In Memory of

Tesa K. Cates

September 5, 1973 - November 17, 2020
From: Rockwell City, IA


Rockwell City – Tesa K. Cates 47, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, following a hard-fought battle with Covid-19.  Private Family Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Kelley Pedersen officiating.  A Public Graveside Service will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City.  The Funeral Service will be live streamed on St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City Facebook Page and shared on Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook Page.  A public come & go viewing will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.  Masks are required and only 15 people at a time can be present inside the funeral home. 

     Tesa is survived by her husband, Jeff, her son, Gage, and her daughter, Menley, as well as her mother, Sharon Blasey, and her father, Steve Miller, two brothers, nephews, nieces, in-laws, and friends. 

     How do you best know Tesa? Is it as the woman behind Jeff for the last 21 years, the one he speaks of with pride and a mischievous grin?  Or maybe you know her best as Gage and Menley's mom, the one who has raised them with impeccable character and integrity, never misses an event, and bakes her famous sugar cookies for special occasions. 

     To some, she is the rock of the family, organizing all the things, doting on the babies, and making sure everyone else's needs are met before she rests. If she's ever been your best friend, she's the one who knows you better than you sometimes know yourself. She somehow always has time to talk, and on the rare occasion she offers advice, you know it as true wisdom.  

     Perhaps at some point in your life you were lucky enough to be a child in her care. You know the comfort of her hug, just how she cuts an apple, that she oils you when you're squeaky, reads the best books on repeat, and always has any little thing you might need at her fingertips.  

     Some know her best as a meticulous business owner, working all hours to deliver quality abstracting services. Others as a neighbor and life-long Rockwell City resident and member of St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, always there to lend a helping hand. Still others know her best as a classmate of the Rockwell City-Lytton Class of 1992 and a Buena Vista University graduate; a dancer, a teacher, smart, well-liked, kind and a friend to all. 

     Tesa Cates leaves behind a legacy of many who are well-loved, many who would describe her as the least selfish person they have ever known.  She lived her life intentionally, with ever-enduring strength and dignity, and a deep faith, refusing to let her family be controlled or limited by fear. For all these things, and many more, she will be desperately missed and forever remembered. Together, we mourn that she was taken from us much to soon, and we celebrate that God has wiped away her tears, relieved her burdens, and gives her eternal rest.

SERVICES
Private Family Funeral Services
10:30 a.m. - Saturday
November 21, 2020
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
The Funeral Service will be live streamed on St. Paul’s Lutheran &
Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City Facebook Page and shared on
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook Page
OFFICIATING
Pastor Kelley Pedersen
CASKET BEARERS
Gage Cates
Chad Blasey
Jerredd Elken
Jered Finley
Cory Ridgely
Jonathan McChesney

Honorary Casket Bearers
Scot Blasey
EJ Blasey
Corey Campbell
Jon Cates
VISITATION
A public come & go viewing 
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City. 
Masks are required and only 15 people at a time can
be present inside the funeral home. 
INTERMENT
Burial will follow the Church Service at
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa
*The Public is Welcome to the Graveside Service

Condolences

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM
“Sorry for your loss, Jeff. ”
- John Soenen

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:05 AM
“Deepest sympathy and prayers for all of Tesa’s family.”
- Kitty Hammen

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 7:38 PM
“Steve, Sharon, Jeff and family. My sincere and heartfelt condolences.”
- Maureen Rafferty Sorensen

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 10:33 AM
“What a beautiful person Tesa is. A great friend when we worked together and outside of work. Jeff, Gage and Menley just as beautiful as her, you all are a loving, caring family. I will miss running in to her at Walmart and catching up for an hour or more. I will miss seeing that beautiful smile, big brown eyes and calming tone and humorous attitude. Rest in peace, you fought a good fight for a long time. To your family, I pray for peace, HAPPY times in your thought and memories and carry on her love in all you do! Love you guys!

- Tracy Haden

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:40 PM
“I hope all of Tesa's family find some comfort in knowingTesa is now enjoying her eternal life and is no longer suffering any pain. I will remember all of you in my thoughts and prayers

- Maureen Hobart

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:40 AM
“Sharon and family I am so very sorry for your loss. She sounded like an awesome person that will be missed terribly by so many. My deepest condolences.”
- Linda Buttolph Rohrick

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:41 AM
“We have been recipients of those delicious sugar cookies!! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!!”
- Cindy & David Tiefenthaler

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5:39 PM
“Sending our thoughts and prayers to your family! We hope you find peace and comfort in knowing that Tesa is free of pain and suffering and has a place in our hearts and memories forever! With love, The Anderson Family!
Jennifer Santi (Anderson)
Amy Scheidegger (Anderson)
Ben Anderson
Carrie (Skip) Anderson”
- Jennifer Santi (Anderson)

