Thaddeus Bernard "Smiley" Wycech, age 88, of Erie, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at his residence Monday, August 25, 2014, with family at his side and knowing the Lord. He was born July 19, 1926 in Erie.
He was second generation Polish, born to Wladyslaw "Walter" Wycech; and Wladyslawa "Lottie" Malinowska of Poland, and raised by Sophie (Cholewa-Obuszewski) Wycech. Ben was one of six children: Edmund, Theodore, Raymond, Thomas, and Dorothy (Holby) Wycech.
Ben, whom he was lovingly called, met an amazingly beautiful woman, Teresa Ann Golembeski, and they wed. God blessed them with six children: Ben Wycech, Roger Wycech, Bill (Stephanie) Wycech, Joyce Wolfe, Cheryl Wycech, Suzy (Chet) Woyicki. ("Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127:4-5). His legacy continues through his grandchildren: Missy Guzowski, Shawn (Jean) and Jeremy (Jennifer) Wycech, Bill and Jacob Stuckey, Shannon, Jesse, James, Jr., Brandon and Scott McLanahan, and Rachelle Woyicki; and great-grandchildren, Forrest, Courtlynn, and Aubrey Stuckey, and Kylee Wycech, and future baby Stuckey. ("The love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to their children's children." Psalm 103:17)
Ben was employed at Skinner Engine Co., Cleveland Society for the Blind, Kanty Prep, and retired from St. Stanislaw Church. He was a member of St. Boniface Church and St. Boniface Ushers' Club, and other Polish clubs, and several bowling leagues.
Ben loved his Polish heritage and everything involved with it, particularly the music. He loved to dance the Polka and played horseshoes. He enjoyed Sunday drives with his children, working on and around his house, cooking chicken soup, watching Wonderful World of Disney and Lassie with his children, and playing catch with them. Most recently, he enjoyed dining at local restaurants.
He will be missed, and his name will continue on through his children and grandchildren.
The family would like to graciously thank all his doctors, nurses, and caregivers, and extend thanks to Regional Home Health and Hospice.
Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a Funeral Service there on Friday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Ed Nicholson. Interment will be private. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 27, 2014