Theodore Angelo Santuae

June 2, 1931September 2, 2018
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LCDR Theodore Angelo (Ted) Santuae, USN (Retired), age 87, unexpectedly passed away at home, in Boulder, CO, on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, the perpetual sparkle in his eyes, and his contagious and distinctive good-natured laugh. Ted had a pure sense of optimism that he carried with him wherever he went.

Born June 2, 1931, in Groton, New York, the only son to Angelina and Theodore Santuae, Ted is survived by an older sister, Ruth Redmond, of Syracuse, NY and predeceased by sisters Barbara Moffitt, Sue Hastings, Mickeleene Griffin, and Victoria Poerio.

He was married for 41 years to his beloved wife, Theresa Mary (Terry) Timmons, of New Prague, MN. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2000. Their son, Mark William Santuae, preceded them both in death on May 19, 1979.

Their other three children and their families survive Ted and Terry: Chris and Claire (Lane) Santuae of Coppell, TX (grandchildren Mark and Mary Glen); Dean & Michelle (Carlson) Santuae of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Ann Marie (Santuae) and Chris Cates of San Clemente, CA (granddaughters Alexandra and Olivia).

Spending his youth in upstate New York, Ted was a 10-letter athlete, who was voted into the Groton High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Following high school graduation, he attended Cortland State College (now known as SUNY Cortland) for two years, before answering the call to serve in the US Navy. Ted went on to earn the wings of a Naval Aviator, flew P-2 Neptunes and TS-2 Trackers, and proudly served his country at duty stations in Virginia, California, Texas and Cuba. One of his naval career highlights was in 1961 when he became a “Plank Owner” of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) by taking part in the ship’s maiden voyage.

Ted and Terry settled into the community of Boulder in 1974, upon his naval retirement. Ted went on to earn a B.A. in Business from the University of Colorado, and thoroughly enjoyed life in Boulder for more than four decades. He will be missed by all of his family and friends, who he dearly loved and whose lives he touched. Rest in Peace, dear Ted.

Celebrations of Ted’s life scheduled in Boulder: Visitation at Crist Mortuary will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Rosary from 6:00 – 6:30). Mass of Christian Burial at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church on Monday, September 17th from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Interment scheduled in Denver: at Fort Logan National Cemetery, with military funeral honors, on Tuesday, September 18th from 9:00 – 9:20 am.

If friends prefer, remembrances in memory of Ted may be made to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Theodore Angelo Santuae

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Peggy Boese

September 14, 2018

TS-2 Tracker

Peggy Boese

September 14, 2018

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Tyson Olds

September 13, 2018

Ted was a man amongst men and everytime I had the opportunity to spend time with him I always found myself smiling, laughing and filled with joy. I will remember him fondly.

Jennifer Olds

September 13, 2018

Ted was a wonderful and kind gentleman. He always had a smile and a story :) I am so thankful he was in my life. He will certainly be missed.

Jacinta Carlson

September 13, 2018

From the time I was a young girl in New Prague, helping Grandma Sylvie get ready for visits from Aunt Tess and Uncle Ted were thrilling highlights of any summer. They had a dog--and beautiful cousins to play with (even though I was much older) and Grandma made special treats for them--and we all benefitted from those! And Uncle Ted (Teddy Bear) was always so kind and twinkly, with a ready laugh and a steady smile for all of us. He was good-natured and treated Grandpa and Grandma with kindness and respect. He teased my mother, who loved it. I never saw him lose his temper with anyone, even if he got stern with the boys for ramming around Grandma's house. He and Tess were good partners, even after his stroke put more of the burden of running the family on Tess's shoulders. She bore it well, and he seemed to appreciate it. After Tess's death, all the cousins did what they could do for Ted, but special gratitude must go to cousin Dean for his tireless efforts to keep Ted in his home, on his meds and with his needs met. Bless you, Dean and Michelle! And to Chris and Ann Marie and their families, a loving hug for your loss and hopes that you have many happy memories to comfort you as you say your final physical good-byes to your dear father. It is a bittersweet club you are joining--but you are not alone in it. We are here with you! With love from your cousin Cindy

Beth Zecca

September 13, 2018

My husband Ralph Mason and I offer our deepest condolences to Ted's family and friends at this difficult time.

I met Ted through my parents, Adam & Eileen Zecca. Ted had an amazingly sweet disposition about him, but could be ornery too.
Our family was blessed to have Ted be with us at our home on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and other occasions for several years. I will never forget his wonderful smile, and that contagious laugh he had. Knowing that he is gone now, I will cherish all the time I spent with him.

Ted, Eileen told you once that you were around all these years because Terry wasn't ready for you yet. Ted, my friend, I hope you are at peace now....and finally with Terry once again.

Much Love,
Beth Zecca and Ralph Mason

Susan Cox

September 7, 2018

Dear Chris, Dean, Anne Marie...your father will always be in our hearts, and I cherish the memories of our very young years, and so many family visits. It was nonstop laughter when our familes got together, and now all of our parents are together in doubt, having a grand ole' time again! Uncle Teddy, you were a special guy! Love always...Sue