Theresa C. Halfpap
Theresa C. Halfpap, age 90, of 3520 St. Anthony Rd, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, 2011 in her home. She was born on September 28, 1921 in Quincy, Illinois the daughter of Maurice and Clara (Hoebing) Wand. She married Seigfried Halfpap on January 1, 1941 in St. Mark Catholic Church in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on January 26, 2002.
Theresa and her husband were both licensed airplane pilots, as was their son Kent. They were married for 62 years. She was a Cub Scout leader for both of her sons Daniel and Kent. The family was parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and her children Suzanne, Daniel, and Marlene were students at St. Mary’s Catholic School. The family lived at 800 S. 18 street for 25 years where Mrs. Halfpap raised, sold, and groomed registered poodles. Mrs. Halfpap helped build Halfpap Mobile Home Park in 1964, which she and her husband operated until 1999. Her son Kent is now the owner. Upon completion of the Mobile Home Park, Mrs. Halfpap designed their home along with a registered air strip and hanger, where they kept their plane. As husband and wife, the Halfpaps took the four children on many educational trips and took turns piloting the plane. She lived there at 3520 St. Anthony Rd. until her death.
Theresa was a talented gardener and a teacher of ceramics. She made wonderful pieces of jewelry. She was an accomplished water color artist and also made ceramic dolls. Mrs. Halfpap was the owner of “Strawflower Barn” where she toiled to hand-make beautiful items from herbs and flowers grown and tended with her own hands. The flowers were dried with her “secret formula.” Mrs. Halfpap was also known by her friends and relatives for her homemade face cream, also a “secret formula.” She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Parish and volunteered to act as a secretary for one of the many committees of the church and offered help for other church events, as well as enjoyed singing with the church choir. Mrs. Halfpap was a true homemaker and was a certified decorator. Her talents were evident in her many projects. However, she always found time to spend with her children and family members, who learned important life lessons by her example.
Mrs. Halfpap is survived by three children: Suzanne Hunter of St. Charles, MO, Marlene Halfpap of Quincy, and Kent Halfpap and his wife Sharan also of Quincy, and daughter-in-law Katrina Halfpap, wife of late Daniel Halfpap of Florida.
Theresa had ten grandchildren: Kristina Chew (husband Paulis), Christopher Halfpap, Steven Halfpap (wife Ana), Jill Kroninger, Shelly Hunter, Shane Gebo, Kyle Gebo, Amanda Gebo (fiancé Arron Wollbrink), Nathan Halfpap, and Samantha Halfpap. She had seven great-grandchildren: Andrew Chew, Daniel Halfpap, Maria Isabelle Halfpap, Sherrie Kroninger, Sarah Kroninger, Alex Kroninger, and Aiden Gebo. She also had three great-great-grandchildren: Allysa Kroninger, Kevin Kroninger, and Kayden Kroninger. Theresa has several living siblings: Henry Wand, Rita Dreier, Sr. Clare Wand, Helen Friedhoff, Ruth Wand and Pauline Uppinghouse. Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, her step-mother Emily Wand, three children: Barbara Halfpap, Daniel Halfpap, and a child in infancy, two brothers: Joe Wand and Simon Wand and a sister Margaret Klauser, and the late Joseph Hunter, husband of Suzanne Hunter.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10:30 in St. Anthony Catholic Church and Interment in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00. Memorials may be made to The Crossing 929 Food Pantry.
Sue (Mahair) Leskis
- Susie, you were so lucky to have your Mom around all these years. She was a fun and adventurous lady. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers
- Marlene, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.