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Theresa H. Keim

Theresa H. Keim, née Marquardt, 85, of Columbia, IL, died April 12, 2020, in Freeburg, IL. She was born March 14, 1935, in Waterloo, IL.

She is survived by her children Joan (Jim) Birke and Tim (Shelly) Lerch; grandchildren Julie Birke, Joel (Nancy) Birke, and Alexandria "Alex" Lerch (special friend Bekah Wydeck); sisters Roseann Duffy, Shirley (Leland) Langsdorf; sister-in-law Verona Sendelbeck; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Theresa is preceded in death by her 1st husband Henry W. Lerch; 2nd husband Glen Keim; daughter Jane F. Lerch; parents Killian and Rose Marquardt née Welzbacher; brother Clarence Marquardt; and sister Esther Allgire.

She is a member of Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Theresa was an avid sewer, loved gardening, and trips to the casino.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Alzheimers Association 
Donor’s choice

Private Services will be held.

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Condolences to all family and friends of Theresa. I had the honor of assisting Theresa at Garden Place. She was so much fun to be around and always had so much fun when we had entertainment. She and I danced on several occasions, if the music was playing she was either dancing or clapping her hands and tapping her feet. May she rest in peace.

gail lambert May 30 2020 12:00 AM

Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Charles and Bertie Zipfel
Grayslake, Illinois

Charles Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Theresa Keim

Terri Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM

Joan & Jim, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you stuggle to cope with the loss of your mom. In this very difficult time we are in, may I offer our love and virtual hugs to you all.
Bill and Sandy

Sandy Tutka Apr 13 2020 12:00 AM