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Theresa Brooks

Theresa Rose "Terry" Brooks (Towey)

Friday April 22, 1938 - Sunday July 28, 2019
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Obituary

Theresa Rose Brooks, 81, of Pennsburg, passed away July 28, 2019. She was the widow of Kevin P. Brooks. Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Eleanor (Burnett) Towey. Theresa received a BFA in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art, and a Master of Library Science from Drexel University. She was a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia for over 20 years before retiring. She was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Pennsburg.

Surviving are children: Kevin, and his wife, Jil, of Bristol; Edward, of New Britain; Steven, of Gettysburg; Bernard, and his wife, Brooke, of Philadelphia; Geralyn, wife of Mark Polsky of Pennsburg; and Michele, of Red Hill; siblings: Renee McDermott, of Florida; Eleanor Vogel, of Gettysburg; and Bernadette Towey, of Pennsylvania; and grandchildren: Rachel, Ayden, and Benjamin. She was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Elizabeth.

A Memorial Mass will be at noon on Saturday, August 3rd at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 1325 Klinerd Road, Pennsburg. Friends may gather from 10 AM until noon at church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the CHOP Foundation, P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352 (Memo Line: Cardiac Unit). To offer on-line condolences, please visit her “Book of Memories” at falkfuneralhomes.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
    Address
    1325 Klinerd Road
    PENNSBURG, PA 18073
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
    Address
    1325 Klinerd Road
    PENNSBURG, PA 18073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Robert A. Roncase

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Donations are being accepted for: CHOP Foundation, Cardiac Unit.

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Mark Polsky

Posted at 09:44pm
I am her son, Mark Polsky
 
To me she has been Mom for over 30 years. In 1995 my own Mother, Marianne passed away.  I was in my mid-20’s, Terry.... Mom, without hesitation took on the challenge of filling in for my Mom. She never tried to take my mother’s place, but took me in, loved me, guided me and on many occasions corrected me.  She was always there to help:  giving me a roof over my head and food in my belly when I needed it.

Mom, would tell me on many occasions how my Mother would be proud of me, and how much I looked like my mother.

Mom, added me into her family as if I was one of her own. I was not just a Son in-law. She made me feel like I was her own flesh and blood, her own child. So to me she will always be Mom.

It is not natural, or comfortable for me to call mom, Terry. I have probably done it only a hand full of times over the years, for introductions things like that.
 
About mom:

Mom, was larger than life and had a heart to match.

It shows, as I look around this room and see all that have gathered here, so many she has touched I’ll bet she is smiling right now.

Mom was born and raised in a typical Irish Catholic family. To Mom - Family was as important as Church. She was devout Catholic, she studied art, a graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.  Mom was an incredible artist, talented seamstress, and loving human being.

Even after raising 6 crazy kids who I am lucky to call my brothers, sister, and wife, Mom sought out more. 

Mom had a love and passion for reading. She enjoyed it so much she went back to school and earned her Master’s Degree in Library Sciences in the early 90’s and became a Librarian working for the Philadelphia Free Library.
Mom was the person who lit up a room. She was spicy, loud, sharp witted, Strong willed, ready to take charge and organize in a moment. She was a natural leader.

At the same time could be eloquently soft spoken. Great listener. She could guide you along in her subtle way. She was always quick to offer advise whether you wanted it or not, and even quicker to discipline when it was needed.  She was just always in charge! Orders given and the 7 of us jumped.

Mom was also quirky and crazy! She could never throw anything out, it was always given, gifted, regifted, or stored away; but never thrown away.
She had a mental Will that was as strong as a Granite. If she wanted to do it.  She would find a way and make it happened!

She once spent over a week online looking for a product. The product, She found it, in seconds on day one, but there was a problem. The Site didn’t offer free shipping.  No Free Shipping – No Sale - She just wouldn’t buy it! “We don’t pay for shipping “ she would say in a stern tone. Days went on and I would see on the desktop searching.  Shouting out “Darn” I would say mom just buy it, you are not going to find it with free shipping.  She would loudly say “Don’t talk trash”!  And then … a week later, there’s a box at the door step, she found it, with free shipping. That was mom’s way.

