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Teresa R "Tess" Lechner

Teresa R "Tess" Lechner

Teresa R. “Tess” Lechner, age 75 of Durand, died Friday, October 29, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Tess was born on February 23, 1946 in Plum City. She was the daughter of Gale John and Bonnie Jean (Poquette) Krings. Tess grew up in rural Plum City and Elmwood. Tess married James “Jim” Lechner on December 31, 1962 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. Over Jim’s naval career, Jim and Tess lived in Great Lakes, IL, San Diego, CA, Honolulu, HI and Washington D.C. In retirement, Tess and Jim moved to Durand where she remained the rest of her life. Tess worked as a florist, a makeup consultant for Elizabeth Arden and while she lived in Durand, Tess did daycare.

Tess enjoyed cooking, baking and having cocktail hour with family and friends. She loved her children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s school and athletic events.

Tess is survived by her daughters, Jeana (Larry) Burch of Huntingtown, MD and Jodi (Tad) Bauer of Durand; son-in-law, Steve Porter of Wheelersburg, OH; nine grandchildren, Shannon (Jason), Michael, Kayla (Chris), Josh, Taylor, Kelcie, Breleigh, Bently and Brinly; six great grandchildren; Ava, Cash, Kody, Konner, Kayden and Ty; two brothers, Tim (Joanie) Krings of Sandwich, IL and Ty (Sue) Krings of Gordon, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim; daughter Jayne Porter; grandson Matthew Kline and one brother Terry Krings.

Prayer Services will be 3:30PM Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery-Farm Hill in Elmwood. Visitation will be from 1:00PM until the time of services at the funeral home on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Vicci Bun Rosenberg

    Tess you will missed greatly. I remember when you worked for Rosie and me. Such good times. Keep the boys in line. God bless!!!

  2. Pat Rosemberg

    There will never be another Tess. What a special lady. I will always remember our assembly line making potato dumplings in Donna's kitchen. Rest in peace dear friend.

  3. Janelle Jones

    Many blessings for you Jeana and your family!

  4. Lisa Winter

    I am so sorry for your loss. Elmer and I so enjoyed our times we spent with both Jim & Tess. It brought tears to my eyes when I heard. They were such fun people and so caring and genuinely kind and beautiful. Tess was such a sweetheart.

  5. Carol Richardson

    Sorry for your loss. Tess was a very caring person.

  6. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are sorry for loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. Mary Kauffman

    Dear Jodie, Tad and family,
    Very sorry to read about Tess's death. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,
    Mary Kauffman

  8. Wendi Bailey

    Your Mom’s kindness, generosity and caring nature were contagious, and her memory will live on forever.

  9. John judy Parr

    Sorry to of your loss of a GREAT person. Lots of hugs

  10. Brenda Smith

    Jodi and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of Tess. Keep all of those beautiful memories close to your heart.

  11. Randy & Sharon Bauer

    Jodi, Tad & girls,
    So sad to hear of your mom passing.
    Tess loved you all very much. May all the wonderful memories of time spent with her live on and provide you comfort, peace & lasting joy. With prayers and hugs - Randy & Sharon

  12. Vicci Rosenberg

    What a fine and caring lovely woman. We will all miss you much. Luv luv Bun

  13. Larry & Carol Prissel

    Jodi , Tad and Girls We are so sorry for your lost of your mother. Our Prayers go out to you all.

  14. Paula Smith

    Jodie and Tad and girls I'm so sorry for your loss I hope the memories that you have of her last forever I know it's hard I'll keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Tess’s family. She was a sweet lady.

  16. Terry Ottman

    sending my condolences to the family

  17. Jenny and Jeff Tulip

    Jodi and family:

    I am so sorry to hear about you mom. She was a beautiful lady. I remember her helping with Home & School events, etc. She was a very nice lady and she obviously loved you all deeply. We are thinking of you and praying for all of you during this difficult time.


    Sending Condolences to family and friends of TESS!

  19. Kay Noll

    So, sorry for your loss. I went to Elmwood High School with Tessa. ????

  20. Terri and Mike Dematteo

    So sorry to hear of your loss - such a wonderful mom and grandmother. Keeping all of you in our prayers!

  21. Ginsbach Margery

    So sorry to hear of the passing of
    Tess Lechner! I have many good memories spending time with her, she was a fun and an amazing friend! Rest in peace, Tess!

  22. Brenda and Jeff Schroeder

    Jodi, Tad and family. We are so sorry for your loss. It’s very hard to loose someone you love. Hang onto each other.

  23. Donna Karshbaum

    Tess was a Great Lady, so full of life and always Happy, So Sorry for Your Loss, God Bless You All ????❤️????

  24. Kayla Kenard

    An amazing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I’m so blessed to have had you in my life I love you and I’ll be missing you.

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