Omahan Ted Kisicki remembered as tough but sentimental
As a child of the Great Depression and in service as a military police officer, Theodore “Ted” Kisicki learned to be tough.
Family and friends knew he could be demanding and stubborn, said daughter Judy Kisicki of Des Moines.
“He was also a deeply prayerful and compassionate man, generous to a fault, willing to help friend or stranger,” she said.
Ted Kisicki, raised as an only child, was a devoted husband of 59 years as well as a proud and doting father who had six children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also found time to coach hockey and baseball to hundreds of youngsters over two generations.
“He loved a good joke, had a soft spot for animals and could be teary-eyed sentimental,” said a son, Bernie Kisicki of Omaha. “We are remembering a man who was both a grizzly bear and teddy bear.”
Kisicki, 88, died early Sunday at Hillcrest Health and Rehab in Bellevue. His children said he suffered from mesothelioma, a lung cancer.
A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler’s West Center Chapel at 7805 West Center Road. A funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2706 Leavenworth St.
Kisicki was born at home in Millard in 1930 and grew up in South Omaha’s Sheelytown, a neighborhood of Polish immigrants and descendants. He played baseball for South High, from which he graduated in 1948.
Sports, including golf, softball and bowling, were a lifelong passion.
Kisicki served with the Army Reserves military police from 1950 to 1962, rising to the rank of master sergeant. He made his living as a bricklayer. For about 30 years, he was a business agent for his bricklayers union.
He often donated those construction skills, making repairs at South Omaha churches, including Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Peter.
A devout Catholic, for years Kisicki participated in the Perpetual Adoration program at Our Lady of Lourdes. For 35 years, each Wednesday at 3 a.m., Kisicki had his holy hour with God, regardless of the weather.
His wife, Jean Carmichael Kisicki, died in February at age 88.
In addition to daughter Judy and son Bernie, Kisicki is survived by daughters Mary Kisicki of Papillion, Patty Kisicki of Omaha and Susan Szalewski of La Vista; and son Tom Kisicki of Omaha.