AMerican Veteran 10

Craig D. Teschner

June 23, 1950 ~ July 7, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old



Craig Dalton Teschner of Ware, died on Friday, July 7, 2023. He was born on June 23, 1950, Worcester, the son of the late Charles William Teschner, Jr. and Margaret (Farrar) Richardson.


Craig was a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, with an Associate’s Degree in Science, and then Framingham State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.  He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Craig was the founder of the gourmet food company, Birch Hill Country Foods, that featured local award-winning Massachusetts barbecue sauces. He worked for many years in leadership positions in the bio-medical field along the East Coast. He later became a professor in the business department at Eastern Connecticut State University and at Nichols College in Dudley. 


He was a gifted runner earning many awards, and was officially entered into the Worcester Sports Hall of Fame for his records in the 440-meter run and the 4x4 relay.  Craig was an inspired singer and part of the much-celebrated All Saints Boys Choir of Worcester, that performed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.


Craig is survived by his son, Stephen Teschner of Illinois; his sister, Anne Teschner of Florence; his brother, Charles William Teschner, III of Ohio; his niece, Rev. Rita Teschner Powell of Belmont; nephews, Michael and Kevin Gaudette, Robert Teschner and Joseph Teschner and niece, Patricia Teschner of Worcester County, and many grand- nieces and nephews.


Craig was a Vietnam War-era veteran serving as an officer in the US Navy from 1971 to 1976.


Funeral Services for Craig will be held privately at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon at a later date.


Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting his family with arrangements. 


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Graveside Service - Date to be announced

Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery
111 Glenallen Street
Winchendon, MA 01475


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