Edward J. Kulas Sr.
1921-2010 CHESHIRE Edward John Kulas Sr., 88, of 108 Jenks Road, Cheshire, died Tuesday, June 22, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born in Cheshire on Oct. 26, 1921, a son of Adam and Eleanora Chmura Kulas, he was educated in Cheshire schools.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Kulas was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Ex-POW medal and several other decorations. He participated in the Ardennes and Central European campaigns.
A member of the famed 100th Division that liberated the city of Bitche France, he was very proud of his membership in "The Sons of Bitche" Association with the rest of his buddies, who still are in contact with each other via e-mail and yearly reunions.
Mr. Kulas was employed by General Electric Company, where he worked as a Crane Operator in Building 100 of the Power Transformer Department. He retired in 1982 with 35 years of service.
He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. He was a member of the General Electric Quarter Century and Pensioners Clubs. He was also a member of the American Legion Post in Adams, and past commander of the former Post 346 in Cheshire.
Mr. Kulas was fond of gardening and traveling, having made numerous visits to many European countries, as well as Hawaii and throughout the United States. In later years, he spent his winters at his home in Florida, where he was a member of the Polish-American Citizens Club and Square Dance clubs.
He and his wife, the former Pauline A. Lominski, were married May 14, 1949, in St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington, Vt.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Edward Kulas Jr., of Yorktown, Va., and Kristopher S. Kulas of Williamstown; five daughters, Elizabeth A. Kulas of Pittsfield, Kathleen J. Kulas of North Adams, Bonnie J. Ziter of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Kimberly M. Kulas-Perez of the Bronx, N.Y., and Karolin A. Richardson of Cheshire; three brothers, Edwin Kulas of the state of Florida, Chester Kulas of Dallas, Texas, and John Kulas of Halifax, Vt.; three sisters, Isabel Michalek of Hudson, Mass., Daisy Guerin of North Adams, and Victoria Yeaton of Vermont, as well as seven grandchildren, Jonathan Rysz, Joshua Ziter, Danielle and Emily Kulas, Benjamin and Elliot Richardson, and Taylor Kulas.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara J. Rysz, who died on Oct. 11, 2000, and by a brother, Bruno Kulas.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Edward J. Kulas will be held Friday, June 25, at 9:15 a.m, from DERY-CHESHIRE FUNERAL HOME, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, celebrated by Rev. David R. Raymond, Pastor. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, from 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Kulas had requested that contributions be made to the American Red Cross, as they had attended to his needs when he was wounded in battle, to be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 445, Cheshire, Mass.
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