Theodore Joseph Wichrowski
July 8, 1927 – April 11, 2018
Theodore “Ted” Wichrowski, age 90, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Llano, Texas.
Ted was born July 8, 1927 in College Point, New York to Waclaw and Sophie Wichrowski. He was a first generation American and attended Flushing High School where he met Dorothy “Dot” Nocera. As many young men of his time, Ted left high school before graduation and joined the U.S. Navy, May 24, 1945. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during WWII and was awarded three medals. Flushing High School later recognized Ted’s contribution to the war effort with an honorary diploma.
After the war, Ted returned to Long Island to hone his skills as a butcher. He married Dot on May 14, 1950 and they eventually settled in West Sayville where Dot was a homemaker for their three children, Rich, Laurie and Teddy, who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy. Dot and Ted became advocates for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and active in the local MDA Telethon fundraising efforts. Ted also established Spotless Cleaners, an office and window cleaning business. During this time he was involved with the Sayville Kiwanis Club and developed lifelong friendships.
In 1979, Ted and family moved to Austin, Texas in hopes of a more favorable climate for Teddy. Ted was a manager for Lone Star Meat Co., and in later years he worked with Dot in their home day care business where they provided care and love to numerous infants for more than 25 years.
Ted was a lifelong baseball fan. He and Dot were longtime supporters of the Round Rock Express, and the two rarely missed a home game since 2001. Ted continued to attend Express home games after Dot’s passing in 2011.
Ted will be most remembered for his sense of humor. As family and friends will attest, “Papa” would often disappear during a public outing only to be found sharing one or more of his well-rehearsed jokes with total strangers. He often remarked that making someone smile was one of the most worthwhile things in life.
Ted is survived by his son Richard of Austin; daughter and son-in-law Lorraine and Catrell Wicker of Llano; grandchildren Jason Austin of Austin; Desiree Hofman of Houston; Ted, Keith, and Steven Wichrowski of New York; and great granddaughter Chloe Wichrowski of New York.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his two sons Robert and Teddy; his parents Waclaw and Sophie; and his brothers William and Henry Wichrowski.
A Celebration of Ted's Life will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Ted will be laid to rest by his beloved Dot following the Celebration at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.
As a tribute to Ted’s love of baseball his family would like you to wear your favorite baseball shirt or cap to the service.
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 5, 2018
Theodore Joseph Wichrowski
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May 5, 2018
It has been one of the pleasures of my life knowing Ted, Dot & Chris and their loving children Laurie, Rich, Catrell and grandson Steven.
I met them not surprisingly at the Round Rock Express Baseball Club. Ted, Dot and Chris came to just about every game. Dot always said you watch and root for the baseball you can go enjoy. Enjoy they did! I have many memories of walking Dot and Chris to their car only to wait for Ted to catch up. He would say that Reid Ryan needed to talk with him. Dot would chide him and say if course he did!
A special memory was when Chris got to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch at close to if not actually 100 years old. Ted told us she was getting pretty good as he made her practice for days!
I will never again enjoy a biscotti Italian cookie as great as Dot's. Ted was so happy when he brought Reid his French Onion Soup to enjoy at an Express game.
I cherish the memory of Ted, Dot & Chris. I hope their children continue their love of baseball and I get to see them for many more games.
April 24, 2018
Ted's smile, excellent sense of humor, positive outlook, kind and gentle heart, and friendly presence were a joy to be around. We are so blessed that Ted and Dot and Gma Chris were surrogate grandparents for us and so many others. Many people were touched by this amazing man. Sending our love and prayers for comfort and peace to his precious family. We love you, Ted. (The Voss Family)
April 20, 2018
Mr. Ted was like our adopted grandfather, always ready with a good joke. He is missed!