of Chelsea, Michigan, age 91, died Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson. She was born August 25, 1931 in Chelsea, Michigan, the daughter of Emmett Matthew and Oleta Freida (Hutzel) Hankerd. Therese grew up in Chelsea, and was a Beta Sigma Phi member. She worked for thirty-five years at the Federal Screw Work as a purchasing agent. Therese was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church choir until age 85. Therese was very active and enjoyed being outdoors on their farm. She and her sisters often gathered to create delicious preserves from the garden. Therese was a skilled quilter, making many beautiful quilts, which she shared with most of her nieces and nephews. Their farm included an airstrip and hanger, allowing her and David to make many trips across the country in their private plane.
On July 1, 1967, Therese married David Scharphorn in Chelsea, Michigan, and he survives. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Houle, and Eileen Brooks; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul “Bud” Hankerd; and three sisters, Jane Cecile Hankerd, Rose Ann Salvante, and Sr. Helen Hankerd.
A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, March 9, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family received friends at Cole Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, March 8, from 3-6 pm, and at the church Thursday from 10-11 am. A Rosary service was held Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 49105.
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