Funeral Services for 91-year old Teresa Hawk are Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, NE.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Chadron Public Library Foundation
Teresa Marie (Sturges) Hawk was born the daughter of Howard Lynn Sturges and Evelyn Ellen McManus. in Mcintosh, South Dakota. She passed away quietly on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the age of 91. Services were not held at the time of her passing due to Covid-19.
Teresa married Howard Charles Hawk and the couple had 8 children. After raising her family, Teresa finished her bachelor’s degree at the age of 58. She went on to earn two master’s degrees, one from Chadron State College and one from Loyola University in New Orleans, and taught at Chadron State College and served as the Liturgical Minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Teresa was a force of nature. She served on the Chadron School Board and became president of nearly every organization she joined. She recognized those at the margins of society and worked to create a just world. She was a nurturer in the most comprehensive sense of the word.
She nurtured her community, her church, her family, and her world. She nurtured her children until her last
moment. She was funny, smart, loving, loyal, hopeful, and inspiring.
Teresa was preceded in death by her husband Howard Charles Hawk, daughter Kathleen Hawk Norman, father Howard Lynn Sturges, mother, Evelyn Ellen McManus, and her sister Betty Conner.
She is survived by seven of her children: Thomas Hawk of Baton Rouge, LA; Dennis Hawk (Carol) of Kansas City, MO; Jim Hawk of Chadron, NE; Mary Hawk of Lincoln, NE; Patty Hawk (Rod Diercks) of Crete, NE; Marty Hawk (Kerri) of Minneapolis, MN; J.J. Hawk (Kimberly) of Beaverton, OR; 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sister Bobbe Ward of Belle Fourche, SD: and many nieces, nephews and precious foster children.