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Teresa Pritulsky

January 6, 1926 – July 30, 2015

Teresa Pritulsky, age 89, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Born in Allentown, PA, Teresa was one of 8 children of the late Joseph Leo McGinley and Margaret Louise (Sullivan) McGinley. Teresa forever cherished her memories of growing up in her large Irish family in Allentown. She graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse – a perfect calling for such a thoughtful, caring, and kind person. Shortly thereafter, she married her late husband, Peter P. Pritulsky, and moved to Wilmington where they raised their 3 children. Teresa’s absolute greatest joy was, still is, and always will be her 4 granddaughters, who she adored and cherished. She loved watching them grow up and also talking about them with everyone.

Teresa’s sensitivity and intuitive insightfulness to the unspoken needs, feelings, and pains of others was exceptional. True to her nature, she spent much of her time brightening the lives of all those around her and bringing laughs, smiles, and tears of joy to countless faces. Even from her nursing home, Teresa found her own small way to do God’s work through her uplifting and heartfelt cards, letters, and gifts – an art she truly perfected. Did we mention Irish? Yes, Teresa will always be 100% Irish, and surely she’s having a cup of Irish tea with all her family right now.

We will forever remember you mom/Grammy/Gammie and consider ourselves to have been truly fortunate to have been blessed with you in our lives. May God keep you resting peacefully in the palm of His hand until we all meet again – remember to save us seats. Love ya.

Teresa was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her 7 siblings, and her son-in-law Shaler G. Smith III. She is survived by her children, Anne P. Smith, Thomas J. Pritulsky, and Philip Pritulsky and his wife, Adelaide; in addition to 4 loving granddaughters, Jordan E. Smith, Calla L. Pritulsky, Adelaide Pritulsky, and Mari Pritulsky.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Teresa’s life will be offered at 11 am on Friday morning, August 7, 2015, at St. John the Beloved R.C. Church, 907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park, Wilmington, DE 19808, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Teresa’s name may be made to St. John the Beloved Church, at the address listed above.

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  1. Mary Wiener and Family, July 31, 2015

    That obituary was moving and beautiful. Though I’ve only know your mom through Anne and Jordan and now the picture of her is complete and full. Thank you for this lovely tribute. Well done and may this lovely woman rest peacefully. Now she will guide you from above. Bless all of you and Teresa. She is now home. Much love, Mary, Tim, Della, and Anna. Ps: ask her to say hi to Robert for us?

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  2. Lloyd Luzerne Thoms III, August 2, 2015

    Sympathy and condolence to family.
    I was an associate of Peter at DuPont.

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  3. Rebecca Stinedurf, August 2, 2015

    Knowing Theresa was a true blessing. I will always remember her kindness and her notes. I still keep them. Rest in peace. I will miss you. Becky

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  4. Penny Taylor and Trinity, August 4, 2015

    Trinity and I loved visiting Teresa at Millcroft. She was a special lady and will be missed.
    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    I am sorry but I have a Drs apt on Friday and will be unable to attend her mass, but I will say prayers for Teresa. Another angel to look over us. I will always remember her birthday as it was Epiphany. And of course I will also remember St Patty’s and Teresa and will celebrate and honor her on these days.
    Penny Taylor and Trinity ( PAWS)

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  5. Ed Pankowski, August 4, 2015

    Tom and Pritulsky Family…..my heartfelt Condolences on the passing of your Beloved mom Teresa……such a wonderful, kind lady……..May Peace be with you all……………

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  6. Rene Flanigan Donnelly, August 4, 2015

    Ann, Jordan,Tom & Phil;
    Sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers.
    Rene

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  7. maryclare plucinsky, August 5, 2015

    the remembrance for your mom is beautiful. I can still picture her in Rita’s kitchen.
    my prayers and love to all of you
    maryclare and mark

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  8. Clare Bobiak, August 6, 2015

    Anne, Tom, Phil,

    I knew your Mom since I was 15 years old. She always treated me with love and kindness. I so enjoyed her sense of humor.

    I will miss her, but will celebrate her life and the love she gave me.

    Clare

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  9. The Scattene Family, August 6, 2015

    On behalf of my late father Frank, who was a Fraternity brother of Pete’s at Lehigh/ Delta Sigma Phi, and my mother Marie, who attended Sacred Heart Nursing School, our sympathies to the entire Pritulsky Family. My mom kept in touch with Theresa over the years up to and including recent weeks. She has lost a dear & good friend.

    As with all nurses, Theresa too was an “Angel on Earth”… God bless your family.

    Frank Scattene III

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  10. Peg Zumsteg, August 11, 2015

    I was am sorry to read about Teresa’s passing. She was a very special lady.

    May God”s peace bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.
    Peg

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