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Theresa L. "Tess" Sadowski
Enjoyed Cooking Polish Food for Her Family
Age 91
Born: January 2, 1929   Died: September 8, 2020

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Theresa L. “Tess” Sadowski (née Zator), 91, of Lorain, died Tuesday September 8, 2020 in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Lorain after a short illness.

She was born January 2, 1929 in Lorain and had been a lifelong Lorain resident.

Tess graduated from Lorain High School in the 1947A class.  She worked at Printz-Biederman Company in Lorain as a seamstress and at Steel Stamping Company in Lorain. 

In the 1950s, Tess and her husband John entered the polka contest on the Old Dutch Polka review on WEWS Channel 5 and won for the best polka dancing. 

For more than 80 years, Tess was a member of St Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lorain where she sang in the Cecilian Choir and was a member of the Young Ladies Sodality.  Upon the church’s closing, she joined Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Lorain.

Tess enjoyed crocheting especially making wedding handkerchiefs, crossword puzzles, cooking Polish food for her family, baking bread and Christmas cookies, traveling with her husband John and spending time with her grandchildren and family.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her lifelong best friend Jennie Varbanoff as they traveled and visited casinos. 

She is survived by her son Dennis J. Sadowski (Chris) of Avon, daughter Denise A. Leist (David) of Cincinnati and grandsons Carl L. Sadowski of Rochester, New York, and David J. Sadowski of Avon.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years John A. Sadowski in 2001, parents Leon and Sophie Zator (née Sobocienski), two infant brothers, Edward and Adam, and stepdaughter Arnette Sadowski.


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The family will receive friends Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 1454 Lexington Ave, Lorain.  The Rev. Robert J. Glepko, pastor, will preside.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

Please make donations to:

Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 418 W. 15th St., Lorain, OH. 44052 or the donor’s choice.