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Ted Saforek

A celebration of life for Ted L. Saforek, 79 of Washington, will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:30AM at the Fern Cliff Evangelical Free Church in rural Wayland, with Pastor Bob Spilger officiating. Burial will follow at the Fern Cliff Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until 7PM on Tuesday, November 22 at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington, where the family will greet friends from 5-7PM. A general memorial fund has been established. Ted Saforek died Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic.

Ted Leland Saforek was born January 8, 1932 in Anaheim, California, the son of Jesse "Jack" and Dorothy (Thompson) Saforek. He graduated from Wayland High School and joined the United States Navy where he served during the Korean War as an air traffic controller. On May 17, 1953 he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Nebel at the Nebel farm in Noble, Iowa. Ted worked as a carpenter and owned his own carpenter business and later was a co owner of the Wellman Lumber Company. He attended the Fern Cliff Church, and was a former member of the Jolly Men's Club in Wellman. Ted enjoyed eating ribs, reading; especially subjects like history, trains, planes and ships. He enjoyed life and was well known for his sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen of Washington, one son, Leland and wife Mary Lou Saforek of Wayland, Iowa, one brother, Robert and wife Flo Saforek of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, three grandchildren, Nichelle and husband David Kubik, Morgan and husband Mat Rechkemmer and Drew Saforek.

Preceding Ted in death were his parents.

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I wish we could be with you all to Celebrate Ted's Life. I was just thinking about him this past week... for unknown reasons. He is a great great man. I was always ('specially) impressed by the love he showed his wife. You could tell he was completed devoted to you Mary Ellen. What also impressed me was his sense of humor. He's a kid at heart and could really make me laugh. Our hearts break for you all (and for me). He will be missed. I loved and respected the man greatly! Hugs to everyone..... Mary & Mike

Mary & Mike Knerr Nov 23 2011 12:00 AM

When I was 4 years old my parents built a house and Ted was who they went through for the building materials. Ted came out every so often and would always bring my sister and me suckers. I liked Ted so much that I named my teddy bear after him. He was so kind to me, I've thought of him often through the years. I wanted to share this story with you, hopefully it'll make you smile. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Erin (Wehr) McGuire Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

Leland and family, I am saddened by the news of the loss of your father, Ted. I have very fond memories of him from my days working at WBS and especially enjoyed his sense of humor. May your faith and memories help you through this difficult time. Jim

Jim Kiesey Nov 22 2011 12:00 AM

Oh, so many good memories of Ted, especially concerning "torn bins." :) Marti (Roth) Walker

Marti Walker Nov 21 2011 12:00 AM

We are sad to hear about Ted's passing. You are in our thoughts today, I will try to get to the visitation. Your family means a lot to us and we will miss his smiling face, that ornery little grin he had, that I could never tell if he was kidding me or not. Please tell Mary Ellen that we know it is going to be hard, but she's a strong person, give her a hug for me & I will plan on seeing you all at the funeral home. Love Jan & Family

Jan & Rick Wagenknecht Nov 21 2011 12:00 AM

Mary Ellen, We were sorry to see that Ted passed away. He was one of my older cousins that always had a great sense of humor and loved life. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Keep some of the many memories you must have, close to your heart, and that will help you get through the difficult days ahead. With sincere sympathy, Tom & Jean Porter

Tom & Jean (Thompson) Porter Nov 21 2011 12:00 AM

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. John, Rachael, Craig, Sharon, Carson, John, Graig, Lisa and Christopher Stauffer

The Stauffer Family Nov 20 2011 12:00 AM