Maureen "Mo" Tessier

  • Born: October 3, 1955
  • Died: January 29, 2018
  • Location: Dewitt, New York

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3175 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13224
Tel. (315) 446-2466

Tribute & Message From The Family

Maureen "Momma Mo" Tessier, 62, passed away peacefully on Monday in the loving embrace of her family after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born to William J. Sr. and Marian Hayes on October 3, 1955, Maureen was one of six siblings and lived her entire life in the Syracuse community. A graduate of Nottingham High School, Maureen attended Central Vocational Tech in Downtown Syracuse where she earned her LPN degree. In 1979 she joined and became a much acclaimed staff member of the St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center. She was particularly proud of her impact on the lives of babies and new mothers in distress. Except for a ten year absence in the 1980's to raise her four children, she invested over 25 years of her life attending to the needs of mothers and their new born babies on the post-partum floor (5-1) of that fine institution.

During her too short of a life Maureen most enjoyed family gatherings and time spent with close friends including Nancy, Hope, Michele, Chris, Diane and so many others. She always enjoyed her time on any beach most especially Capitola, Ca.. She was proud to complete the arduous Avon 39 Walk to support breast cancer research in 2015 in San Francisco, Ca.. She followed in her parents footsteps by becoming a superb baker of sweet treats. The birds of her backyard sanctuary will miss her greatly.

Maureen was predeceased by her mother and father. She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband Jeffry D. "JD" Tessier Sr.. Her adoring children; sons Jeffry Jr. (Ariana) Tessier, Matthew Tessier, David Tessier and her daughter Caitlin Tessier. She is also survived by her sister Sharon (John) Spridigliozzi, and brothers Dennis Hayes, Paul (Christina) Hayes, William J. "BJ" (Sherry) Hayes Jr., and Brian (Brenda) Hayes.

Calling hours will be on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4-7 pm at Burns-Garfield "A Life Celebration Home" 3175 East Genesee St. Syracuse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, February 3, at All Saints Church, Lancaster Ave, Syracuse. Interment will be in a hillside columbarium at St. Mary's Cemetery, Dewitt. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Maureen's honor to any cancer organization.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To JD, Matt, Jeff, Caitlin and the entire Hayes family,
Tim and I are so very sorry to hear about your loss.
We will keep you in our thoughts - Lisa Holmes and Tim

Posted by lisa holmes - liverpool, NY - Family Friend   February 19, 2018

Caitlin & family, I just heard of your mom's passing. You mom was such a bright light in the world and will always be in our hearts. She was such a caring, kind person who always had a smile to share and we are all blessed to have known her. Godspeed Maureen - Ed & Kathy Lynch (Cary, North Carolina)

Posted by Kathy Lynch - Cary, NC - Friend   February 11, 2018

Dear Caitlin and family,
We were so saddened to hear of your Mom Mo's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Amanda and Shannon Townsend

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2018

To the Tessier family.....I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and your mom... Caitlin you have always been my fav. When we first moved here Maureen made us feel so welcome in a totally new life and I will never forget her for that. She was truly one of the nicest people I have ever known.
My thoughts and prayers are with you❤ Love to all, Margo Groskin (Flood)

Posted by Margo Groskin - Fayetteville, NY - Friend   February 04, 2018

Caitlin & family - so, so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. My heart goes out to you - God rest her soul. Love, your old neighbor & friend <3>

Posted by Erin Kessler - Sarasota, FL   February 04, 2018

JD and family - We are so very sorry for your loss. A life well lived, but far too short. Allow yourself the time to grieve and enjoy your many happy memories. Dr. Joanne C. Conlon and Dr. Joseph J. Cicala (at SU from 1982 to 1992)

Posted by Joanne Conlon - King of Prussia, PA - Coworker   February 03, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.
Nancy, Michael and Matt Ferrante

Posted by A friend   February 02, 2018

I had the honor of working with Mo at St Joseph's Physician Health.
Despite her illness she remained strong,positive and an example of integrity to all. I was lucky to have known her. God speed Mo.

Posted by Carol Rogers - Liverpool, NY   February 02, 2018

We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Fond Regards,
Jeanette, Dan and Samson Myshrall

Posted by Samson Myshrall - Syracuse, NY   February 02, 2018

J.D. and family:
I was very sorry to hear of Maureen's passing and hope you are finding peace and comfort at this time along with joy in the memories.
Tom Bugaj

Posted by Tom Bugaj - DeWitt, NY - Neighbor   February 02, 2018

Posted by Sally and Keith Van Kirk - N. Syracuse, NY   February 02, 2018

JD, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your faith sustain you during this very difficult time. God Bless. Tom Ryan

