It is with great disbelief and sadness that we announce the passing of our dear sweet mother, sister, aunt, grandma, and friend. On December 10th, 2022 Terrie Lynn Vreeland passed away peacefully in her loving home and returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father.
Terrie was born April 13th, 1953 in Salt Lake City, UT to Angus Orson Finck and Donna Jean (Dupaix) Finck alongside her beloved twin sister “Sheshie”. Welcoming them both was their proud big sister Chris.
In her early twenties, Terrie married Kenneth Illguth. She struggled with infertility but in September of 1985 one of her greatest blessings came when she was able to adopt her loving daughter and best friend Suzie and then in April of 1988 she welcomed her devoted son Mikey. She was blessed with her last son Johnny in December 1993 born to her and her second husband Michael Vreeland. She also loved and supported Michael’s 8 children from his first marriage after his passing in February of 1999.
Though Terrie’s life was one of several hardships and trials she dedicated her life in sacrifice, and service. There wasn’t a day that passed that Terrie wasn’t looking for opportunities to reach out a helping hand of love and support to anyone in need. She was the most empathetic and loyal friend to so very many. She took so much pride in her family and her many grandchildren and nothing made her happier than spoiling them in any way she could! She loved to have sleepovers with the grandbabies and because they all wanted to sleep right next to Grandma she insisted on sleeping centrally on the floor so all of them could crowd in and cuddle up around her. I’m sure they were sleepless nights for her, but the memories and bonds she created with each of us will always be so cherished.
Terrie was a very dedicated and valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was always very committed to serving humbly in each of her many callings in the church. She served faithfully as a ministering sister to many, but we think her favorite of all was when she was able to serve as a Primary Teacher. She loved the relationships she created with each of the children in her classes and they loved having Sister Vreeland as a teacher. I’m sure each of them felt so much love from her. Her testimony never wavered and she taught each of her children the importance of living worthily and faithfully. She led each of us by her example and was the absolute greatest example of pure charity. She showed love to everyone.
Terrie is survived by each of her children Suzanne (Evan) Andreasen, Michael (Jana) Illguth, John Vreeland, her 8 step children Christine, Gina, Michele, Margret, Michael Jon, Matt, Tim, and Elizabeth. 18 Grandchildren, her sisters Christine (Jack) Olsen, and Sherrie (Lynn) Desmond, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her loving parents Gus and Donna Finck, her husband Michael Vreeland, her niece Tracie Lee Desmond Cotton, and 2 very loved grand-puppies. We are so happy to know that she is now at peace and has been reunited with these loved ones and many others who passed before her. Our family is eternal and we’re so grateful to have the knowledge that we’ll be together again someday.
Friends are invited to greet the family during a viewing on Friday, December 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Larkin Mortuary Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton. A second viewing will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 10:00 to 10:45 AM followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM at the Kearns 14th Ward, 4232 West 5015 South, Kearns. Interment will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.) Sandy. For those wishing to view the recorded services, you may do so with the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/WDOJ9kRN82Fpeiuw5V5W2QXQSFo-faIAW1yYBBw6XJYC3dBG8IBBh7XdJ2q7XM_N.wVZiisFZSwz_2VUX
So sorry for your loss, losing a sibling is always rough, but when your twin passes it is like losing part of you. Regards Jim & Christie Divver
So sad to hear of her sudden departure. You will be missed by so many.
Having worked with terrie for 30÷ years, she will be missed. She always had a positive attitude and was willing to help any way she could. My heart goes out to her family.
We are saddened to learn of Terrie’s passing. Although time and distance have made our path crossings with Terrie intermittent over the years, she has always been such a true friend.
There are so many fond memories of which she was part in our Glendale neighborhood, at South High, and sometimes beyond.
For her family and friends we express our hope for Heaven’s comfort as you cope with her passing.
To my step mom the only mother I had that took care of everything. She did her best as being a mother to us all. I will miss her so much and my heart breaks that I never got the chance to call her on Christmas and wish her Merry Christmas! She was the mom that would make sure every Christmas I had at least two things I really wanted for Christmas and more! I will only remember her with the love she gave me and us all. She was the woman that didn’t know how to rest but just give to others and worked. The only peace I have is now she can rest and be happy with my father (Micheal Anthony Vreeland). She loved my father and missed him so much, because of my step mom I have realized the concept of family and motherhood. How important family is I’m going to miss my step mom and always love her. Rest in Peace mom!
Terrie wasn't a sister by blood but we were sisters in heart. Thru high school and all thru the years since--- we've been close. I consider her one of the greatest examples of Christlike love and service rendered to all she knew and those she didn't. She served all..... She was always special and I will miss her laugh, sense of humor, kindness and sisterhood as I travel the rest of the way without her. 50+ years and it seems like only yesterday since we met in pep club. What a beautiful daughter of God and how privileged I have been to have had her grace my life. You were and always will be beautiful, my BFF, sister and example of all things good. I love you forever and look forward to your hug when we meet again.
Love ya kiddo ( you'd always say)
With a heavy heart, my deepest sympathies to my Family & Step family, along with all who knew and loved her.
She got me a job at continental steel, and when Dad died, bought me a shirt to wear with my dress for his funeral, ‘any new shirt I wanted at the store. I just remembered it. I still sentimentally have that shirt in memory of my Dad. Now that sentiment has enhanced meaning.
My favorite memory of her is when I found out she fluently had a hidden talent to play guitar. She knew lots of top 40 songs and was really good. When she played she glowed, literally glowed. Her smile glows. I remember I was in awe of her, she didn’t come across as someone who played guitar but she did and when she would stop playing I’d beg her to please keep playing and she would. She was really good.
I appreciate her for marrying my Father, taking me in, my brothers & sisters in, making us one family with her own, despite the challenges we may have come with. Even when Dad died not long after, Terrie still embraced us, kept us in her family & within safe warm arms she stayed our Mother and saved us.
Thank you Terrie, I love you. Be with my Dad & your Dad in Heavenly Mother & Fathers arms now in Love and in Light.
What a beautiful tribute. Terrie was such a gentle, kind and sweet spirit. I know you must all be hurting but how blessed are we that she left lasting memories and her love will always be there for us to fall back on. I feel honored that she was my cousin. So many years (especially as we were children at our grandparent's home for Sunday gatherings) fill my heart. Terrie we cannot see you but you will always be beside us.
So sorry for the passing of Terrie. She was always smiling and will surely be missed by all. May peace be with the family .
I have always enjoyed being around Terrie. When we were teenagers and I spent time at Kathy’s house I always looked forward to Terrie’s quick wit and fun nature. Whenever we have met in the last few years she has always been so happy and glad to see me. That was just the way she was with everyone. She was an amazing lady and I’m glad I knew her. I pray the you will receive comfort and peace knowing that she is in Heavenly Father’s care and she will be watching over you still.