Wanda Marie Tessmer

  • Born: July 19, 1922
  • Died: November 7, 2018
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wanda Marie Tessmer, age 96, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018. She was born in Fayette, Ohio on July 19, 1922 the daughter of Elgie and Elsie (Esterline) Robnolt. In 1935, Wanda's family moved to Albion, Michigan where she graduated from Albion High School (Washington Gardner) with the Class of 1940, and then furthered her education at Cleary Business College in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Wanda married the "Love of Her Life", Richard Tessmer on October 30, 1941. They moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for 5 years, where Wanda was employed at the Fred Burton Abstract Co. and Eberback Pharmaceutical Co. They moved to Battle Creek in 1948, where through the years, Wanda worked at United Steel & Wire Co., Security National Bank, and retired in 1983 as the Personnel Manager and Bank Officer at Comerica Bank.

Wanda was a member of the Maple United Methodist Church, and a former member of the National Association of Banking Women and the Alpha Phi Beta Sorority. She enjoyed her trips to Vegas, music & dancing, reading, and playing cards.

Wanda was sadly preceded in death by her husband, Richard O. Tessmer on April 12, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her step-father, Joseph Nelson. Wanda is survived by her son, Richard D. (Angie) Tessmer of Indiana; her daughters, Christie (Joe) Farr and Debra (Dave) Meyer, both of Sherwood, Michigan; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Karen Kinzie and her brother, Gary Nelson.

Funeral services to celebrate Wanda's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where the family will receive friends 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials directed to the Maple United Methodist Church, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family during these difficult times. May he continue to give support and loving kindness, to all. 1 Cor. 1:3,4.

Posted by Barbara Toatley    November 12, 2018

Posted by Karen Kinzie    November 11, 2018

Posted by Karen Kinzie    November 11, 2018

Posted by Karen Kinzie    November 11, 2018

I just lost my Aunt, my Mother, my Sister. my Friend. All roles filled in my life by Wanda. Being almost 20 years older she was married and out of the family home when I was born. We grew closer as sisters as the years passed.. We were always there for eachother. When people have said"half sister" I quickly say no. she is my sister. We called each other every night at 6 and closed with "I love you" and "see you soon", both of which I say now with a lump in my throat. Love you Sis.

Karen Kinzie

Posted by Karen Kinzie - HOMER, MI   November 11, 2018

My condolences to all the family. My brother Joey and I grew up next door, and my Grandma Simpson babysat you girls while your mom and dad worked. It was a real joy in her life to be able to do that.

Posted by Bill Simpson - Battle Creek   November 11, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Wanda many years ago at Security National Bank and also knew her son Rick.

Posted by Pam Marsh - HASTINGS, MI   November 10, 2018

Wanda was a wonderful mentor when I worked with her at Security National Bank during my college summer breaks. I have fond memories of her. She was truly a groundbreaker for women in the workforce, and loved her family as well as her work. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Terri Miller - Farmington Hills, MI - Coworker   November 09, 2018

Wanda graduated from high school the year I was born. I was told that she was in the room when I was born at home in Albion. Being 18 years older than me, I thought of her as more of an aunt. Her son, Ricky, was like a younger brother. My strongest memories of youth were the many Christmases we spent with her and her family. It wasn't until I was almost ready to graduate from Albion HS that I learned she was a half-sister. I was on the yearbook staff for 1958 and had access to the archive. I tried to look her up under Nelson in 1940 but didn't see her until I turned the page to the Rs. When I left Albion for college, Wanda and I grew apart. I did see her almost every year over the holidays while our parents were still living. We also touched base often when I was back in Michigan for professional activities. In later years, I phoned her on her birthday. Her voice sounded so young on the phone that I first thought it was one of her daughters. I saw her last in March 2016 when I was back for a visit to Oberlin College where I taught for three decades. Lesley and I took her to lunch. She seemed so healthy and fit that I reckoned I might live long enough to celebrate 100 years with her. Sympathies and best wishes to her children, grand and great grand.

Posted by Gary Lee Nelson Nelson - Santa Fe, NM, NM   November 08, 2018