"One of the neat, wonderful things about Teddy: She never feared speaking her mind," said Krista O’Neill, coordinator of counseling and advising services at Lorain County Community College. "She would freequlty email Dr. Church, the president, with things she felt weren’t right or weren’t student-friendly."
Teddy Witt, bottom left, and four of her cousins. Sitting next to her is Jim Kasper. Behind her is Leo Simsic. Standing in the back row are David Kasper and Bill Kasper.
Teddy Witt "loved doing the parish children's liturgy," said her husband, Larry. "That was a joy to her to do that." Teddy was director of the children's Public School Religion program at Sacred Heart Parish in Elyria before it closed.
The former Teddy Zestoki and one of her two black dogs at home in Lorain. "She loved flowers, did gardening, loved to plant flowers," said her husband, Larry Witt. "She loved every living thing. Animals, people. To her they were all the same."
"Teddy Witt (left) was an academic advisor and a chapmpion of student," said Krista O’Neill, coordinator of counseling and advising services at Lorain County Community College. "She went well beyond in assisting students and really left a tremendous impact on all of us here at LCC. We’re in process of establishing a student award in her honor."
Teddy Witt served as a bridesmaid in several friends' weddings, including the wedding of Marci Heider to Larry Whitt. When another Larry Witt (different spelling) called to ask for a date, Teddy was taken aback. She ended up becoming Mrs. Larry Witt a year after her friend became Mrs. Larry Whitt.
Teddy Zestoki Witt grew up on Talbot Street in Lorain. She moved to Grafton after marrying Larry Witt in 1975.
Teddy Witt "was a helpful, wonderful person," said her aunt Alice Kasper. "I was a widower at 39, and Teddy was right here any time I needed her." Teddy routinely stepped in to take care of elderly relatives' legal matters and personal needs, even when they had children living in the area. "She was an angel," her aunt said.
Teddy Witt, who was born Theodores Zestoki, strikes a glamour pose.
The former Teddy Zestoki, early 1970s. On Jan. 5, 1975, she married Larry Witt who said that her smile set her apart from the rest of the crowd. "The pictures will show that," Larry said. "She smiled from her heart."
Teddy Zestoki Witt and company, acting silly.
Teddy Witt, who became an academic advisor at Lorain County Community College, received a You Make a Difference Award from the college in 2008.
Teddy Witt showing what her husband, Larry, describes as a side of her that most people don't know about.
Teddy Witt and son Bill.
Teddy Witt and baby Jonathan.
Teddy Witt, center, is surrounded by her immediate family in 2003. At the extreme right are her mother and stepfather, Joan and Joseph Trelay, who were married just a few months before Teddy and her husband, Larry.
Teddy Zestoki around 1970.
Teddy Zestoki was a student at St. John Catholic School in Lorain in 1950s.
Teddy Zestoki is sworn in as a the Elyria Police Department's first woman patrolman by Mayor Leonard Reichlin on July 20, 1973.
Teddy Witt, left, and her husband, Larry, right, visit with their daughter, Jennifer Tipple, and her son, David, on the occasion of David's First Holy Communion.
Elyria Police Chief Maurice Flood, left, welcomes Teddy Zestoki as the first woman to hold patrolman status with the police force in July 1973. When a reporter asked her about potentially dangerous situations she might face, Teddy (later known as Teddy Witt) said “I would pray a lot. I’ll try to use common sense. You never really know how you’re going to act in such a situation.”