Teresa Ann Kocher

May 23, 1951 ‒ June 07, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Like the afternoon drives that she always enjoyed, Teresa Kocher understood that there is beauty in simplicity. From enjoying the beauty of the beach to traveling, she simply enjoyed life, love and God.

Teresa A. Kocher passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 in her Akron home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 64.

She was born May 23, 1951 to parents James & Antonia (Stellnberger) Elkins in Jenkins, Kentucky. After Teresa was graduated from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1969, she earned her Nursing degree from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1972 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Ashland University and her master’s degree from North Central State College.

Teresa started her career as a nurse working at Mansfield General Hospital, but for the majority of her professional career, Teresa worked as a project management/supply chain specialist in the healthcare industry.

In her spare time, she took pleasure in gardening, reading and home improvement projects. But above all, Teresa cherished animals, especially her black cat of 22 years Ebenezer that went everywhere with her, including California.

She is survived by her mother Antonia Elkins; daughter Kristen (Matt) Jones of Columbus; grandchildren Jackson and Jacob Jones; brothers Randy Elkins, James Elkins of Mansfield and John Elkins of Madison; and fiancé Richard Mack of Medina.

She was preceded in death by her father James Elkins and her brother Roy Elkins.

Her family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a service honoring her life will begin at 7 p.m. John Elkins will officiate. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to ASPCA or Akron Paws may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Teresa’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory, message of condolence or to watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • knew Teresa for many, many years. was a business contact but soon became a
    friend. always a smile and a funny story and i always looked forward to seeing
    her in her office. God bless the family and the memories.

  • I will miss Teresa dearly and know she is watching all of us..I have worked with Teresa for several years and will miss her conversations, smile and sense of humor. I enjoyed the fact Teresa was direct and would tell you exactly what is on her mind.. There was no hiding what she was thinking…We had alot of fun and always enjoyed talking about our animals and the crazy things they did.

    Scott McCulloch

  • My sympathy to Teresa’s family and friends for your loss. I worked with Teresa for only a few years but certainly enjoyed her spunk, candor and sense of humor. She never took herself too seriously but did just the opposite with her loved ones. I enjoyed how she would light up when talking about her daughter and her grandsons in particular. Under that tough exterior there was a lot of love for her family and compassion for animals. She was a pleasure to work with and she left an indelible impression on me. I was reminded just now that she and I share the same birthday of May 23rd. I knew there was a reason we got along so well. I’m thinking she wouldn’t want anyone fussing over her so I’ll end my condolence on that note. God’s peace and healing to all of you as you celebrate the life of Teresa.

  • Words cannot express how sadden I am by the passing of Teresa. When I think of her I will always see her with her huge beautiful smile. I have many special memories with this woman. Sitting with her at pre school and daycare Christmas programs when our daughters were so tiny all the way through high school graduation. She will always remain a special person in my heart.

  • I am so very sad to hear of Teresa’s passing. I met Teresa through my girlfriend Martha (Dotson) Meade. Teresa came down to Florida several times to visit Martha and I. Every time she came down it was a real happy occasion. We would also get together at family reunions in Kentucky / Virginia. Teresa would have everybody laughing and cracking up, she had the funniest stories. She will be missed.

  • Heaven has gained a special angel. Teresa, you have and always will have a special place in my heart. We became fast friends when you came to work at Summa and fate placed you at the desk next to mine. It was like we’d known each other all our lives. You embraced the people you loved with your whole heart, as we did you. I am so sorry that you will not be here to watch Jackson and Jacob grow up, but I have no doubt that you will be watching them from above. I know how much you cherished them, as well as the rest of your family. My life has been blessed to have had you in it. I will miss you. Til we meet again. Your friend, Dorothy Jackson

  • I am struggling to put my feelings into words. I will miss Teresa everyday. She became a fast friend and very near and dear to my heart. She was a great friend who lightened up any situation. Her smile was incredible! Her love of her family and Dick was unmatched. I want to thank Dick Mack for selflessly loving and caring for Teresa. There is a special place in Heaven for you, most likely next to my newest favorite Angel. My condolences to the family . Heaven is celebrating her arrival.

