Obituary: Edward J Palecki
May 5, 1927- August 2, 2018
Edward J. Palecki, 91, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away on August 2, 2018. Ed resided at Casey’s Pond Senior Living Community in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is survived by his sister, Helyne McMullen, who lives at Casey’s Pond, and by 4 daughters and 2 sons: Ann Fierstos (Ed) of Hendersonville, North Carolina; Michael Palecki (Emma) of Tallahassee, Florida; Jean Ray (Jim Chubrilo) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Paul Palecki (Susan) of Royse City, Texas; Mary Palecki of Littleton, Colorado; and, Carol Palecki of Oakland, California. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Palecki and his beloved wife of 60 years, June Palecki.
Ed was born on May 5, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, where he began dating his future wife, June. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and pursued post-graduate studies later in life in Kansas City, Missouri. Ed served in the Navy on the USS Oglethorpe in the South Pacific during the conclusion and aftermath of WW II.
Ed worked with Trans World Airlines in various management capacities for 34 years. While employed with TWA, he moved his family from Pittsburgh to Baltimore, Maryland, to Freeport, New York, and finally to Kansas City, Missouri. After a short retirement, Ed became General Manager of the National Lubricating Grease Institute in Kansas City, where he worked for an additional six years
Ed loved to travel and circumnavigated the globe numerous times, often with his wife, June, and his sons and daughters. He visited family and hosted family reunions overseas in Greece, India, Japan, Peru, and Lithuania, the birthplace of his beloved parents, Adolph and Anna. He was an excellent photographer and won several awards for his work. He especially enjoyed sailing his small boat on Weatherby Lake near the family’s home in Kansas City. Ed was passionate about music, literature, nature and outdoor adventures with his family. He had an enthusiastic spirit and described the afterlife as “the next great adventure”.
Above all, Ed was a wonderful father to his large and loving family and a devoted husband to June. He lived a full life and will always be remembered as a good, honest and kind man with a warm and wonderful smile. He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who had an opportunity to know him.
A funeral mass will be held in the chapel at Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Monday, August 13 at 3:00 PM. A reception will be held afterwards at 4:30 PM at Casey’s Pond.
His ashes will be placed with those of his wife, June and son, Tom at Resurrection Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri, at a later date. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casey’s Pond Employee Appreciation Fund, Casey’s Pond Senior Living, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.
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