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Theresa Irene Allen Westover

AGE: 80 • Cherry Hill

Theresa Irene Allen Westover, known to all as Terry, passed away on January 1, 2017, in Cherry Hill, NJ, at age 80, from Alzheimer's disease.

Terry was born in Bayonne, NJ, on August 12, 1936, to Dr. John and Hazel Allen. She was the youngest of three daughters. While living in Bayonne, Terry spent lots of vacation time honoring the family's country roots in Virginia. In 1960, Terry married the love of her life, Clarence Patrick "Pat" Westover (of Oceanside, NY), and soon moved to their suburb home in Matawan (now Aberdeen), NJ.

Terry graduated from Holy Family Academy in 1954, followed by St. Joseph College in 1958, to which she stayed loyal as the class correspondent for many years. Following her college graduation, Terry was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the Spanish language and culture in Cuba. Unfortunately, her studies there were cut short due to the Cuban revolution, and she returned home after a few months. Terry then commenced her business career, but not long after she married, came children Thomas (1961), Susan (1962), Karen (1964), and John (1967). Terry was devoted to raising her children and returned to the workforce only after they were all in school. Terry then started a teaching career, first at Lloyd Road Middle School in Matawan, and then serving at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel until she retired in 1997. She taught various business courses as well as typing and stenography, the art of which she had mastered, enabling her to create holiday shopping lists that her children could never decipher - ensuring they were always surprised on Christmas morning.

Terry was an athlete in her own right in high school, and once married, supported her husband Pat's obsession for sports. She would occasionally go with him to New York Giants games, but was happy to give up her seat to Pat's friends or their children especially in cold weather.

Everyone who knew Terry knew of her love for music and dance. She could burst into song at any time, no matter how inopportune, and could break out into dance - usually the Charleston - in any setting. She passed on her love and passion for music to all four of her children.

Terry was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Keyport, in the 1960s, and later joined St. Benedict Catholic Church, Holmdel, in the 1970s. Terry was highly involved with the Folk Group at St. Benedict's, singing at Mass for many years, and making lifelong friends while so doing.

Terry was known for selflessly serving the needs of others, often with a touch of sass. She loved talking on the phone and after cell phones arrived, she quickly took to texting. She was crazy about tea and coffee, and had quite a Starbucks obsession. She ate like a bird, savoring small bites, especially desserts. Her favorite time of day was sunset; she loved the beauty and serenity of the sun dipping below the horizon as day turned to night.

Most of Terry's life was focused on family. Annual vacations usually involved packing up the station wagon with Pat, Terry's mother, Hazel, the four children, and often the family dog, Fritz, and driving to fun places all over the east coast. When the grandchildren arrived, Terry had a new generation to love and support.

Terry is survived by her beloved sisters, Mary Ann Supple and Jerri O'Donnell, her son Dr. Thomas Westover (and his wife, Dr. Betsey Corral Westover and their three children, Corey, Zachary, and Hannah), her daughter Susan Westover-Giali (and her husband Dale Giali), her daughter Karen Westover Black (and her husband Nelson Black and their two children, Thomas and Travis), and her devoted son John Westover who committed the last several years to the caretaking of Terry and Pat. Pat pre-deceased Terry in 2015. Terry is also survived by many loving cousins and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Holmdel Community United Church of Christ, on March 18, 2017, at 11 am, with a reception immediately following at the Holmdel Senior/Community Center. Interment will take place in a private family service at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey, where Terry will be reunited with her beloved Pat.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made in Terry's name to the (www.alz.org). Or more simply, please consider doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone less fortunate in Terry's name. She will be singing a song for you from the heavens above.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 10, 2017
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