A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 2:00 PM at St. Vincent Cemetery. The Very Reverend Paul Carlson Pastor of LaSalle Catholic Parishes will officiate.
Theresa was the youngest of four children and was born on November 15, 1929 in LaSalle to Peter and Frances (Ojstersek) Banich. She was raised in Depue and graduated from Depue High School in 1947. On October 14, 1950, she married John Mikus in LaSalle at St. Roch’s.
After marrying John, they moved to Boston. Her friend’s and life in Boston were always a fond memory. She loved to share stories of living in Boston, traveling the midwest, working at her father’s bar, restaurant and movie theater. Besides working for her father, Theresa was employed by many landmark businesses in LaSalle including Westclox in Peru where she met her lifetime friend, Nancy; Garzanelli’s in Oglesby where she developed many more friendships and Pierson’s Bakery in LaSalle where she loved the pies and rewarded her grandchildren with cookies. In her later years, she looked forward to going for rides, shopping for groceries and gifts and going out to local restaurants.
She was a member of St. Hyacinth church and a former member of St. Roch’s and Resurrection churches. Being true to her heritage, she was an active member of Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota (SNPJ) and enjoyed going to Four Star restaurant to have the Slovenian news translated for her. In her younger years, she volunteered with Nancy to make sandwiches for the fire fighters of the City of LaSalle Fire Department where John was employed as a driver.
She is survived by one son, Richard (Sandra Maples) Mikus, Madison, WI and one daughter, Patricia (Dale) Dunn of Cary; five grandchildren, Travis Dunn, Ottawa; Ashley Dunn, Chicago; Peter (Megan) Mikus, Sneads Ferry, NC; Alex Mikus and Emily Mikus both of Madison, WI and many nieces and nephews. She was looking forward to becoming a great grandmother in July. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John, on May 28, 2008; her parents; one sister, Ann; two brothers, Harold and Rudolph and other beloved family members and friends.
Theresa’s optimistic life and personality brought love and happiness to the life of everyone she touched. Theresa’s greatest joy came from the love of her family and friends – especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed the simple things in life like the birds in the yard, the squirrel “Buddy” at her window and the roses on her trellis. She will truly be missed and will always be loved.
Burgess Funeral Home, LaSalle is assisting the family with arrangements.
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