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Theodore "Ted" Munnecke

April 14, 1935 ~ October 27, 2020 (age 85)


Ted Munnecke passed away peacefully in his sleep October 24, 2020. 
Ted was born in The Bronx of New York City April 14, 1935 to Ted and Janet Munnecke and sister Joy. A few years later, the family moved to the Long Island area, where he grew up and attended Manhasset High School. 
In high school Ted excelled in sports and in particular both Lacrosse and football.. and playing alongside NFL great Jim Brown in both sports. During his senior year his team went undefeated and winning a division championship in football (1953).
Ted's college years were spent at Principia College in Elsah, IL where once again athletics were a main focus particpating in both football and baseball. Playing fullback and later quarterback, he was apart of three football conference championships (54, 55, & 56) and going undefeated in 1954.
It wasn't all about athletics though for Ted at Principia College. There he met the love of his life Martha Jane Hackett. Soon after his graduation they wed in 1958 and had a daughter Merry Ella and a son Theo. Ted and Martha were married for over 60 years. 
Upon earning his master's degree Ted began a long career spanning over 30 years both teaching biology and coaching football at the Principia High School. There he implemented many educational trips throughout the states and abroad. Most notable was his trips to Jackson Hole Wyoming.  The Wyoming trip in conjunction with the Teton Science School is now and has been a staple example of the educational experience Ted endeared  to bring his students developing an inter-disciplinary learning experience. 
Travels abroad with his wife Martha took them to Africa, China, Costa Rica, and The Canadian Rockies, numerous summer adventures with family saw them traveling from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California. 
Upon his retirement he settled into his country place of Tamunn Farm with ease. There he enjoyed fishing, house projects, restoring log cabins and enjoying conversations over a warm fire or on the front porch with old and new friends. 
Ted is survived by his daughter Merry Ella (Demetrio)  of Houston, TX; son Theo of Thompsonville, MI and sister Joy (Chuck) of Laguna Nigel, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents Ted and Janet Munnecke; and his life's sweetheart Martha Jane his wife.
The family wishes to Thank All who have stopped by, called, or otherwise extended their love, support, and condolences at this time. Per Ted's wishes a memorial service will not be planned but rather he be remembered as a good husband, father, neighbor, and friend, who expressed love, joy, an enthusiasm for all that is good, and an appreciation for family, friends, and good neighbors. 
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