Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Gene “Toby” Tesch
July 25, 1940 - December 30, 2016 (Age 76)
Watertown, WI
Service: January 4, 2017
Gene “Toby” Tesch
Gene “Toby” Tesch, age 76, of Watertown, passed away peacefully in his home on December 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Rodney Warnecke officiating. Burial with military rites will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Rainbow Hospice. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Toby was born in Watertown on July 25, 1940 to Leonard and Anita (Mallow) Tesch. He was a 1959 graduate of Watertown High School and served 4 years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Topeka, Kansas and Goosebay, Labrador where he met many Eskimos.
On February 24, 1962 he married the love of his life, Susan C. Bruss at First Congregational Church in Watertown. They resided in many cities throughout the United States before settling in Watertown where they raised 3 beautiful children. Toby worked for Nabisco for 26 years and Glenn’s Market for 16 years. He was a simple man who was loved by all. He was patient and kind and loved his children and grandchildren immensely. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown and served on many boards there. He was also a member of the Watertown American Legion Post #189.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Tesch; two children, Jennifer (Michael) Saniter of Watertown and Patricia (Jack) Gurholt of La Cresent, MN; four grandchildren: Brock Saniter, Ellie Saniter, John Gurholt and Jason Gurholt as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Allen Tesch in 1989; parents; three sisters: Anita “Trudy” Karnitz, Myrtle Kephart and Lorraine Bartig as well as two brothers, LeRoy Tesch and Robert Tesch. He was the last member of his immediate family.
The family wishes to thank Pastor Warnecke for all of his visits and Rainbow Hospice for their compassionate care of the whole family. Finally they’d like to thank Glenn Roberts for making Toby’s favorite oyster stew early for him.
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