Theordore Trapini

Obituary of Theordore Nicholas "Ted" Trapini

Theodore Nicholas Trapini, 78, of Kernersville, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, December 15, 2022.


Born in Detroit, MI and living in many places throughout his youth, Ted Trapini was the son of Pasquale Scamacca a.k.a. Nicholas Trapini and Mildred Albretsen a.k.a. Phyllis Trapini, both deceased.


He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Dianne Wheeler Trapini.  Survivors include daughter, Katie Knickrehm (Mark); son, Daniel Trapini (Gladys); eight grandchildren, Tyler, Tommy, PJ, Libby, Josh, Rocco, Gabby, and Joseph. He is survived by his siblings James Trapini (Karen), Fred Trapini (Joyce Wenster), and Patsy Kaplan along with countless nieces and nephews.  He will also be missed by his loving dog and constant companion Honeybun. 


Ted was first and foremost a devoted husband and father.  Much of his life was spent providing stability and support for the needs and desires of his wife and children.  He found joy building and fixing things with his vast collection of tools; and he also immensely enjoyed being a soccer referee eventually officiating at the college level.  He worked as a manufacturing engineer, a journey which took him from Schenectady, NY to Erie, PA where he spent 20 years and raised his family.  Eventually he and his wife found a home in Sumter, SC where they spent several years developing many close friendships.  Ted was a convert to the Catholic faith which played a central role in his life.  He prayed the rosary daily, became very involved in his parish, and was an active member of the Bishop Northrop Council of the Knights of Columbus in Sumter, SC.                   


Visitation is 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel.  There will be a short prayer service at 7:00 PM.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Noah Carter officiating.  A rosary will be said before the funeral Mass at 9:30 AM.  Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery. 


Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at


Donations can be made in the name of Ted Trapini payable to "Knights of Columbus Council #2207," and sent to James Smith, 140 Pinnacle Ct., Sumter, SC 29154.  


Visitation and Prayer Vigil

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel
213 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
(336) 904-1053

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Holy Cross Catholic Church
616 S. Cherry St
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States


Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery
616 S. Cherry St
Kernersville, North Carolina, United States
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