Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Therese Marie Smierciak, "Terri"

Passed away on September 5, 2019

Therese Marie Smierciak, “Terri”, age 63, late of St. John, IN passed away on September 5, 2019. Beloved sister and sister-in-law of Bernadine, John (Patti) and James. Loving aunt of Katelin. Preceding her in death were her parents Barney and Helen Smierciak of Hegewisch. Terri was valedictorian of George Washington High School Chicago, IL Class of 1973 and a graduate of St. Xavier University Chicago, IL. She worked in Insurance Management for over 35 years and presently was the Technical Product Manager for Dearborn Life Insurance Company. Terri enjoyed travel and was an avid reader. Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1-7 p.m. at the Elmwood Funeral Chapel 11300 West 97th Lane (1/2 block west of U. S. 41 / Wicker Ave. at 97th Lane) St. John, IN 46373. Prayer services Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Fr. Kris Paluch, officiating. Interment private. Terri was loved and will be missed. 219-365-3474. www.elmwoodchapel.com.


Elmwood Chapel
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Cemetery Private

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm

"Terri was smart, funny, tough and one of my favorite people that I've worked with, called my friend and loved. She will be greatly missed."
- Jason Gose
September 6, 2019 12:56 pm

"My deepest condolences to family, friends and loved ones. May God give you strength and patience through your difficult loss. Terri will be missed by all at Dearborn. "
- Soofia
September 6, 2019 1:00 pm

"I'm in complete shock. I really enjoyed working with Terri over the years. She was passionate, helpful, sarcastic and funny. Rest in peace, Terri. I'm so glad to have known you."
- Katherine Bowen
September 6, 2019 1:04 pm

"I came to know Terri on a project/Disability we worked on last year. Her knowledge of Disability and willingness to help and work 120% was admired. I also got to know Terri the person and found her to be a very kind and caring women. Our thoughts and prayers are with her home and work family. She will greatly be missed."
- Cheryl Krisniski
September 6, 2019 3:23 pm

"Terri, you will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. "
- Raza Zaidi
September 6, 2019 8:20 pm

"Terri was a true original-sensational smarts, a tremendous work ethic, laser-sharp sass, and an always big heart. What a gift to have crossed her path. My heart goes out to family, friends, and Dearborn teammates grieving her passing. "
- Janine Makar
September 6, 2019 9:03 pm

"Oh Terri, gone too soon! My heart aches thinking you have left us, but you are with The Lord. You will be in our hearts and memories, Terri! Terri was one of us in Dearborn Claims and we want to express our condolences and sympathies to the family during this difficult time. Terri was a valuable member of our team, her knowledge and diligence with her work was admirable. She would always do thorough research and provide the facts to support her position and never afraid to share her insights. Terri was smart and also tough on the outside, but very gentle on the inside when you get to know her. We will remember when we tried to hug Terri and she will shrug off, but with time she could not resist those touchy moments. Terri, there was no time for us to say Good Bye, Rest Peacefully Our Friend!"
- Minnie Titus-Glover
September 7, 2019 9:34 am

"I was fortunate to work with Terri at CNA Insurance in the early 2000’s in Group Benefits. She was the business expert on our Development Team. I so enjoyed working with Terri and she made me laugh every day! With her guidance, we build some amazing applications. I will always remember her smile, laughter, hard work ethic and determination! We were all blessed getting to enjoy every day we were with Terri! It’s at moments like these that you wish she knew how much you enjoyed being her friend! Thank you for all the fond memories, Terri!!! "
- Randy Pfaff
September 7, 2019 3:03 pm

"Terri was one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure of knowing . My heart is heavy as she will be missed in so many ways. You left a mark on this world Terri. ❤️"
- April Stafford
September 7, 2019 9:53 pm

"Terri was a special lady that could make you laugh at the worse moment. She was always there to talk Day or night if you needed a friend. She was a force to be reckoned with at work and she will be truly, truly missed. Terri loved Maine and the lighthouses and the blackhawks were HER team. You will be missed, you will be a hard act to follow. God bless you and yours family at this time, love ya Terri, thanks for being there for me always especially the last 3 months,I will miss you dearly... "
- Kathy brakebill
September 7, 2019 10:38 pm

"Teri was a very smart, no nonsense person. I gained a wealth of knowledge from her and she was patient and encouraging. I was lucky enough to enjoy her secret humor. Teri will be missed greatly."
- Arnita M Johnson
September 8, 2019 9:06 am

"I'm so sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers. "
- Chasity Swindell
September 11, 2019 9:40 am

Candles Lit
"Rest in peace Terri. We will miss you."
- Gail Gable
September 6, 2019 1:00 pm

"May you light up the heavens and know that you'll be missed by all at Dearborn. "
- Soofia
September 6, 2019 1:01 pm

"My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Terri will be missed by her friends at Dearborn National."
- Amy Bingenheimer
September 6, 2019 1:09 pm

"May Terri's love and support provided to the Dearborn National family continue to shine by setting an example and caring about the future of the company. May she rest in peace. "
- Cheryl K./Dearborn National
September 6, 2019 3:25 pm

"Rest in peace Terri. We will miss you."
- Gail Gable
September 6, 2019 5:29 pm

"May Terri be at rest and receive peace. I am so very sorry for your loss. "
- Marilyn Arrieta
September 6, 2019 9:51 pm

"Rest In Perfect Peace Terri Dear! We will miss you, gone too soon!"
- Minnie
September 7, 2019 8:40 am

"May your light shine as bright in heaven as it did here on earth. Love ya Lady...Bless you"
- Kathy and John
September 7, 2019 10:44 pm

"I met Terri when we both worked at CNA many years ago. She was so very smart and most of all so kind to newbies like me. She helped me learn a lot about group insurance and I considered he my friend. I left CNA and y fortunately we didn’t keep In touch. I can only imaging the impact she’s made in the industry through the years. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. "
- Alicia Dorsey Meyer
September 8, 2019 12:10 pm

"Rest in Peace. You will be missed!"
- Shelia Porter
September 9, 2019 9:26 am

"My condolences and comfort to the family."
- Jacqueline Pulliam
September 11, 2019 9:34 am

"Terri was an awesome person! We will miss her knowledge!"
- Melissa Foote
September 11, 2019 9:47 am

"Heaven is being perfected right now, thanks to Terri. Thank you for teaching by example and never letting us settle for anything less than our best. I will miss laughing with you! "
- Tyler Lisenby
September 11, 2019 9:50 am

"From God we came and to God we return, praying you are rewarded immensely with every smile and laughter you brought to our lives. Praying that you rest in peace."
- Farid Shariff
September 16, 2019 1:28 pm

"Terri, I will miss you stopping by my cubicle to share a story or just to chat. I will miss your wit and sarcasm. I will miss the knowledge you brought to every project, every process, every detail on which you assisted. You were a good friend and confidant and I will miss your mischievous smile. Rest in Peace dear friend. Done way too soon"
- Roseanne Foehring
September 18, 2019 12:25 pm