Therese K. Styers, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Mercy Hallmar. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church. The Rev. John R. Flaherty will officiate. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, where there will be a vigil service at 5 p.m. There also will be a visitation at the church after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Therese was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jim Styers, and her son, Joe Styers.
Survivors include her children, Cecelia Trujillo and Tom (Frances) Styers, both of Stockton, Calif., Anne (Karlos) Armstrong of Marion, Mary Styers of San Diego, Calif., and Laurie (Larry) Fox of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Cecelia Horn of Marion.
Synopsis of Life: Therese Styers was born Therese Kathleen Cavanaugh on Aug. 12, 1927, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. She lived there until after she graduated from Harpers Ferry High School. From there she began working in an office at Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo. Her brother, Father Joseph Cavanaugh, worked in the theology department at Notre Dame University and had become friends with a student named Jim Styers. He introduced Therese to Jim. Later the two of them were joined in marriage at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry on Aug. 17, 1948. They settled in South Bend, Ind., where Jim completed his education. Therese became a stay-at-home mother and began raising their family, which eventually became six children.
In 1955, they settled in Cedar Rapids, where they became lifelong members of All Saints Church. She was diligent in raising her six children, working in her garden with her beautiful flowers and taking care of her many varied pets.
She always gave of herself for the care of others, including many years of volunteering at Mercy Medical Center. She also volunteered at Cancer Survivors and delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of a bridge group with lifelong friends. She was a member of All Saints Prayer Group, St. Ann's Circle and she thoroughly enjoyed the relationships she developed with the ladies from her Joy Group. Therese and Jim enjoyed their many travels together. She always had a ready ear and compassion for anyone in need of a friend. The things that were most important to her were her family and friends, her faith and her church.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial donations may be sent to All Saints Catholic Church, Hospice of Mercy, or Mercy Hallmar at Mercy Medical Center.
Please leave a message or tribute to Therese's family on the web page, www.cedarmemorial.com, under Obituaries.