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Kazimir Ladny

July 9, 1914 - November 20, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Kazimir Ladny, 95, of Springfield died at 2:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice.

He was born July 9, 1914, in Poland, the son of Alexander and Franciszka Stolarska Ladny. He married Adelheid Lambertz in April 1945; she preceded him in death.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

He is survived by his dear guardian angel and best friend of many years, Mary Eglin; two daughters, Adelheid (William) Hitt of Free Union, Va., and Hedwig (Rev. Roy) Zerbe of The Villages, Fla.; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Franciszka Mazur of Poland; one brother-in-law, Adi (Katharina) Lambertz of Germany; one sister-in-law, Maria Lambertz of Germany; and many friends in the United States, Germany and Poland.

Kazimir was a resident of Springfield since 1951. He retired after 24 years at Fiatallis/Allis-Chalmers as a tool and die maker.

He was a member of Little Flower Parish, Prairie State Polish Club and PO.L.K.A. (Polka Lovers Klub of America-IL Chapter). He wrote a book, It Was Worth It, based on his experience in the Polish Army during WWII. He received a Polish Medal of Honor via the U.S. Polish Consulate as a result of his efforts in WWII. He repaired clocks for several years in Springfield and was employed by The Howard Miller Clock Company as a technician to set up grandfather clocks in the Springfield area.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 at Staab Funeral Home, with Monsignor John Ossola officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John’s Hospice.

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