This memorial website was created in memory of a remarkable woman, Theresa Marie Schindler.
Terri was born in Pennsylvania on December 03, 1963 to Robert and Mary Schindler and passed away in Pinellas Park, Florida on March 31, 2005 at the age of 41.
Terri is the sister of Suzanne Vitadamo and Bobby Schindler,who together with their parents,fought day and night for 15 years to help save their sister Terri's life.
Terri,hidden away from the world for 5 years by her estranged husband Michael Schiavo, touched more lives in her 41 years than many do in an entire lifetime.
Michael denied Terri therapy, preventing her progress after her brain injury. Even though he denied her therapy, Terri still found her own natural skills to smile and communicate with her family.
From March 18,2005 until March 31,2005,Michael Schiavo inflicted the worse kind of inhumane death on Terri that we, as a civilized society, could possibly imagine.
Michael deprived Terri of any food or water.
Despite Terri not given any water or food, Terri fought hard for 14 days to show her family how much she had wanted to live. However, on March 31, 2005, at
9:05 AM ET, Terri's deprived and weakened body could
no longer fight.
Terri is free from harm now and is in the hands of God.
Forever, Terri will remain in our hearts.
In summary, words from Mary Schindler:
4/22/2005 3:00 PM ET
"My heart aches over the loss of my daughter. She was a part of my daily life for the last 41 years. She would have been residing in our home with us for the last fifteen years had she been allowed. She was, and will always be my baby. I will never forget her. I miss her terribly. The pain and distress she was in during her final days because of what they did to her will never leave my mind. Bob has a difficult time sleeping at night. The last we were told was that Michael cremated Terri. This week, our attorneys told us she is still here in Florida. Michael will not tell us where, or what he will do with her and this breaks my heart. As her Mother, I want my daughter to be buried where our family may visit her gravesite. Our only relief right now comes in knowing they can bring no more harm to her. We know that she is safe and in the protected hands of God."
Terri's Memorial Website will remain on line forever.
Please share Terri's Memorial website with others and remember to light a candle for her. Terri's Memorial Website is dedicated to Terri and her family by Cheryl Ford RN at www.Fight4Terri.org and the many wonderful friends who fought for Terri's life.
Update: August 29, 2009 : It is with great sadness that we learn on August 29, 2009, Terri's Dad, Robert S. Schindler Jr. passed away of heart failure at the age of 71 years old.
Dearest Bob.. you will never be forgotten. Many join hands in prayers for you and Terri as you embrace in heaven as father and daughter.
Our Fight4Terri by Cheryl Ford, RN and Dr. J.E. Craddock is 400 pages of the very first expose and sourcebook on the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case! Discover the true facts behind the most significant legal battle over constitutional rights of the disabled in history. Read the actual documents. Discover the dangers all Americans face with Terri's death! Order your copy at
~ ~ ~
Click on "Audio" tab above to hear songs on Terri's "LIFE" CD. Songs were written for Terri by musician and songwriter Wayne Galley. Purchase of LIFE CD helps to support Terri's foundation and can be purchased for only $15 plus shipping and handling at:
~ ~ ~
First Formal Memorial and Mass for Terri was Held:
Tuesday April 5, 2005 at 7:00 PM ET
Most Holy Name Of Jesus Church
5800 15th Avenue South
Gulfport, Florida 33707
Approximately 1100 people attended Terri's Mass.
Many had to sit outside of the church on folding chairs.
Bobby spoke about his sister and how she had received the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart was sent to Terri by a Vietnam Veteran who said that Terri was a true hero.
"Where there is life, there is hope"
~Theresa Marie Schindler ~