Posted by Tom Ryan - Manlius, NY   February 01, 2018

Hey Caitlin I just wanted to say I'm truly sorry for your loss my condolences goes to you and your family!!! If u need a best friend to talk to I am here for you. I never meant your mom but I bet she was a very lovey lady and no matter what happens she's looking down at you saying how much she loves you and how proud you have become!!!! Just remember that you have friends who got your back and you know I can always put a smile on your face and I always make you laugh!!! And you know how crazy I can be!!! But I am truly sorry for the passing of your mom!!!! Your best best friend/ crazy friend!!! Kelley Syracuse, NY

Posted by Kelley Mann - Syracuse, NY   February 01, 2018

Remembering all the baseball games we sat through together with such fondness. Momma Mo was a beautiful soul in every respect. Our sincere condolences to JD, Jeff, Matt, David and Caitlin. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Halleran Family

Posted by A friend   February 01, 2018

So sorry to have heard of Mo's passing.I worked with her, many years at St. Joe's. She always had a smile on her face and was so kind to her patients. You could tell she loved Nursing and her patients. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead, but be reassured of the light and many smiles she brought to all who was in her company.

Posted by Gretchen Lipp - Cazenovia, NY   February 01, 2018

Our sincerest condolences to the family. Mo was one of the warmest, most caring, kindest, gentlest human beings that God ever put on Earth. She had a warm smile for everyone. A truly gentle soul. She will be missed.

Posted by The Wassels    February 01, 2018

Dave & Family
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Posted by Chrissy Valentino-Dunn - DeWitt, NY - Friend   February 01, 2018

Matt, so sorry to hear that your mom had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Kevin and Fran Kenney.

Posted by Kevin Kenney - Syracuse, NY   February 01, 2018

JD and family,so sorry to hear about Mo. You have been a strong supporter of her through her courageous battle.

Posted by bill licker - Syracuse, NY - Friend   February 01, 2018

BJ and Sherry, I'm very sorry to learn about your loss of Maureen.. I send my sincere condolences to you and your entire family . I will remember her in my prayers...

Posted by A friend   February 01, 2018

Maureen was a wonderful neighbor. She will be greatly missed. She was also a special nurse to my niece with special needs. I will never forget her smiling face and kind ways.

Posted by Carly Billings - Kirkville, NY   February 01, 2018

JD, Jeff, Matt, David and Katy... so very sorry for your loss. Need I say, Moe was a beautiful person thru and thru. I esp remember her at JCPenneys helping me find something to wear to my mom's funeral. May she be at peace and may you all have special memories with her to help you through this difficult time. I choose to believe she will always be with you~Mimi Sullivan

Posted by Mimi Sullivan - Dewitt   February 01, 2018

JD and family- so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your special memories help you through this difficult time.
Jenny & matt merante

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

JD, David, Matt and Family: We are sorry to hear about Maureen's passing. May her grace and love sustain you through this trying period.

Mike and Lydia Wasylenko Tom and Theresa Wasylenko

Posted by Michael Wasylenko - Syracuse, NY - Friend   January 31, 2018

JD and family, my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved wife and mother. I have so many fond memories and was blessed to have reconnected with Mo again a few years ago. Her life touched many and her smile was infectious. I mourn with you.

Posted by Jacky Meehan-Nace - Ballwin, MO   January 31, 2018

Brian and family, I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jennifer Hoover - Syracuse, NY - Coworker   January 31, 2018

JD, Matt, David and family: We are sorry to hear about Maurenn's passing. May her love and goodness sustain you in her absence.

With deep sympathy

Mike and Lydia Wasylenko

Tom and Theresa Wasylenko

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

My heart breaks for all family and friends. Sending strength to all.

Posted by Rosanne Brasher    January 31, 2018

Was very saddened by the news of Maureen's death. Worked with her on 5-1 many years ago. No matter when I would pass her in the halls of the hospital after leaving 5-1 she would always greet me with that beautiful smile of hers!! She was truly a wonderful person and nurse to all she knew! God has gained a special angel for sure! God be with her family and in time may the memories give you peace!

Posted by Denise Johnson - Tully, NY   January 31, 2018

Caitlin, we are very sorry for you and your family's loss. Prayers for you. Love, The Merli's, Allan, Joann, Tim and Lauren

Posted by joann merli - jessup, PA   January 31, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I met her with the birth of my second son, she was so nice. Prayers to all.
Sue Bracy

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

Rob and I were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Know that you and your family are in our hearts , thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May the many wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace.

Rob and Katie Spagnoletti

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

I had the honor of working with Mo during the last phase of her nursing career. She was a beautiful individual and was a tremendous asset to our office. She was always upbeat and positive and her attitude towards the hand she was dealt was truly inspiring. My office and all of her co-workers here were truly blessed to have had Mo in their lives. May she rest in peace and may the grace of God provide her loved ones with strength and comfort.

Posted by Karin Kurtz - Syracuse, NY   January 31, 2018

JD, David and family - I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Audrey Crosby - Fayetteville, NY   January 31, 2018

J.D. and family--

I am so sorry for your loss. Maureen was my nurse at St. Joe's after my first child was born 11 years ago and I could never be more grateful for her kindness and wisdom while I was there. She was simply remarkable.