Mom had a love for cows! To the point where she had a ton of trinkets, cups, stuffed animals, you name if it had a cow pattern on it she owned It. She even adopted one on line once. The collage of cow items she owned was known in our family as “The cow collection.”
When out driving along if she saw cows in a field she would say Hello girls! One time, while visiting Aunt Ellie there were some cows at the farm next store, they were just behind a fence. Close enough to touch. Well Mom decided she wanted to go say hello, even wanted to give one a kiss that was behind the fence, well it was an electric fence and she got the shock of her life. ((Ooooh)) Right on the nose! Lol poor mom.
Mom loved the shopping. Sales, she was a pro! Mom was Christmas shopping year round. Buy them up. Wrap them up. Label them with a name, and into a bag they went. But there was a problem..... she would forget she already purchased this or that, so gifts came in multiples....the same gift, two’s, three’s all the same item.

The moment of discovery on our faces and hers when we unwrapped them, we got two, sometimes three of the same things PRICELESS, it was never a dull moment, but it didn’t matter! She just loved to shop and more importantly to Give to us.
 
Things I will miss:
Sunday dinners and her cooking:
Monkey cake, that was for me
Lasagna for Buddy
Toad in the hole
Her Leg of lamb.
Pork and sauerkraut.
Her Mashed potatoes.

Not my favorite, but her famous fudge cake that would light a room! Probably because everyone was wired up because of the amount of sugar in it. The cake was as dense as an oak tree and took a chainsaw to cut it. She loved to cook it.

Her homemade cards.

Her craft projects

Her homemade eye pillows

Her dollar store finds,

LOUD SHOUT OUTS DURING ACTION MOVIES, and her sniffles and tears during sad movies.


Her crazy driving. Visits from Pennsburg’s police dept , to help clear up what Mom felt were gray area in the traffic laws. I will leave it at that.

Inspector mode. She used to love walking around the yard inspecting my gardens hands behind her back. Walking looking and check on how the gardens were coming along, snipping off flowers when I wasn’t looking. But I knew. We even just found another pair of snips amongst her stuff.

Her sneaking into the garage to use my tools.

Constantly Rearranging furniture to the point finding her trash can, on trash day was like hide a seek.


I will miss Her sayings:

Keep it up! Your gonna inherent the cow collection

Don’t talk trash

Whatever

I am not amused.

EXCUSE ME!

Hey! Kevin Eddie buddy Steven... no You! YOU

Jelly, Sherry, Gerry/Shelly

Her God bless you after every sneeze, I suffer from bad seasonal allergies... I got a lots of god bless you’s....allot!!

Surprise Shout outs: I could be working on the house, busy, deep in thought. She would quietly come up... ((MARK)) she would loudly exclaimed. For a little lady she was so loud, all to get my attention. After dropping tools or jumping out of my skin. And even almost falling off a ladder. She would ask what are you doing, why are doing that way. This is a better way! She was always in charge, Running the show, whether you wanted it or not.

I will miss Her hugs and kisses goodnight and goodbyes when I was leaving the house.
In recent days Mom was tired and sick, she had expressed that she was scared she would be forgotten and even die alone. But as a direct reflection of how she raised us, despite our differences, The Brooks, we pulled together and were all there with her on her last day. Mom’s way

I see mom in all of the brothers, sister and my wife sitting before me. They are all versions of Mom, I hear her words, see her mannerisms, and feel her spirt and presence when I am with you all. She may be gone but will never be forgotten.

I love you Mom rest easy.

Geralyn Polsky

Posted at 09:42pm
Mom made life interesting to say the least. We will miss her dearly but know she is exactly where she wanted to be ... Love You Momma!
 
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Mark Polsky Posted at 09:47pm

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Andrea Smith

Posted at 11:46am
Terry will be missed by so many people. She was such a dynamic person. When I met her and started to get to know her, we realized we knew some of the same people. Such a small world. I think of her often when I see something she's given me proudly displayed in my home. I will now think of her with her Savior, her husband, and those that have passed before her. She left her mark on this world as a wonderful person. May God Bless her family at this difficult time. Praying for all.
Andrea L Smith
 

Geralyn Polsky Posted at 09:45pm

Thanks Andrea! Dynamic she was! Memorable as well!
 
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Mark Polsky Posted at 09:50pm

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