In Loving Memory of
Theresa Joan Wisnoski
Theresa Joan (Storemski) Wisnoski was the eldest child of Kie and Willie (Snider) Storemski, born in Harrah, Oklahoma on Monday, May 9, 1932. She was baptized on the same day in St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Harrah. Her godparents were V. Breske (husband of Katie (Viesnieski) Breske, Kie's niece), and Annie Storemski (wife of Kie's brother, Joe Storemski).
At the age of four, Theresa moved back to Robertson County with her folks and lived with Grandpa and Babusha (Mike and Veronica Snider).
Theresa and her family then moved to a farm near Wootan Wells for a short while and then to the
Kirkpatrick farm in Falls County midway between Bremond and Reagan. As a teenager on the Kirkpatrick and Baker farms, Theresa recalls helping her Dad plant cotton with a double planter and mules. She also ran the middles with a plow and a mule called Old White. Once, the mule ran away with her but she managed to set the plow deeper and deeper until he had to stop. Theresa also spent a considerable amount of time chopping and picking cotton.
Theresa grew up on farms in Robertson and later Falls counties and started school at St. Mary's Catholic School in Bremond where she completed her first seven years of school and learned to read and write Polish. In those days, several ladies in the town boarded farm children during the week to allow them to attend school in the city. Farm roads were impassable so much of the time and commuting back and forth to school was virtually impossible in those days. Theresa and several other Snider children including Grady Snider, Leo Snider and brother Dan Storemski, stayed in Bremond with Mrs. Pavoski, Mrs. Strugala and Mrs. Jake Atomancyk. The children then returned to their farms on the weekends.In 1946, when her parents bought the Will Baker farm, Theresa attended Reagan schools for one year.
Like so many of the Snider children of the 40's and 50's, Theresa left the farm and went to the big city of Houston to seek her fortune. At the age of 17, Theresa boarded a train and went to Houston to live with Uncle Louis and Aunt Natalie Snider. Later, Theresa and several other girls (Louise Kimich, Verna Alexander, Gertrude and Mary Springer) decided to share life at Mrs. Price's Boarding House in Houston.
One Saturday night in September of 1952, Theresa met her future husband, Harry Wisnoski, who was working at the American Can Company. Harry was born on January 29, 1929. They were engaged in October of 1953 and married on April 24, 1954 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bremond by Reverend S.L. Kmiecik. The reception was held on her parent's farm in typical Polish fashion. Kie and some of the other kinfolks built a big dance floor and Willie and several other men and women in the family and in the church prepared a feast for several hundred families.
On July 23, 1956, Theresa and Harry had their first (and only) child, Sylvia Ann. Theresa stayed home to care for Sylvia Ann until Sylvia reached the age of 16. Then Theresa got a job
with the Ashcraft Bakery where she was employed for two years. On her Dad's birthday (February 26) of 1974, Theresa changed jobs. This time, she worked for Mr. Pearson at the Harco Oil Company. In 1979, Harco Oil became O'Roarke Distributing Company where Theresa worked as a bookkeeper in accounts receivable until she retired.
After Harry's death in 1987, Theresa maintained their lovely home in Houston and her week-end place on the farm in Reagan. Her home in Houston remained her pride and pleasure as she thoroughly enjoyed decorating the interior and manicuring the yard. The years following Harry's death, Theresa showered her love and encouragement upon her niece and nephew, Mandy and Tim Erwin, in all their school activities, accomplishments, and endeavors. The seats at band concerts, band camps, football games, and piano recitals and graduations were warmed and graced by her presence.
Frequent trips to the Storemski farm in Reagan, nurtured many heartwarming memories.
Attended by close relatives and friends, a surprise 75th birthday party honored Theresa at the Coal Mine Restaurant in Bremond in 2007. This lovely spring flower of the Snider/Storemski clan certainly radiated her vivacious limelight to each special guest she greeted.
Exactly one year later, on her 76th birthday, she encountered an ulcer flare-up which required a hospital visit and subsequently a gradual decline in her overall health. She continued to putter around to maintain her warm and welcoming home as the hostess with the "mostest" but was limited by her physical stamina and strength. In 2015, Theresa and Sylvia moved to the college Station area where she lived until her death on February 26, 2016.
Family and friends will gather to honor and celebrate the life of Teresa from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, March 2 with a Rosary and Life Celebration to begin at 6 PM at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan. A second gathering will begin at 10 AM on Thursday, March 3 with a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11 AM at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church in Bremond. Interment will follow at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery concluding with a reception at St. Maryâ€™s Recreation Center.
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