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Theodore Szigethy

Theodore Szigethy

Sunday, September 25th, 1927 - Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Obituary

Theodore Szigethy, born on September 25, 1927 in Middlesex, NJ, passed away on Monday, January 18th due to complications of the Covid Virus. He was a faithful, loving husband to the love of his life, Jeanette for 73 years!

Ted spent his early childhood in Dunellen, N.J. growing up beside the Bound Brook and had plenty of stories to tell about the tight knit post depression community and his boyhood friends. His family moved to Dorothy when Ted was about 10 years old and bought a chicken farm. Ted attended Weymouth Township Schools and later went to High School in Egg Harbor City.
At the age of 18, his love of Country led him to serve in the United States Army. He was sent to Japan where his job was a Mess Cook. A strong work ethic provided a wide variety of jobs over his lifetime; he flipped hamburgers at a White Castle, did a stint at a clothing factory, lifted 100 pound feed bags at D&M Feed Mill, owned and operated a chicken farm. He served as a Board Member of the Vine-Co egg auction and for a brief time as it’s acting CEO. Working with his brother Louis as a carpenter, they built chicken coops and later homes all over South Jersey.

He drove a school bus, was a bar tender at the “Root Cellar” and was employed by the Township of Weymouth as the Public Work Supervisor, Code Enforcement Officer and Housing Inspector. In between these jobs his drive to provide for his large family of five children and four foster children and get ahead, awakened his entrepreneurial spirit; he created and operated an egg route business called “Ted’s Cackle Berry Farm”, “The Country Mouse Campground” and “The City Mouse Guesthouse” in Ocean City.

As busy as his work kept him, he still volunteered his time and talents to his community. He served as Scout Master for the local Boy Scout Troop and became Santa for the school children for more than twenty years. He was a School Board Member and its President as well as a Planning Board Member and President of the St. John Lutheran Church Council in Ocean City. He volunteered as Civil Defense Coordinator (Whiskey Tango II) and later Emergency Management Coordinator.
Ted was known for telling jokes and had an endless supply for all occasions albeit a bit off color at times, everyone always looked forward to their telling. One of his favorite endeavors was as President of the Weymouth Township Civic Association, where he was instrumental in planning and executing tremendous 4th of July Celebrations. He became a certified Pyrotechnic Technician and set up and fired fireworks displays for the municipality for years.

His greatest source of pride and accomplishment, however, was his family which he loved and doted over. He will be loved and missed forever by all of them.

Ted is predeceased by his Father, Joseph and his Mother, Anna; Brother Louis and Sister-in-law, Lillian; Son-in-law, Douglas Yearsley, and Grandson, Andrew Yearsley.

He is survived by his Wife, Jeanette (nee’ Ernst); Sons Michael and Timothy (Michelle); Daughters, Bonnie Yearsley, Amy J. Schubert (Burdell); Ann M. Eberle (Lance); Grandchildren Michael Yearsley (Diana), Rebecca Merrill (James), Emily Zucal (Greg), Alex Eberle, Jacob Eberle (Katelyn) and Ben Eberle. Great Grandchildren Joseph Yearsley, Andriana Levari, Douglas Yearsley, Arden Levari, Theo Zucal, Lillian Yearsley and Nicholas Zucal as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends and Family are invited to a pass thru viewing on Saturday, January 23rd from 1-2pm at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ. Service will be private. Burial with Military Honors at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Dorothy, NJ at 3:45pm.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Boakes Funeral Home
    Address
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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    Notes
    Pass Thru Viewing

    Service Will Be Private. Burial with Military Honors at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Dorothy, NJ
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 3:45pm
    When
    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 3:45pm
    Location
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
    Address
    12th Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue
    dorothy, NJ 08317
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  • US Army

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Elissa Campanella

Posted at 08:32am
Tim and Michelle and Szigethy family, I'm sending prayers for peace and hugs, many hugs. So sad to hear of your Dad's passing, Tim.
Thinking of you all today. Lisa Campanella
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Kim Bates

Posted at 07:36pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Szigethy family. Rest in Peace Ted
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Thomas Zucal

Posted at 06:07pm
To the entire family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at your loss. - Mary Ann & Tom Zucal
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Constantine P. Kiamos,Jr.

Posted at 12:26pm
The passing of our dear friend Mr. Szigethy was met with great sadness by my wife Debi and I. Mr. Szigethy was a community servant, a leader, a man of principle and integrity, and a dear friend.
He shared his family, his love, his guidance. He was a good husband, a good father, grandfather, but more so he was an exceptional human being.
Rest in peace my dear friend. You will not be forgotten.

Constantine & Debi Kiamos
Dorothy
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