Frederick G. Choromanski

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Choromanski, Frederick G.
Frederick Gabriel Choromanski, 94, of Fairfield, entered peacefully into eternal rest on January 27, 2014. He was the husband of Evelyn Miller Choromanski for 64 years. He was born on March 18, 1919 in Bridgeport, CT to Franciszek and Aniela Dzwonkowska Choromanski. At a young age, Fred and his family moved to Poland where he grew up and received his primary and secondary education and apprenticeship to become a tailor. In 1939, he returned to this country, and during WWll, served as a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry in the Pacific Theater where he was seriously wounded in the Battle for Saipan. After the war, Fred received further training at the Gentleman's School of Design in NYC, and later taught courses in Tailoring. Under the GI Bill, Fred decided to further his education, first receiving a degree from Seton Hall University. He later received advanced degrees from the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University. He also received a fellowship to study Russian at Dartmouth College. He left the tailoring field to become a Special Education teacher in Newark, NJ, and then in Norwalk, CT. He later was appointed Director of Special Education for Norwalk. In addition to his duties as an administrator, Fred taught the Russian language at Brien McMahon H.S. Upon retirement, Fred was a surrogate parent for children with special needs acting as their advocate. Fred was an active member of Polish Falcons Nest 36, serving as secretary for 50 years, the Dr. B.L. Smykowski scholarship committee, the Polish Heritage Society, VFW Post #9427, American Legion Post 74, the Disabled American Veterans, the Council for Exceptional Children, and other professional organizations. Fred received multiple awards and honors for his professional, civic and fraternal work. He also enjoyed activities at the Fairfield Senior Center. Fred was an active member of various ministries at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fairfield. Memorial Day was a special holiday for Fred and his family. He would proudly wear his army uniform and march as a flag bearer in the local parade. On Veterans Day, Fred would again don his uniform and visit classrooms to talk about his war experience. His family considers Fred a Renaissance man - a person of many skills and talents with a great love of learning. He was always open to new possibilities. In his later years, Fred enjoyed writing memoirs of his parents, his life after 1939, and a collection of essays written by Polish survivors of WWII. Fred will be remembered for his great love of life, his sense of humor, and his dedication to family, friends and education. Whether as husband, father, grandfather, educator, soldier, carpenter or friend, he always strove to do his best. Fred is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and their five children; Marcella Vidoli and husband, Donald; Frederick Choromanski and wife, Marion; Gabrielle Prosnitz and husband, Eric; Annette Kenney and husband, Robert; Jeanette Howard and husband, Jack; 11 grandchildren - Michael, Stephanie, Emily, Kristen, Carissa, Katherine, Brian, Benjamin, Christopher, James and Sara; 2 great grandchildren - Ella and Dylan; sisters, Helen Dobkowska, Alfreda Witecka, Lucyna Ciskowski, and Irena Jablonowska. He was predeceased by his brother, Edwin. Friends are invited to go directly to St. Anthony's Church, 149 South Pine Creek Rd, Fairfield, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Friday, January 31, followed by interment with military honors in Oaklawn Cemetery. Calling hours will take place on Thursday, January 30 from 4-7 PM in the Edmund W. Dougiello Funeral Home, 36 South Pine Creek Road in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice Care, 99 Hawley Lane, Suite 1204, Stratford, CT 06614, or to the Disabled American Veterans, 35 Cold Spring Rd, Suite 315, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. A very special "Thank you" goes to care providers Beverly, Yo, Zosia, Darryl and Donna, and to the staff at both VITAS Hospice Care and the West Haven VA Healthcare system.


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Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014
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