Theodore “Ted” Hein
Friday, February 11, 1927
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 24, 2021
94 years old
Theodore “Ted” Hein
Theodore “Ted” R. Hein passed away peacefully at Homestead of Rochester with his family near, on April 24, 2021, at the age of 94. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 71 years, his “isn’t she beautiful” Germaine as well as his children, Mike (Chris) of Merillan, WI, Marilyn (Steve) Peltier of Minneapolis, MN and Pete (Darcy) of Zumbro Falls, MN. His blue eyes lit up proudly whenever asked about his family of 7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
Ted, born in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Eugene and Esther (Zuepke) Hein on February 11, 1927. He was a 3 sport high school athlete, graduated from Marshfield High School in 1944 and enlisted immediately into the Army Air Force where he served as a control tower operator bringing the troops safely home at the end of WWII. He married his forever love, Germaine Frieda Dohm on Aug 10, 1949 and was “The Big Guy” to Germaine to the very end.
Ted graduated from UW Stout in 1952, earning a degree in Industrial Arts Education, while playing football all four years, along with being married and raising his first son. He was an active member of FOB and Epsilon PI Tau National Honorary Fraternity.
Following graduation, Ted taught high school at Plymouth, WI and soon after was hired by IBM for his electrical expertise. He had a 31 year career with IBM which brought him to Kingston, NY, Madison WI, and finally Rochester, MN in 1965 where he raised his family and finished his career. He closed his professional circle, returning to Stout to teach electrical engineering for two years before retiring in 1989.
Ted’s love for the outdoors and water drew him to lake life, first with a cabin in Menomonie WI and later a year round home on Lake Zumbro where he was active in the Rochester Waterski Club as well as willingly teaching anyone who asked to waterski.
Retirement brought Ted and Germaine to Deer Creek Golf community in Davenport FL, where they were active in every aspect of Florida golf living for nearly 30 years and where they made life-long dear friendships. Summers brought them back to Lake Zumbro every year.
Throughout Ted’s life he gave back to both civic and faith communities holding active and leadership roles in the Jaycees, Lion’s Club, Rochester Waterski Club, IBM Quarter Century Club, CCD Family Life, “Give the Kids The World” and board of directors of Stout Alumni Club. He was a devout Catholic and felt his second home was St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mazeppa, MN serving many fundraising roles.
Ted’s final years were spent in the wonderful Homestead of Rochester senior community where he loved and was loved dearly by all who cared for him. The family wishes to thank the staff for their extraordinary kindness they have shown to him and our family as well as the tender care provided by Mayo Hospice.
A celebration of Ted’s life will take place at a later time. If you would like to honor Ted’s memory, please consider donations to St. Peter and Paul Catholic church of Mazeppa, MN or Give The Kids The World (gktw.org).
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Sandy and I want to express our sincere sympathy to Germaine and the kids. We so enjoyed our talk with Pete at the pool this winter and we have such fond memories of Thursday Couples golf with food and drinks afterwards. Often times games followed and a great time was had by alll. The Senays, Feasals. Joynsons, Blacks. Lyons, Gibberds, and others such great fun and great memories. Best of all the street dance that the kids organized for their 8th birthday. One of the best parties ever. Rest in peace Ted.
My dear friend Germaine we are do sorry for the loss of the love of your life. You and Ted made a beautiful life for yourselves. That is a great blessing . To Pete , Marilyn and Mike you must know how proud your dad was of you . We heard countless great stories. Your father was a very kind man who made other people feel important and that is a gift . Lean on one another for strength, your faith will get you through this in time . Love, prayers and friendship xxx
We are so sorry to hear of Ted Hein's passing.
Ted and Germaine were friends of ours in Deer Creek, Florida
We had known them socially and spent time with them at
golfing and other social events.
We want to send sincere condolences to Germaine and family!
Dick and Louise Meuret
Our sincere condolences to Germaine and your lovely family. Ted was truly a kind beautiful man who treated everyone with respect. He had many gifts and shared them freely. We live in Minnesota during the summer and met Ted at Deer Creek nearly 30 years ago. He will be missed by many.
So sorry for your loss Pete and Darcy. He was a very nice man. Prayers to you and your family.
Patty and Tom Schreiber
Germaine and Family:
So very sorry to hear about Ted. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sadness. Let the wonderful memories comfort you in the sad times ahead.
Tom & Susan Lemke
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Pete. I have so many fond memories of him and his kindnesses. I always felt like a long lost pup when I would run into him... as though he and Germaine were the rest of my pack. My deepest condolences go out to your family. He has left a beautiful legacy and a big footprint on my heart. ❤ My heart goes out to all of you during this sorrowful time.
Sadness to read about Ted. But also knowing that his transition thru his passing, Ted did it with grace, faithful expectations, and love.
To Germaine and Peter and all the rest of your family, it was and is always special for me to remember you all and Ted as always being so kind and genuine.
Dear Marilyn & family,
So sorry to read about your dad passing away. It seems that we are of the age where many of our parents are “heading north” to be with our Lord. A place where they are healthy and happy.
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the many many memories!
Prayers & Rainbows,
Darwin & Louann Fieck
To Ted's family:
Sending out heartfelt condolences to you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep us
in mind if you need anything.
Mark and Tammy Rattle