NORWAY- Ted P. Kregoski, 96, respected and lifelong resident of Norway, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in the caring hands of ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1916, in Norway, the son of the late Joseph and Caroline (Rucinski) Kregoski. Ted graduated from Norway High School in 1935.
He married Kathleen Massa on May 20, 1942, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
Ted entered service of his country in October of the same year in the U.S. Air Force 843rd Engineering Aviation Battalion serving in the European Theater during World War II.
Upon his return in 1945, he resumed his career in the auto industry at the Ford Motor assembly plant in Kingsford and as an auto body mechanic at E.W. Anderson in Norway. He retired from Town & Country Ford in Kingsford.
Ted is survived by his wife of 70 years Kathleen; daughters, Mary (Tom) Bolek of Gladstone and Kathleen Palmer of Stillwater, Minn.; grandchildren, Lisa Bolek, Michelle (Andrew Morrell) Bolek, Christopher (Maija) Palmer and Matthew (Nicole) Palmer; four great-grandchildren, Mali, Sydney, Drake and Dylan; brother Robert (Betty) Kregoski; and many nieces and nephews.
Again the community loses an ideal citizen. Ted lived his life by the Golden Rule. As quoted in his father's obituary in 1933, Ted also personified all that is just and noble in human life, commendable and worthy of imitation.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Raymond and Donald Kregoski and sisters, Mary Thaxton and Julia Wilson.
Family will greet friends on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Norway.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis, presiding.
Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.
Because of Ted's love for all of God's creatures, the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ted's name to the Almost Home Animal Shelter or the Norway Food Pantry.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ted at ortmanfuneralhome.com
Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.