Tirzah M. F. Krey

June 17th, 2013

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.


31 Entries in Guest Book for “Tirzah M. F. Krey”

  1. Heather Stoll says:

    Praying for the family and friends of Tirzah Krey. May she rest in eternal peace.

  2. Rob Fasulo says:

    7th grade science. Thanks. You will be missed

  3. Donald Barker says:

    It was a privilege to be in Miss Krey’s class for both 7th and 8th grade science at the North Intermediate. I still remember who she would relate her stories from Germany with various concepts that we learned in class. Rest in peace, Miss Krey.

  4. Sharon Dellascio Wyatt says:

    I remember her clearly as a kind, and wonderful teacher at the West – such fond memories. Rest in peace and may her family cherish their memories of her lifetime. Thanks for being a great teacher.

  5. Charlotte says:

    I had Ms Krey as a science teacher at the West Intermediate.. All the stories she told were amazing..What a great teacher she was.. RIP

  6. Bill Mc says:

    Never forgot Miss Krey as a teacher back … way back when. She was kind and always had a story for the class. Thank you for all you taught me as an 8th grader.

  7. Rev. Ted and Rebecca Krey says:

    Aunt Tirzah, we love you and and are thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ for your faith and love towards family, friends and all with whom you came into contact. Your example and memory are deeply cherished. With much love!
    The Dominican Kreys

  8. Andrew & Sally and June Olson from Savannah says:

    Tootsie, I have a wonderful picture of you with Hanna, Suzi, and Esther at Christmas 2009. It reminds me that I have sisters who are beautiful inside and outwardly. You were my first Sunday School teacher and you helped me with all my Science Fair projects. You combined your deep faith with scientific research to make many things real and believable. And thanks for you loyal and regular support for the maritime ministry. We will miss you. God knows we will miss you. Love, Andrew

  9. Sally Krey says:

    My prayers are with Tirzah’s eternal soul and all my family members at this time. My heart will be in Wilmington over the next several days even though I am unable to attend because of obligations I have for caring for my 93 year old mother here in Georgia. May the peace which passes all understanding sustain us all at this time. Godspeed dear Tootsie.

  10. Michael Harrington says:

    Like so many others, I have the warmest and fond memories of her teaching Science to my 7th grade class the first year that the West Intermediate opened in 1966. She also cast and directed me as Ebenezer Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL that same year and I truly do attribute her loving guidance throughout that experience as the birth of what became a professional career in acting. I will offer up a special prayer of memory to her tonight and send thanks to God for having been enriched by her sure hand. Peace to her many surviving brothers and sisters, but especially to John (also one of my teachers), Shem and dearest Susanna.

  11. Sarah & Mark Jorgensen says:

    Aunt Tirzah, your bubbly, caring, loving example of how to be a Christian woman will be sincerely missed. Our world will sadly miss yet another soul that made it just a little bit better with your presence. 54 won’t be the same without you, but look forward to seeing you again in eternity with all our loved ones who went on before. Love Always!

  12. Lily says:

    It is impossible for me to write this without thinking about all my family and life at the ranch. Unfortunately, I am far away but my thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle to find peace this week with the loss of such a gregarious personality like Tirzah! She will be missed but never forgotten. Her smile, her laugh, her stories, her love of life and song – in fact, everything about her sparkling personality made her lovely to be around. My first Sunday School teacher, she made it fun to be in church! Her former students know it well – a great teacher never dies….their lessons last forever. Aunt Tootsie, we will miss you!

  13. Jason Dango says:

    RIP Ms. Krey. You were a great teacher and person. I didn’t always enjoy being in school but can honestly say always enjoyed being in your class. Thoughts and prayers with your family at this time. JJD. WHS Class of 1997

  14. Stacie Murphy says:

    I have many many memories of Ms. Krey in 7th and 8th grade science classes at the North Intermediate. I learned about science and Germany and loved every class. God Bless you Ms. Krey.

  15. Kristen H says:

    You were a wonderful teacher and an aspiring woman. Your class was one of few in middle school I enjoyed.

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  17. Ben Krey says:

    I am filled with joy reading so many of Miss Krey’s former students share wonderful reflections! One of my Krey aunts or uncles (I cannot remember who) once shared this image of Aunt Tootsie: because she loved to converse, when Aunt Tootsie would go swimming in the ocean with friends or family, someone said they saw her mouth still moving as the salty waves went right over her head. Truely she was a gifted teacher who would never run out of class material! I look forward that day at the foot of the Throne when we can hear Aunt Tootsie teaching & singing endless praises to God. See you at Pinewood on Friday. God Bless! Ben

  18. John Marsi says:

    RIP Miss Krey! My condolences go out to the entire Krey family.

