John P. Kowalczyk Sr.

1923-2016

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WARREN — John P. Kowalczyk Sr., 92, passed away Tuesday, Oct.18, 2016, at Shepherd of the Valley Howland.

John was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Cleveland, a son of the late John and Victoria Dulemba Kowalczyk.

John was a World War II Navy veteran, serving beginning in 1943 until 1946. While serving, he was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He retired from the Brainard Rivet Company as a maintenance machinist in 1986 after 33 years of service.

He was a longtime member of the Polish National Catholic Church, the Young Mens Society of Resurrection, Polish Legion of American Veterans Lt Col. Matt Urban Post #164,  and Army & Navy Union Garrison, Girard. He was a lifetime member of the Destroyer Escort Association and the Tin Can Sailors Association. He served as the Past District 12 Director and the Branch Secretary of the Polish National Union of America.

John will be sadly missed by his son, the Rev. John P. (Catherine) Kowalczyk Jr. of Cedar Lake, Ind.; his daughter, Pamela S. (David) Bissell of Howland; brothers, Theodore (Lucy) Kowalczyk of Warren and William (Judy) Kowalczyk of Girard; his sister, Anne (George) Starnes of Warren; sister-in-law, Blanche Kowalczyk of Warren; four grandchildren, Jeanette (Christopher Plewniak), Stephen, Joseph Kowalczyk and Brandon Bissell; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Irene Patricia Thomas, whom he married Sept. 22, 1951, and passed away Nov. 2, 2007; and one brother, Joseph Kowalczyk.

John was a dedicated family man, true to his Polish heritage and loved to polka. He also took pride in his garden, yard and handy work.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Build a New Beginning Fund of St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church, Cedar Lake, Ind.

Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.19, 2016, and 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio. A Mass of Christian burial will be10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Pineview Memorial Park in Warren, with military honors.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE, Warren, Ohio 44483, 330-394-6200. Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to www.statonborowskifuneralhome.com

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