Tabea Lena Ryll was born in Lorain, Ohio, on October 20, 1929, and died on January 19, 2022, at 92 years of age. The seventh of eight children born to German immigrants Nikodemus and Carolina Ryll, Tabea was a lifelong Lutheran. She attended Zion Lutheran School, then Lorain High School. After a time at Valparaiso University, she graduated from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois. Tebby taught at Bethany Lutheran School, Parma, as well as a Lutheran school in the Carolinas. A natural athlete, she taught PE in San Francisco and Sacramento high schools as well as a two-year stint at Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska. She also taught grade school in Germany for the US Armed Forces and took her mother to East Germany to meet long-parted relatives. She spent retirement years in Wisconsin, in Michigan, and then headed back to the Cleveland area to be near her nieces and nephews.
Tebby had a passion for the organ, which she studied in college, and for the great composer Bach. She served many years as organist for Lutheran congregations. Her personality was a joyous one-she took tremendous pleasure in little things and had a wonderful and ready laugh. Tebby gave her time and love generously to her twenty-three nieces and nephews-taking care of them, teaching them, and in two cases, helping to educate them. Her incredible generosity and happy demeanor will be remembered by us all. She is survived by her sister, Gertrude Ryll (Stephen Hancko) and by nineteen nieces, nephews, and their families.
Tebby had a hope and trust in Jesus as her Savior. Her life, full of adventure and joy, and her love of music were her ways of sharing this with others.
She has found her "pearl of great price" ......Heaven is her pearl.
"Weep but briefly for your loved ones as they enter the kingdom of God. For they shall have a peace that the world cannot give and a joy that is unattainable on this earthly realm. Rather, rejoice in their eternal happiness, for their eyes have seen God."