Mantua Twp. official Theodore Krzaczek, 77

Posted: January 12, 2004

Theodore Krzaczek, 77, of Mantua Township, a former mayor and postmaster, died of cancer Thursday at home.

A longtime public official, Mr. Krzaczek was active on the planning board until his death and was honored at Mantua's annual reorganization meeting this month. He was mayor from 1976 to 1980 and local postmaster in 1968 and 1969.

While in public office, Mr. Krzaczek helped secure federal money through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program to clean up the Helen F. Kramer and Lipari landfills. He was also instrumental in developing Chestnut Ridge Park.

Mr. Krzaczek was born in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and graduated from high school there. While living in Philadelphia, he began bartending at the former Tall Pines Inn in Deptford, a job he held for 11 years. Eventually, he moved to Mantua and worked as a sales manager for Exxon Mobil Corp. for 18 years until retiring in 1985.

A resident of the township's Barnsboro section, he worked as a real estate agent after retirement.

"My husband was absolutely dedicated to the town," said Patsy "Pat" Krzaczek, his wife of 47 years. "He served in so many capacities over 40 years that I probably couldn't even do justice to those things.

"There were lots of things he did and honors he received that I didn't even know about. He loved this town. He dedicated many hours and restless nights to it."

Also surviving are a son, James; a daughter, Kathleen Lavanchy; three granddaughters; a brother; and three sisters.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the Church of the Incarnation, Main Street, Mantua, where a Funeral Mass will be said at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to Church of the Incarnation, Box 295, Mantua, N.J. 08051; or to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, attention Medical Center Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia 19104-3309.

Contact staff writer Frank Kummer at 856-779-3220 or

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