  • What an infectious smile!! I had the pleasure of working with Teresa for many years and enjoyed her sense of humor and spunkiness. I’ll never forget the time she wore her red high heels to work and we giggled about just how fine she looked 🙂 What a beautiful lady you are Teresa. God Bless to your family during this difficult time. I will see you again my friend.

  • We offer our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Teresa. We had the opportunity to work with her on several projects and always found her to be friendly, kind and helpful. Dr. Martin, Dr. Hughes and staff.

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of our dear friend, Teresa. She and I started in Summa Purchasing at the same time. We hit it off right away and I have many memories of laughing so hard with her! Teresa and I shared a passion for our grandchildren, as well as animals. We always kept each other up to date on baby milestones. Kristen, Jackson and Jacob stories were her favorite to tell. Teresa would beam just at the mention of their names! Teresa was very spiritual and had a great love for our Lord. I am sure that she was greeted with a resounding, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant!’
    These last months have been so hard on Teresa, but she never complained.
    My prayer for her loved ones, is that God blesses you with a sense of peace and calm. May your wonderful memories bring you joy in the fact that you had Teresa in your lives.
    Peggy Orr

  • My wonderful cousin, who could light up a room just by walking through the door, I will miss you immensely. Teresa had a talent for using her warm, unique sense of humor to lighten up even the worst situations & make everyone around her feel better. Toward the end, she seemed to accept her fate with grace, but I’ll have to say, I’m still working on that. The World without her beautiful smile just isn’t the same place.

    Kristen, my heart goes out to you, Matt, Jackson & Jacob. I know how close you & your Mom were, & how much pleasure you & the boys gave her. She told me awhile back that Jackson has her sense of humor. I love that!

    Dick, I’m glad you were there for Teresa. It meant a lot to her & all of us who love her. I’m sure you knew what a gem you had & wanted to stay close as long as you could, right? I so enjoyed spending time with you & her when you came down to visit me last year, & smile every time I think about what a kick she got out of the little Screech Owl & his “dog face”.

    Tony, Randy, Jimmy, & John, you are in my thoughts & prayers. I wish I could be there with you to celebrate Teresa’s life & to mourn her leaving before any of us were ready to let her go. Love, Martha

  • We only know Teresa through her daughter Kristen, who is a testament to her mother’s loving character and spirit. Our deepest sympathy and love to you Kristen, Matt, Jackson, Jacob and all your family.
    Bonnie & Cliff McGuire

  • How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to.
    I feel blessed to be have been able to count Teresa as a close friend, and will miss her and our daily gab sessions which usually turned into a laugh fest.

  • Kristen and family… We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Don and Shelli Leclair ( Stephanie Hoover Anderson’s parents)

  • My condolences to Teresa’s family and friends. She sure was a blessing to me the years we worked together. She listened a lot to my saga’s with 3 teenagers and a husband who thought he was still a teenager. We raised our girls together.
    We spent some very good times together and did some amazing work.
    She taught me the IT world and for that I am forever grateful. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven and I have visions of her telling jokes and laughing with Jesus.

    She was a wonderful friend.

  • Kristen-
    In reading about your mom, we see the similarities between you. Thinking of you and your family, and sending prayers for healing and peace.

    Your friends at Experience Columbus.

  • Teresa Ann Kocher, the bestest lady in the land. When I would say that to her, her common response was “ppfffffffffftttttt.” That was my gal. She was humble in heart and generous to her fellow humans. Heaven is a better place and our world diminished by her passing.

    She found me shattered of heart, broken in spirit and dark of spirit. Her bright toothy grin, her crazy antics (proclamations like “I farted!!”), and her unconditional love of this flawed human soon changed that. I am a better person knowing her, but my heart is heavy now. I am not sure what I am going to do without all her directing, bossing, comments about my driving, and interjecting, stuff I grew to love because she meant it out of love.

    Our song was the Seekers’, “There will never be Another You.” She was my soul mate and the love my life. I thank Kristen for her help in the final days as I was wearing down.

