Holyoke-Josephine (Bertelli) Tesini, 99, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2019 at Mt. St. Vincent Nursing Home in Holyoke. Born in West Springfield on March 6, 1920 to the late Bortolo and Valeria (Roveglia) Bertelli, Josephine was a graduate of West Springfield High School. She later worked in retail for over 50 years. She worked for several area department stores, McCauslin and Wakelin, Forbes and Wallace, Cherry Webb. Josephine loved working, shopping, going for long drives with her family, reading, and she enjoyed watching her favorite sports. Her favorite teams being the Red Sox and Notre Dame. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph P. Tesini in 1999. She will be missed by her children: Jerry Tesini of Holyoke, Jean Leighton and her husband James of Framingham, MA, grandchildren Joseph Tesini, Michael Tesini, Kim Leighton and his wife Maranda, Kate Leighton, and 4 great grandchildren Robert, Courtney, Jaycee, Carlie. She will also be missed by several nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Rose Enright, her brother Angelo Bertelli, and a daughter in-law Mary Tesini. The family would like to thank the staff at Mt. St. Vincent Nursing Home and the Arbors of Chicopee for their compassionate care. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9AM at Messier Funeral Home 1944 Northampton St., Holyoke followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11AM at Our Lady of the Cross Church, Holy Cross Ave, Holyoke. Burial will follow in St. Jerome Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. For more details, please visit www.Messierfuneralhome.com.
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