Theresa Marie Rasp
August 24, 1959 – April 8, 2017
She was born in East St. Louis, on the 24th day of August to the late Richard “Foz” and Shirley Ryan. Theresa attended O’Fallon Township High School and upon graduation attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where she received both bachelors and master’s degrees in Secondary Education. She taught for more than 30 years, spending 3 years at the Children’s Center for Behavioral Development and 28 more at Collinsville High School. On top of being a special education teacher, Theresa also managed the school’s cooperative work program, connecting special needs students with job skills and employment. Theresa’s care for her students did not end with their education, but extended into caring for them as mother, friend and confidant.
Outside of her work as an teacher, her friends were one of her greatest joys, and she found them everywhere she went; some she carried with her from childhood, others were made in college, some through her career at CCBD and Collinsville and countless others ‘picked up along the way’.
Theresa’s family also brought her great joy; she was a loving wife to Ronald Rasp, and mother of two, to Army 2nd Lieutenant Matt (Lainey) Obernuefemann, of Clarksville, TN, and Clara Obernuefemann, of O’Fallon. She was blessed with her first grandbaby on April 3rd, 2016, Oakley Marie, daughter of Matthew (Lainey) Obernuefemann. She is also survived by her dearest brothers, Pat (Karla) Ryan, and Tim Ryan, both of O’Fallon, as well as countless nieces, nephews and cousins.
Theresa was a beacon, spreading love, light and hope to all those she encountered, even on her worst days. Her infectious laugh, wild dance moves and notable facial expressions were infamous to all who knew and continue to love her. Theresa should be remembered as a wonderful friend, dedicated caregiver and amateur comedian who laughed with her friends and family until the very end.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last few months. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society or directly to their Hope Lodge which provides free housing to patients undergoing cancer treatment in St. Louis, Missouri. Memories may be shared at www.wfh-ofallon.com .
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon with a brief prayer service at 6:30p.m.
Funeral: A gathering to celebrate her life is pending.
Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois