Teruko Achtermann, accomplished seamstress

August 14, 2019

Teruko Achtermann, known to many as “Mum Mum” or “Teddy,” of Lewes passed away peacefully at home Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.  Born Oct. 23, 1926, in Osaka, Japan,  where she met and married her husband John, stationed there during World War II, before moving to the States and becoming a citizen.

She worked at Dressco in Lewes and then Ken Stacy in Georgetown. Because of her love for sewing, she was able to help make a lot of brides-to-be have their most beautiful day by altering their wedding dress.  She worked at Candlelight Bridal Shop in Millsboro for over 20 years.  She also enjoyed crocheting and playing poker, but her passion was going to the casino.  Her favorite show was the Walking Dead; needless to say, she loved horror movies.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Achtermann; and daughter Joan Radish.

Teruko is survived by two sons, John Achtermann of Angola and Joseph Achtermann of Oak Orchard; and two daughters, Lola Achtermann of Lewes, and Mary Saulsbury and her husband Joby of Mardela Springs, Md.  She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Johnny, Teruko, Louie, Stephanie, Jerry, Allan, Matt, Erin, Steven, Nicole and Christina; along with 19 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, with a viewing and visitations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The Rev. Evans Clark will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. John’s United Methodist Church Cemetery in Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Drive, Suite 202, Millsboro, DE  19966. 

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