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Charles Arthur Teschker

November 6, 1936 May 3, 2009
Charles Arthur Teschker
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Obituary for Charles Arthur Teschker

Charles A. Teschker, a resident of Hartland, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 3, 2009. He was 72 years old. Born in Dearborn, Michigan on November 6, 1936, the son of Charles Arthur & Pearl Teschker, Charles Jr. was raised in Dearborn where he graduated from Dearborn High School, Class of 1955. Following graduation he found work with a local grocery store in addition to numerous other odd jobs while pursuing his lifelong passion and study of architecture. He received his Architectural Degree from Lawrence Technical University and on November 6, 1958 he began his first day at General Motors Automotive Corporation, enjoying his work as a Construction & Architectural Engineer. On September 16, 1959, Chuck answered the call to serve his country in the United States Army, working specifically in the Army Security Agency. While in service, stationed in Turkey, he met Penny Storrow, an English governess who would become the love of his life. Chuck & Penny were married on August 11, 1962. Upon his return from service, he resumed his work with GM, maintaining his reputation for creating solutions and building expertise. The Teschkers were blessed with the births of six children, Karen, Jennifer, Laura, Mark, Steven, and Julie and enjoyed their home in Dearborn. Chuck, Penny and family moved to the Hartland area in 1971 and have enjoyed many friendships and fond memories.

Chuck Teschker was a big guy with a big heart. Parallel to his undeniable presence was his brilliance. When he wasn't building life's tangible things, he was building in his mind. A Pinewood car the night before the derby, a set of bookshelves, a basement transformed into an English Pub. Whatever he dreamed, became a reality. He loved the events that brought his family and friends together and especially enjoyed entertaining during Holidays. A "dear friend of St. Nick," he reveled in the joys of his grandchildren's laughter & excitement whenever "Santa" came to town. Like clockwork, he could be counted on to call for his grandkids to join him for the reccurring trip to Home Depot. "Let's go build something," he would say. He was also a dedicated collector of various memorabilia, especially horse brass, classic car models and other knickknacks to grace the "Teschker Pub." Beyond the joys of his steady work and playful ways, he was most grateful for the love of his wife and children. Because of their support and care Chuck was able to be at home during his last days. Though dying, he was sharp as ever, never wavering from his optimism and charm. When Penny mentioned that arrangements were being made for a proper hospital bed to be brought in, Chuck simply replied, "I'd like to see the specs."

In addition to his beloved wife, Penny and his loving children, Karen Ropeta, Jennifer (John) McCormack, Laura (Scott) Shoemaker, Mark (Kelley), Steven (Fianc� Wendy), Julie (Michael) Meece, Mr. Teschker is survived by his grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie, Nicholas, Megan, Kathryn, Eric, Lauren, Morgan, Courtney, Ashleigh, Jacob, Faith and Andrew; sisters, Joyce (Jerry) Goormastic, Marilyn Coe & (Gordon), Jeanette (John) Zang; brothers, Melvin (Debbie), James and Robert Teschker; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Thursday, May 7th at 4PM with Chaplain Charlie Krueger officiating. Friends may visit on Thursday from 12-4PM. Memorials may be made to the Teschker Family. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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