A tribute in loving memory of a wonderful person,
our dear Wife and Mother

 Mary Anna Tevlin 

[Our Lady of Perpetual Succour]

Mom has given so much to so many. We love her dearly and will be forever indebted to her for sharing with us a shining example of love! Thank you Mom for so many great experiences and memories!

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Our dear Mother passed into God's glory, November 1, All Saints Day, 2007. With Dad we prayed a rosary and our entire family together shared many loving and comforting hugs and prayers. We had stayed up overnight with her, taking 3 hour shifts and prayed over her throughout. Her peace rests in Our Lord's hands and our peace is borne of her love and our togetherness in this time of loving separation.

Our love to all who visit here! The Tevlins
Anna Lee, Leo & Mary Anna, Amy, Peter, Leo Joe, Mary
Linda & Louis in May 2007

Your thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated!

A memorial mass service and reception was held at 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6th at: Church of The Annunziata Parish  
9325 Clayton  

Ladue, MO 63124
Phone: (314) 993-4422   Fax: (314) 994-7877
A Parish of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Louis Mo.

The mass and celebration of life was really a beautiful tribute to our dear mother Mary Anna! Monsignor Stika gave a personal, thoughtful and fitting summary of the essence of Mom that we all sincerely appreciated. Lou Tevlin spoke for the family in appreciation of so many great gifts we received from her and in thanks for the many blessings of friends and family with us today in body and spirit. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. 

TEVLIN, MARY ANNA P. (nee Fouch). Baptized in the hope of Christ’s Resurrection Nov. 1, 2007, All Saints Day, wife of Leo J. Tevlin, Mother of Anna Lee (Pete) Halsig, of Denver, CO; Linda J. (Carl) Pleasant of Columbus, TX; Mary Celeste (Mark) Secrease of Dow, IL; Leo J. II (Donna) of St. Peters, MO; Peter S. (Kimberly) of Houston, TX; Louis J. of Ladue, MO; Baby Dominic F. (dec.); Amy M. (Ken) Myers of O’Fallon, MO; Grandmother of Paul, Denise, Gwenn, Eric, Andrew, Laura, Kyle, Daniel, Shannon, Kristin, Amanda. Sister of the late Joan LLewellyn and Kathleen Weiss of Florissant, MO; Aunt, Great Aunt, Cousin, Friend & sister in law.  Her wish was to donate her body to St. Louis University for Medical Research. Memorial Mass at the Church of the Annunziata 9325 Clayton Rd., Ladue, MO 63124, Tues., Nov. 6, 2007  at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial sent to the Pink Sisters, PO Box 470219, St.Louis, MO 63147. Thoughts & remembrances at Tevlin.org

View (in browser) a lifetime of still photos (the slideshow presented at Mom's reception).

View (in browser) a slideshow of still photos from recent weeks and
from the Memorial Mass reception.

Download a tribute slideshow video (24MB WMV) made by Shannon Tevlin.

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Mary Anna Tevlin's Memorial Mass:

  Video - WMV Audio only - MP3
Homily by Monsignor Stika  12 MB 2 MB
Eulogy by Louis Tevlin 18 MB 3 MB
Full Memorial Mass 113 MB  

The mass video is brought to you as a result of a lot of work by Linda Pleasant. Thank you Linda!



Hello friends and family,                     10/26/07
With heavy heart I inform that during a family conversation with our Mother on Thursday night, she expressed her desire to give up the fight against disease and stop receiving dialysis treatments. Her condition has declined into multiple critical factors. She has developed an intestinal infection that is unlikely to be remedied and her kidneys have diminished to only 5% function, precluding her ability to metabolize foods and medications.
She will check out of the hospital and go home to allow God’s will to be carried out. The doctor feels she would last only two weeks and said that this type of death is not painful. The hospice nurse says two weeks is highly optimistic. We shall be beside her throughout. Linda is in St. Louis already. I’m going up Saturday.  9 Magnolia, Ladue, Mo 63124
We wanted to let everyone know her status and request your prayers for her peace.
I’ve set up this web page where we will post updates and where you can express your thoughts, thanks and memories. We will gladly read all of these to Mom. Please forward this to acquaintances who know our dear Mother. Thank you!

Our dear Mother is home with her family       Updated 10/27/07
Saturday | The hospital transferred Mom to Hospice care and sent a bed and equipment to the house prior to an ambulance bringing Mom here. Lou and Jim T. had rearranged her furniture to make room. Linda and Denise Pleasant are here helping with every detail and need. Pete flew in at 12:30 and Mary picked him up on her way. We spent the afternoon visiting and the Hospice nurse, Sandry, came in and helped with things and went through some paperwork. Ken and Amy came over as did Leo, Donna and Laura. Mary brought in some Pasta Company salad and spaghetti and meatballs and we shared dinner. Mike Murphy and Jim Tevlin also visited during this evening. Lou commented that Mom smiled more today than she has in months.

Your prayers are appreciated!                     Updated 10/28/07
Sunday | Lou went to 7am mass then stayed with Mom while Dad, Pete Linda and Denise went to 9am mass.  Rose Mary, the wonderful visiting aid, visited and helped Mom with breakfast. Monsignor Spika visited and administered the sacrament "Anointing of the Sick" to mother and we said prayers together. Teresa Prator called and sent her best wishes. Carolyn Heuther came to visit around noon and brought some yummy potato soup and sandwiches. Sandry came to assist with Moms comfort and check on how Mom is doing and help with everything.  Leo & Donna, Amy and Mary with her Labrador Lil Cap'n all came to visit during the day. Donna had made up some delicious chicken and dumplings we all enjoyed.

Today, with a PC projector, we displayed this web page on the ceiling for Mom and she was touched by so many of your thoughtful comments. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all for your loving submissions for her.  She loved them. All of the Tevlins love and appreciate these and your concern and prayers! We will continue reading them to her. Before sleeping We also read aloud together almost half of the book "90 minutes in Heaven"; it is a truly inspiring story.

We have visitors!                     Updated 10/29/07
We have been blessed with another day. Today, Monday, we had some breakfast together as Linda whipped up some eggs and sausages and rolls. One of Mom's friends, Doris, visited and brought some great pictures from her wedding where Mom had been a bridesmaid. Donna Tevlin, Mary Pat and Carolyn and Ed Weiss all came by. Ed came all the way from Alaska to visit his aunt!

Mary, A social worker with the Hospice Care came and stayed for hours seeing to Mom's comfort, explaining many subtleties and sat down with all of us and answered so many of our questions. Mary is a giving and caring Saint who gives more than what's technically needed, she shares her wealth of experience to educate and obviously loves the calling she is responding to. She called the time we have with mother a gift. One that we won't recognize for some time but, a gift just the same. We are comforted by her involvement!

Thank you again for your thoughtful notes to Mom. They've brought tears to her eyes; many tears to all of our eyes in fact. I cannot tell you how moving your memories and well wishes have been to us. We thank you all again.

A downward turn                      Updated 10/30/07
Not wholly unexpected, Mom did not awaken today. She is somewhat responsive to voices and noise but not aware as before. We are saddened yet are together as a family in supporting her and providing for her comfort. We've been reading her the wonderful thoughts submitted by so many caring people. They have been so comforting to us all too!!  There are many hugs all around and so many great memories being related together.

Susie & Alex, wife and son of Doug Weiss came and visited and brought some food for us. Ed Weiss returned and Jack and Mary Mac Tevlin visited also. Mary's Daughter Gwenn visited and chatted with us and Mom. Kevin O'Donnell, who drove in from South Carolina stayed a good while and shared many more great remembrances.

Mary, from St. Johns Mercy, returned on our request and shared her compassionate strength with even more really great thoughts, educating us in where we are now. We can't thank her enough this and for emphasizing the enduring power of our love and laughter though this experience together.

Anna Lee flew in direct from her trip to Baltimore visiting Daniel at the Coast Guard Academy. Leo Joseph came over after work.

We wait patiently for God's plan to unfold as Mom wished. Your prayers will join ours for peace and comfort.

Mom is resting comfortably                     Updated 10/31/07

Today was spent reminiscing and with some visitors coming over. Mrs. Pat Pollihan and Terry Dolan. Shawn Bertani and her Shih Tzu doggies. Monsignor Stika came and prayed a decade of the Rosary with us and conferred a blessing upon Mom. Carol, another social worker from St. Johns Mercy, and a very caring woman, explained many more aspects related to what we're experiencing and answered our questions.

Jack and Mary Mac came with their sons Mike & John and brought us some delicious lasagna and salad and rolls from Amighetti's Cafe. Ed Weiss and Kevin O'Donnell returned and visited for a long time, with Ed staying well into the evening where we opened a suitcase of old photos and went though them remembering so many smiles. Lou brought out a videotape he had recorded in August of 1990 when he and Mom & Dad took a trip to Garret, Indiana, Mom's childhood home and we watched it and played it loud enough for mom to hear the sound of her own voice and the trains and the beautiful bells of the Sacred Heart Church there.

We continue to pray and stay together and attend to Mom's comfort. She opened her eyes once, only for a short time.

Today's Readings: "My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy. Look, answer me O Lord, my God! Give light to my eyes that I may not sleep in death." Psalm 13:4 "See the Lord & His strength, seek always the face of the Lord" Psalm 104:3

Mary Anna Tevlin  has peacefully passed into eternal life.

Our dear Mother passed into God's glory this morning, November 1, All Saints Day, at 10:30am. With Dad we prayed a rosary and our entire family together shared many loving and comforting hugs and prayers. We had stayed up overnight with her, taking 3 hour shifts and prayed over her throughout. Her peace rests in Our Lord's hands and our peace is borne of her love and our togetherness in this time of loving separation. A memorial mass service and reception will occur at 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6th at Annunziata Parish.


A few words about Hospice care.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention and express our appreciation for the kindness and comforting assistance provided us by the St. John's Mercy Hospice care unit. We emerged from what could have been a distressing and heart wrenching ordeal with an even greater appreciation of life and the great service these caring souls share with those of us going through the imminent passing of a loved one. We are all richer from the competently handled Hospice experience. It is truly a gift we received from Sandry, then Carol, and especially Mary!

If you wish to donate something to the St. John's Mercy Hospice, click here


Hi all,

I wanted to send out the attachment, it has three pages in one document. Page one is the invite Dad received to attend the memorial service for those who donated their bodies in 2007. The mass is on Oct. 10th at 2pm but we have to RSVP by Oct 3 for the total number of people going. The second page is the RSVP card over a picture of Mom, Dad made the copies for me and said that it was such a good picture of Mom that he had to include it. I agree that it is such a good picture! Then the third page on the document is a letter I received from my parish offering a six week grief support meeting starting the 18th, I'm curious but I don't know if I'm going to go or not. If anyone wants to go on Oct.10th let me know and then I'll have dad fill out the rsvp card, same with the class at church, let me know and we can go. For those out of town, we understand you will no doubt want to be there in person but may only be able to be there in spirit.


