We recently learned that former Old North resident Teresa Leahey Johnson has passed away after a short illness. Although Teresa had lived all over the world at various points in her life, when she moved into Old North, she indicated that she wanted it to be her last move. As it turned out, declining health forced her to move out of her apartment on Wright Street and into assisted living at Little Sisters of the Poor a few years ago, and then again to a senior living community closer to family in Kirkwood.
When Teresa was in Old North, she could be counted on to show up for just about every event or meeting that she could fit into her schedule - and if she couldn’t make it to one of our meetings, it was usually because she had already made a commitment to another meeting elsewhere. Even after Teresa was no longer in the neighborhood, she managed to recruit a friend to drive her back into the neighborhood as often as she could make it. And since Teresa enjoyed the art of conversation, she could be counted on to be one of the last people to still be there, long after everyone else had gone home.
We were greatly enriched by Teresa’s stories, and even though her visits had been less frequent in recent years, we will all miss Teresa’s positive outlook on life and her passion and commitment to community-building. Because Old North meant so much to Teresa, we’re happy that her friends will pay tribute to her by gathering at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group gallery at 4 p.m. Saturday after stopping by to pick up a treat from Crown Candy Kitchen. The gathering is open to all who wish to celebrate the life and contributions of Teresa.
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