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Helen Tessmer

August 20, 1934 — April 27, 2021

Wausau

Helen Louise Tessmer, 86, Wausau, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Marshfield Medical Center – Weston.

Helen was born August 20, 1934 in Michigan City, Indiana to the late Charles and Helen (Benford) Bunch.  She worked for Employer’s Insurance (later Wausau Insurance) in the Wausau region office for most of her career and lived a majority of her life in Wausau.

Helen was known to have a “broken filter” and wicked sense of humor which lead to a great deal of laughter by those close to her.  She loved her family and God dearly.  In her earlier years she enjoyed bowling, an occasional trip to the casino and a good brandy old fashioned sweet. In her later life she enjoyed crocheting and Face Timing with family.

Helen is survived by her children, Ernie (Mary) Harris of Wausau, Randy (Rosie) Harris of Selma, Texas, Cindy (Gene) Fenhaus of Mesquite, Nevada, Marilyn (Mark) Ostrowski of Wausau and Bonnie (Tate) Bawcom of Spring Creek, Nevada; 15 grandchildren; 19 ½ great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.  She is preceded in death by husband, Mel Tessmer; sister, Marilyn Kinney and brother, William “Bill” Bunch.

The funeral service for Helen Louise Tessmer will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 5 at Helke Funeral Home.  Rev. Zach Holdorf will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.  She will be buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau.  Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.

Sincere gratitude goes to Rev. Zach Holdorf for his compassion, friendship and seeing to Helen Louise’s spiritual needs in her later years.

Helen Louise Tessmer will spend her first Mother’s Day in Heaven this year surrounded by loving family that have been waiting for her and in the arms of her loving God.

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Visitation

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

9:30 - 11:00am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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Committal

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Starts at 4:00pm (Central time)

Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau

1501 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403

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