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Maria Tesmer

Maria Tesmer

July 27, 1950 - November 16, 2017     Age: 67

Maria D’Ambrosio Tesmer, 67, of Jacksonville, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Warner Center.

A native of Taranto, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Francesco and Carmela D’Ambrosio. She met and married her husband of 42 years, John G. Tesmer, while they were both in the U. S. Army and stationed in Germany.

After serving in the U. S. Army, she became a full time wife and mother extraordinaire. She, John , Johnny, Michael,  and Jackie, made their home in many locations because of John’s duty stations.

Living in such places as Chicago, IL; Augusta, GA;  Dallas, TX; Richland, WA; and Valrico, FL Maria was a friend to many and never met a stranger. She was an exceptional cook and seamstress and for John, she was the “Wind Beneath His Wings”. A beautiful lady, she will always be remembered for her love of family, her love of travel, and her adventurous spirit.

She leaves behind her husband, John G. Tesmer, sons, John Tesmer, Jr. of Valrico, FL; Michael Tesmer of Orlando, FL; a daughter, Jackie Tesmer of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Anna D’Ambrosio of Taranto, Italy and Rita Fanella of San Francisco, CA; a brother, Vito D’Ambrosio of Los Angeles, CA and three grandchildren, Anna, Johnny, and Amelia Tesmer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tesmer will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard with Pastor Jim Tippins officiating.

Interment, with military honors, will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL , Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM.


2 Condolences

  • Marietta Bratta-Garber Posted November 17, 2017 12:18 pm

    Sam and I send our deepest condolences to the Tesmer family.
    I will always remember sweet and fun loving Mariella. From the moment she came to my Grandparents home in Berwyn from Italy she was full of life and wonder. She lived as she died with grace and dignity. She will be missed by all. I know you will take comfort in the treasured memories of Maria.

  • Vito D’Ambrosio & Sherry Beall D’Ambrosio Posted November 19, 2017 1:10 pm

    Our dear, beautiful Mariella, We love you so much and are forever grateful to have shared many wonderful experiences and memories with you in this lifetime. Your integrity has always been an inspiration to us.
    Thank you for sharing your adventurous life with us, from Italy, to Switzerland, to Hungary, & Poland! You were the best hostess, not only in sharing your impressive knowledge about the historical sites, but for sharing your love of food and stupendous talent in the kitchen….Mamma Mia, we couldn’t have asked for a better cook!
    Mariella, our hearts will be forever filled with the sound of your laughter, and the beautiful memories with which you’ve gifted us! You were one of the most dedicated wives and mothers on the planet and Che Bella Famiglia you have! No doubt you are being welcomed with open arms by loved ones who’ve preceeded you. Rest in peace dear Mariella, you remain forever in our hearts. xoxoxo

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