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13 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Denise Sander Tertrais

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April 8, 1918–October 10, 2015

Denise Sander Tertrais, 97, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Fair Oaks Ranch. A very strong and courageous woman, she was a resident of Paris, France where she and her family were part of the Resistance during World War II, having both father and brother committed to Buchenwald concentration camp. She lived in France until 1960, when she moved to the United States and became an American citizen. She enjoyed volunteer work, making good use of her many talents, and was very family-oriented. Denise was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Tertrais. Survivors include her sister, Helen Beder, who is still in France; daughter, Catherine Bila and husband V.J.; 3 grandchildren, Vera, Christopher and his wife Angie, and Gregory Bila; 5 great-grandchildren, Denise, Monica, and Charles Chaloupka and Madeleine and Carter Bila; as well as a great-great-grandchild, Anthony Kelley.


The Rosary will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala. Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park North. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer research at University of Texas Health and Science Center or MD Anderson.

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