February 28, 1929 ~ April 28, 2021
Born in: Bryan, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas
Teresa Palermo, 92, of Bryan, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Bryan. The Family Life Tribute Celebration honoring her life was held on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services were in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
Teresa was born on February 28, 1929, in Bryan, to her parents Henry and Stephanie Milberger Melasky. Teresa was one of nine children born to her parents; family life was very important to her throughout her life. She met her husband Joe Luke Palermo, were married in February 1946 and shared forty-six years of marriage before his passing in 2010. Joe Palermo adored Teresa where she was a stay home mom, creating their house into a loving home. Teresa and Joe would welcome three daughters to their family Mary, Suzanne, and Joan known as Joni. Teresa will be best remembered for all the wonderful cooking and baking she did for her family and friends. Her favorite time of year was the Fall Season, the changing colors and temperatures with the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas soon approaching. She loved when her family would come together for the holidays. If you truly knew Teresa she enjoyed the first of the month, and you knew why. Teresa’s life is best summarized in Psalm 31 as a humbled wife, quiet, and faithful. She instilled in us a faith that is lived out through her children and their families. Teresa was Catholic and a member of St. Joseph Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joe Palermo; her daughter, Mary Collier; her siblings, Frank (Sonny) Melasky, Robert Melasky, Anna Mae (Ray) Johnson, Mary McGrath, Virginia Zemanek, Jane Nedbalek, and Margaret Taylor.
Teresa’s legacy is lived through her surviving family her daughters, Suzanne Palermo and Joan (Joni) and husband Tommy Lenz; her brother, Eddie and wife Doris Melasky; her son-in-law, Peter Collier; her grandchildren, Stephanie, Sarah, David, Don, and Andrew; her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Kristal, Weston, and Mackenzie; her numerous nephews and nieces; her extended family and friends.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Don Lenz, Andrew Lenz, Tommy Lenz, Stephanie Scarmardo, Sarah Dooley, and David Collier.
Memorial donations are welcomed to be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 507 East 26th Street, Bryan, Tx 77803 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, Tx. 77803 Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Seasons Health Care in Navasota, especially Denise Wells; Hospice Nurse, Teresa; other care givers, Carrie Arnold and Ashley Mushinski. They all made these last months on earth for Teresa compassionate and gentle as she would leave us to eternal life.