Theresa Blaum

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Dec. 11, 2012

Theresa Lois Blaum, 78, of Forty Fort, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Theresa (Terry) was born on Oct. 1, 1934, in Wilkes-Barre and was a daughter of the late Carl and Theresa Henry. Terry graduated from St. Nicholas Grade School and St. Nicholas High School. Theresa earned her bachelor's degree in home economics from College Misericordia in Dallas with the academic honor of magna cum laude.

Theresa was employed by Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. as a home economist and was a substitute teacher for many area high schools. Terry was the librarian at Bishop Hoban High School for many years before retiring in 2004. She will be most remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother to her family.

Theresa was a member of many local community organizations, including American Home Economics Association, College Misericordia Alumni Association and Board of Directors, Pennsylvania State Education Association, St. Conrad's Society, German-Austria Club, the former Circle Eight Square Dancers, St. Nicholas Parish and Choir, and the Big Band Association.

Theresa was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, singing, travel and visiting her many children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed volunteering at Candy's Place Cancer Resource Center to assist and share her journey with cancer patients like herself. She was an avid dog lover and will be missed dearly by her dogs, Adele and Heidi.

Theresa is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Philip; her six children, Kathleen Hannon and husband Edward (Whiting, N.J.); Paul and wife Ann (Fayetteville, Ga.); Fredrick and friend Debby Eyerman (Swoyersville); James and wife Laurie (Shavertown); John and wife Maureen (Malta, N.Y.), and Donna (deceased). Terry was greatly loved by her 11 grandchildren, Erin, Shawn, Brian and Kayla Hannon; Donna and John Blaum; Matthew, Emily and Caitlin Blaum; Kathryn and Sarah Blaum; and one great-grandchild, Tenley Hardifer (Hannon).

Funeral on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Joseph Rauscher officiating. The interment will be at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Shavertown. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home in Forty Fort.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Theresa L. Blaum to St. Vincent's Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre and Candy's Place Cancer Resource Center in Forty Fort. To send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at

Published in Times Leader on Dec. 13, 2012