Theresa Marie Masta was born on January 22, 1931 in Escanaba, Michigan. She was the second youngest of eight children born to Alexander and Marguerite (Lesage) Masta. On September 30, 1952 Theresa wed Bernard Gill in Wyandotte, Michigan. The couple enjoyed nearly forty years of marriage and were blessed with five sons and one daughter. Theresa was extremely family oriented and dedicated her life to taking care of her home and children.
Theresa was a devout Christian and longtime parishioner of Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church in Monroe, Michigan. As a disciple of Christ, she felt it was her duty to serve others. She volunteered as a candy striper at Mercy Memorial Hospital beginning in 1976. Theresa also entertained children at Sunday school with her ventriloquist puppet, “Holly”. She loved music and played a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, and accordion. Theresa was also a talented artist and crafter. She created paintings and crochet items such as afghans, slippers, and coasters which she gifted every holiday season.
Theresa served as an Avon representative for fifteen years and enjoyed helping women feel their best. Although she lived in Southeast Michigan for much of her life, Theresa maintained a deep connection with her roots. She and her husband frequently enjoyed camping and deer hunting “Up North”. Theresa read her Bible often and watched Christian movies, along with the occasional Western. A gentle soul, she walked every step of her life with Jesus.
Theresa Marie Gill, age 91, of Monroe, Michigan passed away peacefully at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Her passing was preceded by her parents; husband: Bernard Gill in 1990; son: Eugene Gill; daughter: Marguerite Deneau; granddaughter: Christie Jewell; six brothers; and one sister.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her sons: David (Jan) Gill, Leland (Judith “Pug”) Gill, and Bernie William (Frankie) Gill all of Newport, Michigan and Michael (Karen) Hartranft of New Mexico; grandchildren: Shawna (Al) Mann, David (Jennifer) Gill, Joseph Gill, Stephanie Cook, Isaac Gill, Tonya Gill, Shawn Deneau, Ami Deneau, Katie Deneau, Shawna Papanastasiou, Josh (Lindsey) Gill, Bernie (Coni) Gill, Jeremy Gill, and Jesse (Sarah) Gill; many great grandchildren; daughter in-law: Sue Gill; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors.
Friends may gather on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Worship Service Celebrating Theresa’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 also at Merkle’s followed by procession to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.
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