Obit: Tesmer, Eldred #3 (1921 - 2012)


Contact: Audrey Roedl



Surnames: Tesmer, Nagel, Devine


----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI) 02 MAY 2012-05


Tesmer, Eldred (08 JUNE 1921-24 APRIL 2012)


Eldred H. Tesmer, 90, Loyal, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 27, at St. Anthony‘s Catholic Church, Loyal. Rev. Keith Kitzhaber officiated. Burial of cremains followed in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.


Eldred Howard Tessmer was born on June 8, 1921, in Colby, the son of Herman and Helen (nee Nagel) Tesmer. As a young, he moved with his family to a farm north of Neillsville, where he received his education and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1938. He married Shirley jean Schmitz on July 15, 1942, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville. They farmed in the town of Freemont, rural Spencer; Eldred also worked for Tesmer Construction and Berg Equipment for more than 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’s Catholic Church and a former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Chili, a former 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) Tesmer, Chetek, James (Sherry) Tesmer, Madison, Joanne Tesmer, Marshfield, and Susan (Bob) Devine, Racine; seven grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Milford Tesmer, Neillsville; two sisters-in-law, Goldie Tesmer, Marshfield, and Winifred Tesmer, Florida; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


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


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


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Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, assisted the family with arrangements.



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