AGE: 91 • Forked River
Boleslaw Jurkiewicz, age 91, of the Forked River section of Lacey Township for the past 50 years, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm.
Boleslaw was born in Poland and married in Germany to his beloved wife Benedykta of 67 years. They came to the United States in 1951 from England with two children, $50.00 and a trunk of clothing and became a United States citizen in 1963.
Boleslaw is a WWII Veteran where he served with the Polish Branch of the Royal British Air Force attached to the British Command and was wounded in service. He received unit citations for service in France, Belgium and Holland.
He was employed for over 30 years with the Elizabethtown Gas Company, Woodbridge, NJ, before retiring 25 years ago.
His joy was watching his eleven great grandchildren growing up. Boleslaw was a simple man who took pleasure in simple things. He was very active and especially loved the outdoors. He was an avid reader and loved Polish and American history.
He was predeceased by his wife, Benedykta, December 25, 2013.
Boleslaw is the loving father of Christine Haemmerle, son-in-law Dennis, and Chester Jurkiewicz, daughter-in-law Nancy, all of the Forked River section of Lacey Township; Boleslaw loved his four grandchildren, Lisa Paolella, husband Mark, Jeffrey Jurkiewicz, wife Janel, Scott Haemmerle, wife Lynette and Stacy Petry, husband Bob, all of Ocean County; and eleven great grandchildren, Gordy, Jared, Jorden, Danielle, Jesse, Logan, Griffin, Sydney, Derek, Shayla and Emily.
Friends may call from 3-7 pm Thursday at Layton's Home For Funerals, (609) 971-6800, 250 W. Lacey Road, Forked River, Lacey. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday at 8:30 am from the funeral home, hence to St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Forked River, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am. Burial will follow Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Boleslaw would be appreciated to Vandyke Hospice, Toms River, NJ.
Published by Asbury Park Press on Feb. 18, 2014.