Theresa Marie Sandoval

theresa sandoval

February 16, 1946 ~ January 6, 2005

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Theresa M. Sandoval, 58, passed away Jan. 6, 2005, in Pueblo, Colorado. Survived by her loving mother, Scholastica L. Sandoval of Walsenburg, Colorado; siblings, Joseph G. (Linda) Sandoval of Denver, Colorado, Lillian (John) Kandybowicz of Morristown, N.J., Anita (Julian) Cisneros of Pueblo, Judy L. (David Tibbitts) Sandoval of Denver and Rufina F. Sandoval of Walsenburg; nieces and nephews, Nicolette K. and Cassandra L. Sandoval of Denver, Jason Kandybowicz of Los Angeles, California David and Michael Kandybowicz of Morristown, N.J., Tracey and January Cisneros of Denver, Gabi, 'Lita and Josh Sandoval of Walsenburg; great-niece, Chelsea E. Sandoval of Denver; great-nephew, Austen Cisneros of Denver; special uncle, Frank Garcia of Cañon City; and other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and numerous friends worldwide. Preceded in death by her father, Gabriel Sandoval and grandmother, Teresa de Jesus Garcia. Theresa was born February 16, 1946, in Denver, Colorado. She worked 33 years for the Department of Defense Dependant Schools where she worked in North America, South American, Europe and Asia, retiring to Pueblo in 2002. Theresa was also proud to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America. Her viewing will be held Sunday, January 9, 2005, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors with the family receiving friends and relatives. There will be no viewing at the Vigil and Mass. The Vigil will be held 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at Holy Family Church, 2827 Lakeview, with Deacon Steve Lumbert presiding. Recitation of the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, January 10, 2005, at St. Mary Church, 121 E. 7th St., in Walsenburg, Colorado, with the Reverend Father John O'Flynn as celebrant. Interment at a later date at North St. Mary Cemetery in Walsenburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research, in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81002. Online condolences,

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  1. Ms. Sandoval was so smart. I had her for the sixth grade in Vajont, Italy. To be honest, she scared me at first. But after having her for a while, I realized that she was one of the smartest people I had ever met. I learned so much from her. I remember how on our birthday’s she would put us on her lap and lightly spank us for how old we were and pinch us once for good luck. Haha. Thank goodness my birthday was in the summer! 😀 Whenever someone passes away, it doesn’t really seem like they are gone. It is just to hard to believe that they could be there one minute and gone the next. My grandpa died a few years ago and I still haven’t really adjusted to it. I still think that I am going to see him soon and then remember that he isn’t with us anymore. But I would just like to say how wonderful she was/is. I wonder if she ever ended up teaching at the women’s prison….

    Well, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Thank you for your time.

  2. I just received the news of Tere’s death. Tere and I worked together in Iceland and I remember her fondly. I appreciated her dry sense of humor and we enjoyed dinner together on occasion, exchanging views on “life with DoDDS.” I corresponded with her a few times after we both departed for other areas of the world. My heartfelt sympathy to the members of her family.

  3. I just wanted everyone to know that Mrs. Sandoval was by far my favorite teacher. I am deeply saddened to hear that she has passed on. I will miss her greatly. Now I am a junior in high school and looking back on my life, I realized how much she has taught me. She made me realize many things, and I am thankful for the pleasure I’ve had having her as a teacher. She will greatly be missed. May you rest in peace Mrs. Sandoval…

    love your previous student,
    Rachel San Miguel

    you also had my sister, Debbie San Miguel, as a student. She has now graduated, and I know she couldn’t have done it without you in her life. Thanks.

  4. I know this signature is late, but in my opinion it is never to late to say how inspiring and great a person was. Ms. Sandoval was someone I could talk to, laugh with, and learn from. She inspired me to do my best work, and in her class I presented some of my best work…something I long to do again. She was also my brother, Jeremiah Gilbert’s teacher. She was his favorite teacher down to ever starburst she left on his chair (teacher’s pet). Anyhow…we wish her family the best and miss her greatly!

  5. I would like Tere’s family to know that she was one of the most memorable educators in the DoDDS system. I’m glad to have met her and to have worked with her. I know that she influenced hundreds of students in so many positive ways.

  6. I knew Tere when we were both teachers in Iceland. She was always a sweet, generous person and I always thought her students were so lucky to have her. My heartfelt condolences are sent to her family and friends. Tere will be greatly missed.

  7. I just wanted Tere’s family to know that she was a great person and teacher. Both my sons, Kyle and Ryan French, had her for 6th grade at Vajont, Italy. We all remember her fondly and will miss her.

  8. I just wanted Tere’s family to know that she was a great person and teacher. Both my sons, Kyle and Ryan French, had her for 6th grade at Vajont, Italy. We all remember her fondly and will miss her.

  9. WE loved her very much. She cared about her friends and mostly about her many students at Vajont Elementary School in Italy. She will be missed dearly.

  10. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I worked with Tere in Iceland and the Azores. She was an excellent teacher who always tried to do her best for the students and a generous and kind-hearted friend.

    We traveled many places together and I have such rich memories of our adventures around the world.

    I will miss Tere, but know that she is at peace. Sharon

  11. I wish to express my condolences to all of Tere’s family members. She will be greatly missed by both her family and many friends. I worked with Tere in Iceland in the Department of Defense School System. Tere touched so many lives. I feel privileged to have known her.
    God bless,
    Betty Ellis

  12. Our condolences to the family. We know Tere is in a peaceful place and she will be watching over us. Our very best wishes to the Sandoval family.
    Emmanuel and Kim

  13. My profound sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful woman, loved and cherished by so many! I met Tere only once, through Margot Eckes, while teaching in England. I remember vividly her keen sense of humor, her extensive knowledge and native intelligence….I know Margot will feel this sense of loss the rest of her life, as will all of you who loved Tere and had the privilege of sharing a part of her life with yours.

