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Member Sandy Delcoure Passes

Sandra Delcoure

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John Komos Memorial Saturday, June 10th

Dear Members and Friends,

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Stanley Podolski

Obituary for Stanley H. Podolski, Jr.

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Stanley H. Podolski, Jr.

January 10, 1928 – February 9, 2017

.Podolski, Stanley H. Jr., on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Beloved husband of Eleanor T. Podolski (nee Deptula).
Dearest father of Linda (Thomas Edward) Schulte, Stanley (Illeane) H. III., & the late James J. Podolski. Dearest Grandpa to Alissa (Donald Corie) Nicks, Stanley “Lee” (Sarah) Podolski IV , Elena Schulte, Lydia Schulte, Grant E. Podolski. Great-Grand Father to Vivian Nicks.
Our brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin & friend to many.
Stan was a member of the PFA Nest 45, Polish American Cultural Society, American Legion, Polish American Golfer Association and the 3 Hole in One Club. He was the owner operator of Podolski’s Market, a member of Meat Cutters local 88, and a retired officer of Pulaski Bank.
Funeral on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1413 N. 20th Street, 63106.
Funeral Mass at 11:00 am.
Visitation at church from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials to St. Stanislaus Restoration Fund Appreciated .

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Jack and Shirley Cygan Passing

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Theodore Koziatek

Dear Members and Friends,

I regret to inform you of the passing of Mr. Ted Koziatek yesterday, July 7th. Ted is a long time member of the Polish American Cultural Society as well as the husband of Geraldine (Gery), the editor of our Hejnal publication. Our condolences and prayers are with the Koziatek family.

Mass of the Resurrection to be held at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield on Fri., July 10 at 11 a.m. Interment: Bellerive Gardens Cemetery.  Memorial contributions to The Little Sisters of The Poor, 3225 N. Florissant Ave., St. Louis MO 63107 or The Salvation Army.


Ted K


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PACS: In Memory of Jeanette Kosakowska-Rogers

Mrs. Jeanette Kosakowska-Rogers passed peacefully Friday evening. Mrs. Rogers was past President of the Polish American Cultural Society from 1993 to 1998 and Chair of the Polonez Ball for many years. Her service and dedication to St. Louis Polonia was extensive and will be sorely missed.


Rogers, Jeanette K. (nee Kosakowski) fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Beloved daughter of the late Benjamin and Estelle (nee Szydlowski) Kosakowski. Loving wife of the late William Faber Rogers. Dear sister of Marianne Szydlowski and the late Leonard and Donald Kosakowski. Our Dearest aunt, great aunt, great great aunt, cousin and friend.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at Annunziata Catholic Church, 9305 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, 63125 from 9 am to 10 am with Mass following at 10am.

Interment private.


Wednesday February 25, 2015, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM at Annunziata Catholic Church


Wednesday February 25, 2015, 10:00 AM at Annunziata Catholic Church



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In Remembrance of Edmund F. Burdzy

It is with deepest regrets that we say goodbye to a wonderful, charismatic and generous man. Edmund F. Burdzy has been a strong supporter of Polonia in St. Louis, the Roman Catholic Church and an active member of the PACS for many years with his wife, Dolores at his side. He will be dearly missed.

Burdzy, Edmund F. passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Beloved husband to Dolores A. (nee Sendobry) Burdzy for 61 years.
Dearest dad to Christina (Greg) Zinselmeier, Charissa (Mark) Steinlage, Cathleen (Mike) Petrie & Celeste (Jim) Imperiale.
Dear Granpa to Emily, Christian, Mark Jr., Sean, Joel & Allise, Tyler, Trevor, Jenny & Joe, Nick, Alex & the late Lauren.
Jagi to Ian & Colin, Kora, Mareck & Elijah.
Our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin & friend to many.
Edmund retired after 43 years from McDonnell Douglas/Boeing aircraft planning & engineering division where he proudly worked on the F-18 Hornet project. He was very proud of his Polish Heritage. In his heyday, he played the banjo in a band called Polka Dots.
Funeral services will begin on Friday, October 10, 9:15 am at the STYGAR FLORISSANT CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTER, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd. then process to St. Angela Merici Church for 10:00 am Mass.
Interment Calvary Cemetery,
Memorials to the Polish Heritage Center or a charity of your choice.


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Chester Niemczyk, First PACS President Dies

Mr. Niemczyk passed on June 4, 2014 at the age of 68.  He was the first president of the PACS from 1976 to 1980. His funeral was Monday, June 9th.

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Robert “Bob” Heuermann

Mr. Bob Heuermann will be greatly missed.  As an active member, supporter and friend of the PACS, he and his wife, Deanna, attended almost all of our events.

Bob Heuermann was instrumental in promoting and producing the PACS movie presentation of Bloody Foreigners. The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain in August of 2012.  He owns, built and displayed the 1/4 scale working radio controlled Spitfire Fighter of the 303 Polish Squadron at the event. He also gave a presentation and answered questions after the movie.

Mr. Heuermann was a true friend of Polonia.  With no genetic attachment to Poland, Bob adopted the Poles as brothers. He was a man, outside of our world, that recognized the true strength, integrity and drive for our self-identity and survival. He was one of us.

