Mary Beth Teegerstrom
Mary Beth was born May 29, 1958 at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California. She passed on January 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
She grew up in an Air Force family, the daughter of a career officer. That life took her and her family across the United States and around the world. As a child, Mary Beth lived in Spain, Germany, and Japan. She graduated from Yokota High School in Japan, but fell in love with Spain along the way. Mary Beth attended Florida State University and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
After graduation she began teaching high school in San Antonio, both English and Spanish. During this time she helped create curriculum for freshman Gifted & Talented English, organized and led multiple tours for students to Spain, France, and England, served as the teacher sponsor of National Honor Society, and became known to her students as "Señorita Nordin". Later Mary Beth taught English and Spanish in Austin and Stafford, Texas.
Mary Beth married Erik Teegerstrom on November 13, 1993. Together Mary Beth and Erik had two sons: Carl and Kristian. With two children, Mary Beth decided to leave teaching to be a full-time mom. Mary Beth was a wonderful mother, offering daily examples of work and relationship-building, upholding standards in behavior and academics, speaking with honesty and candor, and always expressing her unqualified love for her sons.
Raised by a family strongly rooted in the Lutheran faith, she remained active in faith communities all of her life. She served as Liturgical Assistant and on pastoral call committee at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Converse, Texas. Later she channeled her knowledge and passion into service at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Houston, creating a Liturgical Assistant program, writing services for Christmas, Easter, and other occasions, serving on Worship & Music and Christian Education committees, and leading Adult Sunday School sessions for years. She even led an occasional worship service.
Mary Beth Teegerstrom is survived by her parents, Glenn Nordin, Col. U.S.A.F (Ret.) and wife Mary; her husband Erik Teegerstrom and sons Carl Oscar Teegerstrom and Kristian Emory Teegerstrom; her sister Glenda Rice and husband Stan Rice, their daughters Rebecca Fike and Valerie Enyart, and their son Eric Rice; her brother Carl Nordin, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F (Ret.) and wife Maria, and their daughters Alyssa Justice and Cara Nordin; her sister Kirsten Beckler and husband Phil, their son Charlie, and their daughters Emily and Serena; and numerous extended family members.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church 2400 Wilcrest Drive on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:00pm.