January 18, 1956 - May 21, 2020
Teresa Ilene Ulrich
Of 64 years was
Born: January 18, 1956, Seattle Washington
Died: May 21, 2020, Portland, Oregon
Was Married: December 14, 1974, To Bruce F. Ulrich
Survived by: Husband: Bruce Ulrich
Sons: Jason Ulrich, John Ulrich
Brothers: Kieth Wolfer, Kurt Wolfer
Grandsons: Jacob, Devon
Multiple Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in Death by:
Parents: Harold Wolfer, Ellenor Weber-Wolfer
In 1968 when Teresa was about 12 years old, her parents and siblings moved into the house on 64th and Rhone. Teresa attended Kellogg Elementary K-8 and Franklin High School.
Teresa and Bruce were married December 14, 1974 and have been together ever since, 45 ½ years. They lived in the house Teresa’s family moved into in 1968 and didn’t leave it until 4 years ago to move to a more spacious manufactured home to make it easier for Teresa to get around.
Teresa was a dedicated wife and mother. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. I can’t remember how many years Teresa enjoyed managing the Santa and Easter Bunny Photo Booths at Mall 205. She got so much fun watching the babies getting their pictures taken. When that ended she and Bruce became co-owners of The Olympic Pool Supply for many years.
Teresa loved eating! If she had problems I can tell you her appetite wasn’t one of them. The girl could eat!!! She also had a healthy thirst. All at one given time she would have a glass of milk, lemon-aide, 7up and ice water lined up on her bedside table ready for whatever she was thirsty for.
When she ate she didn’t hold back there either. Breakfast was often 6 sausage links, 2 eggs, 2 hash brown patties or a huge bowl of oatmeal or cream of wheat. Grilled cheese & tomatoes shins made by the only person that knew exactly how to make them… Bruce.
Bruce was her favorite Chef. He spoiled her rotten. Gave her anything she asked for and more. Then there were Root beer floats!! Oh my word!!! They had to be perfect, just to the right consistency. If they weren’t she would call Bruce and send them back to have more ice cream. LOL
Teresa had a number of pastimes or hobbies. She loved nature, just looking out her window listening and watching for the birds that came daily and the squirrels, even the occasional coyote would stroll though.
Teresa loved to color. She must have had 15 color books and 4 or 5 containers of colored pencils and a case of 80 double ended markers.
Another favorite of Teresa’s was shopping on an app on her phone called WISH. She always had something coming to her from WISH or so it seemed. LOL.
I think one of her most favorite pastimes was playing games on her phone. She had quite a few that she played, Yahtzee and words with friends were two I know of.
When she used her phone she used a Styluses. She always had 4 Styluses hanging around from the neck of her shirt in a specific order. When asked why she had so many, she said the Rubber tips get warm and mushy from the heat of the phone, and don’t work as well. So she has to get a fresh one and let the one she’s been using cool off. Having 4 of them gave them time to cool.
Teresa had the most incredible sense of humor. She could find humor when she was having her worst day and laugh about the comedy of any situation.
She had total respect for the honest opinion of others.
Her Lung doctor gave it to her straight and to the point with no window dressing. I was always honest with her about any information I was given by her caregivers or doctors. As well as any experiences I had caring for others in the past on hospice.
Teresa fought C.O.P.D the last 5 years of her life as well as other extenuating problems she had. Although her health was deteriorating she had a happy soul. She asked God for the forgiveness of her sins and accepted Him as her God and Jesus as her Savior.
On the evening of May 21st, 2020 at 6:41 PM Teresa passed away quietly with her family and friends at her bedside as a result of C.O.P.D.
She will be missed tremendously by all of us.
To all involved in Providence Hospice, Providence Hospital Care and Chaplain Wilfred for giving her peace.