John T Kleczkowski 81, husband of Claudette (LaQuerre) and son of Bruno and Ida Kleczkowski, died peacefully on Wednesday (February 13, 2013) surrounded by his family.
Besides his wife, he leaves three children; Celia Peacock and her husband Grant of Garrett Park, MD, Justine Couvares of Windsor Locks, John G Kleczkowski and his wife Dana of North Attleboro MA; he also leaves eight grandchildren, Ryan Lancia, Conor, Maggie and Elena Hayes, JT, Brian and Julia Kleczkowski, and Sean Kleczkowski; he leaves two brothers, Dan Kleckowski and his wife Louise of Canton and George "Ted" Kleczkowski of Rockfall. He was predeceased by his son Jim; sisters, Adele Sennik and Sally Oszurek; and brothers, Bruno, Stanley, Al and Steve. John was a Korean War veteran where he served in the US Army from 1952-1954. Stationed in London, he spent the majority of his military service entertaining U.S. troops in the United Kingdom and at bases in Europe. A talented and passionate musician, John "Johnny K" was a beloved music teacher, who brought delight to many with his musical trio and warmed the hearts of seniors in long term care facilities. A composer and performer of polka, big band, and jazz music, he played the accordion, piano, drums, and guitar. A lifelong resident of Rockfall, John would spend hours in his garden and took delight in sharing his vegetables with family, friends and the coveted prize of winning ribbons at the Durham Fair for over 25 years. He was happiest when he was with his family, in his garden and entertaining for others. He touched the lives of so many with his deep spiritual strength, kindness, compassion and humility. His family prays that he is delivered from his sufferings, and that God may treat him kindly when he is received.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., from Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, followed by an 11 a.m., Funeral Liturgy at St. Colman Church, Middlefield. Burial with military honors will be at State Veterans' Cemetery. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home Monday from 5-7 p.m. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, 406 Jackson Hill Rd., Middlefield, CT, 06455, or Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit, c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT, 06457. To share memories or express condolences online please visit

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 15, 2013