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WINNIFRED M. TESSIER
Winnifred Tessier, 90, passed away Saturday at St. Camillus Health Center. She was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1923 and moved to Lowville, NY where she graduated from Lowville Academy in 1939. She moved to Manlius in 1944 with her husband, Dexter, where they operated a Christmas Tree Farm for many years. Mrs. Tessier was a member of the Oran Community Church where she served as the church clerk, secretary of the Workers’ Class and the church organist.
For 40 years, Mrs. Tessier was a Republican Election Inspector for the Town of Pompey. Her artistic talent appeared repeatedly in the wedding and birthday cakes she enjoyed creating. She also enjoyed bowling, stitchery and music.
Survivors: her daughter, Janet Oley of Hamilton; three sons, David (Linda) and Martin, all of Manlius and Donald of Rutherford, NJ; three grandsons, Warren (Debbie) Tessier of Macedon, James (Amy) Tessier of Fayetteville and Thomas (Heather) Oley of Earlville; seven great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Patricia Roundy of Brewerton and several nieces, nephews.
Her last eight years were spent at St. Camillus Health Center in C Unit where she received excellent care from the friendly nurses and staff. Her children are especially grateful to Ellen and Cheryl for adding joy and love to the last chapter of Mom’s life.
Services: 4 p.m. Saturday from the Newell-Fay Funeral Home in Manlius. Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service. Spring interment will be made in the Oran Cemetery.
Contributions: Oran Community Church, 8560 Cazenovia Road, Manlius, New York 13104.
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Date of Death: March 8, 2014
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard from Mar. 10 to Mar. 13, 2014
As reported on Monday, March 10, 2014 online in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
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June Louise Tessier
September 4, 2004
June Louise Tessier, 84, of Manlius, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Born in Syracuse, she attended the School of Environmental Science and Forestry. She was employed at Wellwood Middle School for over 25 years. She was a member of Oran Church, the Workers Class at the church and the Monday Evening Club.
Survivors: a daughter, Nancy Sylvester of Indiana; two sons, Michael (Michele) Tessier of Nedrow and Matthew (Stacy) Tessier of Cazenovia; a brother, George (Mary) Bishop of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Tessier, on March 24, 1990.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oran Church. Burial: Oran Cemetery. Calling hours: Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Newell-Fay Funeral Home, 8171 Cazenovia Rd. (Rte. 92), Manlius.
Contributions: Oran Church, 4257 Oran-Delphi Rd., Manlius, New York 13104.
As reported Sunday, September 5, 2004, page B-5, column 4 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
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Dexter J. Tessier
Dexter J. Tessier, 79, of Number 2 Road East, Manlius, died Saturday at his home.
A native of Syracuse, he lived in Manlius 52 years. He retired in 1978 from Sundstrang Co. in Liverpool after 16 years. He had also worked at Prosperity Co. of Syracuse for 18 years.
Mr. Tessier and his wife owned and operated Tessier’s Christmas Tree Farm for 35 years.
He graduated from Cazenovia High School in 1934. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a model railroad enthusiast.
Mr. Tessier was a member and trustee of Oran Community Church and was treasurer for 13 years.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Winnifred Camp; a daughter, Janet L. Oley of Manlius; three sons, David W. and Martin E., both of Manlius, and Donald H. of Jersey City, N.J.; a sister, Patricia Roundy of Brewerton; three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oran Community Church. Burial is in Oran Cemetery. Calling hours are 3 to 5 and 7 9 p.m. Monday at Newell Fay Funeral Home Inc., 403 Pleasant St., Manlius.
Contributions may be made to Oran Community Church.
As reported Sunday, June 23, 1996, page D4, column 3 in Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse, New York.
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STALKING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
By MELANIE HIRSCH
Buyers Beware: There’s More To a Tree Than Just Looks
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while at this time of year some poor soul pulls up to Tessier’s Christmas Trees after the sun has set, determined to cut his own Scotch pine or white spruce, even if he has to do it in the dark.
