Resumes Etc. is no longer in business.
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Terrie Osborn, creator of Resumes Etc. and Resumes For Pharmacists, left this world on Saturday, March 5, 2016. She dedicated much of her life to helping others, and will be sorely missed by friends, family and her cat, Amos.
Her family wrote this personal memorial…
Our sister Theresa Marie Osborn passed away recently from a stroke. Terrie specifically requested in her will not to have any calling hours or funeral but to be cremated and have her ashes spread over Lake Ontario. She also requested not to have an obituary… however… we felt the need to do something or create a place for people to express their feelings and maybe gain some closure. So this is our Facebook memorial/obit for her. This post was written by her siblings: Stephanie Winslow, Michael Osborn and Michelle Scrimale. Although sometimes written in a first person style its the three of us.
Terrie was born on December 15th, 1954 to William and Jo-Ann Osborn. Growing up in Mattydale, Terrie attended St. Margaret’s moved to Central Square in the summer of 1968. She graduated from Paul V. Moore High School in 1972.
As a high school teen she was a model for a plaster cast sculpture of a student at a desk. As we recall, it sat in the high school gym during finals. It ended up living in our basement for many years. She made a number of remarkable batik textile works. She learned guitar and sang much to our mother’s delight (Peter Paul & Mary’s The Wedding Song/There is Love). She was a member of the cast of Sing Out Syracuse. We fondly remember her performance in her senior year as the lead in the senior play “Up the Down Staircase.” It opened with her walking down the aisle of the high school auditorium in character, with Elton John singing Tiny Dancer in the background. It gave me chills – I remember being very proud that this was my big sister.
Terrie was a natural entrepreneur and during this time painted hair barrettes and sold them in Winks clothing store in Central Square. She also painted rocks bright orange with tiger stripes and found interesting spots in the yard for her creations. Most likely not to our father’s delight! Her artistic interests turned out to be an important road map for her life.
Many of us conform to the life of job, marriage, maybe kids… our sister did not. We lost track of the number of time she was engaged (at least three). Terry also had a number of interesting jobs. She lived in Stowe, Vermont and was Maria von Trapp’s personal secretary for many years. She traveled a great deal with Maria and had many stories of their experiences. Then she moved to Florida staying with our Aunt Jean Wisinski and worked for the Miami Herald. Eventually she came back to Central Square to work/manage at our parent’s restaurant (Wilborn’s). After our father retired from the business she established a resume writing service out of her home.
Our sister had an inquisitive mind and lived in the world of ideas. While most people collect antiques or fill their homes with “stuff,” Terrie’s home is filled with ideas: books, paintings, sculpture, rocks, music and of course cats.
She had a deep emotional attachment to cats and often took in strays. Here is one cat story of many. She lived in a house up in the Square next to the old post office. She adopted a cat that showed up one day. She kept it fed, and the cat kept coming back. She had a “cat door” installed so the cat could have a easier time getting in and out of the house. She came home one day and found about a dozen cats in her kitchen!
Terrie was a creative literary soul that kept extensive journals – an artist – that painted, sang, played guitar, and sculpted at different times over the course of her life… and that artistic sensibility evolved into resume writing. She enjoyed learning about people’s lives and then creating a document that was not only unique to that person but also helped them pursue their destiny.
Terrie long had an interest in politics and also in creative charities that benefited third world communities, such as Heifer International. More than just talking politics she acted on her beliefs. Lately, Terrie worked for the Immigrant Refugee Program in Syracuse as a writer. We think that a contribution to this program in her memory would be fitting. Donations can be made at this address and messages can be attached to your gift.
Terrie was very close to the director of this program, Sheikhnoor Adan. The program has many needs and we think she would be at peace knowing that some tangible good was part of her final act on life’s stage.
Growing up in our family… sharp wit, dry humor, understatement and sarcasm were hallmarks of our daily conversations, especially at the dinner table. Terrie’s sense of humor was all of the above. Aside from her creative talents, we will long remember the many laughs and jokes we shared together. Even during that dark time of our parents passing, the four us would look at each other, crack jokes, and laugh. Maybe just to break up the sadness. Those will be the memories we will treasure and miss the most.
So dear reader… extended family, and friends of our sister… please post your stories, pictures and memories of our sister on her Facebook page. We encourage you to share this on your wall in the hopes that one of her many distant, far flung friends can be reached.
-Stephanie, Michael and Michelle