Carmella S. (Sano) Tessmer

October 30, 1935 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 84)

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Of Monroeville, formerly of Turtle Creek and Wilkinsburg, age 84, unexpectedly on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Beloved wife to the late Robert C. Tessmer who died in 1996.

Loving mother of Thomas (Sandy L.) Cole of Allentown, PA and Lori A. Cole of Monroeville.

Precious grandmother of Lisa Cole-DiMinno, Thomas (Kelsey) Cole, Jr., Joe (Noelle) Cole, Krystal Cole, Jason (Ellen) Cole and Joe Cole.

Proud great-grandmother of Connor Cole.

Carmella was the youngest of 10 children and is survived by her loving sister Theresa Ludwig.

Carmella is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Carmella was a 1954 graduate of Turtle Creek High School where she was proud to have marched as a majorette and tap danced in stage shows. She also marched as a majorette with Pitcairn community parades. Carmella had served as the director of the Turtle Creek Valley Dolls marching group.

Carmella was a retired employee of Bell of PA with many years of service.

Carmella enjoyed cooking and hosting family gatherings where nobody left hungry. Her favorite pastimes were shopping, playing bingo and visiting the casino. She also loved to sing and was a former member of the choir of North American Martyrs Church.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will not be a public viewing or service.

Carmella will be laid to rest in Penn Lincoln Cemetery.

A Memorial Gathering will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements with Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350.

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