Stanley Wladislaw Garczynski, 89, born in Katowice, Poland May 13, 1924, passed away suddenly on July 21, 2013. A member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, Stanley was a member of the Polish Resistance during WWII and a veteran of the Polish Army in Exile in England. He met and married Maria Panienkowska Garczynski, who was a member of the Polish Army in Exile in Scotland, during his time in England. Stanley and Maria immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's, first making their home in Chicago, IL and then settling in Houston, TX in the early 1970's. They remained in Houston until their deaths. Stanley Garczynski was an engineer whose accomplishments include helping decrease the carbon footprint of the steel industry in the 50's and helping design the foundation for Houston's current public transportation system. He retired from the Houston Department of Transportation (METRO) in the early 90's and proudly remarked about being hired as HDOT's third engineer. He was a key figure in the Polish community in Houston. He helped to found the Houston Chapter of the Kosciusko Foundation and he was a leader of the Polish American Congress. He was also active in many Polish cultural organizations in Chicago. His passions in life included his late wife Maria, his proud Polish heritage, coin collecting, playing piano, and painting. The latter of which produced breathtaking landscapes on canvas, a skill he inherited from his mother Isabella. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria in August of 2002. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, July 24 and Stanley's funeral service will take place at 10:00am, Thursday, July 25, all to be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home on Antoine Drive in Houston. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 24, 2013