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Theresa Anne Messner

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Theresa Anne Messner Obituary

Theresa Anne Messner

Theresa Anne Messner, 65, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Petaluma, after a long and heroic battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Terry Messner was born in Berkeley and raised in Salinas. She graduated from Salinas High School, serving as head cheerleader in 1965. As a young mother, she worked for several years in the offices of the County of Monterey. In the early 1980s, Terry relocated to Berkeley, working nearly two decades for the Home for Jewish Parents, coordinating home meals deliveries, and caring for seniors. An avid reader for her entire life, Terry especially appreciated the novels of James Michener and Ayn Rand.

She always enjoyed the companionship of her beloved dogs. Terry was a loving and dedicated mother who always believed in her children. Her strong will and passion for life were evident in her spirited fight against Alzheimer's. Even in her illness, her hope for humanity and belief in the inner goodness of all people continued to shine through.

Terry was preceded in death by her father, Russell J. Messner, of Salinas.

She is survived by her mother, Anita Messner Voth and sister, Melinda (William) Messner Rios, both of Salinas; her brother, Mike (Pierrette) Messner of South Pasadena; her sons, Eric (Angela) Affonso of Sacramento and Adam Affonso of Los Angeles; and four granddaughters, Annelise Affonso, Christiana Affonso, Aisha Affonso, Ocean Affonso, of Sacramento.

A Memorial service for Terry Messner will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Terry Messner's honor to the .

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to

Published in The Salinas Californian on May 29, 2013
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