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Avril E.M. (Philo) Tegge

d. March 29, 2023

DeWitt

 

Avril E.M. (Philo) Tegge, 4/11/1946 – 3/29/2023, 76, of DeWitt, MI passed away peacefully at home on March 29, 2023.

Avril was born in Milngavie, Glasgow, Scotland on April 11, 1946, to Matthew and Agnes (Whyte) McLelland. In the early 1950’s, she migrated with her family to the United States settling in the Detroit area. Avril grew up in Fraser graduating from Fraser High School in 1963. She continued her education at Western Michigan University. On April 3, 1971 she married the love of her life Roger Philo. 

Avril was a beloved Spanish teacher at Pennfield High School for over 37 years in Battle Creek, MI.  During her retirement years, she volunteered at Sparrow Hospital, AARP, the Humane Society and was an active member in a local Spanish club. She loved cats, playing cards with friends and international travel. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren.

Avril is survived by her son, Ryan (Bianca) Philo and daughter, Kimberly Oaks; grandchildren, Mason Oaks, Nolan Oaks, Ylang Philo, Ryne Roger Philo; brother James (Terry) McLelland; sister, Joyce (David) Withers, and stepson Kurt (April) Tegge. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Laura McLelland-Stroze and two husbands, Roger Philo and Frank Tegge.

Avril’s family will receive friends for visitation Monday, April 10, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home. A service will be held there to celebrate her life on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. with interment to follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband Roger. Donations in Avril’s memory may be made to the Humane Society or Vietnam Veterans of America. Personal messages and memories may be shared at www.farleyestesdowdle.com

 

Humane Society of South Central Michigan:  2500 Watkins Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015

 

Vietnam Veterans of America: 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910

In memory of Avril E.M. (Philo) Tegge, please consider making a donation to one of the following charities:

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Visitation

Monday, April 10, 2023

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Cremation Preneed Care

105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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