John Edward Urbanski – Norwich, CT
Norwich - John Edward Urbanski, 80, of 27 Trading Cove Circle, Norwich, CT, beloved husband of Marcella (Podvarney) Urbanski passed away on February 4, 2012 at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center, Niantic, CT after a recent illness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 27, 1931, the son of the late Frank and Stella (Newman) Urbanski. John united in marriage January 8, 1955 to Marcella Sophia (Podvarney) Urbanski at St Cyril & Methodius Church, Brooklyn, NY.
The couple moved to Oakdale, CT in 1961 to raise their family, and John began a 30-year career with Pfizer Inc. Upon retirement, they resided 10 years in Ocala, FL before returning to live near family in Norwich.
John was a devoted husband and father whose love of life, family, and fun will always be remembered. He was a disabled veteran who served proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1953 including a tour on the aircraft carrier Shangri-La and was a former Commander of the Disabled American Veterans John R. Morse Chapter in Norwich. John's friends knew him as an avid pool player, a master at card games, and the constant spark of life and laughter at any gathering. In recent years he enjoyed pinochle games at the Norwich Senior Center. John's family expresses a sincere thank you to the caring staff of Bride Brook and of Beacon Hospice for their kindness in John's time of need.
In addition to his wife Marcella, he is survived by a sister Frances Slawski of Greenpoint, NY, daughter Bonnie Urbanski of Hoboken, NJ, son Frank Urbanski and wife Karen of Hamburg, NJ, son Joseph and fiancée Anita Coughlin of Farmington, CT, and daughter Mary Anne Urbanski and fiancée Thomas Metcalf of North Stonington, CT. He also leaves cherished grandchildren Beth Urbanski of Norwich, CT, Laura and John Urbanski of Cheshire, CT, and Natasha Mary May of Manchester, VT, sister-in-law, Sharon Podvarney of Groton, CT and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Estelle Doty of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Calling hours will be Tuesday February 7, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville, CT. http://www.woyaszandson.com/. The funeral procession will assemble at Woyasz & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday February 8, at 9:00 AM, and a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, Maple Ave., Uncasville, CT at 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 8. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of The Lake Church, 752 Norwich-Salem Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370, or to Disabled American Veterans John R. Morse Chapter 10, 101 Yantic Lane, Norwich, CT 06360.