Suzanne Tesinsky

April 9, 1945March 20, 2020

Suzanne Tesinsky, 74, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on March 20, 2020, and now is in her heavenly home.

On April 9, 1945, she was born here in Orlando to the late Jim & Marguerite Partin.

As captain of Oviedo High School’s cheerleading squad, Suzanne fell in love with the basketball captain, Michael Tesinsky, and made him her sweetheart forever more. She attended Florida State University, then achieved her Master’s Degree at the University of Central Florida; and, she married Michael when he returned from Vietnam. They have been married 52 years.

Suzanne excelled in her field, the distinguished recipient of The Bellwether Award in 2004, and retired from Seminole State College as its Associate Vice President. She was loved and respected by her co-workers and received many other accolades and awards.

She and Michael enjoyed cruising together quite a bit; and when they were home, Suzanne’s grandchildren were her delight! She enjoyed her many outings with friends, and she was also very active in her church. Her faith in God was admirable.

Suzanne was known as the most unselfish person anyone could find. Even as she dealt with her own health challenges, she came alive with the opportunity to help another. All who knew her will continue to remember and celebrate her strong and loving heart.

She was preceded in death by her dear parents, Jim and Marguerite Partin. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Michael Tesinsky; her son, Scott Tesinsky (Michelle); grandchildren, Chloe and Ava; and sister, Marilyn Bellhorn.

Suzanne will be laid to rest in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Cemetery surrounded by her family.

They invite you to a Celebration of Her Life at Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry in the coming days, when a date may be set.

In the meantime, condolences may be offered at


God looked around His garden

And found an empty space

Then He looked down on the earth

And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you,

And lifted you to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful,

For He only takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering.

He knew you were in pain.

He saw the road was getting rough,

And the hills were hard to climb.

So He closed your weary eyes,

And whispered, “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you did not go alone,

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church in the days to come.


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Joan Tiller

April 4, 2020

Please be reminded how very Special Suzanne was to many of us in Career and Workforce Education in Florida. As a peer at Valencia, we worked closely together to achieve much...
She was always willing to lead and share her expertise with everyone! We had great times together at State meetings and worked closely with the State staff to achieve what was needed in our colleges. She is resting with our Lord and smiling to all of us! Many Blessings to her family!

Elaine Iannelli

April 2, 2020

Condolences and prayers to your family, Suzanne. You are at peace. I first saw you in your office at SSC in 1987. I had to bring you a paper from J-106, for your signature. You didn’t know me, but your smile and sparkling eyes made me feel so at ease. Thank for all you did for the College. God Bless.

Elaine Greenwood

March 28, 2020

Suzanne was a brilliant colleague whose good heart and steady leadership added so much to the college’s success. I knew her as a dean and then as our VP at SCC. She was always gracious in tough spots as well as celebrations. So very insightful about the needs of our students and faculty, she found innovative ways to meet those needs time and time again. And she lifted our spirits! So much to admire! I’ll miss her and send my heartfelt condolences.

Barbara Hebert-Smelser

March 27, 2020

Mike, So sorry about your loss, I was fortunate to get to hang out with you both when we went boating! She was such a wonderful person, My prayers to your family!

Dan Beistel

March 27, 2020

Diana and Dan thoroughly enjoyed our association and visits with Suzanne, Marilyn and their parents Jim and Marguerite. As neighbors, we frequently made contact with the family and our two children - Todd and Kimberly.
So very sorry for your loss! God's blessings on the family.
Dan and Diana Beistel

ingrid bryant

March 26, 2020

Words cannot express the loss felt. Suzanne was one of the best friends anyone that came from Germany had. My brother Norbert adored her and she was so kind to me in my adjusting to my new home, Oviedo. Mickey and my "nickname" being Mickie had many times that are still memorable in typing class with Mrs. Aulin. Rest in peace my dear and wonderful friend. Norbert will show you around Heaven, say hi to him from his sister. Love and mostly prayers, Ingrid "Mickie Hyman" Bryant

Kathy & Mike McNamara

March 25, 2020

Mike and family,

Mike and I have wonderful memories of Suzanne. She always had a smile on her face and wonderful to talk with. We will miss her, that's for sure, but thank God we had special times together. Memories are really all any of us can leave, and Suzanne left all good memories. Thank you, Suzanne and Mike, for welcoming Mike and me into your lives. Grateful!

Guy Lingo

March 24, 2020

The Lingo’s and the Partin’s were very close when I was growing up. So it was convenient for my Dad to hire Suzanne to tutor his (poor student) son. What a wonderful and “gorgeous” person . Mike and Marilyn my heart is heavy with your loss , but let’s all remember, Jesus Paid it All ! . Guy Lingo

Sue Ferguson Van Wyk

March 23, 2020

My favorite memory is Suzanne was at Christmas when we were in Florida and Micky gave her a ring in her corsage. She was so surprised. It was perfect.