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Teresa "Terry" Gonzales Bezdek
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Birth: Aug. 30, 1950
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 2012
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Teresa (Terry) Bezdek
Aug. 30, 1950 - Nov. 28, 2012

Many evenings after work, Terry Bezdek relaxed by crocheting baby blankets, but they weren't for grandchildren, friends or even neighbors. Whenever she finished three of them, she took them to Any Baby Can, the organization that helps families with children suffering from illnesses or disabilities.

She never sought recognition for her various volunteer and service activities, and when it came her way, she shied away from it. For her, life itself was about helping others. And making people laugh.

Terry passed away Nov. 28, 2012, from complications of cancer. She was 62.

She was born Aug. 30, 1950, in San Antonio, and, attended Incarnate Word High School and later graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1973.

She taught in the Northside ISD for 14 years at what was then Shenandoah Elementary, now Blattman.

"When I first met Terry, she was my daughter's second-grade teacher -- so loved by the children and parents as well. She really cared about my child and made me feel that the most important part of her job was to see her students succeed," said friend Sandy Alder. "Later, when I became a teacher along side Terry, I learned about the loving and silliness of this special person. Only Terry could tell a story and make you laugh until your sides hurt."

After her time in the classroom, she switched to a different aspect of education and sold textbooks for Pearson Education.

About 20 years ago, she met John Bezdek at an afternoon party given by some mutual friends.

"I saw her across the room. I just thought, she has such an cool," John said. "I asked my friend, 'who do you think that is?' and he said, 'I don't know.' I said, 'I think she's pretty cute and I'm going to try and get a date with her.' "

He called, but she wouldn't go out with him until she was able to find out more about him, through a girl friend of hers. After an exchange of enough information, they went out. Their first date was the Pig Auction at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. At the time, she didn't know it was an important event. Even years later, the way she recalled it, complete with the disbelieving tone of "pig auction?" always made for a great story. But even before that first date ended, she invited him to join her for a Michael Crawford concert. She already had the tickets.

They dated, and he proposed a few months later during a dinner at L'Etoile. He had planned for the wedding to take place in about a year, but she told him she could only get married in July, because that was the only month she had vacation time from textbook sales. Instead, they married about three months later, in July 1993.

"It was her spontaneity," John said. "You never knew if she was kidding about something."

Even though Terry's job took a lot of time, she made time to volunteer with groups such as Lo Bello de San Antonio, Junior Forum, the Battered Women and Children's Shelter, and doing a prison ministry, just to name a few. She even modeled for a fashion show for a small clothing store.

When she received the diagnosis that she had cancer about two years ago, she kept up her schedule and activities as much as she could, including having their usual Christmas party and getting out as much as she could. As just one example, she went to a child's 3-year-old party just one day after a chemotherapy session. Seeing that little smile was much more important.

"Even when she went to her chemo, she would talk to everyone in the room," said a friend, Ester Kline. "A
Published in Express-News on Dec. 9, 2012 
Created by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
Record added: Oct 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119090026
Teresa Terry <i>Gonzales</i> Bezdek
Added by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
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