Edward Kurn, 98, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 with his loving family at his side. He was born in New Britain to the late Frank and Theresa (Manka) Kusnerczyk and was a longtime Newington resident. Ed entered active service with the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1941 as an airplane maintenance technician with the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43rd Bombardment Group (H) in the campaigns of the Southern Philippines, Luzon and Papua. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars. After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army Air Forces, Ed returned to civilian life and worked as an automotive mechanic. He was a handyman in every sense of the word, always repairing or building something and caring for his lawn and taking pride in landscaping his yard. He enjoyed bowling, and taking trips to air museums to look at all the different types of airplanes. His love for Big Band and Polka music while singing in the car will be memories that his family will always remember.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Shirley Dancsak; his grandchildren, Susan Dancsak, Ed Dancsak and Joe Dancsak Jr. and his wife, Heather; his sister, Cecelia Wierbicki and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Alfreda (Maleski) Kurn, his wife of 59 years and his siblings, Frank, Charlie, Helen, Julia, Mary and Steffie.
Funeral services will begin Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at 8:45 a.m. from the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church St., Newington. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Ste 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or to the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Newington Campus 860-667-6718. To share a message of sympathy with the family, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com