Life Story / Obituary
Theresa Bouchard, beloved wife of Deacon Don Bouchard, D.O., loving stepmother to Nicole Russo and Spencer Bouchard, and caring grandmother, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Theresa was devoted to her family and her faith. Her legacy spans from helping raise Nicole and Spencer, her service to her church community, organizing and participating in charitable and community events, providing loving and compassionate care to her patients and their families as a pediatric nurse, and her role as a co-founder and healthcare provider at Holy Family Healthcare. Theresa embraced and respected her role as a Deacon’s wife and, through her own faith, followed her husband in whatever direction his ministry called him. Theresa also took her role as a pediatric nurse very seriously and made sure to care for each child with the love, compassion, and patience she would want given to her own family.
Theresa had a loving, generous, and adventurous spirit. As a child, she enjoyed spending time on the water with her parents and siblings. Her teenage years were spent participating in the marching band/color guard and other school clubs. After graduating from nursing school, Theresa developed a fondness for travel as she took assignments all over the country as a traveling nurse. Theresa shared that fondness of travel with Don, Nicole, and Spencer, during their many family vacations and sailing adventures. When she wasn’t spending time with her own family, Theresa was volunteering to help local children get to and from school and making sure they had all the tools and support they needed to excel in their studies and achieve their goals. Theresa was always there to celebrate with you in times of triumph and to wipe your tears in time of sorrow.
While Theresa enjoyed many hobbies and interests in life, the focal point of her love, care, and attention, was her family. She truly enjoyed being engaged in the Spencer and Nicole’s interests. From cheering on Spencer at sporting events and helping Nicole take care of the farm animals, Theresa was there for each of them and found joy in watching them each find something they were passionate about. When it came to her extended family, she always cherished the fun had and memories made while hosting the annual New Year’s Eve party for her siblings and their children. Theresa’s passion for her family was magnified when she became a grandmother. She treasured the times she spent with her grandson, Brendan (son of Nicole and Ricky) and watching his personality grow. The joy Theresa found in caring for and spending time with children extended far beyond her stepchildren and grandson and was shared with all the children she encountered in her practice as a nurse, her service to her church, and her service to the community.
Having been born in Flushing, Michigan, attending Durand High School, graduating from Michigan State University and Hurley School of Nursing, practicing nursing around the country, and serving her community and the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, Theresa’s warm and caring heart touched the lives of so many people. She shared her talents, compassion, and love wherever she went, and she will be deeply missed and affectionately remembered.
Theresa is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband, Dr. Don Bouchard; stepdaughter, Nicole Russo (Ricky); grandson, Brendan Russo; and stepson, Spencer Bouchard (Chelsea); along with her siblings: Paul Wilson (Kathleen), Robert Wilson, John Wilson (Victoria), and Karen Walker (Stephen); and her nieces. Theresa was predeceased by her parents, William and Barbara Wilson.
Please visit Theresa's webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, or sign her guestbook. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.