  14. Terry’s Family,

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you all. I was Terry’s Principal at Vajont Elementary School in Italy for one year before moving on to other locations in the DoD School System. Since that year was my first principalship, Terry was always one to try to keep me in line. Being an administrator generally puts one on the “other side of the fence”, however, I could always go to Terry to get an honest opinion and a straight answer from the teacher side of an issue. I suppose every principal has his/her contacts in the cadre of teachers, however not all are 100% honest and trustworthy. I can say that about Terry – 100% honest and trustworthy. As leaders we sometimes learn the most from those we lead. I learned a lot from Terry.

    Her demeanor with children was always patient and helpful. Parents loved her and so did her students. She would never give up on them even though they would sometimes give up on themselves.

    There is a saying that goes something like “we don’t remember days, we remember moments.” There will be many moments that I will remember of when I taught with Terry Sandoval in the little Italian village of Vajont.

    You all have my deepest sympathy. I am sure we will all cherish the many memories we have of Terry Sandoval – she was the best.

  15. I will remember so many things, Tere, but mostly your sharp wit, bright humor and concern for others. AND…..that wonderful gift from God to work with the ‘odd’ age group…..5th graders in Iceland!!! You did it so well.

  16. I am so sad to lose Tere. She was a wonderful friend to me. I always admired her dedication as a teacher and her generosity to everyone – my family, her Italian friends, the people of El Salvador. My admiration only grew as I saw her facing this last illness with tremendous courage and dignity. She is with the angels.

  17. Tere was an excellent instructor and great human being. I am sorry. We used to sit opposite each other at our ritual hair appt. on Saturdays. Ever friendly, and always positive-a truly wonderful woman.

  18. Caio, to the lovelest of ladys. Truly an angel in life and a wonderful teacher.
    I worked with Tere in Vajont,Italy. Jack

  19. My condolences to you at this time. I was privileged to know Tere in the Philippines. We reconnected in Italy through Margot Eckes where I spent a wonderful weekend with them remembering past time and making new memories.

    God’s peace to you all.
    Nancy Bennett

  20. With deep sympathy to Tere’s family I want you to know that she touched my spirit and I will think of Tere as a gentle soul that contributed to the good of mankind.

  21. Dear Sandoval family,

    My family is deeply saddened by your loss. We want you to know that Tere touched all of our lives in an inspirational way. As a fellow educator I always admired her dedication to teaching. She always strove to do the absolute best by her students and to make herself a better teacher. I respected her and loved her and modeled my own teaching on her ideal.
    When my oldest son, Dylan, became a student in Tere’s 6th grade class, my admiration of Tere deepened. She was truly the best of teachers. She helped Dylan grow up and learn to push himself. She set the highest of standards and he rose to them. He has great goals in life and she will always be a part of who he is. He was so saddened at her passing, but was the first to acknowledge that she is a part of him and he will never forget her.
    I know it must’ve been difficult for you, all those years when she was so far from home. Please know that she touched thousands of lives for the better. She was dearly loved.

    Pam, Hans, Dylan, and Sam Hillestad
    Aviano, Italy

  22. I had the wonderful experience of working with Tere in Iceland 1981-82. Tere, Margot Eckes, Betty Meriwether and I played lots of bridge and shared many laughs and good times. Tere I will miss you and will see you again in times to come. Love, Carol

  23. My heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Tere Sandoval. I have had the pleasure of knowing and teaching with Tere at Vajont Elementary School for six years. There was never a kinder and more caring person on this earth! We often discussed favorite books and poems, and I have always remembered one of Tere’s favorites, and would like to share an excerpt from it, “Dirge without Music.”

    Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
    Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
    A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
    A formula, a phrase remains, — but the best is lost.

    The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love, —
    They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
    Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
    More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.
    –Edna St. Vincent Millay

  24. I worked with Terri for two years at Vajont Elementary. Being such a small school the faculty was ‘like family’ to one another. I’ll always remember how generous she was with both her time and materials in helping me to adjust to my new school. She was just always so nice and never seemed to have a bad day.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with Tere’s family and friends. Tere was a truly gifted teacher and touched many lives. While she will be missed by many here on earth, we can take comfort in knowing she is now enjoying a much more rewarding life that is without pain and sorrow.

  26. I am so sad to hear of Tere’s passing. She was truly a very special person. It was apparent to those lives that she touched that she was doing God’s works. She gave so very much to others. Now I know that she is in heaven reaping the benefits of all of her good deeds here on earth. I had the pleasure of working with Tere in Vajont for four years. She was a gifted teacher and one I know that her students will never forget. I feel blessed to have had Tere in my life.
    I will keep the family in my prayers as they mourn this great loss.

  27. All of you are in my prayers, and I miss you and love you all. I will never forget all the special times I had with you all when we were there. You touched my heart and memories, I won’t forget all of you.

    Teresa is very special and in all our prayers.

    Clare Laydon Donahue, your cousin.
    I love you all

  28. Even though I can not be with you during this time please know that I am walking every step with you all. I take comfort in know that my best friend is now resting and without pain. You are in my prayers. May God be with you. Marg

  29. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. Theresa has always been in my thoughts all these years since college. I will forever keep fond memories of her and may her goodness help lighten your load. Love to you all.

  30. Dearest Scholie and family,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of our lovely Theresa. What comes to mind is what our loving family priest, Fr. Perez advises me so often – “HAVE FAITH ALWAYS – GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING”. I know that words bring such little comfort. Please know you are in our hearts and we are with you in spirit.

    Love and Prayers,
    Billy, Myrna and family.
    (Myrna Garcia)

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