Lillian E. Oberwise Tesch, 95, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Mercyhealth Harvard Care Center.
She was born in Marengo, Illinois, on May 10, 1922, the daughter of Luke J. Oberwise, Sr. and Ruth M. Fleming Oberwise. She graduated from Marengo High School and attended Northern Illinois University in their teacher education program. She taught at Oak Grove and Stone’s Corner schools, which were one-room schools with grades 1-8, for seven years. She then taught second grade at Capron Grade School for 31 years, retiring in 1984. She was a dedicated teacher who loved children and encouraged their love of learning. Some of her most satisfying moments were when former students contacted her and told her how positively she impacted their lives.
On June 4, 1946, she married Lyle F. Tesch, and they had one daughter. He died on March 1, 1994.
Lillian was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and was active in several of their ministries over the years. She also was a member of other civic and educational organizations. In retirement, she loved helping students who were struggling to find success, and she enjoyed helping her friends in the catering business.
Throughout her life, she was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She loved her family, especially traveling with her daughter and her family.
Lillian is survived by her daughter Midge, grandchildren Jessica, Gina (Dorian), and Evan (Kourtney), and her great-grandson Dylan. She is also survived by her nieces Bonnie Tesch Potyk, Connie Tesch Smith, and Michelle Oberwise Lacock and their families; and her nephews Tom Lordan and Mike Oberwise and their families. One of the highlights of her family life was when Tom married Kim in 1991, and she and Lyle served as his honorary parents.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Luke Oberwise, Jr.; and her two cousins who were raised by her parents, Leona Baker Green and Bernard Baker.
The family would like to sincerely thank the amazing staff at the Care Center for providing Lillian with almost 5 years of excellent care. We are forever grateful.
The visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 AM Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 206 E. Front St, Harvard. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:15.
Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Genoa City, WI.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvard St. Vincent de Paul Society or to the family which will evenly divide the memorials between the North Boone Education Foundation and the Harvard Education Foundation.