Alma C. Tessman (1914 - 2009)

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Memorial services for Alma C. Tessman, 95, were held at the United Church of Christ in Atlantic, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 with Pastor Nancy Jensen officiating. Interment was in the Atlantic Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Honorary casket bearers were Galen Newman, Malcom Bishop, Lyle Pigg, Jack Burrows and Jim Rush. Casket bearers were Dale Leander, Jerry Lowers, Robert Vernon, Dennis Johnson, Scott Starkweather, and Dr. Dale Mateson. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic was in charge of the arrangements.
Alma Tessman, 95, passed away at Heritage House, in Atlantic, on Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, 2009.
Alma Clara Tessman was born the daughter of Fred and Sophia (Grulke) Wendt, on June 22, 1914, west of Atlantic, in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She attended schools near Walnut and in Exira, graduating with the Exira High School Class of 1931. She went on to teach in Cameron Township # 7 in Audubon County four years. Alma was married to Earl Herman Tessman in the Methodist Parsonage, in Maryville, Mo., March 14, 1937.
The couple made their homes in Pottawattamie, Audubon and Cass Counties and were blessed with a son, Melvin. Alma was a member of United Church of Christ where she was active in Womens Fellowship Circle. She was part of her neighborhood "Cheerful Workers Club" for 30 years. She enjoyed cooking; baking angel food cakes; gardening and spending time with her family. The family took memorable fishing trips to Minnesota and spent winters in Mesa, Ariz. for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Earl; daughter-in-law Sharon Tessman; her parents; an infant brother Marvin Wendt; two sisters, Winifred Murray and Evelyn Tessman; one brother Wilber Wendt; her grandson Todd Eric Tessman; brothers-in-law, Rod Murray, Arch Tessman and Jesse Bishop; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Wendt and Marie Wendt.
Alma's survivors include her son Melvin of Atlantic; granddaughter Janna Tessman Azim and her husband Tawfik of Sacramento, CA; Melvin's life partner Cheryl Starkweather and her children, Scott Starkweather and wife Dr. Tina Starkweather of Sycamore, Ill., Dr. Andrea Matheson and her husband Dr. Dale Matheson and their daughter Abby of Johnson, IA; brothers, Ervin Wendt of San Diego, Calif., and Everett Wendt and wife Wynona of Audubon; and her sister Genevieve Bishop of Merrian, KS.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11, 2009