Theresa Anne Keanini
  • 51 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 29, 1964
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 9, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Austin, Texas, United States
Leave this world a better place than you found it

Theresa Anne Keanini, born on February 29, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois was the first of three children born to Rosaleen Brennan and Richard Langtry. Theresa made her transition on December 9th, 2015 surrounded by her loving children and family after a year-long battle with colon cancer. 

Theresa graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She obtained a teaching certificate and taught fifth grade at Vallecito Elementary in San Rafael, California. Theresa was the mother of three children, Alexandra, TJ and Liam with their father Timothy D. Keanini. A native Californian, she lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years before relocating with her family to Austin, Texas. 

Theresa was known for her generosity towards others, her love of music and her fierce commitment to her children. She leaves to celebrate her life and carry on her memory her children and parents, sister Jessica Langtry, brother Tom Langtry, and fiancé Norman Marek. She is also survived by her loving nephew Declan, second daughter Kristina “Stina” Paul, and dear friends Anne-Marie and Tom Nangle. 

Services will be held Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2:00pm at Peel & Sons Funeral Home 607 East Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78752 (512) 419-7224. 

The family invites you to wear something blue in support of Colon Cancer Awareness. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

Colon Cancer Alliance at 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sean Walashek on 7th September 2017

"I was one of Mrs. Keaninis first students at Vallecito first when she was an aide Thursday and Friday's for my fourth grade class and then I was thrilled to get her as my full time teacher in 5th grade. I think I had a crush on her from the first time I saw her and would joke that I was actually older then her because she was born on a leap year. I remember hearing stories of her husband with the best job ever making videos games at broaderbund, and the crazy house its owner had built with secret rooms. I remember her being hormonal and pregnant and breaking down in front of all of us because she wanted so much for us to be good to eachother and for the world to be good for her children. It was the first time an adult dropped the act and spoke to us as people, I remember us all crying and hugging her together. She was my favorite teacher throughout my entire life. She always had foxy haircuts and an edge that was so genuine and cool. Im currently in Ireland with family for a wedding feeling grateful and thought to look her up to tell her thanks for being so great. Then I found this page and am gutted. The last time I saw her was at the YMCA years and years after 5th grade, she was haranguing her now growing kids to this it that but was still as beautiful as ever and so happy to see the man I was becoming! For the family or friends that read this of course I offer my condolences but an so sad myself because she was also mine. I love you Mrs. Keanini"

This tribute was added by Eric Holljes on 26th October 2016

"I was a student of Mrs. Keanini when I was in 5th grade at Vallecito, and I'm so sad to discover tonight that she's passed away. I'm 29 now, living in Nashville, and just randomly had a funny memory tonight of when I once used the phrase "half-assed" in her classroom (having somehow been under the impression that the phrase was "half-fast") and Mrs. Keanini had the unenviable task of pulling me aside and letting me know candidly that I was actually repeatedly swearing in front of all my 12-year-old peers. I had this memory out of the blue tonight, and then felt a wave of joy thinking that Mrs. Keanini is probably still teaching kids out in California, and that it might be nice to reach out and say hello after all these years. I wanted to tell her that I remember her very fondly and that I hope she and her family are doing well. But when I went to find her on facebook I discovered the tragic news that she's no longer with us, and I'm so sorry to hear it. It's truly such a loss.

Thank you Mrs. Keanini for being so kind, smart and nurturing to me, and for helping me get through 5th grade. It was not the easiest time for me, but you made it better. Thank you for encouraging me to be silly and  sing for the class during share-time on Monday mornings - It fueled my love for performing. Thank you for also holding me to high standards with my work and projects - I really needed it at that time. Thank you for introducing me to the song Mele Kalikimaka - I still know all the words. Thank you for allowing me to read books by Pat Conroy during silent reading with the super enlarged font-size, which I only did because they had higher page counts and made me feel super smart and mature (Conroy's writing was arguably too adult for me at the time, but he's now my favorite author.) Thank you for introducing me to the history of California Missions. I recently visited San Juan Capistrano, and knew more about it than I thought. Thank you for making me memorize all the state capitals. I know I failed that test the first time (my first F ever, and I was devastated!), but you let me take it again and I studied hard and got an A. I remember you with such respect, gratitude and love, and I always will. I hope you are at peace and joyful wherever you may be and that your family and friends are all doing well. I wish I had reached out sooner, and I wish you were still with us. Thank you so much."

This tribute was added by Kristin Luna on 30th December 2015

"On behalf of Dr. Bratcher Runyan and staff, we are truly sorry for your loss. Theresa was an amazing person. Her determination to beat this was very inspiring. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Mindy Sommers on 19th December 2015

"Alex- My heart is truly heavy for you and your family.  I was TJ's 1st grade teacher and I babysat all 3 of you. Your mom was a beautiful, caring person. She gave me a beautiful wishing wand so all my dreams come true. The wand is in my car, I've had it there for years. She truly thought of others happiness and joy.  I'm glad I got to know her. Lots of love and prayers to the family."

This tribute was added by Mary Passeri on 15th December 2015

"I will always remember Theresa's generosity of spirit and loving kindness. My deepest sympathy to all her loved ones. So many fond memories. Wishes for peace."

This tribute was added by Juli Ballard (nee Dybeck) on 15th December 2015

"Theresa was a beautiful and passionate woman and will be deeply missed.  My condolences to the entire family; please know that Sean and I are thinking of you all at this difficult time.  Juli"

This tribute was added by Shannon Storms on 13th December 2015

"I met Theresa when I worked with Tim at Broderbund Software. Alexandra was entering the first grade when we became friends. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all of the family. Theresa will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Laura Paul on 12th December 2015

"Thank you Theresa for creating such a loving family for Kristina.It meant so much to her and to me as well. You will  be forever missed,"

This tribute was added by Leslie Wong on 11th December 2015

"So sorry to learn of Theresa's passing. Thoughts and prayers to he family during this difficult time. I will always remember her beauty and smile from high school days."

This tribute was added by Tom Nangle on 11th December 2015

"So much of what defines us in life are the people we love and the life and memories we share.  From the time my wife and I started dating Theresa became a part of my life.  From our wedding day to the birth of our children, Theresa was there with her beautiful smile.  Our times spent together with our first born in Hawaii,  to our time as neighbors in San Rafael and San Anselmo, and our trips to the "Knolls" made it seem like during our young married lives we were all inseparable.  It is so hard to believe you are gone, but I am happy you are now at peace.
You will be missed and will always hold a place in our heart."

This tribute was added by Carrie Moehnke on 11th December 2015

"Theresa was such a light in my classroom, when I taught her son TJ in 3rd grade at Hamilton Elementary School.
When the family moved to Austin, I was able to visit them in their new home. This memory will always be in my heart.  All my love to the family❤️❤️❤️I love you!"

This tribute was added by Anne Marie Nangle on 11th December 2015

"My heart is so heavy as I sit and think of the most wonderful days I spent with Theresa.  This season is especially hard since we loved it so.   She was always such a light in my life from meeting each other at 17 to raising our children together.  I have and always will love you, my dear friend.  I will miss you so much."

This tribute was added by barbara danzinger on 11th December 2015

"Oh Linda & Dick & family...Our heartfelt sympathy, love  and prayers to you.  Blessings  and peace to your beautiful Theresa.  
Rudy & Barb"

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

Click on a photo to enlarge.

This memorial is administered by:

Alex Keanini


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!