William George Tesch

William George Tesch

A mirror image of “Upside Down Bill,” William George Tesch.

NEW SCOTLAND — William George Tesch “passed into eternal life” on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, his family wrote in a tribute, describing him as “a loving, devoted husband and father.” He was 84.

Born in Albany, New York, he was the son of the late William and Rita Hines Tesch.

“Many people knew him as ‘Upside Down Bill,’” his family wrote.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for many years. He also worked for the town of New Scotland. Upon retirement, he enjoyed going on day trips with his wife, Sandra, especially to the Mac-Haydn Theatre and church suppers with the New Scotland Senior Outreach.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Albany.

He was the husband of the late Sandra Waters Tesch who died in May 2021.

He is survived by six beloved children — Pamela Lupien and her husband, Leo; William Tesch and his wife, Susan; Alfred Tesch and his wife, Patricia; Charles Tesch and his wife, Victoria; Glen Tesch; and Amy Tesch-Layman and her husband, Michael.

He is also survived by 13 cherished grandchildren — Aniela and Justin Lupien; William, Michael J., and Kevin Tesch; Allan, Adam, Madeline, and Gretchen Tesch; Michael C. Tesch and Bethany Gill; and Cooper and Paige Layman.

He is survived, too, by his siblings, Marilyn LaJoy and Susan Denninger and her husband, Robert, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

His parents, William and Rita Hines Tesch, died before him, as did his sister, Kathleen Heere.

“Special thanks are extended to grandson Allan Tesch for his devoted care,” the tribute said. “The family also wishes to thank Dr. Peter Forman of Delmar Family Medicine and The Community Hospice for their compassion and care as well as the nurses and doctors at St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.”

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Colonie from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Prayer services will be held at 4:30 p.m. All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church,1500 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203 or to The Community Hospice at communityhospice.org/donate.

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