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Estella was born July 15th 1921, the daughter of the late Asa and Frances (Marquardt) Jenesma, in the town of Wausau. On February 5th 1941, she was united in marriage to Lester D. Tesch, at St. John Lutheran Church, town of Easton, where they were members. Lester and Estella were third generation farmers on the Tesch dairy farm, which is still in operation today, until moving to Wausau in 1964. Together they shared 27 years of marriage, raising their children and creating memories. For 21 years, Estella worked in the Wausau school district as a cook.
Estella was a giant of fearless faith. She was a dedicated member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schofield, for 49 years and enjoyed volunteering and being a part of the Ladies Aid. Estella was always willing to help family and friends and greatly loved spending time with them. She crocheted many Afghans and read in her spare time. Over the years, Estella traveled to every state, except Florida.
On Wednesday, May 8th 2013, Estella Olga Selma Tesch went to be home with her Lord. She died under the care of AseraCare Hospice, at Acorn Hill, in Mosinee, with family by her side.
She will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Roger (Beverly), Wausau, Arlet (Cliff) Binder, Green Bay, Gary (Penny Hood), Brodhead, WI, and Aaron (Kathy), Carterville, GA; ten grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sister, Ella Bird, Weston; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Jenesma, WA, and Della (Ruben) Marquardt, Wausau; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, on January 16, 1969; great-granddaughter, Kayla Abt; three siblings, Clarence Jenesma, Clara Kurth, and Joyce Tally; and sister- and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Raymond) Marquardt.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 13th, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schofield. Reverend Walter Davidson will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, town of Easton. Family will receive guests Sunday, May 12th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Helke Funeral Home, Wausau; and again on Monday, at church, from 9:30 a.m. until the service. You may sign our family guestbook at www.helke.com.
Estella's family would like to extend a very special 'thank you' to Rose Boron and everyone at Acorn Hill for the exemplary care provided to Estella over the past four years.
Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service
302 Spruce St Wausau, WI 54401
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from May 10 to May 12, 2013