10/3/08 Anna Lee Halsig has written a beautiful letter to the St. Louis University Medical students to be presented at the Memorial Service:


Dear Future Practitioners,

We thought we’d share a part of our Mother’s journey in life so that you would understand how focused she was to prepare herself for your studies after her spirit parted from her earthen vessel. Please celebrate with us as you learn how much a part of her life you were in her journey here on earth.

>From the time we children can remember, Mom/Mary Anna Patricia (Fouch) Tevlin, wanted to donate her body to science for study. She had wanted to be a Plastic Surgeon in her college years but medical schools were not accepting women in those days, so she found another way in which to gain entrance into medical school…she would donate her body to science upon her death. Her mission continued throughout her life that she would provide medical students the opportunity to observe, study, research and learn from their findings from as perfect a specimen as she could offer.

She bore eight children. She loved life. She prayed constantly for unborn children for their rights to live. She herself did not smoke, drink alcohol or use any drugs that were not prescribed. In fact, she believed in utilizing healthy foods (found in the food pyramid in her day) and vitamins to sustain a lifestyle that was imaginative, active and bountiful.

Mom was an advocate of learning and teaching. If she could make an experience something you could learn about, it happened. She substitute taught as time would allow over the years and read constantly. She kept her mind sharp and was a wizard with numbers. Her love of travel, whether literally in our own backyard or around the world, brought her to many places and she took the family with her so we all could experience as much in life as there was to offer.

She arrives at your door step wrapped in the hope that you will learn and endeavor to see a body which has lived a long life, and hopefully, not terribly damaged from the last few years by the pharmaceuticals and dialysis treatments that were prescribed for her. Even the thought of blood transfusions (which she did have after discussions with the family) that were prescribed to help with a blood problem made her question how it would affect her body.

So, as you can see, Mary Anna Tevlin/Mom arrived at your door step last November ready to give her last offering on her earthen journey as a study for a new generation to learn the marvel, beauty and God-designed gift of the human body.

Students, Mom/Mary Anna would wish for you a life-long learning experience, the spiritual guidance to carry your extraordinary talents, wisdom and gifts to the patients you will serve and a love for life. God bless each of you.

The Family of Mary Anna Tevlin
October 10, 2008
P.S. Today would have been Mary Anna Tevlin’s 81st birthday.

My Dear Anna Lee,

Honey, That summation of Mother's life is the most BEAUTIFUL I have ever seen. Thank you so very much! You have summed up her life of dedication to her wishes that is just perfect. I wouldn't change one word. Please go with your thoughts of printing it on a parchment, and sending it for presentation to the Doctors we will meet with on Mother's Birthday. God Bless you!

Much love, Dad

Thank you, Dad, for looking at the remembrances. I think Mom helped me write it, you know? As Lou has alluded to at times, Mom has influences still. I'm glad you feel it sums up what her thoughts were throughout the years. Thank you for your thoughts. Linda said similarly that she didn't think anything needed changing. I love you and will send a copy to you to keep with Mom's things, if that would be okay.
Talk with you soon,
Love you, lots of hugs are being sent and God's blessings, Anna Lee

to my wonderful and so blessed family.......what a GORGEOUS fall, clear weather day we had today.....for what would have been mother tevlin's 81st birthday!!!!!!.10-10-2008... those who were able to be in town and attend; were able to be at an once-a-year memorial service...at st. louis university medical school of medicine.....to memorialize the lives of all of the wonderful human beings that had the foresight to donate their bodies to the advancement  of scientific research ......and we heard from six of the the forty- member class of 2012...of how MUCH  that donation had meant to them in their educational   pursuit to become the VERY BEST DOCTORS that they could be....whether it be pediatritions delivering new life into the world; or surgeons fixing what ever is ailing patients...they are just now studying the human anatomy in their last 9 weeks of classes and REALIZING that every   BODY is SO different....AND ONE OF THE STUDENTS EVEN SAID......when she walked into her first day of clinicals and  saw what she faced.....she told herself....there must be some kind of computer simulation that we wouldn't have to go through doing this.......and her first thoughts were unfounded within the first day!!!!!!!    but the majority of those medical students were just so heartfelt grateful for our loved ones contributions toward their educations..it was just truly BEAUTIFUL.......they had a woodwind quartet playing music before the ceremony; and readings from the bible...then prayers from a lot of religions i will have to reseach on the internet where they are from.......but i will try my best to scan the program onto the internet,...because we surely did feel all of your love and prayers that were with us on this day......the sunflowers on the programs have to do with the medical student's own views of ...according to one of their speeches....the growing of new seedlings and the sunflowers always facing into from morning until night the bright light of the sun; and then dropping a seedling next to it's stalk's beginning root in order to pass on a new beginning to another new life......we can REALLY FEEL it here in st. louis....as matthew edward myers was born EXACTLY nine months TO THE DAY THAT MOTHER PASSED AWAY.... etc, etc, etc...hope i can figure oure out how to send the program....otherwise we will send it along with pics that amy had taken at the ceremony while matthew was sleeping so soundly!!!!    love, hugs, and kisses to you...mark and mary secrease   

 Mary, thank you for such a beautiful summation of a very touching and meaningful ceremony. I will only add that as we drove to the Service, I think collectively we didn’t know what to expect. After all, this was a first for us. It was 2pm on a work day. The traffic jam and parking situation quickly set the scene for over a thousand, standing room only crowd to participate in this really, really meaningful memorial.

Beyond the park like setting, the majestic trees, musicians a bright sun filled day, a light breeze occasionally cooled us and served as a gentle reminder of the Spirit among us.

I mentioned in Mom’s Eulogy-and we discussed throughout her passing, she gave us the World. It strikes me that’s she’s done it again. St.Louis University Medical school has a better than 150 year history of attracting the some of the brightest young minds globally to study. Through Mom’s gift of donation she again is teaching….reaching….the four corners of the earth.

The associate director of the SLU Gift Body Program said of the donors “Theirs is the Ultimate gift—the gift of themselves. A gift given in sacrifice & trust.” She went on to thank the families of donors for sacrificing traditional closure (wake, funeral, burial)

As for the students who spoke…they truly wrote from their hearts. The speeches were not an assignment rather an outpouring. All seemed in reverent awe and appreciation of the donors. Very humbled, as much by the donation as their own growth. A deprogramming of sorts, their transformation from cocky, know it all first semester students to cognitive, practical, now experienced future doctors.

One student who had done her under grad work @ Marquette, struck a harmonious cord with me, in writing of a Jesuit principal-the Latin word, Magis:

Magis (pronounced "mŕh-gis") is a Jesuit phrase that means "the more". It is taken from Ad majorem Dei gloriam, Latin phrase meaning "for the greater glory of God". Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more, for Christ and therefore for others. It is an expression of an aspiration and inspiration.

It relates to forming the ideal society centered around Jesus Christ.

Magis the phrase is followed by "inque hominum salutem," making the full phrase state "for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humanity.

Another student wrote of donors “… intelligent ever visionary, passionate individuals committed to Healing…Profound impact on us…genuineness of their selflessness.”

All in all, it was a wonderful and meaningful day then we gather afterward @ Magnolia to eat dinner and celebrate our family. We will look for the group plot at the cemetery in south St. Louis. Oh, one last thing, the director mentioned St. Louis University celebrates a Mass in memory of the donors and their families at the college church St. Francis Xavier, twice a year. Once during Easter Holy week and the other….incredible as it may be…on All Saints Day, Nov.1st the exact day Mom passed away.

Continued success,
Lou Tevlin

Hi Mark & Mary,

Have to commend your summary of the wonderful gathering of families who relatives game their bodies to St. Louis University Medical School, for research. Lou also did a wonderful summary, and I thanked him in person. God Bless you for those loving MEMORIES.

Love, Dad.

Thanks you, Lou, for your added summation of yesterday's ceremony. The depth is incredible. So glad the weather turned out so nice and the spirit in the breeze added to the autumn beauty.

God bless, Anna Lee

Mary and Mark,

Thank you so much for this beautifully detailed compilation of the ceremony at St. Louis U Medical School. Made me feel like I was right there with all of you. How very special!

Love, prayers and blessings,
Anna Lee



A memorial to MaryAnna Tevlin in St. Louis' Forest Park

St. Louis 10/30/08 - Linda & Denise went to St. Louis for the weekend and our memory was fixed on MaryAnna Tevlin's passing one year ago.
Leo II arranged for a memorial to our mother & wife in Forest Park near the Boat House and reflecting pool.
He received the location info just the other day so Saturday everyone went to see and visit the memorial, a beautiful Tulip Tree with a plaque in Mom's memory.
Just a great location and setting on a gorgeous day! Thanks Leo for this dedication and everyone for being together on this All Saints & All Souls days.


See more pictures slideshow

The following are the inputs from a web form that was here throughout Mom's hospice and after.

The Tevlin family appreciates and has received
much comfort from everyone's loving submissions.
They are so special to us! Thank you!


Peter Tevlin
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Gracious God, We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other. Today, loving God, we pray for our mother: who brought us into, then gave us the whole world who cared for us when we were helpless who comforted us when we were hurt whose love and care we often took for granted who loved our father so strongly for a lifetime who loved you and prayed always to you and to your mother, the blessed virgin Mary who lived your loving example and taught us the same who we miss daily, especially this day. Today, we also pray for: ourselves, each other; who are grieving the loss of our mother at our side all who have lost their parents from this earth those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother's love for families separated by war or conflict for those at home while loved ones are far away for health and your many blessings for Amy, Ken and their new life forthcoming for your broad and magnificent arms to envelope us all in a great big hug, wherever we may be Lord, please continue to bestow your special blessings upon us all. Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be. Amen.

Matt Roberts
Lead Guitar 3 Doors Down
Friday, December 07, 2007

Hope you have good holidays my man. I know it’s been a tough time this year for you and your family, but want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers buddy

John McLoughlin
Monday, November 26, 2007

I was sorry to hear the sad news about Mary Anna, I was out of the country the early part of November. I will always remember Mary Anna as a great volunteer to Operation Liftoff. But what stands out even more was her pleasant and upbeat outlook. She was always a joy to be around. Mary Anna was a great help to the children of Operation Liftoff and an inspiration to the volunteers of Operation Liftoff.

