Theresa Appolonia Sherman was born October 15, 1927, near Fingal, North Dakota, to Henry and Agnes (Schlegel) Sherman. She grew up on the farm, attended rural school near Fingal and graduated from Fingal High School on May 24, 1945 with a class of 13 graduates. After graduation, she worked at the Fingal State Bank where she met Carl A. Grasswick, Jr.
They were married on October 12, 1948 in Valley City, North Dakota, eventually moving to the Henning, Minnesota area and later settling in the Deer Creek, Minnesota area. Theresa and Carl were blessed with eight children.
Theresa did a lot of cooking, baking (her cinnamon rolls, buns and bread were the best), gardening, canning, sewing, mending, and lawn mowing. Back in the day she watched grandchildren and did a lot of ironing!
Theresa liked to read, write letters, cross-stitch, embroider, make teddy bears, go on walks, trap gophers, visit, watch Wheel of Fortune, and go out for pie and coffee. Her family and her faith were of great importance to her - saying the rosary daily and going to Mass to receive Jesus were dear to her heart and soul.
Theresa was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and participated in Christian Mothers. Over the years, she brought our Lord (Holy Communion) to many who could not make it to Mass. At the end our Lord was brought to her which she very much appreciated.
After Carl’s death in 2013, Theresa continued living in their home in the Deer Creek area with the help of her family. She kept her sense of humor and smile almost to the end.
Theresa passed away at home with family by her side on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 93 years of age. She is survived by her children: Carol (Terry) Becker of Casper, WY; Joan (Thomas) Gedde of Otter Tail Lake, MN; Jennifer of Stillwater, MN; Thomas (Jeannie), Tammy, James, Elaine Byman, Jean Edmondson of Deer Creek, MN; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Alma von Ruden; brother, Loren (Connie) Sherman; sister-in-law, Lucille Sherman; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Theresa in death were her parents; husband, Carl; brother, Henry; sisters, Hilaria Wurzer, Dorothy Miller, and Alice Puhr; great-grandson, Brendan Becker.
Theresa’s family would like to thank Hospice of the Red River Valley for the care and concern given to Theresa, and many comments on her being a special lady and having a great smile.
Theresa will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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