Terry Vince Wodek

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Asheville ~ Terry Vince Wodek, 57, of Glen Crest Drive, Arden, died Sunday, August 29, 2004 in a local hospital. A native of Chicago, IL, Mr. Wodek was the son of the late Rose Gloria Pompilio and Stanley Alexander Wodek. Mr. Wodek worked as the director of information technology for Blue Ridge Paper Products for thirty-four years. He attended St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of thirty-two years, Suzanne Wodek of the home; a sister, Arlette Duba of Antioch, IL; a brother, Kenneth Wodek and his wife, Alberta of Wildwood, IL; his father-in-law, Robert J. Parr of Hawthorne Woods, IL; three sisters-in-law, Mary Albert and her husband, Bruce of Lindenhurst, IL, Debra Melrose and her husband, Richard of Santee, CA and Christina Parr of Round Lake Beach, IL; two brothers-in-law, Dennis L. Parr of Seminole, FL and Robert T. Parr of Ingleside, IL; eighteen nieces and nephews and twenty-five great nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday at 9:00 AM at St. Barnabas Catholic Church with Father Roger Arnsparger officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard. The family will receive friends Friday evening beginning at 7:00 PM with a rosary to be said at 8:15 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. Memorials may be made to the Botanical Gradens at UNCA, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804 or to the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Suzanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss and grief. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Janice Youngblood

  2. Terry was always the ‘go to guy’ when I needed help and he was always there. Our prayers are with you.
    Joe and Sheila Greco

  3. Auntie Sue,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Uncle Terry. My heart aches for you. He was an incredible man. His thoughfulness and compansion for you, was something I have never seen before in my life. His sense of humor was like none other. You both were always there for our family, and that is something that I will never forget. Such a smart man was my Uncle Terry. I will never forget how he would always tease me about my braces. He even had little ornaments for me to wear on them at Christmas time. Well, he ended up with the braces in a baby food jar. I also remember when I stayed at your house in Milwaukee, after you guys had the house fire. He wanted to take me out to lunch one day and said that no man should ever were a tie to this place. I asked,’Why?’ and he said, ‘ It’s not a good idea.’ I asked,’Why?’ again, and he said, ‘You’ll see.’ When we got in the restaurunt, every wall in the whole restaurant had 1/2 of every necktie every man ever wore in there. They would snip them right off. I am going to miss Uncle Terry, and my prayers and thoughts go out to you.
    I love you lots,
    Deborah J. Snow

  4. Terry will be missed. He was a excellent person to work with.I have always enjoyed his humor, his willingness to work out any and all problems, and his friendship. I am real sorry for your loss. My family will be praying for you in your time of need.

  5. Dear Sue,

    I am sorry we could not be there,but in you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Matt & Tammi Wlodek

  6. Dear Sue,

    I am sorry we could not be there,but in you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Matt & Tammi Wlodek

  7. With deep appreciation for all Terry did to encourage and support those who worked for him. We were always reminded that the job is important but that family and happiness are even more important.

  8. Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Sue and the rest of Terry’s family. Terry was one of the finest and most delightful people we have ever known. He enjoyed life, sharing both his knowledge and his humor freely and openly. Those of us who knew him were blessed by the experience. Please be comforted in the knowledge that Terry will live on in the hearts of so many whose lives were touched by his.

  9. whatta Guy…i owe all my cool gadgets..jukes, pinballs, cameras and oh those stoplights to Ter. he and Susie once drove and stayed the nite in rockford just to show me how to set up my entire darkroom. he always made me laugh and the various girls i brought to the house….usually his humor was at my expense…but i always loved it. everytime i went to their house in Brookfield, i always came back with new ideas on what i had to get….owed it all to Ter….I think of you often my friend…Godbless

  10. Terry was the best boss anyone could ever ask for and a great friend at the same time. I will miss his humor most. May God be with you to comfort you and give you peace through this trial and know that you are in my prayers.

  11. Terry left behind more wealth than most men in the form of a multitude of friends. He will be greatly missed.

  12. I first met Terry in 1989 when he and Suzanne were living in CT. I most admired his humor, his passion for work and life and most especially his devotion and love for Suzanne. We kept in touch over the years and I always looked forward to emails from ‘tswodek’. My deepest condolences to Suzanne and the rest of his family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

  13. I had the honor of working with Terry from 1990-1996 as the controller of the Champion DairyPak plant in Cleveland Ohio. Terry was the manager of information technology. .

