James W. Teschendorf
July 13, 1936 - April 11, 2011
James W. Teschendorf of Waukesha died Monday, April 11, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 74. He was born July 13, 1936, in Milwaukee, the son of Arno and Sylvia (nee Baumbach) Teschendorf.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a 1954 graduate of Nathan Hale High School and a 1962 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. For the next 28 years, he taught social studies at Milwaukee Technical High School, retiring in 1991. He was a longtime member of D.J. Martin American Legion Post 8 in Waukesha and St. Matthias Episcopal Church. He was known as a passionate, self-taught master gunsmith. He will always be remembered for his generosity and grand storytelling, especially of "the old neighborhood" and his time in the Army.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Nancy (nee Westhofen) of Waukesha, whom he married Oct. 5, 1963, along with their children, Steven (Christine) Teschendorf of Waukesha, Matthew (Amie) Teschendorf of Woodland Park, Colo., and Martha (Nathan) Waerzeggers of McFarland. He was the dear grandfather "Papa" of Molly, Nancy and twins Sophia and Alexis. He is further survived by his brothers, Arno (Nancy) Teschendorf of Rhinelander and Thomas (Mary Jane) Teschendorf of Brookfield; brother-in-law, Richard Westhofen of North Carolina; nieces, Sue, Barb, Lynn, Joanie, Diane, Patty and Susie; nephews, Rick and Chuck; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Yvonne (late Robert) Fredrich.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Friday, April 15, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha (please use the entrance on Pleasant Street). The Rev. David Simmons will be presiding.
Memorials may be made to D.J. Martin American Legion Post 8, P.O. Box 111, Waukesha, WI 53187.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.