Teresa M. “Terry” Knauss

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Teresa Marie Knauss (80), a longtime Moscow resident, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, of cancer, at her home in Moscow surrounded by her family. Terry was born October 8, 1935 in South Amboy, NJ to Edward and Margaret O’Brien.  While attending Seattle University, she met Robert F Helbling. They were married in Seattle in 1957 and later moved to Moscow to raise their family. They were married ten years until his death. In 1973, she married Donald R Knauss. During their 36 years of marriage together, Don and Terry shared in raising children and growing their local businesses.  After retiring from Dry Pea & Lentil Commission, she and Don enjoyed spending more time at the cabin they built on Lake Coeur d’Alene, playing cards and traveling.

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Terry is remembered for her sense of humor and love of life. A caring mother and grandmother, she enjoyed being with family and the many friends she made in her years of involvement at St. Mary’s Church and School, the Catholic Women’s League, O’Brien St. Patrick’s Day Reunions and multiple bridge groups. She loved attending (and bragging about) her grandchildren’s many activities. She was a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, UI Vandals, Gonzaga basketball and WSU Cougar Track & Field.

She is survived by her children: Bob (Brenda) Helbling of Moscow; Daniel (Valerie) Helbling of Viola; Timothy Helbling of Slidell, LA; Julie (Tim) Taylor of Onaway; and Jeanne (Dave) Poxleitner of Keuterville. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Ryan, Nicole, Katie, Jocelyne, Bryant, David, Allicia, Kelsey and Alex and great grandchild, Easton.  Terry is also survived by her brother John O’Brien of Seattle; daughter-in-law Carol Helbling; stepsons Donald Jr. (Chris); Ron (Lori); Robert (Christy), step grandchildren Jennifer, Stacie, Cameron, Cody, and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brothers Bill, Ed and Jim O’Brien and daughter-in-law Gina (Parsley) Helbling.

There will be a viewing at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Tuesday from 9 AM to 6 PM. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow with recitation of the rosary at 10:15 AM, and a funeral Mass at 11:00 AM concluding with graveside services at Moscow Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the church hall. Online condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s League or St. Mary’s School Foundation.

5 Responses to Teresa M. “Terry” Knauss

  1. Julie Caudillo says:

    We have known Terry (& Don) for more than 30 years. We met them through the Elks & have many fond memories
    of that time. I have done your Mom’s hair for probably 25 years and have always really enjoyed her! I will miss her
    a lot. Bless you, her family. She loved you so much. I am sending you a book in memory of her. It is meant for kids,
    but many adults are comforted by it also.

    Julie & Jess Caudillo

  2. Doug Scoville says:

    Because we will not be able to attend Terry’s services, we wanted to extend our condolences to her family whom she loved very much. We got to know her through the Elks when Don was going through the chairs with Doug. We have so many fond memories of them both and feel so blessed we got to know them. We know Terry was very proud of all her families accomplishments and we would see her at athletic events they were involved in cheering them on. She was a wonderful mother, wife and friend. She will be greatly missed.
    Doug & Barb Scoville

  3. Cheryl & Ray Duthu says:

    Ray and I so loved your Mom, Terry. We loved her sense of humor, always smiling. She loved her family and always talked about her children and grandchildren. We enjoyed being with your family just recently for Bryants wedding. May God Bless you, and be with you, during this difficult time. Love, Cheryl & Ray

  4. Francis X. O'Brien says:

    Tribute to Aunt Teresa: As a college student attending Washington State University in Pullman, Aunt Teresa was always warm and welcoming to me whenever I wanted to come over and visit for a home cooked meal or needed assistance in competing in a Tri-Athalon that started out at the University of Idaho. She and Don were always most hospitable to my Father and his Cousins when it came time to spending time on Lake Couer d Alene at their cabin. My Father so much enjoyed being a Cousin to Aunt Teresa and always spoke of her fondly and affectionately. Aunt Teresa will most certainly be missed with her warm and smiling personality that always made me feel welcomed and loved. I’m sorry I will be unable to attend Services for Aunt Teresa today in Moscow. I will be attending Mass at Holy Rosary in Portland, Oregon and will be lighting candles for her and family after Mass. God Bless Aunt Teresa in heaven, Now and Forever. Sincerely, Francis X. O’Brien Happy Valley, Oregon

  5. Judie Halseh says:

    My love, prayers and condolences to her family. I worked with Terry at Moscow Title and enjoyed her coming to the front of the office to do a tap dance and sing. She was such a joy to be around .

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