Born on the family farm in Wilmot Township, on Dec. 23, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Katharine Cummiskey Kinsley. She attended the Sciotavale and Grant Hill schools before graduating from Wyalusing High School with honors.
Following graduation, Theresa worked for the North Pennsylvania Power Company in Towanda. She then worked many years as a bookkeeper for the J.V. Taylor Company in Wyalusing. In 1972, she became employed by the Taylor McCarty & Sons car dealership in Wyalusing as a bookkeeper and worked there until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1983.
On Aug. 30, 1947 she married Melbourne Huffman and they made their home for many years in Sugar Run before building a new home on the outskirts of Wyalusing in 1971 where they enjoyed a view of the Susquehanna River and sitting together on the front porch until Melbourne’s passing on Jan. 13, 1994.
In her retirement “Aunt Theresa,” as she was affectionately known by many in the area, kept busy with daily activities at her church, sewing, crafting and attending to her flowers and vegetable garden. Theresa loved to travel and enjoyed many trips throughout the United States as well as Australia, Ireland and most recently the Holy Land. She enjoyed friendships with the various priests that served her parish over the years, which continued for years after they left the area.
She is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Vincent Antonich of Spring Lake, MI; five brothers and sisters-inlaw, Gerald and Betty Kinsley of Orlando, FL, Robert and Julyene Kinsley of Dunedin, FL, Jack and Bonnie Kinsley of Newark, DE, William Kinsley of Richmond, VA and Donald Kinsley of Bowie, MD; sisters-in-law, Mary Kinsley of Alexandria, VA, Marilyn and Larry Kneller and Peggy Huffman, all of Wyalusing. brother-in-law, Lloyd and Kathryn Huffman of Wyalusing. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, J. Richard, and Michael and sisters, Katharine, Marguerite, and Helen.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, her pastor, as celebrant. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at the funeral home.
The family will provide the flowers and request that memorials be directed to St. Anthony’s Cemetery Association, c/o Wayne Hussong, 1543 SR 4002, Mehoopany, PA 18629.
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