Wladyslaw Brzosko

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1912 - 2011
Wladyslaw Brzosko, Polish American artist, died peacefully at home on May 26, 2011 at the age of 98. We celebrate the life of a giant in fine art who was finally able to live his last 50 years in a life of his own choosing following a tumultuous childhood and young adulthood marked by alienation, separation from his family, service in the underground Polish army (Armia Krajova) throughout WWII and later by the deception he was forced to practice as a young professional in the Polish Communist government where he labored as an art conservator and restorer while secretly supporting a free Poland. Wladyslaw always supported the underdog and rescued several Jewish families during the war. He was an ardent freedom fighter who never forgot that Poland was his homeland. He was a gentle, quiet man who loved children. Wladyslaw fled Poland in 1956 and lived in New York City from 1960 to 2008 when he and his wife, Judy, moved to San Tan Valley, AZ. He is remembered with love and devotion to promoting his life's work by his son, Bronislaw Robert Brzosko, grandson, Nicholas Patrick Brzosko, his daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Buckley Brzosko, his adopted daughter, Marie, "Inka," Mousidorska, his wife, Judy Gray Brzosko and his dear friend, Art Historian Ewa Garcelon-Hart. He was blessed with many friends who remain a source of continued love and support. In lieu of religious or memorial services, please honor the memory of Wladyslaw in your own special way. Friends who may wish to make a donation might consider a gift to Hospice of the Valley whose nurses and caregivers provided Wladek with wonderful support and love in the last months of his life. Their online address is: Email: [email protected] or Phone: 602.530.6992
Published on NYTimes.com from June 8 to June 9, 2011
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