Michael “Teschy” P. Tesch

Michael“Teschy” P. Tesch, age 67 of Glencoe, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral service Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Assembly of God (10478 Bell Ave.) in Plato with Rev. Dale Baker officiating; visitation Thursday 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service ALL AT THE CHURCH; interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Michael was born on October 13, 1949 in Watertown, the son of Roland and Monica (Hron) Tesch. On August 15, 1973, Michael was united in marriage to Lendra L. Brelje at Trintiy Lutheran Church in Waconia.
“My father was referred to in many ways: Michael, Dad, Papa, Grandpa, Mike…but has been known the longest as Teschy. My father’s life was consumed by the love of his music. The sound of the Beatles kickstarted what would be the beginning of his career as a drummer which would span 52 years. I generally referred to him as “the best rock ‘n’ roll drummer ever” and he never disagreed! His music career began in high school with his friends and a band called UFO (I never did ask him…why “UFO”??). They played at high school functions….and in garages.
He met my mother when she was, in the eyes of my grandparents, too young. Shortly after their meeting, my father joined the U.S. Navy. He returned, accidentally bumped into my mother again, then fell in love and married her. Upon his return from the Navy, he joined a band called Elvis and the Traveling Grease band which was a phenomenal Elvis tribute band. This band ended when I was a baby, so I never heard them play live – but I’ve heard them on tape (100,000 times because my dad enjoys hearing his drumming!). The band that followed was Showdown – I was old enough to enjoy this band! They brought the best country music to the dance floor. The answer is yes – I had a pair of cowgirl boots and I loved dancing in them with my mom and others! After Showdown, was Clover which was a fantastic mix of rock ‘n’ roll. The most recent was the Prairie Rose Band. This band is so special to me because I was able to appreciate it as an adult… with my child, Jack. To take my son to hear my dad play was such an amazing feeling. It was bringing my son back to the days of Showdown once again watching my daddy play the drums!
Elvis and The Traveling Band and Showdown both brought the “Outstanding Service Award” from the MN Ballroom Operators Association. We are so proud of all that Dad accomplished in his passion for music.
My dad enjoyed metal detecting for many years and found more rings than my Momma could fit on her fingers. If we didn’t know exactly where he was we scoped out local parks and ball fields…this is where he found most of his “treasures.” He would start in spring when the ground was soft enough to dig in and ended when the ground was too hard to dig.
His laughter was infectious – his jokes were dry – the love for his family and friends was TREMENDOUS. He is adored by many and will be greatly missed. I love you Dad. No one will ever replace you. We will celebrate your life every day! Alana”
Michael was preceded in death by his parents Roland and Monica Tesch; sister Marlene Tesch; brother Lyle Tesch; nephew Jamie Tesch; brother-in-law Jim Traxler; mother-in-law Marcille Brelje; father-in-law Reuben Brelje.
Michael is survived by his loving family: wife Lendra; son Brenden Tesch of Plymouth; daughter Alana (Tesch) Kenyon; grandchildren Peter Bode, Olivia Tesch, Karlie Tesch, Abigail Tesch, Jacob Tesch, Jack Kenyon; brothers and sisters Diane Lhotka of Eagan, Sharon Traxler of Watertown, Monica (Lance) Sorenson of Hector, Margaret Amundson and special friend Kevin Graham of Watertown, Miles (Margaret) Tesch of Waconia, Melissa Diemert and special friend Brian Kroells of Norwood Young America, Jolene Drews of Watertown, Andrea Tesch and special friend Steven Ortloff of New Richmond, WI, Gina (Dave) Gutterud of Stillwater, Philip Tesch of Watertown; sister-in-law Rita Tesch of Clarissa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Sharol (David) Ernst of Glencoe, Del (Mariam) Brelje of Norwood Young America, Darron Brelje and Sheri Sweep of St. Paul, Brian (Kelly) Brelje of Lutz, FL, Bart Brelje of Matamoras, PA; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers Larry Tester, Ron Lindner, Chuck Reider, Jim Amundson, Tom Schmidt, Tom Ginkel.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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