Theodore (Ted) J. Strzok Sr. 1926-2018
Theodore (Ted) J. Strzok Sr.
Theodore (Ted) Joseph Strzok, Sr., 91, of Ladysmith, formerly of Holcombe, passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by his children.
Ted was born on March 19, 1926 in Chicago, Ill. to Thomas and Mary (Moskiewicz) Strzok and lived in the Lublin area attending Plainview School through the eighth grade. He loved polka music and to dance, even playing the accordion at one time. Ted was drafted into the Army at age 19 serving in Naples, Italy post-WWII. Ted's early employment years included working in the shipyards in Washington, working in the tool and die department at International Harvester in Chicago mastering his sharpening skills and working at Ford Aircraft Division. Ted was very proud of those Chicago employment years even carrying a IH pay stub in his wallet all these years. Ted married Louise Stokosa at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin on Sept. 12, 1953. They lived in Chicago and farmed in Thorp before settling in Holcombe in 1961, acquiring the Tivoli Cafe at the corner of 27 and M. They added a bar and sport shop and the business became known as Ted and Lou's.
Ted and Louise became parents to seven children. Ted had a successful logging business and enjoyed ice fishing as well as elk hunting out west and Canadian moose hunting trips. Louise passed away in 1978 leaving him with children as young as age four. Ted sold the business and became a millwright until his retirement in 1988. He married Mabel Tainter Golat in Las Vegas in 1983. They enjoyed winters in Texas and Missouri and road trips to Alaska. In later years Ted and Mabel moved to Ladysmith where Ted enjoyed cooking, keeping up with world news, watching the Milwaukee Brewers and providing “expert” advice/assistance with his children's projects. A major highlight was his bi-weekly casino trips to Turtle Lake.
Ted is survived by four sons, Sidney (Jill) of Monument, Colo., Thomas (Sandy) and Brian (Shawna), all of Holcombe and Theodore Jr. (Lori Ann) of Cornell; three daughters, Sharon (Lee) Craker of Cornell, Sandra (Jack) Evans of Shell Knob, Mo. and Laurie (Howard) Hennekens of Holcombe; grandsons, Eric (Molly) Craker, Steve (Terri) Craker, Anthony Strzok, Michael (Nicole) Kuc, Justin Schmelzer, Ross Hennekens, Sawyer Strzok, Preston Strzok, Thayne Strzok, Nolan and Brian II Strzok; ganddaughters, Sonja (Kevin) Griffith, Katie (Dan) Olsen, Jennifer (Chad) Gago, April Strzok, Haylee Hennekens, Brianna Strzok, Noelle and McKayla Strzok; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister, Dolores Frankiewicz of Thorp; sister-in-law, Alice Sciezor of Hastings, Minn.; and Mabel's children.
In addition to his late wife, Louise, Ted is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel in 2015; sisters, Clara and Mary; and brothers, Leon and Marion, Jr.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin with Father Philip J. Juza officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Lublin American Legion Post #547 following the service. A private burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a 8 p.m. vigil prayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Borton-Leiser Funeral Home in Cornell and visitation will also be one hour prior to the funeral mass on Wednesday morning at the Church.
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