Therese Ruth Meslar, 87, of Charlottesville, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 in the loving arms of four generations of her family.
She was born to the late George and Agnes Horton, May 14, 1927, in Racine, Wisconsin. Terri graduated from Horlick High School in 1945. She was married to Robert Joseph Meslar Sr., her husband of 65 years, and they moved to the Charlottesville area in 1993 after raising their family in New Jersey and Wisconsin.
Terri was the beloved matriarch of her family, instilling the values of love, faith and community in all of her children and grandchildren. Whether it was through her incredible cooking or bright humor, it was impossible not to feel her love. Many of her favorite dishes have become as treasured as family heirlooms.
She loved everything Wisconsin including a good cheddar, O&H Danish Bakery and the Green Bay Packers. She also volunteered at the Martha Jefferson Hospital gift shop for five years.
Terri is survived by her husband and children: Debbi Meslar-Little and her spouse Jack Little, and Robert Meslar Jr. and his spouse Mary Meslar, of Crozet; Larry Meslar of Barboursville; Roger Meslar and his spouse Patti Meslar of Chicago Ridge; and Jerry Meslar of Albion, Wisconsin. She is also survived by her sister, Annella Gedemer, of Racine; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Laurel Meslar, spouse of Larry.
The family is requests that donations be made to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482 or the Dolores Dalton Mallo Nursing Scholarship Fund.