Frank “Ted” Walendziak, 91, pressman, received war medals

PHILMONT—Frank (Ted) Thaddeus Walendziak, of Ghent died September 2, 2010 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Mr. Walendziak was born January 20, 1919 in Detroit, MI to the late Alexander A. and Bertha R. Sitkowski Walendziak.

 

He grew up in Manhattan and Brooklyn and graduated from Haaren High School in Manhattan. He was employed by the Charles Pfizer Company, Brooklyn, and most recently worked as a pressman for more than 26 years at the Universal Match Company, Hudson, before retirement.

Mr. Walendziak served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945 as an engineer with the 75th Engineers in Central Burma and Indian Burma. He received the American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Growing up in Brooklyn, he enjoyed sports, including football, baseball, and running track. He was also a member of the BB (Barbell Club). He loved dancing and singing and sang on the radio as a child in the 1920’s. In later years, Mr. Walendziak continued to love sports and played golf with his friends at Meadowgreens.

Mr. Walendziak was a communicant of the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, where he was an usher for more than 50 years. He was a 25-year member of the Austerlitz Fire Company and a life member of the Ghent V.F.W. Post 5933.

He is survived by his sister Irene Brickley of Ghent and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brothers Edward C. Walendziak of Georgetown, Conn, Walter Walendziak of Brooklyn, and his sister Opaline Mackowski of Ghent.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 7 from 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James, Wednesday, September 8 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the St. James Cemetery, Ghent in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice. For directions or to send online condolences visit, www.frenchblasl.com.

 

 

 

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