Wilford A. “Wil” Terschak, 88, of Lorain, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 with his family at his side, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, after a lengthy illness. He was born October 18, 1924 in Lorain and had been a lifelong Lorain area resident.
Wil attended Garfield School in Lorain, and graduated from Lorain High School, with the class of 1942 B. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue Unit during World War II. Wil worked at Bendix in Elyria as a machinist, tool designer and senior manufacturing engineer before retiring.
Afterward, he and his friend Delvis Kerns co-owned KTS Meltbar Products Inc. and retired in 1995. He was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in Lorain, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Holy Name Society, in which he was named Man-of-the-Year in 1982. He also taught PSR classes at St. Stanislaus Church. Wil was a life member of VFW Post #451 in Lorain and a member of the Polish National Alliance Lodge #442 and Council #51 and served as secretary since 1962.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rita (nee Smith); children, Michaelene (William) Hayes of Safety Harbor, Florida, Dennis (Joan) Terschak, Pamela (Kenneth) Koscho and Nancy (Wayne) Emerick, all of Lorain, Dale (Pamela) Terschak of Vermilion and Barbara Schaefer of Lorain; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and; brother, Eugene Terschak of Avon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Susan Terschak (nee Mraz); brother, Daniel Terschak; and sisters, Joan Bartlebaugh and Patricia Tenorio.
The family will receive friends Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M., at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave., Lorain, where the Nativity Church Holy Name Society and Altar & Rosary Society will pray the rosary 6:30 P.M. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:30 A.M., in the funeral chapel followed by the mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. at Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 1454 Lexington Ave., Lorain. The Rev. Robert J. Glepko, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, where the VFW Post #451 and American Legion Post #30, both of Lorain, will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 418 W. 15th St. Lorain, OH 44052 or St. Mary Church Food Pantry, 310 8th St, Lorain, OH 44052.