ROCK INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Teresa Ford, formerly of Grasston, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Country Comfort Elder Care in Lindstrom, Minnesota. She was 71 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham with a Rosary Service at 7:30 pm.
INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.
Teresa Agnes (Benzmiller) Ford, formerly of Grasston, Minnesota, passed away on February 4, 2018 at Country Comfort Elder Care in Lindstrom, Minnesota. She was 71 years old.
Teresa was born February 20, 1946 in Compton, California to Lawrence and Agnes (Welsh) Benzmiller. Shortly after her birth the family moved to North Dakota. Teresa was in the middle of eight children. She and her seven siblings helped out on the family farm in Galesburg, North Dakota. She enjoyed playing games with her siblings and often talked about the six sisters picking on the two brothers as they were growing up. She attended Clifford-Galesburg High School and graduated in 1963. Upon graduation, she attended Mary College in Bismarck, North Dakota, studying education. On the same weekend that she graduated from college, she married Gary Freund in Hunter, North Dakota.
In 1967, Teresa and Gary moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Their first child, Todd, was born a year later; quickly followed by their only daughter Tammy and their next son Paul. In 1970, they moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a brief time before moving to Phoenix, Arizona to help family who lived there. In 1972, their fourth child, John, was born. In the fall of 1973 she had her first teaching job, where she had to bring John to work with her and keep him at her desk.
In 1980, Teresa and her four children moved back up to Minneapolis, where she met Walt Ford, her tax person. They got married in October of 1980 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their only son, Webster, was born in 1983. Shortly after, in 1984, they moved to Grasston, Minnesota. Teresa primarily stayed at home to raise her family, while occasionally substitute teaching at Southview Elementary in Braham.
Teresa was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham, active in the women’s group and served food at almost all of the church functions; she was happy to help out wherever she was needed. An active member of her faith, she was always found in the front pew on the right side of the church so she and her family could see everything.
Teresa loved doing crosswords, puzzles, and reading a multitude of books. Teresa had a love for going out to eat and making friends with the waitresses at places she frequented the most. She often asked one of her kids to go out to lunch with her at Perkins, People’s or the Park Café.
She was proud of her large family, always trying to get to family events that were all over the country, as well as doing her best to host events when she was able. Even towards her last days, she loved trying to get all of the kids together as often as she could, as she enjoyed hearing the laughter of her family surrounding her. Teresa was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have crossed her path.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Margaret (Ralph) Hendrickson and Bernice Woodford; her ex-husband Gary Freund; and her husband Walter Ford.
Teresa is survived by her children Todd (Liza) Freund, Tammy (Jim) Cross, Paul Freund, John Freund (Ubah Omer) Freund, and Webster (Kristy) Ford; grandchildren Matt (Heather) Skluzacek, Cody (Julia) Skluzacek, Alicia Freund, Garrett Freund, Jeremiah Ford, Seamus Ford, and Margaret Ford; her great grandchildren Sean, Seth, Shae, Easton, Elias, and Evan Skluzacek; brothers Larry (Gloria) Benzmiller and Mike Benzmiller; sisters Fran (Keith) Knudson, Mary (Morrie) Paulson, and Cathy (Les) Backer; brother-in-law Keith Woodford; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends.