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Justine Tessier

Justine Tessier

April 2nd, 1926 - January 27th, 2020
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Obituary

Justine Tessier of Watertown, SD passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the age of 93.

Please note location: Visitation will be 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at Holy Name of Jesus Church with Scripture starting at 5:30, with Rosary and a Time of Sharing to follow.

Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be designated in Justine’s name to Holy Name of Jesus Church CCD program.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Justine L. Walsh was born on the family farm near Hazel, SD on April 2, 1926 to John & Corrine (Clifford) Walsh. She went to country school & graduated from Henry High in 1943. Upon graduation she worked at Swift & Co. as a secretary.

On June 25, 1947 she married Richard L. Tessier at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Watertown where Justine was a devoted wife & mother. Together they raised 4 daughters. Richard “Dick” passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2007 after almost 60 years of marriage. Justine resided for 70 years in their home on Highland Blvd. where many family memories were created until her passing.

A member of Immaculate Conception Church, Justine became a founding member & was very devoted to Holy Name of Jesus Church. She was a Lifetime member of the American Legion Post 17 Auxiliary, participated in Henryettes Pinochle club & volunteered for Holy Name CCD program for over 30 years. She was a very proud mother to her daughters, and especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Justine is survived by her 4 daughters, Connie Bridges of Richardson, TX, Sharon (Arden) Ballard of Cathedral City, CA, Claudia Tessier (Eugene Culp) of Fairbanks, AK & Jacqueline (James) Mrowca, Eastlake, OH; sisters-in-law, Kay Walsh of Sioux Falls, Dorothy Schoepp of Watertown; brother-in-law, Darwin Tessier of Yankton (LaVila); six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard “Dick”; her son-in law, Stephen Bridges; her brother, Clifford “Cliff” Walsh; and her brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Schoepp.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday January 31st, 2020 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    When
    Friday January 31st, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    1009 Skyline Dr.
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Note Location is at the church. Scripture service will start at 5:30 p.m. with Rosary to follow.
  • Service

    Saturday February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday February 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    1009 Skyline Dr.
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Michael Wensing
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Reception

    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    1009 Skyline Dr.
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Deb Stanley

Posted at 03:05pm
Connie, Shari, Claudia and Jackie - so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. This picture is how I always remember your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead also - may the wonderful memories of your family on Highland Boulevard bring you joy, comfort and peace. Connie it was great to see you on your last visit to Watertown at the hotel. I mentioned to my siblings that I saw you and oh did the conversations start - I am sure we were the family that you girls dreaded the phone call to babysit. Blessings to you all. Deb (Koehn) Stanley and family
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Mary Swanson

Posted at 01:29pm
My thoughts and prayers with the Tessier family. I recall Justine always being very nice to me at church functions. Mary (Juba) Swanson
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Mary Erickson

Posted at 11:37pm
Connie, Shari,Claudia, and Jackie.
I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom. I will miss her! May you all find peace and comfort knowing she's now resting in the arms of the angels!
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Margot, Anna, Steve, Binit, Brett and everyone at

Posted at 05:05pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sent with our heartfelt condolences.
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The Walsh's

Posted at 01:01pm
Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. With Love the Walsh family
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