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T. Manthei web 2Theresa Manthei, of Mora, died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Eastwood Senior Living.  She was 98 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.

VISITATION will be on Wednesday, May 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at 10:35 am on Thursday, May 7th at Assembly Area #6 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Theresa Mary (Testa) Manthei died in her sleep at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora on April 29, 2015.  She was 98 years old.

She was born on January 17, 1917, in Lago di Cosenza, Italy to Joseph and Josephine (Runco) Testa, the second of eleven children.  In 1920, along with her mother, and brother Samuel, they set sail for America on the ship Terminia to join her father who had come to America earlier to find a job and a home in St. Paul.

As a young girl, Theresa committed her life to Jesus Christ and never wavered from a life lived for God.  She devoted her life to being a prayer warrior and had the gifts of encouragement and hospitality

She graduated in 1935 from Johnson High School in St. Paul, then attended Felt and Tarrant Business College in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.  She worked at Amour Packing Company in South St. Paul where she met Bernard.  She was united in marriage to Bernard Charles Manthei on May 26, 1942 in St. Paul.  They moved to Mora in 1958.
She was a homemaker, accountant, dental assistant, and secretary.  She worked at Gorham’s Hardware Store, Dr. Luiten’s Dental Clinic, Braham Bible Bookstore, and Mora Chamber of Commerce.  She retired from Ragon Electronics in St. Paul in 1979.

She was a Girl Scout leader & chairperson, Sunday School teacher & superintendent, and Pioneer Girls leader for many years.  She was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, National Day of Prayer chairperson for the Mora region, and involved in the Pro-Life movement.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two grandchildren; three sisters; three brothers; one sister-in-law; and six brothers-in-law.

She is survived by her loving children Michael (Cathy) Manthei; Joseph (Pam) Manthei; and Mary Jo (William) Moline; grandchildren Kevin (Lori) Manthei; Shayla Manthei; Andrew (Busola) Manthei; Michael (Kristin) Manthei; David (Caitlin) Manthei; Nathan Manthei; Tara Martin; and Danielle (Matthew) Brooks; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.  Rev. Mike Herzog will officiate. Visitation will be on Wed. May 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.   Music will be provided by Marlene Lee, Dianna Kasprzak and Kevin Manthei.  Pallbearers are Theresa’s grandsons, Kevin, Andrew, Michael, David and Nathan Manthei.  Interment will be at 10:35 am on Thursday, May 7th at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.  Arrangements were handled by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. 

3 thoughts on “THERESA MANTHEI”

  1. Mary Jo (and family), here’s a quote from my sister that I thought was very good: “My prayer…is that we can be comforted by our many, many wonderful memories, and that these will flow with our sadness and sparkle the water as it moves along.” And another quote that comforted me when my mama was promoted to glory: “In the fullness of time a life’s journey ends. But love once shared continues to live. And beyond this day, that love prevails.” God bless you all.

  2. Mary Jo. What a wonderfully rich life your Mama lived. And what memories this has created. Although she will be sorely missed, draw upon these memories to give you comfort and cheer. What peace and joy she is now enjoying! My love and prayers are with you all.

  3. Theresa is a wonderful woman of God and will be truly missed. What an inspiration she has been. Now she is safe in His heavenly arms. I treasure the talks we had and the wonderful gifts (ceramics, etc.) she gave me.
    May peace be with the family and Theresa live forever in your hearts. She leaves a wonderful legacy.

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