Jan Kraska (1917 - 2013)

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WELLSVILLE - Jan Kraska, 95, of 161 Maple Ave., passed away Wednesday (March 13, 2013) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.
He was born April 22, 1917, in Debica, Poland, to Albert and Ludwika Sobak Kraska. On April 8, 1950, in Germany, he married Freida Kramer, who predeceased him.
Jan was born and raised in Poland, and at beginning of World War II he spent three years in a Nazi forced-labor camp. After the war, until 1947, he was a guard with the occupation forces and later worked in a brewery in Germany.
In 1956, he and Freida immigrated to the United States, where they settled in Wellsville. Jan worked at CE Air Preheater in Wellsville, where he retired in 1982.
Jan was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he was an usher. He also was a member of the Olean Assembly 4th-degree Knights of Columbus, Pulaski Club of Olean and Moose Lodge of Wellsville. He was a 50-year member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder of Wellsville and the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Buffalo. Jan had been an associated member of both the VFW and the American Legion in Wellsville, and he enjoyed dancing and playing euchre.
Survivors include a daughter, Christal L. Kraska; a son, Jan T. Kraska; a sister, Julia Turek of Poland; several nieces and nephews, including his niece, Maria Cholewicka; and a longtime friend and companion, Susie Allen of Wellsville.
Jan had been predeceased by a brother and two sisters.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Friends are invited to attend a 10:30 a.m. prayer service Monday (March 18, 2013) in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Father Thomas Roman will be the celebrant, and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Memorials in Jan's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church. To leave online condolences, visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Mar. 15, 2013