Teresa (Dellinger) Papai

September 22, 1950 ~ August 26, 2022 (age 71)


Teresa E. (Dellinger) Papai, 71, of Kendallville, Indiana, passed away on Friday Aug. 26, 2022, at Orchard Pointe in Kendallville, Indiana.  She was born on Sept. 22, 1950, in Decatur to Ted E. and Patsy (Fox) Dellinger.

She graduated from Parkway High School in 1968. Teresa retired from GE after 34 years of service.

She was previously married to Audley Turner who preceded her in death on Aug. 2011.  She later married Marty Papai on Aug. 18, 1997.  Teresa was a member of American Legion Post 240 Auxiliary. She was part of the cook and prep team for fish fries on Friday for many years. She also belonged to the Eagles in Kendallville. She loved to read.

She loved the Indianapolis Colts football team, going to games. She loved cooking for the Colt’s parties, and she loved flowers.

She leaves behind husband Marty Papai of Kendallville, sons, John Turner of Albion, and Chris (Kathy) Turner of Monroeville, grandchildren, Mason, Clay, Garrett and great grandsons Layne and Brady. Also surviving are sisters, Toni Pentino, Tamara (Ken) Cochran, and Trudy (Greg) Morrison; brothers, Ted (Jane) Dellinger and Tim Dellinger; and brother-in-law, Butch Ulrich.  She was preceded in death by her parents Ted E. and Patsy Dellinger and her sister Tracy Ulrich.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Orchard Pointe and Heart to Heart Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Teresa.

There will be a celebration of life at later date.  Contributions in Teresa's memory may be directed to Avilla American Legion Post #240 or Kendallville Eagles.  To sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence, visit

Arrangements by Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla.

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