Stanley J. Trzeciak died peacefully on August 11, 2019 following a brief illness. He was born on February 6, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York to first generation Polish immigrants John and Mary (Warzocha) Trzeciak. Orphaned at 8 years old, he was placed in the care of the Felician Sisters at their orphanage in Lodi, NJ. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Constabulary Corps in post-war Germany. His fluency in Polish and his aptitude for languages resulted in his selection to attend Russian language school in Oberammergau, Germany. He subsequently served as Russian interpreter on the special trains traveling between the U.S. zone of occupation in Salzburg, Austria and the Soviet zone in Vienna. The trains carried the U.S. Ambassador to Austria and his family as well as high-ranking military and Government officials. Stanley met his future wife while stationed in Germany and they married at the Benedictine Monastery in Ettal, Germany. Following a 10-year career with the U.S. Army, Stan re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where his fluency in Russian was a valuable asset during the Cold War. Stan had a distinguished career with Air Force intelligence including postings in Westover AFB, MA; Keflavik, Iceland; Bunker Hill AFB, IN; Toul-Rosières, France; and England AFB, LA. After serving his country for 20 years, Stan returned to civilian life in Springfield, MA in 1966 where he had the opportunity to join the Hamilton Standard division of United Technologies in Windsor Locks, CT as a technical manual writer/editor until his retirement in 1991. Stan had a knack and enthusiasm for storytelling and he was always happy sharing his life experiences. His stories provided insight into his early Brooklyn childhood where he was born in a cold water flat and lived with his parents and siblings, his time in the orphanage, his teen years, including his attempts to stay one step ahead of the truant officers, his extensive military career in Europe and the U.S., his attendance at a USO-sponsored function in Coburg, Germany where he met his future spouse, and his career at Hamilton Standard and American Bosch in Springfield. Stan was predeceased by his parents, his brother Joe, his sister Sophie, and his wife of 63 years Gerda (Benzmann) Trzeciak. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Shultz, his son Ralf, his daughter Mary Michaud and her husband Robert, 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. Burial with military honors was held at Hillcrest Park Cemetery with the Wilbraham Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.
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