Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi
  • 58 years old
  • Born on March 12, 1958 .
  • Passed away on September 14, 2016 .

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 

Posted by Rose Abbott on 13th May 2017
I just recently learned of Teresa's passing and I am so saddened by the loss of one of the most unconditional and upstanding women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Teresa and I were classmates at Gonzaga and, regretfully, I lost touch with her when she moved to California. I am flooded with memories of Teresa from our early years at Gonzaga: seeing her on a Sunday night after running the Bloomsday race, walking past Bud Hazel's office in the AD building at GU, seeing Teresa sitting at her desk answering the phone, always feeling calmer in her presence because she was always so calm and centered. We could all count on Teresa to be listening and to be a quiet, but welcome voice of wisdom and comic relief. The love and commitment she had for her family was inspiring as she found time for her brothers and sisters as she studied,worked and "played" at Gonzaga. My sincerest condolences to Teresa's family in the hope that these memories help to comfort you as we all grieve the loss of your sister and aunt and our friend and "ZAG classmate." Teresa, your time on this earth was far too short, but you have left a very large footprint on the hearts of many. Thank you for gracing my life at Gonzaga with your calm,wise,unconditional,soulful friendship. Rose (Mader) Abbott
Posted by Ed Wren on 28th April 2017
I hadn't seen Teresa since Gonzaga, but kept her in mind because she was caring, bright and fun. I am saddened at her passing and the world is poorer for it. Heartfelt condolences to those lucky to be close to her.
Posted by Kris Kelly on 12th March 2017
Teresa, Your love and joy was always present, and you are sorely missed - especially on your birthday. We know you are celebrating with your family already in Heaven - we can only imagine the fun you're all having and we send our best wishes and happiest thoughts. Much love from our family to yours.... Kris
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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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