Ted passed away at age 81 on Saturday, October 2, which happens to be the day of the Memorial of the Guardian Angles. He was born in Cook County, Chicago IL at Holy Cross Hospital on April 10, 1940, the son of Walter and Antoinette (Zandecki) Cholewinski.
Ted was ordained a priest on December 18, 1965, in the order of the Oblates of the Mary Immaculate. He also had his first mass in December of 1965. His first assignment was at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL. He was assigned to several other Parishes before coming to St. Louis Parish in Fond du Lac, as pastor. Ted and his brothers were required by their parents to join choirs and play an instrument, which helped in Ted assignment at St. Louis Church where he was both pastor and choir director.
After choosing to leave the priest hood he married Diane Wiener in of July 1982. Their wedding vows were renewed May 4, 2006. Ted and Diane took in many foster babies and on April 5, 2001, Jonathan, an infant, came into their lives. They adopted Jonathan on June 18, 2002. Ted was a loving and proud father to his son Jonathan and cared for his many needs. After Diane passed, Ted and Jonathan were surrounded by many care givers which he called his Angel helpers. Two of which he stayed in contact with after Jonathan passed, Mary Martin and Bethany Haensgen.
Ted worked at Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend for 18 years, from July 18, 1990, until he retired on January 16, 2009.
Ted was a people person. He enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing the love of his faith with them. He also enjoyed plants and gardening (especially his roses). Ted had a passion for model trains and accumulated many train sets.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane (Wiener) Cholewinski on May 5, 2006; their son, Jonathan Cholewinski on June 23, 2016; his parents, Walter and Antoinette Cholewinski; and three brothers, Walter Jr. (Shirley}, Anthony and Chester (Ester) Cholewinski.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Eleanor (Anthony) Cholewiski; two nieces; two nephews; and many great great nieces and nephews, also his spiritual daughter Bethany Haensgen. He is also survived by his prayer friends and many other close friends.
The visitation will be held on October 8, 2021, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Holy Family Church, Fond du Lac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held after the visitation at 2:00 PM at the church. The family asks that everyone in attendance please wear a mask. Cremation will follow with inurnment to happen at Chapel of the Risen Christ Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ted’s name to Holy Family Parish, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac, WI, 54937.
A special thanks to all who helped Ted though his final journey. The staff from the ambulance service and emergency room in Fond du Lac, St. Mary’s of Madison ICU and 7th floor southeast, Edenbrook Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, Hospice Hope and all those who prayed and visited Ted.
Services are in the care of Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 North Park Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. Additional information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com