Obituary – Theresa Ann Reuter
Services will be held this week for South Shore resident Theresa Ann Reuter, who died following a multi-vehicle accident on May 26, 2004. She was 32.
A rosary will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, June 3, 2004 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church beginning at 1 p.m. with graveside services following the ceremony at Happy Homestead Cemetery. Mass will be conducted by Rev. John Grace. Following the service, there will be a reception held at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall.
Born on Jan. 8, 1972, in South Lake Tahoe, Theresa was raised by her father and family members after her mother, Carla Delulio Reuter, passed away in a vehicle accident when Theresa was 18 months old. She was guided and nurtured by her father, grandparents and aunts. She was a delightful child growing up and was considered to be everyone’s darling.
Attending elementary, middle school and high school in South Lake Tahoe, she left the South Shore during her junior year at South Tahoe High School to live in Aptos, Calif. It was there that she graduated high school.
Following graduation, Theresa attended the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, Calif. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Theresa returned to Tahoe and opened a successful business, Holistic Therapy, in Round Hill. She was also trained in yoga instruction, studied essential oils and Ayurveda, an ancient Indian form of medicine.
She thrived at many levels in the community, teaching and volunteering her time. She was involved in Soroptimist International, she taught aromatherapy classes at Lake Tahoe Community College and at Kahle Community Center and taught massage therapy at Lake Tahoe Massage School.
Theresa also volunteered, teaching art classes to seniors, children and conducted a women’s group. At the time of her death she was employed at Caesars Tahoe where she worked as a massage therapist.
As one who loved animals, she would find lost dogs and cats and place advertisements and fliers to find the lost pet’s rightful owner. One such dog was Bosco, whom she kept after she wasn’t able to locate the owner.
Theresa is survived by her brother Ron Reuter of San Francisco, her grandparents, Louis and Frances Delulio of South Lake Tahoe; aunts Judie Brierly of Genoa, Nev., and Joanne Ruhter from South Lake Tahoe; great aunts Rose Bartevian, of Pittsburg, Calif., and Mabel Stefik, of Antioch, Calif., and cousins Chelsea Brierly, John and Brooke Brierly Sullivan, Reese Brierly, Aaron and Kristina Presher, Calvin Presher, Carly Presher, Tanner Presher, Anna Ruhter, Ian Ruhter, John Bartevian, Dino Bartevian, Nicolette Bartevian, Kelly Bartevian, Carrie Bartevian and Marisa Bartevian Casarez.
She is also survived by her boyfriend, Jason Brookes.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Hospice program at Barton Memorial Hospital, the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, Soroptimist International or a charity of choice.