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:02 PM
“Jeff & Family u are all in my prayers she was a very speial lady always willing to help with whatever needed done. She will be greatly missed by so many ”
- Shanna Carvalho

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5:46 PM
“Our heart felt condolences to all Family.
Tesa was such a beautiful person. Sending many thoughts and prayers to give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. ”
- Denise Miller Heinberg

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:04 PM
“Our deepest sympathy, cherish all your memmoies, our Love, Lee & Jan Thielmann”
- Lee & Jan Thielmann

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“Our deepest sympathy, cherish all your memmoies, our Love, Lee & Jan Thielmann”
- Lee & Jan Thielmann

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM
“O Tesa what do you say . I will miss out talks we have at the USPS you are such a great person easy to talk to and loved by all . I will miss you tons . May God be with you and your family always. ”
- Sue Smith

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:26 AM
“During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only lasting love and precious memories. I enjoyed my times together with Tesa rubber stamping years ago. My sympathies to the family. With sorrow,”
- Teresa Otto

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:12 AM
“She was a great lady, I loved talking with her , she will be greatly missed!”
- Sharona Daisy

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4:50 AM
“Hold tight to memories for comfort. Lean on your friends for strength. And always remember how much you're loved.”
- Gail Thompson

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:29 PM
“Jeff and family, we are so terribly sorry for the loss of Tesa! We pray God will heal your tears!”
- Donna and Wayne Smidt

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:27 PM
“So sorry to hear about Tesa. We had a lot of fun in high school; she will be greatly missed. ”
- Adam Haeder

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:16 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all in your time of need.”
- Eugene & Melanie Cleland

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:45 PM
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Let GOD's light shine upon you all to make it through these times”
- dave weiss

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:06 PM
“Cates family...we offer our deep sympathy..what a profound loss...”
- Gerri & Jane McCurdy

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:02 PM
“Dear Sharon and family, we are so sorry to hear of Tesa’s passing. She was so sweet and a great helper in church. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Rest In Peace 💕”
- Martin and Peggy Hildreth

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM
“Jeff, we are so saddened to hear of Tesa's passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers...”
- Chad and Caroline Mason

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:10 PM
“Sending you prayers and our deepest condolences. God Bless you all!”
- Shelly, Ray Teague

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“I am deeply sorry for your loss. Offering prayers to Tesa's family members and friends at this.”
- Donna Buelt

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 3:17 PM
“Our deepest sympathy for the entire family. May God give you strength
Thru this difficult time. ”
- Madonna Barnes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“I am so very sorry to hear of Tesa's passing. She was my student in preschool. She was a very sweet and bright child. I am sure she was a great wife and mother. You all have my sincerest sympathy!”
- Deanne Grantham

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:23 PM
“My deepest sympathies to the family , most of my memories of Tesa are of a sweet helpful little girl with big brown eyes . Many prayers for the family ! ”
- Tess Sittig

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:13 PM
“Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of Tesa's passing. She was an amazing person and will be missed greatly. May God wrap you in his arms, give you comfort and strength. ”
- Rose Hosek

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:44 PM
“So sorry for your loss ”
- Ronnie &Mary Berg

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:29 PM
“To Tesa’s dear family......There are no words to express our sadness & sorrow for this tragic loss! Sending many continued prayers your way. ”
- Bill & Fran Lawson

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:21 PM
“So am so sorry for your loss. I loved working with Tesa at the Grocery Store. She was a gentle soul. I had prayed that she could beat this as she so many other things in life. I will be praying that God walks beside all of you & give you the strength you need.”
- Betty Farnell

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:02 PM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Tesa's family. She was so sweet and kind and always concerned about everyone but herself. She will be greatly missed by so many. ”
- Lorri McClintock

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:44 PM
“Jeff and family sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers”
- Shawn DeVries

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:43 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Tesa and I had a lot of fun in dance and cheerleading!! I have wonderful memories!! I will keep you all in my prayers!!!

- Missy Kramme-franks

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:42 PM
“To Sharon, Steve, Jeff & ALL of Tesa's Family there are not enough words to express My sympathies for your loss! I can only pray For Gods healing! May she rest in heavenly peace!! PRAYERS!!!”
- shirley ashbrook

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:10 PM
“ Sending heartfelt condolences on your unimaginable loss. Tessa will be missed by many but none more than her family who loved her dearly. Praying for your peace and comfort. Paul Henry and Roni Yetmar-Henry”
- Roni Yetmar-Henry

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:22 AM
“Jeff and family so sad to hear this, our sincere sympathy to all of you in this hard time. ”
- Scott Struchen

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:11 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
- John and Rita

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:24 AM
“I am so very sorry to hear of Tesa's passing. All of my best memories from elementary school have her in them. I have thought of her often over the years since my family moved away from Rockwell City. I pray that all you of find peace, love and support during this time. Lots of love to all.”
- Melissa Westphal


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