Dexter and Winnie Tessier, who have been running a cut-your-own tree operation on their Pompey farm for 30 years, watch the goings-on from their house.
Usually all they can make out is the flashlight, bobbing up and down the tree like some faraway scope, as the customer chops or saws away at the trunk.
“We’ll say, ‘But it’s dark!’ but they always get their tree,” Winnie Tessier says. “I’m not sure they like it in the morning or not, but they get one.”
Chopping down a pine in the pitch black is just one of several mistakes that the overly anxious — or holiday weary — can make when selecting a live Christmas tree, according to forestry experts and tree growers. The result A pine that looks more like Charlie Brown’s tree than the magnificent specimen in the house next door.
Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, you don’t have to delve into dendrology — the scientific study of trees — to be a savvy Christmas consumer.
The most common mistake people make when selecting a tree is focusing solely on cosmetics, forgetting everything else in the process. A well-shaped tree, growers say, means nothing if the needles start falling off before you’ve had a chance to unwrap your Christmas presents.
“Generally people think the most important thing is how the tree looks, but then they forget about the freshness,” said Jeanne Weiss, a spokeswoman for the National Christmas Tree Association.
Whether you’re buying a pre-cut tree, chopping down your own or buying a live tree that you plan to plant outdoors, following some common-sense taps can keep the tree fresh and save money.
Because 95 percent of all trees harvested for Christmas each year are cut by growers, not customers at cut-your-own operations like the Tessiers’. most of this advice deals with pre-cut trees.
If you want a pre-cut tree to last between three and eight weeks indoors, the best species to select, not necessarily in this order, are the balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, Austrian pine and red pine, said David W. Taber, a forest specialist with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension program and adjunct professor at the State College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Test a tree for freshness by thumping the trunk on the ground. Don’t be concerned if a few needles, especially brown ones, are shed. But if you see an excessive amount of green needles fall, select another tree. Another good test forfreshness: About 6 inches from the tip of a stem, grab the needles between your thumb and forefinger and pull your hand toward the tip. Again, needles shouldn’t fall off. If they do, you’re looking at a tree past its prime.
Disease can also cause premature needle loss, Taber said. If needles aren’t uniform, look unnatural, or if the color is off — there are white patches, for example — look elsewhere.
Some trees are perfectly healthy but have a yellowish cast because they were bred from certain genetic strains. They are treated with a non-toxic dye that won’t harm them.
In general, Taber recommends that you ask the seller where the tree was grown, when it was cut, what species it is and whether it is guaranteed to hold its needles.
Although trees grown in New York state are more likely to be fresh, especially if they were cut later, that doesn’t mean a tree grown out of state won’t last through the holidays.
Still, Taber cautions that some Douglas fir trees grown on the West Coast are not normally subjected to frosts and could lose needles when the mercury dips in New York.
Trees that were cut several weeks before you shop can be fresh if kept properly, so pay attention to how trees are stored. If trees are stacked, their branches compressed, they won’t be exposed to much air and will last longer. But if they are left standing too long, exposed to winds, their needles will lose moisture and you’ll be bringing out the vacuum before you know it.
When choosing a cut-your-own tree, bear in mind that trees on a grower’s plantation may look different — more or less full, for example — after you bring them home. You won’t have to be concerned about freshness, but you may want to ask the owner what species you’re about to chop down.
Once you have a pre-cut tree home, immediately cut about an inch off the base of the trunk. That’s necessary because the tissues seal off after the grower cuts the tree, limiting the amount of water the trunk can absorb.
Above all, be conscientious about watering your tree. Depending on the size and species, it can absorb as much as a gallon of water a day soon after you bring it home; thereafter it can absorb as much as a quart daily. Never allow the water line to drop below the trunk line, or the tissues will seal again, preventing the tree from absorbing water.
