Terese Colonna Helmintoller

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Terese Colonna Helmintoller, 94, of Denver, Colo., formerly of St. Petersburg, passed away Sunday afternoon at The Village at Lowry Hospice in Denver.
Born in Apollo on Sept. 20, 1920, Terese was the daughter of the late Fred and Christina Piccola Colonna.
Terese was a 1937 graduate of Kittanning High School and a 1941 graduate of Duquesne University.
She married Pat Acquaviva in 1942. He was killed in action in 1945 during World War II in the Allied advance to the Rhine. She married James R. "Dick" Helmintoller in 1951. He preceded her in death in February 2010.
She then moved to Denver to be near her daughter's family.
She was a longtime active member of the St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Emlenton and faithfully served as prayer chain director and as Eucharistic Minister.
Terese was an avid Notre Dame sports fan. She enjoyed flower gardening, being with her family and getting visits from her many previous students.
Terese was a well-loved teacher at the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District, having taught at St. Petersburg High School, Emlenton High School and Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. She taught business, English, French, typing and shorthand, retiring in 1981.
Surviving are her daughter, Dr. Patricia Gabow and her husband, Harold, of Denver, Colo.; her two grandchildren, Tenaya Newkirk and her husband, Scott, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Aaron Gabow and his wife, Tamara Walker, of New York City, as well as a number of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Terese was preceded in death by her beloved brothers, Henry and Albert Colonna.
Helmintoller- The friends of Terese Colonna Helmintoller, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will be received, from noon to 2 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at theHile Funeral Home, 802 Grove St., St. Petersburg.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Michael The Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Emlenton, with Terese's cousin, the Rev. Francis Fugini O.F.M. Cap, and the Rev. William R. Barron, church pastor, concelebrating. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Emlenton.
Family and friends are invited to a luncheon after interment at the St. Michael the Archangel Church Hall.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Legacy Scholarship Fund at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit www.hilefh.com.

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Published in Butler Eagle from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2014