Sister Theresa Schmidlkofer was a Sister of Mercy for 72 years. Sister Theresa experienced her early education and high school at St. Benedicts, Shawnee, Oklahoma. She continued her education and received a Bachelor of Arts at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana; a Clinical Pastoral Education certificate from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Sister Theresa entered the Sisters of Mercy at Webster Groves, Missouri, on September 8, 1949, and made her final profession of religious vows on August 16, 1956. In 1959, she began her teaching career at Sacred Heart Elementary School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She also taught at Mount St. Mary’s High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; St. Charles Borromeo School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; St. Joseph School, Slaton, Texas; Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Amarillo, Texas; and Mercy High School, St. Louis, Missouri. She was later missioned as Director of Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Social Services Director at Bethany Village Nursing Home, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Pastoral Associate, Senior Outreach Program, Sacred Heart Parish, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Sister Theresa was later missioned in 2016 to Mercy Health Center Convent, Oklahoma City, OK. Sister continued her daily prayers and enjoyed taking care of the Convent flowers, reading, and feeding the birds. She continued to love and was loved by her family, community members, and co-workers.