  • Mama Toni, Brothers Randy, Jimmy and John, Daughter-Kristen (Matt), grandsons, Jackson and Jacob, and fiance’, Richard,

    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the loss of Teresa.
    Our little Kocherhead was one of a kind and a very good friend. Teresa will be missed by many as she touched so many lives. Teresa’s work ethic was second to none. Linda had the honor of working with Teresa on the Emtek project, which was a huge success. We will miss her fabulous smile and laugh, yet we know her spirit has captured heaven. We will someday meet again and we hope she will open her arms, hug us as she did on earth, and then give us that wonderful heartfelt smile with a good hearty laugh. We know how much her family is missing her. However, you only have to look at Kristen and see the smile within. And that my friend is the reminder of our wonderful, caring Teresa.

    Bless each of you during your time of need.
    The Ron Nelson Family
    Ron, Linda, Todd, Erika, Kipp, Brittany, Lahna, Ronnie Noelle, Blakely Sue, Luke Skywalker, and Kipp Jayce Nelson and Addison and Parker Dunnington

  • I met Teresa when I started working at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. What a beacon of light! Her magnetic personality pulled everyone around her. She was so knowledgeable, so fun, and her smile never quit. She touched a lot of hearts and will be missed. Teresa was the role model for celebrating life.

  • To all who loved Teresa I am so sorry for your pain. Always remember she is still a part of the tapestry of your lives, her love and memories are interwoven and she will always be with you. Teresa and I started our friendship in 7th grade. We had classes every year together through our high school graduation. Later as nurses we had to chance to hook up again at Mansfield General Hospital-Later Med Central. Teresa always jumped into life like a cannonball dive into a swimming pool. Her wake and splashes were a blessing to those nearby. She lived, She loved, she laughed and tried her best to embrace whatever life threw at her without the bitterness that we see in some people. We had so many lunches and talks over the years and her spirit was unfaltering. We lost a dear mutual lifelong friend years ago and I am sure they are laughing and catching up together now. Thank you for your friendship, your laughter and your quirky take on life Teresa. Godspeed !

  • To the family of Teresa Kocher: Doug and I would like to extend our sincere thoughts and prayers for you all as you pass through this sad and happy time of
    life knowing that Teresa is with God and all his angels, no pain or suffering or
    worries now, but we are all grieving for losing her on earth. I did not know Teresa was sick, and had not seen her in a long time. We went to nursing school together, graduated together, and started working at Medcentral hospital the same time, then known as Mansfield General. I met my future husband one evening in the parking lot while taking Teresa home for the weekend as we left the nursing school, and she knew him from High School!! I got to meet her family and brothers and spent time together as we went through nurses training. We were good friends. She was all about family , and I know she will be missed. I have a picture of her and I that I will send you. I am sorry I cannot attend her services, but will keep all of you in prayer.
    Doug and Kathy (Kern) Mullins

  • Prayers are being sent to the family of Teresa. I knew her from MedCentral, and what a joy she was. She helped me and the entire OB staff with learning the computer. What a challenge and she always had that smile. I’m sure she earned her wings during that time.

  • I just had the special privilege to watch the tribute to Teresa, and it was absolutely beautiful. It so wonderfully depicted her; she was like no one else I have ever known. I smiled and cried. I have heard that the greatest insult is to be forgotten; I am certain that she will never be far from the hearts and thoughts of those who love her. I will certainly never forget her. My deepest, heartfelt condolences, as you find yourself in the midst of this experience. Please know and trust that you are, and will be in the prayers of so many. May you find comfort in the memories you cherish of her. I know that she had a great faith, hope and love for something bigger than this life…and I am looking forward to seeing her again. Blessings.

  • Kristen, Matt, Jackson and Jacob,
    I just watched the beautiful video you made of your beautiful mother Theresa. It brought me to tears. What a lovely woman, what a beautiful smile. That smile lives on in Kristen, who also lights up a room when she smiles. You must miss her so much. I just can’t imagine losing a mother and grandmother at such a young age. She was always there for you, and you were always there for her. She is an angel now and will watch over you as you raise your beautiful boys and they grow into fantastic men. Look what she did with Kristen, a beautiful young woman and mother. I love all of you and wish I could have shared time with you and Theresa. God Bless all of you. You have been in my thoughts so much. And in my prayes,
    Love you, Aunt Em and Uncle Jake

  • I found Teresa on facebook about a month ago after losing touch for 30 years. She said it was so we could “talk” before she went to heaven. I remember playing with the famous Ebenezer. I remember so many good times with Teresa. Bright blessings on your journey, Teresa, I will always love you and remember you!