July 26, 1928 – May 5, 2021
Antoni Kruk, aged 92 of Seashells Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL, passed away Wednesday May 5th, 2021.
Antoni was born on July 26, 1928 in Bieliniec Poland; he was the fourth child of Franciszek Kruk & Karolina Smola and was raised in the Catholic faith. He married his dance partner and love of his life Stella Czechowska on July 31, 1954, and remained in love and married until her passing in 1992.
He may have passed, but he lives on through his children: Dianne, Anthony, Lynda, Ronald, Doris, Gary, and 16 grandchildren as well a multitude of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In 1942, Antoni was forced by the occupying German Army to leave his home and ripped from the arms of his family with just an 8th grade education and was taken into a forced labor camp. He was then transported by himself, over 1000 miles away, to Germany and was used as forced labor on a farm until the war’s end in 1945. Thankfully he was liberated by US forces and placed in a displacement camp for refugees until 1946. Antoni then enlisted in the Polish Guards Companies as a Polish Guard that assisted the US army in the oversight of German POWs.
After he fulfilled his commitments with his service regimen, he emigrated to the United States of America. He then began his new life under the supervision of his beloved Aunt Perkowska, in Maspeth, Queens where he gained quick employment which enabled him to begin a new chapter in his life. Once he established himself, he met the love of his life Stella at a weekly dance held at the Polish National Club located on St. Marks Place, NYC. After wooing her, they married on July 31, 1954. Then, they began a 45+ year marriage resulting in 6 children, 16 great grandchildren and a plethora of great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren. Through their successful partnership they were able to leave Long Island, NY in the early 90s and enjoy the fruits of their labor by taking early retirement and relocating to Indian Shores Florida.
Antoni had many loves in life, chief among them was his family. Whether it was taking his children to the beach or on his boat, or taking his grandkids to feed the ducks, or just spending the day taking walks on the beach with his great grand kids, family was always the most important part of his life. Another love was listening to Polish music and dancing the Polka with his beloved wife. He was an avid bike rider, sun worshiper, fisherman and overall explorer. Antoni was never one to sit still and he could be found swimming, traveling and always making new experiences.
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