Louis John Baczewski

Louis John Baczewski, age 90 of Collinsville, IL, born November 7, 1922 in Pocahontas, IL, passed away at 11am on Monday, May 20, 2013 at his residence.

Louis was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville.  He was retired from Consolidated Aluminum in Venice, IL.  He was a WWII Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, served in the battle of the bulge, five major campaigns in the European Theatre, and was a tank driver.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1712 in Collinsville, member of the Polish War veterans, was an avid fisherman, gardener, hunter, winemaker, cook and baker.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Alexandria nee Minczkowski Baczewski; a grandson Michael Tongay; and two brothers Joe and Edward.

He is survived by his wife, Helen May nee Tutka Baczewski, whom he married April 3, 1948; three sons: Stanley (Judy) Baczewski of Collinsville, John (Carol) Baczewski of Carlyle, IL, David (Cara) Baczewski of Moscow Mills, MO; two daughters:  Rose Ann (Charlie) Lingua St. Louis, MO, Mary Kay (Paul) Tongay of Caseyville, IL; nine grandchildren:  Jennifer, Michael, Ann, Andy, Sara, Chris, Joe, Nicholas, and Jonathon; six great grandchildren:  Louis, Wyatt, Jack, Jayden, Kylie, and Michael; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4pm to 7pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, IL.  The Polish American War Veterans will stand honor guard from 6pm to 7pm Wednesday evening. There will also be a visitation from 10am until 11am Thursday, May 23, 2013 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, IL.

Funeral mass will be at 11am Thursday at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father John Beveridge celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville, IL with military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or to the SSM Hospice, 20 Junction Drive West, Glen Carbon, IL  62034.

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