended. She was well-known for donating her cheesecake to be auctioned at Church, School and Goodwill fundraisers. She particularly enjoyed preparing a special eight course meal for six that was auctioned at Church and School fundraisers. She served on the board of the YWCA and enjoyed participating in numerous aerobic dance classes there. She worked as a cook for nine years in the kitchen of a couple of high schools in Oklahoma City. She enjoyed sewing and made many outfits for the young Kurtenbach family. She was also quite adept at knitting and crocheting outfits for newborn children of friends and family. She loved dancing with Dan, cooking, reading, and playing games with her children and grandchildren.

In her autobiography Theresa wrote, “I never thought I would leave Brooklyn, live in a house, travel to every state in the union, trek to my grandparent’s country, visit exotic places and share the experiences that were part of a Steinbeck novel or the love of a Mary Higgins Clark story. In Brooklyn I was destined to find some form of happiness, some form of stability and remain intimately linked to the relationships of my childhood. My grandma could never knew how she shaped my thoughts or prepared me to be a good wife by teaching me how to grocery shop, sew a dress, and cook several varieties of meals.”

Theresa is preceded in death by six children who died in miscarriages, her parents, and brother. She is loved by her husband Dan, their children Dan II and Jerome, her daughter-in-law Tina, and her grandchildren Dan III and Joshua.


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