Frederick Christopher (“Mr. C.”) Cieslewski, age 83, of Toledo, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at St. Charles Hospital. He was born June 21, 1938 in Toledo, OH to Marion and Helen (Piskur) Cieslewski. Frederick was a graduate of Woodward High School and the University of Toledo where he completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He was employed as a math teacher and coach at Woodward High School from 1964-1991. After his retirement, he stayed busy as a driver for HOT Printing.
“Coach C” was a very popular and successful coach at Woodward, as well as a scout for the Kansas City Royals. He was proud to have three players go Pro – Bill Laskey, Stan Clark, and Tom Marsh. He also coached the Ohio All Star Game in Columbus, OH and was an inductee in the City of Toledo Hall of Fame. A skilled athlete throughout his life, he enjoyed bowling and once bowled a 300 game. He was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Fred was a devoted husband, father, and friend to many. A passionate teacher, coach, and mentor to countless students over the years, he was recognized as “Mr. C.” or “Coach C.” wherever he went.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, JoAnn (Wieczorek) Cieslewski (married May 19, 1962); sons, Christopher (Jody Gruesbeck) and Kevin (Heather) Cieslewski; aunts, Evelyn Shordt and Wanda Niemiec; and special friends, Dale Gray, Dennis Pawlecki, Bob Pawlak, Al Misko, Harry Heart, and Jim Bieniek. Also surviving are dear family friends Jim Gates who was their “right hand man” for many years, and Joe and Debbie Correa who graciously provided care and support during Fred’s illness.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 30 from 3-8 p.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd., with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5153 N. Summit Street, Toledo. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
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