  19. Linda Kern Nelson says:

    My thoughts and prayers go to the Krey relatives. I was in Tootsie’s presence on a very few occasions and, even so, it was obvious to me what a special person she was.

  20. Carlene Krey says:

    I met Tirzah before I met her wonderful brother,John. We were attending church in a school waiting for our church to be built. As the men were working on the structure , she would bring gourmet luncheons to all the workers. My Dad would look forward to the luncheon more than the work.
    I eventually married John and became a member of a fabulous Christian family. Tirzah and I walked the past 35 years together, through great times and in the end not so great. We were always soul mates. I will miss her dearly but she is walking with Jesus now, the best of all soul mates.

  21. Kristen Hall says:

    I’m a proud student of Miss Krey’s 8th grade Homeroom & Science Class at the North Intermediate School 1989-1990. Miss Krey was a great teacher and made learning fun. I won first place in the science fair on my project ” Red Blood Cells.” Miss Krey you will always be remembered and missed. ?

  22. Kristen Hall says:

    The question mark was supposed to be a heart

  23. Heidi says:

    Thoughts and prayers are going to Ms. Krey’s family. I have many happy memories of her. She shared her life and knowledge with all of her students. She will be missed.

  24. Eric Hiltz says:

    It was a true privilege to have been in Ms. Krey’s class in 7th grade at the North Intermediate. She embodied everything I strive to be as a teacher. Her unwavering kindness and compassion towards her students and her passion for science were inspiring. Thank you for making my time at the North Intermediate special!

  25. Tracey Lamb says:

    I was a student of Tirzah’s at the West Intermediate–science wasn’t my favorite class, but I did enjoy Ms Krey’s class. I am even now a middle school science teacher myself! The Lord brought us together again when I began attending Pinewood-she was one of the first members I talked with. I have been blessed to have known Tirzah for these past 18 years at church. I am also thankful that my son also got to hear her share her faith in Jesus and His love for us during vacaton bible school. She will be dearly missed, although I can’t help but to be joyful that she is with her Lord and Savior. My prayers are with the entire Krey family.

  26. Patty says:

    Such sad news. She was an amazing teacher and will always be fondly remembered. Prayers to the Krey family and may she rest in peace.

  27. Bernie McNally says:

    Ms. Krey was an amazing teacher. She always strived to make each student as successful as they could be. When I had her as both my homeroom teacher and Science teacher in 8th grade, we were allowed a moment of peace in homeroom and she shared her deep faith with us in a way that any denomination could relate. She was a teacher in every sense of the word. Rest in Peace dear lady.

  28. Jack and Renny Kidder says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our minds are flooded with memories – first is our meeting Pastor and Mrs. Krey at our home in Woburn, Ma in the early 60’s. What a story we heard and wonderful conversation. We attended a wedding (brothers playing brass instruments from the balcony and beautifully decorated lawn with umbrella tables), a baptism and Christmas (large beautifully decorated tree with candle lights). When we moved to CT we sang at Andrew and Sally- son (Ben, I think) baptism in Bristol. We have kept up with Philip’s and Andrew’s career via newsletters. Praise God for a wonderful, inspiring family! – Blessing on you. all.

  29. Cindy Stone Eddy says:

    I fondly remember Miss Krey as a kind woman who had much patience with me as my science teacher at the West Intermediate school many years ago.
    My condolences to all of her family.

  30. Barry Garen says:

    Having Miss Krey in the 7th and 8th gardes was wonderful. With her direction in drama she inspired me to act. Which I am doing this day 40 yeras later…..

  31. Cassandra says:

    I am so very sad to hear of Miss Krey’s passing, and clearly many months later. I have been thinking of her from time to time recently and thought I would look her up. Miss Krey was one of the most inspiring teachers I had in Wilmington Public Schools. I always looked forward to home from and her science class, but honestly what I remember most were her deeply personal stories about Germany and her childhood. She was very real, and her students were able to relate to her in a unique way. And of course, I will always remember her skipping around singing the “Umbrella Song.” Rest in peace, Miss Krey.

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