On October 22nd Thereza was called to heaven to meet with her two favorite men: the only one she ever loved; Antonio and the one and only Jesus, who she dedicated her life to serving. She departed this earth at home surrounded by family. Thereza was born October 3, 1926 in Porto Alegre Brazil. She grew up one of five siblings in a rural community. In 1943 she met her future husband Antonio. They were married in 1946 and they lived in Porto Alegre. She would have three children, son Roberto and two daughters: Rosa Lia and Marta. In 1967 in response to a family members unique medical condition, the Podhorodecki's immigrated to Irvington, New Jersey and they began a new chapter of life in the United States. They ultimately moved to Chester, New Jersey and there Thereza and Antonio made a loving and open home to their many friends and family. Thereza would live to see the passing of her devoted husband of 60 years in 2006, but bravely continued forward in life without him. In addition to the three great grand children she and Antonio witnessed, she lived to see the birth of four more and even a great-great-granddaughter in 2018!
She is predeceased by her brothers Rui and Ruben and her sisters Alba, Norma and Jovelina. She is survived by her son Roberto and his wife Dalva, her daughters Rosa Lia and her husband Adelino, daughter Marta and husband Douglas. Grandchildren: Daniela, Kimberly and her husband Bud , Vanessa and her husband Joe. Great grandchildren Shaianne, Kaleigh, Cierra, Olivia, Gavin, Logan and Gabe. In May of 2018 Thereza was blessed to see the birth of a great-great-grand daughter: Kailani!
Thereza's Life Celebration will include a memorial gathering on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 11am – 1pm. A memorial service will begin at 1pm at the funeral home. Interment will be held privately by Thereza's Family.