October 13, 1954 – May 8, 2018
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Terry spent the early years in Germany where her father was stationed in the U.S. Army. Those experiences
fueled her love of travel and lifelong goal to live around the world.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. in 1976, she worked in critical care units in New York hospitals. In 1979, Terry was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
For the next 20 years, her assignments included Turkey, Germany (twice), the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. She also served in California, North Carolina and Texas. Terry advanced to the rank of Lt. Colonel, in diverse jobs such as staff nurse, nurse manager, nurse recruiter, nurse instructor and three assignments involving flight nursing. She was an instructor at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine Brooks AFB, Texas, and Director of the Battlefield Nursing Course where she found her love of teaching.
She advanced to Chief Nurse and Director of Operations at the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Ramstein, Germany, responsible for moving patients throughout Europe and the Middle East. Terry retired in 2000 from the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein. She obtained a master’s degree in Education and enjoyed mentoring younger nurses.
After retirement she worked for one year in England as a school nurse and returned to California as a nursing instructor for Solano College. She drove throughout the West in her Rialta and took her beloved Chihuahuas with her, including a three-year assignment in Vicenza, Italy as a civilian nurse for the Department of the Army.
Terry retired to Florida and then back to California, which she regarded as home. She is predeceased in death by her parents, Anthony and Mary DiResta. She is survived by her sister Diane and brother-in-law, Edwin Sitter, her Aunts Gloria and Denise and 17 cousins who remained close despite her overseas travels. She leaves behind many beloved friends.
Interment is at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Dixon, California, June 18, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Terry has established a nursing scholarship in her name at Wagner College for financially needy students. She never forgot the generosity of her alma mater whose financial aid enabled her to achieve her education and launch the life she dreamed of.
Donations can be sent to: Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, 1528 27th Street S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533, 707-425-4697, www.bryanbraker.com.
William “Bill” Straub passed away peacefully at the Life Path Hospice House in Sun City Center, Florida, on Monday, May 28, at the age of 78. Born in Newport, Kentucky, Bill attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas and was an All-NKAC quarterback during his junior and senior years.
His 1957 team went undefeated and won the Kentucky State Championship. Bill went on to play football at both the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University and spent the majority of his life dedicated to the game. He coached at several Kentucky high schools, at Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania, and most successfully served for 25 years as a coach at Moeller High School in Cincinnati during its reign as a football dynasty in the ’70s and ’80s, winning seven State Championships and five National Championships. Bill also taught biology for many years at Boone County High School in Florence, Kentucky.
After retirement, Bill moved to Sun City Center to fulfill his dream of living in a warm climate and playing golf, which he did until the onset of Alzheimer’s in 2015 limited his ability to remain active. In 2016, Bill was inducted into the Highlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill touched the lives of so many as a teammate, a teacher, a coach and a friend. He is survived by his daughter Sara. No memorial service is planned but a donation can be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.