Theressa Uken, 90, longtime Outlook resident, went to be in the arms of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

She was born Jan. 13, 1918 in Kanawha, Iowa to Bert and Anna (Eekhoff) Roskamp.

On Jan. 25, 1941 she married Donald Gerdes Uken in the pastor's living room in Chandler, Md. She started teaching after three months at Normal School at Fulton, Ill. She worked as a homemaker on an Iowa farm after her marriage. After her husband's death, she and her two young children, Charles and Robert, made their home with her parents, Bert and Anna Roskamp. She taught four grades in a county school in Kanawha and moved to Sunnyside in 1947. She taught elementary grades in Mabton, Sunnyside, Outlook and Granger public schools and at the Sunnyside Christian School. While teaching she pursued her education and eventually graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church.

She is survived by a sister, Pearl Seebeck; a sister-in-law, Gay Roskamp; two sons, Charles and Robert; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Uken; and two brothers, Charles and Herman Roskamp.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, July 20, 2008, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be Monday, July 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Garden.

Those wishing to honor Theressa's memory may contribute to Christian Reformed World Missions, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee or Pine Rest Christian Hospital-Bibles for Patients.

Those wishing to sign her on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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