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Date of Birth: May 21, 1930

Date of Death: August 28, 2020

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Theresa Angeline Abalos, widow of Joseph Jesus Abalos, beloved mother of 4, grandmother of 9 and great grandmother of 19, passed away to be with the Lord in eternity. Her parents Carmelo Contrino and Louisa Giordano met and married in Sicily, Italy. They decided to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to pursue their American dream and landed in Baltimore, Maryland. They had 8 children; 5 daughters and 3 sons. Theresa was one of their middle children, the fifth child born. In the year 1950, her parents Carmelo & Louisa and three of their four daughters, including Theresa moved to Phoenix, Arizona, with the hope to relieve Carmelo’s asthma symptoms. They started a very small grocery store in downtown Phoenix. Theresa, at the age of 20, begin working at a dry cleaner where she met Lupe. Lupe was the sister of Joseph Jesus Abalos, who eventually became her husband. They met on a blind date, which was actually a double date with a couple of family members and let’s just say it didn’t go too well. When Joseph went to make a move on her she totally shut him down and said, “Don’t you dare touch me.” Joseph then said to his brother in Spanish, “Let’s drop this dead fish off and take me to the Riverside dancehall.” He had no clue Theresa understood what he said because his Spanish language is very like the Italian language! Needless to say, she initially hated his guts. But Joseph couldn’t resist the thoughts of the feisty and stunning Sicilian beauty so he kept persistently pursuing her. Eventually, she fell for the Apache Spaniard stud and they got married on August 18, 1951 and the rest, as they say, is history. The next year they had their first-born child, a girl, Deborah Louise, on September 19, 1952. Then they had three more children; a boy, Jody Jay, born on June 21, 1954, another girl, Terri Lynn, born on December 20, 1957 and then finally another boy, Richard Thomas, born on March 15, 1961. Theresa enjoyed hobbies with her husband like bowling and going on cruises. Remember, it’s in her bloodline from her parents to sail the seas! She also was interested in reading, sewing, crocheting and watching game shows like the Price is Right with Bob Barker. And please don’t forget, to save the drama for your Nana! Her favorite soap opera, starring Victor and Nikki Newman with the Young and the Restless! But we all know her ultimate favorite was sports and especially football! She was a hardcore Arizona Cardinals fan and had season tickets for the first 20 seasons. Her first-born grandchild, her grandson, who she had taken to so many football games had the honor to take her to the first ever NFL playoff game in Arizona history. Not only did she see them win that game but also, he took her to the NFC Championship game to see the Cardinals win to go the their first ever Super Bowl. Theresa was a loyal, passionate and determined soul who loved God, her family and football. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

Service Information

September 14th, 2020 At 9:00am