Terry Tessena

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SMETHPORT - Terry Francis Tessena, 65, of Marion, Miss., formerly of Smethport, died Friday (May 4, 2012) in the Rush Hospital, Meridian, Miss.
He was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Olean, N.Y., a son of Myron and Ameliann McKeirnan Tessena. On June 28, 2002, in Marion County, Ala., he married Janice L. Hyde, who died Jan. 30, 2009.
Mr. Tessena was a 1964 graduate of Smethport High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for undergraduate work and St. Bonaventure (N.Y.) University, where he obtained a master's degree in psychology. One achievement he was very proud of was winning the 1988 Outstanding Student in Higher Education award given by the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE).
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1978.
Mr. Tessena was a licensed professional counselor employed by Hope Village for Children of Meridian. He had also previously taught at St. Bonaventure University.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by four sons, Terry (Patty) Tessena of Amesville, Va., Bruce (Stacy) Tessena of Medina, Ohio, Jason (Christy) Tessena of Bradford and Rick Hyde of Smethport; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Tom (Lisa) Tessena of Bradford and Mike (Carol) Tessena of Smethport; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
Memorials, if desired, can be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701; or Hamlin Memorial Library, Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.
Online condolences can be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Bradford Era from May 8 to May 14, 2012
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