Therese “Tante” Edenhofer was born on June 24, 1928, in Achslach, Germany, and passed away peacefully on July 9, 2022 at her home in Portland, Oregon. A rosary and Mass will be held Wednesday, July 27, at Holy Rosary Church, with the rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Mass to follow at 10 a.m.

Therese was raised on her family’s farm in Bavaria, where she took care of the animals and helped her parents with her 13 siblings. She came to the United States in 1950, following her uncle, Father Romuald Edenhofer, a Benedictine monk at Mount Angel Abbey. She began working for Dr. Beilstein during the day and took English classes at night. Later, she worked at the Bank of California, where she would work until she retired.

For 72 years, she was a parishioner at Holy Rosary Parish. In her spare time, Therese cooked for the parish’s Domin-ican priests and baked them Christmas cookies. Once retired, she helped clean the church weekly.

Therese’s passions were tending her beautiful garden, cooking (especially dumplings for her nephews) and baking delicious pies and cookies. She always opened her kitchen to family, friends, and those in need. A devout Catholic, Therese prayed the rosary each day and dedicated her life to God. She was the kindest soul, and always saw the best in people.

Therese is preceded in death by her parents, Xavier and Helene Edenhofer, and 13 siblings. She is survived by her extended family in Portland including her nephews and niece, Harold Kempster III, Brian Kempster, Kevin Kempster, Edward Kempster, Rebecca Randel and her great nephew, Jason Kempster, whom she raised as her son.