Therese Ann Steele (August 29, 1948 - April 24, 2020)

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Therese Ann Steele
  • August 29, 1948
  • -
  • April 24, 2020

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On Friday, April 24, Therese Ann Steele, passed away at Legacy House, a Hospice of Marion County in Ocala, Florida.  She was only 71 years young and her passing was very unexpected after entering the hospital only a week prior.  Terri (as she preferred) was born and raised in Ohio but eventually life and her love, husband Richard of 23 years, came to settle down in Florida where they have been since 2004. Terri was also the mother of Brian Fay (deceased) and Jacquelin Casanova who also resides in Florida and stepmother to Jennifer Steele (deceased) and Jason Steele who lives in Ohio.  Sadly, she also leaves behind 2 grandchildren from Jacquelin and 2 from Jason, her brother Jim Smola and his family and sister June Sciarappa and her family. Terri is preceded in death by her brother Bill Smola, Brian Fay, and Jennifer Steele. Both Jacquelin and Richard were grateful to be able to be by Terri’s side once she entered Legacy House before the Lord took her under His care.

For those that knew Terri well, knew she was the most amazing cook. She would spend hours in the kitchen creating dishes worthy of any restaurant.  She was kind, witty and was always ready to lend a hand.  Terri was very proud of her home garden of tomatoes and different herbs and was an avid crafter.  When she wasn’t in the kitchen, you could find her reading or at the pool in her community.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the family is saddened to not have a formal service but all are welcome to provide a memory that will never fade and give the gift of a donation to Legacy House through the Hospice of Marion County at .


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  1. Jim Smolaa says:
    01 May 2020
    Terri, it's only been a week and you are being missed by so many. We remember the last time we seen and talked to you and Dick. A memory that will last for ever. You left us way to soon but now you are in the hands of God. We will think of you often and love you forever. Rest in peace my sister. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Your big brother Jim.

  2. Norma Chesser says:
    30 Apr 2020
    To my Lovely Backdoor Neighbor, Terri
    I am heartbroken, just knowing that you are not across the fairway to send a big wave
    " Hi " to. We had a beautiful budding friendship growing between us , so deeply sorry that it has come to this sudden and unexpected ending. Rest in Peace Terri Steele, you, your kindness, and thoughtfulness will be remembered and missed.
    Norma Jean and John

  3. Sophia Dipaola says:
    30 Apr 2020
    Hey Terri,

    You were a fantastic neighbor and person with a great heart. Your laugh was contagious. Things like this only happen to good people like you and Dick. We'll meet again someday! I miss you very much and my heart is broken. Love you.

    - Robert and Sophia

  4. Norma Jean Chesser lit a candle:
    29 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 29, 2020 at 4:18:19 PM

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    Lit since April 29, 2020 at 4:16:01 PM

  6. Joanne says:
    28 Apr 2020
    I am so sorry. I was shocked, and heartbroken when I read that Terri had passed. What a lovely soul, I know she will be missed by her husband, and all her friends. A beautiful lady, I will miss you my friend.

  7. Charlotte Tyree says:
    28 Apr 2020
    So sorry for your loss.

  8. Sylvia Hogan lit a candle:
    28 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 28, 2020 at 4:07:16 PM

  9. Sylvia Hogan says:
    28 Apr 2020
    I worked with Terri during the hurricanes in Orlando so so sorry for your loss ! Such a nice lady !

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