In Memory of

Teresa Ann Cate

September 26, 1956 - April 27, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Teresa Ann Cate

Teresa Ann Cate

Born: September 26, 1956
Died: April 27, 2020
Age: 63

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   Teresa Ann Cate, the daughter of Theodore and Phyllis (Hessinnes) Cate was born in Spencer, Iowa, on September 26, 1956.  She graduated from Spencer High School in 1975.  Following graduation, she attended nursing school in Omaha, Nebraska, and practiced at several hospitals.

   She was an amazing trustworthy friend, loved everyone and was a forgiving soul.  She loved her mother dearly, considered her as her best friend and now joins her in peace.

   Teresa passed away recently in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 63.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:54 AM
“I've known Teresa all through our school years. She was a great person always had that smile upon her face. She will be missed. God Bless. Sending prayers to her family.”
- Cindy Jones
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:45 PM
“In God’s care!🙏”
- Natalie
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:55 AM
“Mom when the girls and I found out what happened we were devestated to hear what happened and that it's not fair that you had to go so soon. You were like a second mom to me. Your grandbabies adored and loved you so much! You are wrong mom when you told me that when you passed that no one would come to your funeral. You have no idea how many people love you. You have a great heart and forgiving heart. We love you and miss you and cannot imagine never hearing your voice again.”
- Lisa
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 6:19 PM
“To Teresa's Family: Sorry to hear of one of our 1975 classmates passing away. We spent many days swimming at Leach Park pool and going to her house to do school projects or at least we were supposed to be - Lots of laughter, singing to music, and her mom making cookies for us. ”
- Gina (Johnson) Ean
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“I haven't talked to her in a while, but I met Teresa over 40 years ago when I was a very young boy. She befriended my mother and I when she became our neighbor. Teresa taught me everything she was learning about nutrition in a college nursing course when I was just a kindergartner. I have clear memories of her taking me to the SDSU rat lab and out for ice cream at the SDSU Dairy Bar. Such fun and endearing memories of her. She had a unique effervescence. I have never stopped thinking about her impact on my life, just by her being a positive force during my formative years. She has brought light into this world that will shine on in her absence. Her quick laugh filled a room with joy. She will be missed and remembered fondly. Sincerest condolences to everyone who has been touched by her life and who are feeling her absence.”
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“Our family sends our deepest condolences to Teresa's family. We met Teresa when she was a student at SDSU and moved next door to us. We had a lot of good times together and stayed in touch for many years. You were a one of a kind friend Teresa💜”
- Paula & Jim Meyer
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“So sorry to hear about Teresa, She worked for me at Janitors Closet and she was such upbeat smiley person. She worked hard and did good job ! Praying for her family. ”
- Laura Carlentini
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM
“We will miss you sooo much u were the best aunt in the world !!!”
- Tracy Grover
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM
“I dont know where to begin. She was a wonderful person with a heart of gold.she was my step mom .she was accepting of all of garys children and i m one of them . She was wonderful to his grandchildren also , even if they was bad sometimes. She loved to talk .many of times she would talk to my son( robert) for hours which he surely enjoyed , she was so giving and loving to my dad and I appreciate it greatly . He was a tough one but she loved him dearly. The way of her passing in unreal ,unthinkable and shocking but she is with her mom and dad and of course my dad .she was a great person.she will be missed .
- Tammy
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM
“I don’t know where to begin . She was a very kind generous person. She was very excepting of Gary’s children , and grandchildren. I m Gary’s oldest daughter . She was always so nice. Many of nights she would talk to my son Robert for hours. Which he needed . He loved being able to talk to her . She was my step mom . And many of years she loved my dad ( Gary) . It is tragic the way of her passing and she will be missed . But she is around her mom and dad and of course my dad ( Gary) I hope she tells him how much he is missed also . This is unthinkable, unbelievable and unforgivable of how she passed PEACE BE WITH U TERESA !!!”
- Tammy
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:04 PM
“We r really gonna miss you Teresa, you were the best aunt in the world !!!”
- Tracy Grover
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 6:21 PM
“I will remember Teresa for her light heartedness and the smile she had for everyone. Rest in peace. ”
- Karrie Lathrop Mullenberg
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 1:49 PM
“My deep sympathy and condolences to Teresa's family and loved ones. Teresa was a GOOD friend to me during our years of nurse's training together ... I valued her friendship & support through our many struggles and triumphs during those days ~ as well as many occasions of laughter and good times! You are in my heart, Teresa♥”
- Lola Ann (Redden) Beyer
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 1:49 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the family of Teresa.
Her smile has never changed over the years.
Rest in Peace. You left us way to soon.
You will always be remembered fondly by the
SHS Class of 1975”
- mari lu larson
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:38 PM
“Teresa and I went to school together until we moved in 6th grade, I visited many times to your home. We meet again when I worked at State Bank, she was always cheerful and I will remember her smile. Thoughts and prayers to her family at this difficult time. ”
- Barb Wilcox Meyerdirk
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:38 PM
“I worked with Teresa in the CCU at Avera. She always knew the answer to our questions when it came to being critical care nursing. She loved everyone and would be your friend. She was crazy and fun. The world will surely miss her. RIP Teresa Cate!”
- Linda Randel King
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:02 PM
“She was the light of making me to smile She called me Barbie no one else could she was so Precious to me ”
- Barb Van Til
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:51 PM
“I am in shock after hearing about Teresa’s tragic death. We were good friends in jr. high. My most memorable day with her was a late spring day John Shields, Mark Nelson, Teresa and I rode our bikes all the way to Okoboji and back. We felt so grown up. She was such a happy, fun soul. I will miss her. So sorry for her loss. ”
- Jill Steelhammer
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:51 PM
“Sorry for your loss she was a very close friend. She now has her angel wing's. R. I. P TRESA”
- Andy nelson
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“I am so sorry to hear that Teresa passed away. I have very fond memories and feel blessed to have known her. My prayers for the family. ”
- Stacy Grover
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Teresa’s passing. I had known her since we were in kindergarten, and our mothers were close friends. I realize there are no words adequate enough to offer the comfort The family during this horrible time and in the months to come. She will be remembered fondly by her many friends and classmates.. I know she has been welcomed into Heaven and has been reunited with Ted and Phyllis. Please accept my sincere condolences during this difficult time. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Pat Mallory Robidoux
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Rest in Peace Teresa! So sorry to hear of your passing. We were friends ever since 7th grade
- Susan Umscheid
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:09 PM
“We are so saddened by this horrid death she had to endure. Mark and I knew her from the 70’s. Always bubbly and full of life. God bless her soul and Rest In Peace Teresa. ”
- Cindi and Mark Hinton
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:08 PM
“sorry for your loss i went to school with her she was my neighbor on 14th st very nice person god bless”
- brad bolyard
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