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Teresa Ann Lohman (Olsen)

Feb. 1, 1936 – July 13, 2021


Teresa Ann Lohman (Olsen) was born February 1, 1936, in Nemo, South Dakota to Jack and Atta Olsen. She was raised in Spearfish, South Dakota with her two sisters and brother, Marian, Jacquie and Edsel.

When she completed High School in 1954, she attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish. Her teaching career began in 1957 in Worland, Wyoming, and lasted until she retired in 1998 from the Oakesdale School District. She married, moved to several locations, teaching along the way, before landing in Oakesdale, Washington. In 1968, she, along with her three children, moved back to Spearfish until she married Dick Lohman in 1970, which brought her back to Oakesdale. Teresa and Dick were married 50 years and she continued to teach, farm and raise their blended family of nine children. Dan (Leann) Lohman, Rick (Pam) Lohman, Don (Jan) Trueblood, Kathy (Randy) Robinson, Sheryl (Brent) Long, Dennis Trueblood, David (Tavi) Lohman, Tesi Lohman and Kim (Steve) Nelson.

Teresa loved to teach and took great pride in her classroom and all her students. She also worked hard alongside Dick on the farm. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was being a mother to all 9 of her children and grandmother to her many grandchildren. She spread her love equally and unconditionally to all and was a solid rock to her family and friends.

She loved Christmas and all it stands for. She had a strong faith and love for Jesus. Her home was a Christmas wonderland. She enjoyed hosting the annual teacher’s Christmas party. Not sure where she found the time to do it all, but she did. Teresa also loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed sharing old family recipes and teaching her kids and grandkids how to make them all. She was famous for her cinnamon & dinner rolls! Her house was a favorite stop on Halloween to get a bag of her yummy carmel corn or a gooey popcorn ball.

Teresa was a beautiful soul. She loved unconditionally, was never too busy to listen, give advice or help someone in need. Teresa truly saw and believed the best in everyone! She loved telling jokes and singing old children’s songs to her kids and grandkids. She was so loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Teresa passed away July 13, 2021, in her apartment at LaDow Court in Garfield, Wash., where she had been lovingly cared for the past two years. She is survived by her nine children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, sister Jacquie (Gerald) McInerney and brother Edsel (Patsy) Olson. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister.

Teresa read Charlotte’s Web to her second-graders every year. I think we can all agree with this quote from Charlotte,“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

A private family graveside service will be at the Oakesdale Cemetery on July 26.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to LaDow Court Assisted Living, PO Box 368, Garfield, WA 99130.

Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is caring for the family.


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