Therese (Terri) Bentley

Published on Friday, 14 January 2022 16:47


Therese (Terri) Bentley 65, of Forestville, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2021, surrounded and comforted by loved ones. Terri was born in Bristol to the late Wilbur and Ellen Bentley on Oct. 13, 1955. She was educated in Bristol schools, and graduated from Tunxis C.C. with a degree in Business/Mgt. She married Rit Grzeszczk in 1986 at Butternut Falls, Terryville.

Terri was employed by Colonial Spring, Bristol for many years, where she had many friends.

She enjoyed hiking and the outdoors. She also had many hobbies including stained glass, gardening, hiking and camping. Some of her and Rit’s favorite vacation spots were beaches in the Caribbean, Cape Cod, and Florida. Terri’s love of horses was evident through her volunteer work at Shepard Meadows Equestrian Center in Bristol, as well as spending time at her sister’s farm, helping to care for the horses. She was also on the committee with the Orsi Family Fund raiser for many years. Terri loved all animals, especially her cats Tigger, Scotchie, and Gi-Gi.

During her final years, Terri developed Parkinson’s Disease. She never did anything halfway which meant participating in the clinical trials, boxing to maintain agility, Big-and-Loud classes, and with groups working towards a cure.

Terri will be cherished in the memories of her sisters Sue Stone of Middlefield, Dot Gooding of Plainville, and her best friend since 3rd grade Charlene Bugnacki (Paul) of Lakeland, FL. She was pre-deceased by her husband Rit in 2015, and her niece Cheryl, also in 2015. Terri leaves behind her nephew David (Tammy), great-niece Julia, stepdaughter Jen, and her two children Tyler and Tori, sister-in-law Regina Oulette of Bristol and her family. She also leaves a warm extended family of college friends including Toni Pasquini, Judy Ricard, Rosalie Charest, Iris Wyman, and Cindy Carbone.

A celebration of Terri’s life will be held at a future date.

Donations in Terri’s name can be made to or an animal rescue of your choice.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Friday, 14 January 2022 16:47. Updated: Friday, 14 January 2022 16:50.