• Demaine Funeral Home
    Springfield, VA
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Therese Ellen Windt 1958 - 2013

Therese Ellen Windt

Sunday, July 14, 2013
All things BRUCE!

I want to thank everyone for sharing their memories of Therese, I had forgotten our eternal link - BRUCE! When I learned of of Therese's rightful adoration of the Boss, I quickly excused her being a devotee of Yusuf Islam (nee Cat Stevens). Besides, she was much younger then her musical taste hadn't yet developed. And I newer held the bowling experience against her, how was she to know that to ask me to go bowling was like asking a man with only one thumb to play pool?

I also had forgotten that pizza was our usual fare and our outings to the Chinese restaurant. I will always have a fond memories of our Friday nights outings to Old Town to the Confectionary Shop for a pastry and a cup of cappuccino. Now,a cup of coffee after 5 guarantees me a night of fitful sleep.

And while my memories of food are foremost in my mind (When isn't food foremost on my mind?)I have to give special attention to the always full Windt pantry. If you couldn't find anything to eat at the Windt's means you weren't looking. By our 3rd or 4th date I commented to Therese about the abundance of donuts and such and told her parents didn't have to indulge my sweet tooth. She scoffed and told me it wasn't my sweet tooth they were indulging but I was always welcome to partake in the bounty. Not wanting to be an ingrate, I always partook in the bounty.

The book remains open until August, I'll be sharing more memories later.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Dear Windts, I have loved Therese since I met her at Carolina in 1976. When I was fortunate enough to meet her lovely parents and family, I fell in love with them too. When I think of Therese, I think first of her unshakeable good humor. Therese had a rare ability to find the humor in absolutely any situation, no matter how painful or absurd. I also think of her desire to do something good for the world and make it a better place. I think of her kindness and her devotion to her beloved dogs and cats, and her rollicking household on Hayfield Drive where everyone was constantly researching the latest museum or art exhibit. It was a house where knowledge was valued and everyone was encouraged to pursue their dreams, with lots of good humor and abundant food to fuel the journey! Therese personified determination and defeated the odds throughout her illness, for which her devoted family deserves all credit. I know that Tish, Helen, Melanie, and I consider our wonderful memories of Therese among our most precious treasures. The slide show is absolutely fantastic, a poignant way to see the evolution of Therese's wonderful smile! I feel truly blessed to have known her. May you all find peace in the days to come.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Dolores, Jim, and family,
My heart hurts at the loss of Therese. I am so glad that us Carolina girls were able to come and share laughs with her over the last almost 3 years. I am glad that my family was also able to meet her and know her. Therese was indeed an amazing person who kept a positive attitude and sense of humor even in the very difficult times of her life. The days in Morrison dorm at UNC were ones that I'll never forget (and will never tell my children). We five Morrison girls met there, and have continued our friendship over the past 35 years. It was Therese that brought us together from all over the US. We will all miss her terribly.
May you find peace in the coming days and weeks. We know that Therese is at peace and in that, we rejoice.
Friday, July 12, 2013
To the Windt family -- you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you say farewell to Therese. I was fortunate to end up in Therese's suite at the University of North Carolina and to forge a friendship with her and three other women. I was even more fortunate to reconnect with Therese and the others a few years ago. She was smart, funny, irreverent and immersed in life, and I am grateful for having had time with her during her too-brief life. With sympathies and good wishes, Melanie
Friday, July 12, 2013
To the Windt Family--
I am so very very sad to hear of the passing of your beloved Therese.

It has been many many years since I last saw her. We met at Brookings and developed a wonderful friendship, although I was a bit older than her. When she suffered the cerebral hemorrhage, I visited several times over the months when she was in the hospital. The last time I saw her was in Dupont Circle, with her amazing smile and twinkle in her eyes.

I am so sorry that we lost touch, but thoughts of her would cross my mind.

And so, even for me, I am left with an incredible sadness in my heart, but also with a quiet sense of inspiration that comes from having known her and her incredible courage, kindness, and grace.

May memories and her amazing spirit and graciousness and love be with you always.
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