WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. - Stephen Kalinowski, Jr., 90, of West Boylston, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in UMass Memorial Hospital-University Campus. His wife of 56 years, Helen (Sedlowskas) Kalinowski died in 2007.
He is survived by his son, Stephen J. Kalinowski of West Boylston; three brothers, Chester Kalinowski of Cranford, NJ, Vincent Kalinowski of Shrewsbury and Theodore Kalinowski of Northborough; two sisters Jane Rose of Upton and Genevieve Rose of Whitinsville. He was predeceased by two brothers Richard and Leo Kalinowski and two sisters, Stasia Kaminski and Helen Kalinowski. He was born in Worcester, a son of Stephen and Mary (Lemanski) Kalinowski.
Mr. Kalinowski was a mail handler for the United States Postal Service for 23 years, before retiring in 1984. As a US Army veteran serving during World War II, he was a prisoner of war, having been captured in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany. During his service, Stephen was the recipient of the bronze star, purple heart, POW medal and combat infantry badge. He was a proud and active member of several veteran organizations including, Disabled American Veterans- Chapter 4; Polish American Veterans of WWII, American Legion-Post 397, past commander of the American Ex-Prisoner of War-Central Massachusetts Chapter and the 28th Division Association. Through his commitment to prisoners of war, he was responsible for spearheading the efforts for the prisoner of war monument in downtown Worcester and the dedication of an overpass bridge in West Boylston. Stephen also enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoor sports. He was a member of the Auburn Sportsman Club and the Nimrod League. In addition, he was a member of the Greendale Men's Retirement Club, Boylston Graduate Association and NARFE and Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 from Henry-Dirsa Funeral Home, 33 Ward St., with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St. Entombment will be in Notre Dame Chapel Mausoleum, 162 Webster St., Worcester. Calling hours in the funeral home will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Association, P O Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250.