John L. Kurtyka Jr.
John L. Kurtyka Jr.
LINWOOD/WHITINSVILLE- John L. Kurtyka Jr., 88 of 518 Providence Rd. died Mon. June 25 at Beaumont Nursing after an illness.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Doris G. (Peloquin) Kurtyka; his daughter Donna M.A. Heywood of Linwood; a granddaughter Alice Ann Zyra and her husband Kenneth of Linwood; a great-grandson Maxwell M. Zyra; a brother Edward Kurtyka Sr. of Oxford; a sister Stella Plante of S. Grafton; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a son John L. Kurtyka III and a grandson Scot H. Linthicum who died at birth. He was brother of the late Frank Kurtyka, Stanley Kurtyka, Josephine Fleszar, Helen Marshall, and Jennie White.
Born in Lawrence MA on June 9, 1924 he was son of John L. Sr. and Mary (Kostrezwa) Kurtyka and lived in Linwood since 1950, previously living in Manchaug.
Mr. Kurtyka owned and operated with his wife A.M. Peloquin and Son Oil Co in Linwood for 21 years. Previously he was a pipe fitter in the Groton and Quincy Shipyards and for the Railroad in Worcester. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran serving in N. Africa and the Middle Eastern Theater. John was a lineman in the 36th Infantry Division where he installed and repaired radio lines ahead of the front line. He was a member of VFW Post 1385 in Uxbridge, the Seagrave DAV #116 and the Fighting 36th Division in Texas. He was honored by American Legion Post 414 in Sutton in 2010. He loved fishing Flea Markets, auctions, and yard sales. He was a member of Whitinsville Fish and Game Club, the Uxbridge Rod and Gun Club, Singletary Rod and Gun Club and the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of Good Shepherd Church.
His funeral will be held Fri. June 29 from Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd. Uxbridge with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Good Shepherd Church, 121 Linwood St. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thurs. June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to Veteran's Inc. 69 Grove St. Worcester, MA 01605.