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Teresa S Lara

October 15, 1936 February 19, 2019
Teresa S Lara
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Obituary for Teresa S Lara

Teresa Lara, of Iowa City, IA, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 following a lengthy illness.
Teresa was born October 15, 1936 in Manila, Philippines to Benito and Pelagia (Villaflor) Soliven, the sixth of ten siblings. After surviving the trials of World War II with her siblings and widowed mother, she attended St. Theresa’s College in the Philippines and worked as an administrative assistant. She married Dr. Romulo T. Lara and immigrated to the United States in 1965. The family briefly lived in Honolulu, HI and St. Louis, MO, before settling in Iowa City, IA, where her children were raised and where her husband worked for the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Teresa was a devoted mother, loyal member of St. Patrick's Church, and energetic family documentarian who thoroughly photographed and videotaped nearly every event including her children's school activities, family travels all over the United States and beyond, and visits with grandchildren. She also became a naturalized American citizen and took pride in serving jury duty and voting in every election that she could.

Teresa is survived by her children, Rosemarie Christensen of San Jose, CA, Michael of Iowa City, IA, and Anthony of Washington, DC; grandchildren, Emma Christensen and Daniel Christensen; and siblings Guillermo Soliven and Ethel Timbol. She is preceded in death by her husband, Romulo Lara, son-in-law James Christensen, and several other siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez will officiate. Burial will follow the service at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 1st from 4-7 PM at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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4:00 PM 3/1/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/1/2019 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





10:00 AM 3/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City

4330 St. Patrick Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

Burial and a luncheon following the service.

St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City
4330 St. Patrick Drive Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery- Iowa City Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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