Theresa Lynn Praskach, a longtime Vineyard resident, died at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. on Friday, Feb. 26. She was 57.

Teri, as she was affectionately known, was born in New Brunswick, N.J. on Jan. 26, 1959, a daughter of Robert Praskach and Jean Lyons Praskach. She grew up in Piscataway, N.J. and was a graduate of Pius X High School. Teri held degrees from Trenton State College and had a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a concentration in silk screening and print making. She was a Master Gardener, having been certified through horticulture courses on Cape Cod, and a flower farmer, artist, chef, music lover, and a friend to all, especially children and seniors, dogs, cats, and all animals. She was devoted to her radio shows, especially those about gardening. The flowers she grew from seed were famous for her distinctive yellow cans, which informed all that Teri had grown them with hard work and lots of love. They were sold to friends and at many farmers’ markets and used for parties, weddings, fundraisers, and occasions.

Teri was well-known for her many close friendships. At 20 she crossed the country with her good friend Kathy Tarantola. She remained friends with Mary Powers from grade school until the present. She was a special aide and companion to Patricia Nanon of The Yard, and she taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury for many years. She grew her flowers for many years at Katama Farm, now the Farm Institute.

Teri lived on Martha’s Vineyard for more than 30 years. For the past four years she lived with and took care of Iole (Nonna) Gardella and her daughter Nancy Gardella in Vineyard Haven. When it became clear that Nonna had to stay in her own home for the past year and a half Teri willingly and enthusiastically moved to White Plains, N.Y.

Teri was predeceased by her mother, Jean Lyons. She is survived by her father Bob Praskach and stepmother Jane Praskach; her loving sister Cyndy Tenaglia and her husband Alfred; her brother Thomas Praskach and his wife Lisa; and her niece Jamie Poore. She is also survived by other nieces, nephews, and friends, and by Chris and Lilly Clark of Rockford, Ill. and their children, her special buddies Corbyn Clark-Garza and Dominic Clark. Many of her dogs and cats predeceased her, and she is survived by her precious dog companions Silvio and Lil’Bit and her cat Teddy.

Arrangements were under the care of the Selover Funeral Home in North Brunswick, N.J. An online guest book is available at

Donations in Teri’s name may be made to The Farm Institute, P.O. Box 1868, Edgartown, MA 02539, or the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539. The best remembrance would be to plant a patch of tulips, her favorite flower, and call the new garden Teri’s Tulips.