Georgia Faust and Family
Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dear Leo, Lou and family, I just heard the news and called my mom to tell her. She was so sorry to hear about Mary Anna. I know mom will want to contact you on her own, but I thought I'd go ahead and write a note here. It's obvious you all are so close and have such a strong faith - I hope you all can truly feel comfort from above and from all the prayers and well wishes from your friends. You certainly are all blessed to have each other on earth and in heaven. Take care and God bless. Love, Kelly (Faust) Maue

Denise (Schmidt) Crocker
Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dear Tevlin Family, My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mary Anna was a wonderful woman. I never saw her without a smile on her face. I remember at all the family picnics and family gathering we would talk about all the special places she traveled. She seemed to know about what everyone was doing and was always excited to hear about what was going on in everyone lives. She will truly be missed. We love you!

George & Laurie Manoli
Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dear Tevlin Family, I remember the times when aunt Mary Anna would call me to let me know when I would be on t.v trying out for Walt Disney World on Ice. It made my heart smile that she was so thoughtful and kind. Our prayers are with you and your family. Light & Love George & Laurie Manoli

Charlie Herwig
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Leo, Lou Never got the honor of meeting Mary Anna, but by reading the daily log and these expressions of love, I know she was, and is an Angel from God. Leo, Lou will occasionally let me know what your up to, and when he does, i can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice that you are everything to him. Charlie

Jan (Wieschhaus) Schultheiss

Dear Mary and Family, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. Dad gave me the notice in the paper this morning and thought I would like to know. I spent many hours at your house when we were growing up and your parents were the sweetest people. I lost my mom last year so we know your pain. We will keep you, and your family, in our thoughts and prayers.

chris llewellyn november6,2007

dear aunt maryanna and tevlin family, we were very sorry to hear of your passing. you and your family are in our thoughts and prayer. you were very kind and generous to all who knew you. what a wonderful and full life you had. GOD BLESS all of you especially in this time of sorrow. Take care of yourselves and each other. the llewellyns-christopher, christine, alexander, and zachary

 A Prayer for my Mother-In- Law (and friend) Mary Anna,

Dear God,

You're loving guidance is the reason for the many fine qualities of the Tevlin family!
Through your love and patient instruction, you did your very best to gently polish away any rough edges.
Lord, please bless Mary Anna for the endless hours of time she spent and the boundless energy she invested.
Bless her for her unconditional love and for just being the warm, beautiful woman she was.

Bless her for always being there for comfort, encouragement, or just a hug.
Bless her for making a home for all to feel safe, and where I felt I belonged.
Most of all, Lord, bless her for her unfailing faith, and for frequently showing love in ways that made me feel valued and cherished.

Thank you Mary Anna for leaving me your son Peter, for he brings me life as once you did for him, he is the wonderful man I call my husband and father of our children; Kyle, Shannon and Kristin.

Your memory will help us love along.

Lord, please wrap her in your infinite love and shower her with blessings.
I love her, admire her, and respect her and will truly miss her.

In Jesus' name I pray; Amen.    Kim Tevlin  

David, Julie, Stefanie & Sawyer Hunt
Monday, November 05, 2007

Leo, Donna, Andrew & Laura: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Reading all these wonderful things everyone has said about her makes her a very special person. What a wonderful life she has had! And all these memories...may they keep your spirits high during this trying time.

The Fitzgerald Family

Susan Fitzgerald Monday, November 05, 2007 Dear Tevlin Family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a truly remarkable woman. I remember riding in the carpool with Amy to the Academy of the Sacred Heart. We packed 6 kids and whatever lucky parent had carpool duty that day into one car for the trip from Normandy to St. Charles. I'm sure we tried the patience of each and every parent in that carpool. But Mrs. Tevlin never lost her cool. She was always a very upbeat and spiritual lady. I hope the happy memories you all have will help you in this time of mourning. Our thoughts amd prayers are with you. God Bless You! Love, Elaine, Susan, and Kathleen Fitzgerald

Sherry Whitely

Dear Tevlin Family, Our hearts were saddened when we received this e-mail today from Pat Williams. Bob and I had no idea your wife/mother was so ill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. We will always remember how loving and hospitable your mom always was. We will always think about the times she had us over to your house and the joy that she shared with her family and all who knew her. Bob and I would be so excited to see your parents at St. Ann's church once in awhile after their move, they always seemed to brighten the church up with their loving nature. May God's blessings and peace be with all of you during this difficult time in your lives. I will always remember your mom and dad helping my sister Sue in her time of need. They are true Christians in every sense of the word. We now have another saint in heaven and a guardian angel on earth. Love, Bob and Sherry Whitely

Steve Pecher

I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My mom passed away two years ago and I know it is not easy. I guess Rosemary and Mary Anna can recall the great times their kids had playing soccer. The lord now has two wonderful people to have coffee with each morning. Take care of yourselves. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Brian and Angela Miller

It is with a heavy heart that I hear of Mary Annas passing, but with relief to know that it was peaceful. I know that she truly wanted to fight and give it her best shot, but there was always something in her eyes that told me she was ready. Im glad to have been a part in her life and a couple of entries in the 'notebook'. God bless your family. You are in our prayers.

Ed & Marilee Viehman

Leo, Donna and Tevlin Family, So very sorry to hear about Mary Anna. What a beautiful person, always had a SMILE on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you all! Love, Ed & Marilee Viehman

LaVonne M. Frigo
Sunday, November 04, 2007

Mary Anna and her wonderful family will be remembered in my prayers. I know Mary Anna has been welcomed in heaven by all of the children she has helped volunteering her time for Operation Liftoff. Peace be with all of you.

Matt Roberts - Lead Guitar - 3 Doors Down

I'm sorry Lou, I know u guys were as prepared as u can be for this but it still can't be easy. God Bless, your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Wen

To the Tevlins. My heartfelt condolences during a trying time. It was an honor to be part of Ms. Tevlin's care.

Barb Anderson
Saturday, November 03, 2007

Although I didn't know Mary Anna personally, my prayers and thoughts are with you, Leo, and your family. She accompanied you to the KSD luncheons, where we shared many laughs and remembrances, so I hope you will continue the tradition of laughter with old friends.

Deacon Chuck & Vickie

Dear Linda, We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. You were very blessed to be able to spend the last couple of weeks with her. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and may God envelop you and your family with His peace and comfort. Love, Deacon Chuck & Vickie

roy hawk

To the Tevlin family: May God bless your family during this difficult time. She is with God now. Couldn't be a better place to be. Praying for you all. roy hawk and family.

Susan Dorko Intravaia

I remember when I was young and our family would go down to St. Louis to visit Mary Anna, Leo and the family. We always had so much fun. Mary Anna and my mom were so very close, we could see and feel the love. She will be missed as I miss my mom and dad. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to all of you on this sad occasion.

Scott Knopfel

To the Tevlins, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Ann was a very nice person, and although I only met her a few times, she was always so friendly and nice, and I was glad that I was able to know her. She was a true inspiration in the help and friendship she gave to everyone. I kind of got a feeling that she's up in Heaven tending to God's 'Operation Lift Off' Store. Peace be with all of you! Scott Knopfel

To Leo, my NASCAR buddy. I it always a sad time in life to have a loved one pass away. Your Mom will always be in your heart. My grandmother once told me, "Cry at birth, and Rejoice at death". This is very true. Rejoice now, knowing she is with God. God calls us home when we are needed to fill his kingdom. I love ya man, Tim Cook

The Casey family, Mike, Judy and Kevin

Dear Tevlins, Our prayers are with you in this difficult time. Your Mom and your family have been in our thoughts. Growing up in St. Ann's parish it was always a pleasure to see your folks, your Mom always had a warm, welcoming smile. I fondly remember that your Mom always marked special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, by sending a card. She is at peace now with the Lord. God bless her.

Mary Sommer

Dearest relatives, I'm sadden by the loss of your Mom and do know what to lose a parent feels like. The best reward is she was home with all her kids and loved ones with her. My dearest memories as a kid was visiting St. Louis with Mom and Dad, Eddie, Ken, Joe and Janine to see you all and of course famous Six flags!. These are treasured memories of all our visits and I'm grateful for them. I love you all and my prayers and sympathy are with you. Love your cousin-Mary Helene (Hozzian) crowd!!!!

Anita Staniec

Dear Nancy and Family I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you

Ray Hoffstetter

Leo, My deepest sympathy. It is very hard to loose someone with who you have spent so much of your life. The only consolation isnthat she spent most of her life with you. Love, Peace and Prayers.

Rick, Kathy, Ricky, William and Joshua Heyman

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!” And that is dying. Henry Van Dyke We are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. May you find comfort in God's Love.

Rick, Kathy, Ricky, William and Joshua Heyman I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!” And that is dying. Henry Van Dyke We are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. May you find comfort in God's Love.

Mike, Colleen & Michael Heyman

Leo, Donna, Andrew & Laura~ Much love and sympathy to you and your family in your time of loss. A Mother's love never leaves, it only grows stronger and sweeter with time. Leo, you wrote an amazing and loving tribute to your Mother as only a son can do - she was truly a one of a kind. You all have been blessed to have had her touch your lives. May your loving memories, stories and thoughts keep her ever present in your hearts.

Barbara McInerney

Leo, Though I never met your mother, I feel that I did after reading the wonderful comments here. Your family was and is blessed to have had such a wonderful, loving, and caring mother. Mrs. Tevlin obviously instilled faith, strong values and family devotion in her children. Apparently,those who knew her, to include coworkers, neighbors and extended family, loved and appreciated her kindness. It doesn't matter how old we are when we lose a parent, it is always too soon. God bless you and your family. My prayers are with you.

Chas Weatherby

Lou and Family, I send my deepest condolences and sympathy during your time of grieving. The loss of a special person such as your Mom is always a difficult and trying period for those of us left behind, but there is also a bright and wonderful side to her passing. Rejoice with her as I am sure she would wish, as there are no more tubes, IV's and the like. She is in a better and well deserved place watching over you all as she was born to do. Charlie and all of us in the Weatherby family send our love and I am here if I can lend an ear or be of any comfort. God bless you and your family and may peace reside with you.

Mickey & Charles Glueck

Our dear Linda, We extend to you and your entire family our sincere sympathy during this time of sadness. We are grateful to God that you were able to be with your Mom during her last days. May God's everlasting love embrace you all and bring peace, knowing that your Mom is with her gracious Father in Heaven. What a blessing to you all to have been able to be together and share this special time. Our prayers will be with you as you go through the next days and weeks. We love you!

