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Ignacy Swiecicki

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YORK Ignacy Swiecicki, 96, of Springettsbury Township, died Wednesday afternoon, February 20, 2008, at home. He was the husband of Barbara Giebultowicz-Swiecicka and was predeceased by his first wife, Anna Swiecicka. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 2935 Kingston Road, York. He willed his body to the Humanity Gifts Registry. At a later date his ashes will be interred at the Veterans' Cemetery, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown. Mr. Swiecicki was born August 28, 1911, in Belarus. He graduated as an engineer from the Polytechnic University, Warsaw. During World War II he was a reconnaissance pilot of the Polish Air Forces, operating from Great Britain, and was awarded the Cross of Valor with three bars. After the war, he did not return to a Poland dominated by communists, but emigrated to the USA and settled in York. He specialized in hydrodynamics and designed turbines and other equipment for hydropower stations, assuming the position of senior staff engineer at S. Morgan Smith Co., which later became Allis-Chalmers Corporation. In retirement, he authored a book, Letters from the Susquehanna. Mr. Swiecicki is also survived by his brother, Andrew, of Warsaw, Poland; his son, Peter, daughter-inlaw, Susan, and grandchildren, Melanie and Joseph of Dearborn, Mich.; stepchildren and in-laws, Dorota and Jan Bogucki and Dorota and Jacek Giebultowicz; and stepgrandchildren Stefan, Michal, and Malgorzata Bogucki, all of Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Swiecicki especially cherished the thought that his physical remains might serve humanity of any race or religion for educational purposes. He was motivated to donate his body for research during his high school years when he witnessed riots at the University in Wilno over the intolerance of different religious groups toward medical students learning anatomy on cadavers of a different faith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Daily Bread, 331 S. George St., York, PA 17403. Arrangements are by the John W. Keffer Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York. www.kefferfh.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 23, 2008
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