Theodore Robachefski
1926 - 2020
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Theodore 'Ted' Robachefski
Ringoes resident, devoted to his family and his faith, 94
Theodore 'Ted" Robachefski, 94, of Ringoes, NJ, died peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Rolling Hills Care Center, Clinton Township, NJ.
Born in Naticoke, PA, on October 9, 1926, son of the late Stanley and Lillian Robachefski, Ted was raised in Pennsylvania and formerly lived in Manville, NJ, prior to moving to Ringoes in 1965.
Faithfully serving his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy, Ted was a proud member of the Navy Seabees, the construction battalion of the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving in the Pacific Theater.
Upon his return home, Ted found work at Johns Manville, where he would spend his career. One of his colleagues set him up on a blind date with Ms. Gladys Gerba in August of 1959. The date went well; so well, in fact, that the couple would marry on May 21, 1960. They had each found their soul mate and there was no need to waste time.
Not long after they married, they built a home on land in nearby East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, where Gladys's family had a large and well-known chicken farm. There, the couple raised their three children: a daughter, Donna, and two sons, Michael and John.
Ted was known to be extremely honest and lived a simple life, enjoying hunting, fishing, bowling, picking mushrooms, and anything having to do with sports, as he was quite a good athlete.
His family was his world, and though quiet, he was known to throw out some humorous 'zingers' when no one was expecting it.
Faith was also very much at the foundation of who he was, and his Christian values drove much of his persona. Ted enjoyed taking his mother-in-law to daily Mass at 7:30 a.m. at St. Magdalen Church for many years until her passing.
Micah 6:8 says: "He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Ted lived his life as a humble child of the Lord, striving to do good and make the world better for all peoples. To honor his legacy is to simply do the same.
In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Helen Robachefski and Leo and Dolores Robachefski.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Gladys Gerba Robachefski; a son, Michael A. Robachefski, a daughter, Donna Marie King; a son, John D. Robachefski; three grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor King and Hunter Robachefski; a sister, Winifred Robachefski; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Joseph Rathband; several extended familymembers; and many dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. Matthew Marinelli on Wednesday, October 28, at St. Magdalen Church, Flemington, followed by burial with military honors at St. Magdalen Cemetery.
Please visit Ted's permanent life celebration site at to light a candle of hope, leave messages of condolence, share words of comfort and recollection, and post photographs of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ted's honor may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at

Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service
38 State Hwy. 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 782-3311

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Published in The Hunterdon County Democrat on Oct. 29, 2020.
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