Kathi McDonald

Type here Dear Lou and Family, I am so sorry to hear the sad news, but am so grateful that all of you were able to be together as Mary Anna passed on. I wish I could be at her Memorial Service on Tuesday, but know that I will be there in spirit, as I am just too far away from St. Louis. I send much love and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Cousins John & Carrie Sasenick
Thursday, November 01, 2007

Leo, Anna Lee, Linda, Mary Celeste, Leo, Peter, Lou and Amy, Our deepest sympathy and love to you all. Our Damask Rose, Mary Anna, has now gone to the heavenly garden to be with God. Her gentle smile, twinkling beautiful blue eyes and soft spoken words have been carried to heaven but I will never forget. She is within you all and your families and thus will forever be with us. Your tribute to her is the lives you live beaming forth her love of you and God to all you meet and touch. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Love, John and Carrie and Family

Hi Pete, 

I just talked to Joanne and she let me know your mom passed yesterday.  My heart aches with you and your family.  It's hard to imagine not having easy access to her life spirit.  I know that I find comfort in the knowledge of a wonderful reunion one day in heaven.  I plan to spend several thousand years catching up with my sister Mary!  We know that no matter how prepared you think you are for this, there really is nothing you can do but try to make it through each moment.  I remind my grief clients to remember to breath - we tend to take very shallow breath during this time - so try to take a nice long deep breath from time to time.  And I also tell them to drink water.  Grieving is physiologically dehydrating.  So, remember to drink water -- these two simple things truly helped me get through Mary, Dad, Mom and Joel.  That and the faith that we'll see each other again.

Please give my love to your brothers and sisters.  Especially to your dad - an extra hug please.  I'll try calling him in the next few days.  I know that I'm poor at staying in touch, but I love you all so very much. 

 I'm so sorry that you are going through this. All my love and God's precious mercy to you,

Cathy (Guerra) Hart

Ken and Mary Beth Kaller

We received your news with great sadness.  I still remember Aunt Mary Anna first welcoming into (and warning me about) the family over 40 years ago.   Can you imagine the difference between meeting Uncle Dan and Aunt Mary Anna and trying to figure out who was who?  Whereas Dan was loud and boisterous, Mary Anna was quiet and had a great calming effect.  This calming effect was greatly needed because I so badly wanted to make a good impression and I was scared stiff. Our prayers are with her and the entire family.  Mary Beth was especially sadden and wishes only the best. My own mother is going through dialysis three times per week and I see how it weakens her and causes nausea.

         Loretta (Halsig) Sandstrom

Leo, Anna Lee, Linda, Mary, Leo II, Peter, Lou and Amy we extend our deepest sympathy to you all and to your extended families. Knowing that Mary Anna is surrounded by God's love bring some peace to you. Being together during these sad days with each other to lean on is a blessing, along with all the wonderful memories you have of your wife and mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Loretta and Dave Sandstrom

Nancy June
Thursday, November 01, 2007

Dearest Tevlins, Peter just called to let me know and I extend my deepest sympathy to Leo and all the kids and their families. So many of my best childhood memories involve your family. I remember always getting so excited when we were traveling and on our way to St. Louis. As an only child, being in the presence of the Tevlin clan was always fun. So much fun was had when the parents would go to the Showboat and leave the kids at home. Being home alone was a treat in itself! Spending hours watching late night “horror” movies on the little black and white TV on the front porch. And the time y’all came to Garden Grove and the “moms” took the kids to Knott’s Berry Farm in our VW Beetle! All I remember was that I was in “the well” with either Peter or Louie and we were just packed into that car. What fun! Mary Anna was such a kind soul and I know God has delivered her to the special place He had already chosen for her. I’m also quite sure my mom and dad were part of her greeting committee! May the Peace of the LORD be with each of you in your time of sorrow.

Charlie Weatherby and Family
Thursday, November 01, 2007

Dear Mrs Tevlin, The short time that I spent with you and your family on my visit to St. Louis is one that I will cherish forever. It gave me an insight on how great a mother you must have been to have raised a son like Lou. Lou is my agent as I am sure you remember. After that visit my eyes were totally opened to the understanding of your families love and compassion that has made Lou who he is today. The bond Lou and I share is much more than that of the typical player agent bond. We are more like brothers making you my surrogate mom. I have and will continue to pray for you and your family. May God take you into his loving arms and bless your family with the joy and memories of your life.

Susan (Halsig) Latham
Thursday, November 01, 2007

Leo, Anna Lee, and all the family, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in God and your faith in the everlasting life He has taken your dear wife and mother to. May you also find peace and comfort in each other and in the blessing of being together during this difficult time. May God bless and hold you all close. Again sending our love and prayers to you all Bob and Susan Latham.

Sharon Price Parker
Thursday, November 01, 2007

Dear Uncle Lee and family, You have all been in my thoughts and prayer today. Just read that Aunt Mary Anna has gone to the Lord. Sure hope she puts in a good word for us left behind. I'm sure she had quite a welcoming committee up there in heaven! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. Will continue to pray for all of the family. Love and hugs, Sharon Price Parker

Bob Carter/TWA/STL Seniors
Thursday, November 01, 2007

LEO, and all the family. It with sadness that we hear of the passing of a member of the TWA/STL family. As a members of the St. Louis family we shall miss her. Remember she is now at peace with her Lord.

         Rosita Lewis
         Thursday, November 01, 2007

Type here To each of the Tevlin Family, especially - Amy, please know that my heart goes out to you with prayers and strong faith that all are in God's hand and perfect will. May all our prayers and faith sustain each of you during these difficult days.


Dear Mary Anna, Barbara, Tina, and Myself would like to extend the our most special wishes and prayers for you on this special day of ALL SOULS DAY. You Have been a great inspiration to all of your children, and i am so proud to have your DAUGHTER as my DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. She is that reflection of you, your kindness and love shines through her every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now, MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE....TOM,BARB,AND TINA MYERS

Dawn Ritter (Parker)

Dearest Aunt Mary Anna and the whole Tevlin Family, What an AWESOME testimony of what God can do... To get to share so much love with so many. We have all been raised to know that God comes first and then its all about family!!! We have been blessed with AMAZING Tevlin women and a family that no matter what the battle you never face it alone. Our prayers go out to you all. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you through this difficult time. With all my love and prayers, Dawn Marie Type here

Kathi McDonald

Dear Mrs. O'Shevlin, How much I loved knowing you and being a part of your family for a short time when Leo and I worked together at Channel 4 so many years ago. The time was a highlight of my life and part of it is because of the love you and Leo shared for each other, for your wonderful family and people (like me) who were part of your lives. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you spend this special time together. Much love and gratitude from Jerusalem.

Sharon Price Parker

Dear Aunt Mary Anna, Uncle Lee, and all, My heart is full of love and prayers for all of you! I remember staying with Linda overnight just before Christmas. We went into the kitchen where you had shoeboxes stacked on top of the refrigerator. You asked what size I wore, and I got one of cookies from that box ( a gingerbread man!). Thank you so very much for letting me stay all those years ago and for all the advice you gave me when I asked. Your soft-spoken voice helped me many times when I raised my own children. You all continue to be in my daily prayers. Love and Hugs, Sharon Price Parker

Dearest Mary Anna, This is from Ray, Lee's closest friend, I hope. I have never met any better people on this earth as the children you have raised, I hope someday I can be as special as they have become. I can only wish that I was there when they were growing up so I could have learned the special things about life and love as you have taught them. But, through them, through you, I have learned about life. You are so special, you are a light in a world of darkness, you have kindled a spark in this world that will burn for eternity. All my Love..Ray

Theresa, Mark and Ceci Prator in Los Angeles
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dearest Aunt Mary Anna and family, We send our love from California and keep you in our prayers and rosaries. I awaken each day with thoughts and prayers for all of you, and will continue the "conversations in spirit" as I have done as a result of long distance and as I now do with Cliff and your Aunt Re and Uncle Mark (our mom and dad). I picture loving arms extended to receive Aunt Mary Anna from our loving arms here on earth. I am so grateful for our faith together, and think that Grandma Tevlin must be smiling down on us to realize that all that Holy Water that she sprinkled on us Guerras as we ran through the house fighting and screaming at each other finally took! (We knew the Tevlin children never had fights.)All opur love,

Terry Gannon

Thank you all for sharing these most precious moments with your mom. You are all in our prayers. At mass on Sunday I remembered all the Sundays we spent together in prayer with your family. Kloepfers and Tevlins co-mingled in the back of Church. I thought of all of our summers together around the pool. The many conversations we had and how much the Tevlins have all been a part of our lives. I will never forget the advice your mom would give me on how to raise my children. There all in their 30's now. Maybe it does take a neighborhood to raise a child. As we approach November 5th how will I ever forget that the Tevlins missed our wedding in order to give birth to Amy. We love you all. You are all in our prayers. Tevlin, Gannon, Kloepfer family memories will never be forgotten.

Marvin and Olive Doering

Dear Tevlin family, I offer my humble prayers in this moment of your distress and longing. I wish for the highest honor for the soul of Mary Anna and for the solace of the grieving family. your friend,Marv

Maryann Kennerknecht

Type here Mary Anna was wonderful to work with..... she had a kind word for everyone, even if I did not.... She and Leo and than Amy were always very kind to me..... She even let Leo keep me from falling all over myself on the skating rink... My love to you and God bless

Ollie Raymand

"The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away...Blessed be the name of the Lord!" I'm so sorry for the turn of events. Please accept the prayers of my family, for yours. Ollie Raymand. www.raymand.com

Berne Llewllyn

My Dear Aunt, God-Mother & Friend, You know you are so loved....your soul and heart are fully blessed. Your body has served it's purpose and now you soul is ready to soar homeward bound. You have packed your suitcases with wonderful memories have surrounded yourself with love, dressed yourself in the armor of faith, put on the shoes of hope, gathered the floral bouquet of prayers to lay at the feet of your King.He has loved your soul( the true essence of you) since the fondation of time.You are eternal and LOVED by THE MOST HIGH GOD!All of our loved ones along with the Saints, Angels will come to welcome you home. You have always known that this life was a classroom of learning and you have gleened all that you needed to return to the KINGDOM of your first and best love. The Bridegroom Jesus awaits the good and faithful servant. Your children, family and friends rise up and call you Blessed. Tell Mom hello and that we are all doing fine, give her a kiss & hugs from us. We will see you again on the other side. All my love to all of our family. Berne

Jane May

Type here Dear Mary Anna: Yesterday when I heard the news of your illness I was deeply touched. As a next door neighbor of yours for 25 years I was able to witness what a wonderful example you, Leo and your family were for not only the close neighborhood but for the entire community. There was no hesitation on your part to assist us when we needed help. You were always there for me and my family. When I think over the years, it brings joy to my heart to remember the number of good times we experienced. Not only were we connected in the neighborhood but with your urging I became part of your TWA family. Because of this I was able to take my family several times to Ireland which as you know was Chris' birth place. We were able to get to know his family and Chris was so grateful that you suggested I apply at TWA. I know that God blessed me and my family when He placed us next door to you and your family. I will always be thankful. I offered my Mass today for you and your family and will continue to do so daily. You are truly one of Gods special people. May He bless you and your family. All my love, Jane

Ken Wilkey

You are all in my prayers and I hope that as a family you will find peace in your wonderful memories of so many good times you shared with Mary Anna. Its obvious from your words that she is a loving Mother and Wife. Leo and Lou, bless you and may you find strength to get through this difficult time. Ken Wilkey

William Fenton

Your devotion to your mother and God's love has always been evident by the way you all live, a direct result of how you were raised by your parents. Death is not an end but a new experience filled with love and light, I have no doubts. So tell Mary Anna to say hello to dad for me and I'll see him when my adventure in living is done and I get to go home.

