The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 9, 2013

Theodore Savchuk

Thiel graduate retired from J.C. Penney


- — Mr. Savchuk was born June 1, 1928, in Greenville to Leonti and Anna M. Krizan Savchuk.

Ted was a 1946 graduate of Greenville High School where he lettered in wrestling and finished third in the state.

He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he got married and pursued higher education at Thiel College, Greenville, where he graduated in 1951 with a degree in economics.

He then began working for J.C. Penney Co., in stores all through the United States, retiring as a senior manager in 1988.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3374, Hempfield Township, where he also served on the board and as an officer throughout his retirement.

After he retired, he stayed busy by working on his Lazy S Tree Farm on his property. He personally planted, pruned and cared for the 15,000 trees on the farm by hand. He loved carving and painting duck decoys of many types and had quite an extensive collection. He loved antiquing and woodworking and had a real love for nature and all its living creatures.

His wife, the former Violet Elizabeth Miksa, whom he married Sept. 18, 1948, preceded him in death May 2, 1998.

Ted is survived by: his daughter, Karen Beatty and her husband Robert, Fredonia; two sons, Jeffrey Savchuk and his wife Patsy, Greenville; and James Savchuk, West Virginia; two sisters, Barbara Allen, Hermitage; and Dorothy Philps, Huntsville, Texas; and a brother, John Savchuk and his wife Bonnie, Greenville.

He also leaves nine grandchildren, Carla Pennington and her husband Brian; and Tammy Reinhart and her husband Butch, all Greenville; Jason Theodore Ewing, Pittsburgh; Jeffrey Savchuk Jr. and his companion Nicole Swartz; and Ethan Savchuk and his companion Sarah Snyder, all Greenville; Jessica Domelle and her husband Dave, Hazleton, Pa.; Joshua Blackwell, Tennessee; Marcus Melton, West Virginia; and Christopher Jordan, Alabama; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Anthony Savchuk, Joseph Savchuk and Paul Savchuk; a sister, Betty Kallar; and a niece, Kim Savchuk.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Road, Greenville, PA 16125.


Theodore, 85, of 220 W. Methodist Road, Hempfield Township.

Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (12-11-13) and 10 a.m. to time of service Thursday (12-12-13) in OSBORNE-WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville. An online guestbook can be signed at:

Service: Funeral and committal services at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. David Cox, pastor of First Baptist Church, Greenville, officiating.

Cremation: Will follow the service with Ted’s cremains to be interred in a private memorial, along with his wife’s, on the family property.