Theodore J. Polenski, 95
AUBURN - Theodore J. Polenski, 95, longtime Auburn resident, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, July 15, 2021 at St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Worcester.
Born in Worcester, raised and educated in Leicester, Theodore was one of eight children born to the late Joseph Polenski and Ladislava "Viola" (Mierzejewski) Polenski. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, on the Destroyer USS Vogelgesang. He then met and married the love of his life, the late Anna M. (Adamonis) Polenski, with whom he shared 72 wonderful years of marriage before her passing in July of 2020. They settled in Auburn to raise their family, and loved their little town they called "home." Theodore worked at the former Thompson Wire Co. for most of his life as a Wire Drawer. When they closed, he worked in Millbury in Maintenance – he was proud that he was in charge of raising and lowering the flag each day at the Willows Mill.
Theodore was a faithful parishioner of St. Joseph's Church for many years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Auburn Lodge of Elks #2118.
He was an avid bowler, USBC 140 pins over series, a skilled cards player, loved hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and cooking in his cast iron pans. Theodore loved Westerns and the classic music in Westerns. He embraced being Polish, with the music, the people, and the food. One thing is for sure: he always had a smile, a handshake, and a wink!
Theodore is survived by his children: Patricia Skerry, of Whitinsville; Theodore Polenski, of Auburn; Daniel Polenski, of Auburn; and Joseph Polenski, of Auburn; his grandchildren: Kimberly Harryman, of North Carolina; Victoria LaTour, of Phoenix, AZ; Adam Polenski, of Auburn; Gina Polenski, of Washington; Katie Polenski, of Southbridge; and Gabrielle Polenski, of Worcester; 11 great-grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Morin; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his wife and his parents, Theodore was predeceased by his siblings: Edward Polenski, Roger Polenski, Jennie Thomas, Helen Caissie, Stacia Bruno, and John Polenski.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans, Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605 (www.veteransinc.org/
A graveside service, with military honors, will be held privately for the Polenski family in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements. To leave a note of condolence, or to share a fond memory, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jul. 24 to Jul. 25, 2021.