Terrance M. "Terry" Tesar

September 25, 1939April 30, 2013
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Glenarm, IL- Terrance M. “Terry” Tesar, 73, of Glenarm, passed away early Tuesday morning April 30, 2013 at Sunrise Manor in Virden, IL

Terry was born in Chicago, on September 25, 1939 the son of John and Catherine Hohol Tesar. He graduated from Reavis High School in Oak Lawn then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL He was united in marriage to Susan Ostermeier on March 25, 1967 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church by the late Rev. Dr. Lewis C. Niemoller.

Terry is survived by his wife of 46 years, his daughter, Erica (husband James) Michael of Glenarm, two grandchildren, Nathan and Lauren Michael also of Glenarm, a sister, Sandra (husband David) Hutchinson of Blairsville, GA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Carl and Melanie Ostermeier of Chatham, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dale and Carole Schaefer of Darien, IL, and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Scott Schaefer.

Terry worked for the City of Chicago and retired from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage, County, IL, where he was the manager of grounds and resources.

He was a member of Chatham Presbyterian Church and several organizations including; American Public Works Association, Midwest Institute of Park Executives and the Sangamon County Farm Bureau. He served as a volunteer for the Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry and was a First Responder for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Terry played semi-pro football for the Elmhurst Travelers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. where a private family memorial gathering will be held on Friday May 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm followed by a service there at 3:30 pm. The Rev. Corinne Ostermeier Baker will officiate. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those that wish may direct memorial contributions to the Lincoln Memorial Gardens Ostermeier Prairie Center or Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Program

Please visit the online ”Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 3, 2013

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Karen and Don Johnson

May 13, 2013

Dear Sue and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Terry. Just know you are thought about and our prayers are with you during this time of grief. God be with you.
Lovingly, Karen and Don Johnson

Shalonn Schaefer

May 3, 2013

Aunt Susan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry I can't be with all of you tomorrow, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord surround you with His love and peace.

May 3, 2013

Susan and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Rest easy knowing that he is at peace with our heavenly father.

Charlotte Kribbs & Pauine Ladage-Hollis

Virginia McBride

May 3, 2013

I don't know if you remember me or not-we worked in the cage at the Secretary of State. I was so sorry to read of Terry's passing. Hope you and Erica are doing okay.

Dale Schaefer

May 2, 2013

Good bye old Fishing Buddy! I will always remember and cherish all the good times we shared and laughed about together over the years, whether it was camping in the rain, tying up Blackie the pony in your back yard, following our dogs looking for the elusive pheasant, landscaping our Minnesota yard with you at the helm of the front end loader, boating in Door County, or simply seeking the best fishing spot on our favorite Minnesota lake, and many more. May God provide you with a great fishing pole and show you the lake in Heaven where you can catch the "big one". In your exact words, which always seemed to end our conversations, "Remember Shiftskees"!

I will never forget, and you will never be forgotten!

Carl Schaefer

May 2, 2013

Susan and family. We reach out to you in prayer as we cannot be there for the services to tell you personally of all the fond memories we have of the two of you. May God give Terry now a brand new body to celebrate all the good memories and his perfect relationship with his Lord and Savior. May you remember only the best of your 46 years together. Carl and Diana Schaefer (Mt. Gilead, OH)

Ben & Pat

May 2, 2013

Susan, Erica we are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing .
We send our Love and Prayers to see you all through this emotional time. We remember our good times with you all!! RIP Terry.......

Ben & Pat (Nieland) Jones
Bradenton, FL.

Jerry & Cindy Redpath

May 2, 2013

Susan, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Terry. I didn't know him well but I know he was a fine man and husband to you. May he rest in eternal peace.

Ann Howorth-Raa

May 2, 2013

Terry was the husband of my favorite cousin. He was a kind and gentle man and gave her much happiness. Susan was like a sister to me, and I feel I have lost my brother-in-law.

Carole Schaefer

May 1, 2013

Terry has held a very special place in all of our hearts. He will be remembered in so many ways. We have had wonderful memories and stories that we will always remember and share in our loving memory of Terry. He will never be forgotten. Out thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. May your memories of the good times bring you comfort.
Love the Schaefers,
Dale and Carole, Steve and Shalonn, Becca and Ryan