Phyllis Teselle

Died: 2019-04-26
Resided in: Merrimac, MA
Viewing type: Gathering 5/5/19
Viewing location: (SUN): Potlach Studios and Gallery, 34 Pond Street, Amesbury, MA from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Viewing date: 2019-05-05 see below
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Contributions: Newburyport Art Association 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Mom was happiest when she was surrounded by people. She loved a party. She was not interested in having a traditional funeral, asking instead that we hold a party in her honor. As a longtime supporter of the Arts, we believe Mom would appreciate our choice of venue – a working art studio and gallery; there is a special energy in places set aside for creativity. With that in mind, we invite you to join us at a gathering in her honor:

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 1:00 to 4:00 pm Potlach Studios and Gallery 34 Pond Street, Amesbury, MA

We will be raising a glass to toast her memory and to acknowledge the impact she had on those lucky enough to have come in contact with her. It never took long for her to form fast friendships. We would like to assemble a book that captures her impact on the lives of those around her. Please bring one or more favorite photos, memories, and/or stories of yourself and Mom to add to our collection.


On Friday, April 26, 2019, Phyllis (Thom) Teselle of Merrimac, Massachusetts, passed away at age 82.  Phyllis is survived by her husband, Donald J. Teselle, and her children: Henry B. “Harry” Rose and his wife Sally of Saco, Maine and their son Glenn; Tamison Rose and her husband Michael Kempkes of Westford, Massachusetts and their children, Seth Rose-Maheu and Sarah Kempkes; and Bryan Rose and his partner Sara Quijano of Boston, Massachusetts and his daughter, Emma D. Rose.  Phyllis will be missed by her step-children, Lesley TeSelle of San Diego, California and Suzanne Kelliher and her husband Chris of Barrington, New Hampshire, and by their children Logan, James, Alish, and John.  Born in Norwich, Connecticut on August 11, 1936, Phyllis was the “middle” daughter of George P. and Nettie May Thom.   She is survived by her younger sister, June (Janeic) Kazarian and her husband Chris of Billings, Montana, nephews Larry Janeic and his wife Maria of Indonesia, Peter Janeic of Napa, California, and niece Cassie (Janiec) Johnson and her husband Manny. Phyllis’s older sister, Marion (Sampson) Camp, died in 2016.  She will be sorely missed by her niece Deb (Sampson) Burgess and her husband Paul of New London, Connecticut and nephew Bob Sampson, Jr. of Mansfield, Connecticut. Phyllis was outgoing and made friends easily. Thanksgiving gatherings in North Hampton, NH, at the home of her great niece, Lyndsey (Burgess) Ciccalone and her husband Dave always included friends and extended family; Phyllis’s absence will be deeply felt by her great niece Carrie (Burgess) Hopkins and her husband Dave of Gales Ferry, Connecticut and their children, her great niece Julie Sampson of Florida, and Julie’s mom, Patty Sampson and many friends of the Ciccalones. For the past twenty-five years, Phyllis lived in the Newburyport area. She and her husband Don were active in the community for many years as members of Central Congregational Church and by volunteering their time as Voter Registrars. While living on Fair Street in Newburyport, Phyllis co-founded a book club that continues to meet to this day. Phyllis always took the time to get to know people on a personal level. She was a sympathetic listener, and especially admired those with the courage to be unique. She had an irreverent sense of humor, a ready laugh, and a love of travel and adventure. She and a friend were booked to travel to Ireland later this year. She loved yellow roses and Forget-Me-Nots, Chardonnay and ice cream sandwiches. She was generous, inclusive, and kind, and had many more adventures left on her list. If we didn’t still feel her presence with us, our hearts would be broken. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations be made in Phyllis’s memory to Newburyport Art Association 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

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