Mathilda “Tee” Messa was born to eternal life on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
A Catholic funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Borgia Church
North in Cedarburg on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. Visitation will
take place at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christian burial at St.
Francis Cemetery will follow the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Francis Borgia Building Fund
are appreciated. Please visit
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Tee was born on Oct. 20, 1925, in Chicago. She attended St. Henry’s
grade school and graduated from Senn High School. She pursued her
interests in the medical field through further education at Sentry
Medical Technician School. Afterwards, she worked at Little Company of
Mary Hospital as a lab technician.
Tee and Francis (Frank) Messa first met in Chicago and after a wonderful
courtship, they married in 1951. Over 62 years of marriage, they were
blessed with 13 children, 29 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Tee’s life was devoted to her family. As a wife and mother, she was the
silent strength of her family. She put love into all she did, whether it
was providing meals for her family, raising two vegetable gardens, her
beloved flower gardens, baking bread or sewing clothes – the list goes
on. She was a wonderful role model in reaching out to neighbors, helping
at church with patience, kindness and humility. She enjoyed being part
of the St Francis Borgia Mission Circle for many years.
Tee enjoyed her family as it grew to include in-laws who were deeply
loved and welcomed into the family by her. Grandbabies became a source
of new joy for her as did sewing their baptismal gowns. Tee was known
for her smile, warmth, patience, gentleness, joy and laughter.
Tee is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Frank. She is the
beloved mother of Miki (Mike) Stanton, Patti (Walt) Koss, Monica, Mark
(Rose), Matt (Suzanne), Hilary (Julie), Andy (Denise), CeCe (Roy) Burns,
Fran (John) Triebe, Kate (Dave) Jisa, Maggie (Rick) Pennings, Martin
(Lisa) and Tim (Jeannie) Messa. She is the dear sister of Alfreda Woods.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Matt, Brianna (Ted) Schmidt and
Alex Stanton; Nick (Devon), Ben (Kelly), Zach (Liz) and MacKenzie Koss;
Adam Messa; Gabriel and Ian Messa; Amber (Jose) Orozco, Colton, Katie,
Taylor and Alyse Messa; Keely and Kara Burns; Erin, Colleen and Andy
Triebe; Tess and Killian Jisa; Cassie Pennings; Ryan, Megan and Paige
Messa; Enzo and Nina Messa; and by great-granddaughter Athea Koss.
Tee was proceeded in death by her parents, Peter and Katherine (nee
Kriegler) Pazur; sisters, Irene, Jeannette (Charlie) Bouda and Wanda
(Charlie) Purvus; brothers, John (Ethel), Leonard (Rose), and Lonnie
Pazur and her grandson, Andrew Messa.
Tee was a gentle soul who embodied the motto of Blessed Mother Teresa:
“Do small things with great love.” She will be deeply missed by all who
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.