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Thaddeus F. "Ted"
Thaddeus F. "Ted" Szelagowski, a Toledo Public Schools administrator and former principal of
Woodward High School, passed away on Friday,
September 20, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born in Toledo on November 14, 1919, to Antoinette and Stanley Szelagowski.
He was a graduate of the Woodward High School Class of 1938 and the University of Toledo Class of 1942 with a degree in Education. He received his Masters Degree at the University of Michigan. During World War II he attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Air Force and was stationed at various P 47 bases. After discharge from the Air Force he started his teaching career as a coach and Industrial Arts teacher at Woodward High School. During his career he served as Principal of Chase, Robinson and Warren Schools. His last administrative position was to return to Woodward where he served as principal for seven years. At the Board of Education, Ted headed scheduling for the newly built Skill Centers and also instituted Adult Education classes at the Church of God in central Toledo. He was
inducted in the Woodward Hall of Fame in 1990.
Ted was a talented football player at the University of Toledo and set many rushing and scoring records. He received professional football offers from Detroit and Cleveland. Ted's hobbies included wood working. He built his home on Worley Place and his retirement home on River Road. For many years he was a member of Chippewa Golf Course, where he played daily. Ted enjoyed watching football with family members on Sunday afternoons.
He leaves behind his wife of 69 years of marriage, Helen J. (Pluto) Szelagowski; son, Gerald (Iris) Szelagowski; daughter, Lynette (Hisham) Hebaichi; grandchildren, Dr. Gerald (Dr. Jami) Szelagowski, Brian Linker, Janine (Victor) Debbas, Zena Hebaichi, and Ferras Hebaichi; step-granddaughter, Kristy Frizzell; great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Riley Szelagowski, step-great grandchildren, Owen and Olivia Frizzell, and Gabriella Debbas, and sister, Alice Kaczmarek. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Linker; step-daughter, Kathleen Szelagowski; his parents; two brothers, and four sisters.
According to Ted's wishes, there will be no visitation and graveside services will be private for the family only. Memorial donations may be made to Cherry Street Mission Ministries or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home (419-531-4424) handled the arrangements.
Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 23, 2013