Harry J. Brozynski
August 03, 1924 - June 24, 2017
Harry J. Brozynski, 92, of Naperville, Ill. since 1977, passed into the loving arms of his Lord on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The son of the late Adam and Marcella (nee Skalski) Brozynski, who emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s, he was born in Chicago on August 3, 1924.
Harry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Lorraine (nee Olson), and is survived by his three children, Paul of Sycamore, Ill., Andrea (Phil) McVey of Monmouth, Ill., and Phil of Naperville, grandchildren, Meghan (Brad) Schroeder of DeKalb, Ill., Mike (Julie) McVey of Monmouth, Ill., and Elizabeth (Nick) Wood of Norwalk, Iowa, great-grandchildren Braden, Katherine and Rylan Schroeder and Lucy McVey, a brother Florian (Kay) Brozynski of Lowell, Ind., and many family members and friends. He will be missed by many and all who knew and loved him.
The sixth oldest of nine children, Harry Brozynski lived with relatives as a youngster when his father passed away and his mother was unable to care for all of the children on her own. He returned to the family a few years later when his older brothers moved out.
Harry attended Bowen High School for three years but left school to enlist in the U.S. Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Navy on active duty for six years as a radarman and machine gunner on the destroyer U.S.S. Herndon (DD 638), seeing action in the North Atlantic, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and later the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan. The Herndon was the first U.S. Navy vessel to arrive off Normandy and provided artillery support to the landing. A few years ago, Harry was honored by the French government for his service during the invasion. Harry also served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri after the Herndon was decommissioned, although he arrived too late to see the Japanese surrender to General Douglas McArthur.
Harry married Lorraine Olson, daughter of the late Roy C. and Leona (nee Srenaski) Olson of Chicago, on February 23, 1946, while on a three-day pass from the Navy. After he was discharged in 1948, Harry Brozynski worked for Pullman Car Company on the South Side of Chicago and later for Sears Roebuck & Co., for whom he worked more than 35 years before retiring. Many of those years were spent at the Sears store at 63rd and Halsted.
Harry and Lorraine lived in Chicago for nearly 45 years before moving to the western suburbs. Harry coached Little League Baseball in Roseland and Pony League Baseball at West Pullman Park during the 1960s, and was an active member of Assumption Catholic Church on 122nd and S. Parnell. In 2014, he was honored by the Chicago City Council for his service to his country and his community.
Harry was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves for more than 25 years, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Naperville, and served as Parade Marshall of the Naperville Memorial Day parade. Harry and Lorraine were founding members and generous benefactors of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Naperville.
Visitation Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 30, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville.
Interment: SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville.
For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd, Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 355-8980, www.stapostle.org. Checks may be made to St. Thomas with "In Memory of Harry Brozynski" written in the memo line. Or donations can be made to the Hines VA Hospital, Voluntary Service - Bldg. 9, 5000 S. 5th Ave, Hines, IL 60141, (708) 202-8387, www.hines.va.gov.