Tessie M. Curtin

Tessie M. Curtin, 94, of Tupper Lake, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Mercy Living Center, where she has resided since January 2011.

Tessie was born on Feb. 15, 1920 in Hudson to Slovakian parents, Stephen and Theresa Bujnovsky. She was the eldest of three children.

Tessie proudly graduated from Hudson City High School in 1938. She worked hard to follow her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated with honors from Hudson City Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. Soon after nursing school, Tessie joined the United States Army as a registered nurse and began her nursing career in the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey as a first lieutenant. She was then transferred to Hollerand General Hospital in New York City, where she met her future husband, Master Sergeant George F. Curtin. Because of war time, the couple secretively got married at the Christ of the King Church in the Bronx on Feb. 6, 1944.

Since George was a sergeant and Tessie an officer, the Army separated them for over one and a half years after only being newly married a few months.

In July 1944, Tessie found herself shipping out across the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary to set up Camp Lufton- near Yeovil, England.

Tessie returned home to the United States and was reunited with her husband on Oct. 17, 1945. Soon after their discharge from the Army, they both accepted jobs at the VA hospital in Tupper Lake. The young couple made Tupper Lake home for the rest of their lives where they raised their family. Tessie retired from Sunmount DDSO as a head nurse in 1980.

Tessie was an active member of St. Alphonsus Church, and an active member of the Adult Choir, and the St. Anne’s Society. She loved to cook and bake Hungarian dishes, sew and learn new crafts any chance she could. Her favorite past times were reading books, and playing Rummy. She was always undefeated and would challenge anyone to a quick game.

She is survived by her brother, Stephen Barton of Dover, N.H.; several nieces and nephews; one daughter, Cyndee and husband Joseph Sweet of Tupper Lake; two granddaughters and their husbands: Stacey and John Sawyer of Bluffton, S.C. and Katie and Levi Martin; and one great-granddaughter-Cooper Colleen Martin from Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandsons: Michael Curtin Blue of Seattle, Washington, and Shamus G. Cusson of Mechanicville.

Tessie was predeceased by one daughter, Colleen Curtin Blue of Waterbury, Vermont in 1996; her sister Ethel Singer of Hudson in 2003, and her beloved husband George on April 8, 2013.

Calling hours are scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake, followed by funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church. Immediately following burial at St. Alphonsus Cemetery, everyone is invited to join the family for a light luncheon at the Community Hall Ivy Terrace.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider High Peaks Hospice or the Tupper Lake volunteer rescue squad.

Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfunneralhome.com.