Originally Published: October 9, 2016 5:50 a.m.
Henry Jablonski, 91, passed away September 13, 2016 at the Prescott Veterans Affairs CLC. He was born August 31, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. to John and Henrietta (nee Duda) Jablonski. He is survived by his daughters Kathi Stevens and Patricia Jablonski, both of Prescott, Arizona; and his sons Stephan Jablonski of Berwyn Illinois and David Jablonski of Middlesex Vermont. Henry’s wife Evelyn (nee Pustelak) passed away in April 2015 in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Henry graduated in June 1943 from Harrison High School in Chicago where he developed his lifelong passion for music, performing on double bass in the orchestra. He was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and left for duty on Christmas Eve in 1943. He served in Guam, Marianas Islands, Volcano Islands, and at the Battle of Iwo Jima where he earned two Bronze Stars. On July 16, 1949 he married Evelyn Pustelak of Chicago, Illinois.
Henry completed a full career with Kraft Foods Inc. as a transportation manager, retiring on September 1, 1989. Throughout his life, Henry performed a variety of music in small combos for dances, celebrations, and parties. He particularly enjoyed striking up impromptu polka sessions with his fellow family musicians on weekends and at family gatherings. His
career as a professional musician spanned 1943 to 1985. He taught Sunday school at Five Holy Martyrs Catholic Church and was also a Fourth Degree Knight, serving as President of the Archbishop Weber Council of the Knights of Columbus in Chicago. Henry was also a chaplain with the Spiritual Advisory Council of Orlando, Florida, and instructor of the Mariel Method of Energy Healing.
In December 1992, Henry and
Evelyn moved to Sedona, Arizona and later lived in Cottonwood. He and Evelyn eventually settled in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Henry was the past president of the Prescott Valley Emergency Food Bank and member of the Center for Spiritual Living in Prescott. He also served as treasurer and board member of Unity Church in Sedona.
Henry’s memorial service takes place October 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Prescott National Cemetery, 500 Highway 89 North, Prescott, AZ, 86313, and includes full military honors provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, an American Legion rifle salute, and a Knights of Columbus tribute. Henry and Evelyn both donated their bodies to scientific research and their ashes will be interred together during the ceremony.
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