Theodore F. Evanish of Scott Twp. died Wednesday, Aug. 28, at home surrounded by his family. He and his wife, the former Patricia Franks, celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on July 6.
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Born in Taylor, he was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Michaylo Evanish. Ted graduated from Taylor High School, class of 1947, of which he served as president. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Ted enrolled at East Stroudsburg University, where he was a cum laude graduate. Ted received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in education and social studies. While at East Stroudsburg, Ted was named to "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges" and was president of the student council. Ted was nominated by the East Stroudsburg University faculty as their candidate for post-graduate work as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his master's degree in educational administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Ted also pursued post-graduate studies at various universities including Bucknell University, Adelphi University and the University of Massachusetts, among others.
Ted held many positions in several Long Island, N.Y., school districts, including elementary and secondary teacher, elementary principal, director of personnel, director of pupil personnel services and director of elementary education, among others. He retired as the assistant superintendent for elementary schools in the Connetquot School District in Bohemia, N.Y. After he retired, Ted moved to Williamsburg, Va., where he served as headmaster of the Jamestown Academy for several years. He then returned to the Scranton area and assisted his brother, the late Andrew "Hank" Evanish, in the management of the Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Ted was a member of the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, having served on several committees.
Ted not only was a gentleman, but he was also a gentle man who would light up a room with his smile and his quick sense of humor. A consummate teacher, Ted was admired and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for his humility, compassion, intelligence and integrity. A good-hearted person, Ted always had a kind word for whomever he met. Ted enjoyed skiing, gardening and reading, especially history and politics. Ted was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be deeply missed and loved forever.
The family would like to thank Traditional Home Health and Hospice for their caring and compassionate care of Ted.
In addition to his loving and devoted wife, Patricia, Ted is also survived by three daughters, Jill Evanish, Medford, N.Y.; Gail Quinn and husband, Lawrence, Brookhaven, N.Y.; and Lynn Evanish, West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandsons, Justin, Shaun, Joseph and Christian; two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Kaylee; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Deacon Michael Kozar; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Michael, John, George, Andrew "Hank" and infants, Francis and William; and three sisters, Mary Moskwa, Ann Peskin and Evelyn Kozar.
His funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. in the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road, Scott Twp. Pastor Beth Taylor will officiate. Interment will follow in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Twp., Pa.
Private calling hours will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ted's memory may be made to the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church, 1448 Heart Lake Road, Scott Twp., PA 18433.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor.
Please visit www.semian cares.com to share memories of Ted or to offer condolences.
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Taylor, PA 18517
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 30, 2013