Jan Zdunek, 78, forklift operatorJan Zdunek, a retired...

December 30, 1998

Jan Zdunek, 78, forklift operator

Jan Zdunek, a retired forklift operator, died Sunday of an aortic aneurysm at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 78 and lived in Eastwood in East Baltimore.

Born in Lublin, Poland, Mr. Zdunek was sent to a labor camp when the German army overran Poland in 1940 and was freed in 1945.

He immediately enlisted in the Polish Army Settlement Corps, serving under British command, and was stationed in Paris and later in Italy and the United Kingdom. He was discharged in 1949 and was awarded the British War Medal for his service.

He came to Baltimore in 1951 and was an American Can Co. employee in Canton for 30 years.

He was a member of the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Home Club and the Polish Falcons.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Zdunek will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Bank and Chester streets.

He is survived by his wife, the former Valeria Kowalik, whom he married in 1980; a daughter, Katherine Kolarik of Ocean Pines; a son, Paul Zdunek of Reston, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/30/98

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