Tegeler Monument Co. is a family owned and operated business that started in 1897. Walter Tegeler III is the proud fifth generation owner of the Monument Co.. Walter III’s legacy started back when he was about 8 years old. His grandmother would pick him up from school and take him to the shop where he worked alongside his grandfather, Walter Tegeler Sr.. In the summer months, Walter III would spend his vacation working at the family business. He would spend his time cutting and chiseling granite in the shop, or accompanying his grandfather in the cemeteries, helping to set and carve stones.
When his grandfather decided to retire in 1979, Walter III took over the family business after graduating from Westminster High School. Walter Sr. decided he would answer phones in the office and let Walter III “do all the work”. The company is still located in its original office building built back in about 1897 by the founder of the business, Walter III’s great-great-grandfather. Since the beginning, Tegeler Monument Co. has been run by husband and wife, and to this day that remains true. While Walter III handles all the monument selling, his wife, Debbie Tegeler, runs all of the administrative operations in the office.
Tegeler Monument Co. is now 123 years old and is just as involved in the community as ever. Walter III commissions more than just monuments and grave markers. He works with different companies, such as schools, to create signs, public memorials and more. Several years ago, Walter III bought Loeblein Memorials of Eastern Ave. in Baltimore and expanded his family’s business. Now with two offices, Tegeler Monument Co. services all of Maryland and the surrounding states.