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Teresa A Bird

December 24, 1945 — December 29, 2016

Teresa A. Bird, 71, of Alexis, Illinois died at 4:20 P.M. Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville, Illinois. She was born on December 24, 1945 in Bramley, England, the daughter of Clarence and Nellie (Kennedy) Lester. Teresa graduated from Galesburg High School and then Western Illinois University with her bachelors in education. Teresa first married Roger Schwarz. She then married Thomas L. Bird on July 3, 2010 in Freeport, Illinois. Teresa first worked as a surgical tech at Cottage Hospital for 12 years, she then started teaching and taught in the Rockford and Freeport School Districts. Teresa was of the Catholic faith attended St. Theresa Catholic Church in Alexis, Illinois. She enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, and quilting. Teresa especially loved animals and her two cats, Bailey and Abby. Teresa is survived by her husband, Thomas of Alexis, Illinois; one daughter, Julie Schwarz of Winter Garden, Florida; one son, Phillip Schwarz of Chicago, Illinois; two grandsons, Brendan and Cooper; four sisters, Sharon Apsey, Mary Zielke, Patricia Tucker, and Geraldine Harris; and three brothers, Dan Lester, Tony Lester, and John Lester. She was preceded in death by her parents. Per her wishes cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Guardian Angels Humane Society or St. Theresa Catholic Church, Alexis, Illinois. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory, Knoxville, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent through To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Teresa A Bird please visit our Sympathy Store.
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