Jerzy A. Owczarek
1926 - 2021
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Owczarek Jerzy A. 94, of Bethlehem, passed away on January 11, 2021, after a battle with Parkinson's. He'd recently celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, Elisa Mercedes (Basoli) Owczarek, who survives him. Born in Piotrkow, Poland on November 2, 1926, Dr. Owczarek was the son of the late Bronislaw Owczarek and Wachawa Helen Grzebo Owczarek. He fought against German forces during World War II as a member of the Polish Home Army, was wounded, and lost sight in one eye. In 1950, Dr. Owczarek received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polish University College in London; a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering followed in 1954, from the University of London. He moved to the US, and accepted a position with General Electric's Turbine Division in Schenectady, New York. In 1960, Dr. Owczarek joined Lehigh University, becoming a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1965. A gifted teacher, Dr. Owczarek was awarded both "Outstanding Faculty Award" and "Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year" by Lehigh's engineering honor societies. Dr. Owczarek published two books and over 60 scholarly articles and reports. He filed seven patents relating to turbomechanics and was a consultant to numerous industrial firms. Dr. Owczarek had a love of music, an amusing sense of humor, and enthusiasm for new adventures: earning a pilot's license to fly with friend Al Becker for ski weekends and other exploits; traveling to over 10 countries; creating ceramics; sky diving; sailing. During adventures or simply sharing a meal at home, his children and wife Elisa were his favorite companions. In addition to Elisa, Dr. Owczarek is survived by five children: Debbie (Joe Bittner), Diana (Jim Driscoll), Maria-Ines (Mike Morris), Jennifer (Don Steele), and David (Allison), as well as ten grandchildren and soon, his first great grandson. He was predeceased by his parents and three siblings. Dr. Owczarek was a devoted parishioner of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Memorial services will be delayed until Summer 2021 for the safety of friends and family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Doctors Without Borders are appreciated, CANTELMI LONG FUNERAL HOME, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the Guest Book at:

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Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
We have known Jerzy and Eliza for over 30 years. They are the nicest people we ever met. Jerzy was always happy and smiling. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Amy Ling
January 14, 2021
Jerzy was a wonderful person full of love and life. The Augello Family sends their condolences to Elisa and all the family. We have many happy memories of dancing around the pool and the most beautiful parties full of happiness. Jerzy will live on in all of his children and grandchildren! Our prayers and thoughts to the whole Owczarek family. Love Marisa Augello and the Augello Family
January 14, 2021
Dave, and family sorry for your loss,my heartfelt condolences, your Dad came a long way and provided all with his knowledge and wisdom, it was an honor to know him
Joe Alercia
January 13, 2021
Thank You for Your service in WWII

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