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Lynn Marie Tess

Born Aug. 2, 1958, the youngest and beloved daughter of the late Kenneth C. and Delores Tess.  Lynn died suddenly on Mar. 25, 2013 at the age of 54.  She will be sadly missed by her longtime mate John Sullivan, his daughter Kelly and their special granddaughter Makenna; loving siblings Eileen Tess Johnston, Deborah (Richard) Pendzik and John (Tiffany) Tess; her special nieces and nephews Jessica Pendzik Tuma, Andrew and Stephen Johnston, Rachel and Patrick Tess, and many other relatives and friends.

A graduate of St. Ignatius School and Pulaski High School, Lynn went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and business from UW-Milwaukee and a Master’s degree in Safety from UW-Whitewater.  She worked at Hydrite Chemical Co. (1979-1996) and Rockwell Automation (1996-2004).

Lynn was an avid genealogist for many years and served in various official positions in the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society.  She ultimately became vice-president and then later president of that organization.  Her genealogical research, as well as her interest in photographic preservation and restoration figured in her books about various family members.  She also created a number of beautiful photograph albums commemorating family weddings and collected and compiled sets of treasured family recipes.  In recent years, Lynn became an expert quilter.  Although she lived her whole life in Milwaukee, Lynn enjoyed traveling both domestically and abroad.  She loved playing golf and sheepshead.  Most notable, however, was her passionate, longtime devotion to her various pet cats.

Visitation will be held Friday, Mar. 29 at 10 AM at the funeral home, followed by funeral services at 12 PM.  Private interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Lynn’s family and friends deeply mourn her loss and will vividly remember her lively mind, her zany sense of humor and her generous heart.


  • Cynthia Collins says:

    You were a special person and I was blessed to know you and had a Great day Sunday with you. You are now with our Heavenly father and with your Mom & Dad. You will be missed. You and John had a great Love for each other. Thanks for being a friend of mine. Love and Gods speed.

  • Peter Mark says:

    It truly was an honor to work with Lynn over many years. Her brilliant smile and overwhelming positive attitude, she will be missed by many here on earth. My sincere condolences to Lynn’s family and close friends.

  • Stephen, Christina, and Victoria says:

    Dear Aunt Lynn,

    We will miss you so much and will cherish the memories that we have of you. We are so happy that our last time seeing each other was on such a happy day – my and Christina’s wedding. Among many other things, you will be remembered by your beautiful books of our family’s history and other family events. We are sorry you didn’t meet Victoria in person, but she will know you through us and the wonderful quilts that you made for her. We have faith that you are now with God and in a beautiful place.

    Stephen, Christina, and Victoria

  • Bud and Virginia Carriveau says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn’s Family and to her mate John Sullivan. She will be missed by us as friends as well as all the work she did for the Greenfield Park Mens Club. God Bless her!
    Unfortunately, we are currently in Arizona and will not be able to make the funeral.

    Bud & Virginia Carriveau

  • Brian Well says:

    It was my great privilege to work with Lynn on activities involving the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers but, most of all to get out on the golf course with her during a couple of annual outings. I could tell she really enjoyed that event. Her hard work and commitment along with the jovial memories will be left for me and all that knew her. I am very grateful and feel lucky to have known her even for a short time. Deepest sympathies to all family and friends.

  • Terry & Linda says:

    Our sincerest condolences to John, and Lynn’s family.
    A special person like Lynn leaves memories that last forever.

  • Daniel Kyle says:

    My deep and sincere condolences go out to John and Lynn’s family at this difficult time. Her tireless efforts in support of the Greenfield Park Golf Club are greatly appreciated by the entire club.

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