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Thaddeus Zolty

Thaddeus Carl "Ted" Zolty

Sunday, May 2nd, 1937 - Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
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TED "TEDDY" ZOLTY, passed away on September 8th, 2020. Ted was born on May 2nd, 1937, in Harvey, Illinois; the son of Polish immigrants, Stanely Zolty and Karalina (Pasek) Zolty. He graduated from Thorton Township High School in the class of 1954. He served his country in the Army Reserves, doing his basic training at Fort Org, California. After 6 months of active service and 5 1/2 years of reserve he was honorably discharged.

Service to others has always been an important commitment of Ted and in 1960 he traveled to Bolivia and taught English as a second language with the Christian Spanish Brothers and then later served his students with the Dutch Augustian Fathers.

Returning to the United States Ted enrolled at Notre Dame University in 1964. On July 10th, 1965, Ted married Jody Jager. Ted and Jody came to Mt. Pleasant in 1968 and started his career at Central Michigan University. He finished his PhD in Latin American Studies from Notre Dame University in 1972. Over the years Ted also taught classes for Alma College as well as Mid Michigan Community College. Ted was a very dedicated professor staying in contact with his students, mentoring many along their way to their chosen profession. In 1985, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Central Michigan University. Ted retired from Central in 1998 after nearly 30 years of service.

Following his commitment to public service Ted served Mt. Pleasant on the planning commission and zoning board before his tenure on the Mt. Pleasant City Commission. Ted served as Mayor in 1978. He was a founding board member for Woodland Hospice and was committed to helping others at the Isabella County Soup Kitchen.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 55 wonderful years, Jody; sons, Carl Zolty of Los Osos, California and Bob Zolty of Bayside, California; grandchildren, Zach, Ashland and McKenna of Los Osos, California; his special niece, Cheryl Phillips of West Covina, California and many other nieces and nephews, Pat and Fred Peters of Merlin, Oregon, Jim and Gayle Jager of Springfield, Tennesse, Bob and LInda Jager of Talent, Oregon, Mike Jager of Corvallis, Oregon, Joe Jager of Grant Pass, Oregon. Ted's many friends and colleagues will miss him very much.

Ted is proceeded in death by his parents and siblings, John, Hellen and Stella, Nichlas and Louise Jager.

A Celebration of Ted's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Ted's wishes are for St. Judes Children Hospital and Doctors without Boarders. Ted's family would like to thank Stratford Pines Rehab in Midland for the excellent care and support given to Ted.
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Jerry Schlorff

Posted at 08:28am
Good bye my friend, may you rest in peace. And our condolences to you, Jody and family. Jerry & Gwen Schlorff
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Posted at 12:54pm
In memory of uncle Ted, lots of love from Meredith, Summer and boys! Xoox
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Sterling Johnson Ph. D.

Posted at 12:23pm
With loving memories of "Thaddeus Zolty", He was older brother figure mentor and I shall miss him.
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