God bless you Mr. Heuermann

Heuermann, Robert Ralph Bob of Hazelwood, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on Friday, April 18, 2014. Loving husband of Deanna Dalzell Heuermann for forty-eight years; brother of Daniel Heuermann (Patricia), devoted father of Robert Heuermann (Cindy), Carol Heuermann (Robert Fitch), Barbara Langston, and Katie Heuermann (Jim McCallister); grandfather of six, great-grandfather of six, and five nieces. Bob was a kind, loving, and sensitive father and friend to all. Notable to his career he served twenty-five years as an executive at Wetterau Incorporated where he launched their international division, and was recipient of the Dwight Davis Foundation award for volunteer service to the economic development of the city of Hazelwood. His memory remains with us always. Services: A Funeral Mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 751 North Jefferson Street, Florissant on Saturday, April 26th at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held in the church narthex starting at 9:30. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to Paraquad, St. Louis Society for the Blind, or the church of your choice.

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Jim Rygelski

Jim was a lifetime member of the PACS.  Below is his obituary from the website as well as a touching remembrance of Jim by Mike Tsichlis of the Post-Dispatch.

Rygelski, James Jim J. 64, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, December 18, 2013. Beloved son of the late John & Jessie, nee Niedzwiecki, Rygelski. Beloved nephew, cousin, and dear friend of many. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army. He was the former editor and managing editor of the St Louis Review, 13 year writer & editor for the Suburban Journal Newspaper, managing editor and editor of the South group of papers. Jim was a baseball historian and co-author of numerous books. He was the past President and acting Secretary of the St Louis SABR. He recently retired from the St Louis Public Library. Jim was a devoted and active member of St Ambrose Catholic Church. His kindness to his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors will always be remembered. Per Jim’s wishes, anatomical donation was chosen. Services: Visitation 9-10 a.m. Memorial Mass Saturday, December 28, 2013, 10 a.m, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 5130 Wilson Ave, St Louis, MO 63110. Memorials can be made to donor’s choice. – See more at:

A sudden passing in a season of hope

It’s an awkward matter to discuss the subject of death during the Christmas season. Advent is such a future-oriented time filled with hope and joy at the anticipated birth of the Son of God. But death knows no season. It’s amid this backdrop that I learned of the passing of Jim Rygelski – writer, editor, Cardinals historian, Christian, and friend.

Jim wrote posts from a Roman Catholic perspective on the Civil Religion blog on for the past ten months. He came with his own unique set of credentials. A seasoned journalist, over several decades he worked as a reporter at the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat, as chief editor at the Suburban Journals, and lastly as editor of the St. Louis Review, the newspaper of the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese.

Jim and I began a friendship only recently. Back in early July, I received an e-mail from him complimenting me on a blog post I wrote about the many Christ-like qualities of Superman portrayed in the movie The Man of Steel. The notion of how Christ intersects with popular culture fascinated him as it does me, and he wanted to get together.

We soon met for lunch at Michael’s Bar and Grill in Dogtown. Ice-breaker conversation about our personal backgrounds as well as writing and publishing quickly led to what we were both pining to discuss: the state of Christianity in the contemporary world.

We shared a number of observations, and found common ground on many of them. From a perspective that stretched back six decades, Jim was concerned that the church too often had become co-opted by cultural fads, too easily letting go of traditions that it had steadfastly bourn across the centuries. He also felt that the faith had become more politicized over the years, where the desire to shape political outcomes in the name of Christ took precedence over the redemption and transformation of one’s soul, which Jim firmly believed would itself lead to a larger societal transformation.

This led me to ask what he thought of Pope Francis, who was starting to raise eyebrows with comments about approaching those with views contrary to church teachings. He told me he was optimistic about the new pope, feeling that the role of the church in the world ought not to become defined chiefly by a few specific hot-button issues. The church needed a broader, bolder witness in the world.

For Jim, doctrine wasn’t merely something that flexed with the times. But then again, he said, neither was Christ’s insistence on the love of our neighbors. This witness was always rooted in the salvation that came through freely accepting Christ and sharing his love with others. This was the Alpha and Omega of Christian living. He was perplexed by people who claimed they were Christians yet constantly criticizing, bickering, and always unhappy. As a Christian and child of God, I recall him saying, why should anybody be anything but happy?

Jim also wasn’t shy about taking provocative stands, as when he suggested that the old Polish Catholic St. Stanislaw parish should change its name as it was in fact no longer Catholic after breaking with the archdiocese and considering joining the Episcopalian Church. The post generated some heated responses in the comments section, but that never bothered Jim. As a veteran journalist he was accustomed to taking heat on the tough subjects. Such are the hazards of the writing trade.

That first lunch lasted over two hours, and I could tell we were on the path to building a good friendship. We decided to continue to meet at the same place for lunch once a month. This happened four more times, and we continued probing many areas of Christian belief and practice.

At our final lunch in November, we discussed in depth the coming challenges that advancing technology might pose for people of faith, a subject I planned to write about. Jim was greatly intrigued, and I could tell was well informed on the topic. While undeniably a man rooted in church tradition, I found him to be even more fascinated and engaged about the future.

By this time Jim had left his post-retirement job as a clerk at the Shlafly branch library in the West End, and told me he was looking forward to being able to spend more time reading, writing, and working with the elderly at his parish, St. Ambrose on the Hill.

The last time I spoke with Jim was on December 4th, the day before we were to meet again. He told me he had been admitted to the hospital for digestive tract problems. He was looking forward to recovering at home and eventually getting together again. I said that I looked forward to getting back together as well, but that he shouldn’t push it until he felt well enough. Sadly, that time never came. When I e-mailed him several days later to see how he was doing, I never received a reply.

Along with many others who have been moved by his commitment to Christ, I’m going to miss Jim Rygelski. May he find peace and comfort in the presence of the Savior in whom his faith was unshakable – that Savior whom we are preparing to welcome into the world once again.

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