August 20, 1930 – June 15, 2022
On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 91-year-old Father Theodore Vincent Lewandowski passed away peacefully at his home in Waupaca, Wisconsin.
After the death of his wife Patricia in 1996, Father “Ted” answered God’s call to resume his priesthood studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He had already studied for the priesthood during his college years, but now was not the time for him to fulfill God’s calling.
Father Ted was ordained a Catholic priest by Bishop Thomas G. Doran, DD, JC, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rockford on May 16, 1998. He served the Diocese of Rockford for 25 years.
After his ordination in 1998, Father Ted served as a Catholic priest at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Menominee, IL until 2007.
In 2007 he moved to Waupaca, Wisconsin, where he assisted the Diocese of Green Bay in various ways, including services at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Almond, Wisconsin and most recently served as the celebrant priest. of St. Patrick Parish in Lebanon, Wisconsin since 2017. He will be missed by all the parishioners he so faithfully served.
Father Ted was predeceased by his father Theodore and his mother, Carole. He was married for 32 years to Patricia (Trish) Marie Lewandowski (Mulligan). He was admired by many. He traveled weekly to serve until the end of April and drove to various churches so that his parishioners could receive Sunday mass.
Born August 20, 1930, he is survived by his three children, Anne (Jay), Mark (Anna) and Catherine, and is the grandfather of Tom and Emma Kobitter and Isabelle Lewandowski. He is also loved by many cousins.
Beloved brother of Gerald (Pat) and Judith (Bob) and predeceased by his sisters Janice Gerstenecker, (Charles Sr.), Mary Ann McBean and Joyce Cooper.
Father Ted was an English and foreign language teacher for over 32 years at the Chicago Public School District.
Father Ted was known for his quick wit, his kind and compassionate spirit, and his love for God. He loved to travel and his carpentry skills will not be forgotten.
On Friday, June 24, family, friends, and parishioners are invited to wake up from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, N2845 Shadow Road, Waupaca, WI 54981.
The Christian funeral mass follows at 11:00 a.m., immediately after the revival.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rockford Diocese Catholic Priests Retirement Fund would be greatly appreciated.
Please leave a memory card for the family on Father Ted’s wall of tribute; your personal stories will comfort his family.