Friday, October 23, 2009

Health Care Rally tonight/Tess Koenig's obituary

 The Baltimore Committee for Meaningful Health Care Reform is inviting you to a Rally for the Public Option and Affordable Health Care Reform on Fri., Oct. 23 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the historic Senator Theater, 5904 York Road. Listen to Baltimore leaders speak out on the Public Option. Enjoy the music of acclaimed singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry and others. Show by your presence that Baltimore demands no less than meaningful health care reform.  Contact Caroli Mullen at or 410-366-6953.  All are welcome to stay for the Senator Theater’s Karaoke night following the rally. Call 410 433-3269.


Obituary: Theresa Pamela Koenig


  Passed away quietly at her home in Tarzana, CA on Saturday, October 17, surrounded by her three children and other loved ones. Those three children are: 1) Christine Leffler who lost Matthew, her husband of thirty-seven years, just last month.  Matt and Chris had three boys: Jonathan (married to Kate, with their two boys, Colin and Wyatt), Josh and Rob; 2) Fr. Paul Koenig, O.C.D., and 3) Mark Koenig, married to Marcia, with their three girls, Holly. Heidi and Hilary.


  Terry/Tess was born on May 25, 1923 on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, the only child of Frank and Ida Jarvinen who had immigrated from Finland.  A beautiful swimmer, she served as an army nurse in World War II and then at the Veteran's Hospital in West Los Angeles after the war. It was then that she met and married Robert L. Koenig, a Los Angeles City fireman. They raised their family in Van Nuys.  Dad was the coach for football, basketball and baseball teams at St. Bridget of Sweden School, and Mom was the official scorer at the games, as well as keeping impeccable health records of the school children,   providing first aid for countless skinned knees, arms and elbows as the nurse in the school office.  They were a great team!


  In their retirement years, they both became very active with the Los Angeles and Duluth Catholic Workers and various other groups concerned with peace and justice, feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless.  A bumpersticker on her car shows that she was a proud member of Grandmothers for Peace.    May she rest in peace.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of fifty-nine years, who passed away one year ago.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her honor on Friday, October 23, at 10 a.m. at Dolores Mission Catholic Church in East Los Angeles with Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J. presiding.



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