The Tener Family

This is a journal kept by Dennis Holmes and friends concerning the Tener Family.
The links below will take you to the "Tener Blue Book" - "TENER: A History of the Family in France, Ireland and America"; and to a Finding Aid.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007


I continue to be thoroughly enthused with the genealogy research I am doing. One of the best parts of it is getting to meet new folks, new "family"! And with this glee, comes a sad part -- one connects with great folks that you get to know and then they pass away.

That is the case with Art Tener. I met Art about four years ago and have kept up with him. Over these years he would locate a new TENER family name, and ask what I knew about them... Sometimes it would be easy - and some times I would begin to research a "new" name and most often learn that they are 'family'. I was deeply saddened to learn that Art passed away on June 18.

On June 23 one of his grandsons asked me to post his obituary here: it comes from the 'Recordnet - San Joaquin County News' web site:

Born -- August 24, 1926: Died -- June 18, 2007
Arthur Robert (Art) Tener, passed away Monday, June 18, 2007 in Stockton, CA. He was born in Modesto, CA on August 24, 1926 and attended St. Mary's High School in Stockton, graduating in 1944. He worked in the automotive trades starting with Thomas M. Lucas in Stockton.

In August 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and received an Honorable Discharge on December 2, 1946.

He returned to Stockton, working in the automotive trades his entire adult life with such local companies as I.B. Benedict, Chancellor & Lyon, Lloyd E. Tess Nash Rambler, 49er Chevrolet (located in Angels Camp, CA), and 45 years with Chase Chevrolet. Art was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed all forms of automobiles, old and new, racing, and talking shop. He enjoyed car history and though he was knowledgeable on many was devoted to Chevrolet.

Married for 35 years, to Alicia M. Morales. Art was a member of the French Camp Mission Church and very proud of his attendance and graduation from St. Mary's High School (Cathedral of the Annunciation).

Arthur is survived by his wife, Alicia; his children, Lawrence Tener of Fort Walton Beach, FL; Jon (Donna) Tener of Lodi; CA, Patrick (Kathy) Tener of South Lake Tahoe, CA; Jim (Patricia) Tener of Stockton, CA; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Also survived by his sisters, Mary (Bill) Hall of San Antonio, TX and Ethel (Calvin) Short of Phoenix, AZ. Arthur was preceded in death by his sisters, Grace Frye, Virginia Bofman and Roberta Spotts.

Vistiation will be held at Deyoung Shoreline Chapel on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 from Noon- 7:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be held Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the DeYoung Shoreline Chapel located at 7676 Shoreline Drive, Stockton, CA.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 22, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at Cathedral of the Annunciation, 425 Magnolia Street, Stockton, CA.

Committal at San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery.

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Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1659 Branham Lane, Suite F #227, San Jose, CA 95118-5226 or online at