Alexander Budzik 90 of Winchester died on Tuesday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene Medical Center after a period of decline. He died with the love and devotion of his family at his side.
He was born the son of Polish immigrants on November 26, 1918 in Winchester. His parents; Alexandria (Erunski) and Felix Budzik brought him up along with his six siblings. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School, class of 1937. He has lived in Winchester almost all of his life.
Alex was wed to his love, Rosemarie Wheeler on July 4, 1974 in West Swanzey with friends and close family in attendance. They have been married for 35 years.
Mr. Budzik worked for the Sprague and Carlton Co. in Keene as a wood worker making baby furniture for 3 years before retiring in 1981. Prior to that he was gainfully employed by the Winchester Box Shop in Winchester for over 20 years.
Alexander was one of the greatest generation fighting for his country in WWII. He went into the U.S. Army on September 9, 1940 and was honorably discharged as a Tech Sargent on June 7, 1945. He was a member of the Battery C. 210th. Antiaircraft Artillery (AW) Battalion. His service brought him to Papua, New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon. While on active duty Alex received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two service stars, Commonwealth of the Philippines Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon with four service stars and bronze service arrow head and a Good Conduct Ribbon.
Alex enjoyed many things in life. He was a proud patriot and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He liked to go hunting and fishing. He loved to work with his hands by making furniture and fixing things. He raised Beagles for hunting, and was a self taught keyboard player. He also played the accordion.
Mr. Budzik is survived by his wife Rosemarie Budzik of Winchester. He also leaves 6 children; Joanne Muzzey and her husband Dwayne, Rubin Handy all of Bellows Falls, VT. Alice Bennett of Meriden, CT. Richard Dunham and his wife of Bangor, ME. Daniel Dunham of Beria, KY. and Marion Newstead of Gilsum, NH. He is also survived by his siblings; Sophie Goodnow and Brony Budzik. His other siblings; Thelma Andrzejewski, Joseph Budzik, Cecelia Kenney and Chester Budzik all died earlier. He also leaves many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 12p.m. Calling hours will be held prior from 10a.m. until time of service all in the funeral home. Burial will take place with full military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Rt. 119 South in Winchester. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Alexander Budzik to the charity of ones choice.