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Theresa J. Vann Obituary


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“I'm just one more person who will miss this fine sweet lady. Theresa and I met in the halls of St.Johns, our paths crossed nearly every morning going...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Janet McAtee - Greenview, IL

“I could not attend the funeral for Theresa because I was out of town; however, I wanted to send my sympathy because Theresa was such a big part of my...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Katie Ambrose - IL

“Dear Fr Kevin Vann, I offer my deepest sympathy.I lost my mom a year ago & there are moments of sadness, but hours of wonderful memories.I know those...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Debra Crowe - Chatham, IL

“Mrs. Vann was my instructor my junior year of nursing school. She was such a good teacher and mentor to all of us! It's been years since I've seen...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Sherri Schwab - Girard, IL

“Lisa and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Theresa. Please know that we will keep you in our prayers. Please accept our apologies as we...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Dominic & Lisa Palazzolo - IL

“We sent condolences yesterday to all the Vann Family at ObitMessinger@legacy.com, but don't know where it went. Theresa was just such a wonderful...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Denny and Chris Kirchgesner - IL

“One of the last times I saw Theresa was the few minutes after my daughter's wedding. Theresa and Bill always came to church early at 4:30 p.m. I sat...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Cinda Steinkamp - Springfield, IL

“I am very Sorry for your families loss, but I am very glad I got the chance to meet this amazing women and share a few moments in her life and in...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: Paula Crayne - IL

“We are thinking of your family during this time of loss and sending our deepest sympathy and prayers. Matt & Barb Rosenfeld ”
9 of 46 | Posted by: matthew rosenfeld - fresno, CA

“Our deepest condolences. Your mom was a wonderful woman who always cared for others. We will miss her. Troy & Kathy ”
10 of 46 | Posted by: Troy & Kathy Maxey - Otterberg, IL

“Dear Bill, Kevin and all the family. May I take this opportunity to ex-press my sympathy concertning the death of Theresa. I have know Theresa for...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Eugene J. Weitzel, C.S.V. - IL

“Dear Bill, Kevin and all the family. May I take this opportunity to ex-press my sympathy concertning the death of Theresa. I have know Theresa for...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Eugene J. Weitzel, C.S.V. - IL

“Bill and children, Theresa was one of the "matrons" of the block and was always ready to help us"young" mothers with our children. She welcomed us...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Sue and Curt Reynolds - IL

“Love you Grandma! We drove by our bus stop today and Kyle and I thought about all of those great days riding to the mall to go to the Ernest movies....Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: John Vann - IL

“With our deepest sympathy to the Vann Family. May you feel warmed by the gently love that surrounds your family. Fred & Lassie Salitore ”
15 of 46 | Posted by: Fred and Lassie Salitore - TX

“To all of the Vann's; Theresa was one of my FAVORITE people, not just because she was a great instructor. She was a mentor to me and all of my...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Jan and Dave Kerwin - Springfield, IL

“The prayers of the Stale family go out to Bill and the entire Vann family. Theresa, the first cousin of my mother, Mary Staley, will be sorely missed...Read More »
17 of 46 | Posted by: Jay Staley - St. Louis, MO

“Dear Family of Theresa, I offer all of you my prayers and sympathy at the death of your beloved Theresa. May God be most gracious with his love and...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Rev. Alvin McMenamy, S.M. - MO

“To the Vann Family, My sincere condolances. I will remember Theresa and all of you at Mass. What wonderful memories of visits over the years! May...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: Rev. Robert Schneider - Largo, FL

“Speaking for my mother, Marna Hogan Sweeley, who has suffered a stroke and cannot write, there could not have beena better friend, colleague, St....Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Marna Hogan Sweeley - NC

“My love and blessings to the family os this sweet lady. She rasied you up well and now can rest. ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Doc Sue Carpenter - IL

“Dear Bill & Family - My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Theresa was a wonderful nursing instructor, colleague and friend. She will be...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Catherine Miller - Bloomington, IL

“To Theresa's family: I am very saddened for your monumental loss. Perhaps it was providential that she was named "Theresa" for in her own way she...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Janice Butler - Springfield, IL

“To the Vann Family: Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother Theresa. She was an inspiration to many. Ralph and JoAnn...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Ralph & JoAnn Passarelli - IL

“My condolences to The Vann family. Theresa was my favorite instructor while going thru Nursing school. She was also a source of inspiration in all...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Jackie Lomprez - Springfield, IL

“Mary Ellen Fuhrman Miller commented how wonderful it was that Ursuline Academy was too cheap to give Theresa a FULL scholarship -- so that when she...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Ann Fuhrman - Springfield, MO

“I knew her from working at the hospital for many years.There was never a more genteel and kind lady.You have my families deepest condolences for this...Read More »
27 of 46 | Posted by: Bette Chapman - Spfld, IL

“I know your family doesn't know me, but Theresa was my nurse when I had my 2nd child, Kelsey. I had not had a great hospital stay with my 1st child,...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Melissa Applebee - Urbana, IL

“Gerry, I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. She truly lives on in your spirit. Although, I did not know her personally, I am...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Shawn Carroll - Danvers, MA

