|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1929|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 2007|
A Great Guy. Husband of Marilyn Borden Thiel (1932-2009). Herman Theodore Thiel Jr. was born January 25, 1929 to Herman Thiel Sr.(1896-1978) and Bessie Shaw Thiel Potter Wells (1899-1988), he was part of a pair of twins, along with his brother Clayton Shaw Thiel(1929-1935). Ted was the more rambunctious of the two, and Clayton was the apple of his mother's eye. Ted was not very close to his mother but formed a special bond with her sister Nellie Shaw Neely (1894-1981) and her husband George Neely (1893-1980). In 1935, tragedy struck when his twin brother Clay died at age six. Bessie blamed Ted as the boys went swimming and it is believed Clay came down with Meningitis. Ted was a rebellious teenager and drove his parents crazy. His parents divorced, his father went on to marry a woman named Doris(1903-1976), and his mother married Fred Wells. In 1945, with a signature from his mother he joined the Navy at the end of World War II. He remained in the Navy for two years. In the early 1950s he married Arlene Douthit (1934-2000), they were married two years and had one son in 1955. In the late 50s he married a woman named Jo LaBelle, but that marriage too did not last. In 1967, a friend of his invited him to a Christmas Party, his friend said he had a couple of Blondes for him, the blondes turned out to be The Borden Twins Marilyn and Roz. The duo were best known for playing "Teensy" and "Weensy" on episode 112 of "I Love Lucy" entitled "Tennessee Bound." Ted said Marilyn was the most outgoing and fun of the two. Ted said on the day of the party he had a sore back, a hurt Knee, and an ingrown toe nail. Marilyn and Roz were known for their plus-size frame. Marilyn sat on his hurt knee, stepped on his foot, and leaned him into a rock fireplace, further hurting all his ailments. He knew after all that he was in love, the two married March 2, 1968. Ted worked as a television technician and helped with electronics when the twins performed. He met several famous people, including Bob Newhart when the twins worked for him in the 1980s. He said Bob was the most nervous guy, Ted would light his cigarette before every show, and Bob would be shaking. In 1983, on a cruise he met his dream girl, June Allyson. June was his pin-up girl. She was his ideal woman and favorite star, Ted had his picture taken with her and she signed it, a fact his wife never knew until after his death, "To my Darling Ted, Happy Thoughts and Memories for Always, Junie Allyson." They never met again, but Ted would never forget it. Following Ted's death Marilyn Found the Autograph as well as Obituaries Ted saved when Allyson died in 2006. Ted and Marilyn lived in the Bay Area. Ted stayed busy working while the twins got into the travel business, booking cruises in which they performed. In 2002, Ted and Marilyn and Roz and her husband Darryl moved to Modesto, California. Ted worked as an aid to a wheel-chair bound child on a Storers transportation bus. He worked to support his wife until months before he died and was unable to work any longer. In 2003, Roz Borden died after a long battle with liver disease, leaving Marilyn lost without her sister. Marilyn continued to go to I Love Lucy Conventions in Jamestown, New York in both 2003 and 2005. In 2006, Marilyn gave a house concert, in which Ted did all the lighting. On March 24, 2007 she performed with two other seniors in a newly formed act called the Senior Divas, Ted worked on the sound. He did not feel well that day, the next evening he could not breath and Marilyn Called the Paramedics. Months later he would be diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. The diagnosis was grim, but Ted wanted to fight and continue his work. His worst fear happened when the chemo caused him to lose his full head of hair, but Ted blamed himself for years of smoking. In late 2007, he decided to do radiation to keep the cancer from going in his brain, and he got continually worse, and Marilyn, who was not in the best health, could no longer take care of him. In November she put him in a nursing home. On Friday November 30th he told his wife he would be gone by Tuesday, and sure enough Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 5:45 pm he passed away alone, he did not want to have Marilyn see him die. The significance of Tuesday was a puzzle, but it was discovered Tuesday was the day of the week his brother died 72 years earlier. Ted was a fighter, at one time a doctor told him he would never walk again when he suffered from Guillaume Barre Syndrom, but he did, but cancer got the best of him. Ted had a great fondness for Teddy Bears, he had over 100, and loved to wear loud clothes, his favorite being a Red, White, and Blue Blazer, he loved to tell stories and make people laugh, and above all he loved Marilyn, as he was her biggest fan. He will be greatly missed.
Marilyn Borden (1932 - 2009)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: The Perplexed Historian
Record added: Dec 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23250011