Fr. Mike’s Celebration of Life

We celebrated Fr. Mike Tegeder’s life on Wednesday, July 20th. So many pulled together to plan, prepare, coordinate and serve, including members of St. Edward’s staff (maintenance took on an especially big load and gosh did it show!) and a great many parishioners—sacristans, funeral hospitality members, musicians, choir members, greeters and ushers—truly too many to list or name. We are immeasurably grateful to all involved!

Tegeder Family Statement
The Tegeder family prepared the following statement, written by Tom Tegeder (Fr. Mike’s brother):

First, we want to thank St. Edward’s Parish, Fr. Brian Fier, Deacon Jim DeShane, and all of the staff and many volunteers assisting to honor Fr. Mike’s request for the funeral Mass to be held at St. Edward’s Church. Similar to all of his postings, he had found another welcoming and kindred spiritual home at this parish, and was profoundly strengthened by all of the support he received during his tenure as pastor.

Second, we want to thank Archbishop Hebda for presiding at the funeral Mass, and especially for visiting Fr. Mike within days of the start of hospice care. The Archdiocese and fellow priests have suffered a loss in their ranks. Fr. Mike had served as pastor to both St. Francis Cabrini and Kateri parishes in Minneapolis until medical treatments required him to step aside, and he was thankful for the priests who stepped in to cover things at both parishes.

Third, we want to thank both the Cabrini and Kateri parishes for their combined vigil service for Fr. Mike. Our family wishes to thank both parishes for their thoughtfulness, and for the grace displayed to realize that a larger venue was likely needed for Fr. Mike’s funeral.

Fourth, we want to thank Fr. Jim Barry and Fr. Paul McGinn for concelebrating the funeral Mass. Fr. Jim is a great friend who often assisted Fr. Mike at St. Edward’s Church. Fr. Paul is a longtime friend from London, England where they met while Fr. Mike undertook post graduate theological studies.

Fifth, we want to thank the many priests of the Archdiocese and other religious in attendance as well as those from his ordination class of 1978. As some may know, Fr. Mike had a special connection to St. John’s Abbey both as a college graduate, a friend to the School of Theology, and perhaps most significantly (to our family) as a nephew of Fr. Vincent Tegeder, 0SB, who he often visited on trips back to campus prior to Fr. Vincent’s death in 2007 at age 96. It is fitting to note this connection and thank those who attended from St. John’s in person or spirit, and to also recognize the St. John’s Woodworking Shop for the skill and care shown to fashion the urn: simple pine with walnut splines.

Sixth, we want to thank all of the Twin City parishes, including Our Lady of the Lake parish in Mound (Fr. Mike’s first parish as pastor), for various vigil services, and a special thank you to Mike St. Aubin and all the staff at Werness Brothers Chapel to acknowledge their long association and friendship.

Last, we thank his doctors, nurses and other caregivers at MN Oncology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, and Abbott Hospital for their efforts, and to the Heartland Hospice staff for helping with his end-of-life care.

To his family and friends, Fr. Mike was a genuine and humble person who loved pastoral ministry, discovering a new cross country ski or bike trail, and figuring out creative ways to raise funds for many worthy causes. He made connections easily and had many friends from all walks of life. Our family is overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and respect so many had for him.

To us he was just Mike, a constant good son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. We shall cherish his memory, keeping him always in our hearts, and miss him always.