Remedios Tesch (1941-2015)

Remedios Tesch

Remedios Herman Tesch, a resident of Bristol, Wisconsin, age 74, passed away peacefully on August 22nd, 2015, at her home, after two and a half years of fighting cancer.

Remedios was born on December 23th, 1941 in Ilagan, Isabela, Luzon, Philippine Islands, to Loreto Telan Claravall and Victoria Adelan Herman. She was born while the Japanese were bombing her village, located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. She and her immediate family survived the Japanese invasion and occupation and, later, the American invasion and occupation during WWII; some of her uncles did not.

Remedios graduated from the University of Santo Thomas, P.I., with a degree in Pharmacy, and then trained to be a Medical Technologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to Hamilton, Ontario, when her student visa expired, and met her future spouse on a Greyhound bus while traveling across New York State. Fifty years ago, she was united in marriage with Allen Tesch in Urbana, Illinois, and began her “PhT” (Put hubby Through – the     U of I).

In 1971, Remedios became a U.S. citizen, and she and Allen made their home for many years in Waukegan, Illinois, where she worked in area hospital labs and eventually began teaching the Medical Lab Technology (MLT) program at the College of Lake County (CLC). She was instrumental in the beginnings of CLC, she earned her Master’s degree from NIU, she almost completed her PhD, and she was enormously proud of the MLT program and the many students whom she helped become professionals. Continuing the pursuit of excellence, she served as an auditor for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, helping to evaluate and improve MLT programs all over the United States.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and grew things, from rare orchids to strange vegetables. She was a member of the Conservation Club of Kenosha County (Bristol), served as a Rifle Range Officer, and even shot a National Rifle Match at Camp Perry in Ohio. She loved jewelry-making, soap-making, reading, photography, traveling, sewing and crocheting. She played the organ, piano, the guitar and was learning the zither. Remedios was a wonderful cook; she loved to experiment, often fusing Finnish, German and Filipino ideas. She loved to preserve the fruits and vegetables she grew herself; she could pickle just about anything. She and her husband enjoyed remodeling old houses, the latest being an 1857 farm house in Bristol, now known locally as “Fort Reme”.

Remedios is survived by her husband Allen of Bristol, by her son Lynn Loreto Tesch of Hollywood,CA, and her daughter Kimberly Victina Tesch-Vaught of Gainesville, FL.She is survived, in addition, by her grandson Jonathan Allen Lynn Vaught and by her granddaughter and namesake Reme Lorette Lee Vaught, both of Gainesville, FL, by brother Mario (Trinidad) Claravall, and by her sisters Tessie (the late Loy) Pattawi, Lourdes Claravall, Myrna Eshragh and Dr. Gloria (Caezar) Valerio, all of Oklahoma.

Remedios was preceded in death by her parents and by sister Letty Claravall, brother Dr. Leonardo Claravall and his wife Gloria and by sister Dr. Edna (Rudy) Lazaro of OKC (and P.I).

Remedios’s family is especially grateful to the staff of Hospice Alliance, the Red Hat Ladies and, especially, to the newly-minted CNA Reme Vaught, whose first patient was her grandma.

Thoughts for Remedios Tesch (1941-2015);

  • John Schauble says:

    I am so distressed to hear of Reme’s passing. Some of my best memories of my time coaching at Lake Forest Swim Club is of the Tesch family. My sincerest condolences. Love, John

  • Pamela Starbird says:

    Dear Allen, Kim and Lynn

    I am sure that the spirit of your lovely wife and mother is at peace.

    Remembering Reme, what comes to mind immediately are the words elegant, gracious, intelligent and serious. One memory was that Reme made some special cookies – possibly with high protein and low sugar content – so that Kim would have high quality food to support her training. I was impressed that Reme applied nutrition to baking.

    It was interesting to learn that her first name is Remedios. I do not think I had ever heard anyone call her that. I happen to admire the mystical paintings by an artist named Remedios Varo.

    Reading about Reme’s life, it seems like led a good one and that she accomplished a great deal professionally and personally. I am grateful to her for all of the good she did through her career and as an active member of the community.

    How absolutely wonderful that Remedios was cared for by her granddaughter Reme.

    I know that she always has been and always will be in your hearts.

    May you be free from suffering. May you all be well, happy and filled with peace.

    Best wishes
    Pamela Starbird

  • Dear Kim,

    Although we never met your Mom, we all know how very much she meant to you. The stories you have shared over time reflect what a caring, loving,talented, and considerate person she was. What an honor it must be to know that she made a difference in so many lives. And now that you have shared some of her beautiful pieces of jewelry with us, we are happy to honor her by wearing them with pride. Thank you for sharing a part of her with us!

    We all love you and hope that your bountiful and wonderful memories help ease the pain your heart must feel.

    With love and respect,

    Your entire FMS family

  • Kim and family,

    As my own mother passed away a few years ago, I remember how supportive you were for me. Nothing is more sacred than births and deaths, especially your children being born and your parents passing. How wonderful that Your children played such a wonderful role in helping your mother and dad at this special time.

    May you mother’s spirit soar and your family’s heart be filled with love that now expands to – everywhere.

    Our love to you all.

    Angela, Millard, Brandon and Jarrod.

  • I am so sorry I am just hearing of Reme’s passing and I am hoping you will still receive this. I was a MLT student of hers at CLC (Class of ’96). She was such a great, caring, and patient teacher. She became more than just our teacher, she was our friend and our inspiration. We simply loved her! My thoughts, love, and prayers are with your family. Thank you for sharing her wonderful story! Peace be with you all.

    Sincere condolences,


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