A funeral service will be held Thursday May 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Assumption Church for Tessie Thompson Sylvester, a standout student-athlete for the Tommies from 1999-2002.
Tessie was diagnosed with in operable form of cancer in June 2017 at the same time her husband John Sylvester died at age 44 of ALS disease.
She is survived by two sons Gus (age 9) and Freddy (8), as well as her parents and five siblings.
Her father Joe Thompson is a longtime University of St. Thomas Physical Plant employee as an electrician.
A celebration of life will take place Saturday May 11 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Paul's OxCart Arcade.
A native of West St. Paul, Tessie was inducted into the St. Thomas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. She's one of just three women's soccer alums in the Hall of Fame.
She was a two-time Division III All-America midfielder and was voted the 2002 MIAC Player of the Year. She led the Tommies to a trip to the national playoff quarterfinals, where they lost 0-0 in a shootout to eventual NCAA champion Ohio Wesleyan. Her Tommie teams only lost two conference games over her last three seasons. She later graduated from dental school at the University of Minnesota.
Along with her impressive athletic resume, she graduated with a 3.67 grade-point average as a Biology major, and was active in community service as a campus tutor, nursing home volunteer, disabled youth volunteer and a youth soccer coach.