Theodore VanDereedt

Theodore A. VanDereedt

Sunday, August 27th, 1944 - Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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“Proud Marine from Vietnam Era”
WATERBURY - Theodore August VanDereedt, age 75, passed away on April 3, 2020 at Waterbury Hospital after an extended illness. He was the husband of Mary Ann (DeRienzo) VanDereedt.

Ted was born in Waterbury on August 27, 1944 the son of the late Maurice and Frances (Dubauskas) VanDereedt. He was educated in local schools and worked for many years with Steamfitters Local 777. With great sadness, his family says goodbye to a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a Marine, who served in Vietnam. Family was the single most important thing to Ted. His life revolved around his grandchildren, who brought him true joy. He loved spending a summer vacation at a beach house, watching his granddaughters play sports, or just sitting on the deck in the back yard surrounded by family. Ted was able to visit Italy in recent years, a place he had longed to see throughout his life. Rome, Naples, Sicily, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast became the trip and the memories of a lifetime. He spoke of his time there often, with such joy and appreciation. Knowing he was able to fulfill this dream is of great comfort to his family.
Ted could often be heard saying, “A Marine who serves his time in Vietnam goes to Heaven because he served his time in Hell.” You could never say he used to be a Marine, he would quickly correct you that he was always a Marine. It gave his family great pride when others would see his Marine Corp hat, stop him, and thank him for his service to our country. He found it difficult to talk about that time in his life, but we could see he took great pride in his sacrifice. His honor as a Marine served his family, as well. Ted’s dedication to us all was unquestionable. Any time, day or night, he would be there in a time of need. And the memory of him is here for us now. SEMPER FIDELIS.

Left to honor his memory and cherish his love and legacy besides his wife of 54 years, MaryAnn VanDereedt are his children: his son, Teddy VanDereedt and daughter-in-law Sally, daughter Heather DelPriore, son-in-law Erik. Ted and MaryAnn were blessed with 6 beautiful grandchildren; Cole, Sydney, Juliana, Riley, Nina, and Thea. He is also survived by a brother, Maurice Sanda of Illinois and a sister, Barbara Grenier of Waterbury, and a life-long best friend, Francis Nauiokas.

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines and associated governmental restrictions regarding the pandemic, all services will be held privately. Once the restrictions are lifted, a community memorial service with full military honors will be announced. He will be at final rest in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Watertown. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home has been honored to assist the VanDereedt family during this difficult time. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the VanDereedt family on Ted’s tribute page at
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    785 Highland Avenue
    Waterbury, CT 06708
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    Those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. We will attempt to live stream the services but it will be conditional on the viability of cell tower network service and power.
  • Interment

    Mount Olivet Cemetery
    599 Platt Road
    Watertown, CT 06795
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Linda Zibluk

Posted at 04:11pm
Dear Mary Ann, Teddy , Heather and families,
We would both like to express our deepest sympathy to you and yours at this most difficult of times. May Ted rest in eternal peace and may you be granted the same peace as you deal with the heartbreak of your profound loss. The photo wall is a testimony of just how much he loved and was loved!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Cousin Linda DeRienzo Zibluk

Leonard D. Solomita

Posted at 12:33pm
The Solomita Family, Ada, Lenny, and Lonny send their condolences to Mary Ann and family. May our prayers console you at this difficult time.

Kellie McMahon

Posted at 03:47am
To Ted’s family, our hearts ache for you. So saddened to learn of your husband’s, father’s and grandfather’s death. He spoke with such joy of all you. May memories of the happy and healthy days comfort you in your mourning. We will miss his sunny smile and stories about his “girls”. Sincerely, his friend’s from Pete’s: Tony, Mark, Mike and Kellie. God Bless.

Grace Patrick

Posted at 09:15am
Teddy was a warm soul; he was indeed a big Teddy Bear. We will fondly miss his bear hugs and big smile. Forever our lives will be enriched for having known him. Rest in Peace and may God bless. We'll miss you. Love Grace and Jay

Anita DeRienzo-Cilfone

Posted at 09:47pm
I will never forget his beautiful smile and the way he always made everyone feel welcomed and special. He was the proudest Dad and grandfather. So sad for all of his family.
Love to all of you
Cousin Anita

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