John A. Wasik
John A. Wasik
WEST RUTLAND ó John Anthony Wasik, 97, of West Rutland, died June 22, 2013, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He lived at his home in West Rutland until June 5, 2013.
He was born June 13, 1916, in West Rutland, the son of Andrew and Mary (Swierczek) Wasik.
Mr. Wasik attended St. Stanislaus Kostka School and received an honorary West Rutland High School diploma for veterans. He was employed as a plumber for Randall Co. and was on the Vermont State Plumbing board for many years.
John was married on October 9, 1948, to Stella M. Jaskot. Stella died in April 1995 at age 74.
Mr. Wasik enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and spent four years in Trinidad, Panama, the European Front and the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the 84th infantry, Railsplitters Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Mr. Wasik was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, a lifetime member of the West Rutland American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Elks Club and the Polish American Club.
John enjoyed his plumbing work and often did plumbing for friends and relatives until he was 90. He enjoyed gardening. He loved telling of his escapades during World War II and spoke in history classes at Rutland High School. He enjoyed dancing during his younger years. John was a lifelong Red Sox fan.
He is survived by a brother, Joseph A. Wassick of Bennington; three daughters, Julianna W. Abatiell and her husband Peter R. Abatiell II of Rutland, Irene F. Glennon and her husband Patrick of Salem, Va., and Lorraine J. Frey and her husband Alan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; grandsons, Peter R. Abatiell III and wife Stephanie Marcy of Rutland Town, Michael A. Frey of Washington, D.C., Dr. Andrew J. Abatiell and wife Rana Jiddou of Detroit, Stephen M. Abatiell of Foresta, Calif., and Dr. David P. Frey of Seattle, Wash.; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Grace Abatiell of Detroit; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by siblings, Josephine Wasik Reczek, Stephen Wassick and Mary Wasik Plizga.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mullin-Clifford Funeral Home in West Rutland.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in West Rutland. Officiating will be Rev. Vincent Coppola, pastor.
Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to West Rutland American Legion for scholarships or to the West Rutland Historical Society.