Edwin Stanley Kornasiewicz
Born November 20, 1919 in Ford City, Pennsylvania, Edwin Kornasiewicz was the youngest of nine children of his Polish immigrant parents, Stanislaus Kornasiewicz and Pauline Ziemianski. After a lengthy illness in which his spirit remained strong, his heart did not and he passed away peacefully on June 26, 2013.
Between 1941 and 1945, Edwin served his country as a sergeant in the 112th Infantry of the Army followed by a move to the Army Air Corps where he trained fellow corpsmen stateside in aerial gunnery. He and his identical twin brother, Edmund, were so close that his parents petitioned the US Department of Defense for special permission for the two brothers to serve in the same army units and fly in the same plane. They remained very close throughout their entire lives.
After military service, Edwin returned to the Pittsburgh area to work in the post-war industrial trades, becoming a journeyman electrician. He worked many years for PPG Industries in Ford City before moving to the Toledo, Ohio area to work for Chrysler Corporation. He met the one and only love of his life, Nelda Coyle, through mutual friends in 1951 and they were married the following year. Their 61 years together serves as a wonderful example to their children and grandchildren.
After retirement in 1985, Ed and Nelda chose to move to Glenwood Springs, Colorado to be near their sons and to live where everyone else back home wanted to vacation. He enjoyed hiking in the mountains, walking his dogs, socializing with his church community and spending time with Nelda and their sons and families.
In addition to Nelda, he is survived by his twin brother, Edmund, of Glenwood Springs, sons Stanley (Laura) of Snowmass Village and Anthony (Lisa Domer) of Glenwood Springs, and grandchildren Dane and Claire Kornasiewicz of Snowmass Village and Caitlin Kurek Kronowit of Glenwood Springs.
A memorial mass and reception is being planned for the week of July 8 at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale. Details will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, PO Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621 (www.hchotv.org) or to Colorado Animal Rescue, 2801 County Rd 114, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (www.coloradoanimalrescue.org).
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