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Martha Tesch

Martha Suzannah Tesch

April 9th, 1922 - October 24th, 2019
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Obituary

Martha S. Tesch, 97, of Watertown, SD, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Paul Janke officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Pallbearers will be Martha's grandchildren.

Martha Susanna Tekrony was born on April 9, 1922 to Anton and Delia (Wiekamp) Tekrony in rural Hamlin County, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at Bemis Christian Reformed Church. She grew up on the family farm and was the 5th oldest of 11 children. Martha attended Hamlin District 1 country school until the eighth grade. She moved to Watertown and worked at Hunter's Grocery store on west Kemp.

On October 21, 1942 Martha married John David Tesch at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Goodwin, SD. Martha was a dedicated farm wife and homemaker. Together the couple raised three children. Her beloved husband, John passed away in 1978.

Martha was a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church. She had a kind heart and believed in honesty and her strong faith in God.

She loved to grow large vegetable and flower gardens. Martha was an excellent cook, baker and provider for her family. You never left her home hungry. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards. Time spent with her family was very important to her.

Martha is survived by her children, Leroy (Carol) Tesch of Watertown, SD, Deborah (Ralph) Swantz of Waterville, MN and Phillip (Lynne) Tesch of Goodwin, SD; seven grandchildren, Laura (Larin) Roozenboom of Rapid City, SD, Jon (Jessica) Tesch of Watertown, SD, Michael (Brenda) Swantz of Eagle Lake, MN, Matthew (Jennifer) Swantz of Princeton, MN, Eric Tesch of Ipswich, SD, Austin Tesch of Goodwin, SD and Kara Tesch of Goodwin, SD; seven great-grandchildren, Landin Roozenboom, Adalyn, Lauren and Nora Tesch, and Gavin, Gemma and Abel Swantz; two siblings, Lloyd Tekrony and Verna Borgman; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; three brothers, Willis, Jim and Al Tekrony; and five sisters, Gertie Schwanke, Agnes Greenfield, Evelyn Herringa, Phyllis Dirks and Norma Krause.

Memorials may be given in Martha's memory to St. Martin's School.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightandcomes.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday October 27th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday October 27th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Monday October 28th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Monday October 28th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church
    Address
    1200 Second St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Officiant
    Rev. Paul Janke
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Reception

    Location
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church
    Address
    1200 Second St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Mike and Julie Strandell and family

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We are holding you close in our prayers.Sweet memories of All by Martha!
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Marlene Seeklander

Posted at 05:27pm
Phil & Lynne and Family, My sympathy to you in your loss. Treasure the special memories.
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