Anita Bertha Wilhelmina Tesch, age 86, of St. Cloud, formerly of Waverly and Buffalo, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Anita was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Watertown, to Carl and Sophia (nee Beckerfeldt) Bartels. She was baptized Feb. 20, 1921, and confirmed April 14, 1935, at St. Johannes Evangelical Lutheran Church in Young America.
Anita completed the course of studies prescribed by St. John’s Lutheran School in Young America June 1, 1935. She worked as a housekeeper for her sister and it was then that she was introduced to Donald Tesch near the Karels’ farm.
Donald and Anita were united in marriage Nov.9, 1938 in Plato. They moved to St. Paul, where they lived for a time before moving (in the mid-late 1940s) to their farm in Waverly.
Anita, an excellent cook, assisted Donald with the farming and was a homemaker. She was known for her homemade egg noodles and soups.
In the mid ‘70s, Don and Anita retired to Buffalo. About 20 years later, they moved to Battle Lake, and only recently moved to St. Cloud.
Anita enjoyed sewing, quilting, and designing the appliqués for the quilts and pillows she made. She loved flowers, and spent many happy hours sitting outside enjoying them.
She is survived by her husband, Donald, of St. Cloud; sons Byron (LaVerne) Tesch of Boerne, Texas, and Kenneth Carl Tesch of Kerrville, Texas; daughters Shirley Styrbicky of Monticello, Barbara (Donald) Ottenstroer of Motley, and Judy (Ted) Erickson, and Mildred (Donald) Klarstrom, all of Montrose; brother Carl (Darlene) Bartels of Hopkins; sisters-in-law Milda Bartels of Cologne, and Monica Tesch of Watertown; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Anita was preceded in death by a son, William “Bill” Tesch; brothers Herbert, Fred “Fritz,” Edwin “Curly,” and Richard Bartels; sisters Hulda Karles and Mildred Bartels; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Montrose with the Rev. Delburn Kurtz officiating. Congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden.” Interment was in Kreidler Cemetery, Montrose.
Visitation took place Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel-Buffalo, and continued Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Brandon Williams, Brian Ottenstroer, Joshua Erickson, Shane Erickson, Wade Erickson, and Troy Erickson.
Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel-Buffalo.