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“I met Ted through Cheryl Huff while he was visiting and helping Cheryl in Florida, and several times thereafter when I visited Detroit. Ted was a...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Wolfolk

“I was sad to hear last night at St.Paul of Tarsus friday night AA meeting that Ted had passed.He was such a great man and always had some great...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Wayne Peterson - Sterling Hgts, MI

“For you Ted , thank God you didn't need to take your van on this trip! ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Bob Adamek

“Ted. Always let Everyone know where all the AA meetings were, he looks forward to seeing you the next time and wanted to make you feel important and...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Thomas John Ritter - Ypsilanti, MI

“I was another acquaintance through Cheryl Huff in West Village. Ted was such a familiar face around the village for so many years. He contributed...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce Puls - West Village, MI

“I will always remember Ted's smile, laugh and that twinkle in his eyes. He was one of a kind. He will truly be missed. May you Rest in Peace. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Tammy Peitzsche-Shaw - Halifax

“Steve Howard told me about Ted about 1980. I had had bad experiences with contractors. Ted came the next day and said he would be back tomorrow. ...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Cheryl Jane Huff

“Mr. Ted always greeted me with a huge smile and hug! He would always ask how my parents were doing! He was always in a good mood when I had the...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Adamek - Macomb, MI

“Annie & I are sending condolences to all of Ted's family. He is forever in our hearts and will definitely be missed.He was always a prominent figure...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Jack & Annie Peitzsche - cousin

“God bless Ted and family, he was far too humble to mention all his service work to others, I only know of his unending contributions through a mutual...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Wilt - chesterfield, MI

“I have many fond memories of Ted beginning with the basement ceramic classes to the years seeing him every day in West Village. He is still the only...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Howard - Wilmington, DE

“Dear friend&greatest neighbor!! Mr Ted was definitely a great privilege to have known him!The world definitely lost a Big Bit of Sunshine in his...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Dori &MaryLee&Gerri Chan - CA

“I feel honored to have been a friend of Ted .He helped more people than anyone will ever know. May God's perpetual light shine upon him. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: John Lambert - Sterling Heights, MI

“Ted I shall always remember your smile and your laughter. You are a kind, caring, compassionate person. LOVE ALWAYS Your cousin and friend Dennis...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis Peitzsche

“To Ted's Family, We got to know Ted through Cheryl Huff. Had many good times and ate out with him during our visits to see Cheryl in Florida. He...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Abbott - Goshen,, IN - Friend

“Ted was the most wonderful, spiritual man God put into this world. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Cynthia Rowland - Clinton Twp, MI

“Dad Peitzsch, as I called him, is already greatly missed. I've known him for over 29 years, and Blessed to have him as my Father in law. Ted was ONE...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Shari - Clinton Township

“What a wonderful man and life. I had the pleasure of knowing "Mr. Peitzsch" as he was known back in the day to me and all of us gals from Bishop...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Michele Grochocki - Reno, NV

“To Uncle Teds family.I just wanted to say he was the best his sense of humor his ability to make you laugh and his humility.He was so down to earth...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Demise Hessen - Warren, MI


Wilfred Ernest Garfield Peitzsch, known lovingly as "Ted," passed away on November 18, 2014 at the age of eighty-eight. Ted was born on May 26, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Wilfred Laurier Peitzsch and the former Alice Ann MacNeil.

After completing his education from the Detroit Public Schools, Ted would bravely serve in the United States Army from August 16, 1944 to July 10, 1946. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Ted was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal.

Earlier in life, Ted met and later fell in love with the late Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Peitzsch. The two were wed on June 14, 1947 and to their union three children were born; Brian, Gary and Cindy. Ted was employed by the Detroit Free Press as their Newspaper Circulation Manager. In 1982, Ted would retire from this position after over thirty years of dedicated service.

Afterwards, Ted oversaw the construction and remodeling of many historic homes in Detroit's West Village. His time and skills were utilized daily as he brought these homes into the future which only further added to the beautification of the area.

Ted was also a faithful member of A.A. for 48 years and was the co-founder of the St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church Chapter that continue to meet to this day. It is unknown just how many numerous people's lives Ted helped change because of his involvement in A.A. But being the humble man he was, you would never hear him brag about it. He will be remembered for his love of photography (famous for countless headless photos) and for his charm, wit and humorous ways. He possessed the ability to put a smile on the face of everyone he met. He was a great man and many were privileged to call him their friend.

Most importantly, Ted enjoyed spending time with his family which grew to include two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren whom he adored watching grow. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ted is survived by his children, Brian (Sandy) Peitzsch, Gary (Shari) Peitzsch and Cindy (Pat Hager) Peitzsch; grandchildren, Jeff (Jen) Peitzsch and Kristen (Chad) Lenca; great-grandchildren, Avery and Harper Lenca and Allison and Madeline Peitzsch; siblings, Douglas Peitzsch, Alice Ann Peitzsch and many extended loved ones and dear friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his wife in 1990 and also his parents.