Theresa Brunini Schweitzer

July 28, 1942October 6, 2020

Long-time Jackson, Mississippi resident, Tessie Brunini Schweitzer, 78, passed away on October 6, 2020, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Schweitzer was born July 28, 1942, in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Edmund and Mary Brunini. Tessie was a charismatic and intelligent child with many talents. She attended Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri, where she met her husband Jack Schweitzer. As a young married woman, and mother, she became an elementary music teacher spending many years working with the choirs at St. Richard’s School in Jackson. Tessie then decided to make a career change. She returned to school to earn her Masters in Social Work from Mississippi College. In 1992, she founded, then served as director for, Mississippi Families as Allies. She dedicated her professional efforts, and much of her personal time, to assisting families of children with mental disabilities.

Tessie was a dynamic personality who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Jack Schweitzer, her daughters Nancy Schweitzer Polidi and Margaret Schweitzer Tucker, her sons-in-law Ari Polidi and Kevin Tucker, as well as her beloved grandsons, Adam and Ethan. Services will be held on Monday at 10 am at St. Richard Catholic Church with visitation from 9 am to 10 am.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 12, 2020


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Dwayne Nelson

October 15, 2020

I enjoyed the pleasure of working with Ms. Tessie on many projects. I admired her passion for families and people. My favorite memory is when we would do the summer camps. She was always running around making sure everything was right. Rest Easy Lady.

Jan Hillegas

October 14, 2020

My condolences, Jack and family.

Denice Jamison

October 11, 2020

I was on the Board of Directors for Ms Families as Allies. I met Tessie at one of the schools and my son benefited from these services...Tessie was a blessing and I will remember her caring spirit and the times she entertained us in her home...praying that God strengthens the Schweitzer family at this difficult time..

Donna Stephens

October 10, 2020

To Tessie’s family: I am so very sorry to hear of Tessie’s passing. Working with Tessie at MS Families as Allies was an honor and privilege for me. I remember her as a vivacious, passionate and devoted lady to her work on behalf of children and families with challenging needs.

She is going to be missed. Her spirit remains alive and well with all who had the pleasure of her company.

Michele Herman

October 10, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Tessie’s family. She had a smile that lit up the world around her and the energy to make life better for those in need.

She will be missed.

Mario Hernandez

October 10, 2020

Rest in power Tessie. Your energy and focus on making our services and systems better for children and families was boundless. You certainly made some good trouble! In so doing there are people you have left behind who are forever changed for the better. All because of you. Love Mario

Hollia Thompson

October 9, 2020

To The Family: How Blessed you must feel to have had Tessie in your lives!
I had the opportunity to meet Tessie many years ago while seeking resources and information for my son who has a physical disability and is now 42yrs. of age. She was more than happy to help and I remember most, her passion. Tessie has helped many children and families across this state. I'm sure, they too felt the same passion and love as she shared her knowledge helping others. It's Amazing how God's Plan works! Tessie's love and light will continue to shine through the many lives she has touched. I pray God gives you Peace in knowing she left a mark on the world.

Hollia Thompson & Family


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