Mary Jean Terpstra

January 21, 2011

Mary Jean Terpstra 85 of Frankfort, IN, died at 2:05 a.m. January 21, 2011 at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital. Born November 13, 1925 in Kansas City, MO to Harvey & Helen Ruth (Mercer) Gower. She married John Terpstra on March 4, 1944 in St. Louis, MO and he preceded her in death on January 27, 1995. Mrs. Terpstra was an early entrepreneur and recycler. She owned and managed properties. She moved to Frankfort in 1961 from Lansing, IL and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Terpstra enjoyed attending the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, where she participated in painting and dancing classes.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 23rd at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, 401 West Walnut, Frankfort, IN 46041, envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

2 Daughters: Donna Brower of Burbank, CA and Mindy Knapp of Lafayette 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by 3 sons, James Leroy in 1977, John Ronald in 2001 and Jeffrey Wayne in 2010.


7 Condolences for “Mary Jean Terpstra”

  1. Lana Henning Mitchell January 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thinking of you and keeping you and your family in prayer.

  2. Dave & Jane Rodkey January 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Donna & Mindy –
    Jane and I will not be in town on Sunday. Please accept our condolences on the passing of Mary. You are in our thoughts.
    Dave & Jane Rodkey

  3. Sandy & Kenny January 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Mindy, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. All our Love and Prayers

  4. Rosa Lapham Cameron January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Dear Donna,
    So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow.
    Rosa Lapham Cameron

  5. Ashley & Brock Turner January 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Mindy- We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. – Ashley and Brock

  6. Carol Decker January 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I was just told about Mary’s passing last week. Mary was so very kind to my mother, Thelma Pullen, when she was in the nursing home. My sympathy to all of the family.

  7. Gene Ritchie February 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Donna and Mindy:
    I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thank you so much for contacting me via text, to let me know that she had passed. Our collective memories go back so many years and knowing that Mary’s in heaven now — we all can, some day, sit together over good food and drink — and regale each other with all those wonderful stories. I will miss those Saturday mornings, when Mary and I went on our regular “Saturday garage sale hunt.”
    take care — love to all —
    Gene Ritchie
    Mahwah, NJ

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