Woman spurned illness in tireless service to others
By Bill Zlatos
Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Undaunted by congestive heart disease, Theresa White dedicated herself to driving shut-ins to doctor's appointments or the grocery store and to giving them Holy Communion.
“She refused to see herself as someone who was on the dole. She did for others in an effort to give back to the community all that she was receiving,” said her friend Mark Fey of North Versailles.
Theresa White of East McKeesport died of complications from congestive heart disease on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She was 61.
She was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to Robert and Mary Ann Reed. Her father was a steelworker, and her mother worked for G.C. Murphy Co. The family moved to the East End, and Ms. White attended Peabody High School.
She worked as a cashier and shelf stocker at Giant Eagle. She eventually rose to become chief teller until about 15 years ago, when she became disabled and had to quit.
That's when she decided to become a community resource.
“There were many people in the area who relied on her to get to the dentist,” Fey said.
She was a respite worker for Catholic Charities, giving family members a break from taking care of their loved ones. Fey recalled a man with Parkinson's disease whose wife was his sole caretaker.
“(Ms. White) was someone who would come and sit with this particular man so that his wife could leave the house for a few hours,” Fey said. “She did this for several people,” including those with Alzheimer's disease.
A eucharistic minister, she gave the sacrament to shut-ins on behalf of the Ladies of Charity of St. Robert Bellarmine Church. She sang in the choir and, drawing on her skill with numbers, coordinated the church's bingo games.
Ms. White was treasurer of the North Versailles Public Library, where she took care of accounts and read children's stories to youngsters.
Her sister, Pam Reed of Baldwin, described her as “fabulous, beautiful, sweet. She was always caring about other people.”
Ms. White enjoyed country and western dancing, playing cards and crocheting afghans and washcloths.
In addition to her sister and Fey, she is survived by many friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in James F. Kutch Funeral Home and Crematory, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church.
Bill Zlatos is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Five years later, Crosby wants another Cup win
- Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
- Starkey: Fleury’s future at stake
- South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying
- Penguins’ Malkin expects to play in Game 1
- Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class
- PNC posts 7 percent rise in 1Q profit
- Pirates notebook: Wandy Rodriguez experiencing decline in fastball velocity
- Men charged in Washington Co. girl’s slaying to stand trial
- Hempfield Area superintendent, business manager quit
- Blue Jackets confident as they wade into postseason