Brother Gregory John Teodecki, CSC

April 19, 1940 – March 20, 2017

Brother Gregory John Teodecki, C.S.C., age 76, died on March 20th, 2017 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. He was born in Detroit, MI on April 19, 1940, the son of Clement and Hattie (Guest) Teodecki. He attended St. Gertrude Elementary and High School in St. Clair Shores, MI, graduating in June 1958. Through his high school years and afterwards, he helped his father who taught him a number of general maintenance skills, including welding, auto mechanics, motor repair, wood-working and construction. In the fall of 1958, he followed a calling to the religious life in Holy Cross. He went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, WI in October and then to St. Joseph’s Novitiate, in Rolling Prairie, IN where he received the habit of the Brothers of Holy Cross on January 25, 1959, and a year later, made his first profession of vows as a Holy Cross Brother on January 26, 1960.

His first assignment was to be a staff member at Archbishop Hoban High in Akron, OH working with their maintenance crew. Then he spent the next 5 years in charge of the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, OH. In 1966 he moved to Chicago to perform maintenance duties at Holy Trinity High School. Then it was back to Gilmour Academy to oversee and perform maintenance work on the campus for 12 years. Brother Robert Lavelle commented on Gregory’s contribution to Gilmour through his versatility in addressing needs at the Academy, from snow removal to bus transportation to maintaining equipment and to preparing and setting up numerous events. In 1979 Gregory’s expertise was needed at St. Joseph Farm for a total of 15 years where he assisted with mechanical needs and repairs and performed a variety of jobs. In 1998 he lived at Columba Hall while serving with the maintenance department at Holy Cross Village and followed the example of the creative genius, Brother Richard Weber. In 2005, Gregory retired with health problems. He continued to ‘oversee’ the repairs and work of the maintenance crews at Columba Hall.

For rest and relaxation Gregory loved to fish with close friends in Michigan where he thoroughly enjoyed their fishing expeditions in Lake Michigan and favorite inland lakes. His contribution to creative changes and home-like atmosphere of Columba Hall was appreciated by residents and visitors.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 27th, at Our Lady of Holy Cross Chapel within the Schubert Villa-Dujarie House Complex from 9:00 to 10:30am on the grounds of Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame. The Mass of Resurrection will then follow with interment afterward in St. Joseph’s Cemetery of the Village. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions, in honor Brother Gregory Teodecki, C.S.C., to support the mission and ministries of the Brothers may be sent to: Brothers of Holy Cross, Office of Development, P.O. Box 460, Notre Dame, IN 46556.