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Stanley James Kolanowski 1941-2012 Long time Brattleboro resident Stanley James Kolanowski was born on April 7th, 1941 in Portland Oregon, to Catherine and Patrick Kolanowski. He had been living in Seattle for the last five years to be closer to his daughter. On April 27th he succumbed to liver cancer, and the resulting complications stemming from multiple traumatic injuries suffered in Vietnam. Stan was injured in 1970 when he was struck by the main rotor blade of a helicopter as he was returning from a mission. Stan graduated from Central Catholic High School in June of 1959, he then went on to Gonzaga University where he joined ROTC and graduated with a BA in Business Administration in May 1964. He deployed to Vietnam for his first tour of duty which lasted from January, 1968 - December, 1968. Stan redeployed for a second combat tour April 1970 with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, where he served as the S3 for the 3/506 Infantry Battalion, then as A Company Commander, 3/506 Infantry until his injury in August, 1970. During his Military Career Stan earned the following decorations, medals and citations: National Defense medal, US Army Airborne Jump wings, The Ranger Tab, Path Finder Badge, Vietnam Service medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Jump Wings, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with "V"Device, Meritorious Unit Citation, US Army Commendation Medal, and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters. Following several years of medical reconstruction, after his traumatic amputation of his right arm and left shoulder, and facial trauma, he was retired from the Army with 100% disability. He went on to be accepted at Columbia University in New York City where he completed Master Degrees in Information Sciences and a second Master's Degree in Business Administration. He married army nurse Tonjia Marie Karr in Landstuhl, Germany in 1967. His first child Geoffry Stephen was born 1969 in Ft, Benning, Georgia, and his second child Tashana Marie was born 1974 in New York, N.Y. He especially enjoyed playing with and teaching his two children Geoff and Tashana:hunting, fishing, down hill, and cross country skiing, canoeing, hiking, gardening, cooking, golfing, racket ball, and squash. He was a dedicated volunteer in his children's lives, boy scout leader, baseball coach, PTA participant, swim team parent, Catholic Parish volunteer. Stan is survived by his sister Patricia, his wife Tonjia, son Geoff, daughter Tashana, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Marnie, Edythe and Edison along with several nieces and nephews. His memorial will be held at Merrill Gardens in Seattle on May 5th, and he will be interred at Mount Calvary Cemetary in Portland, Oregon at a later date. If you have memories you wish to share with the family please email or mail tashanak@windermere.com 9108 2nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 3, 2012
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