Edward R. Kisielnicki, 87, Red Lion, formerly of Altoona, died Wednesday morning at his residence.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late John and Mary (Bura) Kisielnicki. He married E. Elsie Karbowniczek on June 16, 1945, at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years; two daughters: Joann (Martin) Weiss of York and Mary Ann (Thomas) Costlow of Mount Wolf; a son, John (Susan) of York; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Lottie Gajewski of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Theresa Luci of Harrisburg.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Henry Kisiel, Joseph Kisielnicki, Frank Kisielnicki and Edâs twin, Theodore âTedâ Kissell.
Ed served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1309 Signal Pigeon Company, at Selfridge Field, Mich. After serving 36 years in the Altoona City Fire Department, he retired in 1980 with the rank of captain. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, a life member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Brotherhood and a member of the Polish National Alliance, Retired Firemenâs Association and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 299.
Through the years, Ed was active in numerous church and community activities. He was very devoted to his wife and their children.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held Friday evening. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 12th Avenue and 20th Street, Altoona, led by Father James D. Zatalava. Committal will be at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.krishfuneralhome.com.