Michele Tegland
Olson Funeral and Cremation Services - Fred C. Olson Chapel
Rockford, IL
MICHELE TEGLAND, 46 ROSCOE - Michele Tegland, 46, of Roscoe died at 12:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at home, surrounded by friends and family. She was born Feb. 24, 1965, in Detroit, Mich., to Mary "Mimi" (Langel) and J. Maurice DesRosiers. Graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a bachelor's degree in English in 1987. While at the University of Michigan, Michele was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She completed her Master in Education at Northern Illinois University and was in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Michele had a very successful business career with Proctor & Gamble and IBM, which she left when called to be an educator and serve children and teachers. She began her education career at Lathrop Elementary School in Rockford, before joining the Harlem School District, where she served as a teacher, technology coordinator and principal (Loves Park Elementary School). She combined her marketing and education experience as a solutions consultant for Houghton Mifflin Learning Technologies. Throughout her career, Michele was known for her servant leadership, innovation and passion. She loved working with children and was dedicated to making schools a place where both young people and adults would thrive. Michele is survived by daughter, Emily Tegland (14); mother, Mimi DesRosiers of Bloomingdale; and father, Maurice (Jean) DesRosiers of North Carolina; sister, Denise (Kalid) Hassoun of Addison; brother, Greg DesRosiers of Chicago; nieces and nephews, Lemise, Brielle, Connor, Mason, Hunter and Lincoln; numerous aunts and uncles; father of Emily, Ed Tegland; and numerous special friends and family members. Michele's memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Heartland Community Church, 1208 S. Alpine Road, Rockford. Memorials may be made to the Delta Gamma Foundation. Arrangements by Olson Funeral Services Ltd, 1001 Second Ave. , Rockford. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Published by Rockford Register Star from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2011.
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Miss Emily, I am sorry for your loss. I worked with your mother at Loves park and always admired her for her dedication to the students and staff but most of You . How much she loved you. She will be truely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met her.I will be praying for you to have strength during this difficult time in you life.
Nicole Fowler
October 24, 2011
The first time I met michele @ Loves Park Elem. she greeted me with a big hug.She was the most amazing person I have ever met.She made work fun.I love the way she always had a smile on her beautiful face.My thoughts and prayers are with her family and the many people that love her so dearly.Michele, you are a one of a kind gal.RIP my friend.
Carla Mackey
October 23, 2011
Emily, when your mother was on my team at Houghton Mifflin, she talked often about how proud she was of you and how her love for you was the most wonderful part of her life. I am very sad about her passing and I wish I could have been there for her memorial service. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and will take comfort in knowing she will be watching over you and loving you for eternity. May God bless and sustain you and your family during this difficult time. Gail Buie
Gail Buie
October 22, 2011

Your Mom' service was amazing. The common theme throughout the entire service was her love for you! She was so proud of you and still is! You were her reason for living! I know I am a better person for having known her. Lori
October 22, 2011
Kaley and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful women and will be greatly miss. You are in our prayers.
Brenda Murray
October 21, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sandi Lunsford
October 21, 2011
Dear Emily,
Karl and I are thinking of you through this most difficult time. We are here for you, if you need anything. You are in our prayers.
Theresa Sweeney
October 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I loved your Mom and her spirit!
I have seen that same spirit in you.
Mary Beth
Mary Beth Kling
October 20, 2011
Michelle was a true inspiration! She truly showed me a great zest for life and the importance of family and friends. She inspired you to be a better person and strive for more. I was proud to have known her.
Alane Curry
October 20, 2011
I will always remember Michelle's optimism and words of encouragement, especially during my first, very difficult, year of teaching. If not for her encouragement, I may not have stayed in the teaching profession. She was truly an inspiration, and she will be missed.
Lora Jumapao
October 19, 2011
To the family of Michele, especially daughter, Emily, you have been in my thoughts and prayers for many many years. I have always thought of you as one of my grandkids, of
Rainbow Learning Center and Academy. We have lost so many parents over the past years and none so great as the biggest fighter of cancer, our lovely Michele Tegland, May God give you peace to know that your mom is now living a pain and cancer free life as many of our others are. I love you!! Grandma Sharon (Mitchell) from the Rainbow family
sharon mitchell
October 19, 2011
Michelle was a true inspiration to those around her, She left a big void in my life as we had one of those rare friendships where we were truly like family.I lost an amazing friend and a wonderful client.
October 19, 2011
Michelle was a true inspiration to those around her; especially during her time with Rockford Lutheran Schools. She was a fantastic leader and one RLS should be very proud to have had under their roof.
October 19, 2011
Seeing Michele's smile in her obituary brought back a flood of good memories. Michele brought out the best of everyone. When you were with her, you were at your best. We all lost a true friend.
Tony Galang
October 19, 2011
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