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Alexander Kulesa

Alexander M. "Ollie" Kulesa Jr.

Wednesday, March 20th, 1940 - Sunday, April 18th, 2021
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Alexander Michael “Ollie” Kulesa, Jr., age 81, passed away peacefully in his home on April 18, 2021, surrounded by his family in Auburn, MA after a nearly three-year long battle with cancer. Al was born on March 20, 1940 in New Britain, CT to the late Alexander Michael Kulesa and Helen Jachimczyk.

Al grew up in Newington, CT with four siblings, worked in the tobacco fields, was a golf course caddy and worked at Friendly’s in his early years. He enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Medic and graduated from the University of Hartford in 1965. He was married to Marilyn Lydia Firl on December 3, 1966. He began his work with General Electric in 1966 and retired after 37 years of devoted service as a Senior Product Quality Engineer in their Aircraft Engine Program. In his later years, he thoroughly enjoyed his work with Amerifleet Transportation as a vehicle delivery specialist.

Al had a steadfast moral countenance, rooted in faith, goodwill and service to others. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Al volunteered as a tutor for the incarcerated. He also was a friend to many and served as a mentor to those who were in need of support. He had a love for nature, outdoors and hiking and could often be found outdoors gardening, bee keeping or hiking the mountains around Mt. Washington.

Al had a strong sense of devotion to his family, including his four children and eight grandchildren. He would often go ‘above and beyond’ for any family member who was in need and no task was too great. He encouraged his children to work hard, keep a strong moral fortitude, honor commitments and to strive for success.
Al is predeceased by his parents, brothers, Joseph and Edward and his brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Clark and Carl Larson. He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn, four children, eight grandchildren and their spouses, Alexander and Elizabeth Kulesa III, children Alexander IV and John Christian of Memphis, CT, Joseph and Mary Josephine Kulesa and Margo Birdie of Brooklyn, NY, Marianne and Bill Garrett and Addison, Josephine and Samuel of Severna Park, MD, and Jennifer and Sean Kelley and Anya and Abigail of West Boylston, MA. He is survived by his sister Eleanor Larson of Granby, CT, brother and sister-in-law Paul and Frances Kulesa of Newington, CT, sister Margaret Clark of Bradenton, FL, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Kulesa of New Britain, CT. He is also survived by his long-time friend and brother-in-law Arthur Firl and spouse Susan Seibel of Oxford, MA.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Kulesa family between 4:00 and 7:00 PM on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street N, Auburn, followed by burial, with military honors, in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 10:00am
    Saint Joseph's Church of Auburn
    189 Oxford Street North
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Masks and social distancing measures will be required at the funeral home, church, and cemetery.
    Rev. Walter J. Riley
  • Interment

    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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Private Condolence

John C. Schroeder

Posted at 06:49pm
As cousin to Al's wife, Marilyn, I am so sorry that Al is gone. When I last visited with them, a couple years ago (COVID-19 interrupted our yearly get-together), I hoped that Al had overcome his cancer.

I will always be perplexed by the fact that many, truly good people leave us too early. Al was a gentle, contemplative fellow. I always enjoyed spending time with Marilyn and him.

I wish Marilyn and family peace and the knowledge that, to me, Al was a particularly special human being.

Love to you all,

John & Susan Pacek

Posted at 09:49am
Dear Marilyn and Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Al. He will be remembered and missed as an important member of our Marriage Encounter Sharing Group. I will miss seeing him at the monthly First Friday Club meetings. Susan will miss his expert advice on the art of Bee Keeping as well. Know that we will be keeping you in our prayers.
Love, John and Susan

Ray Hopkins

Posted at 05:55am
Al, it was a pleasure working with you at Amerifleet. I can't stop thinking of you. R.I.P. my dear friend. Ray.

Bruce & Leane Pease

Posted at 04:34pm
Marylin and Family
We are so sad for your loss! Marylin, you and Al were the best possible neighbors we ever could have wished for. His quiet dry humor and ready smile were always present. His dedication to you is a model for families everywhere. We wish we could be with you in this trying time. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Leane and Bruce


Posted at 08:22am
You made a difference in this world and positively impacted the lives of so many people through your love, support, and service to others. You are greatly missed and will be loved forever.

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