Leon C. Rosiczkowski

September 24, 2012  

CASTORLAND, N.Y.  ó  Leon Charles Rosiczkowski, 86, formerly of Van Amber Road, died Sunday morning, Sept. 23, at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Peterís Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors by Beaver River Memorial Post #1663, will follow in St. Peterís Cemetery, New Bremen. A luncheon at St. Peterís Church fellowship hall will follow the burial. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Born April 11, 1926, at home on the Flat Rock Road in the town of Martinsburg, a son of the late Charles John and Victoria Smuzewska Rosiczkowski, he attended country school on the Flat Rock Road, and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1944. 

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 21, 1944, serving with the 8th Division 28th Brigade 3rd Battalion. Leon was a combat infantry rifleman, and served in the Rhineland Central Europe theatre during World War II. He received two battle stars and the Purple Heart, and was honorably discharged on November 16, 1945, after being wounded in combat in Germany. 

After his military service, Mr. Rosiczkowski worked at the Latex Mill in Beaver Falls. 

He married Marie Theresa Proulx on Nov. 8, 1947, at St. Stephenís Catholic Church, Croghan with Rev. Hugh Ring officiating. He worked on the family farm, and together with his wife, owned and operated the dairy farm until their retirement in 1985.

Mr. Rosiczkowski was a communicant of St. Stephenís Catholic Church, Croghan, and was a member of Beaver River Memorial Post #1663, Croghan and a Life Member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Lowville VFW. He served as Town of New Bremen Assessor for several years, and when he was younger, was a fast-pitch softball pitcher. 

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and fixing things inexpensively. After his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed tending a large garden, canning, and giving away the excess.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Theresa; four children, Leon Charles, Jr. and Eliana Rosiczkowski, Italy; Gary Paul and Elaine Rosiczkowski, Turin; Joseph Wilfrid Rosiczkowski, Canisteo, and Vickie Campany, Syracuse; twin sisters, Anna and Harold Gathman, Columbus, North Carolina, and Lillian and Gordon Shetler, Honey Grove, Texas; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A son-in-law, James T. Anderson, four sisters, Apoline (Pauline) Halko, Helen Cerwinka, Stella (Sophie) Prusinowski, and Caroline Rand, all died before him.

Contributions may be made to Beaver Falls Fire Dept., P.O. Box 456, Beaver Falls, NY 13305; or to Lewis County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 247, Lowville, NY 13367.

Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.

Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.