Tirzah M. F. Krey
Dedicated to Education and Service to Others
WILMINGTON – Tirzah Krey, 79, was called to be with her Lord after a long illness on June 15, 2013. A retired science teacher for the Wilmington Public Schools with 38 years of service, Tirzah was beloved, respected and remembered by her students.
The sixth of 16 children, Tirzah was born March 4, 1934 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania to the late Rev. Rudolf E. M. Krey and the late Gertrude Emilie (Behrens) Krey. Along with her family she spent several years of her childhood in Germany eventually returning to Brooklyn, New York. After relocating to Haverhill, Massachusetts, the family settled in Wilmington in 1959.
Pursuing her natural ability to teach, Tirzah attended Salem State Teachers College graduating with highest honors in 1956. She first taught at an elementary school in Haverhill and in 1960 began her long career for the Town of Wilmington. With a passion for knowledge and commitment to professional development, Tirzah continued her education at Boston University receiving her M.Ed. in June of 1963 and then furthered her science concentration with numerous courses at Tufts University.
In addition to teaching Middle School Science, Tirzah directed the Drama Club as well as countless school plays, even coaching Boys’ Junior High basketball. Her teaching methods were creative and she was tireless in encouraging and motivating students to learn. Moreover, with her years of experience and enthusiasm, she encouraged many aspiring teachers.
Dedicated to the well-being of others, Tirzah quietly and often anonymously assisted people in need with financial support and thoughtful gifts. An active member of Pinewood Lutheran Church, she served as choir director, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and for many years directed the Christmas pageant. She was a member of her church’s Action Group and attended several weekly Bible studies. In addition to her devotion to teaching, Tirzah had many interests, including music, theology, family history, and writing. Her hobbies included arts and crafts, floral design, and holiday decorating. Famous for her chocolate, Tirzah was a gourmet cook trained under Madeline Kamen.
She loved children and they loved her. Throughout her teaching and retirement years, wherever she went ‘Miss Krey’ would be regularly recognized and greeted by former students in all walks of life who expressed their gratitude for her positive influence on their lives.
Tirzah is the dear sister of the late Ruth Krey Stark and her late husband William; Esther Krey Lowrey of Wilmington and her late husband Albert; Rev. Matthias R. L. Krey and his wife Joan of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; the late Johanna I. M. Krey; Phoebe Krey Lanzoni, MD of Millburn, NJ and her late husband Vincent Lanzoni, MD; John T. F. Krey and his wife Carlene of Andover; Mirjam Krey Catellier and her husband Claude Catellier, MD of Sainte-Petronille, Quebec, Canada; Rhoda U. Morris and her husband James of Wakefield; Priscilla Krey Loring of Andover and her late husband Charles; Rev. Peter D. S. Krey, PhD and his wife Nora of Albany, CA; the late James H. J. Krey; Rev. Andrew E. V. Krey and his wife Sally of Savannah, GA; Rev. Philip D. W. Krey, PhD and his wife René Diemer of Philadelphia, PA; Shem G. W. Krey and his wife Alice Kern of Doha, Qatar; and Susanna H. Krey and her husband Charles Miller of Brecksville, OH. Tirzah is also survived by two generations of nieces and nephews and many relatives in Germany.
Visiting hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA 01887 (978-658-4744). Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Friday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Pinewood Lutheran Church, 24 Wilmington Road, Burlington, MA 01803 (781-273-1610). Interment will follow the service at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.
Donations in memory of Tirzah Krey may be made to the Mission Fund of Pinewood Lutheran Church, 24 Wilmington Road, Burlington, MA 01803.