Toni Feldmann

Mary Anna, You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. All your old TWA Friends are thinking of you at this difficult time. Toni Scott Feldmann

Ann Flynn

Dear Tevlin Family, I remember Mary Anna many years ago at TWA. She was quiet and friendly with a soft smile. She was so proud of her family and very excited when she learned that God was to bless her again. That would be Amy. At that time I wondered how she did it working and a big family. Her faith never wavered and brought her to this acceptance of God' love for her. Our trip to the Canonization in 1988 was a wonderful and remarkable experience. Although our lives have taken us in different directions Leo & Amy can recall the special bonding we all shared. Your Mother did her job as asked of her with humility and love. She will be received with Open Arms. Pray to her. She will always be with you. Be assured of my prayers for all! God Bless- Ann Flynn

Jeanette Smith

Dear Mary Anna and the Tevlin Family, I just found out from Mom that you are ill and God is opening his arms to accept you. It is with a sad heart that we must let you go. It would be selfish to want you to stay. You have done your work. Your walk on this earth has been incredible, you have touched so many. I am honored to have you as a God Mother. I aspire to have your faith. You have touched my family in so many ways. Coming to our children's baptisms, and first communions. Remembering us with your cards you have sent to remember my birthday and anniversaries always makes me smile. I remember some fun times at your house, all the kids doing their own thing, magic shows, pets, games, a typical crazy day at your wonderful house with your wonderful family! Going to Six Flags for my sixteenth birthday, coming to your house as I graduated college to iron my gown at the last minute (who would know when I picked it up the gown would be all wrinkled?). We love you Mary Anna and are all the richer for having had you in our lives. God Bless You and your Family. Love, Jeanette Fenton Smith



Clayton Price

Dear Mrs Tevlin or should I say mom. You were my second family during Leo's and my high school years. I'm sure you worried about us more than we know, but its plain to see that you raised an amazing family. Family was always first in your mind and when we messed up you had no problem letting us know. You treated me as one of your own. You opened your home and heart to many people over the years. This will come back to you ten fold in these last precious hours. My families prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all! Clayton Price

Pat Bishop

Mary Anna, The last time I saw you was at the TWA picnic a couple years ago. I had no idea your health was in such a fragile state. I will pray for strength and peace for you and your family. God's Peace.

Colleen Casey and Steve and William Hambuchen
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

From Colleen (daughter of Rosemarie Tevlin Casey). Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Anna here in Portland, Oregon. It was always so fun to know we had neighborhood cousins and to run into you at St. Ann events. I was always intrigued by Leo's Ham radio gadgets and thought it was so exotic to get the Irish lace from you when you would visit Ireland with TWA. May your days at home be filled with love, memories, peace, and comfort. I know my mom, Re, and Sissy (Adele Tevlin Howell) are looking down on you with their blessings as well.

Leo Joseph Tevlin II

Dear Mom. Just wanted to say what a great honor is to be your first son and how I will always treasure the time we have had together. From my some of my first memories, to my last, here are just a few I wanted recall: Getting stitched on Christmas Day…..you were there for me and knew you would always be able to identify your son. Then showing the whole City of Florissant how long I could hold my breath under water in the backyard pool. I can still remember your lullabies and rubbing noses for several minutes. The hours and Hours of BACK SCRATCHES during lightning storms. To the trips by County Hospital for the follow-up X-Rays every six months, and numerous other Doctor Appointments and Shoe Store visits to Mr. Quinn’s so you could be sure I walked upright. Walks down St. Jean and St. Francios to the Hobby shop and to Sacred Heart and Hendell’s Market. Or to Bettendorf Wraps and S&H Stamp. The numerous weekends at Union Station; Art classes at the Art Museum; then helping with the homework projects. You made sure I got chores done, or you know what! You’re helping out at St. Ann’s School was appreciated and remembered, as well as your dedication to the church, and leading by example. I knew the Thursday devotions at St. Paul’s with Our Lady of Perpetual Help were to also help me with my faith, and keep me on the right path. I will never forget getting bundled up to go downtown to see the Trains in the windows. Wow, maybe a milkshake at Woolworths too! Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween Costumes, Thanksgiving Meals, Chocolate from Crown Candy Kitchens, Parades, and Valentines. All so Uniquely CREATIVE with STYLE! I appreciate all your sweet compassion for all the animals we brought home, and your understanding when were not in the best of moods. Thank you for the friendship and interest you showed in my friends who showed up for dinner and to play. Thank you for finding me, when I got lost in Famous at age 6 or 7. Thanks for the first grade party and many more, always making me feel so special. I remember when you provided all the encouragement when I wanted to quit soccer and scouts. We wrestled with other projects and hobbies, but ultimately you helped me decide with some reasoning on my own. It always worked out. And, when I got more serious with sports you continued to encourage me and made games when you could and always were genuinely interested in the outcome. I remember you always saved me a little dinner on those nights when I arrived late after practices. You drove me to get wisdom’s teeth removed, and car accident bridges; you also stopped for refreshments to ease my pain. We couldn’t have ever expected to get so……much culture through your hard work and long hours at TWA. WOW! What great trips and we learned so much! Everyone in class was so envious as it gave a nod up in school when we brought stories, pictures, and relics from all over the world. Camping and Motels on trips coast to coast, train rides (The St. Louis Dinner Cruise was Fabulous!), trams, Disneyland, Silver Dollars in Branson, and Lake Taneycoma too! I don’t want to forget all………and I the mean all the SUPERB meals that you put your individual personal touch on to make them taste just right! HUGE BREAKFAST for HOLIDAYS. Making CHRISTMAS COOKIES for days or just for the heck of it! Kept me out of trouble….too. We even tried lots of cultural dishes from Fish to Fondue, Mexican to Hungarian, Bar-b-cue and Chineese dishes. How about all the times you sewed my pants and zippers. Butterfly stitches and bumps on the head, all were given your special attention and love. Last minute decisions for college and special loans too. You made sure I had wheels so I could get to games, parties and work. Taught me how to drive a stick shift at Normandy in the Rambler. What a terrific help with Andrew and Laura all the time, your special trips to come visit in Houston and Philly, and your treat you gave the kids along with going to Disney World Orlando, Fl. We have all been so blessed. Support for Donna when things got tough, and times you attended the kids functions even though you may have not always be feeling your best. So here are the things you instilled in me and I will never forget: Thank you the things you did without thinking of yourself, so naturally and unselfishly as a mother. You taught me so much about life; when to trust people, when not to. You taught me when to stick up for myself and when to back down. You provided me the push to try new things, meet people, and get involved! You set me on my own at a very young age with Camp Chaminade, with an understanding you would still be there if I needed your help. And from all this I learned. So as far as I am concerned, you did a fabulous job bringing up your first son, considering you didn’t grow up with any brothers. From my diapers to bunny who proved he could fly out the window on the Canada trip; Flying all over this world; to sometimes getting in and out of mischief from time to time; to the push to attend St. Martin’s CYC Skating…..where I met my great wife Donna, to You and Dad’s visits in Texas and Pennsylvania; to making all the kids special moments; and you making all the backyard Bar-b-cues too……… Thank you for choosing Dad as your devoted husband, and providing me with such wonderful Sisters and Brothers, Nieces and Nephews, Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins and Friends. So it’s these memories and lessons that I wish to revisit, when reflecting on your’s MOM…………………….such “A WONDERFUL LIFE!” It will be hard not to see your incredible and genuine SMILE, a HUG, a KISS.. GOD BLESS YOU, MOM…….I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH! LEO JOSEPH PATRICK TEVLIN II (See Below) AN IRISH POEM MOTHER, There is but one and only one, Whose love will fail you never, One who lives from sun to sun, With constant fond endeavor, There is but one and only one, On earth there is no other, In Heaven a noble work was done When GOD gave men a Mother. Prayer of St. Francis “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be considered as to console; to be understood; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is dying that we are born into eternal life.”

Tom Tevlin

North County Tevlins, Since Dad died four years ago, we have just seen more and more of our "experienced" members leaving us. There is always a hole in your heart when someone leaves us physically but there's always a warm spot to be found when you think of the times that you had together. We will keep you guys in our prayers and I personally will remember how nice it was to visit you guys up on circle. "Pope Oscar" hasn't been seen for forty years but I'm sure that he would want to say many masses for your family. Please know that you are all loved by the south county Tevlins and enjoy every moment that you have left with Mary Anna Tom and Cricket Tevlin

Denise Pleasant

Dear Grandma - I can't tell you how blessed I feel to have spent so much time with you! You've given us all so many wonderful memories…front porch swings, making snow angels and building snow families (dog and all), Paul’s and my First Communion at the Old Cathedral, trips to the Magic House and Science Museum, root beer floats, leftover mostaccioli, and Christmases at Circle Drive…you taught me “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” and to this day I still believe it worked. You somehow always remembered everything that was special to me…to everyone. I can’t tell you how many times you made my day when I’d find a St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or Halloween card in the mailbox. You’re such an amazing role model and as I read these comments I know just how far your love has spread. Thank you to you and Grandpa for raising such an awesome family, for teaching me how important family and faith are, and for setting such a good example of what love is. We’re always going miss you…but every time I look up and see a star twinkle I’ll know it’s you smiling down on us and winking. God bless you Grandma…..I love you! Love, Denise

Cathy McConnell

Mary Ann, You and your wonderful family are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed your visits to the office after your retirement. Amy was always so proud to say her Mom was there. The love you have for her and all your children is such an inspiration. You have always been a blessing to all us TWA'ers. God bless you sweet lady and thank you for all you have done for all of us. We love you! Cathy