You are in my prayers.

Posted by Missy Mathis-Hanlon - Syracuse, NY   January 31, 2018

It was such a joy and honor to know Mo. I am warmed by the wonderful memories of a shared cocktail hour on the patio at Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola with Mo, Caitlin, and her most cherished friends last Fall. She was a remarkable force of positivity and laughter. Her spirit was contagious and I'll do my best to carry it forward as she so generously shared it with myself and everyone who knew her.

Posted by Annelies Walbridge - Capitola, CA - Friend   January 31, 2018


she is going to be missed so much form all of her family and her friends she was a wonderful person inside and out a wonderful mom she is on your hearts forever

Posted by Amy cavallaro - Liverpool, NY   January 31, 2018

I will miss Maureen's smile and courage. She was an amazing person and I am so glad I had the honor to get to know her. I will miss her terribly! Will always be thinking of her.
Margaret - Front Desk at Brittonfield

Posted by Margaret DeNeve - Marietta, NY   January 31, 2018

J.D. sorry to read of Maureen's passing.
ray and carol mccarthy

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

JD my condolences to you and your family for your loss.

Posted by Rick Bowles    January 31, 2018

Posted by Rick Bowles - syracuse   January 31, 2018

JD & family,

We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you to find peace and comfort.

Blessings from Jake & Crystal Tanksley

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

I am so saddened by the loss of this wonderful woman. She was an amazing help to me after the loss of my dad. She had such compassion and new exactly what to say to make me feel better. I was truly blessed to have her as a co-worker and friend. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to JD and their children.

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

So many wonderful years working with Moe on 5-1.
May the comfort and strength she gave so many be with your family now.

Peace Prayers and Blessings,
Pam Richardson

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

JD, Tessier Children, BJ and Sherry..,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Maureen lived a blessed and rich life. The memories will never expire. Peace and God Bless.

Posted by Pat Driscoll - Syracuse, NY - Family Friend   January 31, 2018

Mo was one of the most beloved nurses on the nother baby unit. I was blessed to know her over 12 years and I was in awe! Mo connected with her patients and her co-workers like they were family, and could always be counted on for a good laugh! She will be truly missed.

Posted by Jennifer MacBlane - Liverpool, NY   January 31, 2018

Dear JD - We're so sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Laurie & Bill Poirier

Posted by Laurie Poirier - Jamesville, NY   January 31, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss and God bless everyone.

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2018

There are no words to express our sorrow for your loss.

Posted by Brooking/Spatafore/Neyhart Families - Syracuse, NY   January 31, 2018

Moe I will always remember your smile , your laughter and the compassion you showed as a nurse. Fly high Moe. ❤

Posted by Ann Foster - Syracuse, NY   January 31, 2018

My deepest condolences to both the Tessier and Hayes families for such a tragic loss.

Posted by Louise Ciaramella - Syracuse, NY   January 31, 2018

I am so, so sorry to learn of Maureen's passing. She was such a wonderful person and Nurse. She just did a fabulous job on 5-1. And I never saw her without that beautiful smile. She will be missed. My best to her family.

Posted by Kitty O'Reilly Longo - Syracuse, NY - Coworker   January 31, 2018

We lost a great person in Mo. We will really miss her.

Posted by Madelyn Hornstein - Syracuse   January 30, 2018

Mo got our family through so much as our precious granddaughter "Keeley" was born with trisomy 18. We are blessed to have known Mo. May she hold Keeley in her arms again til we can.

Posted by Jody Mullins - New Lebanon, NY   January 30, 2018

We have no words to say how saddened to hear the news. She was one woman we will never forget! In 2010 I was sent to be induced with our first child and our whole life change forever. We had an emergency c-section our baby girl Keeley was born. We were not expecting to get the news she had trisomy 18 and was not expected to make the night... I was sent to my room after receiving the news. I was not about to stay in there to recover I was going if I had to crawl. So I got into a wheelchair and said take me to my baby! Mo was my nurse she understood see knew what this meant! She is the only nurse I can remember taking exceptionally wonderful care of us all!! And all the wonderful nurses in the nicu! But Mo was always there for me if I went back to the room. Everyone who came to see us knew and remember Mo! She was there the day we laid our daughter to rest I hope she is holding her now up in heaven. And she is no longer in pain we will love her always and she will never be forgotten!!! Love Shantele and Tom Pultorak and our family's

Posted by Shantele Pultorak - Mexico, NY   January 30, 2018



Posted by June Cullen - Cazenovia, NY   January 30, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Tessier family for the loss of Maureen. She was a wonderful person.

Posted by Jackie Vetter - Dewitt, NY   January 30, 2018

Such a beautiful person,inside and out. The perfect next door neighbor growing up and a dear friend always. Heaven gained a special angel.

Posted by Pam Eadi - Liverpool, NY   January 30, 2018

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