The Curry Coastal Pilot

Antoinette Tessore, 98, of Brookings, died Oct. 26, 2012.

"Toni" as she liked to be called, was born in Oakland, Calif., to Adolph and Rose DeLuca on March 13, 1914. She was the eldest of three girls; her sisters were Jessie and Georgia who preceded her in death.

Toni married Melio Tessore in May 1935 and they began their married life together in Castro Valley, Calif. There were no children. Her parents, sisters and husband all preceded her in death.

At age 83, Toni needed a 24-hour caregiver, and her sister Georgia hired Laura Partridge, CNA, HHA. They became instant friends, like they knew each other for a lifetime.

When Laura's mother became ill in 1995, Toni, Laura , and Laura's mother moved to a home in Harris Heights, Brookings, so Laura could care for them both.

During her life, Toni loved to travel, to see places and see people. Once bedridden, Laura's friends and family were Toni's connection to the outside world and sometimes her caregivers. She enjoyed their handshakes and hugs, and was quick to give them back.

She loved animals of any kind and their visits too.

Toni had a good sense of humor, shown in some comments about the fashions that come and go. One time in Shady Cove, relaxing along the Rogue River, a young lady went jogging by in her bikini; Toni burst out laughing and said, "She's running around in broad daylight in her underwear!" Another time, spotting a young man walking by in the "sagging" style, she said, "He's going to lose his pants."

She had a strong personality and a strong will to live. She loved slapstick comedy, such as "The Three Stooges," and movies such as "Beethoven," or "Mrs. Doubtfire." She could watch them over and over with delight and barrels of laughter.

Toni leaves behind her nephew in New Jersey, Kenneth Lyons and his wife Kathy; her niece, Sandy Marr and husband Randy of Montana; her niece Diane Geiss and husband Lee of Oregon; along with several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Toni will be buried in her family plot in Hayward, Calif.

She will be missed, and rests in God's memory now, John 5:28-29.

Many thanks to Curry Home Health and Hospice for their support.