Theodore Yurek, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2009

at the Sullivan County Health Care.

He was born on March 30, 1921 the son of Joseph and Mary E. (Madeja) Yurek.  He was pre-deceased by one sister, Gladys Rubera and two brothers, Raymond and William Yurek.

He is survived by his dance partner and beloved wife of 61 years, Rachel (Breton)  Yurek, as well as his sister, Wanda Bresell both of Claremont.

Theodore will be held close in the hearts of his devoted children, Theodore Yurek, Jr. and his wife Janet and Deborah Kaplinski and her husband Alfred all of Claremont, Bradley Yurek and his wife Linda OF Selkirk, NY and Heather Lujan and her husband Rene of Basalt, CO.

He will be missed by the ten grandchildren for whom he had a deep affection and with whom he leaves a thousand perfect memories; Heather Yurek of Boston, MA, Kristan Kaplinski and his wife Heather of Aspen, CO, Theodore Yurek, III and his wife Leslie of St. Charles, IL, Alex Kaplinski of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Valerie Yurek of Pownal, ME, Lucas and Brianna Yurek of Selkirk, NY and Hannah, Breton and Loren Lujan of Basalt, CO.  He also leaves behind his namesake and great-grandson, Theodore Yurek, IV and great-grandson Charlie Kaplinski.

After graduating from Stevens High School in 1939, Ted worked for Bonner Appliances and Sullivan Machinery.   A Polish-American who was dedicated to his country, he enlisted and served three years in the US Navy as Yeoman, Second Class; first on the USS Barracuda in Newport, RI and later on the USS Chopper in Pearl Harbor.  Upon returning from WWII in 1946, Ted managed the Roseland Ballroom in Claremont bringing music and culture  to many.  A self taught mechanic, he opened a service station, Ted’s Mobil, on Broad Street in 1952 which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1979.  Ted was a member of the VFW, the Elks Lodge  and was an involved and compassionate member of his community.  Ted was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Claremont.

An avid outdoors man, Ted passed on his appreciation for nature to his family.  He spent his retirement years hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and skiing, biking, camping and hiking with his children.  He worked with his wife in her antique shop and was a father and grandfather who never missed a game or a school play, was the first to volunteer to help out with a project, and took every opportunity to demonstrate his love for his family.

Theodore Yurek will be missed by all who knew him, and remembered by his family with love and gratitude for the lessons he taught and the experience he shared.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning, October 28th at Eleven O’clock in St Joseph Church with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Piwowar, officiating.  Interment will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery.

The Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont is in charge of arrangements.

At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. 

A reception will follow the burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Sullivan County Health Care, Recreation Fund, 5 Nursing Home Drive., Claremont, NH 03743.