Joe Tereshinski, 89, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the St. Mary's Center for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care in Bogart, Ga.
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Joseph P. (Joe P) Tereshinski was born in Glen Lyon, on Dec. 7, 1923, and was the son of the late Walter and Sophia Radziminski Tereshinski. He graduated from Newport Township High School as class valedictorian in 1941, where he played football and basketball for the Nutcrackers.
He also was selected to play in the 1941 Anthracite Bowl, a high school all-star game. Through the efforts of John "Zip" Bryan, a local football referee, and Harold Ketron, a 1906 Georgia Bulldogs alumnus who worked at Coca Cola in Pittston, Joe, along with others like Charlie Trippi, was recruited to play football for the University of Georgia. He played on Georgia's 1941 and 1942 teams which went to the Orange and Rose bowls, and then went to the Army in World War II. He served in the 333rd Infantry Regiment of the 84th Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He returned to Georgia after the war to complete his degree in business administration and married his college sweetheart, Martha Walraven. He played on Georgia's 1945 and 1946 teams which went to the Oil and Sugar bowls, and he also played in the 1947 College All-Star Game in which the All-Stars defeated the NFL Champion Chicago Bears.
Joe played eight seasons for the Washington Redskins from 1947 to 1954, playing end, defensive end, and linebacker, and served as assistant coach for several years after retiring.
He then worked for Jack Blanc Pontiac and other auto dealerships in the Washington, D.C., area. After the death of his first wife Martha in 1956, he married Gertrude Manelski in 1959. He was active in NFL and Redskins alumni events, and was a member and past president of the Washington Touchdown Club. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Bartholomew's Church in Bethesda, and life supporter of the Georgia Bulldogs, where he enjoyed enjoyed watching the football careers of his sons Joe and Wally and his grandson Joe, and also of Wake Forest University, where his grandson John played.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha, in 1956; his second wife, Gertrude, in 2012; and by his brothers and sisters, Peter, Mae (Korolus), Raymond, Thomas, Eleanor (Broski), and Paul.
He is survived by his daughter, Ada, Austin, Texas; and sons, Joe, Athens, Ga.; and Walter, Evans, Ga.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Kashefski, Sheatown; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A private family memorial will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to St. Mary's Center for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, Bogart, GA 30622.
Published in Citizens' Voice on June 16, 2013