Eldred H. Tesmer (1921 - 2012)

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Eldred H. Tesmer, 90, of Loyal, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. The Rev. Keith Kitzhaber will officiate and burial of cremains will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church,on Friday, from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Eldred Howard Tesmer was born on 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 on 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 and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Milford Tesmer of Neillsville; two sisters-in-law: Goldie Tesmer of Marshfield and Winifred Tesmer of Florida; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 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 and Raymond Tesmer.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

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

Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Apr. 26, 2012
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