Remember me beautiful
Remember me young
Remember me smiling
My face towards the sun
Remember me happy
When you remember what was
but most of all
Remember my love
Teri Ann Voss, age 50, of Red Wing, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
Cancer takes so much from so many and everyone's experience is different. For me it took plenty, but it also made me realize you can do hard things, you’re stronger than you think, tomorrow is not guaranteed, and beautiful people seem to magically appear when you need them to.
I was born March 6, 1972 in Appleton, Minnesota. I lived in many wonderful Midwest towns during my school years. I graduated from Watertown, South Dakota High School in 1990 with a class of 365.
With a "Z" last name, I was chair 362. I continued my education at Lake Area Vocational Technical Institute where I gained my Medical Laboratory Technician degree. I returned to school while working and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Project Management in 2020, the same month I was diagnosed. Even though I was not able to forward my career as planned, I am so proud of this accomplishment.
On May 26, 2007, I married the love of my life, my rock, my husband Scott in Alexander Ramsey Park, Redwood Falls, Minnesota. We started our family quickly with Lauren Paige arriving a month early on December 30, 2007. Our next blessing, Natalee Jane arrived on June 2, 2010, also a few weeks early. I believe both babies came early because we just couldn’t wait one second longer to meet and hold them in our arms. My spirit will live on within them, the love of my husband and in my daughters’ eyes.
With our family complete, we resided in Fairmont, MN for several years and in 2016 decided to move to beautiful Red Wing, Mn when I accepted a Laboratory Supervisor position with Mayo Clinic Health System.
Red Wing is on the Mississippi River and has provided the opportunity for countless hours one of our favorite pastimes of photography. Amazing parks, trails, and scenery. Colville Park holds a special place in our hearts with so much time spent their capturing eagles, sunsets, and sunrises.
Professionally, I was fortunate to have found such a purposeful and rewarding career, working as a medical laboratory professional for over 25 years. I held many positions in those years and learned many valuable lessons and gained so many experiences, along with meeting a special group of people (my cherished lab family) that shared my passion for the work. Many memories and friendships were made during this journey. During this experience I have gained a special place in my heart for the chemotherapy and hospice team. It takes amazing people to do this work and I cannot thank you enough!
I will leave you with what I learned from one of my favorite books borrowed to me by dear friend Lauri. Don't make assumptions, Don't take it personally, Use your words wisely, and Always do your best (The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz).
I am survived by my husband, Scott Voss; daughters, Lauren and Natalee; mother, Karon Zimmer; sisters, Kathy (Eric) Waltner and Vicki (Trevor) Jensen; brother, Alan Zobrist (Kathy) Zobrist; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family. I am preceded in death my father, Gary Zobrist; step-father, Maurice "Moose" Zimmer; and grandparents, Eldon and Phyllis Gregory and Richard and Eileen Zobrist.
I have chosen to not have a formal service, instead my wishes are for you to celebrate my spirit by lifting yours. Do something in the remembrance of me. Belt me out your favorite song, donate to a charity, enjoy a great cup of coffee, buy someone else a great cup of coffee, or plant something beautiful in your garden, my favorite are hydrangeas, teddy bear sunflowers, and daisies.
To my family and friends thank you for a blessed life thank you for your love and support and thank you for giving me the strength to transition. I did not walk alone through this journey and now you will carry me home.
“When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust him fully because two things can happen either he'll catch you fall or he will teach you how to fly. Fear not, for I am with you says the lord.”
- Isaiah 41: 10