Theodore J. Turek, 95, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Skyview Center in Wallingford after a lengthy decline. Ted was born in Meriden on May 15, 1923, son of the late Jacob and Caroline (Grachmal) Turek. He was a lifelong resident of Meriden and graduated from both Meriden High School and the State Technical School (now Wilcox Tech) in 1942. Following a brief employment as a toolmaker, Ted enlisted in the Army Air Force and trained as a pilot, attending Union University in Tennessee, earning his wings in 1944. Returning home after the war, he began a forty year career with the International Silver Company. He married Frances A. Barnas in 1948 and with her started and raised a family of four children. He retired in 1987. He lost his beloved wife Frances eighteen years ago. Ted, a child of the Depression, was very resourceful and developed many practical skills. He was always available to help out family, neighbors and friends. Most of all he loved his family. He enjoyed his sisters, children and grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, he shared many adventures throughout his life with his brother, Charlie, and his sons. He continued to enjoy annual fishing trips with them on Long Island Sound, the Catskills and the ranch in Montana until his final year. Ted served as Secretary of the St. Casimir Society and was a member of several veteran and pilot organizations. He was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. He served as a docent at the annual World War II Warbirds Fly-in at Oxford Airport. He loved to reminisce of his time as a pilot in the Army Air Force and was able to fly in his beloved P-51 Mustang at the Oxford Airshow in 2017.
He is survived by his daughter, Christine and her husband Richard Ruel; his sons, Thomas and his wife Jayne, Richard, and James and his wife Denise; his loving grandchildren, Lauren Turek Guarnieri, Sara Schiller, Emily, Kate and Stephen Ruel and Bonnie Turek; his sisters Mary Ladd, Elizabeth Turek and Joan Gallucci; his sister-in-law, Irene Turek and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Frances; sisters Stacia Bastura, Helen Mysling, Ann Okolotowicz and Genevieve Turek and his brother, Charles Turek.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by all of his caregivers including Dr. Mark Schoenfeld, Dr. Steven Angelo, Dr. Victor Chuang, the late Dr. Hauser, Dr. Ricardo Cardido, Linda Borges and Tom Rank of Heartcare Associates, Dr. Ali and the nurses and staff of the Advanced Wound Care Center, the Visiting Nurses of Franciscan Home Care and all the nurses, aides and professional staff of Skyview Center and the Connecticut Hospice.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden and at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday morning prior to the Mass from 8 to 9:30 a.m.