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.
For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com
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(Published in the Lake County Record-Bee on July 10, 2010.)