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Full Text of SR2258  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Therese "Terry" DesCoteaux, who passed
4away on December 7, 2018; and
5    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux was born to Bernadette Chouinard
6and Joseph Letendre on December 19, 1927 and grew up in Lowell,
7Massachusetts; affectionately known as "Smiley" when she was
8young, her family moved to Lakewood, Ohio and then West
9Chester, Pennsylvania; by the 70s, they had settled in Geneva;
11    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux helped bring Meals on Wheels to
12the Fox Valley area; she helped with the Geneva PTA and Fox
13Valley Hospice and worked as a prolific fundraiser for Tri-City
14Family Services and the Illinois Chamber Symphony; and
15    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux eventually found her true
16calling in politics and dedicated over 40 years of her life to
17it; she was particularly proud of the commotion she caused at
18St. Peter's Catholic School in 1982 when, under cover of night,
19her White House Advance team landed a military helicopter on
20the lawn; she beamed as she took President Reagan to visit the
21St. Peter's students; for decades she was referred to as "Mrs.
22D" on the campaign trail and around the Fox Valley area; and



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1    WHEREAS, In 1989, Terry DesCoteaux received recognition
2from the Eastview Women's Resource Center and Delnor Community
3Hospital for her contributions to the Tri-Cities area; she was
4also awarded the Harold Byron Smith Award for extraordinary
5volunteerism in 1997; and
6    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux's love for people shaped
7everything she did; her kitchen was a gathering place for
8family and friends; she was known to dance on tables, sing
9loudly in French with her sisters, and occasionally throw a
10snowball or two at her grandkids; she was a master of building
11forts out of blankets and pillows; and
12    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux was preceded in death by her
13husband, Paul; her infant daughter, Elizabeth Rose; her infant
14son, David Claude; her granddaughters, Josephine and Margaret
15Rogowski; her sisters, Rita Paquin, Janet Baril, and Pauline
16Letendre; and her brothers, William Letendre and Arthur
17Letendre; and
18    WHEREAS, Terry DesCoteaux is survived by her children,
19Denise Fauntleroy and her sons with David Fauntleroy, Patrick
20(Caitlin) and Andrew Fauntleroy, Paul Wm. (Kerith) DesCoteaux
21and their son, Reinier, Andrea DesCoteaux, David A. DesCoteaux
22and his daughter with Beverly DesCoteaux, Emily, Aimee (Dan)



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1Rogowski and their daughter, Eleanor; her great-granddaughter,
2Hadley Fauntleroy; her sister, Gertrude DesRoches; her
3brothers, Alfred (Georgette) and Edward (Sharon) Letendre; and
4many nieces and nephews; therefore, be it
6ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
7Therese "Terry" DesCoteaux and extend our sincere condolences
8to her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be
9it further
10    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
11presented to the family of Terry DesCoteaux as an expression of
12our deepest sympathy.