Charles Joseph Tomczak, age 89, of Erie, entered his eternal rest on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Pleasant Ridge Manor East, where he was made comfortable in his final days.
He was born in Erie on February 27, 1924, to the late Walter and Anastasia (Zielaskowski). He was preceded in death by six brothers, Leon, Edward, Louis, Ned, Jacob, and Francis Tomczak; and three sisters, Marie and Sophia Tomczak, and Josephine Magdewski.
He was a graduate of St. Stanislaus Parish Grade School, Academy High School, and Bradley University. He played football while attending the University of Alabama before transferring to Bradley, where he played baseball.
Charles served proudly in the United States Army
during World War II
, and was a corporal in the 7th Infantry Division. He fought in the Pacific Theater and at the battle of Okinawa. He was a dedicated science teacher in the Erie School District for 33 years, teaching at Burns and then Wilson schools, until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association, VFW
3390, and the Polish Businessmen's Association, where he helped plan the annual Polonaise Queen Pageants.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years Marie Dolores (Bojarski) Tomczak; son Mark Charles (Maureen) Tomczak of Edwardsville, Ill., and daughter, Cecily Marie (Louis) Woodward of Cambridge Springs, Pa.; six grandchildren Daniel Charles (Casie) Tomczak, Deborah Marie (Ronald) Hanna, David Joseph Tomczak, Michael Mark Tomczak, Christopher Patrick Woodward and Lisa Anne Marie Woodward; three great-grandchildren Jack Charles Tomczak, George Leonard, and Thomas Len Hanna. Charles was a dear brother-in-law, uncle and cousin.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 East 38th Street. Services will be held there on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors in Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Avenue, Erie, PA 16504. Condolences and photos may be sent and viewed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com