Joseph L. Krawczyk Sr.
Joseph L. Krawczyk Sr.
BENNINGTON — Joseph L. Krawczyk Sr., 93, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
He was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Bennington, the twelfth of 13 children, and the son of Albert and Agnes Krawczyk.
He received his formal education in Bennington area schools.
Prior to World War II, he entered the United States Army and fought in the Pacific Area of Operation. While serving in the Philippine Campaign he received a battlefield commission and was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star for Valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. After WWII, he was discharged from the Army, but later was called back to active duty shortly before the Korean conflict to command Company C, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Bennington National Guard. He remained in the Vermont National Guard for the remainder of his 23 years service, and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
On Sept. 21, 1946, he married the former Madeleine Chenaille of Pownal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in North Pownal. They were married 56 years prior to Madeline’s death on July 12, 2002.
In earlier years, he was employed by EZ Mills, and later for 30 years at Union Carbide Corporation prior to his retirement in 1981.
Survivors include eight children, Col. Joseph L. Krawczyk Jr., U.S. Army, Ret., George C. Krawczyk, Judith A. Kohutich, Alan R. Krawczyk, Donna Maxon, Charles J. Krawczyk, David M. Krawczyk and Annette Shine; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332, American Legion Post 13, and the Disabled American Veterans.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home with a prayer, and then from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m., where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered.
The burial with military honors will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.