Teresita “Terri” Buenvenida Yap, 79, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at LifeSpire Assisted Living, in Albuquerque, N.M. A memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula will officiate.

Teresita “Terri” Buenvenida Yap, 79, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at LifeSpire Assisted Living, in Albuquerque, N.M. A memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula will officiate.

Born Sept. 9, 1938, Terri received a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of the East, in Manila, Philippines. She was the oldest of nine children to Absalon and Sotera Buenvenida.

Terri immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s. She worked in Chicago in many different job positions, often working two jobs. She finally ended up working at American National Bank until her retirement in the early 2000s. She then moved from Chicago to settle in Albuquerque.

Terri owned a home in Albuquerque where she enjoyed gardening, entertaining guests with her culinary skills and playing her piano. She also travelled back and forth to the Philippines and even lived there for a couple of years.

Terri was a cancer survivor. She was in remission at the time of her death. But it was a stroke in February 2017 that left her with paralysis in the left side of her body, compromising her independent nature. She lived at LifeSpire Assisted Living, in Albuquerque, after the stroke.

She is survived by her three children: Maria (James) Klein, of Geneseo; Edward (LaKenya) Yap, of Chicago; and Mia Peterson, of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren, Michael Klein, of Champaign; Kelsey Klein, of San Antonio, Texas; Ally Klein, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Brian Thoel, of Broome, Western Australia; her sisters, Yolanda Romero and Dr. Carolina (Lino) Abucay, of Marikina, Philippines; her brothers, Cesar (Nita) and Ramon Buenvenida, of Bulacan, Philippines; sisters-in-law, Cristina Buenvenida of Ontario, Canada, and Alejandra Buenvenida of Marikina, Philippines; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Absalon and Sotera; her brothers Arthur, Romeo, Danilo and Oscar Buenvenida; brother-in-law Dante Romero; and nephews Peter and Jonathan Buenvenida.