Theresa A. Waite, the daughter of Alfred Istas and Helen (Dugas) Istas O’Dare was born June 18, 1932 in Aurora, KS and passed away on July 17, 2019 at the Belleville Health Care Center, Belleville, KS, at the age of 87 years, and 29 days.
Theresa grew up and attended school in Concordia, KS, graduating from Concordia Catholic High School in 1951.
On January 24, 1952, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Waite, and to this union 5 children were born: Michael, Mary Ann, Melvin, Marilyn, and Maurice. Theresa was a housewife and Mother, living in the Rydal Community until 1965 and later moving to north of Scandia, KS. In 1994, Bill and Theresa retired and moved to Belleville.
Theresa was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Belleville and an active member in the Altar Society. She also was active in the 4-H community and served as a leader. Theresa enjoyed outdoor work and gardening along with sewing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Helen Istas; her husband, William “Bill” Waite in 2010; two sisters, Helena Laman and Mary Ann Istas; step-father Elstin O’Dare, and one brother, Al (Jess) Istas.
Theresa is survived by three sons, Michael (Connie) Waite of Wakeeney, KS, Melvin (Mary) Waite of Ellinwood, KS, and Maurice Waite of Belleville, KS; two daughters, Mary Ann (Kevin) Austin of Tonganoxie, KS and Marilyn (Steve) Howley of Scandia, KS; 17 grandchildren: Jarad (Jennifer) Waite, Carrie (Jason) Reece, Jennifer (Matt) Grennan, Dustin Waite, Quinten (Trish) Austin, Kala (Devran) Brower, Afton (Bryan) Shelley, Angela (Patrick) McCaffree, David (Nicolette) Waite, Sarah (Curtis) Snodgrass, Marc Waite, Patrice (Jarrid) Herrmann, Clarissa (Edward) Mills, Addison Howley, Madison Waite, Logan Waite, and Paige Waite; 20 great grandchildren: Grant & Annastyn Waite; Rylan & Brecken Reece; Zach, Isaac, & Hannah Grennan: Mya, Bryce, & Gage Austin; Lucas Brower; Tyron, Taysen & Tinley Shelley; Lula & Clancey McCaffree; Ezra Waite; Leigh & Jacob Snodgrass; and Grace Mills; with three more great grandchildren on the way; other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 27, 2019 at St. Edward Catholic Church, Belleville, KS, with Reverend Henry Baxa, celebrant.
Interment will be at the Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, KS.
Friends may call from One PM until 8 PM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.
A Vigil/Rosary will be held at 7 PM, Friday, July 26th at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.
Memorials are suggested to St. Edward Catholic Church, or Meadowlark Hospice.
Online condolences at www.bachelor-surber.com
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements