THOMPSON, CT – John R. Papierski, 84, of the Wilsonville section of Thompson, died Monday, May 14, 2018 in Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Irene M. (Wetherbee) Papierski; a sister, Patricia Brochu of Windsor Locks, CT; several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brothers Raymond in 1945 and Francis in 2011.
He was born in Webster, MA on July 2, 1933, the son of Peter and Florence (Nadolski) Papierski and lived in Wilsonville most of his life. He graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School in North Grosvenordale in 1951 and then from Putnam Technical School in 1954. He also attended flight school.
He was an Army Air Force veteran who was stationed in Austria and France from 1954 to 1957.
Mr. Papierski first worked as a mechanic at Worcester Airport. He then was an engineer at Kaman Aerospace in Moosup for 34 years before retiring in 1993.
He was a communicant of Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Dudley, MA. He was also a 48 year member the Thompson Lions Club.
The funeral will be held Thursday, May 17, at 10:00 AM in Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 24 Dudley Hill Road, Dudley (please meet at the church). The family will receive relatives and friends at the church from 9:30 to 10:00 AM Thursday morning. Burial will be in St. Joseph Garden of Peace, Webster. The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council will perform the military honors. There are no calling hours. Donations may be made to either the Thompson Lions Club, PO Box 28, Thompson, CT 06277 or to Food Share, Inc., c/o United Church of Christ, Federated, 4 Church St., Webster, MA 01570. Arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School St., Webster, MA.