If you plan to get a live tree that can be planted outdoors after Christmas, consult a nurseryman who can provide planting tips and tell you what species will thrive on your property.
Prices vary quite a bit according to the species and size of the tree, Taber says. In Central New York, expect to pay between $25 and $45 for trees that are 6 to 7 feet tall.
Whatever type of tree you choose, don’t expect perfection, Taber advises. “One of the keys, I think, is to love your tree, cherish your tree, I’m serious,” says the forestry expert, who’s loved some imperfect trees of his own because of the fun they brought him and his family.
As reported Wednesday, December 12, 1990, page D-1, columns 2-4 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
Howard J. Tessier
Services for Howard J, Tessier, 69, of Brickyard Falls Road. Manlius, who died Saturday at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, will be 11 am today at the Oran Community Church. The Rev. Roger Strait will officiate. Spring burial will be in Oran Cemetery.
A native of Syracuse, Mr. Tessier was a resident of Manlius since 1967.
He retired in 1985 from the Western Electric Co. and later worked in maintenance at the Oran Cemetery.
He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of the 15th Air Force Group.
He was a member, trustee, Sunday school teacher and choir member of the Oran Community Church.
He was an institutional representative of Boy Scout Troop 515. He also sang with the Syracuse Opera Company and the Berwald Singers and was a member of the Pioneers of America.
Surviving are his wife, June Bishop Tessier; a daughter, Nancy L. Miller of Indiana; two sons, Michael J. of Delphi Falls and Matthew W. of Manlius; a sister, Patricia Roundy of Brewerton; a brother, Dexter J. of Manlius; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Newell-Fay Funeral Home, Manlius, had charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Oran Community Church.
As reported Monday, March 26, 1990, page B-4, column 6 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
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MRS. MINERVA J. TESSIER, 79, of 5338 Orangeport, Brewerton, died yesterday at State University Hospital after a long illness.
Surviving are two sons, Dexter J. and Howard J., both of Manlius; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia J. Roundy of Brewerton, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Greenleaf Funeral Home. Burial will be in Morningside Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 503 W. Onondaga St. Contributions may be made to Rockefeller United Methodist Church.
As reported Friday, September 14, 1973, page 7, column 3 in The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York.
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Miss Bays married in Oran
Miss Linda L. Bays was married Saturday to David W. Tessier in Oran Community Church. The Rev. Leonard Basford and Donald Jones officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Bays of Avoca, former residents of Fabius and Cazenovia. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Tessier of Manlius.
The bride wore a formal gown of white silk-faced satin with an empire waistline and a scoop neckline trimmed with white fur. A matching pillbox held her illusion veil and she carried white gardenias.
Maid of honor was Miss Barbara Bays, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Miss Kathryn Bays, sister of the bride, Mrs. Thomas Charlton, Mrs. Henry Weil and Miss Susan Gurley. Flower girl was Linda Roundy, cousin of the bridegroom.
Best man was Donald Tessier, brother of the bridegroom. Ushers were Sgt. Clifford E. Bays, brother of the bride, Donald Brasehaber, Laurence Kolwaite, and David Finger. Ring bearer was Donald Carley, cousin of the bride.
After a reception in the church hall, the newlyweds left for a honeymoon in Washington, D.C.
As reported Sunday, January 21, 1968, section 3, page 23, column 4 in Syracuse Herald-American, Syracuse, New York.
daughter of Howard John Tessier
& June Louise Bishop
|Year of Death||1962|
|State File Number||74723|
|Decedent First Name||JOSEPH|
|Decedent Middle Name||H|
|Decedent Last Name||TESSIER|
|Decedent Age Unit||Yrs|
|Date of Death||10/01/1962|
New York State Department of Health. “Genealogical Research Death Index,” database (https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957/vafa-pf2s/data : accessed 03 July 2017), entry for Joseph H Tessier; citing state file no. 74723.
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