In loving memory of

Teresa Marie Welch
May 26, 1938 - September 12, 2019

Teresa M. Welch, 81, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on September 12, 2019, at Center at Cordera Skilled Facility in Colorado Springs after an extended illness.

A funeral mass celebrating Teresa's life will be held at 2 P.M., Friday, September 20, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 P.M. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Teresa was born to Henry and Martha Rollinger on May 26, 1938 in Bernard Iowa. Teresa then moved to Maquoketa and lived there until the death of her husband in 1985. At that time she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where her oldest daughter lived. She lived there until her death.

Teresa met the love of her life, John Welch and they got married on January, 21, 1955. To this union were born 3 children, Christine, Kathy and Ken. Teresa enjoyed being a stay at home mother until 1976 when she went to work as a Nurses Aid at Maquoketa Community Hospital. Teresa then worked at Medallion Assisted Living in Colorado Springs until her retirement in 2003.

Upon retirement, Teresa moved to Village at the Bluffs in Colorado Springs, where she lived for 17 years and was one of the first residents to move in. Teresa enjoyed all things Iowa Hawkeyes, Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. She also enjoyed knitting blankets, hats and especially Christmas stockings for each of her children and their spouses and grandchildren, but most of all she was the most happiest when all of her family was around!

She is survived by her children, Christine McNeely (Don) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kathy Napier of Williamstown, Kentucky, and Ken Welch (Theresa) of Madrid, Iowa; her grandchildren, Tom McNeely, Mike McNeely (Sami), Dave McNeely (Holly), John Goodrich (Danielle), Cannon Goodrich, Br. Pier Giorgio Maria Welch and Olivia Welch; great-grandchildren, Alice McNeely, Abbie McNeely, TJ Irvine and Hoyt Goodrich; siblings, Joan McClimon of Dyersville, IA, and Joe (Janet) Rollinger of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law Joy Rollinger. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 30 years, John Welch, siblings Donald Rollinger, Kay Keil, Jerry Rollinger, sister-in-law Helen Rollinger, brothers-in-law Bunce Keil and John McClimon, daughter-in-law Robin Welch and son-in-law Bobby Napier.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Religious Order of her grandson, The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal 523 W. 142nd St. New York City, NY 10031.

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Marilyn Ruggeberg wrote on May 11, 2020:

"I just found this. So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Teresa at Jackson County Hospital when I was a new nurse."

Karen Steffen wrote on Sep 22, 2019:

"Teresa & her family were very welcoming at church when we moved to Maquoketa in 1977...we knew her sister Joan McClimon.. Blessings to Teresa?s family..????"

Colleen(Bauer)Zschiegner wrote on Sep 20, 2019:

"Ken and family I am so very sorry for your loss "

Tammy (Markle) DeVore wrote on Sep 19, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family"

Monica Slamkowski wrote on Sep 19, 2019:

"The Village at the Bluffs is sending love and prayers from Colorado Springs. Teresa was a special resident and we will miss her greatly. We loved talking about family and Iowa with Teresa and will miss the cardinals on her shelf outside her apartment!"

Kim Moore wrote on Sep 18, 2019:

"Ken, the Moores will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Kim"

Brenda Caudill wrote on Sep 18, 2019:

"Kathy, She was a beautiful lady!! She died too young!! I will be praying for you!!"

Lynda Flagel Gustavus wrote on Sep 17, 2019:

"Many fond memories of your mom Ken. Her smile lit up the room. May the memories you have help during the days and months ahead. She is shining bright down on your family. Many thoughts and prayers as God is wrapping his arms around each of you. "

CHERYL HARTWIG wrote on Sep 17, 2019:


Kathleen Devine Broadwater wrote on Sep 16, 2019:

"Dearest Chris, I?m so sorry about the loss of your mother. We spent a lot of time at each other?s homes many years ago, I always had fun at your house. My prayers and love to you, Ken, Kathy and families. Kathleen"

Kathleen Devine Broadwater wrote on Sep 16, 2019:

"My Dear Friend Chris, We spent many overnights together between our homes, sure had fun!!! Your mother was always very gracious and welcoming. I?m sorry for your loss, moms are irreplaceable ? My love to you, Ken and Kathy and families, Kathleen Devine Broadwater "

Darcie Hintz wrote on Sep 16, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss, Ken and family. Thinking of you."

Carol Devine Goebel wrote on Sep 16, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss, your Mom was a wonderful person and I know she will be missed dearly. Carol (Devine) Goebel "

Sue Van Buer wrote on Sep 16, 2019:

"Thinking of you, Ken and family. So very sorry for your loss."

Brad Alderson and family wrote on Sep 15, 2019:

"I had a lot of good times eating pizza and playing cards at the Welch house before sporting events. We always had fun, and Teresa treated me like family. I can still hear her yelling at Coco. She will be remembered and missed. Rest In Peace."