Theodore "Fr. Ted" Oswald
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March 21st, 1945 - July 4th 2010
Father Ted was born March 21, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised in San Jose, graduating from High School in 1963.
He joined the U.S. Army and served until January 1970, spending a one year tour of duty in Vietnam. He served in the Military Police as a patrol supervisor and later as an instructor at the Military Police School in Fort Gordon, Georgia. From 1971 to 1975 he served as a police officer in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Accepted as a seminarian candidate for the Diocese of Santa Rosa he entered St. Joseph College Seminary, Mountain View, California to begin his studies for the priesthood. In 1984 he completed his theology studies and on June 6, 1984 was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, William Cardinal Baum, at the Basilica of Saints Cosmos and Damian in Rome, Italy. His first priestly assignment was at St. Mary of the Angels in Ukiah from July 1984 to January 1988 as associate pastor. For ten months in 1988 he served as associate pastor at St. Rose parish in Santa Rosa. In October 1988 he was appointed as Administrator of St. Mary Immaculate parish in Lakeport. He was named pastor on August 15, 1989 and remained in that capacity until June of 2008.
Father Ted and his faithful dog 'Rosie' spent many a long hour visiting the patients at Sutter Lakeside Hospital as well as at the several local nursing homes and care facilities. Until recent years he served as a volunteer Chaplain for both the Lake County Sheriffs Department and the Lakeport Police Department. He was a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans of Lake County, Chapter 951.
Father Ted is survived by his sisters, Jane (Richard) Azevedo and Marianne Oswald; nieces, Kathryn and Kristen; nephews, Stephen and Michael. He is predeceased by his parents, Albert & Patricia Oswald; and his sister Darleen Elizabeth.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary Immaculate Church, Lakeport followed by the burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Lakeport. Correspondence may be mailed to his sister, Jane Azevdeo, c/o Chapel of the Lakes, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, CA 95453.
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July 17, 2010
I worked with Fr. Ted when he was at St. Mary's in Ukiah. He had a heart of gold and was very good to those who needed help. He also liked to give me a little "SCARE" treatment when he would ride his motorcycle into the school yard when the children were out playing. OF COURSE all the students wanted to see his "latest gadget" and learn how it worked. He loved a good joke and always had a happy disposition. I pray for his peace and God's loving consolation for all his family who he loved deeply.
S. Francis Clare Fischer
July 16, 2010
we were fortunated to have you in this earth and be our friend we shell never bforget you ..your love for the community for the old..for the sick you always will be in our heart we love you fr.ted john and lisa alotta.
lisa alotta
July 16, 2010
Father Ted was a wonderfull man & a friend to many.He was there for me & my grandkid's when we needed help.The kid's loved him & his dog "Daisey".I spent many nite's talking with him.He will be greatly missed.
Charlotte(Char-le) Mahan
July 13, 2010
Father Ted was an honest, faithful man and an excellent pastor. Well done, good and faithful servant. God has Fr. Ted's name writen on the palm of His hand.
Adell Niderost
July 12, 2010
I met Fr. Ted after I moved back to Lakeport. He helped me with some problems at that time. Often his sermons would answer questions I had. I was also a "Mommy sitter" for his mother, Patricia, for a year and a half and got to know him as a kind considerate son.
Besides having a great sense of humor, Fr. was always true to his beliefs and "told it like it was". I appreciated his honesty and dedication to his parish, his parishioners, his community, by visiting the hospitals and jails and patroling the park with Rosie, and his country, with his involvement in honoring our fallen Firefighters and Policemen and starting the Viet Nam Veterans group.
I miss seeing he and Daisy around town.
God Bless you, Father. I will never forget you. Rest in Peace.
Much love.
Patricia England
July 11, 2010
Fr. Ted, God rest your soul and thank you for all the good you have done for others. We love you and will miss you!! Ann and George Mc Sherry
July 10, 2010
Father Ted made many rounds at Ukiah General Hosp. here in Ukiah and was a fun person to be around..When I fell and broke a couple fingers he rode his motorcycle to our house and informed us that perhaps he needed to do an exorcism for me!!! we all loved Fr. Ted and will miss him... Donna Van Wyhe RN
July 10, 2010
i had the pleasure of meeting father ted in 1991 while working as a cna at pacific regency then seeing him again at sutter lakeside hospital while working in the lab he will be greatly missed. god bless you debbie farias (tucson az formerly from kelseyville)
July 10, 2010
Father Red was the most wonderful man who was down to earth and had a great sense of humor. He would come into the hospital make us all laugh. I've never seen a clergy be so dedicated to visiting church members in the hospital daily. He would come by, with or without his dogs. He took a personal interest in his parishioners health and wellness. He would pray for anyone who requested it, and comfort people he never knew before in their hour of crisis. God's wings and God's spped.
Tricia Johnson
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