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Teresa Anne Niggemeyer
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 12, 1958
  • Date of passing: Sep 14, 2016
Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Teresa Niggemeyer, 58, born on March 12, 1958 and passed away on September 14, 2016. We will remember her forever.

There will be a celebration of life in held in Spokane, Washington to honor Teresa.

This is a no-host gathering:
Saturday November 19th, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jack and Dan's Bar & Grill -1226 N. Hamilton St. Spokane, WA 99202 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Don Cohen on 22nd November 2016

"I did not know Teresa but tam saddened by her loss.  Teresa's brother John is a dear friend of mine. John spoke frequently about Teresa with tenderness, love, respect and admiration. My condolences to all members of Teresa's wonderful family.  Don Cohen"

This tribute was added by Greg Stanecki on 25th October 2016

"I cannot say that I ever knew Teresa well but what I do know is what a beautiful influence she has had on my dear friend and her brother, Stephe. For that I am grateful and with her passing I too am saddened with a heavy heart.

To all of the Newell-Niggemeyer family please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of grieving."

This tribute was added by Trina Doerfler on 9th October 2016

"I was blessed to have been Teresa's naturopath for many years, she always brought a sparkle with her into the office.  It was a terrible shock to hear that she had been hit by a car just as she left my office...it still seems impossible that she is gone.  It was wonderful to see the extent of her loving family today at the memorial, a tremendous loving community that she loved as deeply as she was loved by.  Lights like hers don't ever extinguish."

This tribute was added by Kathy Hicks on 6th October 2016

"Teresa was such a wonderful friend, a true soul friend.  I met her when she first moved to California to teach, and help out with our local Catholic Worker house- the Franciscan Workers.  She, Cathy Mills and I were roommates for a while.  Even though she moved back up to Washington years ago, we have kept in contact, talking 1-2X per month on the phone, and trying to meet up once a year for a fun weekend. She was such a good listener, and was always excited to share good news about her family members whom she loved so much.
   I have so many memories of her- time spent doing summer camps with migrant kids and our disabled campers;  Protesting at the nuclear test site in Nevada;  trips to Yosemite, Vancouver, and Oregon to go to a play in Ashland; going to see concerts and plays in San Francisco; singing at masses, St Patricks' parties,  and special events; celebrating holidays with phone calls, special cards, and little gifts; supporting one another when an intruder got into our apartment one night, and  she helping out and supporting another friend and I when we had come up to Seattle to see his step daughter who was terminally ill in the hospital.
  Mother Teresa said we are "Called to be lights in the world", and that is what our Teresa was.  She was patient, helpful, kind and generous.
She loved nature, art and music.  Her life was not easy.  She had some health challenges and lived simply, but she was always positive.
  I went to the ocean recently to sit and journal about Teresa, and say some prayers for her.  I got the sense that she was like the ocean birds, free to fly, sing, and dance in the waves.  I saw a group of large black cormorants on a big rock, and thought, they are like us, mourning the loss of our friend.  I took a walk along the coast line, and when I returned, one white egret had joined all the other black birds on the rock-a sign that her spirit is with us and at peace.
   My sincere condolences to all of her dear family.  I have met so many of you over the years. I know you meant the world to her. You are all in my prayers, and in the prayers of many of her Salinas friends whom I have talked with.  Take care."

This tribute was added by Kathy Olsufka on 4th October 2016

"I knew Teresa from first grade on.  I was so saddened to read her obituary and know that she has passed from this earth. It has been a few years since I last saw Teresa I am sad to say, but when I did talk to her she was the same caring, loving, funny person that she always has been.  She was a good listener, you always knew she gave you her full attention. I think of the many times we would walk home from school and Kelly, Colleen, Teresa, Mary and whomever was with us would stand at the corner and talk about everything. I still remember how much Teresa loved my rendition of Silent Night. (Not everyone can sing...). Teresa had the blessing of a large family, as I did, and I know you are all suffering from your loss.  My Sincere sympathy to you. Kathy (Fitzpatrick) Olsufka"

This tribute was added by Kelly Tormey on 4th October 2016

"My heart was broken when I heard that Teresa was hurt in an accident and was not going to make it.  My gratitude goes out to her family that they put a phone to her ear so I could tell her what she meant to me.  She was a blessing to me beginning when we met in our neighborhood.  She was so friendly to me when I was very a shy and anxious child of five.  I felt great comfort and ease with her.  She was my best friend and even when it had been a long time in seeing her, we would pick up right where we left off.  I will continue to talk with her in prayer.  I miss you so much my heart aches.  You were a beautiful light in my life and always will be.  I know you are with God and your mom, dad, and Tim.  Best friends forever!  I love you Teresa!"

This tribute was added by Kelly Tormey on 4th October 2016

"When Teresa was in the third grade at St. Augustine school, she was a bluebird in my camp fire group.  I was deeply moved later at her request, to be her sponsor when she received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Her mother Joan was my daughter Kelly's sponsor.

What a God-given privilege to have known and loves these two angels who are now together in Heaven!       Mary Driscoll"

This tribute was added by Lori O'Brien on 2nd October 2016

"Teresa,
Will always remember the twinkle in your eye and your loving spirit. You were such a gift to all who knew you."

This tribute was added by Holly Newman on 23rd September 2016

"Today I learned one of my very dearest friends Teresa Niggemeyer passed away.  I am in disbelief and tears.  She was truly an angel on this earth.  She blessed so many people with her grace, peaceful calm nature, always a listening, caring, and genuine ear.  She was an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and truest of true friends to me and many.  I can't believe she is gone.  I just listened to her heartfelt voicemail she left me days before I left for Iceland.  I have so many cherished memories with Teresa of drinking tea together (always with a cookie of course;), catching up, walking through the rose garden, and really just sharing our life's journey's together in reflection and support.  Teresa always focused on the things that truly mattered in life... taking the time to connect with others and never miss an opportunity to show her love for her friends and family.  Teresa, you will be missed.  I love you so much.  Thank you for being a dear friend to me.  I am forever grateful our paths in life crossed.  God bless you, and may God grant you your tropical beach dream wish ;).  God's comforting love is now nearer than ever to you Teresa."

This tribute was added by Kris Kelly on 21st September 2016

"Dear Teresa,

Your legacy lives on, by your loving family and friends - your cheerful kindness is remembered by everyone and cherished by those closest to you.

May God hold you in his hand and keep you close, as you did for so many.

With love,


Kris & Cindy Kelly"

This tribute was added by Stephe Newell-Niggemeyer on 21st September 2016

"Dear Teresa - we miss you so much already.  Thank you for being the beautiful, classy, singer, dancer, family and friends 100% supporter, dreamer, treats galore giver, thoughtful, ever-inspiring and fun & fabulous person you've been for us!  With love and deep affection forever...."


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