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Richard A. Kaczanowski, age 85, of Toledo passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Flower Hospital. He was born to Joseph and Helen
(Przyojski) Kaczanowski on February 4, 1928, in Toledo. As a child, Richard was easy-going and caring. He would frequently bring home stray kittens in his pockets and sweet-talk his family into adopting them. As a young man he was adventurous and fun loving, always ready for traveling and a good
time. He married Barbara
Kwiatkowski on January 17, 1943. Their daughter Karen was born in 1958. He was overjoyed when two more girls were added to the family; granddaughters Kelly and Kate were born in 1984 and 1989. Richard's love for his family was only matched by their love for him. He was most content being at home surrounded by his girls. He was a willing participant in many pretend tea parties, but he preferred when the hostess was serving something chocolate.
Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He was employed as a Production Control Scheduler for the Teledyne Company for 34 years, retiring in 1989, and previously worked for the Autolite Company. Richard was a charter member of Regina Coeli Catholic Church, where he was active with the Holy Name Society. He was a member of Catholic War Veterans Jude Thaddeus Post 1675 and of the Lagrange Senior Center. Richard enjoyed collecting stamps, gardening, and hidden picture searches.
Richard is survived by his wife, Barbara Kaczanowski; daughter, Karen Caventer; grandchildren, Kelly (Drew) Wood and Kate Caventer, and great-granddaughter, Tabitha Wood. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son-in-law, Scott Caventer.
Family and friends may visit Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd. where members of CWV Post 1675 will lead a Service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will begin Friday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Mass in Regina Coeli Church at 11:00 am. The Lucas County Burial Corps will conclude with Military Honors in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 7, 2013