Wesley Karl Tervo, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2020 at the age of 89.
He was born on February 22, 1931 in Keweenaw Bay, Michigan to Kalle and Kaisa Tervo. Wes grew up on a rural dairy farm along with his brother and four sisters developing a strong work ethic early in life, doing farmhouse chores before and after school. He graduated as valedictorian from Baraga High School in 1949 and became the first person in his town to attend college, earning a scholarship to nearby Michigan College and Technology (now Michigan Tech). After graduating from college in 1953 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Wes took a job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut where he would remain working for 37 years. In 1960, Wes earned a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Wes married the love of his life, Helen Kuehn in 1955. Together, they built a home in Farmington, Connecticut where they lived for 55 years, raising four children.
Wes volunteered his time for numerous organizations, including the Farmington Republican Town Committee and the Lutheran Laymen’s League. He was a longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church, West Hartford, having served as the church’s president, vice president, elder, deacon, and lay minister. Wes also volunteered his time for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at the National level. After retiring from Pratt & Whitney, Wes spent many hours delivering furniture and goods to families in need.
Wes and Helen loved to travel. Besides visiting their four children, they attended the annual Lutheran Laymen’s League Convention for many years. Wes was proud of the fact that he was able to visit all 50 states in his lifetime. He spent vacation time each summer with his family in Eastham, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod) and in retirement, he and his wife purchased a summer cottage there. Wes became a certified airplane private pilot. He also enjoyed skiing, boating, golfing, tennis, bowling, and card games (bridge & pinochle).
Wes is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen (Kuehn) Tervo; his sisters Sylvia (Wallace) Aho, Lillian (the late Edward) Wyszacki, and Ellen (the late Ted) Findlay; his four children, Wesley Tervo, Jr. (Lori), Christine Dwyer (Michael), Steven Tervo (Lori), and Kathryn Tervo; his seven grandchildren: Brian Tervo (Kara), Eric Tervo (Allison), Rebecca Tervo, Megan Tervo (Craig), Mickey Dwyer, Matthew Tervo (Cassidy), and Lauren Dwyer; his four great-grandchildren: Vivienne, Rosa, Juliette, and Keira, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Wes is predeceased by his brother Waino (June) Tervo and his sister Lempi Tervo.
In the later years of his life, Wes’ beloved wife Helen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As Helen’s disease progressed, Wes dedicated all his time and energy to caring for her. His family will always remember Wes’ unwavering patience and love for his wife during these difficult times. The way Wes lived his life by working hard, having a strong faith in Jesus and caring for others is truly an example that his family strives to emulate.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1655 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT 06107 or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com