November 5, 1954 - August 24, 2014


Therese Illies, age 59, passed away Sat. Aug. 24 peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born Nov. 5 to Vincent & Dolores (Bolduc) Wallerius, growing up Therese loved spending time on Medicine Lake. She was an excellent water skier, performing top of the pyramid roles in water ski stunts. She also was an exquisite flutist, competing in many solos. Therese graduated Totino Grace High School (72’) and attended St. Catherine University before marrying her soul mate Jerry on Sept. 28, 1975.

Therese worked for 17 yrs at Partners in Pediatrics in Maple Grove before moving to Crosslake, MN, where she was employed at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

To know Therese was to immediately fall in love with her. She had an amazing ability to bring a sense of calmness and happiness to others. She will be remembered for her magnetic personality, welcoming smile, selfless attitude, witty sense of humor, and the ability to give the perfect advice no matter the situation.

Therese is survived by her true love of 40 years, Jerry; her three children Jason (Jody) Illies, Patrick (Gina) Illies, and Sara (Tony) Klemme; her seven grandchildren Gavin, Lola, Ella, Vincent, Benjamin, Jack, and Alexandra; and her brothers and sisters Ronald Wallerius, Rita Ann (Claude) Stevens, Joanne (Lenny) Rabatin, John (Mary Liz) Wallerius, Mary Lu ( Jerry “Shorty”) Theis.

A celebration of her life will be held at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, MN on Sat, Aug. 30th, visitation 10am, Mass 11am . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic-Team Therese Lymphoma Research, c/o Sara Klemme 5511 Grassland Trail, Middleton WI 53562.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Carrie, Kim and the hospice team at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center; Dr. Carrie Thompson, Dr. Jeff Rabatin, and Dr. Amy Rabatin of Mayo Clinic; Dr. Kara Maucieri of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center; participants of Team Therese, and the countless others who acted as friends to Therese. Your love and support for will never be forgotten.