Tessmann, Mildred "Millie"
Mildred "Millie" Tessmann, age 96, passed away peacefully at HospiceCare in Fitchburg on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. She was born in Watertown to Charles and Emma Neubauer on May 29, 1913. On June 17, 1933, she married John Tessmann in Watertown. They moved to Madison where they raised their four children. She enjoyed gardening, especially her flower gardens, which she worked in right through her last summer. In later years she was always ready to play a game of cards. Mount Olive Lutheran Church, of which she and John were founding members, was the focus point of her life. She sang in the choir for more than 50 years and was blessed with a beautiful soprano voice up to the time of her passing. In later years she was active in the quilting group there. She also embroidered the Baptismal napkins used in Mount Olive for more than 60 years. She was employed for many years at SS Kresge, on the Square in Madison and at Westgate. Her survivors include her children, Joan (Paul) Dunn of El Cajon, Calif., Grant (Yvonne) of Fitchburg, Sharon (King) Mahoney of Blue Mounds, and Don (Shirley) of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother, Donald of Watertown; and special friends, Mabel Hummel, Richard and Barb Day, and Louie and Karen Gardner. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and seven siblings. A "Celebration of Life" Service and Gathering will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at MOUNT OLIVE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 110 N. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53705. A luncheon for family, parishioners and friends will be served at church prior to the service beginning at noon. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and doctors at both St. Mary's 8SW unit and Pod 4 at HospiceCare. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials are made to Mount Olive Quilters and HospiceCare, designated for use in maintaining the beautiful gardens.
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