Teresa L. (Meyer) Pluym

Teresa L. (Meyer) Pluym

Teresa L. (Meyer) Pluym, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:58 a.m., on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Bethany Home. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

Teresa was born on July 24, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Bart and Lucy (Tench) Meyer.

Teresa was proud lifelong Dubuquer who was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Pluym on May 18, 1948, in Dubuque. She was a very hard worker, not only caring for her home and children, but also working at Timmerman’s and owning her own ceramics shop, Teresa’s Figurines, for over 10 years. Her faith was an integral part of her life as was evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Ghost Church and The Power of Prayer. Teresa believed in sharing her talents with the community and volunteered with several organizations throughout the years. In her free time, Teresa enjoyed painting and traveling the country. We are deeply saddened at losing our mom, grandma and sister, but are extremely grateful for the 89 years we had her here with us making the world around her a better place.

Those left to cherish Teresa’s memory include

her children,
Dan (Susan) Pluym, Dubuque, IA
and Ken (Linda) Pluym, Galena, IL;

her 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Meyer, Maron, MO
and John (Marian) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

her sister-in-law,
Debbie Meyer, East Dubuque, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Richard “Dick” Pluym; 3 sisters, Eileen (Richard) Breese, Alice (George) Moots and Armella (Cyril) Grassel; and 2 brothers, Mark “Bud” Meyer and Jerome “Jerry” (Anita) Meyer.

Teresa’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care of Teresa and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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13 condolences for Teresa L. (Meyer) Pluym
  1. Howard Schonhoff says:

    Sincere sympathy to the family; with prayers & thoughts for Teresa.May God take her to his heavenly home!

    (Friend of Ken)

  2. Doris Feipel says:

    So sorry to hear about Theresa. I can remember going to their house on 17th St. and visiting her ceramic shop know Main. The last I think I saw her was my daughter’s wedding and when the Melessens visited from the Netherlands. Loved visiting with her.
    Doris (Pluym) Feipel

  3. Bev Ford says:

    Hi Everybody…
    We wanted you to know we’re thinking about all of Teresa’s family right now! So sorry we lost another good one! Take care everyone! Tom & Bev Ford

  4. david harris says:

    i was a roomer in teresa’s home on 17th st when i first started working in dubuque, in 1987. i commuted back and forth to richland center, WI during the week and counted teresa’s house as my “second home” for about 9 months. sometimes she would come upstairs in the evening with a bowl of hot popcorn for me. i appreciated that gesture, as living alone wasn’t a lot of fun. there was also a large, ceramic dog in the room; i named him “Sport,” and he became my companion for those months. teresa was a gracious host and i wish her family well.

  5. Marilyn Lehman says:

    In 1971, I roomed above Theresa’s figures with about 8 other girls. Living there was so much fun! I also took up painting figures thru Theresa and actually got so good I was selling them thru a local store. Theresa was always willing to share her knowledge and expertise. She was sort of a second mother to me during that period. I’ve thought of her often. My sincere condolences to the family at your loss. The world is a little less shiny today with her being gone.

  6. william t. meyer says:

    To Danny,Kenny &Families . My Deepest sympathy!!!! I was Lucky to have Teresa as my Godmother!! May she rest in PEACE !!!

  7. David Pluym says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. My heart goes out to you in this trying time and may you, and your loved ones find the strength to get through this.”

  8. Darlene Diamond Steffen says:

    My mother, Lourine Diamond, and your mom were good friends. I have many pictures of Teresa attending Mother’s parties over the years. Your mother was a very kind and gracious lady. You have my sympathy.

  9. Joe Deckert says:

    Dan & Ken, families sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.

  10. Donna (Pluym) Engler says:

    So sorry for you loss.we would visit her on 17th street with my mom (Vi Pluym) and spent time at her ceramic shop. Also had a reunion at my sisters house when relatives came back from the Netherlands. She was always happy and very pleasant to be with. Was proud to have as an aunt. Prayers out to the family for the loss of a very special lady.

  11. Peach Deckert Westemeier says:

    Kenny,Dan and families, My deepest sympathies for your loss. You’re in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  12. Kelli Hayes says:

    Red and Sue, so sorry for your loss. You guys were a comfort for me when Jeff passed let me know if there is anything I can do.

  13. Nancy Agnitsch says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Teresa was more than an aunt to me. I know she is in a better place now and reunited with lost friends and family.

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