LaVonne M. Frigo

Hi Mary Anna, you and Leo have been on my mind and when Amy called, well, what is that old saying:"Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done today." Memories, what wonderful memories I have. Mary Anna, do you remember when we went to Illinois and bought the K-Mart racks for the store. How about the check out counter, and the bell on the drawer, it reminded me of the K-Mart Blue Light Specials. We had some fun didn't we? How about the sales at the Airport, all the work the volunteers did and are still doing for Operation Liftoff it is truly unbelieveable and we are very blessed. We had some good times at the dances, you and Leo make such a lovely couple, your children are truly blessed to have such wonderful parents. Well Mary Anna, we are still at the training center, but we have moved up to the first floor. The City of St. Louis owns the building and they occupy the fourth floor. GoJet Airlines and Trans States Airlines occupy the first, second and third floors. The two airlines are paying the rent for the Operation Liftoff Store but business is nothing like it was with TWA.We are open three days a week: Carl Breden and I work on Monday, Betty Hamilton and I work on Tuesday (you remember Betty, I believe you both worked together) and Ruth Arp (you worked with Ruthie) Helen Kiriakos and Sandy Taylor work on Wednesday. Mary Anna, Ruthie fell and broke her hip and has three pins in her hip.Ruthis is at home now but I don't know if she will be coming back to the store any more this year. Alex, said "Hello" and is doing pretty well. He walks with a cane but keeps himself busy. Our daughter Kathy and her husband Danny are just fine and Geno is doing well with his business. I am still busy at the store, helping Operation Liftoff. Mary Anna, I better close for now, I will remember you and Leo in my prayers. Love you,

Danny May

Mrs. Tevlin, This is Danny May, the little boy from next door. I want you to know what a positive impact you and Mr. Tevlin have had in my life. As an awkward little boy, you always encouraged me to try new things and stretch for things that were seemingly out of my reach. You always accepted me in your home to play with ham radio in the basement or just talk about recent events. I learned much from our long conversations. When I was making decisions about going to college you believed that I could be successful even when I wasn’t so sure. Your steadfast faith was a profound influence on my own faith and that carries over into my own family to this day. My lovely wife Marianne and I will be married twenty years this February and we have three children; Larry (18) is a freshman taking engineering at Virginia Tech, Kelly (15) is a sophomore in High school, and Dennis (13) is a seventh grader. I am certain that some of the things that I learned from you are being passed on to them. When you drop a pebble in the pond, the ripples can reach on and on. You have done that for me in my life and it’s easy to see from the wonderful notes I read here that I’m not the only one. I am forever indebted to you. Our prayers will be with you and your family. It must be a wonderful comfort to have such a loving family as yours gathered around you at this time. God bless you. With much love, Danny May

Cathy Guerra Hart

My Dearest Aunt MaryAnna, My heart swells with so many emotions right now. Overwhelming love and warmth is what is greatest. You have always been so very special to me. All those summer trips, swinging on your front porch swing, listening to the thunder storms rolling in - we never saw anything like that in California! All the while, you were there, making sure we were fed, warm (or cool!), and mostly making us feel that we were a natural part of your little family. My girls love the stories of the VW bus trip and the "Candid Camera" sign and how people on the road responded to it! And our two families driving into the local McDonald's and ordering some enormous amount of hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries!! And your love extends to my own children. You lovingly mended our Abby's little blankie when the silky was almost completely separated from her most precious possession. I've just returned from visiting her and she still grabs her little blankie - still with your loving stitches on it - during those times when she is missing her American home. You will remain always in our hearts, memories and in the hope of reunion one day before the glorious throne of our Heavenly King. I love you Aunt MaryAnna. With all my heart. Thank you for loving me. Always yours, Cathy Guerra Hart P.S. To all of you there, we are and will continue to pray for you all -- that our Father's endless mercy and grace will be poured out upon you, that you will find comfort in each other and the love that you have around you. Please do me a big favor and give each other hugs - a lot of hugs, and please give your mom a sweet kiss for me. I love you all so very much. Cass

Kyle Tevlin

Grandma, my prayers are with you always, and your role in my life has been profound, from bringing the amazing man I call my father into my life, to being a loving, joyous grandmother to me and my sisters throughout the years, your contributions will never be forgotten. When I think of my grandma Tevlin, I see your huge smile that lifts the emotions of everyone around. I love you grandma and hope you enjoy the wonderful journey God has constructed for you in the future. Love, Kyle

Mary Anna, You and your beautiful family will be in the prayers during Mass at the Notre Dame Grotto. Gregg Mullen "To pray for a friend ...is not a futile effort to influence God’s will, but a hospitable gesture by which we invite our neighbors into the center of our hearts. To pray for others means to allow their pains and sufferings, their anxieties and loneliness, their confusion and fears to resound in our innermost selves….It is in and through us that God’s Spirit touches them with his healing presence." Henri J. Nouwen

Susan (Halsig) Latham

Mary Anna you, your family and many friends are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and hold you all close as you journey home to Him. Sending our love and prayers - Bob and Susan Latham

Charles Rojano

Dear Mary Anna Pearl and I were so sorry to read of your illness. It has been a long time since we have seen you and Leo. Remember the good times we shared while tending the Operation Liftoff Store. It was so long ago, it seems. And the time we tried to outbid each other for two framed TWA promotional advertisements? That was at the Operation Liftoff silent auction. We do have fond memories of such a lovely person that you are. Our prayers are with you and Leo and your family. God Bless You and Keep You.

Elaine Crawford

Hello Mary Anna. I'm so sorry that you are ill. It's been so long since I've seen you. All my best to you and your family. The TWA family is still connecting us. Love Elaine

Brenda J Smith

Dear Mary Ann: So many years have passed since we met. I was just thinking of you and Leo and how you were doing. It just goes to show that whenever I think of someone, I just say a prayer. To the Tevlin family, my prayers are with you. We all called your mother "MA" when we worked at TWA. Not because of her initials, she was a mother to all of us. Her sweet smile and beautiful presence kept us all out of trouble from time to time. I imagine you all know that she was loved and a blessing to her extended family as well. May God continuously bless you and keep you in his care. All my love Brenda Smith.

Pam Johnston

Mary Anna, I had no idea that you were ill. Haven't seen you at a TWA Seniors luncheon lately, but I missed a couple myself due to conflicts. It was always enjoyable to take breaks & have lunch with you at Northwest Plaza for good conversation back in our working days. What a delight to see someone who always had a smile on her face! Do know that I am keeping you in prayer. Fondly, Pam Johnston

Ann Neely (TWA)

Mary Anna, I'm sorry to hear of your illness. I want you to know you were a kind, shining light at TWA. You have always had such grace and gave inspiration to all of us who needed a loving word from someone. You have been blessed by your life and family. Thank you for being my friend. I needed you...God bless you and your family.

Mary Ann , You were such a delight to work with and I always admired your wonderful relationship with your family and our church. I remember you asking us if we had eated breakfast when we worked at earth city. If we said no, you called Leo and asked him to bring us take out. I was so upset when I learned of you illness but I was also inspired by your courage and the love and devotion of you family. My prayers are with you and I have only one bit of advise..........When St. Peter meets you...SPEAK UP.. GODS SPEED LOVE, LYN COLWELL

Monday, October 29, 2007

Dear Mom I just wanted to thank you for all your love and support that Mary myself Gwen and Eric have had thru out all these years I have always felt as part of the Tevlin family that is because of your and Dads' love when my own parents passed away almost 10 years ago I knew that I still had a mom and dad thanks to that love and support my prayers and love go with you and you will be greatly missed thank you again Love Mark

Sue Moellering

Amy--this is Sue Moellering. Though I did not know your mom well, I certainly know you, and what a kind and beautiful daughter and person you are......I think of you often and kindly and remember our TWA days together....Love and prayers to you and your family.

Mary C. Tevlin

Hi Mary Anna this is Mary Tevlin. Jack and I just got back in town from an Art Conference in River Falls Wisconsin across the Mississippi River from the twin cities. I was checking my emails when I read this one. While reading I received a call from the Gannon's that had just read their email. I am very tearfull now as I write this note to you. Jack and I will be calling to come over and see you. I will never forget your enthusiasm of us getting married. You wanted to help so much in our preparation. You called one day and said, "Mary you have to come to an estate sale right now. They have the perfect antique bedroom set for you and Jack. You have to come right now." after thirty years we still have the five piece bedroom set from the old neighborhood! You have always sent birthday cards to my kids and Jack and I. You have always been there with uncle Bud, loving my family. And you will always be there in my thoughts. I love you very much Aunt Mary Anna and will be seeing you soon. Mary C. Tevlin

Don Francois

Leo and Mary Anna; Sure sorry to hear this news. You have many family and friends to help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don & Terry Francois

Loretta Sandstrom

Mary Anna, Lou and the entire Tevlin family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. As God calls Mary Anna home may you find comfort in each other and through your faith, which can get you through everything. Love and prayers from Dave and Loretta Sandstrom

Kevin O'Donnell

Dear Mrs. Tevlin, Yesterday I was driving back toward St. Louis on a picture perfect autumn day and my thoughts turned to you and the Tevlin family. I thought of the times spent together, the little moments as well as big ones – the ordinary and the extraordinary. I hope that over the years I have been able to convey how blessed I feel to be part of your family. The love, support and genuine caring that you, Mr. Tevlin and your children have extended to me is both gratifying and humbling. The other reason I feel so connected to your family is that I spent half of my childhood at your home!!! The memories of all the activities and adventures that were conceived, plotted and carried out at 7702 Circle Drive is innumerable. You encouraged our activities, spurred our imaginations and fostered our independence; in hindsight I’m amazed at your patience and tolerance. Just remembering all that we did makes me reconsider your status from my second Mother to saint. As I drove along the highway I recalled so many childhood memories from Circle Drive: tree houses & forts, army reenactments, soccer and footballs going to and fro, crabapples, leaf burnings (partial supervised), vintage Tonka trucks for construction projects, wagon rides (sans brakes) down any available slope, tire swings, sled riding, endless wiffle ball games, model airplane building, chocolate chip cookie baking (mostly eating). Memories of Cub Scout field trips, your own field trips introducing us to North St. Louis, Crown Candy, old street car tracks and the Switzer’s licorice factory. Cardinal baseball games, Mary’s Summer Pre-School, PB&J (or for Lou PB&Pickles) cut in sailboats or suitcases, summer evenings swinging on the porch, a cake on the kitchen table, Mr. Tevlin recounting a tale with the aroma of pipe tobacco in the air as he repaired a TV in the basement. And let’s not forget the famous, “front page news” pie eating contest. Leo concocting a multitude of “winter basement sports” involving some combination of bikes, roller skates, hockey sticks, bats, balls, pucks and usually some household appliance, for good measure. You showed wisdom and great discretion not coming down the basement stairs during these extravaganzas, rather signaling the end of the game (dinner time) by flickering the lights on and off – a practice, I later realized, that most Fine Art Theaters and Opera Houses had subsequently adopted from you. On the other hand, Mr. Tevlin appeared seemingly undisturbed by the chaos taking place right outside his Ham radio shack. Then there were the animals, a small petting zoo of sorts. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in abundance, baby chicks at Easter one year, turtles, fish, ducks and, of course, rabbits. I would be remiss not to mention the time Pete, Lou and I tried to recreate the ecosystem of Pasadena Pond, including transferring fish from said pond, into your backyard. I wasn’t kidding about the sainthood. The uninitiated might think this all took place on ten acres in the country, of course we know better. It all happened in a loving home, on a city lot at the corner of Circle and Marietta Drives (at the Bug’s Bunny sign) in the town of Normandy and in our imaginations. It’s been a journey of a lifetime, thank you for taking me along.

