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Theresa K (Klesitz) Wilkes

August 28, 1941 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Theresa Wilkes Tribute

SOUTHBURY - Theresa K. Wilkes, 82, also known as Tess or Tessie, passed away on December 13, 2023, at St Mary's hospital under hospice care. Theresa was married to Ronald Wilkes for 9 yrs. Many years later she met Joseph Smith who was her companion for 20 years before he lost his battle with cancer in 2005. She was a loving mother that raised three girls on her own. Sheri Parker (husband John Parker), Rhonda Andelin (husband John Andelin), and Dawn Thomas (husband Steven Thomas)

Theresa was born on August 28, 1941 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Michael Kleitz and Theresa Stollar. She lived her whole life in Southbury, growing up on the family farm. She grew up being one of six girls.

Theresa graduated from Southbury High School in 1959. She started her career as a factory worker in Newtown, CT where she worked for a number of years. Then worked at various food establishments to provide for her family until her retirement in 2001 from Thomas' Deli. 

Theresa liked to crochet. She enjoyed making afghans for her children and grandchildren. She loved playing cards, Yahtzee, going to tag sales, shopping, watching game shows on TV and listening to country music. She loved having company, and she especially loved having her grandchildren and great grandchildren over.

Theresa is survived by her sister, Joan Gillette; six grandchildren, John, Sarah, Chris and wife Taylor, Steven Jr. and wife Becca, Emily, and Dylan; five great grandchildren, Shawn, Dawson, Hazel, Landon, and Heidi; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2023 at Carpino Funeral home, 750 Main Street South in Southbury. A graveside burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Theresa's name to: St. Jude Children's Hospital (stjude.org/donate). To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.CarpinoCares.com.

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December 22, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carpino Funeral Home
750 Main St. South
Southbury, CT 06488


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