Kania , Edwin J. 79
Edwin Joseph Kania, 79, of Natrona Heights, entered into the Kingdom of God Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Edwin was born April 12, 1932, in Natrona, son of the late Karol and Mary Dworak Kania. He graduated in 1949 from Har-Brack High School. Edwin was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army Medical Company 5th Calvary Regiment, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a letter carrier for the Natrona Heights Post Office for more than 33 years. He loved gardening, cooking and canning and made the best pickles ever! He enjoyed throwing horseshoes, playing cards, reading, working crossword puzzles and having good times with family and friends. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. He was a member and past commander of Brackenridge American Post 226 and member and chaplain of VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. Edwin as also a member of the Memorial Squad for both organizations. He loved God, his country and his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Edwin is survived by the love of his life, wife, Sylvia Napierkowski Kania. They were united for 51 years in holy matrimony. He is also survived by his beloved children, Edwin L. "Butch" (Sarah) Kania, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Theresa M. Kania, of Orlando, Fla., George M. (Stacey) Kania, of Clermont, Fla., Andrew J. (Victoria) Kania, of Clermont, Fla., and Kathleen A. (Kerry) Myers, of Natrona Heights. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren; and brothers, Frank Kania, of Covina, Calif., Richard (Patricia) Kania, of Clermont, Fla., and Fred (Sylvia) Kania, of Chicago, Ill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, John and Peter Kania; and sisters, Clara Olijar, Mary Toney and Eileen DeCroo. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Brackenridge American Legion will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Brackenridge American Legion Post 226 will hold services at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Edwin may be made to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.