Ted R. Musielewicz

Ted R. Musielewic

Ted R. Musielewicz, 92-year-old resident of Bloomington, formerly of Little Falls, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Presbyterian Home of Bloomington.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 3, at the Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Paul, with Father Dan Haugan officiating. That afternoon, the burial was at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Cemetery with Father Joe Heurzing presiding and military honors provided by Little Falls American Legion Post #46.
Ted Raphael Musielewicz was born to Teofil and Klara Musielewicz on the family farm in Culdrum Township. His parents were both from Poland, having met, married and started a family in Chicago. Ted was the first child of the family born in Minnesota. Ted grew up speaking Polish at home and learned English while attending grade school at District #31 with his brothers and sisters. He left school for three years to work on the family farm after finishing 8th grade, returning to graduate from Little Falls High School in 1942. Following graduation Ted served honorably in the United States Air Force during World War II until his discharge after the war. He then worked for a time on the family farm before attending St. Cloud Teachers College on the GI bill. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and taught at the St. Cloud Technical High School. He took a job working as a county agent for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), USDA. He married Anne, a nursing school classmate of his sister Claras whom he met while in school in St. Cloud, in 1954. During his career with FmHA Ted lived in Alexandria, Foreston, Milaca, Slayton and Little Falls. He returned to Little Falls in 1966 settling on the West Side and worked there until his retirement in 1980. He was active in the community and was Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Little Falls American Legion, served on the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Council and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Ted loved his family and took pride in his five children and his grandchildren. He was devoted to his wife Anne, especially during her 23 year battle with Parkinsons Disease, until her death in 1998. Ted enjoyed outdoor pursuits, especially fishing. He also liked buying and selling used cars, going to car auctions and doing body work on cars. Ted also enjoyed intellectual pursuits; he liked reading about history and war, he audited courses at both St. Cloud State and the U of M courses during his retirement and loved playing all card games. He played cards with his daughter, Alice, just a couple of hours prior to passing. He loved visiting the casino. In his last years he was noted for his avid interest in bingo, cards and happy hour. He enjoyed travel, visiting family in Poland and Indonesia as well as throughout the United States. He was fluent in the Polish language.
Ted is is survived by his children, David (Susan Illg), Alice (Dave) Paczkowski, Joan (Richard Woodward), John, James (Sylvia) and six grandchildren Jason, Paul, Joe, Greg, Anna, and Max. He is also survived by his brothers Carl (Marie) and Bernard (Mary Ann) and many nieces and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Anne; his brothers, Chester, Edward, Michael, Frank, Stanley and Leo and two sisters, Gladys and Clara.

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