    Terry had a special love for his work. His vision, development, and implementation of computer systems were extraordinary and exceeded expectations. He is credited for the vision of bringing one of the first Local Area Networks to a business environment. His greatest achievement during the early 90’s was developing the system for our business which included taking orders, scheduling production, packaging product, warehousing, shipping, and invoicing. I can remember testing the system in Athens, Georgia. We spent months designing, developing and testing the system. Without his supervision and professionalism this project would not have been successful. He always had a positive spin on the work. One story about the project was the creation of load tickets. The day we passed the load ticket test which was a big step for those on our team. We had a mini ‘Terry celebration’? which only Terry could give. After that day, any time we would have an issue to work he would say, ‘Yes you are right, but we have load tickets.’? He was a great manager.

    Terry had a special wit which couldn’t be matched. He had a special love for people and enjoyed making people laugh. During the time we spent working together we grew to be a good friends. Many times he and Emmitt Dove would come to the Cleveland plant to work on our system. He loved chips and we made it a point to have his favorite chips ready for him and Emmitt when they came in the door. We were always playing games and one of our favorite was at a restaurant. The game was called ‘Guess the number and pay the bill.’? We would go around the table and whoever guessed the secret number had to pay. Terry really knew how to play that game because he never paid. Another game we played was ‘A dog an inning.’? We would go to Cleveland Indian games and the contest was to eat a hot dog every inning. He always won that game too. His life was full of making people laugh and bringing a little joy into everyone’s heart. The best game was the ET squeeze. One day we were talking and Terry and Emmitt both came up beside me, one on one side and one on the other. Terry asked me if I ever had an ‘ET squeeze?’? Thinking it was some kind of drink I replied, ‘No.’? I was then squished between Emmitt and Terry which made the ET Squeeze. I wonder what games is he playing with the angels right now.

    Terry is remembered as a great professional and friend. His legacy of the joy of life will live in my heart forever.

  14. Hello Suzi ….
    Jan & I feel like you and Terry are family. We feel your loss too!!!
    Terry was a very special person and we will miss him. His special brand of humor was unique. Our prayers are for you both.
    Love you ….. Jan & Dick

  15. Dear Suzi,
    How many years have passed since we worked together at the Daily Herald? I remember the trips to Milwaukee and the Terry’s wonderful collection of Pinball machines that he always shared with everyone.

    He was quite a guy with a passion for many things including you.

    I know you will miss Terry dearly but what wonderful memories you must have. We are thinking of you and hope to see you soon.

    Love Barb

  16. Uncle Terry was a wonderful man. He and Aunt Suzi were always there whenever we needed them. They helped us get through a lot of rough times by giving us some great times and memories. Uncle Terry was wise even when he was young, and we all learned lessons from him. Best of all, he and Aunt Suzi made our lives 1000 times better because they were in it. Aunt Suzi, we love you and are praying for you.

    The Bailers

  17. Suzy, I tried to make it down, but could not. Know that you are in my prayers.


    Bobby Somers 1:141/400.0

  18. My deepest sympathy to Aunt Sue. I wish I could have been there with Rick but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Aunt Suzi,
    Words cannot possibly express the sadness we share with you. You guys have always been there for us. With all the difficulties we encountered growing up, my mom could always count on you guys to assist in any way possible for the betterment of the lives of our family. These are traits not found in many. Uncle Terry’s wit, kindness, generosity, and zest for fun will never be replaced, and never be forgotten. We love you Auntie Suzi. Chuck, Sindy, and the kids.

  20. I will always remember ‘Mr. Fox’ coming in for his pizza. I would see him pull up and meet him by his car to deliver his pizza. He had a great sense of humor and alway was fun as a customer. Thank you for your generosity. I will miss you. ‘Mrs. Fox’ you have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Know that Terry will always be remembered.

  21. Terry was a great friend and will remain in my heart forever. His sense of humor was always a treat and we had many special monents talking and laughing together. He was a unique individual who had many qualities that I admire. Suzie we know that your loss is great but know that you are always in our prayers. Some where in heaven there is a frog pond and there you will find Terry looking for the perfect one for you. If you dont find him at the frog pond there is a Putt Putt course right next door where he will be shooting for his hole in one. Our love and prayers are with you. Dana & Paulette.

  22. Oh, I’m so sorry that I missed this, had I known. Terry was like a mentor more than a manager to . I really loved the guy. I even slept over in that kick ass basement you had.

    Memory Eternal, mate?

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