Name: Teresa Agnes Shanahan
Given Name: Teresa Agnes
Birth: 18 Oct 1895 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Christening: 17 Nov 1895 All Saints/St. Anthony Catholic Church. Chicago
Death: 25 Dec 1971 in Oak Lawn, Cook, Illinois
Burial: 28 Dec 1971 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Worth, Illinois. Just east of the northwest corner of Section 28. Closest row to the road.
Change Date: 3 Apr 2017 at 19:23:47
Notes for Teresa Agnes Shanahan Zeller:
A family story says that Teresa's mother Kate meant to name Teresa after St. Theresa (sometimes spelled St. Therese) the Little Flower, but either Kate or some person involved in filling out a birth certificate (or other official record) misspelled the name and left the "h" out.
Teresa Shanahan's baptismal record in the All Saints/St. Anthony Catholic Church's baptismal registry book:
Teresa had an older sister, Mary, and two younger sisters, Loretta and Anastasia, who was known as "Anne". Teresa's youngest siblings were brothers Gregory, John, and Joseph. All of them had an older half-brother, Thomas, and an older half-sister, Margaret, who were the children of their father Gregory and his first wife, Mary Condon, who had died.
The 1920 U.S. census listed Teresa's occupation as an office clerk. She was 24, single, and still living with her parents and siblings at 6234 S. Fairfield St., Chicago. That house was almost six miles from the residence of her future husband George Zeller, at 1738 W. 99th Street, which raises the question of how they met.
After Teresa married George Zeller, she worked with him in the family's hardware store. For several years in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the family employed a maid to cook, clean, and watch the children in the upstairs apartment while Teresa worked downstairs.
When Teresa's 2½ year old only son George Richard "Richard" Zeller died on November 3, 1933, of leukemia, that really hit Teresa hard. Later she said, "If I had known he (Richard) was going to die, I would never have said no to him." So she ended up spoiling her next son John, which helped cause family problems later.
A photo of Teresa and five of her six surviving siblings in 1955:
A photo of Teresa's death notice in the December 26, 1971, Chicago Tribune, although her first name was misspelled with an incorrect "h", and the first name of her daughter Georganne was also misspelled:
Teresa is not listed in the Social Security Death Index, so she probably never had a Social Security number.
Teresa's Find A Grave memorial includes photos of her, and a photo of her grave marker, which has an incorrect year of birth:
A collection of the best 21 photos, from among 1,000 that were taken from 1916 through 1936, saved by Teresa, and scanned by me - her grandson Larry Parker - in 2016:
Teresa Agnes Shanahan Zeller photo album images
Father: Gregory Thomas Shanahan b: 2 Jun 1859 in Civil Parish of Upperchurch, County Tipperary, Ireland c: 15 Jun 1859 in Catholic Parish of Upperchurch and Drombane, Civil Parish of Upperchurch, County Tipperary, Ireland
Mother: Catherine "Kate" M Casey b: Jan/Feb 1861 in Civil Parish of Killoscully, County Tipperary, Ireland c: 2 Feb 1861 in Catholic Parish of Ballinahinch and Killoscully, County Tipperary, Ireland
George Joseph (Jr.) Zeller b: 30 Nov 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
6 Jun 1923
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Georganne Genevieve Zeller b: 8 Mar 1929 in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois