Yurek, Edward J.

October 03, 2003

EDWARD J. YUREK, 82, beloved husband of 60 years to Ida Yurek, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, in Bradenton, Fla. Born in Baltimore on Sept. 13, 1921, he grew up in a loving Polish family. He worked as a circulation manager for 40 years at The Baltimore News American. He was a member of Boumi Temple in Baltimore, participating in the Scimeter Club, Boosters Club, String Band, York Rite Masons and Harem as a marching member. He retired to Florida in 1988 and was a member of the Sahib Shrine Center in Sarasota and a constituent at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Elegant on the dance floor, he led his wife to win ballroom dance contests and to appreciate a good polka. He treasured his wife, Ida, and they worked side by side to create a loving home and family, savoring the pleasures of the Maryland shore and Florida's Gulf. Daughter Jeanne Escue, of Tampa, is his only child and he took pride in her nursing accomplishments. Survivors include three grandchildren: Lisa Kresl of Dallas, Texas; Tim Thatcher of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Stephanie Weinsier of Hollywood, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren: Lucie and Will Kresl; and Jack and Carly Rose Weinsier. All learned from him the value of "good common sense," hard work, love, resilience and a candy treat. Baltimore survivors include sisters Beatrice Ramage, Clara Day, Rita Dekowski, Joan Tankersley and brother Tom Yurek. Sister Martha McClooney and brothers John and Alex Yurek preceded him in death. A celebration of Ed Yurek's life and a Masonic memorial service will be held at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Bradenton, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. A Baltimore Memorial Service will be Friday, October 10 at 7 P.M. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Dundalk. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Sahib Shrine Center, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232.

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