Sister M. Eugenia Tessier, age 86, died Saturday, May 16, 2015. Mary Ruth Teresa was born to Eugene and Rose Tessier on April 17, 1929 in Cass County. She grew up in the Fargo area. Following graduation from Sacred Heart Academy, she became a member of the Presentation Sisters and made profession of vows in the order of 1950. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, she also studied at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. For 28 years, Sister Eugenia taught primary grades in several parochial schools – St. Anthony’s, St. Mary’s, Holy Spirit, Nativity (all in Fargo), St. Alphonsus (Langdon) and St. James (New Rockford). She was a child care worker at St. John’s Orphanage in Fargo and St. Vincent’s Home in Louisville, KY for total of 11 years. For many years she was director of religious education in parishes in North Dakota and in Minnesota. Generous with her time, she received awards for her volunteer service with ARC and Stephen Ministries. She served on the governing boards of Presentation Partners in Housing and Villa Nazareth. For the past many years, she was the person who greeted those who came through the doors of the Presentation Center. Sister is survived by members of her religious community; her sister, Joann (Jasper) Tumbarello, her brother, Gene (Carol), brother-in-law, Dan and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Rose and brothers Daniel, Leonard, and Norman. Visitation will on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6-7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Convent, Fargo followed by a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 A.M. at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.  

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  1. Our sincere sympathy to the Presentation Sisters and Sr. Eugenia’s Family. She left a great impact in the Langdon Community when she served at St. Alphonsus School and Parish . . . everyone loved her and her dedication to serving. God Bless and Comfort you.

  2. My dear Sisters, I send my prayerful sympathy at Sister Eugenia’s death. She extended your Presentation Hospitality so graciously and faithfully at Sacred Heart Center. May she know God’s loving and abundant welcome to her heavenly dwelling place. She will be missed. I appreciated her presence when I lived with you all. Sincerely,

  3. Sr. Eugenia was a wonderful, bright star at the front desk of the Presentation Center. She was on the Partners in Housing board for years and always offered a different perspective on the situation. She had a great sense of humor and a no nonsense style about her but you always know she cared. I will miss her.

  4. Dear sisters, my deepest sympathy to all of you at the passing of your sister in faith, Sr. Eugenia. She always had a smile on her face & a pleasant comment for me when I saw her at the convent. May she rest in the peace of her Lord & Savior.

  5. mmm, so sad to hear about the passing of Sr. Eugenia. I have many memories of her and precious they are. What a sweetie, I just smile when I think of her. May she rest in peace. My companion on a journey who made things a little easier. Blessing and Peace to her family, friends and community.

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