Marilyn Oaksmith Tesarik

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January 12, 2014

Marilyn Oaksmith Tesarik, July 8, 1925- January 12, 2014, Florida native Marilyn "Oakie" Tesarik, 88, passed away quietly at her Fort Myers home after a long illness. Born in West Palm Beach, where her father, Vincent Oaksmith was twice mayor, she spent her childhood on Florida's east coast, and later left to attend Ohio State University.

After graduation she worked briefly as a middle school teacher in Palm Beach County until she married her college sweetheart, Jim Kuhnheim, a future pharmaceutical company executive. Together they raised three daughters and moved extensively throughout the country, finally settling in New Canaan, CT. Oakie never abandoned her Florida roots, moving back to Tequesta with Jim until he passed away in 1990. Oakie remarried retired accounting executive David Tesarik and they spent their remaining golden years traveling around the world, until his death in 2009. Oakie will be remembered for her life-long support of animal causes and charitable works, her sense of humor, indefatigable will, and mischievous smile. She was one of a kind and will be missed by her surviving daughters, Jamie Reid, Jill and Jennifer Kuhnheim and their partners, her grandchildren, Casey Stearns and Julian Shireman and her great grandchildren, Makenna and Ryder Stearns, as well as her numerous friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Hillary's Church in Fort Myers on Friday, January 24 at 10 AM with a reception following at The Edison at Fort Myers Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Planned Parenthood, the Animal Foundation of the Palm Beaches or the . Friends may sign the guest book at

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1605 Colonial Blvd.  Ft. Myers, FL 33907
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Published in The News-Press on Jan. 15, 2014
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