“Dear Billy, M.T. and the 5 Sons, I am so sorry for your loss of Teresa. I called Billy and Teresa last year after learning their location. ...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Calvin Massey - LaGrange, GA

“Theresa was a very kind and sweet lady, she will be missed by all. R.I.P. ”
31 of 46 | Posted by: mabel martin - sherman, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Wonderful Family of Mrs. Vann. Love, Kris Maurer ”
32 of 46 | Posted by: Kris Maurer - IL

“I knew Aunt Theresa was a wonderful person but I was not aware of what an amazing individual she became. I only wish I had more time to get to know...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Julianne Tucker - Oviedo, FL

“Just look in your heart and mom is there. She gave you all her love, all her life. What a gift she gave all of us. Hugs, D'Adamo ”
34 of 46 | Posted by: Donna Adamo - Atlanta, GA

“There never was a better, kinder, jollier, friendlier (or, as my sister Mary Ellen would point out, smarter) person than Theresa Jones Vann. She will...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Joan Fuhrman Hancock - Raytown, MO

“My Dearest Cousins, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I so wish that I was able to travel and could come and be with you....Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Polly Britt - Luthersville, GA

“Vann Family, You will be in my prayers on the death of your mother Theresa. Thank God for her faith-filled life of service. ”
37 of 46 | Posted by: Sister Mary Paul Haase - TX

“Dear Vann Family, Theresa was an extraordinary lady. She will be missed by all that had the honor of knowing her. I know many students who still...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Brittany Workman - Sherman, IL

“All my love and prayers to my family during this time of loss of such an amazing woman. Love to you all! ”
39 of 46 | Posted by: Stacy Stephens - Austin, TX

“My warmest thoughts and prayers to all of you during this time. Though Theresa we never met personally we are joined in heart. Momma has told me so...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: Mollie Trammell - Luthersville, GA

“My extended Vann family: Momma Theresa was a very special lovely wonderful lady whom was a friend to all. I remember when I considered a career in...Read More »
41 of 46 | Posted by: Susan Irwin - Springfield, IL

“My sweet Aunt Theresa --- I always loved coming to your home for visits. With all of us running in and out you were always patient. Well, that's what...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Kitty Tucker Stephens - Winnsboro, TX

“Aunt Theresa, we loved you and will always do so. I will miss our phone conversations. Whenever there are thoughts of her, she is with us on this...Read More »
43 of 46 | Posted by: Richard and Pam Tucker - MN

“What a remarkable woman. Blessings to the Vann family. ”
44 of 46 | Posted by: Terry Paoli - Miami Beach, FL

“Thank you for your long hard work to this community! Your teachings will live on forever! ”
45 of 46 | Posted by: Kris Knox - Springfield, IL

“I have many great memories of Mrs. Vann from my many visits to their home to hang out with Dave in our high school years. She always made sure to...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Nancy Kerr - Springfield, IL


Theresa Anne Jones Vann, RN, MSN, 1928-2012 Theresa Anne Jones Vann, died peacefully on the 11th floor of St. John's Hospital, where she worked and taught for so many years, on Monday June 25, 2012 surrounded by her family and former students. Born in Springfield on Oct. 26, 1928, to loving parents Leslie Thomas (L.T.) Jones and Mary Agnes (Waters) Jones, Theresa attended Blessed Sacrament grade school, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1946, and from St. John's School of Nursing (now College of Nursing) in 1949. She married William Morgan Vann, Jr. in Springfield at Blessed Sacrament Church on April 15, 1950. Theresa loved her profession and touched many lives of new mothers, associates, and the students she treasured during her vocation at St. John's Hospital as a nurse on Maternity from 1949-1967 and College of Nursing from 1967 until 2002, where she retired as Assistant Professor in Parent Child Nursing. After her retirement, Theresa continued to volunteer at Saints as a Samaritan and on the Alumni committees. She earned her BSN from Sangamon State University (now UIS) in 1978, and went on to obtain a Masters of Education from SIUC in 1986 and a Master of Nursing from SIUE in 1990. She maintained life-long friendships with hundreds of friends and loved planning all her various school reunions. No one loved to talk and visit more than Theresa; she spent her life building relationships, laughing and loving. St. John's Alumni Association honored her with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, and she was celebrated all year at the College with numerous events for her years as a role model, beloved instructor, and mentor. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James in 1916, her sister, Sr. Margaret Sienna Jones, OP (Mary Margy) in 1988, many close cousins and a host of friends. She is survived by her husband Bill, and by her children, Bishop Kevin Vann of Ft. Worth, TX; Dennis (wife Claudia) of St. Paul, MN; Les (wife Shannon), of Cincinnati, OH; Gerry (partner David Pearson), of Boston; Mary Therese (M.T.), of Springfield; and Dave, of San Francisco, and by her four grandchildren, Kyle, John (wife Dawn), Barrett, and William. She is lovingly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews, former students, and close friends. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. Concelebrated Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann JCD, DD, principal celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions to honor Theresa's legacy may be made to: Theresa Vann Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Friends of St. John's Hospital, 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62769.

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