Theresa M. Kirby

Theresa M. Kirby

September 8, 1954 – May 11, 2022

Theresa Marie Kirby was born to Thomas and Beverly Mittermeier on September 8, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 11, 2022 after a year-long battle, fighting to spend each remaining moment with those she held dear.

Theresa was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Mittermeier; father-in-law, Orville Kirby; mother-in-law, Olivette Kirby; and daughter, Theadra Love Kirby.  She is survived by her husband, Eddie Lee; her children: Tricia Eckley (Larry), Andrea Foster (Brad), Matthew Kirby, and Antonette Kirby (Shawn); grandchildren: Shyanne, Shaun, Tommy, Kayden, Patrick, Londyn, Lily, Kennedy, and Brooklyn; great-grandchild, Wrenley; mother, Beverly Mittermeier; brother, Thomas Mittermeier (Cindy); sister-in-law, Lois Curtis (Rollin); brother-in-law, Kris Kirby (Lisa); many nieces and nephews.

Upon moving across the street, Theresa met Eddie Lee and they married on November 17, 1979. They built their life together at 54th & Franklin Street, where they raised their family. Theresa’s ambition took flight in the form of her in-home daycare, where she shaped the lives of countless children. Her commitment to her daycare was undeniable, and many of the families she worked with remain in contact today.

Theresa’s passion was not limited to her daycare, however. She also enjoyed creating a home she and her family could love, whether it was by digging her fingers into the garden bed or painting the walls. She spent her days guiding her children from behind the open kitchen window and continued supporting them each step of the way into adulthood, including each graduation, marriage, or addition to the family.

Theresa will forever be known for the impact she has had on those she loved. Her compassion for others, her strength through each and every challenge, and her love of Clorox will never be forgotten.

Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating her life.  VISITATION: Monday, May 16th from 5pm to 7:30pm at the West Center Chapel of Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuaries, 7805 W. Center Rd., with PRAYER SERVICE at 7:30pm.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, May 17th at 10am at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave.  Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Anna Blessing Posted May 12, 2022 9:06 pm

    Eddie, Bev, Tricia, Andrea, Matt & Toni,
    Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace & comfort during this difficult time. I will remember Theresa fondly. She was always kind and welcoming whenever I saw her. My deepest condolences>

  • Mary L Metzler Posted May 13, 2022 9:45 am

    To Shawn and Toni I know it feels like a piece of you is missing and even though you will never feel whole again just remember how blessed you were to have her in your life and I know she felt the way son of you. Such a wonderful woman. We wonder how God can take her now but know he wanted to take her out of her pain and struggle that this ole life can bring. Toni as the days go on her love and memory will guide you and be with you in everything you do, your mom was so thankful I’m sure to know you were always there for her. I’m sure she knew that as hard as it was for her to leave she is so proud of you and the family that she left behind knowing you will carry on her spirit until she greets you again in Heaven. Your heart is heavy now and as time passes you will heal little by little and remember how much you were loved. God Bless You.

  • Anne & Ken Krueger Posted May 13, 2022 11:51 am

    Eddie, Bev, Tricia, Andrea, Matt & Toni, Tom, We are so sorry to learn of Theresa’s passing. We have very fond memories of your family and our good times on 56th Street. Theresa and all of you are in our prayers. Sincerely, Anne & Ken, Alexandria, MN

  • WILLIAM R MANNING Posted May 13, 2022 6:08 pm

    Sending prayers to the family of a wonderful truly for your loss

  • Jerry and Nancy Nightingale Posted May 13, 2022 7:26 pm

    To Bev, Tom and Cindy Mittermeier and all of Ed and Theresa’s family,

    Our hearts go out to you at such a difficult time. It isn’t possibly to feel the loss you are experiencing right now, but I sincerely hope that it helps to know that we sincerely care and want to offer all our love and support. We have fond memories of the times spend with your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jerry and Nancy Nightingale Posted May 13, 2022 7:29 pm

    Our hearts go out to you at such a difficult time. It isn’t possibly to feel the loss you are experiencing right now, but I sincerely hope that it helps to know that we sincerely care and want to offer all our love and support. We have fond memories of the times spend with your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Mary Wells Posted May 14, 2022 9:41 am

    It was such an honor to know Theresa. I will miss her relentless optimism and wise parenting advice. My prayers are with your family.

  • Brooks Gillespie Posted May 15, 2022 5:17 am

    I’m a cousin, my grandpa was her uncle Leonard Mittermeier. In the early 2000s for several years I was the substitute mail carrier in her neighborhood. Theresa was always so sweet with me. Whenever she saw me she’d come out and give me a very gentle hug. She was very huggy! Her love for family, and especially her love for kids was very apparent. I’ll always remember her with much affection. My heart is with her family at this time.

  • Aunt Jean Posted May 15, 2022 1:53 pm

    Shawn and Toni so sorry for your loss Love and hugs for you.

  • Kathy Johnson Posted May 16, 2022 11:36 am

    I had the privilege of caring for her on a few occasions. She was such a wonderful woman and shared about how much her kids meant the world to her- her own and her daycare kids. She loved being able to stay busy with the puppies during long, lonely days. It’s hard to deal with feelings of things left unsaid or undone, and feelings of guilt for having perhaps taken our loved ones for granted; assuming they will always be there for built-in babysitting, or food, or whatever our needs are. Then when they are gone, we realize what we’ve lost, and how we could have done better. May your days ahead be filled with happy memories, and the realization of the need to turn to one another instead of on one another. Matt- she spoke specifically of you-about your skills and knowledge, but also your need for patience (as only a mother can); but mostly about how thankful she was for your being there for her in her times of need- you have been a real blessing to her. Peace to you all.

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