THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William J. Pytleski
William J. Pytleski, 92, of Town of Spruce, passed away Friday, Feb. 17 at home.
Born Sept. 11, 1924 in Lena, to the late Henry and Victoria (Kushava) Pytleski, he graduated from Lena High School in 1941 and married Carol Goodell on June 12, 1948. They farmed in the Town of Spruce until he retired in 1979. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and was the last survivor of his P.T. Boat Crew.
A member of The American Legion Post 342 of Lena for 70 years, he was Post Commander and County Commander for many years and was featured in John Maino's book titled "Frontlines Volume II - The Pacific."
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carol; four children, Victoria Coopman, Jeff (Cheryl) Pytleski, Jim (Janet) Pytleski and Jane (Donald) Hoffman; a brother, Pete; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jeff Coopman.
The family greeted relatives and friends at St. Anne Catholic Church in Lena on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Fr. Nonito Barra officiating. Military Honors were given by the Lena American Legion Post 342. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Spruce. A memorial fund was established in his name. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Lena assisted the family with arrangements.