Therese Tecu

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Therese R. Tecu, nee Karpowicz, 92, of Fairview Heights, IL, born November 17, 1929, in Madison, IL, died Thursday, June 9, 2022, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Tecu was a graduate of Madison Senior High School, Madison, IL. After a career as a secretary at Granite City Steel, she moved to Lake of the Ozarks. She returned to the Metro East in 2005 after the death of her husband. During her active years, Therese enjoyed the serenity of the Lake of the Ozarks. She was also an avid reader, enjoyed singing in the choir, bowling, and playing cards. Therese was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Tecu, whom she married on August 2, 1986, and who died on February 4, 2005; an infant son, Mark Sanders; her parents, Peter and Marcella, nee Misukonis, Karpowicz; three sisters, Ann (Onufry) Gregowicz, Martha (Wendell) McIlvoy, and Caroline (Roland) Sax; and a brother, Anthony (Clara) Karpowicz.

Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Joseph) Kaiser of O’Fallon, IL; three grandsons, DJ, Greg, and Brad Kaiser; two great-granddaughters, Kora and Meroe Kaiser; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Fr. James Nall officiating.

Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.


3 Comments on Therese Tecu

Tony "Michael" Karpowicz said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2022 at 10:39 PM

Pat/Joe: sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your Mom. When we went out to dinner she told some wonderful stories. It reminded me of my dad's stories. I will think of my Godmother often. and with great fondness.

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Barbara Traynor said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2022 at 3:39 PM

Aunt Therese was a gentle sweet person. I have good memories of her from my childhood and later when I visited Belleville. Snowball the poodle & later Jill the dog made me smile. Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Barbara Traynor (Gregowicz)

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Melinda Milligan said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2022 at 9:37 AM

Pat & family so sorry for your loss of your mom. God Bless you all during this hard time.

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