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Teresa Joy Kooiman
November 4, 1967 ~ September 7, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
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Teresa Joy Kooiman died peacefully, surrounded by family, on the morning of Thursday, September 7,
2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Teresa was born on November 4, 1967 to John and Iris (Samuelson) Menning in Pipestone, MN. Teresa
grew up on the family farm north of Edgerton, MN with her parents, younger brothers Jason and
Jeremy, and sister Holly. She attended and graduated in 1986 from Edgerton Public School where she
excelled at cheerleading and track. While in high school, Teresa completed the Certified Nursing
Assistant (CNA) program and began working at Good Samaritan Village in Pipestone, MN. In 1987, she
began working as a CNA at Edgebrook Rest Center in Edgerton, MN. In 1994, she started working at the
Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, MN. She worked there for 29 years. Teresa had a passion for
helping people and loved caring for the residents.
Teresa fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Warren Kooiman, and they have been inseparable
ever since. Warren and Teresa were joined in marriage on May 15, 1987, and made their home in
Edgerton, MN. One year later, they welcomed a daughter, Kelly Marie Kooiman, born on May 13, 1988.
A few years later, their family was complete when their son, Shane Alan Kooiman, was born on February
Teresa enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, camping, fishing, bird watching, gardening,
working in her flower beds, reading, puzzles, and spending time with her grandkids, but family was most
important. Their dog Minnie was very dear to Teresa, especially throughout her battle with cancer.
Teresa was preceded in death by her father, John A Menning, Jr., father in-law, Earl Kooiman; 2 infant
brothers: Timothy Menning and James Menning, 2 infant grandbabies, maternal and paternal
She was survived by her husband, Warren Kooiman; her children, Kelly (Calvin) Klosterman of Rushmore,
MN, Shane (Jessica) Kooiman of Chandler, MN. Six Grandchildren: Jayden Russell, Bently Kooiman,
Cooper Kooiman, Sophie Kooiman, Lauren Klosterman, and Brooklyn Klosterman. Mother: Iris (Donald)
Talsma. Mother in-law, Myra Kooiman. Siblings: Jason (Shelli) Menning, Jeremy Menning, and Holly
(Andrew) Albers. Brothers in-law and Sisters in-law: Erwin (Sherri) Kooiman, Marcia (Scott) Landin,
Monica (Jeremy) Arndt. Ten nephews and six nieces.