Theodore “Ted” Scher

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Theodore G.

Theodore (Ted) Scher said farewell on January 31, 2021, 89 years young. Born May 16, 1931 in Port Huron, Michigan. Spent his school years in Chicago, but cherished happy memories of summers in Brimley, Michigan, where his family operated a general store on Alcott Beach. Graduated from high school at 16, received a BS in forestry from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and an MS in forestry from Duke University. Spent several years as a traveling forester for the U.S. Forest Service. Returned to school for a degree in Political Science from UW-Madison. Met Avi, the love of his life, at a Milwaukee JCC singles’ meeting.  They spent 53 adventurous years together before her passing in 2015. Loved biking, reading, food shopping, writing to his sisters, Chinese food, crosswords, puzzles, and watching movies. He will be fondly remembered for the many book and film summaries and reviews he wrote for family and friends. Worked for the City of Milwaukee, primarily as a Personnel Analyst, for 34 years, and was an active member of the Unitarian Church of Milwaukee for decades. Was an ardent advocate for the preservation of parks; animal conservation; and equal rights and educational opportunities for marginalized groups in the U.S. and around the world, and donated regularly to dozens of organizations supporting those causes. Will be dearly missed by his loving family – Shari (Suzanne Clark) Fessler; Dave (Mary) Scher; and Dawn Scher (Joe) Thomae, as well as his grandchildren – Nickie (Ben) Hubing; Abby (Joe) Tietjen; Kayla Fessler, Alex Thomae, and Jake Thomae; and sister-in-law, Joanne (Bill) Fry. Great-grandchildren Sammy, Ollie, and Timmy Hubing will hear wonderful and “kooky” (his word) stories of their great-grandfather, a kind soul with an irresistible smile and a sparkling twinkle in his eye. Rice Krispie Treats and roast chicken for all.


  1. Mary kay flynn February 14, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I will miss this light in our church.

  2. Sally Merrell February 15, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

    We remember Ted’s kindness.gentleness and tremendous love for Avi. He was our model as a bicyclist and a wise shopper. Sally and Ely

  3. Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom February 15, 2021 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to learn of Ted’s death. He was a beloved member of our church, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, for decades, where I currently serve as the Senior Minister. He will be missed. I would like to light a candle in his memory in our online services, and would love to connect with a family member if possible–my email is in the form. I send my condolences to Ted’s children and grandchildren, and all those who will be missing him, as I know we will at church.

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