Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Katherine Elizabeth (Fell) Tegge, age 99, passed away June 2nd at Otterbein St. Marys where she has been a resident for the past 19 years.
Born July 10, 1917 in St. Marys OH to Oran and Velma (VanNatta) Fell, she moved to Van Wert in 1927. She graduated from Van Wert High School and Ohio University where she was a member of the CHI Omega Sorority and earned a degree in Home Economics.
She was employed by McCall's Corporation and the Erwin Wasey Advertising Agency of New York which opened up many opportunities for travel across the country. In working with the American Lamb Association, she hosted a cooking show on local television in Washington DC.
She was a member of the American Home Economics Association, Board of Doctors Wives, and the Van Wert Chapter 48 of Eastern Star for which she received the honor of being a 70 year member.
On November 11, 1951 she married Dr. Charles W. Tegge (who preceded her in death on January 28, 1977) and they resided in Washington DC. They traveled extensively, enjoyed the arts, attended social and political events, and enjoyed time together at their retreat in Round Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia.
Following Dr. Tegge's death, she remained in the city until 1998 when she returned to St. Marys to live at Otterbein Retirement Community where she could enjoy her love of the area and specifically Grand Lake St. Marys where her family had a lake cabin. While at Otterbein and still able, she took several trips including one to Europe where she attended the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany. She was most recently affiliated with the Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and husband were brothers Nolan, William, Hervey, and Francis Fell.
Survivors include her nieces, Francine Sobon of Westlake, OH, Beverlee (Gary) Profit of Ohio City, Anne (Jim) Myers of Corry, PA, Kathryn Fell of Tifton, GA, and a nephew, Phillip Fell of Portland, OR.
Having chosen to donate her remains to medical research at Ohio State University, there will be no viewing. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.