Obit: Tesmer, Eldred Howard #2 (1921 - 2012) 


Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Tesmer, Nagel, Schmitz, Devine, Kitzhaber        


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 5/2/2012


Tesmer, Eldred Howard (8 June 1921 - 24 April 2012)


Eldred H. Tesmer, 90, of Loyal died Tuesday April 24, 2012, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Marshfield.


Eldred Howard Tesmer was born June 8, 1921, in Colby, the son of Herman and Helen (Nagel) Tesmer. As a young boy, Eldred moved with his family to a farm north of Neillsville, where he received his education and graduated from Neillsville High school in 1938.   He was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Schmitz July 15, 1942, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bakerville. They farmed in the Town of Fremont, rural Spencer.  Eldred also worked for Tesmer Construction and Berg Equipment for over 20 years until retiring in 1984.  After his wife’s retirement in 1985, they moved to Phillips and resided there for 14 years.  In 1999 they moved to Loyal and have resided there since.


He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and a former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chili, a former member of the Chili Lion’s Club and was active in the Phillips and Loyal senior citizens.


Eldred had many interests but especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cards, woodworking, carving, hunting and fishing.


He will be dearly missed by his four children: Alan (Ellen) of Chetek, James (Sherry) of Madison, Joanne Tesmer of Marshfield and Susan (Bob) Devine of Racine; seven grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Milford Tesmer of Neillsville; two sisters-in-law, Goldie Tesmer of Marshfield and Winifred Tesmer of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley, March 21, 2011; one son, Warren Tesmer, Nov. 1, 2007; one sister, Marion Tesmer in infancy; and two brothers Robert and Raymond Tesmer.


Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2012, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Keith Kitzhaber officiated and burial of cremains followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation was held at the church Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.


Eldred’s family would like to thank the staff at Neillsville Care & Rehab for the generous and compassionate care they provided the last two months. 


Online condolences may be expressed at


Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is assisting the family with arrangements.




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