WEST LEBANON, New Hampshire – A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 28 at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon, New Hampshire for Edward I. Owsianik, 95, who died May 20, at the Lebanon Center Genesis Elder Care in Lebanon. Burial followed in the Hilltop Cemetery in Quechee.
He was born May 24, 1918 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, son of Adam and Anna (Zemajtuk) Owsianik.
He grew up and attended schools in Connecticut. After graduation he worked for a time at the Hartford Courant as a bookkeeper. Later he went to work at Pratt and Whitney where he also was employed as a bookkeeper and truck driver. He enlisted in the Army on Oct. 7, 1940 in Meriden, Connecticut and went on active duty on Feb. 24, 1941. He served as a Staff Sergeant T/3 during WWII with the 355th Ordnance Maintenance Company and was stationed in the Western Pacific/South Philippines until the demobilization of his company in Fort Devens, Massachusetts on the 11th of October in 1945.
On Sept. 13, 1950 he married Arlene Luce in Alexandria, Virginia. For a time they continued to live in Meriden and then in Vernon, Connecticut until they moved to the Upper Valley in 1962 and he took a job at St. Johnsbury Trucking as a truck driver working out of the Bellows Falls Terminal until 1983. Following that he drove a school bus for the Lebanon School District. He worked for a time at Purity Supreme in the Deli department until 2000 when he went to work at LaValley’s Building Supply in West Lebanon, New Hampshire until his retirement in 2003.
Mrs. Owsianik died Feb. 11, 2007.
Ed loved woodworking, polka music and visiting with his family and many friends. He was a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lebanon.
He is survived by one son, Gregory G. Owsianik of West Lebanon; his only granddaughter, Holly L. Owsianik and her partner Don Vogt of Woodsville, New Hampshire. Holly was raised by Ed and Arlene from infancy; a brother, John Owsianik of Southington, Connecticut; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ed was predeceased by his wife; and four sisters, Rose Owsianik, Josephine Modelski, Wanda Bovino and Helen Cello.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, N.H. 03748.
This obituary first appeared in the May 30, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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