Therese Kathleen De Lorenzo

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January 25, 1932 ~ December 18, 2010

Resided in: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Therese K. De Lorenzo (1932 - 2010) Therese (Terry) was born in Brooklyn, New York January 25, 1932. She passed away at Torrance Memorial Hospital on December 18, 2010 after a valiant battle with Lymphoma and its complications. She was surrounded by her loving family Ellen, Carol, Rob, Jeanne, Bill, Sue and Mike. She attended New York City schools where she developed her love of education. She met Bob in High School and their love developed from then on. She attended a private college and worked for the Dean of New York University (NYU) and the CEO of a large chemical company before she married Bob and moved to New Mexico where they both worked in the Nation's atomic program. She became a Navy wife while Bob was on active duty. After the Navy, many moves followed, and her beloved children were born across the country: Ellen and Carol in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Rob in San Jose, California; and Jeanne in Bronxville, New York. She adored her beautiful Grandchild, Kylie Grace, and loved spending time with her. Her love of education continued and she worked for the Palos Verdes School District for many years. She loved her boss, her colleagues, the teachers and students. She had many friends who she loved and was always available to help. Every day was a challenge and her love of life always continued. She will be missed by all. Please make any contributions to the UCLA Lymphoma Program or the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.

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  1. Terry will be missed by all of us who had the good fortune of being able to call her a friend. At work she always had a smile on her face as she faced one more student who needed help. She was so proud of her family, especially Kiley Grace whom she adored. I will never forget her.

  2. Terry was one of the classiest ladies I have ever know whose wit, charm and love touched everyone! Terry, my friend, you are loved and missed beyond words. You will never be forgotten as your simple “hello girlfriend” always brightened my day. Rest in peace my friend. With love always, Betsy

  3. My Dear Terry D, Your smile, your laugh and your friendship will be sorely missed by all who knew you. Your loyalty and dedication to the students, parents and staff at Peninsula High can only be measured by the sadness that we all feel as we say good-bye. Dio ti benedica Riposi in pace Love, Mitzi

  4. Terry, our world will never be the same. You will be missed. Thank you for the friendship, love, and support you have given us. Rest in peace dear Terry, God will watch over your loved ones.

  5. My dear Terry D, Oh girlfriend, I will miss you so: your smile, the twinkle in your eye and that bit of mischief always lurking close by. Rest easy now my friend. Que le bon Dieu te benisse. Pat Maier

  6. So sorry to hear the news…may good memories help you through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Ann Ehrenclou

  7. I wish to offer condolences to the family of Terry. She was most respected at Peninsula High School during my time as a teacher there. Her interest and support of the school, students, and staff were special. She will be remembered always as a top supporter of the Panthers!

  8. such a shining light in our school office. Calm, kind, efficient and we shared an intense love for our respective grand daughters. You will be dearly missed, sweet Terry.

  9. Terry was instrumental in my wife and I moving to California and obtaining my teaching position at PVPHS. I met her in April, 1999 while job hunting at PVPHS. She called us in Wisconsin many times to encourage us to move and of course teach at PVPHS. She was a gem then and she was a gem to me when I worked at PVPHS. My wife and I will fondly remember her kindness and grace. She affected our lives in such a profound and wonderful way. May the love of family and friends comfort you in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Mrs. De Lorenzo. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Sent with love and remembrance. Paul and Tiziana Mackey

  11. Dear Terry As a fellow New Yorker, you understood me from the moment we met. I miss your smile, wit, humor and compassion. You were a delight to be with. Thank you for your kindness and wisdom. Thank you. With Love Deirdre

  12. I have many great memories of Terry. When we were all young mothers, we made “surprise” luncheons.The rule was to try a brand new recipe.Some good and some fair! Nella Boardman, Nancy McDonough, Jackie Janis and other friends all having fun and hurrying off after the meal to pick up children at the various schools on the “Hill”. My son Rob also sends his sympathy to the DeLorenzo family. Ellen and Rob were classmates at St. John Fisher. The Wetherells are very sorry for the loss of your mother Terry.

  13. Dear Bob and the DeLorenzo family. Terry was the “sister” I never had – she will be sorely missed. Wonderful memories with Terry. We shared it all- the happy ones and the sad ones. Many wonderful “overnights” at her house- shared with her Mom and Dad and brother,Bill. I treasure a Christmas gift from Terry- a set of book ends made by her Dad that remain on my bookcase today!. I remember the visits at my grandparents in Long Island and the “ days at the beach”. I REMEMBER::: The subway rides to and from our houses. Shopping in downtown Brooklyn and Chinese lunches. Visits to Botanical Gardens and museums. Fun times at Coney Island with the”gang”- guys and girls. Horseback riding at Staten Island and the Ferry rides to and fro. Four years of very special memories at Bay Ridge High School. Phone calls and letters Through out the past 60 plus years. But most of all our special friendship. God Bless my Dearest Friend. Love, Doris ( Rauti) Clay

  14. Terry was extremely kind to my son Andy who attended the Special Day Classes at Pen High. Terry would always find “something to do” for Andy when he needed a job. I’ll always remember when Terry worked “after hours” to stay with Andy till he met up with his family. She touched our lives in a special way.

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