Theresa Straley

Theresa Marie Straley, 86, Carrington, ND, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at her daughter’s home in West Fargo, ND.

Theresa was born February 12, 1930, in rural Bordulac, ND, to John and Margaret (Rensch) Wolf.  Theresa played in multiple sports at Bordulac High School, winning at least one state title in basketball, and later attended Valley City State Teachers College.  She had begun teaching in a one-room school house in Edmunds, ND, and later earned her teaching certificate.

On November 10, 1952, she married James Hugh Straley in Bordulac, and together they farmed and raised 16 children northeast of Carrington.  Theresa was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, North Dakota Farmers Union, and Foster County Fair. Theresa was always giving back to her community through many other associations including fixing hair at the Carrington nursing homes.  She enjoyed decades of playing cards, visits with family and friends over coffee, knitting, and crocheting.  She will forever be remembered for her crocheted doilies, homemade bread, cinnamon twists, and doughboys.

She leaves behind 16 children, Joseph, Avon, MN; Margaret Straley, Sioux Falls, SD; Monica (Brad) Pavek, Fargo; Jeannine (Jim) Nayes, Sunfish Lake, MN; Kathleen Berdahl, Carrington; LaVonne (Tom Fisher) Straley, Sandy Springs, GA; Paul, Carrington; Denise Jubert, Maple Grove, MN; Amelia (Joe) Tintes, West Fargo; Rynetta Renford, Roseville, MN; Leo (Dianne), Carrington; Ruth (Bill) Mangino, Mesa, AZ; Martin, Minot; Julia Straley, West Fargo; Lawrence (Dawn), South Haven, MN; and David (Bonnie), Bismarck,; 25 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Patricia Andes (twin), Parshall; Virginia (Carr) Freeman (Art), Carrington; and Amelia Nevares, Tacoma, WA.

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband James; six brothers and five sisters.



Friday (Nov. 18th) Rosary at 6:45PM and Vigil Service at 7PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND


Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:00AM


Carrington Cemetery

Posted Condolences:

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Name: Charmaine Albrecht

Date: Nov. 19,2016

Message: Our condolences to the whole family she was a very nice lady,our thoughts and prayers are with you.



Name: Glenn and Judy

Date: Nov. 19, 2016

Message: Dear Lawrence and Dawn, It is very difficult to lose a wonderful Mother.  She took pride in raising such wonderful caring and responsible Children. You brought much joy to her Heart. It has been such a blessing Lawrence to have you in our Family. May God comfort your hearts through our Lord Jesus Christ. Love, Glenn and Judy




Name: Mary Messmer Remmick

Date: 11/18/2016

Message: Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.




Name: Linda Lauckner

Date: Nov. 18th 2016

Message: To all the Straley families. All our  thoughts and Prayers for you all in the loss of your Mom, grandma and great grandma. Aunt, sister, sister-in-law or great friend or neighbor. May you all find GODS peace in her memories.

Linda and Roger Lauckner




Name: Rosemary Voglewede

Date: Nov. 18, 2016

Message: I will truly miss my good friend, Theresa. We had much in common (many children), working in the church kitchen, quilting many quilts, and countless other things. She was a wonderful person who loved her family and educated her children to be resourceful and talented. She was a remarkable lady.



Name: Toni Smith

Date: 11-17-2016

Message: The community just lost a wonderful lady.  Theresa was a wonderful friend to my mom (Amelia Waliser) and also to me every time I was up there.  Someone willing to help out or just to share her bread and garden produce with others.  I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  Beautiful picture of Theresa and her wonderful, constant smile.

Toni Smith (AZ)



Name: Claire Vigesaa

Date: 11/17/2016

Message: Our sympathy and condolences to your family.  Your mother was a wonderful neighbor and person.  May you find comfort in precious memories of spectacular parents.

Claire and Jill Vigesaa



Name: Stacey Rzaszutak

Date: 11/17/2016

Message: Marty, Ruth,and Paul

So sorry for you loss!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

John and Stacey Rzaszutak



Name: Kara Carr

Date: 11/17/2016

Message: I will always remember the trip to Parshall me, Theresa & Virgina made to see Patricia. Coming home in the rain---without windshield wipers!

Amelia--I have missed seeing you each summer.



Name: Kendra & Don

Date: 11/16/16

Message: LaVonne, Tom, Rynetta, Paul, and the rest of the Straley family, We are so very sorry. Although we never met your Mom, her picture speaks volumes. What a lovely smile.

Every memory and tear, is a celebration of a life well-lived. 


Kendra & Don



Name: Tina Wobbema

Date: 11-16-2016

Message: Marty I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you and all your family.




Name: Anne Marie Leonard

Date: 11/16/2016

Message: Dear LaVonne, Tom & the whole Straley family,

My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. May you have strength & comfort in each other.




Name: Bill & Judy Bernstein

Date: 11-15-16

Message: Leo and Dianne-  So sorry for your loss.  Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.



Name: Kari & Steve Janz

Date: 11-15-16

Message: Dianne & Leo and family, Steve and I were saddened to hear of Theresa's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.



Name: Jane Kallberg Cody

Date: 11/14/2016

Message: My condolences to the Straley family- especially my brother in law Joe and my nieces Audrey, Jennifer and my nephew Earl.  Your mother and grandmother was a very special fun loving lady.  Her children and grandchildren were so important to her.  I am sorry I am unable to attend her service to pay my respects  but I will be there in spirit.