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Stonington - Fred Vislosky, 94, of Stonington, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of nearly 62 years, Marion Vislosky.

He was born on July 15, 1919, in the coal mining town of Shenandoah, Pa., to the late Alfred and Mary (Demmi) Wislosky, the fifth of eight children. Like many of his time, he left school early to work in the coal mines with his father to help support the family. Then he worked for a train company hauling coal. When the United States entered World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a gunners mate aboard PT boats in the Philippines. His name and boat (PT-152) are mentioned in several books on World War II. He was most proud of his Squadron 12 receiving the Presidential Unit Citation.

He married Marion Helen Wisniewski on June 14, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y. They lived in Brooklyn and Barcelona, Spain, before settling in Stonington in 1960.

He finished his naval career at the sub base in Groton, retiring as a chief petty officer after 20 years in 1962. After his naval career, he worked at the Cottrell Co. in Pawcatuck, before becoming an outside machinist at Electric Boat in Groton, retiring in 1981.

Fred enjoyed being a hands-on type of person, doing all types of repairs on his own, from home improvement to auto repair and to his second greatest passion, electronics. He would spend hours down in his workshop, taking apart and repairing televisions and other electronic equipment. However, Fred's greatest passion in life was his family and preserving memories through photos and movies. From birthdays to school sporting events, Fred was always capturing the family unity and growth.

He is survived by his children, Ronald Vislosky of Guilford, Karen Jessee and her husband, Ron, of Griswold, Donna Woviotis of Pawcatuck, Richard Vislosky and his wife, Jeannie, of Stonington; also 10 grandchildren, Michael Willis and his wife, Heather, of Griswold, Kevin Benevides and his wife, Sheri-Ryan, of Waterford, Roger Jessee and his wife, Abbey, of Norwich, Melinda Jessee and her husband, Eric Gervais, of Lisbon, Nicholas, Zachary, and Alexa Woviotis of Pawcatuck, Samantha, Amanda, and Aaron Vislosky of Stonington; also seven great-grandchildren, Noelle and Nicole Willis, Callan and Cade Benevides, Rylee Jessee, and Chance and Solan Gervais. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy "Dottie" Haraschak of Drums, Pa.; and a brother, Michael Wislosky of California

His family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, 51 Williams Ave., Mystic. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at St. Mary Church, 95 Main St., Stonington. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Fred's name may be made to Center for Hospice Care of SECT (www.hospicesect.org).

Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on June 3, 2014
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