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Theodore R. "Ted" Guzzy, 66, of Lake City, died of cancer Friday, July 19, 2013 at his home.
He was born September 9, 1946 in Erie. He lived in Girard, Fairview and Lake City and graduated from Fairview High School in 1964. Ted Joined the Navy and was assigned to VP-21, and flew as an in flight electrician aboard the P2V Neptune with the Ace Deuce Blackjack Squadron. He was stationed in Turkey, Greece and Sicily.
He loved working at Weislogal's Food Mart in Fairview and spent a year working at General Electric.
He volunteered many years service to Fairview Fire Dept. and enjoyed playing cards with Chorney's and Niebauer's.
Ted married Sharlene Thomas on October 10, 1970. He was a hard working husband who loved practical jokes and making Christmas cookies. "There was never a dull moment with Ted around". He enjoyed all his family and loved his dogs as well.
He was employed at Penelec for 32 years, retiring in 2002. In 1977 he built the house of his dreams in Lake City and in 1980 started a Christmas tree farm. He built a hydroponic green house and raised tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce, selling to Giant Eagle, Weislogal's and Wegman's.
For several years he raised ornamental trees and shrubs and sold John Deere tractors for Bob Brown in North East. Currently Ted farmed asparagus, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and garlic.
Ted was a dedicated farmer, who loved antique cars and enjoyed car shows. He had a 1955 Chevy and currently owned a 1966 GTO.
He loved bowling and golfing and was an avid reader. He enjoyed music and singing in the choir. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Girard where he volunteered many hours. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Girard Council #5430, The Girard American Legion Post #494, where he was active in the Honor Guard. Ted worked on the Zoning Board for Girard Twp. And spent time working for Edder Funeral Home. Many of you remember Ted ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas time and handing out small bells and candy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Badaracco Guzzy; father, Ted Volgstadt; foster father, Joseph Guzzy; infant brother, Joseph; daughter, Theresa; four sons lost to miscarriage, Christopher, Michael, Joseph and John Guzzy and father-in-law, John H. Thomas.
Ted is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharlene, who will miss him terribly; his mother-in-law, Genevieve Thomas of Fairview; two brothers, David Volgstadt and Michael Volgstadt both of Erie; sisters, Denise Abbate (John) of Erie, Sandy Benacci (Joe) of Erie; sisters, Mary Ellen Cesa (Joe) of Kennesaw, Ga., Barbara Platter of San Francisco, Calif., Christine Frostenson (Roy) of Oxford, Miss., Judy Strandberg (Rick) of Englewood, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. A Prayer Service will be held there on Monday at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 101 Olin Ave., Girard at 11 a.m. Rev. William Miller will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will take place in St. John's Cemetery, Girard.
Memorials may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16501.
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 20, 2013