Marie Tessmer services set for Thursday


Marie Tessmer services set for Thursday

Marie G. Tessmer, 91, of Clermont died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society – Postville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye. 

Interment will be at Alpha Cemetery. 

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the funeral home on Thursday. 

Marie Gertrude (Schuldt) Tessmer, daughter of Heinrich and Martha (Schmaedeke) Schuldt, was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Readlyn. She was baptized at home on the same day by the Rev. C. Meyer. 

She was confirmed April 5, 1936, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner by the Rev. C.J. Mardorf. 

Marie received her education in the Sumner schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1939. She received business training in Waterloo after high school.

On May 12, 1941, Marie was united in marriage with Dean F. Tessmer at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. The couple farmed in several areas, and Marie assisted her husband in their farming operation while raising their children. 

In addition to being a homemaker, Marie was a doll maker and enjoyed sewing. 

She became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society – Postville in December 2012 after living in Clermont for many years.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Dean, who died Sept. 19, 1999; a daughter, Dr. Susan Tessmer Coiner; three brothers, Vern, Henry, and Alfred Schuldt; and a sister, Renetta Egbert.

She is survived by a daughter, Sally (Russell) Schlatter of Arlington Heights, Ill.; three sons, Butch (Jeanne) Tessmer of Elgin, Michael (Gloria) Tessmer of Onalaska, Wis., and Jay Tessmer of Clermont; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cecilia Bassler of Waterloo; and three sisters-in-law, Bernice Tessmer of Tripoli, Della Reiser of Fredericksburg, and Mille Tessmer of Campbell, Minn.

Memorials may be made to the Alpha Cemetery Lawn Care Fund, c/o Garry Tubbs, 24954 Johnsons Mill Rd., Alpha, IA 52171. 

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