Memorial services set for slain teacher Theresa Lockhart

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A teacher from Portage found dead months after her disappearance will be laid to rest next month.

The burial Mass for Theresa Lockhart is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, according to her online obituary. The service will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, at 936 Lake St. in Kalamazoo. A graveside service for Lockhart will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Wyoming at 2:30 p.m.

Theresa’s obituary listed her death on May 18 – the same day she was last seen alive. She was reported missing two days later by her employer.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, authorities found Lockhart’s body in a shallow grave in the Allegan State Game Area. The discovery came hours after police found her husband dead inside their home from an apparent suicide.

Police said Christopher Lockhart left a note confessing to killing his wife after he snapped during an argument. The note also contained a hand-drawn map showing where his wife was buried.

An autopsy concluded she was likely choked to death.

**Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the cause of Lockhart’s death was unknown. That was incorrect. An Oct. 25 autopsy concluded she was likely choked to death.

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