Obituary: John P. Kieronski, 85

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CHARLOTTE, NC - John P. Kieronski, 85, formerly of Uxbridge and Whitinsville, died  on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.

He was born on March 14, 1927 in Gromnik, Poland to Stanislaw and Anna Kieronski, and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island as a small child. He grew up in Uxbridge, where he graduated from high school. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II. After the war John attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering and working as a textile engineer in New England. He and his family moved to the Carolinas in 1967, where he worked in the textile industry in Charlotte for many years until his retirement. He held several patents for his innovative designs of complex textile machinery.

John is survived by his wife of 17 years, Colleen Duncan Kieronski, and by his brother Stanley Kieronski of Worcester. John's wife of 42 years, Joan Lawrence Kieronski, pre-deceased him in 1993. Their children, son Timothy and wife Becky Kieronski of Waxhaw, NC, daughter Elizabeth and husband Les Scott of Tenafly, NJ, and daughter Jennifer and husband Terry Phillips of Upton, survive him. Daughter Mary Joan Willocks pre-deceased them in 1985. Grandchildren Marie Kieronski of Raleigh, NC, Stephanie and husband Dan Guerra of Uxbridge, and Ian and Grace McCracken of Tenafly, NJ, also survive him.

Funeral arrangements are by Harry and Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC. Calling hours will be on Thursday July 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Sharon Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20.

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