Love you, Your cuz Grace

Dear Maryanna, My thoughts of you are many and begin with our childhood and growing up as kids, what good times we had and of course raising our children and the talks we shared about them,& how many memories we have made together, Remembering the time in Florida, how many laughs we had with each other. Those were special and can never be taken away, your always in my heart and remember you are loved by many.

Joe Thurston

Dear Mrs. Tevlin, I don't know you but I can tell how wonderful a person you are through your son Lou, he is my agent and a very great person and a wonderful man in God as well, through Lou I can tell how compassionate of a person you are and how dedicated and how strong you are as well, you have raised a very wonderful man who I am very happy to call my friend and agent, God is good and he has blessed you with a great son, I don't know the rest of your family either but through Lou and the person he is, I am sure he is just a small part of how wonderful the rest of the family is as well...

I want to share a little prayer that touched my heart when I lost my brother. It helped me realize that we will always be a family, as we walk this earth and in Gods home.

We little knew that day that God was going to call your name
in life we loved you dearly in death we do the same.
it broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you, that day God called you home.
you left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same
but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Aunt Mary Anna you said the same words to me at the family reunion that my Mother said to me before she passed and that was "I'm tired". Tears are in my eyes as I say that we love you dearly, we will miss you dearly, but we will meet again!! God has surely blessed you with all this love and prayers and he will guide you peacefully home! Love, Tom and Pat Tevlin XOXO

Danny Guerra

Dear Lord, Bless and keep Mary Anna warm in you loving embrace. Fill each of us with the comfort of your saving grace as we place all of our hope on You. Thank you for the blessing of this strong servant and family member Mary Anna Tevlin, and thank you for the time we are given to enjoy her. In Jesus' Precious Name. Danny Guerra

Karl (Tampa, Fl)

Mrs.Tevlin, there were numerious times I would come to your home asking if Pete or Louis could play, you invited me in, once inside on (numerious occasion) I would find Pete or Louis, well... more Pete, but they would be sitting at the kitchen table reading from the Bible, I would ask them why they had to do that? and they would say they had done somthing wrong or had gotten into trouble or that my mom just wants us to read it. At that time "reading" the Bible was the farthest thing from my mind. I just didn't get it! Now anytime I find myself picking up the Bible and "reading it" that thought comes into my mind, and I think what a wonderfull mother! Also, there was a time in my life when I was having major issue's, you remember, you gave me a placard, (Following the beat of a different drummer, foot prints in the sand?) I still have that placard! So you know after reading it (I got it...!) You never know how these things can affect someones life. You have a Wonderfull, Loving, family and it's because of your nurturing Love of God it is these memories that you have given them that will help them get through the rest of there life! You and your family are always in our prayer's and may God Bless You! Know this! You have made a difference in my life and I am Thankfully Blessed!

Jenny James

Amy, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother sounds like a beautiful, faith-filled woman. I know God will help all of you through this. I am here for you whenever you need me.

Brian (Ken and Mary Beth's eldest son), Eva and Kate

Mary Anna, I am sorry we did not get to see you when we visited America this summer, but we wanted to let you know that you are fondly in our thoughts. You have been such a presence in people's lives, and are loved by so many people. Thank you.

John & Carrie Sasenick
Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dear Mary Anna, the flower of the family. God made you like the Damask rose, beautiful, strong, many pedaled and a scent that drifted to unknown distances. The beauty, your shared life with your love Leo and your wonderful children; the strength, your faith which you exuded and instilled in your children and all whom you made contact; strength, empowered from your love of God through all the trials and tribulations He laid on you; the petals, your soft smile, beautiful twinkling blue eyes, gentle manner, your gentle words of encouragement, the look you could give in disappointment but did not crush a spirit, loving and encouraging words for everyone even those who hurt you, and of course your wonderful scent, beautiful scent wafting with love that radiate beams touching those far and near. Ever since I was small and would visit St. Louis you meant something special to me. The times we played games, you, Kitty, Joanie and I; when your parents took us to see Dante in the Park Theatre; when we slept on the living room floor and played charades; cooked "chicken soup" on Kitty's new electric (light bulb) stove, when you and Leo married, that's when South Pacific opened and we all loved the music. How time has flown but we always stayed close, even when I was carrying Mark and came to St. Louis to be with John you took care of John Anthony (John-John) so we could have two days together - remember, Pete and Lou you thought it was "neat" having a baby in the house. Your visits to mom down in Vero Beach and she loved having you and Daniel on his first visit to the ocean. Than it was John' and my turn when you and Leo came to visit Grace in Vero and we all had a great time reminiscing, eating Hungarian food, Leo out in the screen room with his pipe and computer. Louis will carry you with him now when he visits during spring training in March. You have spread your scent of love to so many without knowing your brilliance shown so bright. God wants you with Him so He can share you with us left behind through what you leave in each one of us. Hopefully we will do you the honor of spreading your scent to others as you have done. Our Damask Rose, thank you for being you and loving us. May God hold you gently in His hand as He leads you home to His garden in heaven. With love and our continued prayers, Carrie and John

Dear Aunt Mary Anna, you've been in my thoughts since seeing Amy on Friday night. I don't really know how to put into words a description of the love that you have shared with us throughout our lives, both during the good times and bad. I do know that your influence in the lives of your children and the many others in your life show what a wonderful job you've done during the time you've shared with us. You've raised seven wonderful children, who have also passed on your loving traits to their spouses and their own children. I can't think of any better legacy than helping to make the world a better place because of your influence. You will be loved and missed forever, but never forgotten. I love you, and wish you Godspeed to a better place. Send our love to all that you see. Your nephew, Mike Tevlin

Doug Weiss

Aunt Mary Anna.....It's hard to know where to start. All the memories of the times we spent growing up and visiting the big house on Circle Drive. The sleep overs, Christmas, the Easter Egg hunts fill my memories of a happy childhood. My favorite was always Christmas...we would always walk in from the cold and Uncle Leo would have the fire a blazin and there was always a warm hug from you. The warmth and love that you put into everything you did made all of our lives special. All of us have been touched by your love. Many times it was a simple thing like a birthday card or a hug.....or having you near us at more difficult times in recent years, you always made me feel better. Know that you are in my prayers and have Lou give you a big hug for me....Love Doug


pete sorry about it. I pray for her, god bless all and good luck the blind guy k ,i ,t

Phyllis and Tom O'Donnell

Dear Mary Anna.... Tom and I want you to know you are in our prayers. You and your family are such a part of our Circle Drive memories and of two close families growing up with all the children darting in and out. Where has the time gone? We also want to thank you again for your kindness to Satty in her later years...she always spoke very highly of you and your family...Lou being almost another son and brother to Kevin. Thank you for all you have given and may God welcome you with open arms in heaven....maybe there will be another "Circle Drive " and Satty and Tom will be there waiting too. Love and peace be with you, Phyllis and Tom

Paul Pleasant

My Beautiful Grandmother, Thank you - for all the love that you've given us, for all the ways in which you've served us, for the simple joys you've shared with us and the firm hope you've instilled in us. You always looked to the skies and knew that anything was possible if we put our minds & hearts to it. You've treasured each one of us so much and blessed us with the affirmation that each one of us is special ... Well, I want you to know how special you are, how much you've meant to me, and how beautiful you are. Your love for Grandpa has been SO beautiful ... you've been there through thick & thin, and stayed committed to love him for all of your life ... you've stuck to your word, your committment (even when things weren't so easy, when we get hurt and things don't turn out like we expected). Your committment to love Grandpa & be there with him, to help raise our family, is a beautiful treasure ... you've laid a foundation for love that stays true in marriage & family, resolving to work through things and keep your eyes fixed on the hope of God's plans for our lives. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for working past your fears & pains ... for your sticking to your covenant of love. It will continue to bless us for generations to come. Thank you for the simple joys & treasures that you've shared with us ... I'll always remember the Christmases we got to spend in St. Louis at Circle Drive with everyone - the big Christmas tree, the warm fireplace, making snow angels in the front yard, the smell of hospitality in the kitchen, playing soccer in the backyard, the little licorice candies you gave us from Lammes, getting to stay upstairs under your roof - being a part of such a loving & beautiful family, your love for different cultures & the adventure to see the world ... the Light always shining through the stained glass window in the stairway, your soft, gentle touch that you shared in loving me when we had quality time together, the sweet fragrance of vanilla that you carried with you, the cream white color of magnolia flowers - of earthly beauty & purity - which you embody, for your words of affirmation, how you served us with love for so many years and for the twinkle in your eyes that you shared with us in finding beauty, in finding joy. I thank you for the desire to learn and grow in education that you've given to us. You have a rich mind with many thoughts, and I admire how intelligent you are. You've known that education - growing in knowledge - and communication in relationships are part of the essential things that make hope possible ... in our relationship with God and how we interact with the world. There is always more to read, more to learn ... ways we can grow, ways we can help others & improve the quality of life. Thank you for your commitment to serve & love others. You've always wanted to help people take flight ... to go see the world, to meet new people & see different cultures. It is a beautiful gift you've given us. It opens our eyes to new things, to new perspectives & helps us appreciate what we have here. My first trip to Europe this summer was an amazing journey ... to see the old lands, their distinct cultures & people, their rich heritage & history (with castles & stories thousands of years old), to taste the foods, the wines & see the land, to hear their hearts and see their perspective of the USA & the world, and to celebrate life with new, beautiful friends. It was truly amazing and opened up new possibilities for what life can be like. Thank you for opening that door - for me & for our family - that we really can take flight & see what's beyond the horizon ... Well, it seems that your next flight is ready - your next adventure to new lands. The Captain knows the way well. He's trustworthy & I know He'll take care of you. I pray that your flight is not turbulent but that you can rest in the peace of knowing the Captain - Jesus. He's been on this journey before & He's come back to show us that it will be okay ... actually that it will be good - full of Life & Joy on the otherside, redemption for our frail bodies. I know that His love for you will never fade ... the same covenant of love which you've shared with us. I ask that God would fill you with the peace of trusting Him and a vision for the glorious beauty that's to come - to be with the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit and all the heavenly host of angels & saints. May the sun rise in your spirit and give you joy in the flight you'll now take to Hope itself, to be with the One who gives us Love eternally. I love you Grandma - always know that. God will take care of us & serve us as you have. Know that I will always see you as a beautiful woman who has loved till the end. I will continue to walk and treasure the values, the covenants & the faith which you've given me. Your loving grandson, Paul Pleasant P.S. Don't forget to raise & lower the shade on the airplane window for us who are staying at the airport ... Have a wonderful flight Grandma! We love you!

