On August 18, 2021, Tracey Jeanne Terpstra could not refuse the call of her husband, Mark Terpstra, to join him on a one-way adventure to a place those left behind can only dream about. Her late husband passed on the same day, four years prior, so while this loss comes as a complete shock and overwhelms us all with sadness, we can at least be comforted in the knowing that their beautiful love story continues in eternity.
Tracey was born on September 27, 1962, in Montclair, New Jersey. Her first ten years were spent in Wayne, NJ where she attended Montclair Kimberly Academy. Following a move to Kinnelon, NJ, she graduated from DePaul High School and later, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY (1984). She started her career at NBC Studios in New York City as a Page. She has shared numerous stories about this time in her life and how magical it was – highlighting the life-long friendships made. Despite her gradual climb up the corporate ladder and working on shows like Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, as any Page during that time will tell you, “Once a Page, always a Page.”
Tracey married the love of her life, Mark Terpstra, on August 28, 2004, and moved the family to Vero Beach, FL in 2009. Together they created a relationship that left all of us in awe and firm believers that soulmates do exist. Family was their number one priority and their two sons, Ryan Scott and Michael John, are the truest example of what comes out of an epic love story. Their weekends, and any free time gifted, was dedicated to family which was typically evenings at home playing cards or chess, having some wine by a roaring fire while listening to their most cherished classics …especially Tracey’s favorite, Bruce Springsteen.
She returned to work as the secretary and admissions coordinator at St Helen’s Catholic School in Vero Beach. It would be here that her faith was nurtured and strengthened, and where she would make a lasting impact on so many students, parents, and staff.
Tracey was predeceased by her father, Richard Michael Timothy (2006) and her husband, Mark Terpstra (2017). She is survived by her sons, Ryan Scott Terpstra and Michael John Terpstra, her mother, Lynne Gilbert Timothy of Vero Beach, FL, her brother, Michael Sean Timothy of Boise, Idaho, and her sister, Jennifer Lyn Timothy of Vero Beach, FL. She is also survived by her niece and nephews: Casey, Colin, Matthew, Jake and Cole.
A Mass at St Helen Catholic Church will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation (thank you cards, food, care packages) in Tracey’s name to the ICU medical staff at Cleveland Clinic, Vero Beach.
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