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Nancy L. Tess

Apr 09, 1942 - Mar 17, 2023


Nancy L. Tess, age 80, of Manitowoc passed away Friday, March 17, 2023. Nancy was born April 9, 1942, in Port Washington to the late William and Janis Johannes. She was a 1960 graduate of North High School in Sheboygan. Nancy furthered her education attending Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc and then earned her BSN from UW-Green Bay in 1985. Nancy took great pride in her career as a nurse that spanned from 1963 until she retired in 2003. Nancy was united in marriage to Clayton Tess on October 19, 1963, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Sheboygan. Nancy and Clayton raised their family in Manitowoc. She was involved with all of her children’s activities and is most known for her years as a Roncalli wrestling wife and mother. Nancy loved her family, enjoyed fishing, playing Canasta and games with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren. She will be most remembered for her unfailing love of Clayton and her children, her kind spirit, being the life of the party, and of course, her clam dip!
Survivors include her loving husband of almost 60 years, Clayton, sons Mike (Heidi) Tess of Sun Prairie, Jeff Tess of Manitowoc, daughter Shelly (Rob) Mantel of Mountain View, MO, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was the eldest of 5 siblings and sister-in-law to her husband’s family of 8 siblings and their spouses. She was the beloved Aunt to 30 nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and cousins too many to count. We will never forget her love and what she gave to each of us with the gift of her life!

Family and friends may gather at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3201 Mishicot Rd. in Two Rivers on Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:30 a.m. Fr. David Pleier will officiate.
Online condolences may be expressed at

The Tess family would like to extend a special thank you to all who loved her, prayed for us and supported us during her journey of life.


Date: Saturday Mar 25, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church [map]

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Saturday Mar 25, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church [map]



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Suzi and Dick Shores

Dear Tess family, We were so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing….oh! The memories I have growing up together on Walters Street..we had so much fun! Clayton, We know this is a difficult time for you….you took such good care of Nancy when she was sick… to you, Suzi and Dick

Darlene Leonhard

My deepest sympathy to the family especially brother Bill, I am so sorry for your sister death. Please accept my condolences to you and the family. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Daye

I was blessed to work with Nancy for several years at Marinette County. What a beautiful soul that truly cared about the people… and funny too! I still laugh when thinking about her detour on a Marinette County snowmobile trail while on a home visit. May God Bless you.

Jill Nellis

Dearest Tess family, My sincere condolences to all of you. Mrs. Tess made such a good impression on me. The love and faith emanated from your household and I’ve always felt at home with your family. What a beautiful legacy Mrs. Tess has left in her children, whom I am lucky to know. I pray for strength and healing as you mourn the loss of your dear wife and mother. May God’s strength and love sustain you in difficult moments.

Dianne Borgen

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve Nancy’s passing. God Bless you and keep you close in your time of sadness. Cousin Dianne

Lenys Walden

I am sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was such a friendly and wonderful lady. Hugs Lenys walden (Huwatschek)

Bob and Lori Nullmeyer

Our deepest sympathy

Michael and Karen Barry

Nancy was a kind, thoughtful person who had a great laugh. Her personality put everyone at ease. Clayton, Mike, Jeff and Shelly with families know Nancy will be in our prayers. Respectfully, Mike and Karen Barry

Rhonda Green

Nancy was such a bright light here on Earth. Her love for her family and zest for life will always be etched in my heart and memories. I will keep all of you in my prayers as you heal from your loss. Love to you all.

Lavange Wilda

RIP Nancy .condolences to the family.