Theodore "Ted" Napierkowski, our enduring patriarch, passed into heaven on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Born on Dec. 18, 1919, this was a man like few others, a consummate learner and lover of life.
Prior to World War II, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army, rising through the ranks during the war and eventually earning the rank of Master Sergeant while at Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii. After his last assignment in California, he became enamored with the beauty of the West Coast and maintained residence there for several years. Alas, his love for his home town could not be matched, and Ted returned to Pringle, where he met the love of his life – Anne Padavan. When his daughter Ruth was born, Ted would begin to comment, "This is real happiness." He shone with pride, so much so that a twinkle could be seen in his eyes!
Teddy owned and operated a garage and gas station before becoming employed by Kingston Borough as their mechanic for almost 25 years. He proudly served as a volunteer fireman for Kingston for 56 years, finally retiring in the early 1980s. During this time, Ted was able to enjoy his two grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. If he was needed, everyone knew "Teddy's in the garage," which he built himself.
Always strong-willed with a hearty laugh, he taught us not only strength, but also to remember to take time to enjoy!
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Stella Niziolek Napierkowski; his wife, the former Anne Padavan; and his great granddaughter, Krysta Geraldine.
Ted is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Ruth Napierkowski-Gazdowicz, Kingston; grandson, John Gazdowicz; granddaughter, Caroline Kalanyos; and great-grandson, Steven Kalanyos.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, North Maple Avenue, Kingston. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 1, 2013