Louis Stanley Duda
1920-2014 PITTSFIELD Louis Stanley Duda, age 93, died on January 13, 2014 at his home in Atlanta, Ga. Funeral Mass will be conducted at The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. Louis was born April 28, 1920 at home in Pittsfield, Mass. where his Polish-born immigrant parents, Louis L. Duda and Antonina Serowik Duda had settled. As a boy, he worked in his father's neighborhood grocery store, Duda's Market, and wandered the woods and fields of west-end Pittsfield, hunting, trapping and fishing. He graduated from Pittsfield High School, but his education continued throughout his life as he taught himself and enrolled in classes to pursue interests such as photography and accounting. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served as a radio technician on the escort carrier, USS Sangamon in the Pacific Theater of World War II
. His ship provided support for all the major battles in the region. Near the end of the war his ship was hit in a kamikaze attack and was taken out of service. He was honorably discharged in November, 1945. Upon leaving service, Louis went to work as a grocer and butcher in his father's store, later taking ownership from his father. He married Stella Mateuszczyk of Adams, Mass., his wife of almost 60 years, in November of 1946. After closing the family store in 1960, he worked for Adams Supermarket and First National Supermarkets in Pittsfield. While a grocer and for many years afterwards, Louis was secretary of the Berkshire County Grocer's Association. In the late 60s, he went to work for General Electric as a high-voltage lab technician, where he became well known for his skills at organizing and efficiently executing complex tests on electrical components that were sometimes taller than the average house. He retired from the GE in 1982. Louis and Stella were members of Holy Family Church in Pittsfield. In retirement, they enjoyed visiting family, traveling around the country visiting their children and grandchildren, reading, relaxing and puttering around the house for more than 20 years before Stella's death in 2006. Louis read every book in the Pittsfield Public Library related to World War II Pacific Theater operations. In 2007, Louie moved to Atlanta to live with his daughter Francine. He became a member of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and was able to attend Mass there until the last few months. Louis was a friendly outgoing person with a unique sense of humor. He made friends everywhere he went. Although he spent his last years in Atlanta, he never forgot his home, friends and family in Pittsfield and deeply missed them. Louis is survived by his sister, Stella Koza, of Brewster, Mass.; multiple nieces and nephews and the three children, Robert L Duda of PIttsburgh, Pa., Barbara D Vest (husband, Steve) of Marion, Ark., Francine Dykes (husband, Richard Delay) of Atlanta, Ga. and grandsons, Toby Vest and Jacob Vest of Memphis, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 or to
. A S Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.