John and Betty Posh

Dear Cousin, you are and will always be in our prayers. God bless you.

Janine Hozzian

MaryAnna, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your warm smile is something that will never be forgotten. Most importantly your gentle nature and beautiful heart will always remain with me. As you transition, may you be engulfed in God's love and may the angels be waiting to sound their trumpets as you enter God's Kingdom. I know that so many will be waiting for you on the other side and I know Aunt Goldie will be right there to welcome you home. Though our hearts are sad we know that one day, we will all be together again and what a reunion that will be! You truly are an inspiration to so many people. You will be missed dearly but you will remain in our hearts forever. You can now rest knowing that your job here on earth is done. I leave with you loads of love, hugs and kisses from your family in Chicago but most of all I wish you comfort, love, and peace.

Peggy and Nick Renieris

Dear Cousin Mary Anna, where does the time go? We were just kids gowing up in Chicago, all the cousins always together playing. Next we all were married going different ways, you in St. Louis with your dear Leo, me in Chicicago with my Nick, Goldie with her Tony, Johnnie and Betty in Milwaukee, I'm not naming everyone we'd be here forever. Through the years we always stayed close through letters, visits and phone calls. You have been in my daily prayers and will remain so even as you leave us all to be with God in your heavenly reward. Go in peace with the angles, He will welcome you into His kingdom with joy. Love you, Peggy and Nick

Susie O'Donnell Schuster

The Tevlin's were a big part of the Circle Drive group. Loving to travel, I always thought Mrs. Tevlin's association with the airline industry was so great and the fact that she could get discounts in travel was awesome. She was always so interested in what I was doing and gave me some unique gits from Ireland and elsewhere for special events in my life. She truly cared about our Mom calling her frequently and stopping by to check in with her. Please know that each of you are very much in my thoughts and prayers!

Becky, John, Jack and Katie Harrington

Mrs. Tevlin, You are truly an inspiration. You have been an excellent example of what a Christian wife and mother should be. Now, having only two children myself, I cannot imagine how you raised all of your children with such patience and dedication. Your children exemplify and eminate the Catholic values of which you have been a fabulous example. I have appreciated all of the cards you have sent over the years, as I am horrible at that, and all of the insights that you have passed along over the years, via Amy. The Kloepfer and Gannon families are praying for you and your family and would like you to know that we love you! May you see God's light on the path ahead When the road you walk is dark. May you always hear, Even in your hour of sorrow, The gentle singing of the lark. When times are hard may hardness Never turn your heart to stone, May you always remember when the shadows fall— You do not walk alone.

Carrie Carmona

Dear Mrs. Tevlin, I have only met you with you and your husband once briefly, at Kyle's Eagle Scout ceremony. I am a friend and neighbor of Pete's in Houston and have served some time with him in in the Boy Scouts I know that Pete is a devoted son, husband and father and you raised him (and I'm sure your other children as well) with great guidance and love. I see that in turn he passes this on to his family. He is also a great friend and role model to the young Scouts. In turn, I try to be a good friend and neighbor to him and his family. Kim and Pete are doing an outstanding job parenting Kyle, Shannon and Kristen which we all know is very hard to do in these times. Know that your work here is done and my family and I pray for your loving transition from this life and that you will carried peaceably to God's hands. Love and Peace, Carrie Carmona

Friday, October 26, 2007

Dear Grandma, I love you. I am so sorry you are sick. I know you will soon be in God’s care and looking over all of us. I am forever grateful for everything we have done together like when we made cookies and threaded popcorn together at Christmas. I really liked seeing the penguins at the Zoo. I will miss you so very much. If it were not for you I would not be here. I promise that I will obey my parents and God’s wishes forever. God bless you and may you rest in peace. Hugs and kisses. Love, Kristin your Granddaughter

Daniel Halsig
Friday, October 26, 2007

Grandma, you have had such a profound influence on my life that it is hard for me to explain. From so many letters, cards and telephone calls and the ever so rare visits, you imparted upon me a profound appreciation for so many important things in my life. I remember so the many Christmases that I spent with Grandpa and you, celebrating the some of the most important aspects of the holidays, family and togetherness. I also remember the green and red m&ms that you always left out and upon which I gorged myself. I remember so many trips to the toy store to get the Legos that I would play with during my entire stay in St. Louis. I remember the spaghetti and meatballs that you would always serve, my personal favorite. The trip to Disneyworld and Florida, my first trip to the beach and ocean which as so important a part of my life now, will always be in my mind. You have done so very much to expand my perspective and grant me so many new experiences. I give you all of my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget you or your impact upon who I am today. I would not be the same without you, and for that I am very grateful.

Peter Tevlin

Dear Lord, Please guide us and provide peace to our dear and loving Mother as she approaches Your Kingdom. Help us to recognize the sadness we feel as a gift from Your enormous heart; swelling with pride at the prospect of receiving such a good and loving woman home. Mom has lived a life that personified Your example of noble giving of self to others yet with firm guidance for those in her charge. That gift is a testament to the greatness of Your divine mercy -to allow us the wonderful education and experiences of life with her that we remember so fondly. Please bring the peace of Your Holy Spirit upon us all in our times of grief and help us to convert these feelings into a celebration of her spirit! Thank you Lord, for Your many blessings to us in the person of Mary Anna Fouch Tevlin; our dear wife, Mother, teacher and friend! In Jesus name we worship and offer praise. Amen.

Memorare to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Remember, O most kind Jesus, that none who have had recourse to Your Sacred Heart, implored its assistance, or called for mercy, have ever been abandoned. Filled, and animated by this same confidence, O divine Heart, Ruler of all hearts, I fly to You, and oppressed beneath the weight of my sins, I prostrate myself before You. Despise not Your unworthy child, but grant me, I pray, an entrance into Your Sacred Heart. Sustain me in all my combats and be with me now, and at all times, but especially in the hour of my death. 0 gracious Jesus! 0 amiable Jesus! 0 loving Jesus!

God bless us all!

Heaven Is Fullness of Communion with God

1. When the form of this world has passed away, those who have welcomed God into their lives and have sincerely opened themselves to his love, at least at the moment of death, will enjoy that fullness of communion with God which is the goal of human life.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "this perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed is called 'heaven'. Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfilment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness" (n.1024).

Today we will try to understand the biblical meaning of "heaven", in order to have a better understanding of the reality to which this expression refers.

2. In biblical language "heaven", when it is joined to the "earth", indicates part of the universe. Scripture says about creation: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gn 1:1).

Heaven is the transcendent dwelling-place of the living God

Metaphorically speaking, heaven is understood as the dwelling-place of God, who is thus distinguished from human beings (cf. Ps 104:2f.; 115:16; Is 66:1). He sees and judges from the heights of heaven (cf. Ps 113:4-9) and comes down when he is called upon (cf. Ps 18:9, 10; 144:5). However the biblical metaphor makes it clear that God does not identify himself with heaven, nor can he be contained in it (cf. 1 Kgs 8:27); and this is true, even though in some passages of the First Book of the Maccabees "Heaven" is simply one of God's names (1 Mc 3:18, 19, 50, 60; 4:24, 55).

The depiction of heaven as the transcendent dwelling-place of the living God is joined with that of the place to which believers, through grace, can also ascend, as we see in the Old Testament accounts of Enoch (cf. Gn 5:24) and Elijah (cf. 2 Kgs 2:11). Thus heaven becomes an image of life in God. In this sense Jesus speaks of a "reward in heaven" (Mt 5:12) and urges people to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (ibid., 6:20; cf. 19:21).

3. The New Testament amplifies the idea of heaven in relation to the mystery of Christ. To show that the Redeemer's sacrifice acquires perfect and definitive value, the Letter to the Hebrews says that Jesus "passed through the heavens" (Heb 4:14), and "entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself" (ibid., 9:24). Since believers are loved in a special way by the Father, they are raised with Christ and made citizens of heaven. It is worthwhile listening to what the Apostle Paul tells us about this in a very powerful text: "God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Eph 2:4-7). The fatherhood of God, who is rich in mercy, is experienced by creatures through the love of God's crucified and risen Son, who sits in heaven on the right hand of the Father as Lord.

4. After the course of our earthly life, participation in complete intimacy with the Father thus comes through our insertion into Christ's paschal mystery. St Paul emphasizes our meeting with Christ in heaven at the end of time with a vivid spatial image: "Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thes 4:17-18).

Sacramental life is anticipation of heaven

In the context of Revelation, we know that the "heaven" or "happiness" in which we will find ourselves is neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds, but a living, personal relationship with the Holy Trinity. It is our meeting with the Father which takes place in the risen Christ through the communion of the Holy Spirit.

It is always necessary to maintain a certain restraint in describing these "ultimate realities" since their depiction is always unsatisfactory. Today, personalist language is better suited to describing the state of happiness and peace we will enjoy in our definitive communion with God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums up the Church's teaching on this truth: "By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has 'opened' heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ" (n. 1026).

5. This final state, however, can be anticipated in some way today in sacramental life, whose centre is the Eucharist, and in the gift of self through fraternal charity. If we are able to enjoy properly the good things that the Lord showers upon us every day, we will already have begun to experience that joy and peace which one day will be completely ours. We know that on this earth everything is subject to limits, but the thought of the "ultimate" realities helps us to live better the "penultimate" realities. We know that as we pass through this world we are called to seek "the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (Col 3:1), in order to be with him in the eschatological fulfilment, when the Spirit will fully reconcile with the Father "all things, whether on earth or in heaven" (Col 1:20).  L'Osservatore Romano, Editorial and Management Offices, Via del Pellegrino, 00120, Vatican City, Europe, Telephone 39/6/698.99.390.








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