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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of Brother Stanley W. Blazejewski, Jr. ’48 on February 26. We recently heard from his son, Stanley W. Blazejewski III, who said that Brother Stanley spoke fondly and frequently of his years at Penn and Pennsylvania Delta Chapter.

“Stan was born August 7, 1924 to Anna N. and Stanley W. Blazejewski, M.D. He grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pa and attended Wyoming Seminary, from which he graduated in 1942. He next attended Bucknell Jr. College in Wilkes-Barre until he was drafted. After basic training at Ft. Benning, Ga, he was assigned to the 9th Armored Division and arrived in France in late August, 1944. He was trapped in the Battle of the Bulge for ten days, but escaped and was on his way to Bastogne when disabled with frozen feet. He returned to the states in March of 1945 and honorably discharged in August of that same year. He resumed his education at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in chemistry.

His work eventually led him into the resins and plastics of the aerospace industry during the space age. He was present for the casting of the heat shield on John Glenn’s first orbiting spacecraft. In later years, he founded the Joley, Co. where he manufactured fiberglass molds and products.

He married Joanne (nee Sudnick) of Shenendoah, Pa in August of 1948 and raised three children in Newtown Sq., Pa. He was grandfather to four and great-granddad to eight.

He continued to enjoy photography and computers. Stan was active in the Battle of the Bulge Group, sharing his story with school children, re-enactors and history buffs. He participated in activities in his senior living facility.

He died on February 26, 2016 at the Coatesville, Pa Veterans Hospital Hospice Center after a long, full life.”

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