Edward F. Tesnar, 80

Edward F. Tesnar, 80, of Lancaster, peacefully passed away at his residence on Tuesday evening.

He was the husband of Jeanne E. Edwards Tesnar, with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage this past September 20th. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, he was the son of the late Frank and Sallie Wenek Tesnar.

Edward was the owner and operator of Little People Daycare in Palmyra for 21 years, until his retirement in 2001. Prior to this, he had worked as the district manager of Lebanon-Lancaster Bell Telephone Co., the Hamilton Watch Co., and the Economy League of Pennsylvania.

He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church.

Edward was a US Navy veteran, serving after World War II with the Hurricane Squadron, being stationed in Florida and New Foundland, Canada.

A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, he earned a degree in mathematics and was captain of the football team. He remained active with the school’s alumni athletic association. He was a past member of the Hamilton Club, a past Urban League president, and a past member of the Lancaster Rotary. Edward was also the president of the Lancaster Aquatic Club, served on the board of the Middle Atlantic Swimming Assn., and was one of the founding members of Golden Meadows Swim Center in Lancaster.

A 32nd Degree  Mason, Edward was a member of the Valley of Bloomsburg Scottish Rite Consistory and the George Dallas Lodge 531 in Dallas, PA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Barbara  married to John Schober of Lititz, and Susan married to Erich Urbach of Tampa, FL; his son James of Santa Barbara, CA; and by his 5 grandchildren.

Friends will be received on Friday from 3-4PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Chapel, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, with the funeral service to follow at 4PM, the Rev. James Hanna officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Edward’s memory to the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. To send an online condolence, please visit

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Dear Jeanne and family,
Jim and I are sorry for your loss of Ed and send our sympathy and prayers,
Jim and Becky Hanna

Dear Tesnar family,
What can I say?, I am truly saddened to hear of Mr. Tesnar’s passing.  Mr. and Mrs. Tesnar, I can truly say are always thought of with fondness.  You took such good care of my girls, Eryn and Clara, while they were with you at Little People.  We felt you were surrogate grandparents to them.  Please know we are thinking of all of you in this time of sadness.
Owen, Patsy, Eryn, Clara and Neal Keller
Lebanon PA

I just wanted to send my sympathy to the Tesnar family and let you all know that I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. -Brian Seber

Dear Mrs. Tesnar, Barb, Susie and Jim,
My mother in Lancaster mailed the obituary about Mr. Tesnar today and I just wanted to send my sympathy to your family. As a young swimmer and part of Lancaster Aquatic Club when it first started, I remember vividly how nice Mr. Tesnar (tall and handsome too!) was to us swimmers-always remember him being at the pool helping out in some way. I am sorry for your loss however after reading his article, he leaves behind a wonderful legacy and accomplished alot during his lifetime.
Sending my condolences-
Stephanie Hipp Holland
Atlanta, GA

Dear Tesnar Family,
     Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I sincerely enjoyed my 13 years teaching at Little People, and remember Mr. Tesnar fondly.  I always appreciated his support of my program and his friendliness. He will be missed by many.
        Holly and Buz Cash

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